Best Bidet Seats with Warm Air Dryers
Using toilet paper might seem like a no brainer in North American bathrooms, but it has some serious drawbacks. Good quality TP can be expensive, and the cheaper stuff often doesn’t do the job well. On top of that, wiping can spread bacteria around instead of removing it from the skin’s surface. It’s also difficult for people who have trouble moving around, and it can really hurt if you have sensitive skin.
Not to worry, we’ve got a product that’s designed to rescue your bum from this dilemma: bidets! These superheroes of the bathroom help cut down or even eliminate the need for toilet paper. Most of the fancier bidets come with warm air dryers that gently blow dry your bum after the wash ends. Imagine a cozy blanket of warm air that saves you from using a bunch of toilet paper, leaving you feeling fresh and clean – that’s what you’ll enjoy with a warm air dryer.
Here’s the biggest drawback: most dryers aren’t super strong. They’re more like using a hair dryer on a low setting, and it can take 5-10 minutes to get totally dry. Nevertheless, some bidet seats have more powerful dryers that work a bit faster. Keep reading to find out what we recommend if you’re looking for a great bidet seat equipped with an air dryer!
The Brondell Swash 1400 is a fantastic choice if you want ultra gentle cleansing, a warm air dryer and lots of customization options. In fact, out of all the seats we’re recommending here, the Swash 1400 offers the most features. It’s also the gentlest bidet we sell, so if you’ve got a sensitive behind, this is the seat for you!
Let’s talk about features for a moment. The Brondell Swash 1400 comes with front and rear wash modes, nozzle oscillation and highly adjustable wash settings: 7 front to back nozzle positions, 3 spray widths, 5 water temperature levels and 3 pressure levels. This makes it one of the most adjustable bidet washes on the market!
The Swash 1400 also stands out because it offers both auto wash and user presets. What’s the difference? Auto wash runs a 90 second wash and 2 minute dry cycle. User presets let you save your preferred wash settings into the remote for a totally customized cleanse at the touch of a button. Having both gives users lots of flexibility for meeting their cleansing needs.
The Brondell Swash 1400 is also our only recommendation that comes with a water sterilization system. This advanced technology enhances hygiene by infusing the water with bacteria busting silver particles, keeping the wash as clean and germ-free as possible.
When it’s time to dry off, you’ve got choices! Either use a little toilet paper to dry off all the way, or sit back and let the Swash 1400’s air dryer do the heavy lifting. Some customers go halfsies, using the dryer to get the process started with its gentle stream of warm air, then patting the rest of the way dry with a sheet or two of TP. Either way, you’ll end up using way less toilet paper than you would without a bidet, which is a win for your wallet and the planet!
Last but not least, the Brondell Swash can match nearly any bathroom. It’s available in round and elongated seat sizes, and it comes in white or beige. Though not as thin as some of the newer bidet seats we sell, the Swash 1400 nevertheless has a smooth silhouette that looks contemporary and polished.
It’s also important to consider some of the Brondell Swash 1400’s downsides. The seat felt small and cramped to our testers, and we’ve gotten many reports of the “sittable” lid cracking. Notably, the lid isn’t covered by the warranty, so repairing any lid issues will be an out-of-pocket expense.
Another common critique of the Swash 1400 is that the wash is too gentle. It’s a fair point: there is no strong pressure option. Even on the highest pressure setting, the wash feels very, very soft. While we’re all about having gentle wash options, many users get frustrated that a strong wash isn’t an option at all.
The Brondell Swash 1400’s strong suit is definitely its soft feel, making it the ideal choice for customers with sensitive skin. Add in the auto wash, user presets, unlimited warm water, silver nano sterilization system and warm air dryer, and you’ve got a bidet seat that’s tough to beat!
The Brondell Swash Thinline T44 is a good choice for customers who want a chic bidet plus the convenience of an air dryer, all without paying luxury prices. Whereas the Swash 1400 has one of the softest washes on the market, the Swash Thinline T44 has one of the strongest washes, so it’s a good fit if you want intense cleansing action.
Our staff tester had no issues installing the Swash Thinline T44 thanks to straightforward instructions and well-packaged components. She did notice that the parts bag was missing two washers that should have been included, but this didn’t get in the way of installing it securely on her toilet. At just under 4” thick, the Swash Thinline T44 is one of the slimmest bidet seats on the market, and the streamlined design feels fresh and modern.
From a wash standpoint, the T44 has a lot to offer. It features unlimited warm wash water, as well as three wash modes: front, rear and strong. The strong wash is similar to an enema wash, providing a thin, firm stream of water that hydrates hard stool and creates a “need to go” sensation. Customize the wash with nozzle oscillation, 4 temperature settings, 5 pressure settings and 5 nozzle positions. There’s even a “gentle wash” function that kickstarts a complete wash cycle on the lowest pressure setting followed by a drying cycle.
