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Updated April 2018
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  • 16 Models Considered
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    Shopping guide for best bidets

    Last Updated April 2018

    The bidet is a personal hygiene tool commonly seen in Asia and Europe. It’s essentially a mini “shower” for your most personal areas. Bidet usage helps cut down on paper waste. People with hemorrhoids, bowel disease, and post-childbirth conditions find them particularly soothing. Furthermore, a quick rinse with a bidet on a busy morning may be all you need to face the day – no need to waste water on a full shower.

    Many Americans are unfamiliar with bidets, and as such, it can be especially confusing to buy one. Unlike Japan, where just about every home has a bidet/toilet combo unit, it’s far more common in the U.S. to find bidet seats that attach to your existing toilet.

    But how do you know which type is best? It’s not a topic that’s often discussed, after all, and there are quite a few different types available.

    That’s where we come in. The research staff at BestReviews delved deep into the bidet product space, learning all that we could about these hygienic bathroom additions and talking to owners of bidets. We combined our information to create the product matrix above and the bidet shopping guide below.

    If you’re ready to purchase a bidet, please see the five bidet products we recommend in the chart above. For more general information about bidets, read on.

    Bidet is the French word for pony, a reference to the traditional-style bidet which is straddled in a similar position to riding a horse. There’s no need for odd seating positions with today’s bidet seats, however.

    All about bidets

    What is a bidet, and why would you want one?

    A bidet is a plumbing fixture or accessory that streams water to cleanse your most personal parts in the bathroom. The benefits of a bidet, whether you use a freestanding model or an attachment on your regular toilet, are many.

    • Greatly reduced need for toilet paper, which helps both your wallet and the environment

    • Lowered risk of toilet clogs and overflows

    • Quick and easy freshening up; a great shower alternative

    • Relief for embarrassing but common problems like anal itching, hemorrhoids, skin irritation due to diarrhea, and pain and swelling after giving birth

    • Enhanced cleanliness after using the toilet

    • Independence for elderly or physically challenged people who struggle to use the toilet on their own
    DID YOU KNOW?

    At least half of adults will suffer with the discomfort of hemorrhoids by middle age. A bidet is far preferable for this common condition than toilet paper is.

    Bidet types

    There are several types of bidets to consider. While you might picture the classic fixture – it looks something like a toilet that has no seat but does have a bathroom faucet affixed to the front – other types of bidets are actually far more common in the U.S.  

    Freestanding/traditional bidets

    Freestanding or traditional bidets are the classic fixture. There are both floor-mounted and wall-mounted versions. These take up a lot of space in your bathroom – they are around the same size as your toilet – and generally require a plumber for installation.

    • Cost: Expect to pay $300 to $700 for a traditional bidet.

    All-in-one fixtures

    All-in-one fixtures are basically regular toilets with a bidet function already installed. These save on space in your bathroom and are common in many parts of the world. They are not so common in the U.S., however, which may be due to their high price.

    • Cost: Expect to pay $1,500 to $4,000 for an all-in-one toilet bidet.

    The U.S. goes through more than 36 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. The use of a bidet cuts down considerably on the amount of paper needed for cleaning, thus ultimately helping the environment.

    Bidet toilet seats

    Bidet toilet seats are the most popular option in the U.S. These replace the regular toilet seat, and there are a wide range of models and configurations to fit both standard and elongated toilets. Most hook into your toilet’s water supply and have a small arm that swings into position at the touch of a button to spray water for personal cleaning. When you’re finished, the arm folds back under the toilet rim. Almost all of these devices have some sort of automatic rinsing of the spray arm, as well.

    There are two types of bidet toilet seats: electric and non-electric.

    Electric bidet toilet seats plug into a nearby electrical outlet and attach to your toilet’s water supply. These seats offer a wide range of features: heated seat, heated water, a wide range of spray settings, adjustable water pressure, adjustable nozzle position, and even air deodorizer.  

    • Cost: The cheapest electric bidet seats cost around $200, but those with the desirable features most people want are more expensive than that. Generally, you’ll pay $300 to $500 for an electric bidet seat with the majority of desirable features, and you’ll pay close to $1,000 for an electric bidet seat with all the bells and whistles you could possibly desire.
       

    Non-electric bidet seats don’t require any nearby electrical outlet and are therefore easier to install. While some do hook into both your hot-water and cold-water supply to provide a warm wash, most only hook into the cold-water supply, meaning you’ll get room-temperature or chilly water on your rear end. You won’t get as many features as you would with an electric bidet seat, but you’ll still find adjustable water pressure, various spray patterns, adjustable sprayer arms, and self-rinsing sprayer arms on most non-electric models.

    • Cost: Generally, these units cost less than $100.

    Most bidet seats are very easy to install with basic tools. No need for an expensive visit from the plumber.

