Are you ready to upgrade to a Japanese-style toilet? Compared to the everyday chafing effect of toilet paper, Japanese bidets are a dream come true. Most people who experience the bliss firsthand during a trip to Japan end up never looking back. What is the best Japanese toilet brand? The top dog in the Japanese toilet space is definitely Toto. However, that also means that Toto models are the most expensive. In this article, I share the 5 best Japanese toilets and seats that give you the best value for the money.
You’ll find both premium and budget options. Also, before we get started, it’s important to note that Japanese toilets are the same thing as bidets. They’re often referred to as bidet-toilet combos, bidet attachments, washlets, or bidet seats. The key difference is toilets have bidets built into them, bidet seats connect to your existing toilet, and attachments attach to your existing toilet seat.
In this guide, I share all three types with you to fit every budget. You’ll explore the king of Japanese toilets all the way down to a good entry-level option. If this is your first bidet, it’s a good idea to get a starter bidet. While most people quickly fall in love with bidets, you might still prefer TP.
Additionally, you may have to experiment by giving a couple of bidets a test drive before landing on your perfect stream. The key is to find a bidet that completely eliminates the need for TP. This is not the easiest task. If one thing is for sure, Toto gives you the best chance of getting rid of TP altogether.
Best Japanese Toilet Reviews
I organized the reviews below to start with the most premium option down to the cheapest or “best value” option. As I mentioned above, if you’re new to bidets you may want to consider the budget options first. Then, once you confirm how you feel about owning one, graduate to the next level.
Along with our thoughts on each model, we include the pros & cons of owning each according to owner reports. We always recommend considering the pros & cons before buying a toilet or seat. This way, you know exactly what to expect.
The Neorest NX2 is the most advanced Japanese-style toilet on the market, and it costs more than a decent car. Is it worth the money? The answer to that question is debatable, though, if you value luxury and have the coin for it, it’s undoubtedly worth it. The key upgrade featured in the NX2 that makes it better than the NX1 is the ACTILIGHT sanitizing system.
The new ACTILIGHT system introduces bacteria-neutralizing ultraviolet light and a titanium dioxide-fired toilet bowl for ultimate bowl cleanliness. Whether or not you want your bowl clean enough to eat off at all times is certainly something to consider. Considering the jump in price from the NX1 to NX2, the ACTILIGHT system does cost a pretty penny.
Other than that upgrade, the NX2 comes with all the bells and whistles. The only thing it won’t do is your taxes, so don’t fire your accountant just yet. You get Toto’s EWATER+ system, a heated seat, unlimited warm water washing, an auto-open/close lid, and a warm air dryer. In all seriousness, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. If you’re serious about investing in the NX2, it could take hours to check out all the features it offers.
The bottom line is this is the best luxury Japanese toilet on the market. Toto also backs its Neorest collection with a standard extended 3-year limited warranty, which is a pleasure to see considering the upfront cost.
- The most advanced features of any bidet toilet in the world
- An auto open-close lid and remote for a 100% hands-free experience
- Toto’s new ACTILIGHT system ensures the bowl is sparkling clean and germ-free at all times
- The most visually appealing design of all Japanese-style toilets
- A fully adjustable sprayer that completely eliminates the need for TP (hard to find)
- ADA compliant, it’s a good toilet for seniors
- Skirted and rimless for very easy cleaning
- The highest upfront cost
2. Kohler K-5402R-0 Veil Wall-hung Intelligent Toilet
The next best thing after Toto is Kohler, and calling the Veil K-5402R-0 a “next best thing” is actually kind of ridiculous. Why? Because this Japanese-style toilet is simply awesome. Unlike the Toto NX2, the Veil is wall-hung with a tank that lives in your wall. Clearly, you’ll need a top-notch plumber to install this work of art.
Every component is completely concealed, and that makes cleaning a breeze. The clear drawback to choosing the Veil over the NX2 is the Veil’s bidet functionality. You won’t find the same level of features, nor does the Veil offer the advanced ACTILIGHT or EWATER+ sanitation systems. However, considering the Veil costs about 1/3 of the price at the time of this writing, it’s worth a look for people who are turned off by a five-figure toilet.
With the Veil K-5402R-0, you get the most pertinent luxury features, including an auto-open/close lid, a fully-adjustable stainless steel bidet wand, a warm air dryer, automatic deodorizer, and an actuator plate & remote for touchless operation. Finally, Kohler offers a longer warranty period of 5 years compared to Toto’s 3-year warranty on its NX toilets.
- Wall-hung and skirted for the easiest cleaning
- A longer warranty period than Toto
- Significantly less expensive than Toto’s top toilets
- Offers a completely hands-free experience with the included actuator plate and LCD touchscreen remote
- LED nightlight for those late-night trips to the pot
- You might prefer the stainless steel bidet wand in Kohler Japanese toilets over the typical plastic wands
- Fewer self-cleaning features than Toto toilets and Washlets
- Not quite as amazing looking as the Toto NX2
3. TOTO WASHLET+ Carlyle II Toilet (MW6142044CEFG#01)
Now, let’s come back down to Earth. The Toto Washlet+ Carlyle II is the best-value Japanese toilet currently available. Toto manufactures a range of Washlet+ toilets that are actually Toto standard toilets with a Toto Washlet attached. The main advantage is you get both a Toto-quality toilet and Washlet. Since Toto makes the best Japanese toilet seats and toilets, it only makes sense to test their introductory models such as the Carlyle II.