With five temperature settings, the T44’s air dryer holds its own against other bidets in its price bracket. No bidet dryer we’ve tested is capable of getting someone completely dry in just one cycle – most take three cycles or more. Our tester needed around four cycles to get totally dry with the T44.
The Swash Thinline T44 is controlled with a slim remote that’s intuitive and easy to understand, though the raised buttons have space around them where dirt and grime could collect over time. Our tester loved that the seat’s deodorizer automatically turns on when you sit down, giving you one less thing to think about when you’re using the restroom.
She also gave the T44 extra props for the night light design. Instead of illuminating the bowl (which can be really bright), the T44’s night light is located on the side of the seat. This provides enough light to get around the bathroom safely without being overpoweringly bright.
What about downsides? First, our tester noted a few problems with the T44’s fit on her standard size toilet. For example, the front of the Thinline T44 didn’t align well with the front of our tester’s toilet, giving it a mismatched look. The lid also didn’t stay open well and kept falling onto her back when she used the toilet. Out of all the bidets she’s installed on this toilet, the T44 is the only one to have this issue.
Second, our tester noted that the front wash didn’t extend far enough forward to easily clean the feminine regions, an issue we’ve encountered with other Thinline bidets. Plus, the front wash created a lot of splashing in the furthest forward position, making it pretty ineffective. All in all, it took some serious body repositioning to get the spray in the right spot.
Third, our tester was caught off guard by how firm the T44’s wash felt, admitting that she nearly gave up after a few tries because it was uncomfortably strong. After playing with the pressure settings, she found that the lowest level felt just fine, and she was glad she gave the seat another chance.
So what does this mean for you?
If you prefer a wash with a light touch, this is NOT the bidet for you! The gentlest pressure feels about the same as the “medium” setting on most other bidets, and the strongest pressure is extremely firm. However, this might be a great fit if you like robust water pressure. For example, customers who love the strong feel of a non-electric bidet wash but want the comfort and convenience of an electric model will likely appreciate the T44’s strong pressure.
Like any bidet, the Swash Thinline T44 has some downsides, but there’s a lot to love about it too. If you want an extra firm wash feel, aren’t a frequent front wash user, and crave a high end bidet silhouette without the high end price tag to match, the Swash Thinline T44 is a great option!
Imagine a bidet that keeps you clean while also pampering your bum with a warm seat and relaxing cleanse. Enter the Blooming R1063! This classic bidet seat takes cleanliness to the next level with front and rear washing, auto wash, nozzle oscillation, warm air drying, and a night light. Like our other two recommendations, the Blooming R1063 comes with a remote control that’s easy to understand and operate.
Though not our sleekest or most feature heavy bidet, the R1063 does have an edge over the Brondell Swash Thinline T44 and Swash 1400 in a few key ways:
- Fit: The back of the Blooming R1063 is extra compact. This allows it to seamlessly fit almost any one or two piece toilet, including some French curve toilets (these won’t accommodate most bidet seats). It also comes in both round and elongated seat sizes. Together, these factors make the R1063 much more versatile than the Brondell Swash T44, which has fit issues on some standard toilets and only comes in an elongated seat size.
- Comfort: There’s no cramped seat here! The Blooming R1063’s spacious, heated seat is designed with comfort in mind. It’s a big step up from the Brondell Swash 1400’s smaller, tighter sitting space.
- Wash Quality: Hunting for the perfect wash can feel a bit like a Goldilocks and the three bears adventure. While the Thinline T44 gets critiques for its too-strong wash, and the Swash 1400 gets complaints for its too-soft wash, the Blooming R1063’s wash feels “just right” to most users. The water pressure ranges from gentle to relatively firm, making it a great middle-of-the-road option that does a good job balancing comfort and effectiveness.
- Durability: Build quality is the backbone of any fantastic bidet seat, and the Blooming 1065 has that covered. It’s sturdy and reliable, crafted from durable polypropylene plastic. The aluminum nozzle is a step up from plastic, though not quite as high end as stainless steel. Notably, we get far fewer complaints about this bidet breaking compared to bidets crafted from cheaper ABS plastic, like the Brondell Swash 1400.
Let’s talk about downsides for a moment. Compared to the Brondell Swash Thinline T44 or Swash 1400, the Blooming R1063 has the fewest features. There is no sterilization system, deodorizer or user presets, and the seat itself has a bulky, dated silhouette compared to many of the newer bidets on the market.
Are these deal breakers? For most people, probably not. If you’re looking for quality and comfort, the Blooming R1063 bidet seat is the kind of upgrade your bathroom needs, making every trip to the toilet an experience to look forward to.