For many of us in the western world, the idea of a bidet is a foreign concept—literally. Just saying the word with its silent “T” calls to mind something that may or may not be French, and suddenly you find yourself pondering whether the word refers to a cleaning product or a delicious pastry.
No, a bidet definitely isn’t sweet or delicious, but if you guessed cleaning product, you’re at least on the right track. A bidet is a device or fixture that you use to wash up end after you use the bathroom. By spraying water from a nozzle or faucet, bidets pick up where toilet paper falls short, helping you feel way more fresh and clean than when using toilet paper alone. And since bidets significantly reduce the amount of toilet paper you use, they’re great for hemorrhoid sufferers, young children who can’t yet wipe themselves, and the environment.
Bidets come in various shapes and sizes, depending on the part of the world you’re in. In places such as the Middle East, Asia, and southern Europe, you’ll find bidets mounted to the wall next to the toilet, similar to a low lying sink. Come to the states, the UK, and Canada, and most bidets are found as a fixture attached to a toilet. Yeah, it all seems kind of wishy-washy at first, but we’ll explain how different types of bidets work, and why they make bathroom hygiene so downright easy.
Traditionally, bidets came as the low-lying porcelain basins that you’ll find in many parts of Asia and southern Europe. These types of bidets come in different forms, depending on where the water nozzle is located. With some wall-mounted bidets, the water nozzle is at the base of the bidet, and water projects upward when you turn the faucet handle. Other wall-mounted bidets feature a nozzle at the top of the bidet, like a horizontal water faucet. And just like a faucet, you can control the temperature of the water. Talk about refreshing!
These types of bidets require the user to squat down, almost as you would when using a toilet. After using the toilet and wiping, you step over to the bidet, squat halfway, and turn the nozzle to begin washing. Bathrooms with separate bidets usually provide a special towel to dry off afterwards, but if one isn’t available, a little toilet paper gets the job done.
Bidet Toilet Seats
Bidet toilet seats are a great option as they require no additional bathroom space or remodeling work. Consider a toilet seat bidet your one-stop for using the bathroom and cleansing. These bidets are fixtures attach to your toilet so that you can clean-in-place, without having to get up or squat over a separate fixture. Bidet toilet seats can replace your existing toilet seat, while bidet attachments lie just below it.
Some toilet seat bidets are electric and offer a hot water option, while others just use cold water. For example, the Brondell Fresh Spa Easy Bidet Attachment uses a pressurized cold water wash and has an adjustable nozzle that switches to three different positions to reach all areas.
On the other hand, Brondell’s Swash 300 Bidet Toilet Seat has both a hot and a cold water wash, and even features a heated toilet seat for added comfort. The Swash 300 comes with two water nozzles, one for your backside and one for feminine cleansing, giving you the ultimate hygienic experience. It even comes with a wireless remote for easy temperature and water pressure control.
When all is said and done, bidet toilet seats just make bathroom hygiene simple, leaving you fresh and clean without the waste from wipes and toilet paper. Here at Brondell, we understand that bathroom hygiene is a personal preference, which is why we offer a wide range of bidet toilet seats, bidet attachments, and handheld “diaper-sprayer” bidets. And while you can’t be home all the time, we even offer our GoSpa Travel Bidet, so you can enjoy the refreshing experience of a bidet wherever you go.
All of our products are economical, easy to use, and come with a variety of super sanitary features to meet your preferences and your budget.