Let’s break the bathroom silence and talk about something we all do but don’t really talk about – our pooping experience. Yes, I’m going there. We’ve all been using our number one option, “Toilet Paper,” to deal with number two, but let’s not beat around the bush: wiping is a bit of a dirty business. And by ‘a bit,’ I mean it’s the equivalent of cleaning your favorite white sneakers with a chocolate bar – messy, ineffective, and leaves you questioning your life choices.
Now, before you roll your eyes and reach for that plush roll of two-ply, hear me out. There’s a hero waiting in the wings, ready to revolutionize your bathroom habits: the bidet.
In this post, I’m on a mission to tackle the pressing question head-on: Are bidets worth it? The short answer: Absolutely! They offer a superior level of cleanliness, reduce the environmental impact associated with toilet paper, and can lead to significant cost savings over time. Plus, with features that cater to comfort and hygiene, bidets provide a bathroom experience that toilet paper simply can’t match.
I’ll delve into the health implications, environmental impact, and cost-effectiveness of bidets. Plus, I’ll navigate the cultural perceptions and personal anecdotes that might just sway your stance on this bathroom debate. By the end, I aim to have you convinced that it’s time to bid farewell to your old TP and embrace the clean, green, hygiene machine that is the bidet. So, let’s get to the bottom of this, shall we?
- The Toilet Paper Tragedy?
- Environmental Costs Around Toilet Paper
- Types of Bidets Used in the USA
- How Much Do Bidets Cost?
- How to Buy a Bidet? Bidet Buying Guide
- My Thoughts on Using a Bidet for Over a Month
- Costs vs. Toilet Paper
- The Health Benefits of Using A Bidet
- Cultural Acceptance and Trends: The Global Embrace of Bidets
- The Global Bidet Boom
- Shifting Cultural Perceptions
- The Role of Technology and Design
- The Future of Bidets
- User Experiences and Testimonials: The Bidet’s Life-Changing Impact
- 5 Misconceptions About Bidets
- Final Thoughts:
The Toilet Paper Tragedy?
A bestselling children’s book I read to my kids the other day—Everyone Poops, written by Taro Gomi shows all kinds of animals pooping in the water, and then covering up their business with dirt.
Toward the end of the book, people are shown using the toilet, toilet paper, and flushing away.
Toilet paper may seem like the norm, but it’s far from the best option for personal hygiene. It’s a “filthy” practice when you think about it. Not only does it leave residue, but the environmental impact is staggering. The average American uses about 141 rolls per year, contributing to a massive 19 billion pounds of annual waste. Plus, there’s the presence of “forever chemicals” in many popular brands, which are a growing health concern according to an Environmental Science & Technology report.
Environmental Costs Around Toilet Paper
While toilet paper is a staple in bathrooms across the globe, its impact on the environment is a less discussed but significant concern. But logging trees for toilet paper harms the environment. It’s estimated that to make a single roll of toilet paper, 1.5 pounds of wood and 37 gallons of water are used. Therefore, making toilet paper uses a lot of resources and energy, harming the environment. Plus, the bleaching process that makes toilet paper white lets out harmful dioxins into our environment – a real kick in the teeth for wildlife and us humans too.
Another environmental problem we’re facing is the pile of waste that toilet paper use dumps into our world. Unlike bidets, which use water and can be more sustainable, toilet paper results in a significant amount of waste that ends up in landfills. In the United States alone, over 17 billion rolls of toilet paper are used annually, translating to millions of trees and billions of gallons of water that could have been conserved. By overcoming the stigma of bidet use, we could seriously dial back on our toilet paper obsession, giving a break to those countless trees and gallons of water.
Also See: “The Environmental Cost of Toilet Paper: A Deep Dive”.
Environmental Benefits of Using a Bidet
The bidet stands as a testament to eco-conscious bathroom practices, offering a significant environmental advantage over traditional toilet paper. The production of toilet paper is not only resource-intensive, requiring vast amounts of water and trees, but it also contributes to deforestation and increased carbon emissions. In contrast, bidets use a fraction of the water and, of course, no paper at all.
