EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU PURCHASE A BIDET
So you’re thinking about purchasing a bidet? Congratulations, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re like most people, it’s safe to assume you still have a number of questions like: What is a bidet? What type of bidet is best for me? Is installation easy? Will it do my taxes?
Well unfortunately, a bidet won’t do your taxes so you’ll still need to visit your tax agent every spring. But after reading this guide, hopefully you’ll at least be able to get your taxes done with a very clean bottom and your mind will be armed with everything you need to know about bidets.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A BIDET?
Bidet, pronounced “bih-day,” comes from the French word meaning: small horse. Yeah… interesting. Basically, the original bidets required the user to straddle a basin while washing their private areas, hence the small horse reference. Today, the word bidet has grown to become a general term that describes various types of hygiene devices that clean your private areas with water.
Popular in much of the world outside North America, bidets are the ideal choice for superior personal hygiene. There are fixture type bidets used in Europe, electronic bidet seats used in Asia, hand-held sprayer type bidets used in Middle Eastern countries and many more examples. The common thread is that bidets use water, as opposed to paper, to properly cleanse both rectal and feminine hygiene areas.
IF BIDETS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOU, THEN WHY DON’T MORE AMERICANS USE IT?
In the US, there is both a stigma against openly discussing personal hygiene and a longstanding devotion to toilet paper that prevent more widespread bidet usage. Perhaps just an ingrained custom, wiping with toilet paper is so widely accepted in the US that nobody questions whether there’s a more effective or more environmentally friendly way of cleansing oneself after using the toilet.
Sure, you could hop in the shower immediately after, but that’s a hassle and consumes a lot of water. You can switch to recycled toilet paper, but, yeah sandpaper. Wet wipes feel great and clean you better than toilet paper, but they wreak havoc on plumbing and septic systems.
Frankly, it’s quite odd that in such a sanitary-conscious society like we have in the United States that more people don’t use bidets, especially when the rest of the world has long-embraced the bidet as being a far more sanitary and natural way of cleansing. The conventional way of wiping with toilet paper irritates skin and still leaves some kind of residue, while washing with water… well, don’t we use water to clean everything else in our lives?
BENEFITS OF A BIDET
Every day, according to National Geographic, about 270,000 trees are flushed into our sewer systems or dumped into our landfills. These are trees that can be saved by the simple decision of using a bidet, which can reduce toilet paper use by 75%. Now I know what you’re thinking, “but bidets are still using up water.” True, but the amount is negligible compared to what it takes to create that ultra-soft toilet paper of yours.
To create the 34,000,000 rolls of toilet tissue that Americans use in one day it takes A LOT of water. How much water? About 255,000,000 gallons of water. When you add that to the 88,000,000 pounds of greenhouse gases and the 161,000,000 KWH of electricity it takes to make our toilet paper, it becomes very clear that bidets are the better option for our planet.
Source: 2008 Lifecycle Inventory (LCI) study by Franklin & Associates
Lastly, but certainly not least, there are also great health benefits when using a bidet. For instance, water is much better than toilet paper for alleviating symptoms associated with common ailments such as hemorrhoids or other skin irritations. You honestly don’t need a doctor to tell you this when you simply just think about it. Washing with water is simply less irritating than wiping with paper as it creates friction on your skin.
Aside from basic skin irritation, a bidet is also excellent for helping with infectious diseases such as UTI’s or yeast infections. In fact, a small study conducted in a nursing home showed that regular bidet seat use helped decrease the amount of UTIs by almost 70%. Bidets are also great in preventing infectious diseases that may be transferred by the simple act of touching, as there is no need to come close to your fecal matter anymore.
But, don’t take it from us. Here are some expert opinions on the matter:
"If we were going to take bacteria cultures around someone's rectum after a bowel movement using a bidet versus toilet paper, it would make sense it would be cleaner with a bidet."
