When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, cleaning and hygiene supplies flew off the shelves and turned weekly shopping trips into scavenger hunts. When people were forced to spend more time at home, toilet paper rose to the top of the list of things that became difficult to find.
While toilet paper substitutes such as paper towels and wet wipes can clog pipes, bidets provide a convenient alternative that’s also safe for plumbing. Regardless of the status of the toilet paper supply chain, there are several reasons that people choose bidets.
Top Advantages of a Bidet
There’s no doubt that bidets provide benefits over traditional bathroom cleansing methods. Some of the top advantages of bidets include:
Reduced need for toilet paper
Fewer chances for pipes to clog
Better cleaning and personal hygiene
Reduced impact on the environment
Fewer trips to the store
Despite the advantages and benefits that bidets offer over toilet paper bidets haven’t reached the same level of popularity in the United States as they enjoy in other countries. But with the recent toilet paper shortages, it’s easy to see how investing in this bathroom innovation could reduce toilet paper anxiety in the future. So, what’s holding people back?
A common misconception about bidets is that they take up a lot of space and require a separate fixture and dedicated water line. Unlike the bulky bidets in the restrooms of some high-end hotel rooms, bidet seats fit on an existing toilet, so they don’t require a large space. Bidet seat attachments provide an easy way to enjoy the benefits of a bidet without installing a separate plumbing fixture. This installation video shows how easy it is to take your bathroom to the next level.
Options to Fit Any Budget
For quality, reliability, convenient installation and affordability, check out First Supply’s selection of Kohler bidet seats.
We’ve gathered some of the most common questions and answers about bidet seats below.
Are there different types of bidet seats?
There are two major types of bidet seats: (1) mechanical bidet seats, that operate with water pressure, and (2) electric bidet seats, which plug into an outlet to power additional features like a night light, heated seats, water heating and blow drying. In general, the more features a seat offers, the higher the cost. Some models can be operated with a remote control while others include a control panel. There are also bidet seat attachments that connect to an existing toilets seat.
How do bidet seats work?
Bidet seats connect to the water supply line the same way a faucet connects. Seat kits include a diverter valve that splits the water supply between the toilet and the bidet seat. After installation, water pressure from the supply line will control the flow to the bidet wand.
Is the water warm?
Cold water cleansing nozzles are standard, but warm water nozzles available with some seats. Some models with warm water cleaning nozzles require an extra connection to a hot water line, while others require an electrical plug-in to heat water.
If I use a bidet seat, does that mean I don’t need toilet paper?
Many people will use a small amount of toilet paper afterwards for additional drying. Some advanced models include a warm-air dryer to reduce the necessity of toilet paper.
Do all bidet seats require power? If so, what is needed?
Mechanical bidet seats don’t require cords or a power source. High-tech models require a dedicated electrical GFCI circuit (120V, 15A, 60HZ, 1800W).
Will a bidet seat fit on my toilet?
Bidet seats designed to fit most toilet models. Pay attention to the seat shape (elongated vs. round) and consult the compatibility resources provided by the manufacturer. There are also bidet attachments that fit on an existing seat.
Can I install a bidet seat myself?
Yes. Installation requires a few common tools, including a wrench, a screwdriver and plumbing tape. Most people can complete installation in about 15 minutes.
Try a Bidet, Today!
Now that you know more about bidet seats, why not give one a try or recommend one to a customer as an upgrade? Trust First Supply for helpful information, plumbing supplies and more!