Last year’s pandemic-related toilet paper shortage was an uncomfortable surprise. With those shortages of paper products, many people sought alternative cleansing methods after using the toilet. Toilet paper is no longer lacking, but many people have found that they like the bidet or bidet toilet seat. You can check out all of the best bidet deals below.
These bathroom fixtures have been used for decades in countries like Italy, Portugal, and Spain and are believed to have originated in France in the early 1700s. Though historically not as popular in the U.S., but recently gaining popularity due to circumstances, these toilets make a lot of sense in terms of cleanliness. But which is the best bidet? If you are open to trying new things and curious, some cheap bidet toilet seats are available. If you are familiar with bidets and would like to add one to your bathroom, we’ve found some cheap options, too.
Bidets are not that familiar to most Americans, so choosing the right one for you may prove to be harder than you think. 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, and the toilet seats aren’t cheap either. 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. However, the time it takes for the water to come up to a comfortable temperature is the main issue. Some models have their own tank that holds warm water, while other models use your house’s water heater to get the job done.
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.
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