1) Bidets are weird.
What’s the number one reason we hear why people don’t like bidets? “They’re weird.” Yup, that’s it. For whatever reason, many people in the US have a stigma against using bidets and write them off as simply being too weird. Well, BidetKing.com is here to help make things a little less “weird.”
While the idea of a bidet may scare some at first, they soon realize what they’ve been missing out on. Not only do they clean you much more effectively than toilet paper, they are more environmentally friendly.
Here are some other misconceptions about bidets and why they aren’t as weird as you originally thought:
2) The Water stream is cold & uncomfortable.
All electronic bidet seats have warm water and heated seats. The bidet’s remote control allows you to adjust the temperature for maximum comfort. Warm water relaxes the muscles and will clean you so thoroughly you’ll feel like you’ve just taken a shower.
3) The water comes from the toilet tank and is unsanitary.
Bidet seats get water from the shut-off valve situated next to your toilet BEFORE it reaches the toilet tank. The bidet will not draw water from within the toilet tank itself. The only thing that touches you is clean, pure water.
4) Using toilet paper is cleaner and cheaper.
After using the toilet, people usually need to wipe multiple times with toilet paper to feel somewhat clean. Even then, you may not get to the harder to reach areas. Bidets seats use pure water to wash your sensitive areas and are much more hygienic. Toilet paper, on the other hand, is rough and may contain chemicals that can result in skin and gynecological infections.
Fun fact: One tree produces about 100 lbs. of toilet paper and about 83 million rolls are produced per day. The world consumes around 27,000 trees daily just on toilet paper!
In actuality, bidets can help save the environment by lessening toilet paper consumption. Not only is it more hygienic for our bodies, you’ll be saving more money in the long run each time by spending less on toilet paper.
5) Water is being wasted.
Ever notice how much water is being used whenever you flush the toilet? It’s a lot – around 1.6 gallons per flush. Bidet seats on average use about half a gallon of water a day, which pales in comparison to the amount you use after every shower.
Another fun fact: manufacturing toilet paper involves using massive amounts of water – close to 500 billion gallons of water a year to produce. So not only will you save water by using less, you’ll be saving the environment by purchasing less toilet paper.
Think of buying a bidet as both an investment for your health as well as the environment.
6) They don’t fit my toilet.
Modern bidet seats can be installed on most residential toilets. Not only will they fit, but they’ll add a nice “luxury” feel to your restroom too.
Some bidet seats fit better than others, but for the most part fitment should not be an issue. For more information on compatibility, please refer to our fitment guide.
7) Installation is difficult.
In the past, people who wanted a bidet installed would have to accommodate an additional fixture. Now, modern bidets replace your toilet seat and lid and use the same two mounting holes to attach to the toilet bowl. The mounting bracket used to install the bidet needs a flat surface, which is typical for all 2 piece toilets and most 1 piece toilets in residential homes. You will only need a single cold water connection from the supply line that is already going to your toilet tank. The bidet seat needs to be plugged in to a standard GFCI electrical outlet.
For more information on how to install a bidet, check out this great video on the subject:
8) Bidets are too complicated to use.
Bidet seats are as simple to operate as they are to install.
You’ll no longer have to use those “old school” faucet type bidets that are notoriously difficult to use and are just plain ugly. Originally with faucet type bidets, you would have to get up, walk over to separate fixture, crouch awkwardly, and adjust your body for the water to hit the right spot.
With a modern bidet seat, you can use the toilet and then wash yourself without having to get up and walk to a separate fixture. Just sit down, do your business, and clean up with a simple press of a button. If you have guests over, they can continue to use the toilet like any other restroom.
9) Bidets are expensive.
When bidet seats first hit the market, the only options were expensive Japanese brands like TOTO. While they are high in quality, there are many more affordable options these days.
Non-electric bidets are perfect for individuals who need basic cleansing functions without all the complicated gadgetry in an electronic bidet. Non-electric bidet attachments and seats can range from $40-$200. Non-electrics are great for price-conscious consumers.
Electronic bidets are great for people looking to add that luxury feel without having to spend thousands of dollars. High quality bidet seats can range anywhere from $200-$800.