Let’s talk numbers: The manufacturing of toilet paper is thirsty work, guzzling down tens of gallons of water per roll. Bidets, however, are more sip than gulp when it comes to water usage, requiring minimal amounts to leave you clean and refreshed. This stark contrast puts bidets in the eco-friendly spotlight, highlighting their role in water conservation and sustainable living.
Moreover, the sustainability of bidets extends beyond just water savings. They eliminate the need for paper, which means fewer trees cut down and less pollution from the paper production process. It’s a win-win for you and the environment.
Also see: Bidets vs. toilet paper
Types of Bidets Used in the USA
When it comes to upgrading your bathroom experience, bidets come in a variety of styles, each boasting features that cater to different needs and preferences. Here’s a rundown of the types of bidets you might encounter and the features that make each one a contender for your throne room.
Most types of bidets are roughly the same shape, but some are more sleek than others. They can be had in an exciting choice of colorways including chrome and rose gold and can be controlled either manually or with a remote.
1. Ceramic or Stand-Alone Bidets
Stand-alone bidets are the ones you’re most likely to see on your vacation in Asia or Europe, as they’ve been around for a while.
They are completely separate units from your toilet bowl inside your bathroom, usually set up side by side. Standalone bidets can be mounted on the wall like a urinal or installed on the floor like a regular toilet.
Even though ceramic and standalone bidets can have modern features, such as the option to adjust water temperatures, their price is lower than other types of bidets, owing to the emergence of more modern designs.
Standalone bidets have several downsides, starting with the need for separate plumbing fixtures for them to function and provide water.
If you have a larger bathroom, standalone bidets can certainly add some pizzazz to that space.
But they take up more space in smaller bathrooms and add to this they are slightly inconvenient to use because you have to use the toilet first, and then squat in the bidet fixture for cleaning.
- Separate plumbing, which can mean a cleaner look without attachments on your toilet.
- Often come with adjustable water temperature controls.
- Can include luxury features like air dryers and heated seats.
- Above Rim Horizontal Spray
- Single hole for Bidet Faucet
- Part of the St. Tropez collection
- Faucet Purchased Separately
2. Portable or Travel Bidets
I’ve become so bidet-crazy that I not only have one installed in each of my four toilets but own a travel bidet that’s packed discreetly to take with me on the road.
This water-bottle-sized contraption is an affordable option for anyone looking to save toilet paper while making sure their bum is clean even when they’re away from home.
Another thing I like about my travel bidet is I can free up storage space given I don’t have to pack even a single roll of toilet paper in my carry-on.
Often referred to as bidet bottles, travel bidets feature a somewhat weird design that looks similar to a water bottle fitted with an angled or extended nozzle at the top for the spray function.
As much as I love my portable bidet, I’d like to see it improved in several areas, starting with water pressure, which is quite lacking, to say the least.
The next big issue with travel bidets is you have to refill them with water every time before use. To make things worse, the water may run out even before you’re done cleaning yourself properly.
- Battery-operated or manual options available.
- Compact and discreet for travel.
- No need for a power source or plumbing.
- Size: 400 ml.EASY NOZZLE STORAGE: unique nozzle design provides the most convenient and mess-free nozzle storage of any travel bidet – discreet travel bag included
- ERGONOMIC: soft squeeze bottle
- VIKKEN Go+ is the most powerful “best in class” water spray portable bidet, at 595ml/min (20oz/min) on high setting, making it strong enough for thorough cleaning. Even at gentler low setting provides 475ml/min (16oz/min) leaving you feeling fresh & clean. Go+ comes with its own 200ml (6.75oz) high-capacity water bottle, but those needing more water connects directly to external ‘off-the-shelf’ 250ml-590ml (8oz-20oz) soda & water drinks bottles, making Go+ the most versatile personal bidet ever.
