The bidet is a device that divides the world as to its usefulness. It isn't used in much of the English-speaking world, but that is slowly changing. The benefits of the bidet in maintaining good health and preventing disease are considerable. They are also much more environmentally friendly--the average bidet uses an eighth of a gallon of water, while one roll of toilet paper takes 37 gallons to produce! Many people choose to modify their existing toilet installations rather than get an entirely separate bidet, which can get expensive. Here's a quick guide to the options available.
Add-ons to existing plumbing
These are attachments made to the rim of an existing toilet. They run on water from the flush tank and have their nozzles set under the seat. There are mechanical and electronic versions, with the trigger (or waterproof controls) set to one side of the bowl for easy access. Many versions come with the option of selecting a preferred water pressure for maximum comfort. There are variants with single and dual nozzles for both general-purpose and feminine hygiene. These are typically quick and easy to install, with no plumber's expertise required.
Bidet spray away
Also called a "bidet shower," these are handheld triggered nozzles connected by a tube and maneuvered by the hand to the areas one wishes to clean. Unlike the previous type, these require the user to hold the nozzle while using it, so it's not really an option for those with limited mobility or flexibility. However, it can be invaluable for carers of patients and disabled people. A bidet shower is usually more challenging to install than an add-on. Look for stainless steel models, which are more durable and offer superb corrosion resistance.
Portable bidets and washlets
Sprays and seat attachments are all suited for use in fixed, indoor toilets. What about portable toilets? Toilets encountered while traveling? The portable bidet is the solution to those problems. These are squeezable bottles with an angled nozzle that can be filled and used when needed. After use, they can be emptied and put away in a bag or purse, making them the ideal choice for frequent flyers and people on the move. They can also be an invaluable part of postpartum recovery while still in the hospital.
When selecting a portable bidet, look for models that offer quickly storable nozzles and an airlock mechanism that allows air to enter the bottle as it is squeezed, thereby providing consistent water pressure. There are also portable electric bidets that don't require squeezing, just a gentle button press. Some come with waterproof drawstring bags for discreet storage among the rest of one's belongings.
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