One of the simplest and most popular options for people looking to improve their toilet experience is a non-electric bidet. They provide a basic water spray for cleaning yourself after using the toilet. Bidets are much more effective for personal hygiene than just using toilet paper, and provide a more gentle cleansing. Additionally, they will save you money in the long run, and are better for the environment.
How does a non-electric bidet work?
This type of bidet needs no connection to a power outlet (obviously) and only needs water pressure to work. They generally consist of an attachment which is mounted under your existing toilet seat and connected to the toilet’s water supply. A cleaning nozzle protrudes from under the rear part of the toilet seat. This nozzle is usually designed to automatically retract when not in use so it stays clean.
They are connected to the water inlet on your toilet and a spray head provides the cleaning function. Some models also connect to the hot water hose on your sink to provide a warm water wash. Because of their simple design, they tend to be affordable and easy to install.
How to install a non electric bidet seat
Most bidets of this type are installed under your existing toilet seat, near the hinge area. A T-shaped connector is then attached to the water inlet by the toilet in order to allow two simultaneous connections to the water supply. A hose is then attached from the T-connector to the bidet attachment, and the original water hose is reattached to the connector. It should only take a few minutes and you don’t need advanced plumbing skills!
What to look for
An easy to use pressure adjustment is an important feature. It’s a good idea to look for a model with a braided steel hose, rather than a plastic one, as these tend to be more durable. One with a retracting self-cleaning nozzle or a nozzle guard will ensure it stays clean between uses. Some models offer rear- and front-cleaning options, which is something to consider if both sexes will be using the bidet.
Pros and cons of a non-electric bidet
- As with all bidets, you will clean yourself more effectively than using toilet paper alone
- The simple design means they’re cheap to buy
- There are a wide range of non-electric bidets on the market, meaning it should be easy to find one which fits in with your bathroom decor
- Installation is easy, requires only one connection to the water supply, and no plumbing skills are necessary
- Their simplicity means you only get a basic cold water wash with most models, with few adjustments except water pressure.
- No electricity normally means no warm water, drying functions, or other extras. Although there are some models which use the hot water from your sink connection, which are a bit more complicated to install