- TRAVEL SIZE: at 46mm dia. X 148mm (1.8” dia. X 5.75″), and only 0.39Kgs (0.86lbs), Go+ is incredibly compact & lightweight to carry with you anywhere. Our rechargeable Li-ion battery technology gets 100+ cleaning cycles on a single charge so time after time you’ll benefit from powerful water flows without doing any of the work yourself (vs. manual peri bottle). As a micro-bidet, you’ll get a portable hygienic shower to stay clean & fresh wherever you are.
3. Spray or Handheld Bidets
On the other end of the spectrum are spray or handheld bidets—a device that looks like you can take it wherever you go but no, it must be attached to your plumbing system.
A spray-type bidet is a no-frills option for people looking for more flexibility when directing water flow. Adding to this, handheld bidets give you more control over the water pressure and are easy to use and highly affordable.
Some newly launched spray bidets allow you to choose between hot and cold water and can be installed on your own without calling professional help.
Since it’s a spray nozzle attached to a long hose, you can do much more than clean yourself with a handheld bidet including cleaning reusable diapers, and—well anything that’s within reach like your bathtub, toilet, or pets.
- Great for targeted cleaning.
- Useful for a variety of purposes beyond personal hygiene (like rinsing cloth diapers).
- Simple installation and usually the most budget-friendly option.
- 【UPGRADE PREMIUM QUALITY TOILET WATER SPRAYER 】This bidet sprayer for toilet consists of a high-quality 304 stainless steel bidet nozzle, a stainless steel hose and a brass T-valve that resistant to corrosion and corrosion. Also finish treated with highly anti-rust chrome polished to make this bum gun more non-corrosive, fingerprints and easy to clean.Really better protect your sanitation
- 【MULTIPLE USES MEET YOUR NEED】Pugrwei black handheld bidet sprayer is great suitable for the whole family, especially for anyone with limited mobility due to surgery, arthritis, postpartum or injuries, ideal for elderly adults, can be used as a cloth diaper sprayer, bathroom cleaning and even for pet washing, meet all kinds of your need, I believe you will fall love with it when you get it!
- HANDHELD: Feel clean and confident with the Brondell CleanSpa Advanced handheld toilet bidet sprayer
- PRECISION SPRAYER: Maintain the pressure and direction of the bidet spray with simple thumb controls
4. Toilet Seat or Built-in Bidets
Also known as combo toilets, built-in bidets give you the best of both worlds—a toilet seat and a bidet so you don’t have to pick or install one separately.
This one seamless appliance features a toilet seat embedded with angled spray jets to help you clean yourself.
Most combo toilets boast a modern design and improved functionality and can come with a wide range of features not available in other types of bidets including controlled water temperature and pressure, heated seats or toilet rim, and even a musicality function to set the mood while you do your business.
It goes without saying that combo bidets are more expensive than other types of bidets but are worth every penny if desire a luxurious back-wash.
- Easy installation on existing toilets.
- Adjustable water pressure and temperature.
- Additional bells and whistles like deodorizer, night light, and even music.
- CLEAN AND REFRESHING: With Brondell’s Ecoseat 101 Bidet, you’ll experience a soothing, freshwater wash that leaves you feeling clean and rejuvenated. Plus, this economical bidet requires no electricity or batteries.
- HIGH-QUALITY PARTS: Enjoy dual nozzles for rear and front washes, a gentle closing seat, and sturdy, sittable lid.
- A REFRESHING CLEAN FOR EVERYONE – Gentle yet powerful water spray provides an effective clean; Adjustable warm water and pressure settings; dual action spray with oscillating option creates a refreshing clean every time.Power Rating AC 120 V 60 Hz. Power Cord Length 3.93 ft (1.2 m). Ambient Temp. 32 – 104 ºF (0 – 40 ºC)..Power Consumption : 403W. Ambient Temperature : 32 – 104 ºF (0 – 40 ºC)
- STEP INTO A LAVISH STANDARD OF LIVING – SoftClose heated bidet seat provides consistent warmth coverage over full seat surface; Air deodorizer neutralizes bathroom odors with powerful air filters; Adjustable warm air dryer provides easy clean up
5. Bidet Attachments
Bidet attachments fit snuggly underneath the seat of your toilet bowl and are what you’ll see in most American households.
