For anyone considering getting their first bidet toilet seat, the most basic question you want answered is likely, “What’s the advantage of having one of these in my bathroom?” It’s a question a lot of us ask before making most new purchases. And the answer to this question is simple: washing with water cleans you better than wiping with toilet paper. This is a fact that is obvious when we consider our washing habits in other ways. If you were moving to a new home, you wouldn’t choose a place with no shower in the bathroom. If your kids have gotten their hands dirty playing, you wouldn’t have them just wipe their hands before dinner. With such a clearly better way to wash ourselves after using the bathroom, then, why are some people still on the fence about using a bidet?
A big part of what keeps some people from switching over is just a matter of habit. In the US, wiping with toilet paper has been the “normal” way of using the bathroom for so long that it is just what we are used to doing. It’s become a habit that most people frankly don’t care to talk about. But over the past few years, with the proliferation of different types of options on the market, a lot of people are ditching the old way for the vastly better bidet cleaning experience. And with these devices becoming popular at many luxury resorts and hotels and in many countries outside the US, many Americans who give it a try while traveling are immediately impressed and ready to kick their old toilet paper habit to the curb!
A lot of bidet owners still use toilet paper, just in a different way. The paper is generally used to dry after washing, much like drying off with a towel after a bath or shower. Some electric seats do come with built in warm air dryers to help dry, but a lot of folks will dab moisture with toilet paper to speed up the drying process. Using it this way, you can drastically cut down on your total consumption of toilet paper since it doesn’t take much to pat yourself dry, especially if an air dryer is used in conjunction with the paper. And keeping some toilet paper around can also alleviate the worries of any guests aren’t quite ready to be won over by the cleaning powers of a bidet toilet seat.
The savings of cutting down your toilet paper usage will quickly add up over the life of your bidet seat. And besides the monetary savings, it’s also better environmentally. As you can see from our infographic page, Americans use a lot of toilet paper annually. Using less toilet paper also helps eliminate sewage issues related to excessive paper waste in the water whether it is at treatment plants or at individual homes. Anyone who has had a problem with a clogged toilet knows the headache and cost involved with bringing in a plumber to fix the issue.
Of course, the best way to really know how much better a bidet toilet seat is compared to plain old toilet paper is to try one. We actually have a handful of seats that are covered by our 30 Day Risk Free Trial, so if you aren’t satisfied with your bidet you can return it for a refund rather than being stuck with something you don’t like. But from our experience, we think you’ll not only like the change, but you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t make the switch sooner!
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!