- Phillip J. Buffington, M.D., chief medical officer of the Urology Group in Cincinnati
"Since we’re not using [bidets], we use things like wet wipes and toilet paper. It's common for people to see a physician for discomfort in the anal area because essential oils have been wiped clean. People who use bidets are much less likely to have issues with rashes and discomfort and irritation"
- Alan Kamrava, M.D., a California-based colorectal and general surgeon
What’s more is that the health benefits of bidets are universal. Bidets are excellent for everyone’s health, from young to elderly, men and women.
Get that confident feel of cleanliness. It helps relieve hemorrhoids, and itchiness due to follicle situations. It also helps relieve itchiness and bleeding caused by diarrhea.
The feminine wash cycle helps with a number of things, from prevention of UTIs to relief on menstrual days, and even cleansing after sexual intercourse. It has also been excellent for the relief of discomfort before and after pregnancy. It also helps maintain overall cleanliness and relief from hemorrhoids, or bleeding and itchiness caused by diarrhea as well.
With a bidet, the elderly can regain their toileting independence. They will need little, to no assistance, as wiping becomes a thing of the past, especially with electronic bidet seats that have air dryers. A bidet is also perfect for those with mobility issues such as Parkinson’s disease, MS, and even arthritis as cleansing can be handled with a remote control.
Bidets are also great for children as they are easy to use and gentle. They are also useful in teaching children the importance of proper hygiene as they grow up.
Whether it’s temporary or permanent, a loss of mobility due to a medical condition can be extremely frustrating. Bidets can help restore bathroom independence and reduce the difficulty of keeping oneself clean after using the toilet. This includes ailments like arthritis, recent surgery, injured limbs, joint inflammation, or a recent stroke.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, INCONTINENCE, CROHN’S DISEASE
While these conditions all come with their own individual challenges, the common theme is that frequent trips to the bathroom can cause severe irritation to the anal tissue from constant wiping. Using a bidet can relieve this immensely as it will do 100% of the cleaning so all you have to do is dab yourself dry with toilet paper when finished.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIDETS
Bidets come in many shapes and sizes and it’s understandable if you are completely lost. What’s the difference between a bidet attachment and a fixture? What’s an electronic bidet seat about? What day is it?? Let’s discuss!
A bidet fixture is the most traditional bidet of the bunch. Created in France, fixture bidets are what many Americans still associate with the word bidet and quite possibly why many view them as weird and unappealing.
These types of bidets are separate fixtures that sit beside the toilet. To use one, you literally have to get up from the toilet and crabwalk over to the bidet. Then, you straddle the fixture like a small horse (get it now?) and position yourself in front of or above the faucet head.
You turn on the water by turning handles similar to a sink faucet, then you proceed to cleanse yourself using your hand to wash your private areas (with a bar of soap usually nearby). It’s cumbersome, not the most convenient for the elderly, and let’s be honest—who wants to get up and move to another fixture to clean?
Because these types of bidets are separate fixtures, installation is a big task. It’s usually only possible when planning a complete bathroom remodel or build and the bidet will require a similar amount of floor space as a typical toilet. Fixture bidets also need their own water shut-off valves for cold and hot water and their own drain.
• It’s a bidet
• Warm water capable
• Doubles as a water fountain?
• Small horse! Cons
• Installation is very difficult because it’s a whole separate fixture in your bathroom
• Requires lots of floor space and planning to add one (plumbing, faucets, drain, etc)
• Can be cumbersome to use as standing and travelling is required
• Difficult for the elderly, handicapped or children to use
• Requires you to use your hand to wash yourself under the water stream
INTEGRATED BIDET TOILET COMBINATIONS
Integrated bidet toilet combos are the stuff dreams are made of. These are the bad boys you’re thinking of when you imagine toilets in the future. They look like luxury statement pieces for your bathroom and are packed with the latest in hygiene technology. If there was a bidet that could do your taxes, you can bet it will look like an integrated bidet toilet.
