Skip to main content

Leave the pros out of it, installing a bidet is easier than you think

Here in the U.S., bidets have just never caught on for some reason. When you think about it, a bidet is a smart choice for a number of different reasons. It leaves you cleaner, more fresh, and you don’t have to worry about getting elbowed in the face at Walmart for the last batch of toilet paper. Fortunately, installing a bidet convertible toilet seat is super-easy, and you don’t have to be a professional to do it.

Since bidets never caught on here, most bathrooms don’t have room for a separate appliance. That’s why a bidet toilet seat is a great addition to your bathroom. Truth be told, I would be far less comfortable about the idea of transferring over to a new seat just to wash off my bum. But an integrated toilet seat means you don’t have to move. Just press a button and let it do its thing.

Large remote. Many buttons

When bidetsPLUS offered to let us try one of its more full-featured units, the Bliss BB-2000, I jumped at the chance. What makes this bidet convertible seat so attractive is the sheer number of features available on it. It comes with a wireless remote with more controls than you thought a bidet would need.

Having used mine for over a week now, I’m definitely on board the bidet train.

The basics are there — posterior wash, feminine wash, timed cycles, and a fan-powered dry cycle. But a full-featured bidet offers other enhancements like a night light, heated seat, heated water used for washing, oscillating sprays for better coverage, and more. It’s these extra features that make this bidet seat more enjoyable to use. For what it’s worth, I definitely recommend heated water at the very least. Washing your posterior with cold water is definitely less than awesome.

How to install a bidet toilet seat

When it comes to installing a toilet replacement seat, the process is fairly simple. In the case of the Bliss BB-2000, almost everything you need is included in the box. In most situations, you will need an extension cord, unless your toilet has an outlet next to it. In the case of my bathroom, the nearest outlet was more than four feet away, so I picked up a very simple extension cord on Amazon. I also grabbed some channel to run the extension cord from one side of my sink to the other.

Adding a bidet tilet seat to your home is a great upgrade.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

In a house full of electronics, computers, TVs, and chargers, the first channeling I ever ran was for my bathroom. Of course, when you’re surrounded by water, you want to make sure you know where any electricity is flowing. The channel is not strictly necessary, but it’s highly recommended, and it makes things look more tidy. Also, be sure your extension cord connects to a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) outlet. Those are the ones with the “Test” and “Reset” buttons. The GFI outlet serves as a sort of circuit breaker. If the extension cord or plug gets wet, the outlet simply shuts off. If there are any leaks, you want to make sure you’re protected.

After I ran the channel and the extension cord, it was time to replace the toilet seat. Undo the bolts holding the seat in place and remove the seat. Clean the area thoroughly since, if your situation is like mine, that area has not been very clean since the last time you replaced the toilet seat. Once done, attach the locking plate to the toilet, remove any tape holding components on the toilet seat, then slide it onto the locking plate.

Connecting the water line

Turn off the water valve running into the toilet, and flush the toilet to empty the tank. Disconnect the supply line from the toilet. You can replace this supply line if you want; BioBidet includes a new supply line in the box. I kept my old one, though. Attach the T-connector to the bottom of the toilet tank and reconnect your supply line. Attach the 90-degree angle pipe to the side of the bidet. Run the included hose between the T-connector and the 90 degree connector.

All of these connections include pressure fittings, so most of the time, hand-tightening will do the job. You can also wrap the treads of every connection in sealer tape. I couldn’t find mine, but so far no leaks. Once everything is connected, you can go ahead and turn on the water supply valve and check for leaks. If everything is shipshape, you’re installed and ready to go. Pro tip: If you don’t see any leaks around any of the pipes, the best way to be sure is to leave a layer of paper towel or toilet paper on the floor for a few hours. If you come back and everything is dry, you’re good to go. Otherwise, it’ll help you narrow down where the leak is. Most of the time, an extra quarter turn will seal things up nicely.

