Spring is a time for trees and flowers blooming, longer warmer days, and for a lot of people it is a time for cleaning and organizing the home. After a long winter, spring is the perfect time to tackle cleaning out your garage, basement, attic or closets. And after thoroughly cleaning and organizing these often dirty and dusty spaces, you’ll probably want to take a nice warm shower after your hard work. As bidet seat users know, washing with water is the best way to feel clean and refreshed. So while you’re getting your spring cleaning done and making your home cleaner and more efficient, why not make your bathroom experience cleaner and more efficient by installing a bidet toilet seat?
Using water to wash regularly is a basic part of everyday life. Except for some bizarre reason, some Americans still think the idea of cleaning themselves with water after going to the bathroom is a little weird. What would be weird is having your kids or grandkids come inside after playing in the mud and telling them to march into the bathroom and wipe themselves off with a towel (and don’t forget to wipe behind the ears!). That would be ridiculous. If you want to smear dirt and bacteria around, then you can wipe away, but if you’re actually interested in getting clean you know it’s time for a bath. The same concept applies when cleaning after using the bathroom and using toilet paper versus using water. And with the efficient models on the market today, you can be washed with a strong soothing stream of warm water and then use the warm air dryer afterwards. Of course, many users keep some toilet paper around to speed up the drying process, but with a bidet your days of smearing with toilet paper will be over. Plus you might get back a little bit of storage space since you won’t need a 64 pack of TP taking up all that room.
For many people, the hardest thing about making the change to a bidet seat – much like spring cleaning itself – is simply making the decision to do it. Wiping with toilet paper is a habit a lot of people have had since as early as they can remember. But as with most bad habits, once you make the change you’ll be glad you did. Many of our customers come to us after experiencing a bidet either while traveling to one of the many countries where they are the norm, or from a first-hand referral from friends and family who have made the switch. Regardless of what prompts them to take the plunge, the single most common reaction after getting one of these seats is that they wished they’d known about bidets sooner.
Besides all of the user-friendly cleaning features on today’s models, they are also designed for easy do-it-yourself installation. The unit simply replaces your existing toilet seat and fits directly on top of the toilet. Most people install theirs in about 30 minutes or less. The water connects to the existing water line with a simple T-valve connection and bidet hose, so there are no special plumbing skills required. Then plug it in and it’s ready to go. It’s so easy that you could add a bidet seat in all of your bathrooms in a fraction of the time it would take to clean out the garage.
Once you decide to install a bidet seat, the toughest part then is often deciding what model is best for you. We have a convenient comparison chart to help you compare the different features on various models, and you can always contact us to discuss your options as well. So if it’s time to say, “out with the old and in with the new” while doing your spring cleaning, why not say good-bye to the old way of cleaning yourself after using the bathroom and say hello to a better way of feeling fresh and clean with a brand new bidet toilet seat!
If you have researched bidet toilet seats, you have probably read about the hygiene and health benefits of cleaning with water versus cleaning with dry toilet paper. It’s a simple idea that is really very intuitive when you stop and think about it: if you want to effectively wash yourself, you should use water. This simple idea of upgrading to a healthier mode of cleaning after using the bathroom is a major reason many people give for installing a bidet seat in their own home. So the decision to get one is often the easy part, but then the hard part can be deciding which model is the right choice. Here are some features and functions to keep in mind when shopping for a new electric bidet.
A big reason for the popularity of electric models is that they offer the ability to personalize the cleaning experience with their adjustability of features. Most modern units allow you to adjust three important features: the nozzle position, the water pressure, and the water temperature. Changing the nozzle position lets you move the spray nozzle farther forward or backward depending on your size, sitting position and body. Once you find the nozzle position you prefer, you can adjust the water pressure. Most people generally prefer a stronger spray, however some people may at times need a gentler spray. And of course with warm water bidets, you can adjust the temperature of the water for a more comfortable experience. Any good electric model should allow you to adjust all three of these features.
One key difference between different models is the water heating system. Some heat the water using a reservoir tank system. This type of system keeps a store of heated water in the rear of the unit ready for use whenever the bidet is activated. These typically provide 45 seconds or so of heated water, but if you deplete the warm water in the reservoir then the unit will switch to the cold water supply. It only takes a few minutes for the water reservoir to refill and be ready for warm water use again after being used. There are also newer tankless heating bidets. These do not use a reservoir but rather a heating coil that heats the water as it passes through it so that you have continuous on-demand warm water instantly. The tankless models are a nice upgrade because you don’t have to worry about running out of warm water, plus since they aren’t constantly keeping water heated in a reservoir, the tankless versions are much more limited in their energy consumption.
There are two different styles of controls for electric units: attached control panels or remote controls. Both allow you to operate the various functions of your seat by pressing the corresponding buttons, but as the names indicate, one is physically attached to the unit and the other is in the form of a wireless remote control. As you are seated on the bidet toilet seat, the attached control panel is located on your right side toward the rear or middle of the unit. Those with remote controls include a wall mounting kit so you can place the remote on the wall or nearby surface. Unless you are already accustomed to the attached panel, the great majority of people prefer the convenience of the remote control as it is easier to access than the attached panel which can sometimes be difficult to turn and see the buttons for some users.
There are several other features that most users recommend to new bidet owners. Many units include a warm air dryer to help dry off after washing or if you just want a warm up on a cool morning. Speaking of warming up, heated seats are great to have, particularly during the winter months. Several models have an “oscillating wash” function which moves the nozzle back and forth during the wash cycle and is recommended for a more thorough wash. Additional features you might find include air deodorizer, stainless steel nozzles, night light, and even an enema wash function which can be useful in helping those who may have medical issues that make going to the bathroom difficult. Besides all the features, it’s also a good idea to be aware of the warranty as different brands and models may come with different levels of coverage.
So be sure to get familiar with the features and functions of the bidet seats so you can choose the model that works best for you. And if you have trouble deciding, calling on an expert for guidance can help. We here at bidetsPLUS are always happy to answer any questions you may have before you take the plunge and make your bathroom better with a bidet!