If you live in North-America, or anywhere else in the world where these great modern toilet inventions isn’t being widely used, you might not know what a bidet toilet seat (sometimes referred to as a washlet or Japanese toilet) is and how it works. So, what is a bidet toilet seat, and why should you get one…?
The bidet toilet seat was introduced by a Japanese company named TOTO in the 1980s, and has since become widespread, in Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and of course in the land of its origin, Japan. It has also become more commonly used in other parts of the world as well. A bidet toilet seat is basically a toilet seat, with a built-in bidet. The traditional bidet is usually found next to the toilet and looks like one, but functions like a sink and are primarily used to wash and clean the anus and genital area. Bidets were not invented to replace toilet paper, but as a more hygienic and comfortable way of cleaning yourself. With the invention of the modern electronic toilet seat bidet, it’s actually possible to have the toilet paper replaced completely, as these devices even have got drying capabilities, and they come with a dozen of other specialized features (these may vary, depending on the model) as well as:
- Temperature-controlled seat
This nice feature allows you to heat up your seat if you want to, and it’ll save you from ever again having to put your bum to a cold seat.
- Posterior wash
Offers a strong and direct spray for a thorough cleansing for the rear
- Feminine wash
Dedicated for a gentle cleanse for ladies
- Self-cleaning nozzles
A lot of people that hear about bidets are concerned about the previous user and that germs or other particles may have been left behind. An electronic toilet seat bidet with a self-cleaning nozzle solves this concern in no time, as after each use these nozzles will rinse the appliance by using water before it retracts. Many electronic bidet toilet seats have nozzles that uses hot water to cleanse the appliance properly, but the bidet model needs to be connected to the hot water supply to be able use this feature.
- Adjustable water pressure, water temperature and nozzle position
Electronical toilet seat bidets with these features allows you to adjust the water pressure, water temperature and the nozzle position easily by using the control panel or wireless remote
- Air deodorizer
Some electronic toilet seat bidets come with a built-in deodorizer feature that will eliminate the concern of smell after having visited the toilet. Most seats with this feature uses a carbon filter for purifying the air and for removal of any particles that are responsible for the smell.
- Easy to use wireless remote, or control panel
The wireless remote or control panel allows you to easily make any changes and adjustments.
- Slow-closing toilet seat & lid
A great option for older people who has problem with or can not bend down to close the lid, and also for avoiding accidental slams.
- Energy savings
A lot of electronic toilet seat bidets come with a feature for energy savings that will minimize the power usage, and help you keep the energy bill as low as possible. When the toilet seat is not in use, it will go into sleep-mode, meaning very little energy will be required.
- Warm air dry
As mentioned, this feature eliminates the need for toilet paper or for a towel/cloth, and the heated air can be adjusted for different temperatures and pressures for your comfort.
How Does a Bidet Toilet Seat Work?
If you’ve never seen one before, you might wonder how to use a bidet toilet seat, but it’s actually very easy. After you’re done using the toilet, stay seated and activate the bidet by using the control panel or wireless remote. All functions, like water temperature, water pressure, nozzle position, air dryer, etc, can be easily adjusted, using the control.
What Are The Benefits of Using a Bidet Toilet Seat?
Bidet toilet seats are safe to use for people of all ages, and there is a lot of benefits that you’ll get from using one. One of the most important being improved personal hygiene and cleaning, and better skin care. Using a bidet seat will also save you money in the long run, help reduce household waste, and it’ll reduce plumbing problems & prevent clogs.
The use of bidet seats are especially high amongst elderly people and people with a loss of mobility, as it helps them from having to move a lot when using the toilet, and it is also easier to keep clean than having to take showers constantly.
These devices are also very beneficial for people with certain medical conditions, like Chrohn’s disease, irritable Bowel-syndrom, hemorrhoids, incontinence etc, as it helps them to keep things a lot cleaner, and it will help to eliminate the need of having to use abrasive toilet paper. The warm water and the warm air dryer will clean and dry, and provide great relief from symptoms such as irritation and tenderness.
There’s also environmental benefits from using bidet toilet seats as it reduces the use of toilet paper drastically. Switching to bidet seats can have a positive and significant environmentally impact, as Americans uses more than 36 billion toilet rolls annually, and this leads to an enormous of threes being cut down every year to keep up with the demand, in addition to the huge amount of chemicals, energy and water that are used in the production of toilet paper.
How To Install a Bidet Toilet Seat?
If you’re not sure about getting one because you’re worried about it being difficult to install, then there’s good news for you. Installing a bidet toilet seat is actually not that difficult at all, and doesn’t require any special skills, as these seats are designed for DYI (Do It Yourself)-installation. These devices come with a manual with simple and clear instructions that you need to follow. Just make sure that you buy a bidet toilet seat that has the correct dimensions and will fit your toilet. Check out the video below to see how it can be installed:
You could also buy a toilet seat bidet-attachment that will work on all toilets, which is very easy to install:
As you can see, there are lots of benefits from using a bidet toilet seat. We hope this introduction has been helpful and that you’ve gotten more information and of course that we’ve been able to answer the question in the title (” what is a bidet toilet seat “). The price on these devices will depend on what model and features that you want, but you’ll get a very good electric bidet toilet seat for around $150 – $400, or you could buy an attachment for around $20 – $40.
You might also want to check out our article with general tips for buying appliances online.