You’re likely to have used a bidet if you’ve ever traveled outside of the United States. It doesn’t matter if you used the puzzling porcelain device, or had any idea of its purpose.
A bidet is simply a fixture with a water stream that allows for personal hygiene after the toilet. This fixture is common in Asian and European bathrooms. It’s a common sight in bathrooms throughout Europe and Asia, especially Japan where bathing is an important ritual.
Since 1975, in Italy, the installation of a bidet is a mandatory requirement. In most private and hotel bathrooms, they are now an essential feature.
Bijets are a great way to conserve trees, as they reduce the need for toilet paper and increase their use. Bidets also save water. Not only do they reduce the amount of toilet paper needed, but also the many gallons Americans waste on showering. A bidet may provide the necessary cleanup.
Types of Bidets
Although the many benefits of a bidet sound great, it may not be practical to install an additional fixture in your bathroom. There are many options available that won’t require a full remodel, including smart toilets with built-in bidets. There are many high-quality attachments and seats that can be added to existing toilets.
- Toilets with integrated bidets – Most modern high-tech toilets include a bidet function and a variety of pampering features like built-in deodorizers or lid openers that are sensor-activated.
- Bidet seats are simple to install and use. A bidet chair instantly transforms your toilet into an advanced throne. Electronic models have a button that extends a tiny nozzle underneath you to spray warm, aerated water. The nozzle retracts into its sleeves after you are done. Many models come with heated seats or air dryers. Some also have energy-efficient tankless water heating. Many models come with non-electric, eco-friendly bidets. These seats require no electricity and are less expensive than electric or battery-operated models.
- Bidet attachments are very inexpensive and easy to install. They attach to the undersides of existing toilet seats. These attachments connect to the fresh water supply line of your toilet and have front, rear and nozzle cleaning modes. The water isn’t heated.
- Handheld Bidets – These models are similar in price to bidet attachments and look like handheld shower sprays. They can be mounted on any toilet that has an external water supply.