In the realm of bathroom innovation, there’s a quiet revolution brewing, one that promises to transform the way Americans approach personal hygiene: bidets. Long popular in Europe and Asia, bidets are now making a splash in the American home, becoming a sought-after addition in bathroom remodeling projects and new constructions. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the rising popularity of bidets, exploring their environmental benefits, usage, various options available, and pricing, shedding light on why they’re becoming a fixture in modern bathrooms across the nation.

The Bidet Boom

Bidets have traditionally been associated with luxury and opulence, but today, they’re increasingly viewed as practical, hygienic, and eco-friendly additions to the modern bathroom. Much of their recent popularity was a result of the 2020 Covid toilet paper shortage.

In the past, bidets were standalone fixtures, but now, bidet attachments for toilets have gained significant traction in the American market, offering a space-saving solution for those looking to integrate bidet functionality without a major bathroom overhaul.

Bidet Attachments vs. Standalone Units

Bidet attachments, also known as bidet seats or washlets, are installed directly onto existing toilet bowls, providing a cost-effective and convenient way to upgrade without the need for additional plumbing.

Bathroom area featuring a toilet with bidet attachment - a washlet.

On the other hand, standalone bidet units require more space and plumbing work but offer a standalone washing experience.

traditional stand alone bidet and toilet

Both options have their merits, with bidet attachments being more popular due to their ease of installation and affordability.

Environmental Impact

Producing toilet paper requires vast amounts of water and energy, making bidets a greener alternative for eco-conscious consumers. By embracing bidets, households can make a tangible difference in reducing their carbon footprint and conserving natural resources.

Usage and Modesty

While discussing bidets may initially evoke discomfort due to their intimate nature, it’s essential to approach the topic with openness and modesty. Bidets offer a gentle and hygienic cleansing experience, promoting overall personal cleanliness and comfort.

Users can adjust the water temperature, pressure, and angle to suit their preferences, ensuring a customized and pleasant experience.

Bidets are easy to use, keep clean, and provide a more thorough clean compared to traditional wiping methods, making them increasingly favored among health-conscious individuals.

image demonstrating the water spray of a washlet.

Options Available

Modern bidets come equipped with a range of features designed to enhance comfort and convenience.

An image displaying an attached washlet with many options.

Some models offer adjustable water temperature, allowing users to enjoy a warm cleanse, especially during colder months. Additionally, built-in air dryers and heated seats add to the luxurious experience, eliminating the need for traditional toilet paper altogether. Motion detectors will open the lid for you, have an automatic flush, lighted seats – the options for luxury are nearly limitless.

Warm seats, warm water, dryers, will all require a nearby electrical outlet. Many users prefer the naturally cold water delivered by the water line, and describe it as “refreshing”.

For those seeking advanced functionality, certain bidet models even feature oscillating or pulsating water streams, providing a spa-like experience in the comfort of one’s home.

Pricing Considerations

The cost of installing a bidet varies depending on the type and features desired. Bidet attachments are generally more affordable, with basic models starting at around $50-$100, while premium models with advanced features can range from $200-$600.

Standalone bidet units tend to be pricier due to the additional plumbing work required, with costs ranging from $300 to over $1000 for high-end models.

While the initial investment may seem significant, the long-term savings on toilet paper expenses and the environmental benefits outweigh the upfront costs for many homeowners.

As Americans continue to prioritize sustainability, hygiene, and comfort, bidets are emerging as a must-have addition to the modern bathroom. With their eco-friendly design, customizable features, and superior cleansing capabilities, bidets offer a practical solution for households looking to upgrade their hygiene routine while reducing their environmental footprint.

Whether integrated into toilet bowls or installed as standalone units, washlets are revolutionizing the way we approach personal hygiene, one bathroom at a time. Washlets or bidets should be an automatic consideration when remodeling a bathroom, or adding a bathroom to your home. Simple systems are DIY and merely make a connection to your existing waterline. Please Call or Email us here at Flooring Masters for a free consultation!

Sources:

  1. “Bidet Review: I have less toilet paper anxiety.” – Consumer Reports
  2. “The Environmental Impact of Toilet Paper” – Interesting Engineering
  3. Why Americans don’t use bidets (and why we should)” – Bespoke Surgical
  4. “Are there health benefits to using a bidet?” – WebMD

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