If you are considering adding a bidet to your bathroom, you may be a little shy about discussing the features you want with your plumber or the staff of the home improvement center. Admitting that this personal cleansing device designed just for your derriere belongs in the bathroom of your dreams may be a little embarrassing, but that doesn’t mean you need to go without one. By reviewing the options and deciding which works for you ahead of time, you can eliminate awkward conversations and intimate questions.
What is a Bidet?
A bidet is a cleansing device that fits onto your toilet. It directs water to the genitalia to wash it clean after going to the bathroom. A bidet replaces traditional toilet paper. While they are common in European countries, they are less common in the U.S. Bidets are becoming more common as they increase cleanliness and reduce the use of paper products, making them environmentally friendly.
Things to Consider
Not all bidets contain the same features. Comparing the features of the bidet you are considering to the needs and preferences of you and your family members will help you choose the right bidet for your home.
- Cleansing Settings: Bidets typically come with a variety of settings so you can customize it for your personal comfort. These include water temperature, water pressure and several settings such as posterior or feminine. Some offer a child setting that limits the temperature to prevent mishaps with little ones. If you have a family, look for a bidet with settings that will meet the needs of all family members.
- Heated Seats: Bidets are available in both heated and unheated seats. While some people prefer a warm seat, others find them uncomfortable. Choose the type that appeals to you.
- Drying: Some bidets also have dryers that either heats the air or blows air onto your bottom to dry off after cleaning. Others require you to use toilet paper to dry off.
- Personalized Settings: If more than one person will be using the bidet, purchasing one with the ability to save your settings and access them when needed with a click of a button may be a good choice for you. This ensures that all family members are comfortable when using the bidet.
- Self-Cleaning Nozzles: Getting a bidet with a self-cleaning nozzle will save time and work and ensure that it is always working as expected. These models clean the nozzle after every use.
- Sensors: If you have little ones in the home that are likely to jump off the toilet when something more interesting comes along, you may want to consider a bidet with a sensor that automatically detects when the seat is vacated. This stops the flow of water when the seat is empty.
Installing a bidet does not typically require a plumber, but if you are uncomfortable attempting it on your own, we can have you up and running in no time. Contact us today to make arrangements for having your new bidet installed or to discuss any of your plumbing needs. We provide a full suite of plumbing services.