Blog Post Written by Designer Sherrie Sin
I overheard someone comment recently, “How lazy do you have to be to have one of those?!” And for some reason, I felt instantly compelled to educate them on the “etiquette” of the bidet. When I say bidet (/bəˈdā/), I am mostly referring to the updated version of a bidet, the bidet seat, also known in the industry as a Washlet.
Splash of History:
The bidet seat was created to provide a new level of cleanliness and comfort. I am sure you have seen them in your travels, particularly in Europe and Asia. This state of the art technology originated in Japan in the 1980’s but(t) didn’t make its debut in the United States until the early 90’s. Welcome to 2019, where it’s still a hot topic.
This self-cleaning nozzle extends from under the seat and with the touch of a button you have warm water where it’s needed the most…front and rear cleansing! It’s truly meant to ensure better hygiene with a splash of comfort. Just think of the convenience for someone who is elderly or has a physical handicap, or someone who has just experienced child birth. Have you ever experienced a surgery where you have diminished strength in your arms or hands? Such relief in such a simple way. Water hands down cleans better than paper. Do we wash our dirty hands with water or paper? W-A-T-E-R
We all know that bidet seats use water for that fresh, clean feeling. But(t) also most seats come equipped with self-cleaning nozzles, heated seats, auto operating seats, dryers, deodorizers and some even come with night lights. Of course another major benefit of using a bidet seat is the reduction in paper consumption. Although, they might not eliminate toilet paper all together- they can significantly reduce paper consumption by over 75%. Does anyone truly love buying toilet paper anyway? Not to mention those cleansing wipes clog our systems and are a no- go for any septic syste
Hook it up:
Installing a bidet seat can actually be quite simple depending on skill level. No additional plumbing is required, they do however require electrical- so making sure there is an outlet near the toilet is a necessity. Washlets can range in price from approximately $400- $2,000.
Try it before you buy it:
I might sound dramatic in my approach, but our Washlet in the showroom is the most talked about conversation piece when our clients use our restroom, especially in the winter…hello heated seat. But(t) when most people try it, they LOVE it. So if you want to try it before you buy it, both of our showrooms have Washlets available. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Have a nice bidet!