They offer the same health and environmentally-friendly benefits and are usually more attractive and affordable than a traditional bidet.
But don’t expect features such as temperature control with bidet attachments. However, bidet attachments are available in a plethora of exciting designs and are a solid choice for anyone looking for basic functions.
- Slim design that doesn’t alter the look of your toilet.
- Some models offer temperature control.
- Easy DIY installation.
- THE ULTIMATE VALUE – With a sleek design and high-quality parts, our bidet attachment will give your bathroom a next-level look. Constructed with high-pressure valves with metal-ceramic cores and steel hoses instead of plastic.
- HYGIENIC PROTECTION – The guard gate is designed to shield the nozzles for your ultimate sanitary experience. The nozzles automatically retract behind the guard gate after each wash to ensure it is protected until your next use.
- High-Quality Bidet Attachment for Toilet: The bidet attachment is made of environmentally friendly ABS material, a stainless steel T-valve, and a braided steel cold water hose. High-quality metal water inlet is more durable, and not easy to wear and tear, and water leakage.
- Dual Nozzles Bidets for Existing Toilets: The non-electric bidet has dual nozzles with two spray modes: rear cleansing for men and women, and front cleansing for women’s private parts. The button design is more convenient to use. Existing toilet bidets are more hygienic, gentler, and more environmentally friendly than toilet paper, and using them makes sustainable sense for the planet.
How Much Do Bidets Cost?
The cost of bidets largely depends on the type of bidet, brand, and features you choose. The prices of bidets can range from $40 to roughly $2500 for a high-end device.
Apart from the cost of the bidet, you should also consider the cost of installation by a professional if required, and the materials (if any) required for the job.
Bidet Installation Considerations and Maintenance
When considering adding a bidet to your bathroom, understanding the installation process and ongoing maintenance is crucial. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your bidet experience is as smooth and hygienic as possible.
- Bidet Attachments and Seat Bidets: Many bidet attachments and toilet seat bidets are designed for DIY installation. They typically come with all the necessary parts, and you can often set them up with just a screwdriver and a wrench.
- Handheld Bidets: These usually require a simple connection to the existing water supply behind your toilet. Ensure you turn off the water before you start!
- Stand-Alone Bidets: These may require additional plumbing and floor space. It’s often best to hire a professional to handle the installation of a stand-alone bidet to ensure proper water supply and drainage.
- Sophisticated Systems: Some high-end bidet seats with advanced features like electricity for warm water may require additional electrical outlets. Consult with a professional to ensure compliance with local building codes.
- Daily: Wipe down the bidet seat or nozzle with a soft, damp cloth. Use a gentle cleaner if necessary.
- Weekly: Clean the nozzles thoroughly to prevent mineral buildup. Most bidets have a self-cleaning function, but manual cleaning is also recommended.
- Monthly: Remove the bidet attachment or seat and clean the area underneath it. This prevents any grime or bacteria from accumulating.
- As Needed: Descale the nozzles and pipes if you live in an area with hard water. Special descaling solutions or a simple vinegar solution can be used.
- Leaks: Check connections regularly for leaks. Tighten fittings or replace washers as needed.
- Nozzle Issues: If the nozzles are not extending or retracting correctly, consult the user manual for troubleshooting tips or contact the manufacturer.
By following these installation and maintenance guidelines, you can ensure that your bidet remains a clean, functional, and hygienic part of your daily routine. Proper care will extend the life of your bidet and enhance your bathroom experience.
How to Buy a Bidet? Bidet Buying Guide
Whether you opt for a cheap bidet—one that comes with a basic set of features or an expensive bidet—a model that arrives with all the bells and whistles, there are a few important factors to consider before making a purchase to ensure it meets your needs.
Consider Your Toilet and Toilet Space
I can’t emphasize this enough and this is the biggest mistake people make when buying a bidet—buying a bidet that doesn’t fit their toilet and/or toilet space.
For example, buying a standalone bidet doesn’t make sense if you have little or no room to spare in your toilet for the appliance. Similarly, buying a combo bidet isn’t a good idea if you’re renting.
