Brondell Swash 1400 vs Toto S550e – Which is Better?
The Brondell Swash 1400 and Toto S550e are 2 of the best bidet toilet seats in the market. Which then is the better bidet seat between these 2? Let us look at their differences.
The main difference between Brondell Swash 1400 and Toto S550e is that Toto S550e has an auto opening/closing seat lid and Ewater bowl premist, both of which are absent in the Brondell Swash 1400. Toto S550e also uses a single plastic nozzle while Brondell Swash 1400 uses a stainless steel dual nozzle.
Due to the extra features in the Toto S550e and perhaps because of the popularity of the Toto brand, Toto S550e is more expensive than the Brondell Swash 1400.
Another difference between Toto S550e and Brondell Swash 1400 is that while the S550e is only available for elongated toilets, Brondell Swash 1400 is available for both round and elongated toilets.
Toto S550e however comes in 2 shapes, a classic shape and a modern/contemporary shape. The modern shape is smooth from back to front while the classic washlet’s lid has a beveled edge. This difference in shape is purely for aesthetics and has no effect on performance.
Brondell Swash 1400 vs Toto S550e Comparison Table
|Feature||Brondell Swash 1400||Toto S550e|
|Nozzle Type||Dual, stainless steel||Single, plastic|
|Auto lid close/open|
|Adjustable spray width|
|Warm air dryer|
|Adjustable water temperature|
|Adjustable water pressure|
|Height||5.5 inches||5 inches|
|Wireless remote control|
Brondell Swash 1400 Review
The Brondell Swash 1400 is cheaper than the Toto S550e, is available for both round and elongated toilets, offers a sittable lid and does pretty much everything you would need in a high-end bidet seat.
Toto S550e Washlet
If you want a washlet that takes hygiene to the next level as well as offering a 100% hand-free experience then the Toto S550e washlet is the one to go for. It is however a little expensive.
Let us now look at the difference between these 2 bidet seats in more detail
1. The Nozzles
As mentioned, Toto S550e uses a single plastic nozzle which is an improvement from Toto’s older washlets that had a dual nozzle. I am just surprised that Toto has stuck with a plastic nozzles when every other high-end bidet seat uses a stainless steel or aluminum nozzle.
This is however not to say that the Toto S550e’s nozzle is flimsy or inferior. It is just easy to clean stainless and aluminum compared to plastic.
Brondell Swash 1400 on the other hand uses a stainless steel dual nozzle. One is dedicated for the feminine wash and the other for rear/posterior wash.
Both Toto S550e’s and Brondell Swash 1400’s nozzles can be adjusted back and forth to clean different areas as well as accommodate users of different body sizes.
Just like any other decent bidet seat, both of these seats offer rear and front wash functions. What is interesting is the fact that for both of them you can choose to have either a narrow spray or a wide spray.
A narrow spray is stronger and more concentrated on a certain spot while a wide wash cleans over a wide area but is gentler. In terms of adjustable spray width Toto S550e has 2 settings while Brondell Swash 1400 has 3 settings.
You can also select the oscillating wash functions for both of these seats. This involves a back and forth nozzle movement to clean over a large surface area.
One wash function present in the Toto S550e but absent in the Brondell Swash 1400 is the pulsating wash. A pulsating wash involves the use of alternating strong and soft water sprays to create a massage sensation.
Brondell Swash 1400 and Toto S550e bidet seats do not have the enema wash. That option is only available in the Bio Bidet BB 2000 Bliss bidet toilet seat.
Beauty being in the eyes of the beholder I will let you decide which among these 2 seats is better looking than the other. I will however let you know what is obvious between the two.
Toto S550e is more compact than that Brondell Swash 1400 bidet seat. Their highest point (the rear) is 5 inches for the S550e and 5.5 inches for the Brondell Swash 1400.
Brondell Swash is however shorter in depth (19.8 inches) than the Toto S550e (20.7 inches) for the elongated seats. As matter of fact, Brondell Swash need a shorter space between the toilet tank and the seat mounting holes making it a better option for compact toilets.
Both of these seats’ electrical cords and water supply line comes off from the left side of the side. Brondell Swash 1400 however has a “pocket” which helps to conceal them. The same is absent in the Toto S550e.
I must however say that the lack of a water reservoir at the back make these 2 bidet seats very attractive. Since both of them use an instant water heating system, a hot water reservoir is not necessary and will therefore provide you with endless supply of warm water.
3. Auto Opening/Closing Lid and Seat
This is one of the main feature present in the Toto S550e but absent in the Brondell Swash 1400. Only Toto S550e has this feature among all the bidets in the market and this is why it is the only one that provides a complete hands-free experience.
As soon as you enter the bathroom and start approaching the toilet, a sensor fitted on the seat will notice your motion and prompt the lid to lift off automatically. You therefore get to do your business without touching the toilet or bending to lift the lid.
