Three best bidets
Bidets (pronounced "bee-days") are not as common in the U.S. as they are in Europe and Japan, but they are gaining in popularity. Traditionally, bidets are placed next to toilets and look quite like toilets, but with a faucet and without a seat. For those in the dark about what bidets are for, they are used to clean one's nether regions after using the toilet, either in place of toilet paper or for an enhanced, hygienic clean. Essentially, bidets are like a mini-shower for your private parts.
If you're thinking about buying a bidet, the research staff at BestReviews is here to help you demystify what they're for and which features to look for as you shop.
Considerations when choosing bidets
There are several bidet options to consider, depending on your preferences and budget.
Freestanding bidets: Also known as traditional bidets, these are the classic toilet-like fixtures found in European-style bathrooms. They can be mounted to the floor or wall. Similar in size than your toilet, these do take up space in your bathroom. They also require installation by a plumber.
All-in-one toilet/bidets: These are toilets with the bidet functions already installed.
Bidet toilet seats: In the U.S., bidet toilet seats are more common than freestanding bidets or all-in-one toilet/bidets. These seats replace your regular toilet seat, hook into your water supply, and have a small arm that swings out to spray water for personal cleaning.
Bidet attachments: These mount under your toilet seat and have a small control panel to the side. The nozzle retracts under the toilet rim. The installation process is less complicated than other bidet options.
Handheld bidet sprayers: These are similar to a handheld shower sprayer. They attach to your toilet's water supply and come with a holster that attaches to your toilet tank. Just spray yourself after using the toilet and replace it in the holster.
Bidets come with a lot of functional features for optimal cleanliness and comfort.
Warm water: Your bidet seat may come with a built-in warming tank or hose that connects to your bathroom sink's hot water line. Some seats let you control the water temperature, while others provide a lukewarm spray.
Feminine wash: This feature positions the spray nozzle more forward toward a woman's genital area for easier feminine cleaning.
Oscillating spray: A feature that pleasantly moves the spray from side to side to better clean a larger surface area.
Turbo/enema: This sprays water more forcefully with a massaging effect; it's ideal for those with painful anal conditions.
Pulse spray: This feature pulses the spray to offer more effective cleansing, removing any stuck fecal matter from the anus.
Heated seat: This is a popular amenity for comfort and an awesome feature for those who dislike sitting on a cold toilet seat.
Air dry: This is a really nice feature you can use to dry your derrière after using the spray.
Deodorizer: This common feature helps eliminate odors in your toilet bowl by pulling the air through a purifying filter.
Pre-mist: Before going to the bathroom, use this feature to mist water inside the toilet bowl to make waste less likely to stick to the porcelain. This reduces the need for multiple flushes.
Bidet prices: Handheld bidet sprayers cost from $20 to $50. Bidet attachments for your toilet cost less than $50. You can find bidet toilet seats for $200, but one with all the bells and whistles can cost up to $1,000. An all-in-one toilet bidet can cost from $1,500 to $4,000.
Q. Why would I want a bidet or bidet toilet seat in the first place?
A. Bidets are great for a number of reasons. They reduce toilet paper waste. If you're in a hurry and just need to freshen up, a bidet is a sensible shower alternative. For people with painful and common conditions like hemorrhoids, they are not only a good toilet paper alternative but also provide some relief. Bidets also help provide soothing relief from itching and other painful conditions like post-childbirth swelling and irritation from diarrhea. Finally, some people like the cleanliness that bidets provide when wiping with toilet paper just doesn't get the job done.
Q. Is there an affordable option for bidets?
A. Yes. If you can't afford a freestanding bidet-toilet combo or a bidet toilet seat, there are bidet attachments that mount under your toilet seat and have a small control panel to the side. The nozzle retracts under the toilet rim. The installation process is less complicated than the other bidet options. There are also handheld bidet sprayers, which are similar to handheld shower sprayers. They attach to your toilet's water supply and come with a holster that attaches to your toilet tank. Just spray yourself after using the toilet.
Bidets we recommend
Best of the best: Brondell Swash 1400 Luxury Bidet
Our take: A toilet seat bidet with all the bells and whistles that's a worthwhile investment for your bathroom.
What we like: Comes with numerous programmable settings, such as dry and eco mode, a self-sterilizing and deodorizing function, and a remote. We love its blue night-light, oscillating nozzle, and heated seat. Comes in a round or elongated shape for the perfect fit for your toilet.
What we dislike: Setting it up can be difficult. Water pressure can be too low, though this can be fixed with professional installation.
Best bang for your buck: SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat
Our take: This toilet seat bidet tops our list for having the advanced features of more expensive models but a budget price.
What we like: A fairly easy-to-install electric-powered toilet seat bidet that includes a remote, adjustable nozzle, warm air drying feature, and soft-close lid -- all features of pricier models. Also comes in a round or elongated shape.
What we dislike: Lacks a deodorizer filter and has some issues with water pressure.
Our take: A mid-level electric bidet toilet seat with a comprehensive package of features, including a rear wash and a self-cleaning nozzle.
What we like: Impressive water pressure and spray power, especially compared to low-end options.
What we dislike: Although easy to install, you must have an electrical outlet within reach of the toilet to plug this bidet in. No deodorizer filter.
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