TOTO S7A vs C5: Washlet Comparison
Also announced was that the TOTO S500e was being discontinued and replaced by the TOTO S7 Washlet. For more information about the difference between the S7 and S7A Washlets, you can read our article about that here.
If you’re looking for information about which TOTO Washlet is best, we’ve got the answers! Enjoy our guide to the TOTO S7A vs C5.
S7A vs C5
The TOTO C5 is pictured below:
Here's a similar view of the new TOTO S7A Washlet:
There are some obvious differences between these two Washlet bidet seats. We have identified the major areas where the TOTO Washlet C5 and the S7A Washlet differ.
First we’ll start with the differences in features between the TOTO Washlet S7A vs C5. The following are some the most sought-after features that the C5 Washlet does not have:
- Instant/unlimited warm water
- An auto open/close lid
- Auto-flush compatibility
One of the most important distinctions to make relates to perhaps the most important part of a bidet seat: the wash.
Instant and Unlimited Warm Water
One of the most significant ways the TOTO Washlet S7A stands out from the TOTO C5 is the fact that it has instant and unlimited warm water. The S7A Washlet has an instant tankless water heater where the Washlet C5 has a tank water heater.
We go into a lot of detail about tank vs tankless water heaters in our article about warm water bidets here.
So you’ll likely have to wait for a few seconds before the water is actually warm with the C5 Washlet, whereas with the S7A Washlet, warm water will be instantaneous. You also have a limited amount of warm water with the TOTO C5 bidet because of the tank water heater.
Once all the warm water in the tank is used up, you’re out. Your wash water will be at ambient temperature until it has time to heat up again. With the TOTO S7A Washlet, you’ll never have to worry about your warm water running out.
Auto open/close lid
Another key feature that the TOTO C5 lacks is an automatic open/close lid. As soon as you approach the TOTO S7A, the lid will begin to open and the PREMIST feature will activate and start rinsing the toilet bowl, bidet spray wand and under the seat.
When you’re finished doing your business and walk away from the toilet, the lid will automatically close as well. Isn’t modern technology amazing?
One other feature that's only available on the TOTO S550e and TOTO S500e is auto-flush. This feature uses a sensor to detect when a user has finished and stood up from the toilet and the toilet automatically flushes for them.
There is also a remote control option to flush the toilet while seated as well. The lack of TOTO C5 compatibility with this feature is another major way these Washlets differ.
Whether you’d like to avoid touching a dirty toilet seat lid again, you’re impacted by mobility issues or have a disability of some sort, an auto open/close lid and auto-flush can be very valuable features.
For more information about the benefits of bidets for the handicapped, you can read our article here.
As we mentioned earlier, the TOTO C5 has a tank water heater where the S7A Washlet has an instant water heater. Besides the practical warm water aspect of this difference, the look and feel for the user are impacted as well.
The warm water tank in the C5 Washlet adds some bulk and height to the back of the seat. Because of this, the tank heater can cause the user to be pushed forward a bit as they sit on the bidet seat. This is less comfortable than sitting on an ultra sleek seat like the Washlet S7A.
The TOTO Washlet C5 seat height is 5.81” tall. You can see where it bulks up in the back in the image below:
The TOTO Washlet S7A is ultra sleek and has a seat height of only 4.01” tall. You can observe the difference in height in the image below:
Cost is another obvious distinction when comparing the TOTO Washlet C5 vs S7A. All of the feature and design differences we’ve outlined above have led us to where the decision can come down to price.
For its price, the C5 Washlet has a surprising number of features. Few bidet seats in it's price range have a heated seat, deodorizer and a warm air dryer.
The S7A Washlet on the other hand, has all the bells and whistles that justifies its price. We can think of few improvements to this new bidet seat or suggest features it doesn’t already have.
Would it be too much trouble to have either of them play some music? Because that would be awesome.
Similarities Between TOTO S7A vs C5 Washlet
Now that we’ve covered the main ways in which these two Washlets differ, let's talk about all the features they do share.
Below are some of the main feature highlights that are shared between the TOTO S7A and TOTO C5:
- Adjustable water temperature and pressure
- Oscillating massage modes
- Aerated water for a gentler, more effective cleanse
- Heated seat
- Warm air dryer
- Remote control
- EWATER on wand
- PREMIST of toilet bowl before use
- Seamless seat
One of these shared features to note is the seamless seat. This is a new feature upgrade from the TOTO S550e and is now standard on both of these bidet seats.
TOTO S7A vs TOTO C5 Review
We hope our article outlying the differences between the TOTO S7A and C5 Washlets was helpful. To recap the main differences:
It will be up to you to decide which features are most valuable to you, your price range and which Washlet fits your needs.
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