As soon as your business is done, you will only cleanse, dry yourself and walk away. The lid will notice your departure and automatically close.
You can also opt to raise the actual seat using a button on the S550e’s wireless remote control. The button is conveniently located at the top of the remote control such that if the remote is on a wall-mount you can press this button easily without bending.
There are people who do not like the auto open/close feature in the S550e and just prefer to operate the seat manually. That is why Toto came up with the Toto S500e washlet.
The Toto S500e has the same features as the S550e without the auto open/close lid and seat and nightlight. For more on the Toto S550e vs S500e check this post.
4. Bowl Premist
This is another feature present in the Toto S550e but absent in the Brondell Swash 1400. It is actually only used by Toto washlets and bidet toilet combos.
Before using the toilet, the S550e’s nozzles is sanitized using electrolyzed water, a technology Toto refers to as Ewater+. Electrolyzed water has however been used in the food industry for years as a disinfectant.
Apart from sanitizing the nozzles, the water is also sprayed on the bowl to mist/wet it. Why does Toto do this though?
According to Toto (and something I have also noted,) a wet bowl is more efficient in waste elimination than a dry bowl. This is because it prevents waste from sticking on the surface of the bowl meaning you don’t have to scrub the bowl after using the toilet.
5. Warm Air Dryer
As soon as you are thoroughly cleaned, both of these bidet seats use a warm air dryer to remove all the moisture from your front and rear. The nozzle retracts to the back of the seat and the warm air dryers kicks in immediately.
For both of them. you can easily adjust the temperature of the warm air from the remote control. You can also opt to dry yourself using a toilet paper or towel if you don’t have the patience since the dryer takes its time to completely dry you.
6. Air Deodorizer
An air deodorizer is something most high-end bidet seats will have. As opposed to artificial fragrances than clone the smell in the room, an air deodorizes removes the bad odor leaving the room smelling fresh throughout.
Brondell Swash 1400 does an even better job at this since it comes with a removable cartridge. After continued usage, you can replace the cartridge which is actually pretty easy to do.
If you usually use the bathroom at night, you very well know how hard it is to go back to sleep immediately after turning on the bathroom lights. This is where a toilet seat with nightlight comes in.
Both the Brondell Swash 1400 and Toto S550e have a blue LED nightlight that helps you negotiate your way to the toilet at night without having to turn on the bathroom lights.
The difference is that with the Toto S550e, the nightlight is located on the left side of the seat while with the Brondell Swash 1400 the nightlight illuminates the inside of the bowl. Both of them are great though.
8. Heated Toilet Seat
A heated toilet seat is a dream especially on a cold winter morning. Both Toto S550e and Brondell Swash 1400 have a heated seat whose temperature can be adjustable.
I have however noticed that at maximum temperature settings, the Brondell Swash 1400 is a little bit warmer than the Toto S550e. This is however not to say that Toto’s seat does not heat up properly. I just find the Brondell Swash way warmer.
9. Sittable Lid
If you enjoy sitting on a toilet from time to time then the Brondell Swash 1400 is the bidet seat to go for. It is the only high-end bidet seat that offers a sittable lid with over 300 pounds weight limit.
Toto S550e washlet’s seat is not designed to be sat on. Bidet seats lids unlike regular sits are always leaning forward and therefore not the most comfortable places to sit on anyway.
10. Round Toilets Seats
A round toilet seat will only fit on a round toilet bowl and the same is also true for elongated toilet seats. I don’t know for what reason but Toto does not manufacture the S550e washlet for round toilets, but the same are available by Brondell Swash 1400.
If you have a round-front toilet then you will have to buy a round Brondell Swash 1400 bidet seat. Round toilet bowls are 16.5 inches long while elongated ones are 18.5 inches long. If you would like to know how to measure a toilet seat check out this post.
11. Wireless Remote Control
Both of these bidet seats come with a wireless remote control that can be wall-mounted or just hand-held. Brondell Swash 1400’s remote control is a simple one compared to the robust and sleek dual-sided Toto S550e’s remote control.
One thing you will notice with the Toto S550e’s remote control is that all the buttons are represented using icons and are not worded. That can be tough to use for someone who has not used it before.
It however comes with a small cheat sheet that you can install alongside the wall-mount that clearly explains what each icons does/stands for. Brondell Swash 1400’s remote control is clearly labelled under each button.
Both of these remote controls comes with 2 user presets that you can select and save the preferred settings for 2 people.
Toto S550e comes with a 1-year warranty while the Brondell Swash 1400 comes with a 3-year warranty. The Toto warranty covers everything from the date of purchase for the next 12 months.
Brondell Swash 1400 offers a full first year coverage, a partial 75% coverage in the second year and a partial 50% coverage in the third year. Brondell therefore offers better warranty conditions than Toto.