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Detailed Bidet Toilet Seat Comparison: Brondell Swash 1200 VS. TOTO S550e Washlet

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Brondell Swash 1200 Bidet Seat

TOTO S550e Washlet - Classic Trim - Elongated

TOTO S550e Washlet - Contemporary Trim - Elongated 

Brondell Swash 1200 

 

Toto S550e Washlet

Classic Trim

Toto S550e Washlet

Contemporary Trim

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Models

Brondell Swash 1200

TOTO S550e Washlet

Price

$429.00

$990.00

Warranty Upgrade

Yes, upgrades to 3 years, full

No

Color Options

No, White

Yes, white or beige

Size Options

Yes, elongated or round

No, elongated only

Trim Options

No

Yes, classic & contemporary

Remote

Single-sided, wireless

Dual-sided, wireless

Automatic Lid

No

Yes

Sittable Lid

Yes, up to 270 lbs

No

One Button Cleanse & Dry

Yes

No

Warm Air Dryer

No

Yes

Nozzle Configuration

Dual

Single

Nozzle Material

Stainless steel

Plastic

Nozzle Sterilization

No

Yes with ewater+

Wide Spray Option

Yes, adjustable

Yes, not adjustable

Pulse Cleanse

No

Yes

Water Flow

0.11 gallons per minute

0.10 gallons per minute

Deodorizer

No

Yes

Weight Limit

330 lbs

320 lbs

Detailed Comparison of the Brondell Swash 1200 VS. TOTO S550e Washlet

Look and Feel

Color

TOTO understands that having the right colors in your modern bathroom can make a big difference, and there are certain circumstances where a white toilet and bidet seat simply won't work. The good news is that the S550e can be ordered in either White Cotton or Sedona Beige. However, if color isn’t a high priority for you, and a white bidet seat is exactly what you want, then the Brondell Swash 1200 will also work for you from a color standpoint.

Trim

The Brondell Swash 1200 features the standard, unbeveled look of most bidet seat models. However, TOTO's Washlet S550e is available in two different trim styles. The “classic” trim features a beveled edge that adds an extra level of embellishment to an otherwise plain lid. The other option is called “contemporary” or “modern” and is non-beveled. It is similar to the smooth edge of the Brondell Swash 1200 and most other bidet seats on the market today.

Size Options

Conveniently, Brondell sells the Swash 1200 in both elongated and round sizes, meaning that it can fit just about any toilet. TOTO only makes the S550e in the elongated size. However, if you prefer the features of the S550e, but have a round toilet, TOTO's S350e is the equivalent model but is available in a round size.

Wash

Nozzle Configuration & Materials

The manufacturers of these two bidet seats took different approaches to nozzle configuration. Brondell’s Swash 1200 has dual, side-by-side nozzles that are intentionally off-center to provide a thorough cleanse. The single nozzle of TOTO's S550e offers an equally effective cleanse with a centered spray nozzle.

The dual nozzles of the Brondell Swash 1200 are made of bacteria resistant stainless steel that also tends to last longer than nozzles made out of other materials. The single-configured nozzles of TOTO's S550e are made of plastic.

Nozzle Sterilization

TOTO's ewater+ feature provides sterile, electrolyzed water for cleansing the S550e's nozzles. This prevents bacteria or germs from building up on the plastic nozzles, giving you peace of mind. While Brondell’s Swash 1200 does not have this, the nozzles of this model are made of stainless steel which resists bacterial growth in and of itself.

Wide Spray Option

The Brondell Swash 1200 and the TOTO S550e Washlet provide a wide cleansing spray option for increased wash coverage. The difference here is that the spray width is adjustable with Brondell’s Swash 1200 whereas TOTO’s S550e wide spray option is static and not adjustable.

Pulse Cleanse

The TOTO S550e’s spray does offer a massaging pulse mode, as well as back-and-forth nozzle oscillation. This amenity helps relieve tenderness and other colorectal issues.

One Button Wash & Dry

The Swash 1200 from Brondell features a one button, automatic cleanse function that TOTO's S550e does not have. With literally a press of the “Auto” button on the front of the Swash 1200’s remote, any visitor can experience a refreshing bidet cleanse without a tutorial or consulting the owner’s manual.

Water Flow

The water flow for both of these models is very similar. The Swash 1200 has a flow rate of 0.11 gallons per minute, which is a tiny fraction higher than the TOTO S550e's 0.10 gallons per minute. Again, this is a very small difference that is virtually undetectable when using the units.

