Bidet toilet seats are quite common in many countries throughout the world, yet they are still the exception rather than the norm in American bathrooms. It is true that more Americans are adding bidets to their bathrooms in recent years, but many people are still not familiar with these high-tech toilet add-ons. How do they work? What exactly do they do? Will guests think it is strange if have one in my bathroom? Or will people like it so much I’ll have a line of friends and family waiting at my bathroom door? Since some people are trying to get over their fear of the unfamiliar, we thought we would demystify the bidet seat for folks who are new to these fabulous cleaning machines.
One question that some bidet newcomers have is if using one might be uncomfortable. Anyone who has used one can tell you this is not at all the case. In fact, some people are recommended a bidet as an alternative to the discomfort of wiping. The wash spray from the nozzle is a soothing stream of water that cleans you similar to a shower. With the electric seats, the water is comfortably heated with adjustable temperature settings, and the pressure level can also be adjusted. Most people prefer the strong cleaning of the higher pressure settings, but you can also go with a lower pressure setting if you prefer a gentler spray. Regardless of your personal preference, it doesn’t take new users long to see that washing with water is more comfortable and more effective than wiping with toilet paper.
Some people ask if it is sanitary using a bidet seat. Well, the answer is yes. Today’s seats are designed to be highly sanitary and efficient. And when compared with wiping with toilet paper, a bidet seat is much healthier and cleaner. The primary sanitary issue when using the bathroom is hand contact with waste. This is an obvious concern when using toilet paper alone. A lot of people do use a small amount of toilet paper when they have a bidet seat, but it is for drying after washing. Many of our electric units include a warm air dryer to help with residual moisture after cleaning as well. The wash nozzles extend when you initiate a wash function and otherwise retract and are out of the way. The nozzles are also cleaned with a spray of water before and after each use to further keep them clean. Plus, several units have upgraded to stainless steel nozzles for a more sterile surface.
Sometimes we hear from men who think that bidets are mostly just for women. We’re not sure where this idea comes from, but the truth is, bidet seats are for everyone who uses the bathroom. Most seats will offer a separate feminine wash function for women, but the posterior wash is designed for male and female users. Using the posterior wash is highly recommended for any men or women with issues related to incontinence, hemorrhoids, itchiness or sensitive skin. The wash function can help relieve and in some cases even eliminate many of these problems. Because of their hygienic benefits for all, some places such as Japan offer bidet seats in men’s and women’s public restrooms in addition to their prevalence in private restrooms in homes and businesses. They can be found everywhere and are good for everyone!
We try to pack our website full of great information all about bidets, and a lot of people looking to find out more about the different models find our bidet toilet seat comparison chart is a good place to start. Modern seats are designed for simple do-it-yourself installation directly on your toilet with no invasive plumbing required - it simply replaces your old toilet seat. Besides the hygiene benefits, our bidet seats offer a variety of features for both cleanliness and comfort such as adjustable warm water temperature, adjustable water pressure, warm air dryer, and heated seat with adjustable temperature to name a few popular options. Of course the best way to find out how much better a bidet is than wiping is to try it yourself. As those who have used them can attest to, you’ll never want to go back once you experience the benefits of a new bidet seat!