Best Bidet Seat Auto Washes
Many electric bidet seats in the mid to upper price ranges come with autowashing, which is sometimes referred to as “one button washing and drying”. As the name implies, pressing the auto wash button starts a complete wash and dry cycle utilizing the seat’s most recently used nozzle position, water temperature, water pressure and air dryer temperature settings.
Is Autowashing Worth It?
Why might you want a seat with an autowash option? For starters, autowashing offers a high degree of convenience and simplicity since there’s no need to select each wash and dry option by hand. Instead, simply press the autowash button, relax, and let the seat do all the work from start to finish. It’s a great feature if navigating the seat’s controls is confusing or difficult for you, or if you simply don’t want to think about choosing specific settings each time you use the bathroom.
Auto-Washing vs. User Presets
Many high-end bidet seats come with a feature called “user presets”, and you may be wondering how this differs from autowashing. User presets allow one or two users to program their favorite wash settings into the remote. When you’re ready to get clean, simply press your assigned preset button and enjoy a fully customized wash cycle. In comparison, the autowash feature typically uses whatever wash settings were most recently used. This means that if someone else uses the seat before you, your autowash cleanse will reflect whatever water temperature, water pressure and nozzle position they chose for their wash cycle, and these may or may not align with your preferences. A second difference is that user presets typically only pertain to wash settings: water temperature, water pressure and nozzle position. Once the wash is over, you’ll need to hit the dryer button and make any air temperature adjustments manually. In comparison, the autowash feature usually initiates both a wash cycle and a dry cycle, so it gets more done with a single button press compared to user presets.
Determining whether you’d be best served by a bidet seat with user presets or autowashing ultimately comes down to your personal priorities. If customization is most important to you, you may be happiest with a seat that has user presets. If you’d rather maximize convenience and ease of use, a seat with autowashing (one button wash & dry) may suit you best. If both sound good, you’ll be glad to hear that a few high-end seats, including the Brondell Swash 1400 (mentioned below), even come with both!
In the interest of keeping our individual seat recommendations concise, we won’t be mentioning features that come standard on the majority of electric bidet seats. At minimum, every seat we recommend below features front and rear wash modes, a warm air dryer, and a heated seat equipped with a sensor that stops the bidet function from starting unless someone is sitting on the seat. Additionally, each of the seats below come with adjustable water temperature and pressure, nozzle position, seat temperature and warm air dryer temperature for maximum comfort.
The Cascade 3000 offers one of the lengthiest autowash cycles of any seat on the market, with a 2-minute cleanse followed by a 3-minute dry. This generous timeframe makes it less likely that you’ll need to supplement with extra washing or drying to get fully clean and on your way. The high-end amenities don’t stop there! The Cascade 3000 also comes with an LED nightlight, deodorizer, 4-year full warranty, nozzle oscillation, and a lid that’s strong enough to support up to 330 lbs, allowing it to function as an extra seat in the bathroom. Additionally, it has an instant water heater that provides unlimited warm wash water for maximum comfort. Lastly, the inside of the Cascade’s tubing and nozzles is coated with a sterile, silver nano-solution that keeps the wash water sparkling clean as it travels through the seat. The Cascade is available in round or elongated seat sizes, and it comes with a choice of two remote styles, large with raised buttons or slim with flat buttons and a display screen. What’s even better is that its streamlined silhouette allows it to fit on most one or two-piece toilets, even many with a French curve. From its design to its features and performance, the Cacsade 3000 is packed with thoughtful details that provide a truly fantastic experience.
Bio Bidet Bliss BB-2000
The Bio Bidet BB-2000 appears on many of our “Best of” lists, and it’s for good reason! In addition to its sophisticated design and quality construction, the BB-2000 is packed with high-end features, including a one-button wash and dry option. While it doesn’t come with user presets, it more than makes up for this by offering an LED nightlight, deodorizer, nozzle tips that can easily be replaced at home, oscillating and pulsating spray options, and a strong enema wash (in addition to standard front and rear cleansing) that helps loosen stool and stimulate the bowels. Plus, the BB-2000 has a powerful hybrid water heating system that provides unlimited warm wash water with superior temperature consistency. It also has a trim, modern silhouette, and it’s controlled via a remote control that is available in white or black. This luxury bidet seat also comes with a solid 3-year full warranty, but if you want even more protection, you can upgrade to a 6-year full warranty for $99. All in all, the BB-2000 offers almost everything you could want in a bidet seat, making it a great option to consider if autowashing is on your priority list.
