50-year-old hotels cost a huge amount of money to introduce, smart toilets will explode in the United States?
According to reports, the famous Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Hawaii will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Recently, the hotel has replaced all 1,635-room toilets with smart toilets. The smart toilet will usher in a new outbreak in the US market.
Established in 1971, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel is a four-star hotel. Since 2019, the hotel has spent 220 million US dollars on a large-scale renovation, including the introduction of smart toilet products and bathtubs for all 1,635 rooms. The hotel’s room manager said that the hotel will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021, and hopes to use smart toilets as one of its selling points. Therefore, smart toilets will be introduced when the hotel is fully renovated. In addition, many customers reported in the questionnaire that they wanted to use the smart toilet in the hotel, and felt that the guests have high expectations for the smart toilet, which is also the reason why the hotel decided to introduce it on a large scale.
At present, few hotels in the United States use smart toilets or similar products on a large scale, but reports show that as the exposure of smart toilets in the United States continues to increase, more and more American families choose this product. Fortune, USA Today and other media have also stated that with the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, products such as smart toilets will usher in new development opportunities in the US market.Recently, the US Fortune website published an article titled “The new crown virus finally allows Americans to accept bidets” (including smart toilets, not specifically described below). The article believes that the panic of 1907 led to the establishment of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the stock market crash of 1929 brought the Public Utilities Administration (WPA) and the Hoover Dam to Americans, and this new crown pneumonia epidemic may Will promote the popularization of bidets.
The article quoted Jason Ojalvo, CEO of the bathroom company Tushy, saying that as people look for products that can replace toilet paper, the sales of bidets in the United States have increased. In the past few weeks, Tushy’s bidet product sales have increased nearly 10 times. On social media, Tushy even borrowed the toilet paper shortage to build momentum for its own products. One of the slogans is: “Toolet paper shortage? Sounds like a first-world problem and a first-world solution. Find a Tushy bidet. , The problem is solved.”
A related article from USA Today also expressed the same view, indicating that Americans are beginning to accept bidets or similar products. The article said that since its birth in France several centuries ago, most Americans have sneered at this product, while Japan, Italy and other countries have adopted this product as the main method of cleaning after toilet, but today Americans may want it. Take this product with admiration.
It is understood that in the United States, bidets, smart toilets or similar products often share an English name (bidets). When it comes to bidets, smart toilets are often included. According to a report by BRG Building Solutions, the current market size of bidets in the United States is approximately US$106 million, and is expected to grow by 15% by 2021. Smart toilet products produced by TOTO and Kohler start at about US$300 in the United States. In 2017, Kohler launched a questionnaire survey of local customers, and the results showed that 33% of the interviewed users expressed their curiosity about smart toilets and intended to upgrade toilets for this purpose.
It is reported that products including bidets, smart toilets, etc., were predecessor to bidets (bidet). Due to ideological reasons, the US market has not yet accepted this product on a large scale. In 1964, the American Toilet Company combined the bidet and the toilet seat, and added a water spray function to create a prototype of a smart toilet and spread it to Japan. But until the beginning of this century, Americans were still unwilling to accept this kind of product except for the small places where celebrities like luxury hotels and Hollywood gather.
However, with the increasing popularity of smart toilets around the world, Americans have begun to change their views. For this reason, in recent years, many smart bathroom brands have been rushing to the US market, which has greatly increased the sales of smart toilets in the United States and directly activated the local smart bathroom market.
For example, the sales of TOTO smart toilets have shown an increasing trend in the US market in recent years. From April to December 2019, TOTO’s smart toilet sales in the US market increased by 21%, which was higher than the sales growth in China (0%) and Asia Pacific (14%) during the same period. In May 2019, TOTO spent 3.7 billion yen in Thailand to build the company’s fifth global smart toilet production base. The purpose is not only to open up the Thai market, but also to meet the growing demand for such products in the US market.
Recently, as the United States has become the hardest hit by the new crown pneumonia epidemic, there has been a wave of purchases of smart toilets in the local area. A Kohler spokesperson said in an earlier interview with the media that the sales of smart toilets began to pick up at the end of February. With the increase in confirmed patients in the United States, the sales of smart toilets increased rapidly in March. TOTO also took the opportunity to promote its own smart toilet products, saying that it can provide a “more sanitary, paperless bathroom experience.”
In addition to foreign brands, Chinese brands have also actively explored the American smart bathroom market in recent years. In 2015, Jiumu brought its new smart bathroom products to Silicon Valley, demonstrating Jiumu’s determination to enter the international market. Two years later, Jiumu chose to launch the M5 Master Craftsman series in Times Square, New York, which also attracted the attention of American consumers. In addition, Dongpeng Sanitary Ware, Langjing and other companies’ sanitary ware advertisements have also appeared on Times Square to speak for China’s smart sanitary ware.
With the leap in China’s smart bathroom production technology, it has become possible to export related products to the United States in recent years. On August 15, 2018, the 2,400 smart toilet lids produced by Zhejiang Yihe Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd. were divided into two containers and shipped to Ningbo Port. Two days later, they were officially cleared and exported to the United States, becoming the first Taizhou-made smart toilets that successfully entered the U.S. market product.
It can be seen that the smart toilet, as a part of smart manufacturing, has completely eliminated the industry haze from buying toilet lids in Japan, and has also begun to leave abroad in recent years. This is of great significance in terms of the sanitary ware industry or the entire Chinese manufacturing industry.