Next generation WASHLET – for unparalleled comfort and hygiene
Japanese bathroom manufacturer TOTO is presenting the next generation of the WASHLET at this year’s ISH 2013. It incorporates TOTO’s latest developments and far surpasses existing hygiene and comfort standards. These self-cleaning WASHLETs make toilet brushes obsolete.
The era of the high-tech toilet started in Japan in the 1980s. TOTO produced its first WASHLET 33 years ago – and has since sold around 33 million of them. This successful concept is based on the combination of extraordinary comfort, superior technology, elegant design, and TOTO’s commitment to continuously improving its now legendary high-tech toilet.
High-tech hygiene package
The new WASHLETs are truly innovative developments. In addition to the features available in all other TOTO WASHLETs, like the warm water spray for intimate cleansing, heated seat, dryer and odour-absorbing deodoriser, they offer two new self-cleaning technologies: Actilight and ewater+.
Two of TOTO’s new WASHLETs are equipped with this new feature – the NEOREST EW and WASHLET SG, part of the new Square Geometry collection. This new technology is as simple as it is effective. It starts before the toilet is even used. When the sensor-activated toilet seat lid starts to rise, the WASHLET sprays the toilet bowl with a fine mist of water. The combination of the water and the very smooth CeFiOnTect glaze keeps dirt from sticking as it would to a dry surface. Once the toilet is flushed, the WASHLET then sprays the bowl with electrolysed water. This has an antibacterial effect and prevents limescale and waste from accumulating, keeping the toilet bowl cleaner for longer. Electrolysed water is absolutely environmentally friendly, does not contain harmful chemicals and can be returned to the water cycle without worry.
Actilight technology goes one step further in terms of self-cleaning. This feature is available in the NEOREST AC WASHLET. Once again, the WASHLET sprays the toilet bowl with water before use and with electrolysed water, or ewater+, after use. Instead of the CeFiOnTect glaze, this toilet bowl features a zirconium and titanium dioxide coating. The surface has a shimmering mother-of-pearl look to it, is extremely hydrophilic, and triggers a photocatalytic process when combined with sunlight. TOTO integrated a UV light in the seat lid that is activated for a specific amount of time once the lid is closed. Once the light hits the zirconium coating, photocatalysis accelerates the decomposition process of all of the organic substances on the surface. The hydrophilic surface helps the WASHLET to wash away any remaining waste with ease - making it practically impossible for bacteria, dirt, limescale and mould to accumulate in the toilet bowl.
TOTO conducted extensive tests on the impact of its ewater+ and Actilight technologies. After 10 months and 5,200 uses, a men’s toilet equipped with Actilight still looked absolutely clean – without the use of a toilet brush.