With the push to be more conscious of the environment I was wondering if anyone has successfully migrated over to using a bidet? It has always seemed like a great idea, but I am curious about how it has actually turned out in practice. Are they a hassle? Naturally there is an adjustment period but curious to know more!
We have the "Luxe Bidet Neo 120" from Amazon. You are absolutely right there is an adjustment period but has not been a hassle. It was very easy to install (so my boyfriend says) and we happened to get ours right before the toilet paper hoarding at the beginning of quarantine. Turned out to be a slightly funny case of perfect timing.
Indeed, we picked one up during lockdown to avoid the TP crunch. We ordered the simplest, cheapest, best reviewed model - Brondell Thinline SimpleSpa SS-250. Install would've been simple but our toilet was problematic, so I had the handyman take care of it. No complaints so far and I wonder why we didn't get one years ago.
I second the "Luxe Bidet Neo 120"! It is so easy to install and is very basic and inexpensive. A good starter bidet! I am going to upgrade to a fancier one with heat and a dryer now that I know I like them.
I bought one Costco had on sale. A bit of a hassle because our older house needed a GFCI outlet installed near the toilet. But a competent electrician handled that within a couple of hours.
TBH, a bidet is a life changing experience. I adore it. There is nothing like the feeling of clean, and a quick dry with a small bit of TP when you're done both dries you off and confirms what an amazing job it did. We have four toilets, but I go to that one every time. It's wonderful.
From an eco standpoint, I dunno, but a little bit of electricity (for heat) and water, combined with the vastly less TP waste has to be better. And we're on septic, so I know the less TP waste has to help. But from a personal hygiene perspective, yes, Europe was right on this a century ago...
I've purchase a $2000+ toto bidet and also a Tushy (hellotushy.com) -- the tushy is cold water only, doesn't require electricity and is just fine for the intended purpose. I've heard some other models are difficult to install, but it installed in less than 10 minutes and it works great. I just moved to NYC and am putting one in each bathroom in my apartment.
Thanks everyone for the variety of suggestions and comments! Very helpful. Is using "cold" water uncomfortable? Guess that depends on your plumbing and how cold the water actually is? Luke warm water sounds so much more appealing...
Hi Jacob! When you first use the cold water, it is a bit of a shock. I would much rather have warm water or lukewarm water, but cold water is what I have for now. I have tricked myself into liking it, though, by saying the cold water is "refreshing" 😊
Like Susan Stocker said, it is a bit of a shock at first -- but it really isn't a big deal. It IS refreshing -- it is as cold as whatever your cold water is that is coming through your pipes. I supposed you could wrap the pipe in heat tape to make the first "burst" a bit warmer, but that assumed you have an electrical outlet nearby. If you do -- then you may want to go with an electric bidet kit which may warm the water (and the seat) for you.
A friend of mine got his parents a Hello Tushy as a gift and they loved it (especially the free t-shirt that came with it lol). From my understanding, I think you can get hot water if you can insert a line into a hot water source