Bidet Seat Controls to Standardize in 2017
February 10, 2017
A little bit of bidet trivia – while the original bidet originated in France, the first electronic bidet seat originated in Japan. The Japanese company, TOTO, was the first company to mass-produce electronic bidets starting with the Washlet G Series – introduced nearly 40 years ago in 1980.
Since then, the popularity of bidet seats in Japan has skyrocketed to where 80% of homes have one of these advanced toileting systems today. And they can be found everywhere else – including restaurants, train stations, parks, daycare centers, you name it. But with the proliferation of bidet seats across the country, people are finding it difficult to use all the different brands.
Why? Because the controls are all different! As a result, according to this recent article – the Japanese toilet industry has agreed to standardize bidet controls, and to unify the iconography used. Proponents of this new system stated that foreigners in particular, should benefit from the uniform controls since western toilets do not offer features such as washing and drying. And the timing works well, with the city already busy preparing to welcome the world for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
You might see these same controls coming to the United States too. There is a push to make the uniform controls and iconography the new international standard, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted on any new developments. In the meantime – better act fast if you find a bidet with the controls set up they way you like them. You can peruse our bidet seat selection, and don’t forget about our 30 Day Risk Free Trial program where you can give those controls a test run in the comfort of your own home.