On that note, you also need to ensure that you have the infrastructure available to support a bidet in your bathroom such as water lines and the proximity of electrical outlets.
Once you’ve decided on the right type of bidet, it’s much easier to scour through the many models available and narrow down on models that suit your budget.
Remember, the more features you choose, the higher the price tag so avoid choosing a bidet with features you’ll never use.
When considering the price of a bidet, take into account the costs if installation if any (link to bidet installation article).
Features of Bidets
Some bidets allow you to adjust the water temperature so that you can enjoy both cool and hot rear treatments. Additionally, you can also adjust the nozzle positions according to individual preferences.
Many bidets come with “luxe” features like remote-controlled operation, heated sets, and the ability to blow dry your bum like the innovative Brondell Swash 1400 bidet.
The Swash 1400 bidet is in a league of its own and offers a luxurious feel after each use. It allows you to choose from several different pressure patterns and comes with a LED nightlight and carbon deodorizer.
My Thoughts on Using a Bidet for Over a Month
I’ve bid adieu to toilet paper for good! In fact, I’d wish I’d gone bidet years ago! When I use my bidet, I feel clean all the time unlike using dry paper a zillion times only to wipe only what can be reached instead of getting into every nook and cranny.
Bidets definitely elevate the bathroom hygiene experience when used properly but I’m not really sure if it serves any medical purpose beyond that.
However, I did read an interesting piece of research that indicates that bidets improved the “comfort in toileting and cleanliness” among nursing home residents ages 75 and up.
Let me break it down for you:
Rinse vs. Wipe
When it comes to rinsing vs. wiping, bidets win hands down over dry toilet paper. Washing instead of wiping is in many ways a no-brainer, and makes sense from a hygiene perspective.
Plus, it’s less wiping, leading to less chances of irritation, and sometimes tiny cuts and/or bleeding. It’s worth mentioning that I still wipe with toilet paper after using a bidet to fully dry myself and to avoid excess moisture build-up after using a bidet.
However, I’m thinking of completely eliminating toilet paper by using a soft cloth to pat myself dry after my time on a bidet.
Costs vs. Toilet Paper
Cost Analysis: Bidets vs. Toilet Paper
When it comes to bathroom economics, bidets may seem like a luxury, but they’re actually a savvy investment. The upfront cost of a bidet can be offset by the long-term savings on toilet paper, which can add up significantly over time. A family of four can spend hundreds of dollars a year on toilet paper alone, but with a bidet, this ongoing expense is drastically reduced or even eliminated.
But the savings don’t end at the toilet paper holder. Bidets can also contribute to reduced plumbing issues. Toilet paper, especially the plush, thick varieties, can lead to clogs and require frequent plumbing interventions. Bidets, on the other hand, use water, which flows through pipes much more smoothly. This means fewer calls to the plumber and less money spent on maintenance.
Let’s break it down with a simple table to illustrate the potential savings:
|Expense Category||Toilet Paper||Bidet|
|Initial Cost||$0||$250 – $600 (one-time)|
|Annual Cost||$200 – $300||$0 – $30 (electricity/water)|
|Plumbing Costs||$50 – $100||$0 – $20|
|5-Year Total||$1250 – $1750||$250 – $750|
*Note: Costs are approximate and can vary based on usage and local prices.
As you can see, the numbers speak for themselves. Over a five-year period, a bidet can save a substantial amount of money, not to mention the environmental savings from reduced paper waste and water usage in paper production.
And let’s not forget the tale of the toilet paper shortage during the pandemic where more than half the grocery stores in the United States were out of stock of the coveted paper.
A bidet would’ve definitely been a slam dunk during this time, and many Americans including myself are still mad that we didn’t think of using a bidet earlier.
For those interested in a more detailed financial breakdown and tips on how to maximize your bathroom budget, keep an eye out for our upcoming post dedicated to the cost-effectiveness of bidets.
