- Better Hygiene, Better Health, Better with a Bidet
- Installing a Bidet Seat Yourself: An Easy DIY Project
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!
Now that Spring is almost here it's time to start looking at small projects and upgrades you can tackle as the weather thaws out. And if “simple” and “easy” describe the type of task you’re looking to take on, we have the perfect project anyone can do that will surely make a big splash: installing an electric bidet toilet seat in your bathroom! Putting one of these units on your toilet really is surprisingly easy to do, and it's bound to rival the Easter Bunny as the biggest hit of Spring!
One of the biggest misconceptions a lot of people have about bidets is that installing one would require a plumber and an expensive bill from that plumber. That just isn’t the case with the modern electric models on the market today. These units are designed to be user-friendly, simple to use and simple to install. What’s great about them is that they simply replace your existing toilet seat and go directly on top of your toilet. No separate plumbing fixture is needed like with old fashioned bidets – today’s models are light years ahead of those older versions. And the refreshing washing features will amaze you at how much cleaner and healthier you feel compared to cleaning with toilet paper. So if you’ve got a toilet, an electrical outlet and about 30 minutes to spare, here’s how you can change the way you think about hygiene.
Once you receive your bidet seat and are ready to install, you will first want to remove your current toilet seat by unscrewing the bolts under the toilet seat caps. Once removed, you can then secure the bidet seat mounting plate directly to the toilet using the hardware included with the bidet seat. There is some flexibility with the mounting plate so you can move the plate a little farther back or forward on the toilet to get an optimal fit. Once the mounting plate is secured, the bidet simply slides in and locks into place. This also makes it easy to remove the bidet seat should you ever need to move it to another toilet.
For the water supply, you simply will split the water line already connected to the toilet water tank. There is a T-connection included which you connect directly to the bottom of the toilet tank. With the T-connection in place, the water line reconnects to the bottom of the T-connection and then the bidet hose included goes from the T to the bidet. You will need to shut off the water valve on your wall before connecting the T and the bidet hose. Once installed, turn the water valve back on and take a moment tighten any connections should you find any leaks.
As they are electronic bidet seats, you will need to plug the unit into an outlet. The majority of bidet seats have a power cord on the right side of the unit as you are facing the toilet. Most cords are approximately 4 feet in length and will have a grounded three prong plug. We recommend a GFI outlet, which are commonly found in bathrooms and have the red and black reset buttons. You can safely use a grounded extension cord with the bidet seat should you require it.
Congratulations! You are now ready to begin using your new bidet toilet seat! It takes most people less than 30 minutes to install their bidet seat. And if you run into any snags, you can always contact us here at bidetsPLUS for assistance. If you’re not sure if you need an elongated or round size unit, you can refer to our fitting guide to figure out your toilet size. It’s amazing to think it only takes about 30 minutes to install something that will provide you with years of health, hygiene and comfort. You can compare the different models using our comparison chart and get started on your own install today!