GoBidet: In-Toilet Bidet System
The GoBidet is an in-toilet bidet system that can be installed by any handy person on nearly any brand or style of toilet. No extra plumbing or electricity is needed. It is quite inexpensive (around $100) and installs quickly into the existing water line for your toilet. The video to the right gives a quick use and installation demo of the GoBidet system. I installed and shot the video in less than 30 minutes. I am also proud to say that this is the 2nd GoBidet in our household.
What is a Bidet?
The bidet is (per wikipedia) a low-mounted plumbing fixture or device that is used to wash and clean the external genitalia, the anus, and surrounding skin. Bidet is the French word for Pony (yes it's true), describing the sitting/squatting position similar to how you saddle up on a pony.
Typical bidet systems are standalone water fountains that are usually installed (by a professional plumber) next to a toilet. They are expensive items to buy and almost impossible to install into an existing bathroom. They take up a lot of floor space and can be a little inconvenient for use. After finishing up on the toilet, you have to waddle over to the bidet, turn on the water, and clean your bottom side and then dry off.
GoBidet vs. other options...
After a typical bowel movement, cleanup is almost always required. The use of dry toilet paper does not wash away the fecal matter, but only absorbs a small amount and smears the rest into your skin. Depending on the situation, excessive amounts of toilet paper is needed for proper cleaning and hygeine.
Wet-wipes offer a better solution to dry toilet paper. They incorporate skin cleansers and moisturizers (emollients), are mostly flush-able and sewer-safe. However, moist-wipes are more expensive than dry toilet paper, are not 100% biodegradable, and require you to add another container in your bathroom. I do fully support wet-wipes use for travel, hotels, or (in emergency) porta-jons.
Electric powered bidet toilet seats are a more expensive alternative to the GoBidet. They are slightly more complicated because you have to plug them into an electrical outlet (a lot of toilets don't have an outlet close by). The benefit is that the seat is usually heated (this can feel very nice) and you have more control over water temperature and pressure.
Running water really is the best way to clean your derrière after toilet use. After a quick rinse, toilet paper is still handy for drying your skin, but much less paper is needed versus other methods. I have been using a bidet for nearly 5 years now and could NEVER go back to regular toilet paper. I still don't understand why so many people choose to wipe waste into their skin.
GoBidet - the winner!
The GoBidet offers great ease of use, personal hygiene, and value. It installs on nearly any toilet in less than an hour and is nearly invisible when swung under the seat. It is powered by the existing plumbing that provides water to your toilet and no electricity is needed. The GoBidet comes in both cold and hot water versions. I have only used the cold water version (easier to install) and have not had any problems. In fact, the cold water never really feels that cold. For purchasing, I have not found too many places that sell the GoBidet. The best bet is to buy it here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.
There is another great review of the GoBidet here.