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Different Types of Bidets

Updated on November 30, 2012

Kinds of Bidets

Although bidets are hundreds of years old, the modern bidet comes in all shapes and sizes. Getting to know a little bit about each one will help you decide which model you want. It's definitely the future of toilet seats.

The Original Porcelain Bidet

The original porcelain bidet was invented in the 1700s and was a porcelain bidet separate from the toilet. They were very expensive and often a sign of royalty throughout France and other parts of Europe. Because they were not attached to the toilet a lot of room was needed. Once a person was done going the bathroom they would have to get up and to use the bidet which makes it not the most convenient option. Because it was the first bidet to exist and often holds a sort of antique romantic notion, it was and still is very expensive, ranging from $500-1800.

What Bidet Seat is Right for me?
What Bidet Seat is Right for me?

Selecting a Bidet Seat

How to Select the Right Bidet Seat for You

When trying to select the right bidet seat for you, shop around for different styles and compare costs. Do you want one that is electronic and managed by a remote, or would a toilet with a bidet built in be better suited for your needs? One key factor when choosing a bidet or bidet seat is the toilet shape. Some bidets can only fit certain toilets, so searching for a bidet that fits your toilet is important. When thinking about price, if you want a fairly cheap bidet seat, a non-electric bidet would be best. If you want to spend a bit more money and have more features available to you, an electronic bidet would be the way to go.


Selecting a Bidet Seat

Bidet vs. Bidet Seat

A bidet is a low mounted plumbing fixture or a type of sink that is primarily used for cleaning the genitalia, inner buttocks and anus with a stream of water. They may look like a toilet but are more like a sink. When choosing between a bidet and a bidet seat, you can compare both and decide which is right for you. Bidets are made in various designs. Some may have a tap that pours warm water into a basin, whereas others may have a nozzle that shoots water upwards. A bidet may be a part of the toilet or may be added onto a toilet in the form of a seat with a nozzle attached. Some bidets may have two nozzles, one for the anus area and the other for the woman's genitalia. With certain bidet seats, they are electronic and require a remote control to operate. These systems are especially convenient for people with limited mobility.

Eco friendly
Eco friendly

Selecting a Bidet Seat

Benefits of a Bidet Seat

There are many benefits to having a bidet seat. Bidet fixtures are easily attached to raised or elevated toilet seats and under-the-seat fixtures are also available when the appearance of a bathroom is a concern. Electronic bidet seats that are controlled by a remote may offer temperature compensation as well as the amount of water pressure that is used. The ultimate benefit of the bidet seat is hygiene. Using a bidet is much cleaner than using toilet paper. Bidets are also cost effective and environmentally friendly. There isn't a need for toilet paper when using a bidet.

Electric Bidet

In the 60s a new type of bidet hit the scene. This bidet did not require much room because it mounted on the back of the toilet seat. It is also made of plastic so it is much more costly than the porcelain variety. The electric bidet was the ultimate in convenience because you didn't have to get up from the toilet to cleanse. The invention of the electric bidet escalated in popularity and it became popular all over the world from South America to Japan. The electric bidet has different temperatures and even allows for air drying for the ultimate experience.

Non-Electric Bidet

The non-electric bidet is the most basic and most inexpensive. This bidet requires no electricity and can either attach to the toilet seat or between the toilet and the seat. It is simple to install and easy to use. This is the most commonly found bidet in the Middle East and sells for as little as $10, so if you're looking for something simple or are on a budget this is the best option. This type of bidet is also often used as a diaper sprayer for those who use cloth diapers.

Bidet Seat
Bidet Seat

Bidet Seats

The Next Generation Bidet

Bidets have been around for many years. Invented in the early 1700s, these sanitation devices first became very popular amongst French nobles and royalty. The word "bidet" is actually french for "Pony." The reasoning is that someone using a bidet typically mounts it in the same way that one would sit on a horse. These ingenious devices were originally kept in the bedroom along with chamber pots, until sometime around the year 1900 when massive advances in plumbing systems began taking place. Now, bidets are part of the bathrooms of millions of people all over the world. They are considered to be over 80 percent more effective than simply using bathroom tissue alone when cleaning.

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Coway BA 13
Coway BA 13

#1 Recommended Bidet Seat - Coway BA13

A Step Above

Of the many different models which exist today, the Coway BA13 is one of the most advanced bidets on the market. It offers posterior and frontal functionality and utilizes a unique stainless steel nozzle. Since Coway is the first company ever to manufacture stainless steel nozzles for use on their bidets, the consumer will certainly notice the precision and care which goes into the creation of Coway's #1 bidet. Interestingly, the BA13 also features an adjustable spray-width, ensuring the right setting for each of the user's needs.

Bio Bidet BB1000
Bio Bidet BB1000

#2 Recommended Bidet Seat - Bio Bidet BB1000

Best from Bio Bidet

For bidet users who are seeking a feature-rich model for their bathroom, an excellent bidet-seat has been developed recently, called the Bio Bidet BB1000. Featuring convenient remote control operation and an auto smart power-saving mode, this bidet has begun to grow in popularity amongst bidet lovers. the Bio Bidet BB1000 also comes with a hydraulic seat and a safety sensor, which is quality approved by "UL CE TUV."

Brondell Swash 1000
Brondell Swash 1000

#3 Recommended Bidet Seat - Brondell Swash 1000

Best Brondell Seat Available

Weighing in at less than 5 pounds is the Brondell Swash 1000 features a feminine and posterior endless warm-water washing mode for a complete cleaning every time. Dual stainless steel positionable nozzle, equipped with a wide spray will help the user find the perfect setting for their hygienic needs. Ergonomic heated seats and wireless remote control functionality round this unit out perfectly. What's more is that for the bidet-user who wants something more, the Brondell Swash 1000 comes packed with a warm-air drying mode and deodorizer.

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      6 years ago

      I install Bidet4me Bidet MB-2000 at home. It's Non-Electronic with Dual Nozzles (Male and Female), Water Pressure and Temperature control. Very easy to install.

      I love it because the value is the best !!!!

      Clean, Green, Hygiene, and Comfortable ~~~

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      7 years ago

      Amazing information on Bidets, especially the electric one looks cool.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've used different types of bidets and think they are great and more hygienic. I think they are more popular in Europe and Asia.

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      7 years ago

      I just saw on some show that was featuring a bidet that cleansing is 80% more effective with the use of water as opposed to just tissue, now that's a selling point for sure. I think it was on Dr. Oz.


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