Brondell Swash CL1700 Bidet Toilet Seat Review

The Brondell Swash CL1700 bidet toilet seat is designed to provide comfort, and luxury features at a budget price point. If you’re looking to purchase this bidet seat, it’s important to note that Brondell has an exclusive agreement with Costco on this seat, so you’ll only be able to pick it up from your local Costco store, or on Costco’s website.

The Swash CL1700 bidet seat comes in white, and can be found in round or elongated. The remote controls all the features for the bidet including rear and front washes, pressure, and temperature and more.

Features list:

  • Heated Seat
  • Self-Cleaning stainless steel nozzle
  • Nozzle oscillation,massage, pulse, and gentle wash
  • Gentle-Closing Seat and Lid
  • Night light
  • Warm air dryer
  • Adjustable water temperature, seat temperature, and water pressure
  • Automatic deodorizer
  • Two user presets
  • Rear front, and strong wash
  • Eco energy saving mode
  • Wireless remote with dock
  • Quick release seat for easy cleaning

This bidet seat has an easy installation process and comes with instructions on the installation process. It should take less than 30 minutes to install for most people. Two user presets are available on the wireless remote, in order to provide you with personalized settings. It has a weight limit for the seat of 330 lbs, and for the lid it is 160 lbs.

Problems with the Brondell Swash CL1700 Bidet Seat

Brondell Swash CL1700’s Dryer

Many customers who have purchased the Swash CL1700 have complained about the dryer. While most bidet seat dryers leave something to be desired, the reviews we’ve found for the Brondell Swash CL1700 seem to indicate that it’s dryer is weaker than most. This is not surprising as there’s only so much power Brondell can afford to put into a seat at this price point. Looking at higher end seats from Brondell, Dignity Solutions, Bio Bidet, and TOTO, you’ll find better dryers, as they can afford to beef up the dryers at the price point they are selling. Some of the things customers who purchased the Brondell Swash CL1700 from Costco are saying about the dryer can be found below.

  • “The entire wash and dry process takes four minutes and neither was totally effective.” – Lifesatitch
  • “IT DOES NOT DRY, even after running the dry cycle twice (8 minutes)” – RossGR
  • “The dryer fan is inadequate”- littleredhen

Brondell Swash CL1700’s water heater

Similar to the dryer issue, many customers have made complaints about water temperature issues. Based on the comments from previous customers, the water temperature seems to vary and get very cold at undesirable times. With the price point Brondell is offering, they don’t have a lot of wiggle room to upgrade their water heating system, and a low end instant water heater can have issues similar to what customers are experiencing.

Upgrading to a higher end unit (see recommendations below), you will find their price point makes it possible to have a higher end, better built heaters. Below are a few different reviews that customers left about the water heater on the Brondell Swash CL1700 bidet seat.

  • “the water stream varied in temp and started cold” -Rick
  • “Hot water wasn’t consistent.”- Lifesatitch

The above are all excerpts from:

Why should I buy the Brondell Swash CL1700?

The CL1700 is a low priced seat that offers a lot of features for the price point. Sometimes these features may not operate as flawlessly as some of their more expensive alternatives, but nonetheless, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck with the CL1700 bidet seat. At only $279.99 it’s hard to find a seat that has heated air drying, a decent warm water wash and all the other things that this seat provides.

  • Low priced at $279.99
  • Arrives quickly in 3-5 business days (when in stock)
  • Heated seat
  • Self-cleaning nozzle
  • Gentle-Closing seat and lid
  • Good reviews
    • “Looks nice, cleans well. We like the heated water feature”- RossGR
    • “Good features, comfortable seat and gets the job done.”- DamonE
    • “Brondell gives lots of bang-for-the-buck!”- Grandpa DIY
    • “Installation was very easy.”- msbihli
    • “Water heater feature works really well and you can control it easily using the remote”- SDBOB

The above are all excerpts from:

Alternatives to the Brondell Swash CL1700 Bidet Seat

Brondell Swash CL1700 VS Bio Bidet BB-1000 Bidet Seat

The BB-1000 has better water flow, but misses out on the unlimited water feature. This seat was designed with an air dry function, automatic deodorizer, a powerful enema wash, and power save mode.

Below are excerpts from reviews on the product found at:

  • “The BB-1000 has been more of a pleasure than we could have imagined. Great water pressure, heated seat and other controls you can adjust.”
  • “We are very happy with the BB 1000. Everything works great and easy install.”
  • “I can’t say enough about this product and the help I received from Daniel.”

The BB-1000 is one of our top selling bidet seats, and those who have tried it can attest to the fact that it’s one of the best mid range seats on the market.  Whereas the Brondell Swash CL1700’s wash pressure is more on the weak side, the Bio Bidet BB-1000 has one of the strongest water pressures on the market. While the dryer on the BB-1000 is better than the one on the CL1700, it still leaves some power to be desired.

