History of Washlet®
THE BIRTH OF WASHLET:
THE BEGINNING OF THE WARM-WATER PERSONAL CLEANSING CULTURE
The birth of WASHLET created a new culture of comfort and cleanliness with the change from toilet paper to personal cleansing with warm water. WASHLET is the origin of warm-water personal cleaning and is advancing this culture around the world.
A SELF-CLEANING WAND ENSURES THE WAND IS ALWAYS CLEAN.
The introduction of the self-cleaning function ensures the entire wand is automatically cleaned before and after each use. That way, the wand is always clean and ready to use.
1 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
Launches QUEEN as the first WASHLET integrated toilet.
FIRST WASHLET SALES IN THE USA.
After six years, the culture of personal cleansing with warm water is showing steady growth throughout the world.
Launches WASHLET SIII in the USA.
THE BIRTH OF NEOREST® AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF TOILETS WITH PERSONAL CLEANSING CAPABILITY.
Launches NEOREST EX as the first tankless toilet design. This low silhouette toilet is realized by developing a flushing system with the industry's first electronic control system.
FIRST SALES OF WASHLET IN CHINA
Ultra-smooth ceramic glaze for the bowl, which leaves nowhere for waste to cling.
10 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
THE BIRTH OF WASHLET APRICOT WITH WONDER-WAVE
With WONDER-WAVE, larger droplets make personal cleansing more comfortable and cut water usage by up to one-third. This simple design innovation leads to a new WASHLET model, the first without a hot water reservoir.
DEVELOPS AUTO ENERGY SAVER.
WASHLET learns your bathroom habits automatically to conserve electricity.
DEVELOPS RIMLESS BOWL DESIGN & TORNADO FLUSH® TECHNOLOGY.
360Ëšof bowl cleaning power rinses the entire surface with every high-performance flush, while consuming less water.
DEVELOPS AUTO OPEN/CLOSE LID AND AUTO FLUSH.
Combines the convenience of hands-free flushing with the effortlessness of an automatic opening and closing lid. These innovations enhance comfort and ease of use for everyone anytime.
20 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
In Japan, WASHLET is becoming increasingly popular. It is found not only in public buildings like hotels and commercial facilities, but also on modes of transportation such as trains and airplanes.
LAUNCHES NEOREST SE/LE
30 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
Develops EWATER+® for WAND: WAND is always kept clean with EWATER+.
The wand is automatically cleaned with EWATER+ before and after each use, removing microscopic build-up. The wand is always clean and ready to use.
DEVELOPS EWATER+ FOR THE BOWL: THE BOWL IS AUTOMATICALLY CLEANED WITH EWATER+ AFTER EVERY FLUSH.
TOTO REACHES THE NEXT LEVEL OF CLEANLINESS AND COMFORT.
TOTO provides the next stage of cleanliness and comfort with CLEAN SYNERGY: CEFIONTECT, TORNADO FLUSH, PREMIST and EWATER+. These innovations ensure the toilet bowl remains as clean as if brand new.
A sophisticated bowl cleaning technology that incorporates a photocatalytic glaze.
40 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
THE BIRTH OF NEOREST NX AS THE GLOBAL FLAGSHIP MODEL
Develops AIR-IN WONDER-WAVE: Air-infused water droplets provide a more comfortable personal cleansing experience, using less water.
"WASHLET IS THE WORLD'S NO. 1 BRAND OF ELECTRIC TOILET SEATS WITH BIDET FUNCTIONS."*
In 2018, Euromonitor International, Ltd., a global leader in international market research, certified WASHLET as the world’s number one brand of electric toilet seats with bidet functions in terms of its sales volume. Euomonitor based its findings on custom research conducted from July 2019 - September 2019 in the countries that account for more than an 87% share of the global electric toilet seats in the bidet functions category in 2018.
*This is a certification of 2018.
50 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
Achieves a major milestone with the sales of 50 Million WASHLET: TOTO continues innovating and advancing the culture of warm-water personal cleansing across the globe.
60 MILLION WASHLET SOLD
Finally achieves sales of 60 million WASHLET, evolving and spreading the culture of self-cleaning with warm water across the world.