For a drastically reduced price compared to the NX2, you still get a magnificent bidet. Yes, you can shave some bucks off the price by choosing a budget brand, but it assuredly won’t be of the same quality as a Toto. The Carlyle II gives you two options. The first option is to choose between 1.0 and 1.28 GPF. At the time of this writing, the 1.0 model does cost slightly more.
The second option is to choose a bidet seat model. Currently, there are options for Toto’s C100 Washlet up to its premium S350e model. This is really cool since you have the option to fully customize the toilet and fit it into your budget. Another advantage is you know the bidet seat is fully compatible with the toilet, which means no chance of compatibility issues like when choosing a seat for an existing toilet.
- Fully customizable options to fit every budget
- The Toto toilet is specially designed to hide the bidet seat water line and power cord
- The Tornado flushing system ensures there are no stragglers after every BM
- Front and rear warm water washing is excellent for couples and families
- Toto sprayer pressure ensures no need for TP
- Air deodorizer, heated seat, and pre-mist spray for a luxury experience at an affordable price
- The back of the Washlet comes up high
- Not the best choice for larger folks (may feel a bit cramped)
4. Brondell Swash SE600 Bidet Toilet Seat
Outside of Toto Washlets and Kohler intelligent toilets, your third best option is a Brondell Japanese-style toilet seat. Brondell offers excellent value for the money because it doesn’t skimp on materials. Compared to BioBidet, SmartBidet, and GenieBidet, we like Brondell more. The company has a long track record of successfully manufacturing quality bidets. The other companies feel a bit gimmicky to our trained eye.
Unlike the options above, the Brondell Swash SE600 connects to your existing toilet. There are both elongated and round models available. One caveat is bidet seats typically don’t pair well with round toilets. This is something to keep in mind if you’re a round toilet owner.
Key features in the Swash SE600 include an adjustable warm air dryer, heated seat, stainless steel wand, oscillating & gentle massage pulse modes, remote control, and an automatic deodorizer. For the price, the Swash SE600 packs in more features than comparable seats. Lastly, Brondell is one of the few companies that can eliminate the need for TP alongside Toto and Kohler.
- A lot easier to install than a full bidet toilet
- The heated seat and warm water washing is amazing to have during winter months and cold nights
- Higher quality materials and sturdier build than comparable BioBidet seats
- More affordable than Toto Washlets
- The combination of ample pressure from the sprayer and a warm air dryer equals no TP
- The warm water supply is limited to tank size (the Brondell S1400 is the better option for endless warm water)
- The massage setting might leave something to be desired
5. Luxe Bidet Neo 120 Non-Electric Bidet Toilet Attachment
Now for the final and cheapest option. A non-electric bidet attachment is the cheapest type of Japanese-style toilet seat. In reality, it’s not a seat or toilet. It attaches to your existing seat, yet it does deliver the beginnings of a true Japanese toilet experience. If you’re a first-time bidet owner or want to experiment with a spray cleaning experience, this is a good place to start. For the price, it’s really hard to go wrong.
There are cheaper models than the Luxe Neo 120, but for just a few bucks more than those models, it’s best to stick with Luxe. Luxe is one of the more trustworthy bidet attachment brands and looks like it’ll stand the test of time.
What does the Neo 120 do? Well, it certainly doesn’t do all the awesome stuff that the models above do, but it does do the most important thing which is, clean your bum. The chrome-plated knobs on the attachment give you complete control over water pressure. Plus, there’s a self-cleaning option to keep the nozzle clean. You also don’t have to worry about the nozzle sticking down into the bowl since there’s a cover.
All in all, this is a good bidet attachment for a very low price that even manages to come backed by an 18-month warranty.
- Compatible with all toilets and very easy to install
- The slim design barely raises your existing seat
- Enough pressure to eliminate the need for TP (this is essential to look for in this price range since most attachments don’t offer this)
- The control knobs function smoothly for easy adjustments
- Cold water only
- Leak reports to consider
- The pressure might be too much for you
As I’m sure you already noticed since you made it this far, Japanese toilets and seats range in price. A bidet attachment can cost about as much as a case of beer while a top-of-the-line toilet might cost more than your car.
The most important thing to do is to test a cheap bidet before moving up the ladder to expensive luxury Japanese toilets. The last thing you want to do is spend a bundle on an expensive toilet only to find out later that you prefer TP.
Below is a list of key features to look for when shopping for the best Japanese toilet:
- Dual-nozzle adjustable sprayers for comfortable feminine and rear washing
- Self-cleaning and sanitizing systems
- Auto open/close lid
- Remote control
- Adjustable heated seat
- Adjustable warm air dryer
- Automatic deodorizer
- Ample pressure to eliminate TP from your life (after all, one of the greatest benefits of owning a bidet is TP cost savings)
- Unlimited warm water washing
Once you consider which features mean the most to you, choosing your bidet becomes a lot easier. Some folks find that luxury features are overkill while others can’t live without them.