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The Japanese toilet: Making it big in the UK

The Japanese toilet: Making it big in the UK

Posted by Adam Chard in Inspiration | 4 years ago 4 min read

We take a look at the Japanese toilet, to discover what it is and how it’s making waves here in the UK.

Often known as shower toilets or bidet toilets, Japanese toilets are fast becoming a popular option for several reasons. In this article, we’ll discover the following:

What is a Japanese toilet?

Taking a modest design to new levels, the Japanese style shower toilet is crammed with technology for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. Using electricity (in a very safe way!), the Japanese toilet normally comes with a range of features, including a bidet or washlet function, automated and heated seat functions and even a massage setting for true luxury.

Grohe Sensia Arena smart toilet with soft close seat

The Grohe Sensia Arena smart toilet is a great example of a Japanese toilet

Whilst Japanese electronic toilets might be considerably more expensive than conventional designs, there are plenty of reasons why they could be a great investment for you.

What are the benefits of a Japanese toilet?

Whilst Japanese heated toilets are suitable for anyone to use, they do have particular benefits when added to an Independent Living bathroom, for those with restricted mobility.

Grohe Sensia Arena smart toilet with soft close seat

Using the wireless controller, the power is in your hands


The lid works on a motion sensor, so opens automatically when approached, so there’s no need to bend down uncomfortably. The same can be said for flushing, which also works automatically, so no twisting or additional effort required.

Personal hygiene

Restricted mobility, can cause issues with personal hygiene. The personal spray arms mean a comforting and thoroughly hygienic clean after every use, complete with “lady shower” for females.

This also means less toilet paper is needed, which is great for people who have issues such as piles or fissures, which can be more common in people of an advanced age.


One of the key benefits of a Japanese heated toilet is comfort. With functions such as air drying, a heated seat and personal wash jets, it’s a much nicer experience all round.


You can easily set the toilet to your own preferences, with a handy remote control panel. It can even be used with a mobile phone app, for full customisation.

Low maintenance

A Japanese toilet is usually made with a unique non-stick coating, which helps prevent stains.


If you like the idea of a bathroom bidet, the Japanese style toilet is the perfect option. As it combines both a toilet and bidet in one, there’s no need to install both, which is great where space is at a premium.

Bidets, in general, are gaining popularity in the UK and you can find out more about the benefits of bidets in our latest blog post.

Mode Tate floorstanding bidet

A bidet and toilet combination could be a more cost-effective alternative to the Japanese toilet

How can a Japanese toilet fit in with your bathroom?

Japanese style shower toilets fit just like a regular wall hung toilet, meaning you may need to install to a partition wall or build a low false wall in front of any brick or masonry wall in your bathroom. You will also need an electrical installation, which will require the services of a qualified professional.

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The benefit of this is a sleek and stylish bathroom, where the cistern is concealed neatly. If you’re installing a Japanese toilet in an accessible bathroom for someone with mobility issues, it may be a good idea to also fit grab rails.

Like the look of Japanese toilets? You can even take things one step further, by creating your very own Oriental Spa bathroom. Click on the image below to find out more.

Oriental Spa bathroom

Shop Japanese toilets at Victoria Plum

If a Japanese toilet sounds like something you’d like in your life, or perhaps to make the life of an elderly relative or friend easier, we stock a selection of options to suit your plans. Simply click on the image below to view our range.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Inspiration | 4 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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