Fresh and Clean: What is a Bidet and Should I Get One?

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Do you know what is a bidet? Depending on where you live in the world, a bidet might look as though someone made a mistake when the bathroom was being designed. Although they are not popular in the United States, bidets are staples in many Caribbean and European bathrooms. Sometimes they are specifically included in real estate listings to enhance the “luxury” classification of the properties being sold. In other cases, they are left out of listings, because some people simply can’t stand them.

What Is a Bidet?

A bidet is a special bathroom fixture that is used to wash the lower part pf the body. Genitalia, perineum, buttocks and the anus are the primary areas that are cleaned and refreshed. The basic principle of the bidet is that water shoots from a fixture (usually a faucet or hose) directly onto the area of the body to be cleansed. There are various types of bidets, and even more modern innovations that can be attached to regular toilets. The tenets of the bidet include the importance of personal hygiene, especially after bodily fluids and waste are excreted from the lower region of the body.

Types of Bidets

At first glance, the conventional bidet is a standalone fixture looks like a toilet bowl with an adjustable faucet spout. It does not have a lid, but there are taps and a faucet on one end. For this fixture, the user must stand over the bidet, turn on the water and adjust the spout so that the water comes into the contact with area to be washed.

The washlet is a modern bidet in the form of a toilet attachment that can mimic the work of a bidet. It is a fixture that replaces the toilet seat and spritzes water in the same manner as the conventional bidet. However, all washing activity occurs over the toilet seat. The modern washlet, also known an electronic bidet, has seen many innovations including water settings, colourful lights and remote controls.

Another innovation that can be considered as a modern bidet is the handheld spray attachment. It looks like a hose with a nozzle at the end with a trigger and or water pressure control. This type of bidet is very easy to use and water can be trained on the area to be cleaned. More elaborate handheld bidets come with dual nozzles and nozzles with adjustable jets.

Best Selling Bidets

If you believe that the bidet can enhance your bathroom, here is a list of some highly rated bidets:

1. Venetio Handheld Bidet Sprayer

The Venetio Handheld Bidet Sprayer is an easy to install bidet accessory. It can be mounted to the wall or attached to the toilet. This is a versatile product that can be used to bathe babies and clean cloth diapers.

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2. Toto Piedmont Vertical Spray Bidet

The Toto Piedmont Vertical Spray Bidet is a classic bidet with a deck-mounted faucet. It was designed with a flushing rim, which helps to keep the basin clean. The overflow prevents water from spilling over the edge.

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3. RinseWorks – Aquaus 360 Premium Hand-Held Bidet

The RinseWorks – Aquaus 360 Premium Hand-Held Bidet features dual-thumb pressure controls which regulate water pressure. The bidet can be attached to the toilet or the wall and is touted as an excellent alternative to toilet paper.

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4. Woodbridge B-0960S B0960S Smart Bidet

The Woodbridge B 0960S B0960S Smart Bidet is a full hardware set-up. It consists of a full toilet with fully automated cleansing options. Smart features include a heated seat, warm air dryer and automatic air deodorizer.

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For new construction, this piece will be a luxurious addition and for an existing bedroom, it can be a valuable addition. Before you go out and purchase a modern bidet, you should note the dimensions of your toilet and specifications of the model. This will ensure that you buy a modern bidet fixture that will fit your existing toilet or one that will suit the aesthetic of your new bathroom.

References

Realtor: What Is a Bidet? The Shocking Truth About This Exotic Bathroom Upgrade
NY Mag – The Strategist: The Best Bidets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers (The Strategist)
Apartment Therapy: Yes, You Can Install Your Own Bidet—Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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