How Exactly Does a Bidet Work?
There’s been plenty of curiosity around the bidet – a longtime fixture in bathrooms across Europe and Asia, but one that’s only now starting to grow in popularity here in the United States.
Whether consumers are looking for a solution that leaves them feeling cleaner or they want to cut down on their use of toilet paper, the bidet is an excellent option – and one that’s more affordable than ever.
So, how exactly does a bidet work? Read on! We’ll explain the mechanics, some of the special features found on today’s most popular bidet models and, of course, the benefits of using a bidet versus a regular toilet.
What Is a Bidet and How Does It Work?
A bidet is a fixture that cleans the inner buttocks, anus, and female genitalia after you go to the bathroom by spraying a controlled stream of water from a nozzle that’s activated by turning a knob or pressing a button.
Modern bidets may include high-tech features, like heated seats and massaging water streams, for an even cleaner and more luxurious experience.
Bidets started as standalone washers in 17th-century France. They were typically found in the bedroom before plumbing advancements moved them to the bathroom, next to a toilet. As toilets and plumbing improved, the bidet made its way to the toilet for an all-in-one solution.
Today, there’s a wide range of bidet options at all price points spread out across three types: bidet toilets, bidet toilet seats, and bidet attachments. We’ve addressed each one below.
If you’re interested in buying a bidet but aren’t sure where to start, check out our buyer’s guide.
How Does a Bidet Toilet Work?
A bidet toilet is an all-in-one solution that combines the cleaning luxuries of a bidet with a new, modern electric toilet.
Basic mechanics: At the touch of a button, it activates a water-spraying posterior- or feminine-washing nozzle. After the wash, which lasts for about 20 seconds, it automatically rinses off the nozzle and retreats into the unit.
Features: Bidet toilets like the Prodigy Smart Toilet tend to be packed with high-tech features, which also means they’re more expensive. Some of those features include …
- Warm-air dryer for after your wash
- Touchless flush
- Motion-detecting lid that opens and closes automatically
- Heated seat
Those features do require an electrical hookup.
How Does a Bidet Toilet Seat Work?
A bidet toilet seat replaces the seat of your existing toilet with one that includes a range of backside-cleaning technology.
Basic mechanics: The most basic bidet toilet seats don’t require electricity. Instead, the bidet is powered by water pressure from the bathroom’s water supply. It activates when a knob is turned, releasing the water into the bidet. As the water travels through the system, a nozzle protrudes from the bidet and sprays a controlled water stream on your posterior. Once the water is cut off via the knob, the nozzle recedes back into the bidet, hidden from sight.
Features: More advanced bidet toilet seats include high-tech features found on the more expensive bidet toilets.
The electric-powered BB-1000 Supreme, for example, is a bidet seat activated via a remote that includes controls for water and seat temperature, water pressure, and a dryer. That bidet toilet seat, which requires an electrical hookup, also includes Bio Bidet’s patented Vortex wash, an enema wash that doubles as a natural way to assist with bowel movements.
The more affordable Slim Zero bidet toilet seat doesn’t require an electrical hookup but does feature a battery-powered night-light to illuminate those late-night bathroom visits.
How Does a Bidet Attachment Work?
The bidet attachment is the most affordable and tends to be the perfect option for someone who is curious if a bidet is right for them.
Basic mechanics: A bidet attachment installs between the existing toilet and toilet seat. It’s powered by water pressure and not electricity, making it an easy solution for DIYers to install. Like the water-powered bidet toilet seats, a bidet attachment activates when a knob is turned, releasing the water through the system. A nozzle pops out to spray water on your backside and retreats back in when the knob is turned to the off position. Some bidet attachments like the Duo BB-270 include two knobs – one for a posterior wash and one up front for a feminine wash.
Features: While basic, bidet attachments can come with knobs for water pressure and temperature control.
Bidet vs. a Normal Toilet
The biggest argument in favor of a bidet comes down to cleanliness: If a bird poops on your shoulder, you’re going to wash it off with water. So, why not do the same after you go No. 2?
Obviously, the biggest difference between a bidet and a normal toilet is a bidet includes a water-spraying nozzle that leaves your derriere sparkling clean.
There are also other benefits of going with a bidet:
- You’ll save money on toilet paper since a bidet drastically cuts down on the need for it.
- You’ll have better overall hygiene.
- Your toilet won’t clog as often because you’re using less toilet paper.
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