This is a matter that I have pondered about, so it’s interesting to see BlogCh addressing the issue of hot water bum-washing toilet seat usage.
Between the 29th and 31st of July 2008 658 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed an internet-based private questionnaire. 51.2% of the sample were male, 13.2% in their twenties, 47.0% in their thirties, 28.6% in their forties, and 11.2% in their teens or fifty or older.
I’ve used the hot water spray twice; once on a toilet with a built-in drier, and once without. Both were rather unpleasant experiences, and the lingering feeling of dampness downstairs was quite disconcerting.
Q1: Do you use a hot water washing toilet seat? (Sample size=658)
Every time (to SQ1) 49.2% 57.9% 40.2% Sometimes (to SQ1) 25.2% 16.3% 34.6% Don’t use (to SQ2) 17.3% 16.6% 18.1% Never used (to SQ2) 8.2% 9.2% 7.2%
Q1SQ1: What do you call a hot water washing toilet seat? (Sample size=490)
Washlet 95.1% Shower toilet 3.7% Beauty toilet (in a French accent) 0.6% Clean wash 0.0% Other 0.6%
Washlet is actually a trademark of TOTO, the first company to develop a home-use seat for Japan. Although the French for toilet seems to be toilette, the “toilet” in “Beauty toilet” is rendered in Japanese as ãƒˆãƒ¯ãƒ¬, which is toware, roughly how “toilet” might be badly pronounced in French.
Q1SQ2: Why don’t you use a hot water washing toilet seat? (Sample size=168)
Don’t need it 39.3% 54.0% 23.5% Worry about hygiene of it 28.6% 16.1% 42.0% Don’t like the feel of it 10.7% 8.0% 13.6% Never used a toilet with one 10.1% 12.6% 7.4% Scary 4.2% 2.3% 6.2% Other 7.1% 6.9% 7.4%
Q2: Do you know the maker of your home toilet? (Sample size=658)
Yes 61.1% No 38.9%