Best Luxury Toilets of 2018

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Every day we get emails from readers asking what the best Japanese style toilets are. We always respond that there is no easy answer; it is truly case by case. There are many points of differentiation between smart toilets and the brands in general. Smart toilets can differ in terms of comfort (heated seats, automatic flushing, adjustable water temperature and pressure, air deodorizers etc.) efficiency (automatic power saving, gallons per flush etc.), to value and lastly, the overall feature set. The answer is different for every person, depending on what is most important to them!

We approached this question by spending over 8 weeks using and researching the best toilets and then judging them based on the above 4 criteria (comfort, efficiency, value and feature set). We are confident that you will love our choices for Best Japanese toilets.

Best Japanese Toilets

Brand and ModelKey FeaturesRatingPriceReview
Kohler K-5401
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Touch Screen LCD Remote
  • Self-Washing
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Toto Carlyle II - S300e
  • CeFiONtect™
  • Tornado Flush™
  • Universal Height
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Bio Bidet IB835
  • Compact Design
  • Automatic Flush
  • Air Deodorizer
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Toto Neorest 750H
  • Universal Height
  • Tornado Flush™
  • Actilight™ UV Light Cleaning
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Toto Neorest 700H
  • Universal Height
  • Tornado Flush™
  • Night light
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Toto G500
  • Air-Flow
  • Heated Seats
  • Dual Max Flushing System
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Woodbridge T-0001
  • DIY Installation
  • Silent Flush
  • Easy to Clean Design
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Kohler K-3901 Numi
  • Self-cleaning
  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Ambient Lighting (8 colors)
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Toto Neorest 550H
  • eWater+
  • Tornado Flush™
  • CeFiONtect
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Kohler K-5401

The Kohler K-5401 is easily recognizable by its unique design; a wall-hung unit with a completely concealed mount for the most minimalistic look. The model comes with a wall-mounted pad with 2 flush functions, eliminating the need for a flush lever and giving the unit an ultra-modern look.

Toto Carlyle II – S300e

The Toto Carlyle II is a sleek unit with a one-piece tank design and an elongated seat for maximum comfort. Utilizing the Tornado flush technology, water is ejected in two jet streams upon flushing, cleaning all waste from the sides of the bowl using the power of gravity. The Toto Carlyle II is the best of both worlds. It maintains the classical look of the toilet, while the attached washlet unit provides all the comforts of a hi-tech model. The self-cleaning functions and technologies result in a model that requires little cleaning, and the water-saving flush helps to save a little cost too. On the flip side, the unit can be quite pricey, and may deter casual shoppers.

Bio Bidet IB 835

The Bio Bidet IB835 is a combination unit with a bidet system integrated into the toilet, resulting in a classic silhouette reborn with a sleek, modern design. The skirted bottom gets rid of any seams, presenting a neat, sharp look that is also easy to clean. The Bio Bidet IB835 is one of the best buys available on the market for buyers on a budget. While it does not have some of the fancy features such as an automatic lid or ambient LED lighting to illuminate the toilet at night, it does have many features which will surely enhance your bathroom experience. The easy-to-use wall-mounted remote control is also a bonus, together with its water-saving flush and auto power-saver.

Toto Neorest 750H

The Toto Neorest 750H’s is the newest product from Toto's Neorest line and is the the evolution of the Neorest 700H. Compared to the 700H the major innovation the 750H brings is its all new Actilight™ UV light cleaning technology. Toto's Actilight techonology keeps the 750H looking pristine without any extra effort from the owner. No cleaning materials necessary  - just Actilight. The 750H is the only toilet available on the market today that stays meticulously clean on its own - eliminating the need for manual cleaning and harsh chemicals that can damage our environment.

Toto Neorest 700H

The Toto Neorest 700H’s is a top-of-the line Japanese style toilet that is Toto's next generation Neorest to the 550H. The 700H, while expensive, is said by most owners to be worth every penny; and some go as far as to call it life changing! This Toto provides a thorough and comfortable bathroom experience for the owner, from beginning to end. The visit is essentially fully automated, without the need to even lift/close the lid or flush after use. Toto's water-saving feature will help save the environment, but also help you save on the utilities bill in the long run. In a small number of cases, there have been reported problems with the automated seat, which has resulted in some users disabling the feature altogether to avoid the trouble. The 700H is a top of the line product from Toto, and one surely all of your friends will be talking about at your next dinner party!

