The Bidet will Wash and Dry by the touch of a button. This futuristic bathroom feature will eliminate paper waste, sanitation will be upgraded and giving a nice new water cleansing to your day. I can see new homes and new apartment complexes with this idea being added within the next two generations. Sewer problems could be lessened too. I read or seen on a television program that Japan has these installed along with a warming seat.
We have a toilet at one of our showrooms that does this. You press one button to wash yourself with water, then another to dry yourself. I understand that this type of toilet is widespread in Japan, but over here in the UK it's yet to catch on - largely because such a system is pretty expensive and we don't sell an awful lot of them.
To me toilet paper will always be more convinient and I can't really see this changing for the majority of the population anytime soon.
Although you would never find it, it would be interesting to know how much energy this thing would require as opposed to the energy to produce, transport and dispose of the appropriate amount of toilet tissue. I'm assuming the drying action is via heat, not a hurricane of air like a hand dryer.
Truthfully, it looks to me like another near useless gimmick - another toy to use up limited resources we all need in return for a little luxury.
I have been in European hotels in the 80s that had a bidet. As Crocodile Dundee said, "Oh, I get it! You push a little button to wash your backside!" It didn't use toilet paper.
I don't remember how we got dry, but it was much nicer than using toilet paper. (hands free -- and considering all the studies done on how much fecal bacteria there are on handrails, smart phones, and everything else people touch, there could be major sanitation advantages).
I am surprised to find so much information on the Bidet. They are available at Home Depot, Amazon - plus many other companies. All prices and styles. The French developed the Bidet in 1710. Yes - they save electricity, water and paper. Complete personal hygiene is accomplished with the Bidet. B-Day. - they are electronic and you may adapt a heater.
The first image that sprang into my demented mind was of a skydivers face when at maximum airspeed and the screaming mouth blown open !!!! sorry to put that image into anyone's mind but when this gadget arrives I want to see all the safety devices before I use it !
There are several brands of retrofit bidet attachments on the market, and they work successfully. Most do not come with heated water or dryers. My family wouldn't be without theirs, and nobody even notices the cold water on the hiney. The only problem is that one must use a towel to dry off. It would take too much toilet paper to dry off a wet bottom. LOL
Bill Gates wants to re-invent the toilet - there is an article on-line in Time World - this is an idea for countries where they cannot flush their waste and his idea would turn their waste into compost - other ideas concerning urine being converted into powder form and used for fertilizer. It would be the ultimate toilet the article states. Bill Gates Toilet Project - News Results - I could not copy the link. As far as the Bidet - it has a dryer - maybe some would not want to wait to be completely dry.
I wrote an article on urine, and have experimented with using it for fertilizer as is, watered down. Works great! I've even considered a composting toilet, but can't seem to get off my hiney to go that far.
The new invented toilet that I mentioned, Bill Gates is working with Germany on - is for poor countries that are not flushing their wastes. Bidets,however are available in numerous stores if you wish to convert your present bathroom toilet facilities. I read an article in.aarp.org stating that the future may bring the Bidet toilet to homes for savings and cleanliness of the person and sewers.
► 1:21► 1:21 I have the following link that you may want to view for Bidet use. I have never used one - I imagine the dryer would help - possibly you would lower those clothes so they wouldn't get wet. There are different models. www.howcast.com/videos/351816-How-to-Use-a-Bidet