5 Things to Know Before Buying a Bidet Seat
May 9, 2016
bidetsPLUS is a bidet seat specialty store, which gives us the opportunity to speak to a lot of people who are shopping for a bidet toilet seat. And over the years we’ve gained a lot of knowledge in terms of what shoppers tend to ask. This experience has helped us a lot as we continually update our website so we can present the most useful and pertinent bidet-related information for your research.
So with the experience we’ve gained speaking to people just like you, we wanted to publish 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Bidet Seat:
1. Which bidet seats will fit your toilet?
This is one of the most important things to know when shopping for a bidet seat. Toilets come in many styles, shapes, and sizes. For example, do you know the difference between a round and elongated toilet? Answer: round toilets have more circular bowls, while elongated toilets have more egg-shaped bowls. Little details like this determine which type of bidet seat you should order. We’ve created a handy fitting chart to help you choose the best bidet seat for your toilet.
2. Remote controls are better
The operation of a bidet seat is controlled either through (1) a control panel attached to the side of the unit, or (2) a wireless remote control you mount on the wall. You can see which models have an attached panel or remote control, simply by looking at a picture of the bidet seat. If there’s no control panel “arm” running down the side of the seat, it is a remote controlled model. Our general recommendation is to get a unit with remote control. Why? With attached control panels, some of the buttons are way in the back so you have to twist around and look behind you to access some of the features – not very comfortable. With a remote control, you can simply slide the remote out of the wall mount and hold it in front of you as you operate.
3. Tankless vs. reservoir-tank water heating
Bidet seats have a built-in water heater which adjusts the water to your desired temperature. Bidet water heating technologies fall into two buckets – tankless (on demand) water heaters and reservoir-tank type heaters. Tankless heaters heat the water only when you’re using the bidet, whereas reservoir-tank heaters regulate water temperature 24 hours a day. The main advantages of tankless heating are threefold (1) you get continuous warm water that doesn’t run out, (2) they are more energy-efficient because it’s only on when you use it, and (3) these bidets tend to look a little sleeker because you don’t have a bulky water tank inside. Reservoir-tank heaters will certainly still do the job though. They still provide a warm water wash (although the water will start to turn cold after ~30 seconds or so). Reservoir-tank heaters do have a big advantage over tankless heaters though – they are cheaper. You can determine which type of heating system a particular model has by perusing our comparison chart.
4. You will need to plug the seat in
Bidet seats work with electricity so you will need to plug the seat into a nearby outlet. Electricity is what powers the water heater, heated toilet seat, warm air dry, the extension/retraction of the wash nozzle, and many of the other features you’ll find. If you don’t have an outlet nearby, you can call a local electrician for an estimate on getting one installed. Here’s a tip though – the electric cord for all our bidet seats are approximately 3.5 feet long, and extend from the right side of the bidet as you face the toilet (or the left side of the unit as you’re sitting on it). The only exception are the TOTO models – electric cords for our TOTO washlets extend from the left side as you face the toilet.
5. Non-electric bidets are also available
If you don’t have an electrical outlet nearby and can’t get an outlet installed, fear not! You can still enjoy a comfortable and cleaner water wash by choosing from our selection of non-electric bidet attachments. These bidets are powered by water pressure alone, so electricity is not required. Non-electric bidets generally work with cold water only, and don’t have the wide-ranging features that make our bidet toilet seats so fancy. But they still provide a more hygienic wash which is a lot better than rubbing yourself with dry, abrasive toilet paper. Because you know – using water is the best way to clean!