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Pros & Cons of Bidets


Bidets have been fixtures in bathrooms around the world for many years, offering an alternative approach to personal hygiene that diverges from the traditional use of toilet paper. While bidets have gained popularity in various regions, they remain a topic of curiosity and interest for many. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of bidets, examining the advantages they bring to the table as well as the potential drawbacks to consider. Whether you’re a bidet enthusiast looking for validation or someone contemplating the switch, this exploration will provide valuable insights into this innovative bathroom fixture.

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Bidet Trends: A Swift Surge in Popularity

The graph below illustrates the rapid rise in bidet popularity, coinciding with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As panic over toilet paper shortages gripped the nation in early 2020, shelves emptied, and people began to explore alternative options for maintaining personal hygiene. Bidets, once overlooked, suddenly became a logical choice when toilet paper was in short supply. Other than toilet paper, there really aren’t any safe options for wiping. If you can’t wipe, then the logical next best option is a bidet.

bidet trends

Understanding Bidets

Types of Bidets

There are several types of bidets available, each with its own features and advantages:

  • Standalone Bidets: Standalone bidets are separate fixtures from the toilet itself. Traditionally, they lack a toilet seat, allowing you to face either toward or away from the faucet. Standalone bidets often come with adjustable water temperature settings.

stand alone bidet

  • Modern Bidets: Modern bidets are compact units that integrate bidet functionality into the toilet. With the press of a button, water sprays from underneath the toilet seat, providing a convenient and space-saving solution. Modern bidet toilets come with a range of features, including adjustable water temperature and pressure controls. You can even retrofit your existing toilet with a bidet attachment if it didn’t originally come with one.

modern bidet

  • Bidet Showers: Bidet showers consist of a hose and a handheld spray handle that you can maneuver for personal cleansing. These are typically add-on accessories for existing toilets, offering flexibility in installation.

bidet shower

Pros of Bidets

Environmental Friendliness

One of the most compelling reasons to consider a bidet is its positive impact on the environment. Did you know that the United States alone wastes a staggering 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper every year? By reducing your reliance on toilet paper, bidets help conserve precious trees and reduce overall waste.

Enhanced Personal Hygiene

Bidets offer a superior level of cleanliness compared to traditional toilet paper. The gentle spray effectively washes away impurities, leaving you feeling refreshed and confident in your personal hygiene. 

Sensitive Skin Relief

For individuals with sensitive skin or certain medical conditions, bidets can provide much-needed relief. The gentle cleansing action of a bidet minimizes irritation and discomfort.

Reduced Risk of Toilet Clogs

Bidets can significantly reduce the likelihood of toilet clogs caused by excessive toilet paper usage. This can save you from the hassle and expense of plumbing repairs.

Warranty Coverage

Many bidet manufacturers offer warranties, providing peace of mind and assurance that your investment is protected.

Cons of Bidets

Space Considerations

Standalone bidets require additional bathroom space, which may not be suitable for smaller bathrooms or those with limited square footage.

Installation Challenges

Installing a bidet, especially a standalone version, may require minor bathroom renovations and professional plumbing assistance.

Potential for Clothing Getting Wet

Using a bidet requires some practice, and if not used correctly, there’s a risk of accidentally wetting your clothing.

Learning Curve

Bidets can be tricky for first-time users, and some individuals may find them intimidating or confusing initially.

Uneven Nozzles

In some bidet models, especially cheaper ones, the nozzle spray may not be consistent, which can potentially lead to infections in female users. Choosing a quality bidet with adjustable settings can mitigate this risk.

Ready to Make the Switch?

If you’re considering making the switch to a bidet, Shamrock Plumbing is here to support your needs. Whether you need plumbing adjustments, standalone bidet installation, or advice on bidet selection, our team is ready to assist you. Simply give us a call at (801) 901-9929, and we’ll ensure your bidet installation is seamless and hassle-free.

Ultimately, the decision to incorporate a bidet into your bathroom routine will depend on your individual preferences and priorities. If you’re ready to embrace this bathroom revolution, Shamrock Plumbing is here to help you every step of the way.

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