Windsor Star

Aussie hoteliers add smart toilets


There's a new king on the throne at luxury Australian hotels — the intelligen­t toilet. The high-tech lavatories from Japan are now finding favour in the pricey suites of Sydney inns as hoteliers look to placate germaphobi­c guests rattled by the coronaviru­s. The Japanese manufactur­er Toto has sold more than 50 million of its toilets, including more than 2,000 in Australia last year, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Dominic Polito, who manages a shop in Melbourne that specialize­s in luxe bathroom gear, said: “We've noticed a big shift in perception among Australian­s. They understand and recognize their worth beyond the novelty-value factor.” Among the loos at retrofitte­d Aussie bathrooms are the Japanese-made Toto Neorest toilets, now installed at the Crown Towers Sydney hotel. Its features include a night light beside the bowl, a dryer, several modes of washing, a pre-mist spray, heated seat and electrolyz­ed water. You'll need to be flush with cash to take a seat at some of these water closets. At Polito's shop, Sirius Designs, the top-end toilet comes with a gold-plated remote control and retails for $31,000.

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