What Are the Most Common Misconceptions About Bidets?

by Apple Plumbing • August 10, 2021
Bidet in Scotsdale, AZ
There are a lot of outdated ideas and misconceptions about bidets, especially in the United States. Most people have never seen a bidet and have no idea about the many health benefits they provide. They assume that bidets are unsanitary, difficult to use and only exist in countries with poor bathroom hygiene habits.

We are here to set the record straight. Bidets are incredibly simple to use, completely sanitary and will revolutionize your life. They are one of the most effective ways to improve your personal hygiene and will leave you feeling as clean as possible.

If having a bidet installed in your home makes you nervous, then this page is for you. We have debunked the most common bidet myths and hope to calm your fears about this amazing piece of technology.

Myth One: Bidets Will Make My Bathroom Even Messier Than Normal

Like most people, your first introduction to a bidet probably came from pop culture. Many television shows and movies use bidets for comedic purposes. The water from the bidet will shoot up as high as possible, completely drenching the room and leaving the user completely soaked.

Luckily, bidets have evolved significantly since their initial invention. You now have complete control over the position and pressure of the water stream, making it highly unlikely that you will create a huge mess. The water from the bidet will not spray everywhere and completely flood your bathroom.

Myth Two: Using Toilet Paper Is More Sanitary Than Using a Bidet

Many people assume that using toilet paper is more sanitary than using a bidet. However, this could not be further from the truth. Medical professionals have made it extremely clear that toilet paper does a less-than-ideal job of removing fecal matter and keeping your undercarriage clean. You are essentially smearing the fecal matter around without properly cleaning the area.

Using a bidet is the more effective option. The water from the bidet will gently clean your undercarriage without requiring any waste-to-hand contact. Bidets are also great for preventing hemorrhoids, anal fissures and skin irritation that can commonly occur after wiping too much or too hard after a bowel movement.

Myth Three: Only Super Rich People Can Afford Bidets

When bidets first came on the market, they were super expensive to have installed in your home. Now, there are many high-quality bidets on the market that are affordable and come with a variety of programmable features, including temperature setting, heated seats and warm air dryers. You no longer have to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy the benefits that a bidet offers. If you do your research, you can find an affordable toilet seat style bidet that will satisfy your expectations. Toto Washlet is considered a top-of-the-line toilet seat bidet, but there are tons of affordable options on Amazon if you look.

Myth Four: There Is No Room in My Bathroom for a Bidet

If you have a normal-sized bathroom, you may assume that you have no extra room for a bidet. Fortunately, this is not necessarily the case. There are several types of bidets that a plumber can install in your bathroom. With a toilet seat style bidet, all you need to do is install a bidet seat or a bidet attachment to your existing toilet. However, if you are like most people, then you probably do not have an outlet near your toilet. You will need an electrician to come and install the outlet so you can begin using your bidet.

You may also consider installing a separate unit that requires plumbing work or having a plumber install a new toilet with a built-in bidet. While a toilet with a built-in bidet is typically more efficient than the other options, they are expensive to purchase and have installed. If you are looking to save money, then you may consider installing a bidet seat or a bidet attachment to your existing toilet.

Myth Five: My Water Bill Will Increase Significantly if I Use a Bidet

While this is a valid concern, it is most definitely a myth. The average bidet uses one-tenth of a gallon to complete a full one-minute wash. When compared to the 3 gallons used for the average toilet flush, you can understand why most people do not see a significant increase in their water bill after having a bidet installed. Further, you will consume less toilet paper if you use a bidet, helping you save money over time.

Myth Six: It Is Difficult to Install a Bidet in Your Bathroom

If you have purchased a separate bidet fixture, then you may feel overwhelmed about the installation process. However, an experienced plumbing professional near Scottsdale, Arizona can help you throughout the entire ordeal. He or she can recommend a qualified electrician to help you install an outlet near your toilet. He or she can also help you install your programmable toilet and get your bidet up and running in no time.

Schedule an Appointment With Apple Plumbing Services

We truly hope this page helped dispel some of your most common misconceptions about bidets. Using a bidet does not have to be a scary experience. It can help transform your personal hygiene habits and save you precious amounts of time and money. To learn more about our bidet repair and installation services, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact us today at 480-425-8282 to schedule a consultation with our certified and licensed plumbers in Scottsdale, AZ.
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