Now that winter is here and all you Do-It-Yourselfers have your big summer projects done (hopefully!), it's time to start looking at small projects and upgrades you can tackle as you start hauling out the holiday decorations. And if “simple” and “easy” describe the type of task you’re looking to take on, we have the perfect winter 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 Santa as the biggest hit of the holidays!
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 winter install today!
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!