Bidet Buyers Guide
Turn your house into a bidet house!
House of Bidets opened its doors to proliferate bidets in the Americas to rival how commonplace they are in other areas of the world. We have identified three reasons as to why bidets have not caught on in every culture. They are lack of product knowledge, benefits of bidets, and the subject matter of bathroom talk!
Below is an overview where we cover the many benefits of bidets in our coming blog post, so the purpose of this page is to dissect the many bidet features and associated costs you will be presented with in our shop.
The most important factor in considering a bidet is your budget. The average US family of four spends over $400 per year on toilet paper, and utilizing a bidet with drastically reduce the need to wipe. Compound these savings over the lifespan of a quality bidet, which is many years, and you can see how you will be saving money in the long run. All our models are covered by various manufacture warranties to ensure your bidet will last no matter what you throw at it.
Simply put, your bidet exists to clean, and the features below will make the difference in how effective your bidet is.
The most significant upgrade on a bidet is between cold and warm water. Warm water options can be found on less expensive models. There are two methods that bidets utilize to provide warm water, one is a hot water line and the other is an integrated heater with tank in the unit. A bidet using a hot water line will have a delay before the water is warm as if you are turning on the hot water in a sink, whereas the other provides instant warmth.
Electrical VS Non Electrical
You will notice a price gap between electrical and non-electrical bidets. The addition of electricity opens the door (or lid) to many features that cannot be offered without it. Some non-electrical bidets will have the core upgrades of hot water, feminine wash, or self-cleaning nozzles. Further upgrades such as heated seats, air-dry, oscillating nozzles, deodorizers and more are not possible will only be found with electricity. You can expect non-electric bidets to cost under $200, where electrified ones start at $200. Remember that you will need an electrical outlet to plug your bidet into if you purchase an electric bidet.
A common upgrade is the feminine nozzle position option. This feminine wash adjusts the nozzle angle a few inches forward from the conventional posterior direction. If your bidet will be used by a female this feature may be important.
Heated seats will be warm when you sit down. They are most appreciated in winter months and can be turned off if desired.
Heated Air Dry
Heated air dry is an upgrade that adds a step to your bidet experience. After the washing process a warm air flow comparable to hand dryers is applied to dry the area. Use of this feature may eliminate the need for toilet paper all together.
Adjustable Water Temperature
If you have decided that you want your bidet to supply warm water, you can also opt for adjustable water temperature. Many electrical bidets have this option, but it is something to consider.
Adjustable Water Pressure
A common feature in most electric bidets is adjustable water pressure. Each user has a different preference, and a particular setting may be too weak for some and too strong for others.
Adjustable Nozzle Position
The majority of electric bidets will have adjustable nozzles. Feminine wash is encompassed by this feature, but you will notice that many bidets over several degrees of freedom with respect to nozzle positioning.
Adjustable Spray Width
This allows you to change the width of the water stream that the nozzle produces.
Oscillating cleanse is an automated nozzle adjustment that will cover a wide spray area without you having to move it with your controller or adjusting your body. This is a luxury item that offers ultimate comfort and the best possible clean.
Water Pulse Cleanse
Water pulse cleanse is similar to oscillating cleanse but pulses the stream to remove solid matter more effectively.
Enema wash is a lesser common feature that provides similar results to a conventional enema and is used for conditions such as hemorrhoids or constipation. It provides a strong pointed stream that makes its way up the lower intestine without anything inserted into the rectum.
Most bidets, electric and non-electric, have this feature. It insures that your bidet will stay as clean as possible and is important to keeping your bidet operating efficiently.
There are a small number of models that utilize nozzle sterilzation by method of electrolyzed water or UV light. The conventional manner of sterilization is using an antibacterial spray or wipe, however it is possible to automate this process.
Power Saving Mode
The average bidet uses less than $20 of electricity a year, but it does not hurt to conserve and save money.
Bidet deodorizers do not have a scent or spray particles into the air. They function by absorbing odor through a filter. The side of a bidet with a deodorizer has a fan that draws in air so the filter can remove any scents. These models recommend replacing the filter twice a year.
Stainless Steel Nozzles
As opposed to plastic, stainless steel is more resistant to bacteria because it has no pores or cracks that allow dirt or bacterial to harbor. There are similar nozzles composed of silver iodide, which are generally a cleaner choice than plastic.
Higher tier bidets will have a warranty that range from one to five years. Some warranties have full coverage for the full term while others may limit themselves after a certain time period.
If you have made it to this point you are now a bidet expert! It is easy to overspend on a bidet but remember that this is an investment that will change the way you do your business.