Keeping your butt clean is a high priority for healthy living. The pandemic-related toilet paper shortages brought home the tissue issue when we couldn’t find TP easily. It was an uncomfortable surprise, to say the least! With those shortages, many people sought alternative cleansing methods after using the toilet. The toilet paper shortage is over, but many people have found that they like a bidet or bidet toilet seat better. The choices range from add-on attachments to a regular seat, a full seat assembly with niceties such as hot or cold water, heated seats, and warm air drying to full toilet replacements. We rounding the best bidet toilet deals regularly so you can shop the best deals available today, which you’ll find below.
Bidets are not that familiar to most Americans, so choosing the right one for you may prove to be harder than you think — but a bidet is worth it.
The first thing to consider is money. Although a bidet will save you money in the long run (on the toilet paper cost), they aren’t a drop in the bucket. A whole unit can cost upwards of $1,000, while a decent toilet seat attachment will set you back north of $100. The price of the bidet toilet seat or actual bidet is dependent on several factors. The first factor is electric or non-electric. Almost all cheaper bidets are non-electric — they work using the water pressure in your home. Electric bidets are often loaded with extras such as heated seats, increased adjustable water pressure, ambient noise that muffles nature’s sounds, and more. Most electric units also come with a remote.
The second factor is water temperature. Almost all bidets offer heated water because cold water on sensitive areas is a no-no. Some models have their own tank that heats and holds warm water, while others are connected to your home’s hot water supply to get the job done. Brands such asand have available warm air drying on some models, too, although user reviews suggest that a final pat down may be in order. SmartBidet is alone in offering replaceable cleaning nozzles.
Self-cleaning nozzles are the next factor to consider. Having the ability to clean the nozzle before using it is a nice feature and feels more sanitary overall. Since some splashing occurs inside the toilet bowl when using it, the ability to quickly rinse the nozzle is a definite positive.
Next comes the question of attachment, full seat, or entire fixture. Most attachment bidets are mechanical. If you don’t want an attachment hanging off the side of your toilet, a seat is the way to go. Seats are more expensive than attachments, but some offer additional features such as heated seats and slow-close lids. Though way more expensive than an attachment or seat, the features are unparalleled when it comes to a whole fixture. Most of them have heater water and seat with adjustable levels for each, adjustable water pressure, slow-close lid, electronic controls in the form of a remote or attached side panel, a nozzle (or multiple nozzles) that has adjustable positions, and more.
Finally, installation. You’ll want to go with a toilet seat attachment like Tushy if you want to install it yourself. Anything more complicated and you may need to call the contractors in. Even if you’re going to install the bidet yourself, if you have to plug it in for features like warm water and heated seats, you may find you’ll want to hire an electrician to add an outlet close to the toilet, which isn’t a standard location in most U.S. homes. Otherwise you may find you need to run an extension cord up and over your mirror to plug in the bidet near the double outlet usually placed near the light switch.
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