Should you buy a bidet toilet seat?

Bidets have a number of perks, from going easy on your plumbing to helping protect the environment. Everyone knows what a bidet is, but despite their prevalence throughout much of southern and western Europe, not a lot of Americans have ever really used one.

They’re usually considered a luxury item – a fixture only found in upper-end homes with big, extravagant bathrooms – but in fact, anybody can install a bidet in their very own bathroom by just swapping out their toilet seat. Bidet toilet seats are compact and easy to install, and there are a number of inexpensive models which can provide all the benefits of a bidet while taking up little to no space.

Bidet seat with remote

The most obvious reason to get a bidet toilet seat is hygiene. It’s much easier to clean oneself with water than with toilet paper alone, and people who use bidets report feeling much cleaner after using the restroom, because they are. Bidets are a much more comfortable alternative to toilet paper, which can easily irritate and chafe the skin when wiping, and are essential for people with skin sensitivities. They’re also proven effective at preventing UTI’s, and are especially popular among the elderly for this reason.

Bidets are also the more economical option, relative to toilet paper and wet wipes. Not only do these paper products cost considerably more money than tap water, they’re much more taxing on the environment, requiring enormous amounts of wood pulp and fresh water to produce.

Finally, bidets are easier on our plumbing than traditional toilet paper, and especially wet wipes, even supposedly “flushable” ones. A bidet toilet seat could greatly reduce the number of clogs in your home and save you hundreds of dollars on visits from the plumber.

Not everyone can afford to have a full bidet installed in their home, but with this compact bathroom appliance, anybody can see why homeowners the world over insists upon it.