BB-2000 Bliss Bidet Seat
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Brondell Swash 1400
The popular Brondell Swash 1400 is autowash equipped and even has a few unique advantages over the other seats recommended above. First, the Swash 1400 has the most adjustable nozzles of almost any seat on the market, with seven front to back positions and three width adjustments available, plus nozzle oscillation. The benefit to this range of nozzle configurations is that they minimize the amount of body repositioning needed to get thoroughly clean. Second, the Swash 1400 is the only seat in this list to come in both white and beige color options. Combine this with the fact that the 1400 is also available in round and elongated seat sizes, and you’ve got a bidet seat that can easily blend in to most bathrooms. Third, the Swash 1400 comes with a sterilization system that actually releases silver-nano particles into the wash water to keep it clean, versus having a silver-nano coating on its tubing and nozzles (like the Cascade 3000 and Kohler Novita BG-90/93). Lastly, the Swash 1400 has two user presets in addition to front or rear autowashing, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Additional premium features include an air deodorizer, LED nightlight, wireless remote control, and a standard 3-year limited warranty that can be upgraded to a 5 year full warranty for $99.
There are three potential downsides to the Swash 1400 that you should also be aware of. First, the Swash 1400 has one of the less powerful wash streams of the seats recommended in this article. What this means practically is that the Swash 1400 may take longer to get you clean than a more powerful seat, like the Cascade 3000 or BB-2000, and it’s probably not the best option for anyone who will be using their seat to clean up after bouts of incontinence. In addition, while Brondell considers the Swash 1400 to have a “sittable” lid that’s capable of supporting up to 270 lbs, we’ve received feedback from customers whose lids broke after being used as a seat. Notably, Brondell’s warranty no longer covers the lid. If you need a seat with a sturdier sittable lid, consider the Cascade 3000. Lastly, the Swash 1400’s seat is on the smaller side and therefore not quite as comfortable as other bidet seats on the market.
There’s no such thing as the “perfect” seat, and that’s true of the Brondell Swash 1400 too. But even with its downsides, it’s a reliable seat with an array of high-end features that improve hygiene and add both comfort and convenience to the bathroom!
Brondell Swash 1400 Bidet Seat
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Best Budget Options
Kohler Novita BG-90/93
If you like the idea of autowashing but not the costs of a luxury unit, you’re in luck! The Kohler Novita BG-90/93 offers autowashing along with a variety of other top features at a more moderate price point. The BG-90/93 has a lower pricetag because it has a side arm control panel (versus a wireless remote), a hybrid water heater with 60-90 seconds of warm water (versus unlimited warm water), no LED nightlight, and a lid that must be opened manually (versus the automatic open/close lid of its close cousin, the Kohler Novita BH-90/93). Beyond the basic front and rear wash modes, heated seat and warm air dryer that come standard on the majority of electric units, the BG-90/93 also offers pulse and oscillating spray options, a deodorizer, child mode (softer settings for younger users), and both round and elongated seat sizes. Additionally, its nozzles are coated with a silver nano solution that ensures the purity of the wash water. Though the Kohler Novita BG-90/93 has fewer features overall compared to the Cascade 3000, BB-2000, or Swash 1400, it nevertheless offers a lot of bang for your buck and is a good choice if you’re looking to keep costs down.
Kohler Novita BG-90 and BG-93
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Brondell Swash SE400
In terms of value, the Brondell Swash SE400 is a winner, blending simplicity, affordability and performance. While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles that some electric seats offer, the SE400 provides all the basics plus autowashing, pulsating and oscillating spray options, and an LED nightlight. It’s even available in both round and elongated seat options, so it’s able to fit on a wide range of one or two-piece toilets. It is advertised as having a sittable lid but keep in mind that, according to Brondell, the lid is only rated to support up to 178 lbs. Exceeding the weight limit may result in damage to the lid itself or the seat’s electronics, so if you want a seat with a sturdier lid suitable for heavier individuals, consider the Cascade 3000 as its lid can support up to 330 lbs.
We do want to mention a few of the SE400’s features that contribute to a lower pricetag but tend to be a dealbreaker for some buyers. First, the SE400 is operated via a control panel attached to the side of the seat instead of a remote control. When it comes to benefits, this setup prevents the controls from ever getting lost and you don’t need to worry about replacing batteries like you do with a remote. On the other hand, it does make the seat wider and less streamlined looking, plus it can be difficult to operate the controls if you have trouble looking down or do not have use of your right hand. Second, the Swash SE400 has a tank water heater that produces only about 30-60 seconds worth of warm water. If you want to run a long wash cycle or if the seat is used in quick succession, thereby emptying the tank, you may experience cool water for part or all of the wash.
The Swash SE400 is not our most feature heavy seat, but it does offer everything you need to get clean, plus a few additional amenities. All in all, it’s a good option to consider if both autowashing and budget-friendliness rank high on your list of priorities.
Brondell Swash SE400
Discontinued. We recommend the Brondell se600 instead