Okay, I’m half convinced – are there many styles of bidets?
There are a few fundamental types of bidets available with those tucked in under the toilet seat or replacing it being the most popular
· Ceramic or stand alone – your classic-look European-style bidet requiring its own space and its own plumbing. This age-old classic has the disadvantage of having to move to the bidet for cleaning after the main performance. One plus of the stand alone bidet is a great sense of style. Some stand alone bidets also come with some of the functions of the more high-tech options – such as temp control for warm water, which does seem a worthwhile feature.
· Spray or handheld bidets – these are fundamentally a hose and sprayer connected to your toilet plumbing. Advantages include precises control over water angle and pressure, they’re easy to use and are also quick and easy to install
· Toilet seats, or built-in bidets – this combination option means shopping for one appliance not two. A built-in bidet used to simply mean an ordinary toilet seat with water jets set directly beneath. These are probably the future of bidets worldwide and here in New Zealand. It is this style of bidet that increasingly comes with all the bells and whistles – think pulsing water, water temperature control, seat heating modes, self-cleaning, soft closing, and yes some even come with water music and night lights. Perhaps, understandably these are not the cheapest option.
· Bidet attachments – these are also growing in popularity. This bidet option tucks snuggly in under an existing toilet bowl and is both affordable and understated with the same eco-friendly and hygienic advantages as built-in bidets – albeit with less features.
I think I’ll give this further thought – what should I be thinking about when choosing a bidet? What’s right for me?
· Price matters – with versions available in the equivalent of anything from a scooter to a Rolls Royce, there is a price point for every wallet. The cheaper versions will likely be a simple attachment to your existing toilet, with basic spray functions. However, as you invest more money, you can get a bidet with more and more functions – see the long list above. If economy is key, then a bidet attachment or an handheld bidet are affordable option that fulfil all the key requirements of a bidet – eco-friendly, hygienic and comfortable. If money is less of an object then a built-in bidet offers functionality plus (and then some).
· Mechanical or electric? – The main difference between the two options is that a mechanical bidet uses the water pressure and temperature of your home’s plumbing, while electric versions include motors to enhance these functions and power a plethora of other features along the way.
· Which functions really matter? If you choose an electric bidet you will face a myriad of features to consider. Obviously, this is an individual consideration but there are some key considerations.