It’s so simple

The nozzel is where the cleaning happens.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

If all of this sounds really easy, that’s because it is. In the interest of disclosure, I should point out that I have worked as a general contractor in the past, so I’m not exactly an amateur. It’s also been over 15 years, so I’m not exactly a pro any more either. Regardless, this is a very simple home improvement project that can help you save in the long run. The only downside in my particular situation is that the Bliss BB-2000 is designed for oval toilets, so the front sticks out over the end of my round bowl.

Bidets never caught on in America, and that’s really a shame because they are far superior to toilet paper in many ways. Companies like BioBidet are making the conversion basically painless, which is pretty great. Having used mine for over a week now, I’m definitely on board the bidet train, and my family is slowly warming up to the idea. You can make the switch too, and often you don’t even need tools to do it. Best of all, you don’t need to spend the extra money in hiring a professional because installing one is easier than you think.

Editors' Recommendations

Adam Doud
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Adam had been writing in the tech space for nearly a decade. When not hosting the Benefit of the Doud podcast, he can be…
Best Amazon Echo Cyber Monday deals: Echo Pop, Echo Show 8, and more
Best Black Friday Amazon Echo Deals

An Amazon Echo is the cheapest and easiest way to start building your smart home setup. These devices are fairly affordable, but you're in line for huge savings if you take advantage of Cyber Monday deals. Check out the lists that we've gathered below and make comparisons with our guide on which Amazon Echo you should buy. You'll start having Amazon's Alexa take care of all your emails, texts and calendar notifications, and once you have smart lights, heaters and more, she'll be controlling all of it.

It is also worth mentioning that there are Nest Cyber Monday deals going on as well, if you're more into Android products and haven't gotten wrapped up in the Apple ecosystem yet. As with all Amazon Cyber Monday deals, now represents one of the last great times to buy Amazon's products with across the board sales before the next Prime Day sale, which is many, many months away at this point in the year. So, if these products have excited you throughout the year, be sure to look at them with a careful eye now.
Best Amazon Echo Cyber Monday deals
The Amazon Echo devices helped make Alexa very popular, because Alexa smart speakers are the most convenient way of accessing the conveniences that the digital assistant is capable of providing. There are various models to choose from, with prices ranging from affordable to expensive, so it's all a matter of figuring out the features that you would want from your Amazon Echo. The fourth-generation Amazon Echo, the latest version of the base model, remains one of the top choices, but we think the fifth-generation Amazon Echo Dot is the best Alexa-powered smart speaker. Feel free to look at all the Amazon Echo devices with discounts for Cyber Monday.

Read more
Dyson Corrale Straightener is $270 off for Cyber Monday 2023
Dyson Corrale

You don't get many chances to buy the Dyson Corrale hair straightener at a discount, but there's an offer available today. In one of the best Cyber Monday deals that we've come across for Dyson products, Walmart is selling the Corrale for just $180 instead of $450. However, while that's a massive $270 in savings, you should know that this is a refurbished model, though it comes with an official 12-month warranty from Dyson. That's actually a substantially bigger discount than we've found for the Dyson Airwrap, which only has a $100 discount right now.

Why you should buy the Dyson Corrale Straightener
The Dyson Corrale Straightener is a premium hair straightener that typically means you need fewer passes to get your hair straight. Unlike regular straighteners that use solid plates, this one uses flexing plates so it can shape and gather hair, providing you with enhanced styling options with less heat so it's kinder for your hair. Dyson promises half the damage, reduced frizz, and fewer flyaways when you use the straighteners.

Read more
Dyson Airwrap Cyber Monday deal knocks $100 off the multi-styler
A close up of someone holding the Dyson Airwrap

Dyson products are getting rare discounts during Cyber Monday, including an offer on the Dyson Airwrap. You should take advantage of this opportunity to get the multi-styler for cheaper than usual, especially since it's unclear how long any of the Dyson Cyber Monday deals will last. The best offer we've come across for the Dyson Airwrap is from Best Buy, which slashes $100 off the price tag to lower it to $500 from $600. You can even get another $20 knocked off the price if you have My Best Buy Plus or Total. Of course, if that's still a bit pricey for you, there's a refurbished version that is

, plus it's eco-friendly and helps decrease e-waste.

Read more