Concerns towards hygiene and environmental impact, and awareness in general, are driving more and more people towards the world of bidet seats. Although a French invention from the 18th century, bidets have come a long way.
Traditionally, bidets were kept separate from the toilet seat, but attaching them on top of the toilet seat is more common now. Modern technology has allowed for a number of high-tech features to be added to bidet seats, making them highly effective and even luxurious.
Most people who entertain the idea of getting a bidet seat have a lot of questions on their minds. Bidet seats today can have a lot of features and can either be really pricey or inexpensive.
We’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions here:
Q) Should I get a bidet seat?
If you’re looking to become more environmentally responsible, want to consume less toilet paper, be more hygienic and clean, have a disability, or need to care for an elderly family member or patient, then yes, you should definitely consider getting one.
Q) How many types of bidets are there?
Quite a few, from simple handheld showers that are attached near the toilet seat to high-tech electric seats that even let you control the pressure and the temperature settings.
Q) Which type of bidet should I get?
Any one that suits your needs. A handheld bidet shower with just a nozzle will do the job if that’s all you are looking for.
However, if you have mobility issues, or would prefer not to get your hands involved at all, you may get a bidet seat placed above the toilet seat.
A non-electric bidet seat can give you more comfort and convenience, but depending on the model, the temperature may or may not be adjustable. Most can provide water at room temperature.
An electric seat can give you additional features such as a heated seat, adjustable water temperature & pressure, adjustable nozzle position, warm air dryer, deodorizer, remote control, and more. So if you’re looking for a luxury experience where the seat does a complete job from washing to drying you up without making you do any work, an electric bidet seat might be the one you should opt for.
Q) Are they easy to install or do I need a plumber?
Most bidet seats today are made to be easily installable without needing you to require any assistance.
Typically, you get a bracket that is attached to your toilet seat through the mounting holes, and the bidet seat itself is attached to that bracket. Some seats have a quick-release button as well that allows you to remove the seat from the bracket whenever you need to.
Even if you’re having difficulty attaching one, you can always get assistance from the company you purchase your seat from.
Q) How do I know if it’ll fit my toilet seat?
Bidet seats are designed around certain standards which make sure they’re attachable to as many toilet seats out there as possible.
Still, you can compare the shape (elongated or round) and size with that of the bidet seat you want to get to make sure it’ll fit. Most manufacturers have both elongated and round variants for the same models.
Q) Where does it get the water and power from?
All bidets have a 3.5-4 inch long power cord, and a hose that can be attached to the existing power supply that’s going to your toilet’s tank with the help of a “T” connector.
Q) Can the flush and the bidet seat be used at the same time?
Yes. Although they’re connected to the same supply, both can be used at the same time.
Q) Will a bidet seat require too much electric power?
While the power rating in Watts may be high, the bidet seat will only be using it for short periods of time. Most even come with energy-saving mode, making power consumption low. It should only cost you a few bucks per year.
Q) How much should I spend on a bidet seat?
That depends on your needs. You can get an effective entry-level model with a quality build that will last you quite a while at around a $200-300 price tag. These bidets typically have a heated seat, front & rear wash, adjustable temperature and pressure, and an air dryer. They can be quite comfortable as well.
There are premium, high-end luxurious models as well if you’re looking for something feature-heavy and elegant. Though low and mid-range models can provide luxury just as well.
Q) How do you control a bidet seat?
Most electric models have either handheld remotes or panels attached to the side of the seat, both allow you to access all the controls and configurations just the same. A person with mobility issues might prefer a remote whereas someone looking to save money could do just fine with a side panel.
Higher-end, smarter models come with remote controls that let you save settings for 2 users. That can be helpful as well, as once you’ve set your preferences you just have to press a button and the bidet will do its part. Another person in your house can save their own settings the same way.
Q) How long does a bidet seat last?
A quality bidet seat manufactured by a credible company should last at least 10 years. A number of companies even give 3-year warranties.
Q) What’s the difference between a tank and a tankless bidet?
Some bidets use tanks to keep a reserve of water at the temperature set by the user. Others are able to heat water as it’s coming from the supply. The difference is, in the case of a tank, once the warm water has run out you have to wait a few seconds for it to heat up again.
But with tankless bidets, the stream of hot water is endless so you get hot water for as long as you need.
Q) What does “front” and “rear” wash mean?
Front wash is often called “feminine” wash. This is for women. It gives you a softer and wider spray. The nozzle is positioned more forward as well.
Rear wash, also called “posterior” wash is your typical bottom wash. It uses a narrower stream, and almost all bidets let you select the pressure to your liking. Some even have turbo modes where the pressure is much higher than normal.
Q) What do “oscillating” and “pulsating” mean?
These are spray patterns that mimic how you’d naturally wash yourself with a handheld hose. A direct non-stop spray wouldn’t actually be a proper way to wash. With oscillation, the nozzle moves up and down to wash the whole area rather than just spraying at a single point.
Pulsating spray is when the stream follows a “spray-pause-spray-pause…” pattern. Both oscillation and pulsation work together to create a massaging effect. This can provide both comfort and thorough cleansing. Low-end bidets often have only one feature, usually oscillation, but some do have both.
Q) Is the spray wand/nozzle clean and hygienic?
Yes, the nozzles, or wand as the whole stick-like thing is called, remain clean at all times. Firstly, they spray water at an angle, so the waste material never falls on the nozzle itself, but instead goes straight down the bowl.
Secondly, a good bidet seat would come with a self-cleaning wand that sprays water over itself. Some premium models also have sterilization as well.
Q) Will I still need to use toilet paper?
Unless you’re worried about waiting to dry yourself, and don’t want to use a towel, or your bidet doesn’t have an air dryer, there is no need to use toilet paper. Fortunately, a number of entry-level, low-cost bidet seats do come with warm air dryers.
However, if you still prefer, you can wipe yourself using toilet paper after the wash.
Q) Is it safe for children?
Yes, it’s safe for children too. Most seats let you adjust water pressure and temperature so you can just use the ones that children find comfortable. Some bidet seats even come with a “Child” function that sprays with a very low pressure providing a gentle wash.
Q) Can you use the lid for sitting?
Not many bidet seats have sit-able lids, but a few companies such as Brondell do have models that let you sit on the lid. Lids can often be used for sitting for instances when someone needs to be in the bathroom but doesn’t need to use the toilet. It’s good to be considering those cases.
Q) What’s the weight limit of a bidet seat?
Most bidet seats are rated with a seating capacity of 300-350 lbs, but some are even rated at 500 lbs. Bio Bidet, for instance, builds sturdy, durable seats that have a seating capacity of 400 lbs.
Q) What’s the typical temperature for the seat, water, and air dryer?
Most bidets let you choose a temperature for the seat, water, and even the warm air dryer. The range for each, however, is the same: between 86 F to 104 F.
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