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    Hi all,

    [edit] I really should have titled this thread "Actual Bidet Seat reviews and comparisons." Is there a way to re-title the thread?

    I'm looking at bidet seats, and was surprised to find how many of these are on the market. The problem is that the only information available is marketing material or dry feature lists. I have identified a few that seem to be fairly high-end units, including remote, various washing options, and soft-close seat, warm air dry, and some bonuses like activated air filter. The choices are numerous. These include:

    Toto S300 "Jasmin", 1277 watts, continuous heating $799
    Coco 6035R, 660 watts, $599
    Biobidet BB-1000, 660 watts, $498
    INAX Luscence, 311 watts $699
    Brondell Swash 700, 1300 watts, $650
    Hyundai HB-R770, HDB-1500R
    . . . Any more to add?

    Of course marketing materials are not reliable when comparing competing units. Unfortunately, reviews on English boards are pretty scant. Has anyone had experience with any of these units? Any others to add to the list? I'm thinking that they all probably have pretty similar features, although if one has a standout "must-have", I'd like to know, and similarly, if one of these has a deal-breaker flaw, I'd like to hear about it.

    I imaging some important info that's missing from the web might include:

    - Is there ample room to sit (with the electric portion hogging some sitting space)
    - Is the unit comfortable; does the seat have great "butt-feel"
    - Easy to use?
    - Is one unit really noisy or quiet compared with the others
    - strength of wash & dry flow, and does that matter
    - Are any installation issues (inconvenient or unsightly positioning of cord or pipe?
    - Has anyone exchanged one of these for another and been happier?
    - etc.


    I've searched the web, and have come to the conclusion that the English-speaking world needs at least one thread in one forum discussing more than just which features are available at which price.

    As a point of reference, I have Toto Ultramax elongated toilets with the soft-close seats, and love these.

    Any comments other than potty jokes?


    Thanks a ton!

    Dave

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    I have try the Toto s300 and Brondell 700. I like the Toto much better. It has better water pressure changes, controls the water temp much better, seat is more comfortable and less splash on back of toilet seat. Also, you can adjust the wand, has deodorizer and dryer on Toto.
    When adjusting the Brondell water pressure, there seems to be just one pressure and water temp doesn't stay a constant temp, usually from cold to very hot.
    I highly recommend the Toto, definitely not the Brondell.

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    Thanks for the info. That's the kind of helpful feedback that is really missing out there. I have two toilets to equip. I ended up ordering the COCO 6035R, since it seemed very similar to the others, seems to look nice, and I got the best price for it. I will report back my opinion. If I go with another brand for the second toilet, I'll report that as well.

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    OK, I installed the COCO last night. It seems to have reasonable controls, although it took me a while to figure out that the range of the remote control is very limited. If you hold it in your hand in front of you, it may not work. Mounted on the wall close to the toilet, the controls are fine. My main disappointment is that the water is heated in a tank, so the initial stream is warm, but the tank runs out quickly and the stream becomes cold. I think if I buy another unit, it will be one of the models without a tank with the continuous inline heating coils. Also, I find that the seat is not quite as comfortable as my regular TOTO soft-close elongated seat was. I wonder how the TOTO S300 compares to the regular soft-close seats on comfort. Does the S300 have a tank? If so, does it run out of heated water quickly?

    Does anyone have experience with the INAX luscence model?

    Thanks!

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    Actually i like the S300 seat better than the regular soft close as it is flatter.
    The S300 has a Instantaneous water heater and does not store water like the Toto C100 seat.
    Sorry i only know Toto.

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    OK, some followup. I have installed both the TOTO S300 and the COCO 6035R. Here's my initial assessment (I've had the TOTO for 1 day.)

    S300 instructions

    - The TOTO has a more solid mounting system, and really stays put. The COCO is a more traditional mount, and perhaps I've been too wimpy about tightening the bolts, but it can be "adjusted" after hand-tightening the bolts.