The Health Benefits of Using A Bidet
Imagine a world where every bathroom break ends with the freshness of a morning shower. That’s the bidet promise. These nifty devices are like a spa day for your derrière, offering a hygienic haven that toilet paper can’t touch. With a gentle wash, bidets send bacteria packing, reducing the risk of infections and skin woes, especially for those with sensitive skin or mobility challenges.
Switching to a bidet isn’t just a game-changer for your daily cleanse; it’s a boon for your health. Here’s the lowdown on how bidets can be the unsung heroes of your holistic well-being:
- Bacteria Be Gone: Bidets help decrease the amount of bacteria lurking around, which means a happier, healthier you.
- Germ Warfare: By washing instead of wiping, you’re not just moving germs around; you’re sending them down the drain.
- Hemorrhoid Haven: Gentle on your sensitive areas, bidets can reduce the risk of those pesky, painful hemorrhoids.
- Circulation Celebration: A warm water wash can get the blood flowing, which is always a good thing for your body’s nether regions.
- Postpartum Pal: For new moms, a bidet can be a gentle ally in the recovery process.
- Menstrual Mate: During that time of the month, a bidet keeps things fresh and clean.
The Risk Factors of Bidets
Now, before you rush off to install a bidet in every bathroom, let’s talk risks. Yes, even the mighty bidet has its kryptonite:
- Germs Got Gumption: Just like your trusty toilet, a bidet can harbor germs if not cleaned properly. So, scrub that squirt gun!
- Too Much of a Good Thing: Overzealous bidet use can lead to trouble in paradise. Moderation is key, folks.
- Pressure Pointers: A high-pressure water blast to the backside might sound exhilarating, but it’s not for everyone. Adjust the settings to avoid an unwanted surprise.
Let’s cut to the chase: Bidets offer a level of posterior pampering that toilet paper just can’t match. It’s not just about feeling spick-and-span; it’s about actual cleanliness. The stream of water from a bidet doesn’t just shuffle around what’s left behind; it washes it away, leaving you with a just-showered sensation.
Now, I’m not a doctor, and I’m not here to prescribe a bidet for your health woes. But let’s talk about a pesky problem that’s more common than you’d think: pruritus ani, also known as the dreaded itchy backside. One of the culprits behind this discomfort is often poor hygiene. While a bidet isn’t a cure-all, it’s a step up in cleanliness that can help keep things pristine and, potentially, less itchy.
Cultural Acceptance and Trends: The Global Embrace of Bidets
Bidets, once a bathroom oddity in many parts of the world, are now gaining ground as a staple in the quest for enhanced personal hygiene. This surge in popularity is not just a trend but a cultural shift that’s reshaping our bathroom habits on a global scale.
The Global Bidet Boom
In regions like the Middle East, parts of Asia, and Europe, bidets have long been a common sight in bathrooms. However, the rest of the world is catching up. The bidet’s appeal is broadening, with more and more people in North America and other regions adopting this hygienic practice. This global bidet boom is driven by a growing awareness of the bidet’s health and environmental benefits, as well as advancements in bidet technology that make them more accessible and user-friendly.
Shifting Cultural Perceptions
The initial hesitation or discomfort some may feel towards bidet use is quickly dispelled by the undeniable comfort and cleanliness it provides. As conversations around hygiene become more open and destigmatized, the bidet is transitioning from a luxury item to a household essential. The recent toilet paper shortages also played a role in this shift, highlighting the bidet as a reliable and sustainable alternative.
The Role of Technology and Design
Modern bidets are not just about functionality; they’re about design and innovation. Sleek, smart bidets with features like heated seats, night lights, and remote controls are appealing to tech-savvy consumers and design-conscious homeowners alike. These advancements are not only making bidets more appealing but are also sparking interest in bathroom renovations that prioritize hygiene and comfort.
The Future of Bidets
As the world becomes more interconnected, so do our cultural practices. The bidet’s rise in popularity is a testament to this, reflecting a collective move towards more hygienic and environmentally friendly living. With the continued focus on health and sustainability, the trend of bidet use is likely to keep growing, changing cultural perceptions one bathroom at a time.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post that delves deeper into the cultural history of bidets, exploring how different societies have embraced this hygienic tool and how it’s evolved to meet the needs of a modern world. Whether you’re a bidet enthusiast or a curious newcomer, understanding the cultural context can enrich your appreciation for this humble yet revolutionary fixture.
