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Our website provides information about Japanese-style toilet seat bidets. It’s intended for those who are shopping around for one. Most of you already know what they are. Some of you may have used them on your trips to Japan, and on return decided enough is enough – you need to get one because you’re done with wiping yourself like barbarians. If that’s you, go right ahead and read our independent reviews or have a look at our selections:
The 3 Best Bidet Toilet Seats Today
For those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, yet for some reason found us, consider this: You’re walking in a park and you step on dog poo. Do you A) use toilet paper to wipe it off, or B) wash it off with water? Wash it off of course! Why would anyone even attempt to wipe poo off themselves, only to spread the mess around and have some of it still clinging on you?! Why are we still wiping ourselves with toilet paper??
There’s a better way. The better way is using a Japanese-style bidet seat to wash yourself. These toilet seats are equipped with a spray to wash your bottom. They often have heated water, a heated seat, and other useful features like an air dryer and deodorization.
Why use a bidet toilet seat?
Still not convinced? There are many good reasons why it makes sense to buy one. It’s not just a luxury item.
- Use less toilet paper. Americans use approximately 34 million rolls of toilet paper each day. It takes hundreds of thousands of trees, millions of gallons of water and electricity, and millions of pounds of greenhouse gases to make these rolls. It’s way more damaging and costs way more resources to use toilet paper than water to clean yourself. Most households can reduce toilet paper use by 75% when using a toilet seat bidet. And it’s also much better for pipes and and septic systems if you don’t have to flush paper down the toilet.
- Treat health issues. For many health conditions, toilet paper can irritate and leave bacteria behind, causing your symptoms to worsen. A bidet seat uses clean water to wash away residue, leaving you completely clean while soothing any discomfort caused by your medical condition and helping you recover faster. These are a few common health issues that benefit from using a bidet over toilet paper: hemorrhoids, anal fissure , rectal prolapse, anal fistula, anal itching, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ostomy. In fact, the main reason the toilet seat bidet was invented was to treat hemorrhoids. Before it was invented, many people were using a medical device to wash themselves, but the temperature and the angle of the spray was unpredictable. They settled on taking warm water to the toilet to wash themselves, but this was a tiresome and messy task.
- Keep toilet clean. Nowadays, bidet seats do much more than clean your bottom. They also clean the toilet! For instance, Toto has a model that turns normal tap water into electrolyzed water, which is a safe and environmentally-friendly sanitizer to kill viruses and bacteria. Places that handle food or hotels use electrolyzed water to clean. With this kind of toilet seat bidet, you can keep the toilet clean without having to use harsh chemicals. No one wants to breathe that junk or expose their kids to it!
- Water washes better. As we mentioned earlier, it’s odd to be using toilet paper to clean yourself. We use water to clean dishes, to wash off sweat, and to clean just about anything. So why would it make any sense to use paper if we use water to clean everything else? In fact, once you leave North America, the bidet is just as common, if not more common, than toilet paper! The bidet is used all over Europe, Asia, and South America. We believe that as more and more people are aware of the bidet, less and less people will be using toilet paper.
Speaking of features, here are some common ones that you will find in a bidet seat. Not every model has all these features. For example, not every seat can produce electrolyzed water. Check out this handy comparison table to see which seat has the features you want.
- Warm water. Most toilet seats have warm water that can be adjusted to different temperature levels.
- Heated seat. A heated seat is perfect for winter. You can also adjust the temperature of the seat. Never sit on a cold toilet again!
- Attached remote. Basic models have a remote that is attached to the right side of the seat. This will take up some space so you have to make sure you have enough clearance on the side of the toilet.
- Remote control. Advanced models are typically operated by remote control. These remote come with a hanger that can be fastened to the wall.
- Air dryer. Some toilet seats will have a built-in air dryer. This is especially useful for those who want to minimize the use of toilet paper.
- Deodorizer. A deodorizer removes unwanted smells with a filter. Rather than cover the smell like air fresheners do, a deodorizer seeks to eliminate it.
- Nozzle self-clean. Some toilet seats have nozzles that can clean themselves. So on a day-to-day basis you can ensure that the nozzle is clean between uses.
- Lid that automatically opens and closes. This feature is available in the more advanced toilet seat bidets. The lid (and if you want, the seat) can open and close automatically when it detects movement by sensors.
- Pre-mist. The pre-mist is when a mist is sprayed in the toilet bowl before using. It usually operates by sensor, when the person approaches the toilet. The pre-mist makes it difficult for dirt to adhere to the bowl.
- Night light. This is a useful feature to have for those who frequently use the toilet at night. Rather than turning on a bright bathroom light, there is a soft light (either in the bowl or on the side of the toilet) that can be turned on when the sensor detects movement.
- Electrolyzed water. As mentioned earlier, electrolyzed water helps clean and sanitize the toilet safely. It makes the toilet easy to keep clean without having to use chemical cleaners.
Best Bidet Seat by Category
- Best bidet toilet seat under $500 – Best for those on a tight budget.
- Best bidet toilet seat over $500 – Best for those who want style and function.
- Best full-featured/premium bidet toilet seat – Top picks for those who want maximum comfort.
- Best mid-class bidet toilet seat – Top picks with the essential features.
- Best basic bidet toilet seat – Top picks that wash only.
- Best non-electric bidet toilet seat – Best picks without needing an electric plug.
- Best travel bidet – Great portable options to take on the road.
How much does a bidet seat cost?
Electric bidet toilet seats cost anywhere between $300 – 700. Non-electric bidet toilet seats usually cost under $100. Electric seats that cost $300 usually have basic functions like heated seat and wash. Then as you add other features such as an air dryer, deodorizer, detached control, automatic lid, and night light, the price goes up. Non-electric bidets do one thing: wash. They don’t have any electronic components so they don’t have heated seats or warm water, unless you install one with a hot water line. Electric seats offer comfort, while non-electric seats offer simplicity besides affordability.
How to install a bidet toilet seat
Part of the reason the bidet toilet seat was invented was to save space. Instead of being a separate bidet fixture like most places in Europe, this seat replaces your existing one. They are very easy to install. You have to remove your existing toilet seat and attach this one to your toilet. The only tricky part is if you buy an electric seat. These will require an electrical plug, so if you don’t have one you’ll either have to install one or use a good extension cord. Both non-electric and electric toilet seats only need an existing cold water supply to function, so you don’t have to worry about additional plumbing.
What are some good choices?
Overwhelmed by your options? We want to help you keep things simple. Here are some great seats that we’ve handpicked from a large selection.