These combinations are all-in-one, meaning it includes the toilet bowl, toilet tank, and seat with bidet functionality all in one beautiful package. You may see them in fancy hotels around the world, especially in Asia since they were first introduced in Japan. Regardless of where you see one, you’re certain to stop and say, “whoa”. That is until you see the price tag on some units and say, “WHOA!!”
On the upside, integrated bidet toilets come with the top of the line features and aesthetically, they’re just beautiful. You name it and they more than likely have it, with features including: heated seats, auto opening/closing seats and lids, oscillating nozzles, warm air dryers, deodorizers, auto flushing, led lights and self-cleaning bowls.
Some of the more esoteric features include foot warmers, Bluetooth/wi-fi connectivity, and music speakers. Researchers are even working on models that can analyze your fecal matter for signs of illness and provide your doctor with the results. The future is here!
Surprisingly, integrated bidet toilet combinations are pretty straightforward to install. They are installed just like a regular toilet with the addition of an electrical outlet to plug into. They don’t need any special plumbing or drainage.
• State of the art hygiene technology
• Aesthetically beautiful for high end bathrooms
• All in one design
• Multitude of bidet cleansing features and functions
• Automatic / remote controlled flushing
• Great for all ages / anyone that can operate a remote control
• Relatively easy installation Cons
• Expensive, price can range from $1,500 - $8,000
• Requires electricity
A non-electric bidet attachment is the easiest way to add bidet functionality to your existing toilet. They’re great if you’re just looking for a simple bidet for cleansing with no complexity. Since they are non-electric, bidet attachments are powered by your home’s water pressure and are operated by either a turn dial or lever that controls the spray pressure.
While most are cold water only, some bidet attachments have the ability to tap into a nearby sink for a hot water source. They come in many shapes in sizes, but the most popular bidet attachments are made of plastic and fit between your toilet seat and bowl. The nozzle is typically set at a fixed position, although some models allow for some adjustment.
The biggest drawback for a bidet attachment is that the fitment underneath a toilet seat is sometimes awkward if the toilet seat is particularly flat, and most won’t fitment one-piece toilets with a French curve.
NON-ELECTRIC BIDET SEATS
Non-electric bidet seats will replace your existing toilet seat altogether with one that has bidet functionality built-in. These bidet seats are powered by your home’s water pressure and are controlled via knob or lever. They are built of durable plastic and have front and rear spray nozzles tucked behind the back of the seat.
Because the bidet functionality is built-in, non-electric seats don’t have the same fitment issues as attachments. However, bidet seats typically only come in an elongated size and usually won’t fit on one-piece toilets with a French curve.
Installation is typically very easy if only cold water is supplied, but will be complicated if warm water is desired.
HAND-HELD BIDET SPRAYERS
Hand-held bidet sprayers are very popular in many foreign countries as the go-to option for personal hygiene. They consist of a sprayer head with a long flexible hose attached to a shut-off valve near your toilet. Most hand held bidets are plastic, but there are higher quality metal ones available as well. They are also known as diaper sprayers or shattafs.
Hand-held bidets are powered by your home’s water pressure and can output a large volume of water. While many communities prefer this type of bidet, they can also be a bit cumbersome because the user must lean forward and position the sprayer head underneath them before pressing the on/off switch on the handle. Since they aren’t mounted to the toilet bowl, hand-held sprayers can be installed on virtually any residential toilet.
• Simple to use
• Inexpensive - ranging from $20-$200
• Easy to install (cold water only)
• Doesn’t require electricity
• Ample spray pressure and water volume
• Hand held bidets can be installed on almost any toilet Cons
• No high-tech features
• Require good motor control in hands to operate dials/levers
• Don’t fit on certain one piece toilets
• Not ideal for handicapped, elderly, and children
• Made of simple plastic and not as durable as electronic models
• Attachments don’t always have good fit under a toilet seat
• If warm water is desired, plumbing hot water from sink can be complicated
• Less safeguards against a leak or valve failure causing flooding
Electronic Bidet Seats
Electronic bidet seats (also known as bidet toilet seats or washlets) are designed to provide the wonderful functionality of an integrated bidet toilet combo, but at a fraction of the cost. A bidet seat is a toilet seat with bidet functionality that sits atop your existing toilet bowl and replaces your current toilet seat. Bidet seats need to be plugged into an electrical outlet in order to function, but they only need a cold water hookup because they can heat the water internally.
