Rideshare companies disrupted the taxi industry. Beyond Meat disrupted the beef industry. Bidets disrupted the toilet industry. If you’re scratching your head at that last one, you’re probably American. The truth is: bidets disrupted the toilet industry decades ago, but here in the U.S., we’ve been, oh, how to say? A bit “behind.” No pun intended. So, here are five facts to make you reconsider using a bidet in 2020.
Hold onto your hats because we’re about to engage in potty talk, but it’s important to prove a point. Have you ever had a bowel movement that… wasn’t so tidy? It might have required copious amounts of wiping, and even after all that, your behind still wasn’t crystal clean? Or ladies, has that time of the month ever left you feeling messy down below? To the point you feel you could shower more than once a day? Both those scenarios don’t occur if you use bidets. That’s because bidets are like mini-showers for your bottom. And bottoms should be showered off after waste passes through them! If waste touched any of your other body parts, you wouldn’t use a dry tissue to wipe it off. You’d clean it with water, at the very least. That logic should apply to cleaning your most sensitive areas, as well.
Bidets, such as the TOTO S550e Washlet, are meant to be used instead of your regular toilet seat. You don’t need a plumber to install a bidet either. You can do it yourself in about 20 minutes with a few household tools. The bidet seat hooks right into the water line that feeds your toilet. After you install it, you’re ready to use it. So sit down and do your business like usual. Then, instead of grabbing the toilet paper, hit the button on the side or back of the bidet to start your wash. A nozzle will appear from the back of the bidet and it will spray water at your sensitive regions until they are clean. Then, you can either dab dry with a square of toilet paper, or use the warm-air dryer on your bidet (assuming you bought one with this feature.) Now, keep in mind, many bidet models offer a wild amount of bells and whistles which we’ll discuss more in the next paragraph!
Mid-to-high end bidets offer all sorts of options to make your wash as soothing and comfy as possible. Just like a shower, you can select the precise temperature of water – maybe you like a cool rinse as opposed to a warm one, or maybe you like it hot. Like a showerhead with variable pressure sprays, you can set the water pressure on your bidet from gentle to firm. Bonus: you can also select exact placement of the jet stream: front wash, rear wash, some bidets even offer an “enema” wash to help relieve constipation. All in all, modern bidets are designed with your comfort in mind.
Bidets drastically reduce – if not completely eliminate – your need for toilet paper. If you want to get an idea how many trees we kill a year to make toilet paper, do a simple Google search. You’ll also discover how much water it takes to manufacture toilet paper. Hint: far less than the amount of water used if everyone switched to bidet cleanings. So go ahead, open a new tab and check it out. Trust us, you’ll be doing the planet a huge favor by converting to bidet use.
Due to age or injury, a lot of people find themselves needing assistance in the bathroom. Whether you’re 90 or suffering from a dislocated shoulder, it can be awkward to give up your bathroom privacy. However, if you have a bidet, you don’t have to. With a bidet, you don’t need to ask someone else to wipe you because the bidet cleans you. Certain models, like the Bio Bidet BB 2000 Bliss, give you options to help dry you. The only thing you may need help with is getting on and off the toilet. What a lovely way to preserve some dignity.
So those are five reasons to disrupt your bathroom and try a bidet today!
Jensen Lee is the Founder and Managing Member of bidetsPLUS, an online retail store specializing in bidet toilet seats. Prior to bidetsPLUS, Jensen held management positions in technology-related fields, in both the U.S. and Europe. He has held the position of Product Manager of Global Network Services for British Telecom. Most recently, he held the position of Executive Director of Product Marketing at AT&T Interactive, AT&T’s internet advertising division.