What Are the Most Common Misconceptions About Bidets?
by Apple Plumbing • August 10, 2021
There are a lot of outdated ideas and misconceptions about bidets, especially in the United States.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 NormalLike 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 BidetMany 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 BidetsWhen 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 BidetIf 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.