How do they work? At the press of a button, a nozzle will extend out and spray a jet of water at your rear. The water spray will cleanse your intimate areas with a comfortable, aerated stream of warm water. When finished, the nozzle cleans itself and retracts back into its housing.
If you’re looking for the full, modern day bidet experience, a bidet seat is the way to go. They represent the middle ground for most people considering a bidet between simple bidet attachments and high-end integrated combos. The price is reasonable, installation is easy, and you can expect to get a ton of functionality.
The biggest upside of bidet seats is that they can provide a wonderful toileting experience for just about anybody. The remote control operation allows for usage by the handicapped, elderly, children, or anyone suffering from limited mobility.
• Easy to install
• Can be added to most existing residential toilets
• Can be used by all ages
• Great solution for the handicapped, users with limited mobility, and folks otherwise unable to wipe themselves
• Can be affordable
• Multitude of bidet cleansing features and functions
• Easily removed for cleaning or repair
• Requires an electrical outlet
• Fitment is not always perfect depending your toilet
• May not look as aesthetically nice as an integrated bidet toilet
• Can be expensive if looking at luxury models
• Remote control buttons may be difficult for elderly to use
FEATURES OF ELECTRONIC BIDET SEATS
Regardless of how fancy of a bidet seat you are considering, most will have the same standard set of basic features. These include: a heated seat (adjustable), slow close seat and lid, warm water cleansing, adjustable spray pressure, adjustable water temperature, and self-cleaning nozzles.
Lower end bidet seats heat the water using an internal reservoir or type tank heater. Similar to your home’s water heater, there’s a limited supply of warm water before the internal tank is depleted and the water spray turns cool.
As you move up in quality (and usually price), bidet seats will have additional features including:
• Unlimited warm water: The cleansing spray will be warm for as long as you choose to wash
• Adjustable nozzle position: Nozzle position can adjusted forward or backward to accommodate your unique shape and size
• Warm air dryer: Great for users who want a true hands-free experience and eliminate the use of toilet paper altogether
• Deodorizer: Helps to reduce bathroom odors through an odor neutralizing filter
• Nozzle oscillation: Makes the wash nozzle move back and forth for a wider cleaning area
• Massaging pulse: Makes the water stream pulsate for a massaging experience
• Enema function: Relieves constipation with a stimulating high pressure water stream
• Child mode: Reduces the water spray pressure and positions the nozzles more forward to accommodate children
• Sittable lid: While most bidet seats cannot support weight on the lid when it is closed, some models allow for it
• LED night light: Provides a soft glowing night light for the bathroom
• Wide spray: Allows the user to adjust the width of the spray to their desired setting
• Economy mode: Puts the bidet seat into a power saving mode by reducing seat and water temperatures when not in use
• Automatic Opening and Closing Lid/Seat: A mechanically powered lid and/or seat that can be raised and lowered automatically when you approach or via a button press
These newer bidet seats are able to provide unlimited warm water with more advanced heating technology like tankless and hybrid heaters. The end result is a soothing warm water spray regardless of how long you choose to wash. Tankless and hybrid water heaters also tend to be more energy efficient because they don’t keep a large internal water reservoir heated while not in use.
CAPABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF BIDET SEATS
Now let’s talk about what to expect from your seat. When shopping for their first bidet seat, some people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the spraying and drying. They expect the spray to either burst like a fire hydrant hose or wash the entire surface of their bottom and they expect the dryer to perform like a commercial hand dryer. This is simply not the case.
