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The ultimate upgrade for your bathroom, a smart bidet is the most luxurious option for your toilet. On this article we’ll find out what this kind of bidet can do and whether you should consider buying one.

What is a smart bidet?

All bidets exist for one main purpose: to provide a means of cleaning yourself after using the bathroom. Bidets in general clean you in a much more thorough and gentler way than using paper. They also save on toilet paper and thus lower your impact on the environment.

Smart bidets replace your existing toilet seat are the Rolls Royce of the bidet world, offering many more functions than other types. The features you can expect include:

  • Adjustable water pressure
  • Heated seat
  • Soft-close lid
  • Warm air, adjustable dryer
  • Adjustable temperature
  • Multiple nozzle positions for front and back cleaning to suit both women and men
  • Different wash/massage functions
  • A self-cleaning system for the bidet nozzles
  • Touch and/or remote control panel

You might be asking yourself if some of these are just marketing gimmicks, but while many may not be essential, they’re all great to have.

Are they hard to install?

In a word, no! The smart bidet replaces your existing toilet seat and will be packaged with everything you need to install it. Installing the bidet seat itself simply requires removing the 2 screws holding your existing seat on and replacing it with the bidet.

Some models require only 2 connections: one to the electricity supply and one to the cold water inlet of your toilet. With this type a reservoir of water is kept constantly warm ready for use. These models take about 15 minutes to install and are a very simply DIY job.

Other smart bidets may also require a connection to the hot water pipe on your sink and are therefore a little harder to install. The advantage of this type is that you have a non-stop warm water supply and don’t have to wait for it to heat up between uses.

How much do they cost?

All these features come at a price of course, and this type of bidet is more expensive than the toilet seat attachment type. You can expect to pay a minimum of around $225. Even so, they are great value for money for the features offered – and you’ll save a lot on toilet paper too!

Smart bidet
A smart bidet toilet seat
What does a Bidet do?

Maybe you heard about bidets on the internet. Maybe you visited a hotel or a friend’s house and saw a bidet (pronounced beeday) in their bathroom. If so, you probably wondered what a bidet is for and whether you should consider getting one yourself.

So what does a bidet do?

A bidet is simply a means of cleaning yourself after going to the toilet. It does this using a jet or spray of water directed towards your bottom. This allows you to clean yourself much more thoroughly than using toilet paper. Rather than wiping and, by definition, smearing remnants of poo around, a bidet will efficiently and cleanly wash the poo away.

Although you may use a couple of sheets of toilet paper to dry yourself afterwards, you will be using a fraction of the amount you normally would. This is good for your wallet and also good for the environment. If you buy a more up-market bidet, you won’t even have to dry yourself either. Many more expensive bidets have an integrated drying function. Warm air will be directed onto your nether regions to dry you after the ‘wash cycle’.

Why use one?

By far the biggest reason people use bidets is the increased personal hygiene they offer. The feeling of being truly clean after you go to the toilet is simply great. Also, if you have sensitive skin using a gentle spray and a pat dry is much more comfortable than repeatedly rubbing with paper.

Other people might also be attracted by the fact that using a bidet causes less harm to the environment. Toilet paper production is notoriously bad for the planet. Apart from all the trees which are cut down to make paper, harmful chemicals such as chlorine are used to bleach the paper and huge amounts of water and electricity are used in its production. Multiply luxury toilet paper is particularly bad, as it contains a low amount of recycled paper.

Finally, some people opt for a bidet sprayer instead of a toilet seat bidet. These consist of a hose with an adjustable spray nozzle on the end. Easily plumbed into your existing toilet, the spray head is normally stored on a wall mount next to the toilet. These are a cheap option which can be used for more than cleaning your bottom. They fact that they’re separate from your toilet means you can use them for cleaning almost anything (pets, shoes, the toilet itself…).

There are 3 main reasons to use a bidet

  1. Whichever kind of bidet you choose, they provide a hygienic means of cleaning yourself after going to the toilet
  2. Bidets save on the on-going cost of toilet paper
  3. They reduce your impact on the environment
Toilet seat bidet
This type of bidet is easily added to an existing toilet
Adjustable bidet toilet seat
Bidets may offer warm and cool water sprays and can be manual or electrically operated
Hand held bidet spray
A bidet spray can be used for many things...
Bidet vs Toilet Paper

You may be thinking about investing in a bidet, and wondering how it stacks up in relation to toilet paper. We’re here to answer your bidet vs toilet paper queries by examining why you should think about buying a bidet.

Which is more hygienic, toilet paper or a bidet?

This is a definite win for the bidet. There is no doubt that cleaning yourself with a water spray is more efficient and hygienic than smearing the area with toilet paper. No matter how well you wipe, you’re unlikely to be 100% clean using toilet paper alone. For confidence and a feeling of genuine cleanliness, a bidet cannot be beaten.

Which is more comfortable to use?

If you are sensitive for whatever reason, or suffer from a condition such as hemorrhoids, then a bidet can be a Godsend. Rubbing with toilet paper can irritate an already sore area. A gentle water spray will be much more pleasant to use and get you cleaner into the bargain. Also, many women find that using a bidet is a great way to keep clean during menstruation.

Which is more economical?

In the short term a bidet will obviously be more expensive as you have to account for the initial outlay. That being said, it need not be an expensive purchase. For example, a handheld bidet sprayer can be bought for as little as $25 and a basic bidet toilet seat attachment is only around $10 more. Of course if you want a bidet with more functions, the price will increase, but even a fully electric, multi-function toilet seat bidet can be had for under $250.

With US citizens using about 3 rolls of toilet paper per week, it won’t take long to offset your investment in reduced paper costs. Of course, with a simple bidet which doesn’t offer a drying function, you may still be using a couple of sheets per toilet visit to dry yourself after washing. Nevertheless, you will be using dramatically less toilet paper.

Which is better for the environment?

Nowadays everyone should be considering their impact on the planet and our consumption of paper, toilet or otherwise, is something we should all bear in mind. Overall, toilet paper manufacturers are using less recycled paper and cutting down more forests. This means toilet paper production is becoming less sustainable.

Also, large amounts of water and electricity are used in its production, as are bleaching chemicals such as chlorine. In fact, it can take as much as 37 gallons of water just to make 1 toilet roll. You will use much less than this with a bidet.

Using a bidet means you have to use little or no toilet paper and you will therefore be helping the environment.

Toilet Paper vs Bidet
The cost of toilet paper mounts up and its production is bad for the environment
A bidet washer attachment for an existing toilet
Bidet washer attachments are cheap to buy and easy to install
Built-in ceramic bidet
Built-in bidets are common in Europe
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!