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Non electric bidet

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

PROS

  • 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

CONS

  • 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
Is a bidet worth it?

The number of people using bidets has risen in recent years. More and more people are asking the question ‘is a bidet worth it?’ Considering the low price of simple bidet solutions and the many advantages of using a bidet; the answer has to be yes!

How much will a bidet cost?

Because of the large range of different bidets, there is a correspondingly large range of prices. You can expect to spend as little as $10 for a simple portable bidet, up to more than $1,000 for a highly sophisticated model. To help you choose the best bidet for you, we’ve outlined the things you need to consider before making your purchase.

Are you remodelling your bathroom, or creating a new one from scratch?

In Europe it’s common for bathrooms to have a separate bidet installed alongside a regular toilet. These generally consist of a simple ceramic bowl and faucet with a spray nozzle. These are relatively cheap and easy to install, but take up quite a lot of room and lack the functions and ease of use of many modern bidets.
If saving space is a consideration, and you’re looking for a more functional solution, it’s worth considering installing a toilet with a built-in bidet. There are several elegant solutions which often look the same as a regular toilet, but come with a comprehensive set of bidet functions fully integrated into the toilet. You can expect a heating system, self-cleaning nozzles with a variety of pressure settings, a warm air drying function as well as a remote control to operate everything with. Obviously, all these extras come at a price – this is the top end of the bidet market.

Are you looking to add a bidet to your existing bathroom?

If this is the case, then there are a huge range of bidets which either attach to your existing toilet seat, or replace it entirely. You can expect to pay from around $30 for a simple, manually operated bidet attachment, and up to several hundred for a multi-function toilet seat replacement. Either option will be quite easy to add to your existing toilet and come with everything you need to install it.

Are you looking for a portable solution?

Handheld portable bidets are the simplest option of all, and therefore the cheapest. They generally consist of a plastic, squeezable bottle with a spray nozzle on top. There are also battery-operated alternatives, which tend to be smaller and easier to pack, as well as more comfortable to use.

Are you looking for a cheap solution?

One of the best options is the handheld bidet sprayer. These are very easy to install, requiring you to attach a simple wall mount and some very basic plumbing. They are also useful for many other than washing your nether regions. Other uses include cleaning your toilet and washing pets! Prices start from around $20.

Simple built-in bidet
'European' style built-in bidet
Bathroom bidet
If space is a consideration, a bidet sprayer may be the best option
Installing a bidet
Installing a bidet is an easy DIY job for most people
Bidet toilet seat

An important aspect of renovating your home is to upgrade your bathroom. This does not always mean fancy lighting or decorative tiles around your bath. Rather, something as simple but useful as a bidet is often overlooked when upgrading your washing space. There are many types of bidets, this article will help you choose the best one for you.

What exactly is a bidet? A bidet is a fixture that allows you to wash up using jets of water after using the toilet. It may sound simple, but when you go shopping for a bidet to install in your bathroom you would be surprised at how many different types of these fixtures flood the market. So, how do you choose? Here are outlined the pros and cons of 8 major types of bidets. Read on.

Toilet Seat Bidet

A toilet seat bidet is nothing but a combination of a toilet seat and a bidet. The bidet is strategically placed at the bottom of the toilet seat and can be controlled using a remote control or a panel on the side. They can be either manual, or electrically operated.

Pros: It is an integrated feature and hence does not require any extra space in your bathroom. It is also easy to access and control using the panel.

Cons: Price ranges could vary based on the features. It could be confusing to pick the right features and you could end up spending more for features that you may not even use.

Handheld Bidet

It is a simple setup in which a hose is connected to the plumbing with a sprayer on the other end. The hose is placed close to the toilet so that you can easily access it.

Pros: Handheld bidets are easy to install and you may not even need to call a plumber for the setup. They are also less expensive compared to many other kinds of bidets. Additionally, you could connect the bidet to the warm water plumbing for a comfortable spray during winter months.

Cons: It could be a bit challenging to operate handheld bidets as you have to hold the hose in your hands and position it properly. This handling also raises some hygiene concerns. Moreover, it does not come with any luxury settings.

Ceramic Bidet

These are standalone bidets and are installed as separate units, usually close to the toilet. Imbibed with two sets of nozzles on the tap (for feminine and posterior wash), these are more conventional types of bidets.

Pros: Plumbing can be adjusted to include warm water and the tap allows the user to control the flow of the water easily. As these are age-old bidet models, their prices have lately been coming down.

Cons: These bidets require you to move from the toilet to a separate entity, making washing complicated and less hygienic. As this is a separate unit, it takes up additional space in your bathroom, too. Also, its looks are outdated making it not quite suitable for modern bathrooms.

Electric Bidet

An electric bidet is, of course, as the name suggests, operated by electricity. These bidets are typically fixed under the toilet seat and have many high-end features. You can operate such a bidet through remote control or panel buttons.

Pros: With a plethora of features, these bidets are for the luxury lover. This bidet allows you to change the water temperature and the water pressure and also heats the toilet seat through a mere press of a button. It often comes with additional features such as air dryer, air deodorizer, and self-cleaning options.

Cons: All of these features come at a hefty price and these bidets are complicated to install. Repairing them if anything goes wrong may also be cumbersome. Most importantly, these will not work if anytime there is a power outage in the area or a circuit fault in your house.

