TOTO Washlet G400 Integrated Toilet Review

This thing, I mean, jeeze.

Can you justify a nearly $2000 toilet?

As a matter of fact… you can.  Easily.

TOTO’s integrated toilet seat washlets are the pinnacle of poopin’.

They are an exercise in pure luxury.

The form-factor, features and technology coalesce  into an ultra-modern, eye-catching toilet that will become the centerpiece of any bathroom lucky enough to house one.

The G400 is one of TOTO’s “entry level” Integrated Toilets, but that doesn’t prevent it from being one of the best toilets ever made.

See what the TOTO G400’s current price is HERE.

Let’s dive into the features first and see what the G400 is packing under the hood.

So…. This is a toilet AND a bidet? What makes the toilet better than the trusty pooper trooper I’ve already got?

First, this is a TOTO toilet.

They make some of the best around and toilet technology has likely changed tremendously since you installed your last toilet.  Take a quick look at the video above to see what TOTO brings to the table.


First is the truly AWESOME Cyclone flush.

Have you ever wanted to feel like Poseidon (Pooseidon?)?

Have you ever had the desire to create a maelstrom of epic proportions, sucking sailors to the deep, dark depths below?

Now, you hold the power of the God of the Seas in your fingertips. With one gentle press on the sleek and sexy remotes (or simply by standing up – there’s an auto flush function!), you can choose and appropriate flush level for the business that you have just done. 1.28 or 0.9 gallons of water will come whooshing out from the recessed holes on either side of the toilet bowl, creating a hypnotizing vortex.

(It should be noted that the auto-flush function will determine how much water to use, either 1.28 gal or 0.9 gal.  It works quite well.)

Besides the trident brandishing euphoria that you’ll feel from creating a cyclone in your toilet, this cyclone also serves as an excellent bowl cleaner, sweeping any stubborn poo pirates down into the Marianas Trench of your toilet.

As the video above delightfully demonstrates with apples (floating poos), oranges (sinking poos), orange juice (pee) and applesauce (fiery diarrhea), all manner of toilet visits get effortlessly blasted into a watery grave.

TOTO also makes the bowl nearly impossible for anything to stick to.

Like the legendary WWE tag-team duo of Gary “Cyclone Psycho Flush” Stonewall and Johnny “Slippery Bowl” Prescott, the Cyclone flush operates best with its teammates: TOTO’s bowl-premist function and CeFiONtect, TOTO’s extremely slick ceramic glazing which serves to make the surface of the bowl much less porous, giving the poos nothing to hold onto.

Lastly, the design is sexy.

Yeah, I said it.  A toilet is sexy. Compared to a traditional toilet, it’s easy to see how someone could become infatuated with this amazing piece of  bathroom furniture.

The skirted toilet fits perfectly with the integrated washlet bidet.

Not only is the plumbing hidden within the “skirt” of the toilet, this approach to toilet design makes for much easier cleaning.


It’s got all your basic bidet functions.

As well as some lavish premium features.

This should be a given, but this toilet has everything one would expect from a great bidet seat.

This includes a heated seat, heated water and a self-cleaning, retracting nozzle that delivers a stream of water right up the ol’ wazoo.

There’s rear cleansing, rear “soft” cleansing and frontal cleanse.

The rear cleanse won’t be a surprise to anyone who has use a bidet before; it’s strong and effective, yet not a power washer and won’t leave your bum raw.

The soft rear cleanse covers a wider area with lower pressure – perfect for those cursed by hellish hemorrhoids.

The frontal cleanse is obviously just for ladies and uses larger, soft drops to keep things comfortable.

All cleaning functions can be combined with either an oscillating or pulsating spray option.

An easily replaceable deodorizer (available here) will whisk away all those foul odors commonly associated with going number 2.  Automatically turning on as soon as you plop you butt on the can, the deodorizer will soon become something you just can’t live without. It’s an activated carbon filter hidden behind a small air intake screen (which should be taken out and cleaned with water monthly).  The deodorizer itself should last around 6 months with average use.  And yes, you will definitely be made aware when it’s time to change it.

The auto raise/lower lid and seat add to the luxury.

Much like the TOTO S550 washlet, the G400 comes with a lid and seat that will automatically raise and lower when you draw near or walk away.

It’s hard to convey just how COOL this feature is.  It’s comparable to getting an OLED TV after years of traditional LED or LCD displays.

You just can’t go back.


And that’s kinda the lasting impression of this toilet as a whole. You just can’t go back to a regular one after using this.

The elegant design makes other toilets seem archaic, ancient and obsolete; more suited to a display in a preserved mid 18th century home in Colonial Williamsburg than in a modern bathroom.

The features (both bidet and the toilet itself)put other toilets to shame, and further solidify it as something you just can’t come back from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BioBidet IB835 Review

The BioBidet IB835

BiobBidet’s most expensive offering is an elegant all-in-one unit.  Is it better than their cheaper seat-only counterparts?

Check out more photos and the current price.

