An intelligent toilet that gives a wash and blow day after use could become a regular feature in UK homes thanks to a family-run kitchen and bathroom company.
Ramsey’s, in Long Eaton, is now a supplier and installer of the Geberit Aquaclean, which can be found in top luxury London hotels, including The Dorchester.
The Aquaclean, which costs between £1,500 and £5,000, combines toilet and shower technology thanks to a gentle jet of warm water released at the push of a button. Some models even feature a gentle blow dry to eradicate completely the need for loo roll.
The product is a technological advance on the bidet, which enjoyed a surge in popularity in the UK in the 70s and 80s thanks to homeowners trying to inject a bit of continental sophistication into their bathrooms.
According to Geberit, ditching toilet paper in favour of water is more hygienic, leaves users with a clean and fresh-out-of-the-shower feeling and has environmental benefits.
And, although intelligent toilets have been popular in Japan since the 1980s, Ramsey Dawson, managing director of Ramsey’s in Main Street, is hoping that homeowners in Nottingham and Derby will embrace the trend.
He said: “It's described as a 'shower toilet' and they are very popular in Japan.
"It's particularly designed for the ageing population, for instance, arthritis sufferers and other people suffering from mobility issues.
"It will also appeal to those who like to get a head-start in adopting the latest technology - if people want an all-singing, all-dancing, ultimate toilet, they want to buy something like this.
"It's got a heated seat, a night-light, a douche function, a drying function by blowing warm air, and the seat raises automatically when you approach, via sensory control."
He added that it was good for the environment, as it eliminates the need for toilet paper, and is more hygienic than a standard toilet.
Ramsey's has a fully functioning Geberit Aquaclean toilet on display at its showroom in Main Street, Long Eaton.
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