Iterating a Better Toilet

My thoughts on the Toto Washlet and the current state of bathroom tech

Chris Jennings
5 min readMay 21, 2022


Photo courtesy of Toto

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Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a proud, potty-training Dad right now, but I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the modern toilet. Or more specifically, the Toto Washlet which has built a cult-like following of fans who claim it is the best purchase they’ve ever made. It may also be the subject of the most glowing review I’ve ever read.

The Modern American Toilet

Americans can be so resistant to change in certain areas. I’d say that the washroom is one of these areas. While the rest of the world has been gradually upgrading its bathroom tech, Americans have largely clung to their antiquated porcelain.

I believe I first experienced some automatic, electronic, remote-controlled toilet seat/bidet action while on a trip to Thailand nearly a decade ago. I considered it to be a fun, quirky cultural difference. I never really considered upgrading my toilet at home. I couldn’t recall my parents ever updating our toilets growing up. Come to think of it, I couldn’t recall anyone ever discussing what makes a good or bad toilet in general. It just isn’t a topic of American (or maybe plenty of other countries) conversation.

Why can’t we think differently about toilets, bidets, smart showers, and new ways to make the entire bathroom experience feel as modern and luxurious as so many other aspects of our lives? Let’s truly iterate here!

A few years back I installed the excellent Tushy Bidet in our bathroom. You’ve probably seen their cheeky (pun intended) ads online. They’re all about making the bathroom experience more joyful, and you have to appreciate that.

The Tushy



Chris Jennings

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