Bidets may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to bathroom hygiene but in many parts of the world, they are as essential a bathroom feature as sink and soap. Think of it this way- would you only clean your hands with a paper towel after you go? Probably not. However, we understand if you need some convincing.
Why use a bidet?
- Promote good bathroom hygiene. Bidets can be used for all kinds of personal cleansing, not just after toileting.
- Does the job better and is more sanitary than toilet paper. Ever try to wipe a baby’s dirty bottom with toilet paper? It just doesn’t work and wet wipes are not as effective as plunking the little tyke in the bathtub. Water just works better.
- Eliminate the need for toilet paper completely.
- Is a more earth friendly option. More energy than we realize is spent on manufacturing toilet paper and on fixing the plumbing problems it causes.
- Helps people with limited dexterity or other physical challenges to clean after using the bathroom.
- The water stream is less irritating than wiping for people with hemorrhoids.
- The right bidet can actually make toileting enjoyable.
How does a bidet function?
All over the world, bidets a part of bathroom hygiene and are often preferred over toilet paper. Although bidets differ in appearance and features, the essential function is the same: a spout directs a stream of water upward, allowing the user to clean manually or rely on the water to do the cleaning. Bidets wash your underside after using the bathroom, much like you would wash your hands.
Some styles are a stand-alone low-profile sink while many North American models are fitted to directly to the toilet, with a spout that can be positioned when ready to use. For added cleanliness, one can use a mild soap.
Lots of features to choose from
There are a lot of features that can make the perfect bidet for your home. Whether you want something simple that fits a modest budget or one that with transform your bathroom experience, you can find one to suit your purposes. Here is a breakdown of the features you may find in the bidet you choose:
Behind-the-seat versus full-seat attachment
Aside from the travel and hand-held models, there are two main styles of bidets: units that secure underneath the existing toilet seat; and ones that include a seat. The full-seat models tend to have a higher price point but offer some great benefits the others do not have.
Heated versus non-heater water stream
If a jet of freezing cold water directed at your posterior seems unappealing, many bidets now have temperature control to curb the shock. They can be controlled using the dials on the side of the unit or by remote control. Non-electric models like the Bio Bidet Due 250 and Bio Bidet Premium i3000 connect directly to your home’s hot and cold water plumbing so you can control the water temperature much like you would a faucet (although we advise testing the water temperature before using to avoid unpleasant surprises).
Higher-end models including the Brondell Swash 300 through 1000, Bio Bidet 400, 800 and 1000, Coco, and Feel Fresh systems include an electric water heater with intelligent controls for just the right temperature. Most units in this class use a reservoir that offers 45 second to a minute of warm water but the top-most have continuous streams of warm water.
Heated versus non-heated seat
Another great available feature is a heated seat. Sitting on a cold toilet seat in the middle of the night or in the morning may not be the most pleasant way to do your business so, if you are willing to invest a little more, you can enjoy your routine on a heated seat. Feel Fresh Bidet N Wash, Coco, Brondell Swash 1000, and BioBidet Ultimate 800 and Supreme 1000 offer heated seats.
Electric versus non-electric
Bidets can be very simple to very elaborate but all have the same goal- to increase personal hygiene. Electric models plug into standard 3-prong outlet which gives them the power to operate the more desirable functions such as a heated seat, oscillating and aerated water stream, and remote control. Non-electric models do not have these features but most models can be hooked up to the hot and cool water plumbing so that you can control the temperature of the water stream. The most basic and travel models of bidets only stream water and do not have a heating capability.
Warm air dryer
The last feature certain models of bidets offer is a warm air dryer. Not only does it complete the experience for you but it is a great feature for people with limited dexterity who would have trouble drying off after using the bidet. Not to mention, it is quite pleasant.
When using a bidet, you are not only keeping yourself clean, it are saving money on toilet paper and clogged plumbing and septic tanks. You are also reducing the spread of disease and infections by washing away undesirable germs.
How to install a bidet
The bidets carried by ActiveForever are high quality and easy to install. Most of them (with the exception of the handheld and travel versions) require the toilet seat to be removed, the base hardware installed, and a simple hook up of the plumbing. Then reinstall the toilet seat or full-seat bidet, plug in if it is an electric model, and you’re ready to go. The whole process is relatively quick, with the most complicated unit taking 30 minutes to an hour to install. We suggest checking the manufacturers webpage for instructions on installation.
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- Author: Ashleigh Justice
- Phone: 480-459-3166
- Email: AJustice@ActiveForever.com