User Experiences and Testimonials: The Bidet’s Life-Changing Impact
The true testament to the value of bidets comes not from statistics or studies, but from the personal stories of those who have made the switch. These anecdotes and testimonials offer a glimpse into the real-life benefits and lifestyle improvements that come with bidet use.
The Personal Touch: Anecdotes of Change
From the moment of their first use, many bidet converts describe a revelation in their daily routine. One user shared, “After installing a bidet, I can’t imagine going back. It’s like discovering a new level of clean. It’s not just a bathroom visit; it’s an experience.” Such stories are common, with many expressing how bidets have provided a more dignified and comfortable way to handle personal hygiene, especially for those with medical conditions or mobility challenges.
Lifestyle Enhancements: Beyond Cleanliness
The benefits reported by bidet users go beyond hygiene. Many find that bidets offer a sense of well-being and even contribute to a more eco-conscious lifestyle. “Using a bidet has not just improved my hygiene, but it’s also aligned with my goal to reduce waste. It’s a small step towards a greener home,” another user remarked. For new parents, the gentle cleaning of a bidet has been a boon for both themselves and their babies, making diaper changes more manageable and less daunting.
Testimonials of Satisfaction
The chorus of satisfaction sings loud in online reviews and forums. “I bought my first bidet attachment out of curiosity, and now I’m a lifelong fan,” says a reviewer from an online marketplace. These testimonials often highlight the unexpected ways bidets have improved lives, from reducing the discomfort of chronic conditions to simply providing a comforting routine.
From Skeptics to Advocates
It’s not uncommon to hear about bidet skeptics who, after trying one, become the most vocal advocates. “I was skeptical at first, thinking it was just a luxury item. Now, I realize it’s a necessity,” a convert explains. The journey from skepticism to advocacy is a path walked by many bidet users, who often become enthusiastic promoters to friends and family.
For an in-depth exploration of user experiences and to hear more about how bidets have changed lives for the better, keep an eye out for our upcoming feature. This piece will compile a range of stories and testimonials, offering a comprehensive look at the personal impact of bidets. Whether you’re considering making the switch or are simply curious about others’ experiences, these stories will provide a candid, personal perspective on the bidet revolution.
5 Misconceptions About Bidets
1. Bidets Increase Water Bills
This is a big myth, and bidets can in fact save you money on your water bills. According to this Scientific American article, bidets save you a considerable amount of water compared to the water used in producing a single roll of toilet paper.
Furthermore, bidets allow you to control the flow of water, so you won’t be using excess water or wasting this precious natural resource.
2. Bidets are Messy
I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one but I think it stems from the myth that bidets will soak you when you turn on the lever.
Well, most bidets come with pressure control, which allows you to adjust the flow of water according to your needs. A bidet does instead help you experience what I call an enjoyable wash while keeping your bathroom puddle-free.
3. Bidets are Unsanitary
Of course, not—just think about it! If washing your hands makes them clean, why would bidets be unsanitary when they do the same thing, except for your backside?
4. Toilet Paper is Cheaper than a Bidet
If you’ve read so far, you already know the answer to this one. Bidets only require an initial investment, whereas you’ll be spending month after month on toilet paper.
5. You Need a Plumber for Installation
Not all bidets require plumber installation, but some models can be installed by yourself with tools that you probably already have at home.
To wrap it up, the question isn’t just “Are bidets worth it?” but rather “How soon can you experience the benefits yourself?” Bidets surpass traditional toilet paper in hygiene, offer significant health perks, and promise long-term savings. The global shift towards bidets is not just a trend but a reflection of a growing awareness of their advantages. So, are bidets worth it? Absolutely. They’re a practical investment in your well-being and the environment, proving that sometimes the best life upgrades come from the most unexpected places.