Clearing Up the Top 10 Misconceptions about Bidets
“Bidets are weird”, “Why do I want cold water shooting up my butt?”, “I thought bidets were just for women.”
Have these thoughts ever crossed your mind? Well, here it goes: Brondell is clearing up the most popular misconceptions about electronic bidet toilet seats, bidet attachments, and bidets in general. Whether you saw one while traveling abroad and asked "what is a bidet" or you tried using one and had an “interesting” experience, bidets really are very simple to use and the best way to improve your bathroom hygiene and ensure a clean, healthy well-being.
1. Bidets are messy. Despite what pop culture comedies may lead you to believe, bidets aren’t jet-propelled water guns designed to soak the unwary user. Modern bidet seats allow you to adjust both the position and pressure in order to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible. No need to fear the jolt of a cold splash either, as many of our models offer water temperature settings. Also, the warm air dryer function found on the Swash 1400 luxury toilet seat will dry the washed area after each use. Because bidet seats attach to your existing toilet, the mess stays in the bowl.
2. Bidets are unsanitary. Washing with water through the use of a bidet or bidet seat instead of constantly wiping and irritating your undercarriage allows you to get an overall clean feeling faster and more effectively than toilet paper alone. Water is more sanitary because it gently cleans the area instead of smearing with toilet paper. Best of all, the nozzles are automatically self-cleaned on all electric Brondell bidet seats! Think about it - when your hands are dirty, do you wipe them off with a paper towel or do you wash them with water to get clean?
3. Toilet paper is cheaper than using a bidet. The multitude of toilet paper options available for purchase are staggering. On average, one roll of toilet paper costs $3 and Americans use approximately 34,000,000 rolls of toilet paper a day, which means that we spend a shocking $102,000,000 a day just on toilet paper! Purchasing a bidet seat or bidet attachment can easily cut your toilet paper spending by 75% or more. In addition, toilet paper and flushable wipes are becoming a detriment to the sewer systems by frequently clogging the pipes, filling septic systems, and causing messy problems that cost money to fix. Single-use paper products like toilet paper are very bad for the environment.
4. I don’t have room in my bathroom for a bidet. Many people think of bidets as a separate unit that takes up floor space and duplicates plumbing. Not anymore! There will always be room for a bidet seat (which replaces your existing toilet seat), or bidet attachment (which installs directly under your existing toilet seat). The Japanese-style bidet seat is an affordable and practical option for those who wish to have the benefits of a modern bidet. For those looking for an even more economical option, hand-held bidet sprayers (sometimes known as a Shattaf sprayer), like the CleanSpa Luxury, installs at the toilet tank fill valve and mounts either to the wall or the side of your toilet tank.
5. I don’t have room in my budget for a bidet. You don’t have to invest thousands of dollars to enjoy the addition of a bidet into your bathroom. Depending on the options you want, there are a number of affordable bidets available to you, from economical hand-held sprayers like the SimpleSpa to advanced bidet seats like the Swash SE400, which provide programmable temperature settings, heated seats and warm air dryers. You’re not flushing money down the drain with this bathroom addition!
6. Bidets are just for women. Have you ever walked into the men's room and wondered, "what's a bidet doing here??" Contrary to popular belief, bidets are not just for women. Although the bidet is very effective for maintaining feminine hygiene during menstruation and pregnancy, it is also very hygienic for men to use along with or in place of toilet paper. Bidet seats, bidet attachments, and hand-held bidet sprayers are ideal for men, women, children, and the elderly. Regular use of an in-house bidet provides a hygienic clean for all your private parts.
7. You need soap in the bidet water to properly clean. The misconception about the need for soap to properly clean yourself is false. Regular use of harsh and abrasive soaps to clean the genital area can result in the drying out of the mucosal lining, which actually leads to an increase in the risk of infection, anal fissures, lichen sclerosis and inflammation. The medically-recommended way to clean the genital region is warm water. Brondell bidet toilet seats gently aerate the water with oxygen which delivers a gentler, more effective wash that is more than adequate to cleanse after using the bathroom.
8. Bidet seats require a plumber to install them. No way! All Brondell Swash electronic bidet seats only need to be connected to a standard GFCI outlet and utilize your existing water connection that attaches to your toilet tank. You don’t need a plumber running pipes through the walls of your bathroom or any kind of special hookups – everything you need for installation is included. This allows for maximum convenience in the bathroom without worry that there won’t be enough hot water for a shower.
9. Let’s trick Mom and control the bidet from outside of the bathroom with the remote. Many Brondell bidet seats, like the Swash 1400 luxury toilet seat, are equipped with a wireless remote control for the utmost convenience, however, you can assure Mom that she’ll be safe from the kids’ mischief! All Brondell bidet seats with remotes use IR (Infrared) signals which cannot go through walls, so rest assured that a misplaced remote will not lead to an unexpected bathroom experience.
10. Bidets are weird / I don’t feel comfortable using one. If you have ever traveled abroad you probably have come into contact with a bidet. You may have wondered what the “odd” fixture was for when you were sitting on the toilet. Strangely enough, most of the bathrooms around the world are equipped with a bidet – even in so-called “third world” countries. They are surprisingly few and far between in the United States. Unfortunately, our outward “clean” appearance may be deceiving because we are ultimately ignoring the cleanliness of the most intimate and important parts of our body. Your first bidet experience may be awkward and different but after getting used to this new method, you won’t want to go back to wiping with toilet paper. The ability to sit on a heated toilet seat, clean with warm water AND have a warm air-dryer will have anyone looking forward to the comfort of their bathroom.
When it comes to benefits, bidets seem like a no-brainer. Go ahead and give it a try. Brondell understands that it’s foreign to us to use a bidet, but we promise that once you get used to it you’ll actually miss your bathroom.