With summer in full swing, many people are planning vacations for some fun in the sun and much needed rest and relaxation. The summer months are always a busy time for hotels and resorts, especially in popular tourist destinations like Florida, California or Hawaii. Americans tend to travel abroad more often in the summer as well with more time off from work and school to travel. With all those travelers needing a place to stay, hotels are constantly trying to outdo their competitors with services and amenities to keep their rooms filled. One particular amenity that more hotels both in the US and abroad are adding to their rooms is a bidet toilet seat. And after experiencing the comfort and cleanliness of these seats, many folks will be looking to upgrade their own bathroom with a bidet seat once they return home.
For many Americans who have never used a bidet, they may tend to think of them as a peculiarity of other cultures that isn’t for them despite their growing popularity here in the US. But like most things, you don’t really know until you try it. We here at bidetsPLUS can attest to the many customers who first tried a bidet seat in their hotel or resort room while on vacation and then they contacted us with questions about adding one to their own bathroom at home. Of course after trying one, people begin to see them as a practical hygiene item rather than just a luxury item. With the superior cleaning and fresher feeling you get washing with water compared to using toilet paper, almost everyone who tries one is immediately won over.
For those who are traveling internationally to countries such as Japan, they will find these washlets, as they are sometimes called, not just in hotels but nearly everywhere: restaurants, airports, shopping centers. In fact, several countries in Asia, as well as Europe and South America, commonly have these electronic seats in their homes. And as we’ve noted, hotels in popular tourist destinations domestically have had a big increase in the number of rooms with electronic bidet seats installed. You can find them in several hotels in Hawaii. Many of the popular hotels in Las Vegas have them. Big city hotels in New York and out of the way cabins in the Smokey Mountains have also added them to their bathrooms. With the growing number of these units in hotel bathrooms, more people are getting the chance to experience the improved hygiene a bidet offers.
With all the great seats available here at bidetsPLUS, you can take a bit of luxury home with you by installing your own bidet toilet seat at home. They are designed for easy do-it- yourself installation directly on your existing toilet and come with all installation hardware included. Many units are loaded with features such as tankless heating for continuous warm water, massage wash, heated seat, warm air dryer and more. So while you may not be able to take home the sandy beaches from your vacation, you can take home a bidet toilet seat for a resort-style bathroom at home. You can see the various features on our comparison chart or watch the video reviews available on most of the product pages.
Making the decision to upgrade your bathroom by installing a bidet seat is a relatively easy one to make. It’s healthier, more hygienic, environmentally better and can save a lot of money on toilet paper over time. It just makes a lot of sense. The harder decision for many people after deciding to get a bidet is figuring out which one is best for them. Like shopping for a lap top computer or a household appliance, there are many different options with a variety of features and functions. So here are a few things to look for when choosing the best bidet seat for you.
The first thing to know is that there are electric as well as non-electric bidets. The vast majority of people go with electric models because they have more features and provide the best cleaning. Electric units offer warm water with adjustable temperature settings, which is a must-have for a lot of people. There are two categories of electric bidet seats based on how they heat the water: reservoir tank models and tankless heating models. The tankless heating units are definitely the more popular style because they provide continuous heated water for as long you want to wash, whereas the reservoir tank models have a finite amount of heated water per use (generally around 45-50 seconds) and then it switches to the cold water. For some, the shorter warm water period is fine, but most people prefer the unlimited warm water of the tankless seats.
Another aspect of a bidet seat to be aware of is the adjustability of the features. Being a personal hygienic device, a unit that provides greater adjustability means that users can personalize the settings to best accommodate their comfort and body type. This again is a big reason why electronic seats are much more popular because they can offer more adjustability than non-electric ones. Being able to adjust the nozzle position, water temperature, water pressure and seat temperature with the press of a button is a big advantage. Many electric units also have an oscillating function that moves the nozzle forward and back during the wash cycle for better cleaning. A warm air dryer is another feature on many electric models that can help users cut back on toilet paper use. Some even have night lights for safer use at night. With all of these user-friendly features, it’s easy to see the advantages of an electric bidet.
With non-electric bidet seats, or bidet attachments, users can get the benefit of cleaning with water in a more basic form with more limited functionality. Most non-electric models have only cold water washing, though some do have warm water capabilities. The warm water units require connecting a second water hose from the bidet attachment to the bathroom sink warm water line. While the non-electric models do not have beneficial features like the oscillating nozzle function, air dryer and other adjustable operations, they do have the benefit of not needing an electrical outlet. If you don’t have an outlet in the bathroom or are not able to install one, a non-electric attachment still gives you the basic function of cleaning with water after using the bathroom.
All of the non-electric attachments have an attached control panel to operate the unit. As you are facing the toilet, the attached control panel is on the left side of the toilet. Electric seats have either an attached control panel or a remote control. Like the non-electric units, the electric units with an attached control panel have the controls on the left side as you face the toilet. The remote control models allow you to operate it using the remote control which is more convenient. For some people with difficulty turning or moving to see the attached panel, the remote control is more of a necessity than a convenience. The remote controls come with a wall mounting kit, so many people place the remote somewhere convenient and then can operate the unit with even needing to remove the remote from its cradle.
Whether you are looking for a more basic attachment, a dependable electric unit with the best washing function, a high end model with all the bells and whistles, or anything in between, you can find a variety of options here at bidetsPLUS. Check out our comparison chart to see a breakdown of features for the different units. And always feel free to contact us for more information about all of our bidets!