This Simple Gadget Saves Me $300 a Year in Toilet Paper
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Tired of fighting about whether the toilet paper goes over or under? Have you exhausted your supply of toilet paper tube crafts? Did the cat eat your stash of two-ply? If you’ve got issues with your tissues, you might be wondering why you haven’t considered a bidet of your very own.
My husband regularly travels to Asia for work. While there, he texts me pictures of breakfasts, site seeing, and bidets, the latter a standard fixture in many hotels. Snapped pictures eventually became a hesitant Father’s Day gift of a seat bidet. Oh sure, the idea of us owning a bidet was met at first with raised eyebrows and the requisite butt puns (thankfully, he turned the other cheek). Once the seat arrived, we quickly changed into fans of heated seats (and fans).
Further research also led me to the other reasons to dip my toe (though not literally) into the bidet waters.
Can you spare a square?
In 2017 alone, the average American used 100 rolls of toilet paper. That’s roughly 50 pounds of toilet paper per person. Multiply this by a family of 6, and that’s 600 rolls annually (or 300 pounds of TP).
Hear that sound? At $0.84 per roll, that’s $504 per year of your hard-earned cash being flushed away in the form of backside-wiping gloriousness.
Even worse, toilet paper and flushable wipes are causing issues for sewer systems since they tend to clog pipes, fill septic tanks, and cause expensive problems to fix.
So what’s a bidet?
I thought you’d never ask.
A bidet is primarily used to wash your nether regions. While it looks a lot like a toilet, it’s more like a sink attached to your usual, garden-variety toilet bowl. And while they’re not meant to totally replace toilet paper, they do a pretty good job of refreshing your undercarriage in between showers.
What are the benefits of using a bidet?
Bidets are made to be blissful. They aren’t really a prank you play on guests (hey! Push that blue button, Bob! hahaheehee!). Many models offer water and seat temperature settings alongside a warm air dryer function. Some even use motion sensors to light up at night! And because bidet seats attach to your existing toilet, your business stays in the bowl.
You don’t need soap between showers. Warm water does the trick. Besides, regular use of harsh and abrasive soaps to clean your undercarriage can result in infection, skin ruptures, and inflammation.
You don’t need a plumber to install a bidet. The seat models simply plug into your standard GFCI outlet and use the existing water connection to your toilet tank. This gives you convenience without having to worry about taking the hot water from someone else’s shower.
Prepare to never want to travel again. Your first bidet experience will likely be a little weird. But after you get used to sitting on a heated toilet seat, cleaning with warm water, AND having a warm air-dryer, you won’t want to leave home.
No poo, Nancy Drew!
Now let’s talk about the issue of hygiene. Studies suggest:
- 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch.
- Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food.
- Every time a toilet is flushed with the lid up, a fine mist containing bacteria like E. Coli and Staph can be spread over an area of 18 square feet.
- The number of bacteria on your fingertips doubles after using the bathroom (most people only wash the palms of their hands).
- The bacteria count is highest on your dominant hand, though right-handed people focus on their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand (and vice versa).
The good news? The bidet does most of your dirty work, so your hands stay out of the matters at hand, as it were.
What’s the best seat bidet?
While I scored an open box model of a Coway bidet back in 2014 for $500, prices on similar seat bidets have not only become more affordable, they’re easier than ever to find on sites like Amazon.
Looking for something that fits a round toilet bowl? No problem. Elongated? They’ve got it. Looking for a Kohler? Done. A remote? Who doesn’t love a remote?
🚽 Bio Bidet Ultimate BB-600 Advanced Bidet Toilet Seat comes in an elongated or rounded style. Easy DIY installation, luxury features from the side panel, adjustable heated, slow-close, seat, and water. The dual nozzle has a posterior and feminine wash.
$317 – 4.4 stars – 603 customer reviews
🚽 SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat comes in an elongated or rounded style. Multi-wash functions with self-cleaning nozzle and oscillation, adjustable water pressure and nozzle positions, 3 water temperatures, heated seat, and a warm air dryer, all with a slow-closing lid and seat.
$249 – 4.4 stars – 428 customer reviews
🚽 Luxe Bidet Neo 120 – Self Cleaning Nozzle isn’t a toilet seat bidet so much as a device that easily attaches to your toilet seat. The chrome-plated water pressure control knobs are clean and look nice. The high-pressure faucet uses quality valves with metal/ceramic core and braided steel hoses, and, like most toilet seat bidets, the nozzle sanitizes retracts when not in use.
$34.75 – 4.5 stars – 6,479 customer reviews
🚽 BioBidet Bliss BB2000 Bidet Smart Toilet Seat is the Lexus of toilet seat bidets. This 3-in-1 stainless steel nozzle offers posterior, feminine, and vortex washes and features a streamlined comfort-adjustable heated slow-closing seat and water. You get an oscillating wide clean and pulsating bubble infusion, and a built-in heater, for continuous warm water.
$678.17 – 4.5 stars – 221 customer reviews
A few tips before you buy a bidet:
- Don’t use the bidet if you’re not seated on it. (See above). These things are sanitary, but they’re not something you goof around with. You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.
- The remote doesn’t work through walls. Don’t expect to use the remote for pranks! Most of the remotes are infrared, so they only work from within the room.
- Don’t stand on the toilet seat. The seats are largely constructed of plastic, so while they’re super sturdy, you’re likely to break your lid if you place a great amount of weight in the middle of one.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals on your toilet seat. Again, because these seats are high-quality plastic, use gentle cleansers and no harsh abrasives.
- Hide your bidet. Our bidet is actually tucked away in our master bathroom, because kids + anything cool and expensive = a major bummer.
It’s time to embrace the bidet. Who doesn’t want to emerge from the bathroom with a fresh bottom, and have a toilet seat that’s as heart-warming as it is cheek warming? That’s the power of the thing. Look out for number one when you go number two, I always say. And leave your dirty behind behind you.