Should you Buy a Bidet Attachment?
If you’re looking to improve your bathroom experience, then installing a bidet attachment is one of the best options. They provide an efficient cleaning function while being very economical and a doddle to install. The fresh, clean feeling you get after using a bidet is a revelation if you’re just used to using toilet paper.
What is a bidet attachment?
Is it a relatively simple device which attaches to the hinge area of your existing toilet seat. It is connected to the clean water supply used by your toilet and provides a cleaning function for your bottom. It will clean you much better than toilet paper and will save you money too.
The cleaning is provided by a spray nozzle which is angled towards your bottom and is controlled by dials or switches conveniently located at the side of the attachment.
You may be thinking that the spray nozzle could become dirty when the toilet is used. But don’t worry – on most models they are designed to retract out of the way when not in use and many also have a self-cleaning function built in.
How are they controlled?
This kind of bidet is controlled with a simple pad normally located on the right-hand side of the toilet seat. The simplest manual or non-electric bidets usually have a dial with multiple positions which relate to the strength of spray you require. You just turn the dial to the required pressure and turn it off when you’re finished. It’s a good idea to start with a gentle spray and increase it if necessary. Some models also provide a feminine wash function.
Are they tricky to install?
Honestly, no. They’re extremely simple to add to your existing toilet. You’ll receive everything you need to install your bidet attachment in the kit provided. It involves removing your toilet seat, placing the attachment over where the hinges are and putting the seat back. This does tend to raise the back of the toilet seat slightly. If this bothers you, installing a couple of bumpers on the front will solve the problem. After draining the toilet, you install the supplied hose onto the water inlet and that’s it! No advanced DIY skills are required.
What are some alternatives?
If you’d prefer a bidet with more functionality, then a smart bidet may be the best option for you. Instead of an attachment which affixes to your existing toilet seat, a smart bidet replaces the seat completely and will offer adjustable temperatures, different washing modes, a drying functions, etc.
Or, if you would prefer a simpler option, a handheld bidet sprayer may be the answer. These are very much like a shower head and hose which is mounted by the side of the toilet.