If you haven’t bought a bidet before, it’s understandable to find yourself a little unsure about your purchase. Toilet seat bidets, after all, are still in the process of gaining popular use in the US and many still aren’t familiar with how they work.
First things first, though. If you’re buying a toilet seat bidet, you have to take note of two important things: your existing toilet and your budget. Since it will be an add-on accessory to your bathroom fixture, you will have to make sure any bidet you buy will fit snugly as a replacement for your toilet seat. Four variations of toilets (either one-piece or two-piece elongated and one-piece or two-piece round) are usually found in homes and you’ll have to arm yourself with that information before shopping for your bidet.
As for establishing a price, there’s a wide range of options in toilet seat bidets. The cheapest and simplest units can run as low as $40, while complete sets with a barrage of features installed can retail for as high as the low four-figures.
While cheap bidets are available, we highly recommend investing in a moderately priced unit ($250 to $500) from trusted brands like Toto, Coco Bidet, Bio Bidet, and Brondell. You can expect bidets to be widely used inside the home (especially if you’re planning to eliminate toilet paper in its presence), so a moderate investment should be a smart choice in exchange for a higher quality of build.
As for features, expect your costs to add up with each extra function your bidet facilitates. If you have the budget for the extra expense, they should be worth every penny, though. Some features I personally consider necessities for new bidet owners include:
- adjustable water pressure (helps cleansing a lot)
- adjustable water temperature (for hard-to-remove dirt)
- warm air dryer (for drying your wet bum)
Other features that are not real necessities but you may find of value include:
- heated seats
- remote controls
- seat sensors
- hydraulic lids
- built-in deodorizer
Hopefully, that’s enough to get you started on your road to buying your first toilet seat bidet.
There aren’t any hard and fast rules for using a premium bidet with its host of options. As such, you can put it to work for as long, as short, as hard or as gentle as you want. For best (and non-wasteful) results, however, the following are generally considered as guidelines for optimal use.
1. Start water pressure slow and build up. Too strong a gush of water (whether on the shower or one your bottom) can be an unpleasant surprise, especially early in the morning (or if you have hemorrhoids – ouch). You can use the Pulsating option in premium bidets to automatically vary the water pressure in rapid succession.
2. If you are experiencing constipation problems, use either the Pulsating option to stimulate the anal muscles to push bowel out or the Enema function.
3. Use the Oscillating feature to induce a good cleans, even better perhaps than doing the Bidet dance.
4. Ideal use for bidets, including cleaning and drying, is usually 30 to 45 seconds. Use at least 15 seconds of that time with the warm air dryer to ensure no wetness remains.
5. If you’re cleaning the posterior, stick to warm water – it just works much better than tap. For the genital areas, you can save on the electric bill a sip by using regular water from the pipes.
Apart from that, routine maintenance is all that’s really needed to derive the best use out of your bidet for the long term.