    Bidet attachments

    Bidet attachments mount underneath your regular toilet seat but do not replace it. They have a small control panel to the side of the toilet and a nozzle that retracts under the rim when not in use. Most cannot be used with a one-piece toilet.

    The majority of bidet attachments hook into your toilet’s water supply and have separate hoses for hot water and cool water. You can usually adjust the water pressure, and some bidet attachments even have adjustable sprayer positions. Normally, there is an automatic self-cleaning nozzle function.

    Bidet attachments are an especially good option for renters or anyone who wants the benefits of a bidet without the complicated installation process.

    • Cost: Most bidet attachments cost less than $50.

    The best bidets have stainless-steel or silver iodide nozzles, which are naturally bacteria-resistant and easy to clean. Watch out for plastic nozzles, which tend to crack and hold onto bacteria.

    Handheld bidet sprayers

    Handheld bidet sprayers are similar to handheld shower sprayers. Typically, they attach to your toilet’s water supply and have a clip or holder that keeps the device hanging on the side of your toilet tank until you are ready to use it. You spray yourself with the device, then replace it in its holder. Most allow you to adjust the water pressure to your liking. You can also use the device to rinse off reusable diapers, and if your tub is close to your toilet, you can use it to wash your dog or rinse items off in the bathtub.

    • Cost: These simple bidet devices cost between $20 and $50.

    Travel/portable bidets

    A travel or portable bidet is basically a water bottle with a long nozzle. You gently squeeze the bottle while sitting on the toilet to provide a flow of water for cleaning yourself. These handy “bidets” are a good choice if you only want a bidet for a short time while recovering from surgery or childbirth.

    • Cost: Most travel bidets cost less than $15.

    EXPERT TIP

    With today’s wide range of bidet styles, you don’t necessarily need to buy a large fixture that takes up extra space in your bathroom. For people who live in tight quarters, this is good news.


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    Features to consider

    When it comes to buying a bidet, you’ll find lots of possible features to invest in. Here are some of the most popular features that you may wish to look for in a bidet.

    Warm water: There are two ways your bidet seat might provide this: a built-in warming tank or a hose that ties into your bathroom sink hot water line. Some upscale bidet seats let you tailor the water temperature to your liking; others simply provide a slightly warm spray.

    Feminine wash: This function basically positions the spray nozzle a little bit more forward to easily wash a woman’s genital area.

    Oscillating spray: This feature moves the spray slightly from side to side, providing effective cleaning to a larger area.

    Turbo/enema: With this feature, the water sprays a bit more forcefully with a massaging action to help relieve painful anal conditions.

    Pulse spray: This feature pulses the spray for more effective cleaning.

    Heated seat: No more sitting on a cold toilet seat with this optional feature.

    Air dry: Warm air dries your rear end after using the bidet.

    Deodorizer: This feature doesn’t actually perfume the air; instead, it pulls air through a filter to purify it of odors.

    Pre-mist: This features sprays a bit of water onto the toilet bowl’s inner walls before you use it. This makes waste less likely to stick to the porcelain, so one flush will be enough.

    Tips for choosing a bidet seat

    • Look for a seat with an easy-close lid. These don’t slam shut. Instead, they close slowly.

    • Stainless-steel or silver iodide nozzles are the best choice. They are durable, easy to clean, and resist the buildup of bacteria.

    • Before buying a bidet seat, be sure it fits your toilet base. While you’ll find standard and elongated models, some toilets are outside the standard measurements.

    • If you’re considering an electric bidet seat, keep in mind that you’ll need an electrical outlet reasonably close to the toilet.

    • If you just want a basic wash function, save yourself money by choosing a model without too many extra features you won’t use.

    • Check the control panel for any bidet you are considering. It should be easy to reach, easy to read, and easy to use.

    • Many bidet seats have a quick-release feature that lets you easily lift the seat off the toilet for cleaning.

    Just about every bidet has a self-rinse function to clean the nozzle. You should still disinfect it periodically, however.

    FAQ

    Q. Are bidet seats difficult to install?
    A.
    Generally, you can have your bidet seat installed and ready to go within minutes. With most, you just remove the toilet’s regular seat, secure the bidet seat mounting bracket to the back edge of the toilet, then use the adapter that came with the bidet seat to attach the device’s water hose to your toilet’s water supply.

    Q. Do bidets use a lot of water?
    A.
    Most bidets don’t use a lot of water, although it depends on how long you run the device. On average, you’ll use around one-eighth of a gallon per cleaning session.

    Q. Where are the controls for the bidet located?
    A.
    Most commonly, bidet seats have a small control panel that sits at the level of the toilet, within easy reach of your hand. When choosing a bidet, be sure the controls are easy to see and work from a seated position. Some more expensive models have remote controls.

    The team that worked on this review
    • Alice
      Alice
      Web Producer
    • Devangana
      Devangana
      Web Producer
    • Melissa
      Melissa
      Senior Editor
    • Michelle
      Michelle
      Writer