A bidet is a bathroom plumbing fixture that uses a stream of water to cleanse the front and rear genital areas so you can feel fresh and confident after every trip to the bathroom. There are many different types of bidets: stand-alone bidets (also known as classic bidets), handheld sprayers, bidet attachments, bidet seats, and integrated toilet and bidet units. Classic bidets are generally installed next to the toilet and look like a large basin with taps, a drain, and a nozzle that sprays water. After using the toilet, the user straddles the bidet and directs the nozzle towards their genitals to facilitate cleansing. Handheld sprayers look like a kitchen sink sprayer with a long, flexible hose and are typically mounted next to the toilet. While sitting on the toilet, the user points the sprayer at the area they wish to clean and squeezes the trigger to release a stream of water. Bidet attachments fit between your toilet and toilet seat and provide a retractable nozzle with simple manual controls. Attachments are powered by your bathroom’s water pressure and typically cleanse with room temperature water, though some offer the option of connecting to your bathroom’s hot water source for warm water washing. Some bidet attachments only provide a stream of water, whereas others have adjustable water pressure and temperature knobs. Bidet seats look similar to a traditional toilet seat and are installed directly onto the toilet. They come in both electric and non-electric models and offer a wider range of features than classic bidets, hand-held sprayers or bidet attachments. Non-electric bidet seats are operated using a simple lever or knobs, whereas electric bidet seats are operated via a side arm control panel or wireless remote control. When the seat is not actively washing, the wash wand remains hidden inside a compartment in the back of the unit to keep it clean. Electric bidet seats are particularly feature heavy and, depending on the model, include elements like a water heater for warm wash water, pulsating and oscillating spray options, enema washing, heated seat, warm air dryer, self-cleaning technology, night light, deodorizer, automatic open/close lid and more. Integrated units are a toilet and bidet in one. They are typically the most luxurious type of bidet and often feature cutting edge amenities and technologies that take comfort and convenience to new heights.
Bidets are common outside the United States but are quickly gaining popularity inside the US thanks to the benefits they offer to individuals of all genders and life stages. For starters, bidet cleansing is a gentler and more thorough alternative to wiping with toilet paper, making it the more comfortable and hygienic option for getting clean after using the bathroom. Because of this, bidet cleansing can alleviate the symptoms of various bowel conditions like hemorrhoids, IBS, or constipation and even help damaged tissue heal. Furthermore, because bidets reduce reliance on toilet paper, they’re an eco-friendly option too.
Bidets are also an excellent choice for those who find it difficult to the bathroom due to age or mobility limitations. Integrated units and bidet seats, in particular, help enhance independence in the bathroom, make it substantially easier to get thoroughly clean without the bending or twisting required to wipe. If you like the idea of being shower-fresh every time you leave the restroom, a bidet may be right for you!