Need a japanese toilet seat in Canada. Not crazy expensive
June 22, 2019 6:19 PM   Subscribe

So my mom has trouble with the wiping due to rheumetoid arthritis. My parents are planning a bathroom renovation. I'd like to buy them a japanesse toilet seat (having been to Japan and returned in love.) It should wash with not-freezing water and I guess it should dry or otherwise she'd have to wipe dry. I don't want to go crazy on price. They're not changing the toilet, so just the seat, not a toilet. Please recommend.
posted by If only I had a penguin... to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Search Amazon for "bidet"s. There are a huge range of options and prices.
posted by nalyd at 6:45 PM on June 22, 2019 [2 favorites]

Seconding nalyd's suggestion. Just search Amazon for "warm water bidet seat" and you'll find tons of options with lots of reviews.
posted by erst at 6:55 PM on June 22, 2019

For the kind that replaces your existing toilet seat with one with bidet functionality, the Wirecutter calls this a "bidet toilet seat," and recommends several options currently in the ~$250-$500 USD price range. (To be clear, "bidets" are standalone fixtures that are separate appliances altogether from your toilet; you're looking for a "bidet attachment" to an existing toilet.)
posted by Pandora Kouti at 7:00 PM on June 22, 2019 [1 favorite]

I have had close personal experiences with the Toto Washlet recommended in the Wirecutter article above, and I can say that it is really great and I want to add one to my house when it's feasable. It will need electricity, so make sure their renovation takes that into account.
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:07 PM on June 22, 2019 [10 favorites]

I've worked at a place that had installed add-on Toto bidet seats, and feel like they are the standard choice for what you want. It had a water jet + dryer, plus a whole control panel's worth options I mostly avoided.
posted by serathen at 7:19 PM on June 22, 2019

Check if the model you purchase requires hot water and/or electrical hookup. A standard toilet rough-in will just be cold water, so you’ll want to make sure the remodeling guys pipe and wire it correctly to suit your seat.
posted by cnidaria at 7:44 PM on June 22, 2019

I have a Brondell Swash CL950 and I love it. It heats its own water. It does need an electrical hookup. Bought it at best price, best warranty.
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:17 PM on June 22, 2019

Agree with Toto. If the toilet isn't comfort height, I'd replace that too.
posted by snickerdoodle at 10:56 PM on June 22, 2019

Toto. You can find them at Costco, even. Warm seat and water. you will want to work with the contractor for electrical and waterline being taken into account when remodeling.
posted by jadepearl at 11:04 PM on June 22, 2019

Seconding the Brondell, maybe the best thing I ever bought. It only needs a cold water feed, they include a tap fixture that connects to the hose feeding into your toilet, and an outlet. When I originally installed mine, I just ran an extension cord down the wall. I rebuilt the bathroom a few years later, and had the electrician add a GFCI outlet next to the shutoff valve.

It warns the water, heats the seat, has a blow dryer. I don't use any of these, I find the cold water refreshing, a warm seat disconcerting, and aren't bothered by a little water on my bum. My mom, who as some arthritis in her hands, loves all three.

I've seen them at Home Depot.
posted by Marky at 12:56 AM on June 23, 2019 [1 favorite]

My son and daughter-in-law got the Toto and loved it. (It didn't do much for me.) But when they moved to a new apartment, the Toto did not fit their toilet, not sure what the issue was. I suppose they could have gotten the entire toilet replaced, or maybe hired a contractor to do alterations, but it wasn't worth it to them, and they gave the device away to a friend. So just be aware that the Toto is not a universal plug & play type thing.
posted by RRgal at 7:29 AM on June 23, 2019

Thanks, I would have gotten a Toto, but I measured their toilet and it doesn't meet the fit requirements. It does fit the requirements for the brondell, so I ordered that.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 12:53 PM on June 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

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