Comfort & Convenience

Warm Air Dryer

The warm air dryer of the TOTO S550e is a wonderful feature that elevates the overall bidet experience. The temperature of the dryer’s air is adjustable as well, allowing the operator to get the most comfortable wash possible. Since the S550e is bundled with a warm air dryer and an automatic lid, it provides a bidet experience that is almost completely hands free. The Brondell Swash 1200 has no air dryer, adjustable or otherwise. 

Deodorizer

TOTO's S550e comes with a deodorizer that activates automatically after 10 seconds of inactivity. Once it begins, the deodorizer then runs for about 60 seconds. The deodorizer’s filter itself is easily removed and cleaned when needed or during normal maintenance. Your first reaction may be to see the deodorizer as excessive and to wonder if a store-bought can of deodorizer would work just as well. However, the kind of deodorizer that is sprayed into the air only masks the unwanted odor. The deodorizer in the S550e filters the air itself and removes the odor at the source without any chemicals or fragrances. 

Remote

The dual-sided, wireless remote from TOTO is hard to beat. It’s designed to reduce confusion and possible embarrassment of new bidet owners and guests. On the front, the S550e’s remote displays a very simple, easy-to-read menu of the most basic functions available. To access the more advanced amenities, visitors simply turn to the remote’s back. However,  the Brondell Swash 1200’s remote has is its own eco mode designed to conserve the remote’s battery. The TOTO S550e has multiple eco modes for the seat itself, but none of them specifically preserve the remote’s battery life.

Lid

The TOTO Washlet S550e’s lid opens and closes automatically, which makes nighttime trips to the restroom a little easier and helps reduce the spread of germs. Brondell’s Swash 1200 simply does not have this, so you’ll have to open its lid the old fashioned way.

One feature that is easy to overlook when choosing a bidet seat is whether visitors can sit on the lid or not. The Brondell Swash 1200’s lid is sittable and is designed to support up to 270 pounds. In contrast, TOTO recommends against using the lid of the S550e Washlet  as a seat as it can crack. The good news is that, because the S550's lid opens automatically, you never have to worry about guests sitting on it by mistake 

Other Differences

Weight Limit

TOTO states that the S550e’s weight limit is 320 lbs. With a weight limit listed at 330 lbs, the Brondell Swash 1200 is just slightly sturdier. As a quick reminder, the Swash 1200's sittable lid has a weight limit of 270 lbs, so the 330 lbs weight limit mentioned in this section refers specifically to the seat of the bidet. 

Price

Brondell’s Swash 1200 bidet seat is about half the price of the TOTO Washlet S550e. The difference is price is due to the extra features offered by the TOTO S550e such as the automatic lid, warm air dryer and deodorizer.

Warranty

Both of these bidet seat models come with a full, 1 year warranty. The Swash 1200 from Brondell also comes with an optional warranty upgrade. TOTO does not offer a warranty upgrade for the S550e Washlet. 

Final Thoughts

Every bidet seat has pluses and minuses. When the automatic lid, deodorizer, warm air dryer, pulsing cleansing spray, and other comforts are taken into account, the TOTO S550e Washlet is an impressive bidet seat in and of itself. That said, even though it comes with a wide menu of comforts, the TOTO S550e is by no means perfect. It does cost more than the Brondell Swash 1200, and that is a drawback that is difficult to ignore. With the spray width that’s adjustable, one-button auto cleanse, and upgradable warranty, the Brondell Swash 1200 is a great alternative for budget minded consumers who don't need the extra features offered by the TOTO S550e.

Additional Details

Model Numbers (SKUs)

Brondell Swash 1200 SKUs

Brondell Swash 1200 Bidet Seat - elongated: SW1200-EW

Brondell Swash 1200 Bidet Seat - round: SW1200-RW

TOTO S550e Washlet SKUs 

TOTO S550e Washlet - Classic Trim - White Cotton: SW3054#01

TOTO S550e Washlet - Classic Trim - Sedona Beige: SW3054#12

TOTO S550e Washlet - Contemporary (aka Modern) - White Cotton: SW3056#01

TOTO S550e Washlet - Contemporary (aka Modern) - Sedona Beige: SW3046#12

TOTO S550e Washlet+* SKUs 

TOTO s550e (Washlet+) - Classic Trim - Cotton White: SW3054T40#01

TOTO s550e (Washlet+) - Classic Trim - Sedona Beige: SW3054T40#12

TOTO s550e (Washlet+) - Modern or  Contemporary Trim - Cotton White: SW3056T40#01

TOTO s550e (Washlet+) - Modern or  Contemporary Trim - Sedona Beige: SW3056T40#12

*NOTE: Washlet+ refers to a version of the seat that allows the hoses and cords to be hidden 

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Brondell Swash 1200 Bidet Seat

TOTO S550e Washlet - Classic Trim - Elongated

TOTO S550e Washlet - Contemporary Trim - Elongated 

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