Portable Bidet

Also known as travel bidets, portable bidets are essentially water bottles with nozzle extensions at the top. All you need to do is fill the bottle from a faucet and then use the nozzle to spray for washing up. These are also available as battery-operated bottles.

Pros: As with anything portable, the USP of these bidets is that they are a boon for travelers and those who cannot use public restrooms for sensitive skins and other health issues. The battery-operated ones deliver a good spray as well, just like the bidet installed at your home.

Cons: You cannot prefill the bottle and use it later. Hence, access to a faucet is a must when using this bidet. These are difficult to use for those with disabilities as they need extra maneuvers.

Built-In Bidet

What if you want your bidet to be hidden from view yet be fully functional? You then go for the most modern type of bidet, which is the built-in bidet. These bidets are seamlessly incorporated within the toilet and run on electricity.

Pros: The best part of installing a built-in bidet is that it gives your bathroom a minimalist and modern look. They come with a lot of additional features such as air dryer, warming-up the seats, water temperature control, and more.

Cons: These are probably the most expensive types of bidets available in the market. Also, they have all the disadvantages of being run by electricity, aka, the complexity of installation, difficulty in repairs, and outage obstructions.

Over-the-Rim Bidet

Another conventional bidet, it is also a standalone unit but operates in a slightly different way. While a typical standalone bidet allows you to wash up with sprays, an over-the-rim bidet simply fills the fixture with water and enables you to sit inside the water to cleanse yourself.

Pros: These bidets are inexpensive and simple to install. Also, this kind requires only a simple faucet that it uses to fill itself up.

Cons: Using your hands to clean yourself might gross some people out, which is why this kind of bidet is not preferred in many modern households. Sitting in a bidet-bowl full of water also might be seen as less hygienic as compared to using sprays.

Bidet Toilet Attachments

While using toilet seat bidets or built-in bidets may provide a lot of features, they only fit a specific size of the toilet seat. Instead, you can use a bidet attachment on any toilet seat. No need to purchase a whole new toilet seat when you can simply attach a bidet to your existing one.

Pros: These bidets are cost-effective and easy to install. You get most of the conveniences of the toilet seat bidet without having to shell out a fortune. They are also more hygienic compared to handheld or standalone bidets.

Cons: Even though they are similar to toilet seat bidets, these attachments usually lack advanced features such as air drying, deodorizing, and temperature control.

Takeaway

While choosing a bidet for your bathroom, you must weigh-in several parameters such as cost, extra features, durability, complexity, and so on. But the most important feature you must evaluate is hygiene. To that effect, it is advisable to choose the more modern options such as a toilet seat bidet or a built-in bidet.

Of course, your final decision also depends on the look of your bathroom and the space it provides. Choosing the right bidet can provide your home with a more modern and convenient washing area.

Bidet spray
If you're short on space, a bidet spray is an ideal option
Traditional ceramic bidet
Traditional ceramic bidet
Handheld bidet spray nozzle
Handheld bidet spray nozzle
Toilet seat bidet

Bidets have traditionally been more popular in continental Europe than the UK and USA, but that is changing as people are coming to realize why using a bidet is such a good idea. So here, in no particular order, are our top 5 reasons you should be using a bidet.

1. Personal cleanliness

Whichever type of bidet you plan on using, be it the traditional toilet-style ceramic type, an electric toilet seat bidet, or a manual hand-held bidet sprayer; one of the main reasons people use them is personal hygiene.

Using a jet or spray of water to clean your nether regions after you do your bathroom business is simply cleaner than trying to wipe away any remnants with toilet paper. This is particularly true if you are suffering from diarrhea or have looser stools for whatever reason. Whilst toilet paper on its own obviously cleans you to some extent, actually washing your rear is bound to be more efficient.

2. Bidets can save you money

Considering it’s something you literally flush away, toilet paper can be an expensive household item. Economy toilet paper is not pleasant to use, and the paper can be so thin that you need so many sheets per bathroom visit that you wipe out (pun intended) any cost savings. The median price of a reasonable quality toilet roll in the USA is about 90 cents, and an average-sized household will go through several per week. In fact, the average American gets through around 141 rolls of toilet paper per year.

While you will still want to have some toilet paper on hand if you have a bidet – for example for drying off if you don’t have a bidet with a drying attachment – you’ll be using considerably less. You can start seeing savings in your household budget quite quickly if you switch to a simple handheld spray bidet.

3. Help save the environment

Toilet paper is obviously a single-use item and its manufacture is unequivocally bad for the environment. Trees from old growth forests are often used in its production and the process itself requires large amounts of energy and water to create the pulp. Chlorine is usually used to bleach the pulp and other chemicals, for example dyes, may also be used.

Once you add to this the cost of transportation, the plastic packaging, and the addition of used paper to the sewerage system, it’s easy to see that cutting down on the use of toilet paper can have a big impact on the environment.

4. Comfort

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from hemorrhoids or other similar issues, using a bidet to spray that area with water rather than repeatedly wiping it, is a lot less uncomfortable. Menstruating women report that using a bidet leaves them feeling clean and fresh.

5. Bidets are easy to install

Some people may be put off buying a bidet because they think they require specialist know-how to install. While this may have been true for the traditional ceramic bidet, modern versions can be installed in a few minutes by simply attaching them to the water inlet behind the toilet using the provided adapters. No plumbing skills necessary.

Bidet Toilet
Toilet with bidet attachment
Bidets save money
Save money by not buying so much toilet paper!