Which Bidet Should I Buy?

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If you have already typed into your search bar “Which bidet should I buy?” There is a good chance you know all about the many advantages of using a bidet! The only research left to do now is to find out what bidet options there are and the models that are available.

This article won’t be full of reviews for you to get bogged down in. It’s a great rundown of the different types of bidets available on the market. With some good examples of models from well-known manufacturers that won’t let you down.

What are the Different Types of Bidets?

There are five different types of bidets. Let’s go through the options available;

  • Electric Bidet Toilet seats.
  • Retrofit Bidets.
  • Handheld Bidet Sprays.
  • Travel/portable Bidet Sprays.
  • Toilet Bidet Combination.

Electric Bidet Toilet Seats

Electric bidet toilet seats are self-contained units that replace your existing toilet seat and fit snugly on the toilet bowl that’s already plumbed into your bathroom. The bidet seats require a cold water feed and an electric power source.

These bidets have some great built-in features and elaborate cleaning programs, from built-in dryers to oscillating cleaning nozzles. Full butt cleaning from the touch of a button. You can read a full description of the features available on electric bidets here. Don’t worry, most bidets toilet seats come in elongated or round to fit your toilet bowl.

Retrofit Bidet Units

If you love the look and comfort of your own toilet seat but still want to install a fixed under-seat bidet. Then retrofit toilet seats could be for you. Depending on the chosen model, retrofit bidets require a hot and cold water feed. This is because they are not able to heat the water as the electric bidet toilet seats are. However, they are fitted with a thermostat control which enables the user to set the desired water temperature.

The bidets are easy to install. Simply remove the existing toilet seat, place the retrofit bidet unit onto the toilet bowl, connect to the hot and cold water feed and refit the toilet seat.

Handheld Bidet Sprays

Handheld bidet sprays are the easiest bidets to install and can be up and running in less than 30 minutes. Handheld bidets are supplied with a T valve which is placed in line with the cold water feed to the toilet cistern. There is a flexible hose that leads to the bidet spray (shattaf) at the business end. Squeezing the trigger on the spray allows varying degrees of water power which delivers a stream of water to clean…well…your butt!

Travel Portable Bidet Sprays

If you have installed a bidet at home, it is quite likely you will want that same fresh, clean feeling after using the toilet when you are away from home, on a business trip, at work or on vacation.

Portable electric travel bidets are a perfect solution. The bidets are discreet and will easily fit in a washbag or handbag. The handy units have a built-in water reservoir and a small electric pump which streams water to clean efficiently, when away from home. Portable bidets are a great place to start if you are unsure whether a bidet is for you.

Toilet Bidet Combination

The king or queen of bidets is the toilet bidet combination or toilets with bidets. These cool toilets have bidets already built in! It does mean you would have to change the complete toilet bowl. However, if you are remodelling the bathroom and would like to install a top of the range toilet then these bidets could be for you.

How many Functions do you actually need on your bidet?

The most function-rich bidets are the electric toilet seat bidets. The top of the range Bio Bidet actually has 11 different cleaning functions. From the feminine wash to bubble infusion…nice! This may seem a little over the top but let’s be honest here, your bottom is important, and you need to take care of it, it’s going to last you a lifetime!

USPA Bidet Toilet Seat

Spending a bit extra on your everyday comfort, health and well being really is worth the investment. A Bidet will last you many years, the initial cost of buying a bidet might seem harsh on your wallet but just think how many dollars worth of toilet paper you have literally flushed down the pan over the years.

Just some of the features available on the Bio Bidets

Hybrid On-Demand heating system
Stainless steel nozzle
Patented 3-in-1 nozzle system
Auto wash
Wider water stream
Wide cleaning
Massage cleaning
Patented vortex water stream
Satisfying posterior cleaning
Soft feminine cleaning
Bubble infusion
Nozzle self-clean
U-Pick wireless remote controls (BB-2000)
Patent pending Hydro-Flush
Motorized nozzle clean
Touch screen panel (BB-2000)
Contoured side panel (BB-1700)
One-touch nozzle replacement
Night light (BB-2000)
Adjustable heated seat
Powerful deodorizer
Intelligent body sensor
Adjustable warm air dry
Slow closing
Quick release for easy cleaning
Automatic power save

Bidet Controls

Electric bidet toilet seats and toilets with built-in bidets both offer the most functions. These functions, of course, need a control panel. The luxury bidets come with a simple remote control unit and these remotes get my vote!

bidets with remote controls

If your eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be or you wear bulky clothes like bath ropes, Finding the correct button on the panel beside you might be a bit of a challenge. If you are a male and you accidentally select the feminine wash, you might get a little surprise in your dangling undercarriage!

The Basics

Handheld bidets have little functionality, with the ability to vary the water pressure depending on what feels comfortable for the user and that’s about it.

However, the retrofit units are a couple of steps up. Offering thermostatically controlled water streams and Self-cleaning nozzles. The retrofit bidets are a good place to start if you want a fixed under-seat bidet that’s discreet and will not change the look of the toilet.

The Best Bidets for the Money

To conclude on which bidet you should buy and the best bidet for the money, will all depend on your budget. Try to buy the best bidet you can afford. It is possible to spend anything from $25 to $3000. My advice is to go for the mid-range models at around $250 – $350 and BioBidet.com have some great models in this range. Kohler and TOTO supply luxury models, while Brondell and Luxe produce great bidets for users with a smaller budget.

TypeBudget Bidets
Under $100
Mid-Range Bidets
$100 – $400
Luxury Bidets
$400 – $2000
Electric Seat BidetsBIO BIDETTOTO
Toilet Bidet CombosTOTO KOHLER
Best Bidet Manufacturers

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