When you press the "wash" button, a wash nozzle (about the size of a marker) will extend out and spray a well-aimed stream of water towards your rear. It’s a relatively narrow spray that is meant to contact your rectal area to cover about the area of a quarter.
While it’s not going to wash your whole bottom, the stream is aerated and comfortable. Using the bidet seat’s oscillating function or simply leaning back and forth will provide a wider spray area.
Also, if you are comparing to a non-electric bidet attachment powered by your home’s water pressure, a bidet seat will never be able to match it in water volume. Though the spray is different, its every bit as effective for cleansing.
As for the dryer, as we said above it would be an unrealistic expectation to expect the dryer to be up to par with something like a commercial hand dryer. The dryer on pretty much any bidet seat, regardless of how much you spend, is about the strength of a hair dryer on its low setting.
With studies showing how the simple act of flushing the toilet can spread microscopic fecal matter around your bathroom, would you really want a powerful fan blowing inside your toilet?
WHICH BIDET SEAT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Choosing a bidet seat really comes down to choosing what features and functions are most important to you. Maybe you want yours to be state of the art and fully loaded with all the latest features. Or maybe you just want something that will simply get the cleansing done with no frills. Or perhaps you want an automatic opening and closing lid or a powerful enema function. All these options are possible and only need a bit of research. Here are some examples of things to consider when choosing a bidet seat.
IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER
TANK VS TANKLESS WATER HEATING
A major distinction between different electronic bidet seats is the mechanism they use to heat the water. Similar to water heaters for the whole house, bidet seats heat water in one of two ways: via a tank type heater, or a tankless heater. Both types provide the user with a warm water wash, but which one is better for you?
Bidet seats with tank type water heaters have an internal reservoir/tank of stored water. The bidet toilet seat keeps the stored water heated to whatever temperature setting the user desires. During wash, the bidet seat will draw water from this heated reservoir. The warm water will last about 30 seconds before the wash gradually turns cooler until it reaches room temperature. It usually takes about 5 minutes for the bidet seat's water tank to fully re-heat.
Bidet seats with tankless or hybrid water heating systems do not keep a large reservoir of stored water. Instead, the heating element instantly heats the water stream when the wash is activated. The water will stay warm at the desired temperature for as long as the user is washing. During wash, the bidet seat is able to heat the water "on-demand" allowing for temperature adjustments mid-wash. Water heater stays idle when the seat is not in use.
Some bidet seats offer stronger spray pressure than others. The spray pressure can always be adjusted lower, but different models will have a stronger maximum setting. How much spray pressure you need is both a personal preference and a function of body type.
Some users just prefer a stronger spray so they can feel cleaner and get the job done quickly. Or, a particular user may be over 220lbs and/or have a large bottom and stronger spray pressure is needed to clean effectively.
Other users don’t really have an opinion on the matter and just want a simple cleanse. The majority of users don’t need or care for a really strong spray. But, if you find that you prefer a more powerful spray, be sure to choose a model that offers it.
WARM AIR DRYER
This is an effective way to cut down paper waste nearly to 0%, if you are willing to let the dryer run for a few minutes. No bidet seat on the market will have an amazing warm air dryer that feels like a commercial hand dryer. Regardless of the model, it will take you about 2-3 minutes to get fully dry.
Many users are at first confused by this. Why aren’t they stronger and more effective? Well, with all the studies showing how the simple act of flushing the toilet can spread fecal matter around your bathroom, do you really want a strong fan down there?
Higher end bidet seats are made with higher quality material and construction. Even though a $200 and $600 bidet seat may have the same list of features, it’s likely the $600 unit uses a higher grade plastic for its body and seat and will stand up to the test of time better.
As you move up to the higher end bidet seats, warranty strength and length generally increases, but not always. Warranty lengths can range from 1-5 years. Also, some models only offer a limited warranty that partially covers the cost of repair so be sure to take this into account while shopping.
