The leaves change color, the days get shorter and then suddenly once again it is back: Winter. Many of us may look forward to the holidays or the Super Bowl and maybe even a small snowfall or two as we enter the colder months, but dealing with the frigid temperatures day in and day out gets old very quickly. When going outside feels like an expedition into the Arctic, it can be easy to find reasons to stay inside. But even inside your home, winter can still seep in through the nooks and crannies to keep things chilly in drafty spots and remind you that the weather outside is indeed frightful. And this is exactly why electric bidet toilet seats are so popular during the winter.
Wait a minute – aren’t bidet seats for washing? Yes, that’s true. But modern bidets are much more than just a way to wash. Say, for example, you're not looking forward to using the bathroom on a chilly morning because of the ice cold toilet seat waiting to greet you. Most all of the electric bidets on the market today will fix that problem with their heated seat feature. With the heated seat, you can actually adjust the temperature setting so it is toasty warm in the winter, and then you can lower the temperature or even turn it off during the warmer months. With such a hugely popular feature during the winter, a bidet just might make your toilet the best seat in the house!
Nobody wants to take a cold shower in January, and you wouldn’t want to wash your bottom with cold water either. Luckily the best washlets have heated water which is popular year round. There are different styles of water heating systems, but the majority of people prefer the hybrid or tankless water heating systems that offer continuous warm water, so you don’t have to worry about running out of warm water no matter how long you use it.
Besides the heated seat and water heating, many top models also include a warm air dryer. Like the seat and water temperature, the air dryer temperature can also be adjusted so you can put it on a higher temperature setting when it is cold. Some people use a small amount of toilet paper to help dab residual water after washing along with the air dryer which helps keep you dry without the abrasiveness of wiping with toilet paper. With all of these warm temperature features, you can turn your bathroom into a tropical spa-like hideaway while you wait for spring to arrive!
Warm seat, warm water, warm air… it all adds up to a warm and happy you! That’s probably why so many people add electric bidet seats to their toilets during the winter time. The Do-It-Yourself installation makes it a simple upgrade you can do in about 30 minutes. Our comparison chart makes it easy to find the features you want, and you can always contact us for help picking out the model that best suits your needs. Add a bidet seat to your bathroom and you’ll find out why staying warm in the winter never felt so clean!
Let’s be honest, most of us don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about how we clean ourselves after using the bathroom. It’s simply a habit. But when you take a moment to think about it, washing with water is clearly superior to using dry toilet paper for cleaning. We use water when laundering our clothes, doing the dishes, washing our cars. And of course we use water for showers and baths. It doesn’t take long to realize that a bidet is superior to toilet paper when cleaning ourselves after using the bathroom. But besides being healthier and more hygienic than toilet paper, a bidet seat is also better in other ways.
Something that many people find surprising is that bidet seats can actually help conserve water compared with using toilet paper. Modern electronic bidet seats use a concentrated spray to clean and don’t need to use a lot of water to be effective. The amount of water a person typically uses in one month with a bidet is less than the amount of water used in an average shower. Compare this to toilet paper which uses around 37 gallons of water to produce a single roll. While many bidet users still use a small amount of toilet paper to help dry residual moisture after washing, the overall reduction in toilet paper consumption with a bidet not only saves water, it also saves a good deal of money in TP costs over the life of the seat!
Besides all the water used in the manufacturing of toilet paper, there are also a lot of trees that go into our bathroom rolls. Our infographic has more details about how many trees are used for our bathroom tissue along with how much money we spend on it each year. The average person in the U.S. uses 50% more toilet paper as the average person in Japan and Western Europe where bidet use is more common. So clearly cutting back on toilet paper consumption saves bidet users money, but there’s another way cutting back can save money and lessen the strain on infrastructure: plumbing and sewage costs.
Thicker toilet paper more easily clogs pipes which can require a plumber to clear, not exactly a cheap job in most cases. Water treatment facilities have had problems not only with toilet paper but also with wet wipes. Because the fibers in these products do not break down as well as thinner toilet paper (which most people don’t like using to begin with), treatment plants all over the US have experienced backed up pipes and damaged equipment from all this material being flushed. The equipment and the workers dealing with these problems would no doubt be in favor of everyone installing bidet toilet seats and putting an end to the headaches brought on by fibrous paper material.
It’s easy to see that reducing your toilet paper consumption is a good thing for the environment, not to mention your pocketbook. But the best reason for switching to a bidet seat is that it’s just a better way to clean. Besides being cleaner, people with issues like UTIs or itchiness or sensitivity and discomfort see drastic improvements simply by cleaning with water rather than wiping. And with all of the adjustable features, the electric seats on the market today are very user friendly and can be adjusted for personal comfort. We have even made changing from TP to a bidet easier for our customers with several seats available under our 30 Day Risk Free Trial. So make the change and see for yourself why a bidet is better!