    - I found the TOTO installation slightly easier for a non-plumber, and less prone to leaks, since the T-valve is placed at the toilet rather than at the pipe. I also think there's less chance of damaging something inside the wall this way.

    - The TOTO hose and cord are slightly more out of the way. I have the SW554 model; My understanding, based on web searches, is that the main difference between the newer SW554 model of the the S300, and the older SW834 model is improved hose placement.

    - The TOTO remote is slicker and less intimidating, and very easy to use. The COCO remote has a very limited range, but works fine if mounted on the walls.

    - I personally find the TOTO seat just a bit more comfortable.

    - The COCO has two wands--one for feminine hygeine and one for everybody's backside. I think that's a good idea. The TOTO just has a single wand.

    - Maybe I'm crazy, but the COCO seems to aim more accurately than the TOTO, and require less shifting in the seat. However, the TOTO wand comes out farther, and has a really effective position adjustment.

    - The COCO is cheaper, averaging about $600-700 on the web, compared with about $700-$900 for the S300.


    Overall, the quality, appearance, and function are similar. I definitely prefer the TOTO remote. If you are buying a new machine, I'd probably recommend to TOTO overall based on details, but do consider the above points in deciding. Since I got the COCO first, it's in the master bath, and I have no plans on swapping it for the TOTO. Anyway, I think the TOTO, with its friendlier remote, is better in the guest bathroom.

    I have not seen one, but the INAX Luscence looks as if it shares the mounting and installation qualities of the TOTO, yet is in the price range of the COCO, with two nozzles like the COCO. The remote for the Luscence looks friendlier than the COCO, if not quite as slick as the TOTO remote. Anybody who has tried it care to post a review?

    Hope this helps somebody,

    DL
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlorby View Post
    Hyundai HB-R770, HDB-1500R
    Do you know where the Hyundai HDB-1500R is sold in the US.

    The shower wand can be set to different lengths.
    That's what I need.

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    Hi I have the Biobidet 1000 and it,s cleaning is poor at best, even at high pressure in which it will splash. What is everyones opinion on cleaning effectiveness of the Toto and the Brondell does it leave you still soiled?

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    Discussing bidet seats.
    The Biobidet 1000 is one of my big sellers.
    Though, most any bidet seat is heads and heals over what you have been doing previously.
    They are the best thing you can add for a bathroom.

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    Looking for opinions of the Brondell Swash 1000, and recommendations on a TOTO low profile toilet (one piece) that it will fit. Going to replace a Kohler Rialto in a fairly small space.
    Thanks! Kevin

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    All of the TOTO one-piece toilets will work with a washlet or bidet seat. There is plenty of room between the tank and the seat bolts.

    The Swash 1000 works fine. The water is a little cool at the start, and then quickly warms up. There are three settings for pressure and for width of spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photo2010 View Post
    Looking for opinions of the Brondell Swash 1000, and recommendations on a TOTO low profile toilet (one piece) that it will fit. Going to replace a Kohler Rialto in a fairly small space.
    Thanks! Kevin
    Here are the names of some of the low-profile toilets, which you can look at on the Toto web site and also on Terry's site -- www.totousa.com -- recognizing that the actual purchase price is normally dramatically-less than the quoted "sticker" price. Under "downloads" on the Toto site, you can see the latest installation instructions, parts list, and spec sheet.

    Supreme II (non-skirted, 12" rough-in)
    Supreme
    Carolina II (skirted, can fit on 10", 12" or 14" rough-in with unifit adapter)
    Ryohan
    Neorest (with built-in Washlet)

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    Thanks for the helpful replies!
    Kevin

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    The electrician installed the GFI outlet this week. It's a surface mount box on the wall a few inches from my toilet. I wasn't watching when he did the job, but I think it will be too close to the new toilet and washlet when they're installed. I know that the Brondell has a big plug. I'm almost sure the GFI will have to be moved. Sigh, nothing is easy..

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