Toto G500

The Toto G500 includes most of the features that define a hi-tech Japanese style toilet unit. This model integrates the personal cleaning washlet with a sleek toilet that is operated by sensors to provide the best of both worlds. The Toto G500 includes all the basic hi-tech features needed for the best toilet experience, such as heated seats, remote controlled washing functions with adjustable settings, and an in-built airflow system to keep the air fresh.

Woodbridge T-0001

The Woodbridge T-0001 is a great entry-level Japanese style toilet that has been very positively reviewed by its users. The T-0001 is perfect for the modern home, with a sleek, skirted design, which makes upkeep nearly hassle free. The dual flush system averages 1.28 gallons per flush, meeting the EPA's WaterSense standards of efficient water consumption. An added benefit, is that the flushing is one of the most silent on the market, but yet still powerful enough to wash away waste. Overall, it is a high-quality, functional, and minimalistic toilet, which serves its users well. On the other hand, the company sells this model only direct to consumer online, sometimes making it hard for customers to reach out and contact the company directly about problems and issues. Having to lower the lid, then hold the flush button for a while to let the toilet flush completely, was also a commonly reported drawback.

Kohler Numi K-3901

The Kohler Numi K-3901 provides one of the most integrated toilet experiences available on the market. In terms of design, it comes in a visually-pleasing, unique square-shaped, tankless design that takes up minimal space, and adds to the chic of a modern bathroom. This Numi is as much of a piece of functional art as it is a top-of-the-line Japanese style toilet. The Kohler K-3901 Numi is definitely one of the more luxurious hi-tech toilets on the market, with many accessory features such as a foot warmer, ambient lighting in assorted colors, and the ability to connect to devices and play pre-programed music. The unit is also eco-friendly and the flush system will come in handy during an emergency.

Toto Neorest 550H

The Toto Neorest 550H includes many features to make your bathroom experience comfortable and luxurious. The Neorest 550H is Toto’s evolution of the 500H, with the primary difference between the two models being visual. The 550H is fully hands-free and automatic, so it can sense when the user is approaching. The lid will open, the toilet will flush and the lid will close when you are finished - all with no manual interaction necessary. The 550H offers many of the features and technology that newer Neorests offer, but is far more affordable.

Benefits of Japanese Toilets

The popularity of Japanese smart toilets has taken off over the years with people realizing the numerous benefits associated with using these products. Below are just a few of the many benefits of Japanese toilets:

  • Health and Hygiene – Japanese toilets use water and not friction to clean your bottom, helping to remove harmful bacteria that can lead to discomfort and various infections. These toilets also allow you to clean and dry regions that you normally would not be able to target. For those not able to wipe their own bottom or suffer from back pain, a Japanese toilet provides relief in a hygienic manner.
  • Comfort – The Japanese toilets we review offer a level of comfort and luxury that you would not expect from a toilet. From heated seats to warm water, various massage options and in-room deodorizers, Japanese toilets will make you feel like you are in a suite at the Ritz Carlton!
  • Eco-Friendly – Japanese toilets are great for the environment as they allow you to minimize the use of toilet paper, which contain many bleaching agents and pollutants, and less overall water. Many of the toilets we feature also have toilet bowl spray options that spray the bowl after use, thereby minimizing the need for harsh toilet bowl cleaners.
  • Accessibility – Many Japanese toilets offer control panels with braille text for individuals suffering from blindness as well as large buttons and text for the elderly or those with vision problems. In addition, many of the toilets featured offer wall-mounted buttons to raise / close the lid and flush the toilet, perfect for people who have a hard time reaching for the flush handle.

Factors to Consider

There are a number of factors that are important to consider when purchasing a Japanese toilet:

  • Comfort – This is your throne – you deserve to be comfortable! Consider the size of the toilet, type of seat (elongated vs. round) and features that will add to your personal comfort level.
  • Value – There are a lot of great Japanese toilets available no matter your budget size. While brands like Toto and Kohler offer some ultra-luxurious options, there are many other brands we feature that offer similar feature seats for lower price points.
  • Feature Set – Not all Japanese toilets are designed equally. The higher end smart toilets can come with every conceivable function you could expect in a toilet while some of the less expensive options will just offer more basic comfort and cleaning options. It is important to pick the toilet that has the right balance of options for your household.
  • Design – Depending on your design preferences, some people opt for a regular oval-shaped toilet while other prefer the more modern square look. We don’t tend to have a preference to a specific design but depending on your washroom’s overall look, you may prefer one design over the other.
  • Efficiency – With many areas in water drought, water conservation may be important to you. All of the toilets we feature are known for their water efficiency but to varying levels. If water efficiency and conservation is important to you, it is wise to pay attention to water consumption levels to ensure they meet your requirements.