It’s important to know that the seat on a bidet seat will be about 2” shorter than a regular toilet seat. On a round toilet, the seat will be quite small and could be uncomfortable for larger users. Elongated toilets are definitely ideal for bidet seats.
Between the various models, there’s not much variation in actual seating area. At most, there’s maybe ¼” variance between the various brands so don’t stress too much about comparing them. The round/elongated size will be a much more important factor.
Enema function is a popular feature that helps alleviate constipation. If this is a feature that’s important to you, be sure to select a model that has it because most models do not.
The price of a good quality bidet seat will range anywhere from $300-$1,000. When choosing the right bidet toilet seat for you and your family, it’s important to consider all cost factors. A quality bidet seat is an investment similar to other heavy-duty appliances like your washing machine or dryer. Think about this—your average bidet seat will be used every single day, multiple times a day, often by multiples members of the family. How often do you use your washing machine?
Also, regular bidet use can reduce your toilet paper consumption by 75% or more. If an average American uses about 30 rolls of toilet paper a year, the savings add up quickly once you factor in multiple family members.
A bidet seat with an LED nightlight can add that wow factor to your bathroom. Not all nightlights are created equally as some models will have brighter or more robust LEDs.
LESS IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Some higher end bidet seat models will have a motorized seat and lid. They can be programmed to open automatically when you enter the bathroom and close when you leave. This is a truly luxurious feature that allows for a true hands free experience when using the toilet.
The concept of user presets is nice, but in reality it’s not a really important factor to consider. While users expect to be able to just sit down and press their saved button to do everything, this is not the case.
Pressing your user preset button will bring up your saved water pressure and water temperature preference. However, starting the wash still requires another button press and then nozzle position will also require adjustment. At the end of the day, you’re really not saving many button presses.
Deodorizers are a ‘nice to have’ feature on a bidet seat, but don’t let it sway your decision. They will decrease some toilet odors, but they’ll never eliminate all odors.
Bidet seat nozzles can be made of plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel. The material used will speak to the quality of construction, but in terms of functionality you’ll never be able to tell the difference. Some people feel a stainless steel nozzle is more hygienic, but the nozzles are self-cleaning and don’t collect much gunk during use so it’s not a significant difference either way.
Now that you know quite a bit about bidets and are thinking about buying one, the next question you’re likely asking is: “How do I know if it will fit my toilet?” Let’s use these steps to find out.
ONE-PIECE VS TWO-PIECE TOILETS
Two-piece toilets feature the traditional design of separate tank and bowl pieces that have been bolted together. If you have a two-piece toilet, great! You will be able to fit just about any bidet. There are exceptions with some high-end designer toilets that don’t have standard measurements or shapes.
One-piece toilets integrate the tank and the bowl into a seamless, molded design. There will be no gaps between the tank and the bowl. If your one-piece looks like the one on the picture to your left-hand side with a 90 degree then great! A bidet has a good chance of fitting. But, if your one-piece toilet looks a bit different than the one pictured below, then there may be some slight complications and you should continue reading.
One-piece toilets like the two below are special cases and cause some issues when fitting a bidet.
These are both one-piece toilets but, as you can tell, they are a bit different. Sometimes these differences cause difficulties as they don’t allow space for a bidet to fit.
A common one-piece toilet style, called a “French curve, usually looks like the toilet on the left. A French curve is when your tank curves forward instead of being at a 90 degree angle. This allows little space for a bidet and there are very few bidets that will be able to mount properly.
With skirted toilets, like the one on the right side of the picture, there are two issues. First, because the underside of the bowl is not accessible, the standard mounting hardware that comes with a bidet seat won’t work. This can be remedied however with special top mounting hardware, a simple fix. The second issue is that the water connection underneath the toilet tank is not easily accessible once the toilet is installed. To remedy this, you’ll need to install the T-valve for the toilet before mounting the toilet, or connect the bidet to the shut-off valve located on your wall instead.
