Toto’s Low Maintenance Lavatory

How a state-of-the-art lavatory only needs an annual clean

On our shores, the average toilet demands a daily clean.  In the pan, a squirt of bleach, clean water and a touch of elbow grease sees to that.

For busy households, Toto have created a state-of-the-art lavatory which only needs cleaning once a year.  That’s right, once a year.  Premiered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, their new loo uses ultraviolet light to clean after one has used the facilities.  The technology used is known as Actilight®.

On approaching the lavatory, the toilet seat cover opens outwards.  He or she takes their position on the toilet, does the proverbial then leaves the toilet to its own devices. Electrolysed water and ultra violet lighting is used to clean the toilet after use.  A disinfectant and glaze of titanium dioxide and zirconium coats the bowl, and leaves the toilet clean for its next user.

A Lavatorial Luxury?

Though seen at prototype stage at CES, an earlier version of Toto’s intelligent toilet was flushed with success for the Japanese manufacturers.  A previous version of their state-of-the-art lavatory sold 40 million units.  But, their innovative approach comes at a dizzying price: a staggering £6,704!  A bog standard lavatory can cost you £53 from a leading DIY store chain.

At £6,704, Toto’s intelligent toilet saves you having to buy bleach, lavatory brushes, or buckets.  With the toilet killing 99% of all known germs without the need for bleach, toilet roll could be superfluous too.  Another feature is an aerated wand at the rear of the bowl.

Is it a Bog? Is it a Bidet…? No, it’s both…!

A unique selling point of Toto’s new toilet is its bidet function.  An aerated wand at the rear of the bowl uses warm water and air to clean your posterior.  This is known as Washlet® technology.

We at Clean Hire like Toto’s innovative toilet, with its bleeding edge technology and minimalist looks. For us, £6,704 is a bit on the expensive side for a lavatory. So the bog standard bog will suffice till the prices come down. If you wish to splash out on a seven grand lavatory, please note one thing: you still need to clean the bowl on the outside like a normal one.

A standard Japanese style lavatory.
The grandfather of Toto’s latest prototype detailed in our article. Note the built-in bidet function and buttons on the left hand side.

Clean Hire, 08 January 2016.

Image Credit:

JapaneseToiletBidet” by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.