Interview: Why Bidets Are Superior To Toilet Paper

Interview: Why Bidets Are Superior To Toilet Paper

Q: What are the advantages of a bidet over toilet paper?
A: The four major points are:
1. ease of installation
2. hygienic benefits
3. economical savings
4. environmental concerns.

Q: What types of bidets are there?
A: Bidets can be integrated into a toilet, a toilet seat, or an attachment that works with your existing toilet seat.

Q: Is a bidet seat compatible with my toilet?
A: Bidet seats are compatible with most toilets, and you'll only have fitment issues if you have a French curve toilet. Whether you have an elongated or round bowl, we have seats that will fit.

Easy Installation and Operation

Q: What are the installation requirements?
A: Bidet seats take about 30 minutes to install. Simply remove the old seat and put the new one on. The seat utilizes existing water connections. If it needs electricity, it will require an electric outlet. The cords average 3 feet long.

The models that require electricity have dryer, heated water, and a heated seat on the toilet. We recommend these because it changes the whole experience. Bidets that don't require electricity still provide a thorough clean but will have an ambient water temperature.

Q: How easy is the bidet to operate, especially for children or elderly users?
A: You can automate the experience with one button operation. We have models with child settings and models designed for the elderly or those who need assistance in the bathroom.

We have remote control models, models with a panel attached to the side of the seat and some will auto flush once you stand up. Some will "greet" you by opening the lid/seat without you having to touch the toilet, for a fully hands-free experience.

Q: What are the added features?
A: Heated seats, air drying, deodorizers. All models provide a custom cleansing with adjustable wand position and water pressure. Electric models provide a warm water stream. Some have auto wash features that wash and dry the user with one button. Some have a night light. All electric bidets have water pressure and temperature adjustments.

Q: How do you clean a bidet?
A: Maintenance is like any toilet. To clean the bidet itself, extend the wand and clean it with the same disinfectant you use on the rest of the toilet.

Each bidet model rinses itself. The higher tier models auto rinse. The highest tier bidets have UV lights that disinfect the wand, and our TOTO brand of bidets generate electrolyzed water to sterilize themselves automatically.

Some bidets rinse the bowl and have UV lights that disinfect the whole area. These models significantly reduce the need to clean your toilet as frequently. Imagine the time you can save!

Hygienic Benefits

Q: How does a bidet ensure hygiene?
A: When it comes to dirty hands, you don’t use dry paper, you use soap and water, and then dry your hands, often with electric dryers when in a public restroom. It’s the same concept with a bidet. You don’t use soap, but by cleansing and heat drying, it’s much more hygienic than paper.

Q: What are the potential health benefits of using a bidet over toilet paper?
A: When you use water instead of paper, there is no abrasive contact. It’s a much more gentle experience. Nothing gets left behind, unlike with toilet paper, making it more hygienic.

Q: Who can benefit from using a bidet rather than toilet paper?
A: Well, everyone, of course. People with Crones Disease or IBS, people with hemorrhoids, women during menstruation, and those prone to irritation could especially benefit. Instead of a lot of toilet paper, you’re using water. It’s much gentler and more thorough. It’s a cleansing, rather than a harsh wiping.

Patients who have undergone surgery and have to stay relatively still for a few days will benefit. Consider shoulder surgery: the patient can’t reach back and wipe themselves. A bidet can be crucial to their hygiene and the sanity of their caregiver.

Anyone who has very limited time on any given morning would benefit from a bidet because instead of taking a 10-minute shower and then having to do a whole-body dry, they can use the bidet, which is a less than 5-minute wash and dry, and they’re good to go for the day.

Economical Savings

Q: How does a bidet compare to traditional toilet paper in terms of savings?
A: As outlined in our Bidets Buyers Guide, the average family of 4 spends over $400 per year on toilet paper. The average bidet seat is in that price range. Over the years, you can save thousands.

Q: What is the price range for different models?
A: Our bidet attachments start at just $49. They do not need electricity, work with ambient water temperature, and have, as all bidets do, a front and rear wash. The average electric bidet seat with many of the luxury features is in the $400-500 range. Integrated bidet toilets start at just $900.

Environmental Concerns

Q: How does the bidet compare to toilet paper environmentally?
A: A lot of water is used to generate toilet paper. Bidets use significantly less water than paper processing plants. Bidet use saves trees as well.

Bidets put much less stress on the plumbing and sewer systems because you’re not flushing toilet paper. The septic needs fewer pump-outs, and that saves money.

To learn more about bidet costs, models, easy installation, comfort and smart features, check out the rest of our blog.

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