ProsCons
Amazing dryerNot as many features as you'd think for the price
Streamlined appearanceIncluded toilet piece has no special features besides remote flush
Futuristic remote
Kids' mode

First, the basics:

  • This is is an integrated bidet, which means it comes with its own toilet (bowl, tank, etc.).
  • Weighs 90 pounds.
  • It is electric, so you will need access to a power outlet (three pronged).
  • It comes in white only.
  • You will need a phillips-head screwdriver, drill with 3/8″ bit, and an adjustable wrench for installation.
    • You don’t need to be a plumber to install.  Quite easy for those with any experience using tools.
  • A wireless remote controls all functions (including flush).
    • There are buttons on the right side to take care of basic wash features (posterior clean, feminine clean, and STOP) if the remote runs out of batteries on you.
    • Also, a manual flush button is located on the left side so you can flush without electricity.
  • The bidet can be separated from the toilet.
  • Three-year limited manufacturer’s warranty on bidet, two-year limited warranty on the toilet itself.

The features:

 

 

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  • 2 in 1 unique nozzle system 
    • Two nozzles on the same wand.  The rear cleansing nozzle features three holes, and the front wash features eight smaller holes.
    • It should be noted that the nozzle’s position can be adjusted with the remote to suit any user.
    • The water for both washes is aerated (infused with air) to provide a gentler wash while also being more effective.
    • Pressure can be adjusted to five different levels.
  • Oscillating
    • The nozzle moves back and forth, giving a larger cleaning area.
  • Wide cleaning
    • Once again, BioBidet likes to list features twice.  This is the oscillating feature listed again.
  • Pulsating
    • Pulses of water instead of a steady stream.  This can alleviate constipation and can be quite soothing to sufferers of hemorrhoids.
  • Massage cleaning
    • …..Pulsating option listed again under a different name.  It’s beyond me why Biobidet does this.
  • Satisfying posterior cleaning
    • Standard rear cleansing.
  • Soft feminine cleaning
    • It is softer than the rear cleanse.  The eight smaller holes do a good job of making it less intense on this more sensitive area.
  • Bubble infusion
    • This is the aeration I mentioned in the nozzle feature.
  • Nozzle self-clean
    • Before and after each use.  The nozzle will douse itself in water after retracting to completely clean the unit.
  • User controlled continuous warm water
    • No need to wait for hot water or to constantly have a tank heater running.  This is a great system that quickly and effectively heats water for you on demand.
    • Four levels to choose from: OFF, 91° F, 96° F, 102° F
  • Wireless remote with LCD window
    • A very nice remote with responsive touch control.
    • The screen is very cool, as it is a transparent LCD display that lights up with a blue light when being used.
  • Auto Flush 
    • The toilet will automatically flush when the user stands up.
  • Adjustable heated seat
    • Four levels to choose from: OFF, 91° F, 96° F, 102° F
  • Powerful deodorizer
    • An effective fan/activated carbon system that pulls the air in the bowl through an activated carbon filter.  The freshened air is then vented out of a side port.
  • Intelligent body sensor
    • Detects when someone is seated on the toilet, so the bidet won’t activate when curious children or guests decide to push the buttons while not covering the seat.
  • Adjustable warm air dry
    • A strong air dyer with five levels of intensity.
  • Slow closing lid
  • Quick release for easy cleaning

 


The Pros:

  • Best dryer out there.
    • This dryer is extremely powerful and will *gasp* actually dry your rear in a respectable amount of time.
  • Uniform appearance.
    • The reservoir is integrated into the back of the toilet, rather than in a tank the sticks up from the rear.
      • Appears tankless.
    • The bidet fits perfectly onto the toilet.
    • Can finally make you feel like you’re taking care of business in a 21st century appliance instead of a visual update to technology that’s hundreds of years old (FYI, the flushing toilet was invented in 1596!).
  • The remote impresses with display and responsiveness.
    • Quite futuristic with the transparent LCD display.
    • Not finicky about button presses.
  • An unlisted “kids” feature.
    • Goes through a whole cleansing process.  An oscillating rear spray at lower pressure and then a drying cycle.
  • A three-year manufacturer’s warranty.
    • Nice to know you’ll be protected should anything go FUBAR with your unit.

 


The Cons:

  • Missed feature opportunities.
    • With a all-in-one design, you would think BioBidet would utilize the toilet section for more than just a remote-operated flush.
    • A UV light in the bowl would be nice to kill lingering viruses and bacteria.
    • A night-light also seems like a easily added feature that is on a few cheaper bidet-seat models.
    • A bowl pre-mist would be nice, as offered by the TOTO C100.
  • This is a common complaint of mine with BioBidet, but they have a truly weird Amazon presence.  I found their list of features misleading as some singular features were mentioned twice by two different names.  This may or may not be intentional (I’d wager it was just along the lines of a typo), just a small gripe which might confuse your average consumer (it certainly confused me!).

Final Thoughts:

What truly sets this toilet-bidet combo apart from the more common bidet-seats, is its striking good looks.  The low-profile, tankless appearance is guaranteed to garner some compliments.  Further, the remote compliments the toilet very nicely and is quite user-friendly; perfect for those with lower mobility.  The features list is pretty packed, and the dryer is one of the best, but other than that, there isn’t really anything you couldn’t find on a cheaper, premium bidet-seat. Also, it seems BioBidet missed a couple opportunities to capitalize on the integrated toilet, with features that some of their competitors.  If you value appearance and convenience, this is a great buy.  If you’re looking for any and every feature under the sun, you might want to explore some other options.

More photos and current price HERE.