Modern bidet toilet seats are controlled by either an attached side control panel, or a wireless remote control. Bidets with an attached side control panel like the Bio Bidet BB-1700 offer a simple one piece design so users don’t need to worry about a separate remote control. Bidets with a wireless remote like the Brondell Swash 1000 have a more streamlined look and are usually higher end models with more features. Both control types work well, but which one is better for you?

Bio Bidet BB-2000

Wireless Remote Control

Most bidet toilet seats sold today are operated by wireless remote controls that are usually wall mounted. At, close to 90% of all bidet seat sales are devoted to remote controls. Why are they so popular?

Wireless remote controls are preferred over side panels for a number of reasons. First, remote controlled models tend to be higher end models that include more functions and features. Customers simply prefer going with higher quality bidet seats and most of them have remote controls. Next, without a side panel, bidet toilet seats have a much better aesthetic appearance. Side panels protrude from the right hand side (when seated) of the bidet roughly 3-4” and many customers simply don’t like the way it looks. With a wireless remote, the bidet seat looks less like a medical device and more like an upscale bathroom appliance.

All bidet toilet seats sold at that are controlled by wireless remote also come with included wall mounts. Wall mounting your remote control is preferred for both better functionality and less risk of misplacement. While side panels on bidets remain in a fixed position, users can mount remote controls on either side of the toilet. This is great for left handed or disabled users. Also, by mounting the remote, the controls can be more easily accessed at eye-level. This is ideal for elderly or bariatric users. Once mounted, the remote control rarely needs to be removed; users can simply press the buttons and operate the bidet seat directly from the wall. This greatly minimizes the risk of losing or misplacing the bidet remote like you would a TV remote.

Bio Bidet BB-1700

Side Panel Control

If you do not have an adjacent wall next to the toilet to mount the wireless remote, a side panel bidet seat is a great option. Bidet toilet seats controlled by side panels offer simplicity and increased peace of mind. Instead of having to worry about yet another remote control, users can simply press the buttons on the side of the seat. There are no batteries and no mounting hardware – simply plug in the bidet seat and it’s ready to go. Households with small children or destructive pets can also rest easier with a side control panel as it cannot be detached and lost. Since all electronic bidet seats have sensors, you'll never have to worry about your children pressing buttons and spraying the whole bathroom while no one is occupying the seat.  Side control panels also have large, easy to read buttons with brightly lit LEDs to display the adjustable pressure and temperature settings.

BB-2000 Remote


Wireless remotes are the most popular choice for's customers.  It allows the user to stay at a comfortable position without having to contour their body to press buttons on the side.  Wireless remotes provide large, easy-to-see buttons for the greatest cleansing experience.

If you have children, pets, or tend to misplace remotes, side panel controls offer a stress-free bathroom environment.  At the end of the day, isn't that what we all want?