Briefly: Fancy toilets are not a thing that have really caught on in North America. Being blasted in the arse with scented water is not seen as a core component of the American Dream, but as the NYT reports with some cutting-edge journalism, fancy toilets are slowly invading US shores.
The Times's piece mostly looks at the 'cult' of Toto toilets in the States. These toilets come in varying levels of sophistication: normally, there's a heated seat, adjustable jets of water, 'air-drying', and automatic lid closure; the $US9,000 units come with UV light to kill germs.
More interesting than the fancy toilets, however, is the devotion people attach to them. Toilets are not normally a thing that inspire strong opinions, but reading the Times piece, I wonder if I've been missing out all this time. It seems like it's only a matter of time until Australia embraces the bidet too.