Top 3 Types of Bidet Nozzles
The nozzles on most bidets are located at the end of a thin rod, called the “wand”. Each nozzle has anywhere from one to three spouts that spray water towards your underside. When you’re not using the bidet, the wand and nozzles retract into a small compartment to keep clean. All the electric bidets we sell have adjustable nozzles, which you can change the nozzle position forward or backward to get the spray in the right spot.
Electric bidet nozzles come in three main styles: 2-in-1, 3-in-1, and dual. These nozzles can be constructed from plastic or metal. Some bidets even come with easy-to-replace nozzles or nozzle sterilization systems. So which type of nozzle is best? Below, we walk you through the pros and cons of each nozzle style so you can feel confident selecting a bidet.
Bidet nozzles are usually constructed from plastic, aluminum or stainless steel. Plastic nozzles are the most common, and they’re found on budget friendly and luxury bidets alike. On the plus side, plastic nozzles are the cheapest to manufacture. On the other hand, plastic is weaker and more porous than metal (the more porous a material, the easier it is for microbes to linger). This doesn’t mean plastic nozzles are unhygienic or won’t hold up, but it does mean that they are more likely to crack or harbor microbes compared to their aluminum and stainless steel cousins.
Aluminum nozzles are the middle-of-the-road option. Aluminum is stronger and less porous than plastic, but it’s more porous than stainless steel and also isn’t as resistant to breakage or corrosion. Even so, aluminum nozzles are likely to hold up well, and they’re less expensive than stainless steel.
Stainless steel is considered to be the “gold standard” for nozzles due to its strength, durability, and low porosity. In other words, compared to aluminum and plastic, stainless steel nozzles are the easiest to keep clean and have the lowest chance of breaking, cracking or corroding.
Bidets with Dual Nozzles
Dual nozzle bidets have two wands, each with a nozzle on the end. One wand and nozzle performs the front wash, and the other wand and nozzle delivers the rear wash. The wands are positioned side-by-side, which means that each nozzle is slightly off-center. As a result, the wash spray will likely hit one side of your body a bit more than the other, requiring you to shift side to side for thorough wash coverage.
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A single nozzle with two spouts is called a 2-in-1 nozzle. One spout performs the front wash while the other spout handles the rear wash. The nozzle is located at the end of a single wand, and the nozzle’s spouts are lined up vertically. This configuration means that each nozzle is directly under you, which reduces the amount of side to side shifting needed to get clean.
3-in-1 Bidet Nozzles
A single nozzle with three spouts is called a 3-in-1 nozzle. The first nozzle is for the front wash, the second is for the rear wash, and the third is dedicated to a specialty wash. Specialty washes can include enema washing, which shoots a strong thin stream into the rectum to loosen tough stool, or a wide wash. The wide wash produces a broad spray of water that can cleanse a wider surface area, and it’s especially helpful for getting clean after an accident. As with 2-in-1 nozzles, the spouts on a 3-in-1 nozzle are vertically aligned, so each spray is centered under your rear.
Replacing Bidet Nozzles
Most nozzles are firmly affixed to the end of the wand and can’t be removed for cleaning or repair. While there aren’t many scenarios where you’d actually need to remove the nozzles, it is possible for them to become clogged over time, especially if you have hard water. In rare instances, nozzles may crack with age, or they can become damaged by improper use or cleaning.
If you do encounter a nozzle issue that can’t be fixed at home, you’ll need to send the entire bidet seat to an authorized repair facility to have them swapped out. Most manufacturers ship the repaired seat back to you for free, but you’ll have to pay the cost of shipping it to the repair facility. Plus, you’d be out of a bidet seat while the repairs are completed.
The good news is that there are ways to reduce the chance of needing to replace your bidet’s nozzles. For example, you can invest in a bidet water filter that softens hard water in order to prevent clogs, and we always recommend carefully following the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Another option is to purchase a bidet with easy-to-replace nozzles. Bidets with this feature have nozzles that can be swapped out at home for easy cleaning or replacement. It takes a bit of elbow grease to get these nozzles on and off, but it’s much more convenient than shipping the seat in for repair.
All electric bidets come with self-rinsing nozzles. This means that the nozzles automatically flush themselves with water before and/or after you run the wash cycle. Some electric bidets offer additional nozzle sanitizing features, such as rinsing the nozzles with water that’s been sterilized through electrolysis or by silver nano-particles. Other bidets have a silver nano-coating on their nozzles and interior tubing. This prevents the inside of the unit from becoming contaminated and ensures that the wash water stays clean as it travels from your home’s pipes to your rear. A handful of bidets offer UV-sterilization, bathing the nozzles in ultraviolet light to kill off any lurking bacteria.
You’ve got lots of options when it comes to bidet nozzles! If you’re not sure which will be best for your needs, we encourage you to reach out to our team of bidet experts for help. Our goal is to make sure you find the best bidet for you! You can get a hold of us through any of the following: