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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 the well-known manufacturers that won’t let you down.
What are the Different Types of Bidets?
There are five different types of bidets. Lets 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 a 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 on to 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 which 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!
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|
|Wider water stream|
|Patented vortex water stream|
|Satisfying posterior cleaning|
|Soft feminine cleaning|
|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|
|Intelligent body sensor|
|Adjustable warm air dry|
|Quick release for easy cleaning|
|Automatic power save|
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!
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!
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.
$100 – $400
$400 – $2000
|Retrofit Bidets||LUXE BIDETS||TUSHY||BOSS|
|Electric Seat Bidets||–||BIO BIDET||TOTO|
|Toilet Bidet Combos||–||TOTO||KOHLER|