ELONGATED OR ROUND BOWL
The next thing is to find out whether your toilet bowl is elongated or round.
In this picture, you can clearly see that the elongated bowl is longer, duh. It’s about 2’ inches longer to be precise. If you are buying a new toilet for your bidet we suggest you buy an elongated as you’ll have more space and more variety to choose from when it comes to your bidet.
Now for the measuring. When measuring, measure from the toilet seat mounting holes to the front of the bowl. If you get 17.5” or greater, you have an elongated bowl. If it’s less than 17”, you have a round bowl.
INSTALLATION AND ELECTRICAL
MOUNTING AND PLUMBING
Mounting a bidet seat and connecting it to the water supply is very simple and it really doesn’t take much effort. Here are the basic steps need to install a bidet seat:
1. Remove your existing toilet seat.
2. Shut off your water supply valve next to the toilet (or else you’re in for quite a cleanup).
3. Flush the toilet completely.
4. Disconnect the supply line hose from your toilet tank then install the 7/8’ T-valve directly to the bottom of your toilet tank. Reconnect the water supply hose to the bottom of the T-valve.
5. Place the mounting bracket over the bolt holes of your toilet bowl and insert the mounting bolts. Adjust the mounting bracket then proceed to tighten the bolts from the underside.
6. Slide bidet unit onto the mounting plate. There should be an audible click when your seat is locked.
7. Next, connect the optional water filter to the T-valve, or simply just connect the hose to the T-valve if you do not wish to use a filter. Connect the other side of the hose to the bidet seat.
8. After all is connected securely, open the shut-off valve and check for leaks.
9. Lastly, plug in your bidet seat to an electrical outlet, and hear that baby purr.
Note: All necessary installation parts for mounting and plumbing will be included with your bidet seat. The only exception is if you have a special toilet (as described above) in which case you may need extra parts that will not come with your bidet seat.
Bidet seats don’t have any special electrical requirements. They will plug into a standard North American 110-120v 15amp 3-prong outlet like your other household appliances. Since bathrooms are water borne environments, a GFCI outlet is required if you’re adding a new outlet.
In most cases, bidet toilet seats work fine on shared bathroom circuits. In some cases where older homes are still on dated electrical standards, installing a bidet seat that has a tankless water heater on a shared circuit with bathroom lighting can cause the lights to flicker when the water heater is activated. While rare, flickering bathroom lights should not cause any serious problems aside from annoyance. Tank type bidet seats generally draw a maximum of 600W at their peak, while tankless type bidet seats draw about 1400W at their peak.
Many users don’t have an outlet near the toilet, and since a bidet seat’s cord is only about four feet long, you’ll either need to run an extension or (if you care for aesthetics) you’ll have to call an electrician to install an outlet near the toilet. Most bidet seats have cords that come out from the right side when facing your toilet. Therefore, for the best aesthetics, you’ll want to add an outlet on the right side of your toilet tank so that you can hide your cord and make everything look nice and neat.
If you plan on taking a bidet seat abroad, some models do have seats in a 220V-240V standard. It’s also important to pay attention to the frequency of either 50hz or 60hz.
WHO WE ARE
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Founded in 2009, the privately held company is dedicated to advancing bidet use through innovative hygiene products and unbeatable customer service. It is the most trusted source for bidet products in the United States and has grown to include both a wholesale platform for trade professionals and its own privately branded bidet line: Alpha Bidet.
BidetKing.com’s long term mindset for growing the bidet market is reflected in its commitment to only carrying the highest quality bidet products on the market. The company is determined to break the negative stigma associated with bidets through education and unparalleled customer service. Its curated selection of bidet products represents the best aspects of the industry.
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The company is devoted to educating consumers about the benefits of bidets by producing high quality content through its various media channels. BidetKing.com is proud to be the go-to resource for bidet shoppers and will continue its dedication to its customers and the bidet industry as a whole.
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