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Pros & Cons of Bidets

Bidets have been common fixtures in bathrooms worldwide for many years, providing an alternative approach to personal hygiene that differs from the traditional use of toilet paper. Although bidets have gained popularity in various regions, they remain a topic of curiosity and interest for many people. In this blog, we will examine the pros and cons of bidets, highlighting their advantages and potential drawbacks. Whether you’re a bidet enthusiast seeking validation or someone considering making the switch, this exploration will offer valuable insights into this innovative bathroom fixture.

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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.

Cost Savings Over Time 

Although the initial cost of a bidet might be higher than a pack of toilet paper, the long-term savings are substantial. With reduced toilet paper usage, households can save money in the long run, making bidets a cost-effective choice.

Comfort and Luxury 

Modern bidets often come with additional features such as heated seats, adjustable water pressure, and even built-in deodorizers. These features enhance comfort and provide a luxurious bathroom experience, making daily routines more pleasant.

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.

Initial Cost

 While bidets can save money in the long run, the upfront cost for high-quality models or professional installation can be a significant barrier for some households.

Maintenance 

Bidets require regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure they function properly and remain hygienic. This can add to the overall time and effort needed to maintain your bathroom fixtures.

Water Usage

 Although bidets reduce toilet paper use, they do increase water consumption. This may be a concern in areas with water shortages or for households aiming to minimize water usage.

Bidet Trends: A Swift Surge in Popularity

The graph below shows the rapid increase in bidet popularity, which coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As panic over toilet paper shortages spread across the nation in early 2020, store shelves emptied, and people began seeking alternative options for maintaining personal hygiene. Bidets, once overlooked, suddenly became a practical choice when toilet paper was scarce. Other than toilet paper, there are no truly safe options for wiping, making bidets the logical next best option.

While the initial surge of interest in bidets has since stabilized, they remain more popular than ever, particularly in Utah. The state’s residents continue to embrace bidets as a preferred choice for personal hygiene, reflecting a lasting shift in bathroom habits even as toilet paper availability has returned to normal.

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, providing a customizable and comfortable cleaning experience. These bidets usually require more bathroom space and plumbing work to install, making them a common choice in bathrooms designed to accommodate them from the start.

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, heated seats, and even air dryers. You can retrofit your existing toilet with a bidet attachment if it didn’t originally come with one, making this option accessible and versatile for most bathrooms.

modern bidet

  • Bidet Showers: Bidet showers, also known as bidet sprayers or shattafs, 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 showers are popular in many parts of the world due to their ease of use and affordability. They can be installed with minimal changes to your bathroom’s plumbing and provide a highly controlled and directed cleaning experience.

bidet shower

Using a bidet may seem unfamiliar at first, but with a few simple steps, it can become an easy and comfortable part of your daily hygiene routine. To begin, it’s important to know the type of bidet you have, whether it’s a standalone model, a modern integrated toilet-bidet combo, or a handheld bidet shower. Each type operates slightly differently, but the general principles are the same.

For a standalone or shower bidet, after using the toilet, you will need to move to the bidet fixture. Position yourself comfortably over the bidet, either facing the controls or away from them, depending on the design. Turn on the water and adjust the temperature and pressure to your liking. Use the water stream to cleanse yourself, and you may gently use your hand to ensure thorough cleaning. Afterward, pat yourself dry with a towel or a small amount of toilet paper.

If you’re using a modern bidet integrated into your toilet, the process is even simpler. While still seated on the toilet, activate the bidet function using the control panel or remote. Most models allow you to adjust the water temperature, pressure, and even the position of the spray nozzle. Allow the water to cleanse you, and once you’re done, many bidets offer an air-dry feature. If not, you can pat dry with toilet paper. For handheld bidet showers, aim the nozzle towards the area you wish to clean and adjust the water pressure as needed. The flexibility of the handheld design allows for precise control and thorough cleaning. Once finished, dry yourself as you would with other bidet types.

Incorporating a bidet into your hygiene routine can enhance cleanliness and comfort, offering a refreshing alternative to toilet paper. With a little practice, using a bidet will become a seamless and enjoyable part of your bathroom experience.

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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