The Ultimate Toto Washlet Quiz

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The Ultimate Toto Washlet Quiz
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About This Quiz

Developed in Japan, the Toto Washlet is a new toilet mechanism that combines American comfort with European cleaning. Take this quiz to see what you know about this latest toilet design and how it may benefit both the environment and your health.
What type of toilet accessory is popular in Europe?
flush
bidet
The bidet is a popular toilet accessory in Europe. Americans prefer to make do with just a flush toilet.
squat toilet

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The Toto Washlet was developed in what country?
Japan
A Japanese company developed the Toto Washlet to combine the features of a bidet with a flush toilet.
Spain
Mexico

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What is unique to the Toto Washlet?
fits onto flush toilet seat
The Toto Washlet combines a flush toilet with a bidet by fitting onto the seat of the flush toilet.
self-cleaning feature
no toilet seat

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What is the price range of the Toto Washlet?
$500 to $1,000
$800 to $2,200
Prices of the Toto Washlet start around $800 and range up to $2,200.
$1,000-$4,000

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Do you need to replace your toilet in order to install a Toto Washlet?
yes
no
The Toto Washlet fits onto most standard flush toilet seats. Before purchasing a Toto Washlet, make sure your existing toilet is compatible. If your prefer a matching set, the Toto Company also manufactures toilets.
maybe

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How do Toto Washlet models differ?
The most expensive model includes a warm-air drying feature.
As the price increases, additional features are included. The most simple C110 includes front and rear cleaning with water and temperature control, plus a heated seat. More expensive models include warm-air drying. plus other features.
The most expensive model cleans the toilet bowl.
The most expensive model is more decorative.

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How many models of the Toto Washlet are there to choose from?
two models
four models
The Toto Washlet has four different models. The most expensive model includes an air purifier.
six models

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How does a Toto Washlet differ from a standard flush toilet?
The Toto Washlet has an automatic flush.
The Toto Washlet has cleansing water jets.
The Toto Washlet provides a cleansing rinse from water jets and other optional features.
The Toto Washlet costs less than a flush toilet.

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How does the Toto Washlet warm the water used in the cleansing jets?
electrical power
The Toto Washlet needs an electrical source to operate, including heating the water. An electrical outlet must be located within three feet of the toilet.
solar power
gas-fueled power

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Is a plumber required to install the Toto Washlet?
A plumber is optional.
Plumbers are trained to install the Toto Washlet, but you may also try to follow the easy installation instructions.
A plumber is required.
No, just plug it in and place it on the toilet.

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How does the Toto Washlet claim to help the environment?
No toilet tissue is necessary.
The Toto Washlet eliminates the need to use toilet tissue and this saves on paper consumption.
No electricity is used.
The Toto Washlet does not help the environment.

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Every year, Americans use _________ rolls of toilet tissue.
10 billion rolls
20 billion rolls
more than 36 billion rolls
Every year, Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet tissue. It takes about 15 million trees to make this amount of toilet tissue.

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The Toto Washlet uses more water than a flush toilet. Is that bad for the environment?
yes
no
maybe
The Toto Washlet estimates it uses 1 gallon of water per day for a family, but the production of toilet tissue uses 473 billion gallons of water every year in America. It is possible that the Toto Washlet may save on water.

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What does the Toto Washlet use to protect against microorganism growth?
antimicrobial plastic and a silver ion coating
The Toto Washlet uses antimicrobial plastic and a silver ion coating on its self-cleaning nozzle.
special cleansers
heat

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Why does the Toto Washlet company claim its product makes using the traditional flush toilet more sanitary?
Washing with water is more sanitary than cleaning with toilet tissue.
The Toto Washlet cleans with warm water and water pressure, rather than toilet tissue. Some experts caution about bacteria build-up on the spray nozzle, but recent improvements in antimicrobial materials make this less of a concern.
Cleaning with toilet tissue is more sanitary than washing with water.
Neither answer is correct.

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What medical condition may be soothed by the Toto Washlet?
hemorrhoids
The Toto Washlet is soothing for those with hemorrhoids, rashes and sensitive skin.
sore muscles
none

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How is the Toto Washlet energy efficient?
The Toto Washlet is an energy waster.
The Toto Washlet may be shut down when not in use.
You may program the Toto Washlet to shut down after a predetermined length of time to save on energy use.
The Toto Washlet uses very little energy.

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Why is toilet tissue bad for sewers?
Toilet tissue may cause clogging.
Excessive toilet tissue use is the cause of sewer pipe clogging.
Toilet tissue prevents the break-up of waste.
Toilet tissue does not hurt sewers.

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When were many Americans first exposed to the European bidet?
during war
While visiting brothels in France in wartime, many American soldiers discovered European bidets.
when the electronic bidet was introduced
on vacation

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Where did the bidet get its name?
the French word for pony
Bidet is the French word for pony, which is straddled to sit upon like the bidet.
the French word for toilet
the French word for washing

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You Got:
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