Upgrades to the Swash CL1700 Bidet Seat Under $400 dollars

The Brondell Swash DS725 Advanced Bidet seat has a warm air dryer. This seat is designed to be extremely simple and standard use. It has a rear wash, doderizer, one touch auto wash/ dry cycle for convenient ease of use, a sittable lid and more. When it is in stock it has the added bonus of free same day shipping to continental USA and Canada with delivery in 2-7 business days. It is listed at a very reasonable price at $379.

The Bio Bidet 600 Ultimate Bidet Seat offers a wide array of features and sees many less complaints about inconsistent water temperature. It has a high quality of build for durability. It also ships within 24 hours of ordering. This all comes for a low price of $399 in round or elongated. Below are a few excerpts on the product all found on:

  • “Excellent quality, full features, easy to install, everything you need is provided, performs as advertised. My wife and I are extremely happy with the Bio Bidet BB600. Love the double wand! There is no better bidet seat for the price. I highly recommend this product to anyone considering a bidet seat upgrade to their toilet.”
  • “The item is EXCELLENT!!!”
  • “The product was delivered on time and the installation is easy. I am satisfied with this product and it does all it promised. BioBidet 600 has helped me out and I am pleased with this Bidet!”

The Bio Bidet A7 AURA Bidet is a toilet seat loaded with great features with a price of $349. This seat has additional water stream options and controls attached to the side of the bidet seat for easy operation but misses unlimited hot water. The AURA has one review that is on and it reads as follows.. “I have to let you know how happy I am with your wonderful bidet. I think it is worth every penny. The bidet itself is fantastic. I love it thank you, thank you!”

High end alternatives to the Brondell Swash CL1700 bidet seat

At a slightly higher but reasonable price the cascade 3000 is our most highly recommended unit and top seller on the market. It is listed at $899 with additional discounts always available. This bidet seat has two different styles of remotes, a full 4 year warranty, adjustable heated seat, water pressure adjustability, deodorizer, front and rear washes with aerated wash stream infused with hundreds of tiny bubbles for a gentle yet effective wash, soft closing lid and much more. The Cascade 3000 is designed to fit people with countless different wanted features. It has an array of adjustable settings.  It’s designed to be easy to use, it can fit the hardest to fit toilets, and much more. Here’s what the people had to say about this hot seat on the market found on

  • “I did a lot of research on bidets having used them in Costa Rica and Japan. I settled in on models then I contacted Dan. He stepped through many options and most importantly he knew which were compatible with my Koehler. I took over a year to decide but Dan was always there patiently waiting. When I decided, his team pointed me to a different brand than I initially decided. Dan had an excellent video review that aided my decision to go with the unit they recommended upgrading to. They ensured I got the fit correct and that I got the correct adapting fixtures to my 3/8inch service to the bidet 1/2 inch line via Dan providing an amazon link to the exact T adapter needed. Install went smooth and the bidet works perfect. So glad I went with this product they recommended and that I went with his company to purchase. Thank you Dan and team..”
  • “I love this bidet!! I’m a 66 year old woman with a disability and need things to be simple and straight forth. This bidet is so simple to install and use. The comfort level is excellent. I must say I looked at several different bidets, but none seem to meet my needs like this one. I definitely recommend if you are looking for a quality bidet!”
  • “This purchase made me very happy! I did a lot of research before making the decision and am very glad to select Cascade 3000 as my purchase. It has all wonderful features you may dream about, like: warm seat, deodorize mode, eco mode(power saving), just to name a few! It changed my life!”

The Bio Bidet BB-2000 Bliss Bidet seat has upgraded features such as a 3-in-1 nozzle, enema wash, front and rear wash, warm air dryer with adjustable temperature, and a 3 year warranty but still misses out on being as energy efficient as the hybrid water tank still uses a preheated reservoir. This seat is priced at $699 with over 100 customer reviews and a 5 star rating. Below are excerpts from customer reviews found on:

  • “Incredible product at an excellent price. It delivered everything as advertised and at a fantastic price.”
  • “This seat was in the middle of the price range with most of the high end features of the higher priced bidet seats. It works flawlessly and as exactly as described so far (1 month since installed)”
  • “I had never used a bidet before and was a little nervous about which one I should buy. After a lot of research, I chose the BB 200 Bliss Bidet seat. I called the owner of the company to ask some installation questions regarding our particular toilet model. to make sure that the Bidet would work. He felt it would and provided additional bolts to work with our toilet. The installation took about 30 minutes and we began our new adventure. I am still getting used to all the features but really like the bidet so far.”

The Brondell swash 1400 is priced lower than the Bio bidet bb-2000 at $649. It offers silver nano technology for nozzle sterilization, 7 different nozzle positions, instant water heated with unlimited warm water, and a night light. This unit has just under 50 reviews and a few of them are listed below, found on:

  • “Easy to install and all the features we were looking for. Easy to use, love it!”
  • “Quiet, Does a Great job. Looks beautiful in my bathroom”
  • “Nice Bidet. The only drawback is the not so good air dry. You still need to dry yourself off. Other than that, perfect.”