If you have ever vacationed overseas, you may have come across another bathroom fixture next to the toilet seat. No, it is not a sink, or drinking fountain, or urinal. That is a bidet. Though not as popular in the United States, bidets have been an essential part of bathrooms in many other countries since as early as the 1700s. With all of its benefits and affordable options, you might still think, “What is a bidet?” 

The simple answer is that a bidet is used to clean yourself. It is a specialized bathroom fixture design to clean your keister. The modern bidet sprays a targeted stream of water to the area, helping clean up messes gently and easily

Traditionally, the bidet is a separate porcelain fixture positioned beside the toilet. After using the toilet, you would then slide over to the bidet, and sit or squat above for cleaning. However, alternate designs for bidets exist, that can make it a simple and affordable addition to your washroom.

A combination bidet toilet seat exists, which can attach onto your existing toilet with a do-it-yourself installation and will replace your standard toilet seat. The bidet features are used while you are still sitting on the toilet, avoiding an awkward transition to a standalone bidet. A hygienic nozzle extends from beneath the seat, sprays, and then retracts back.

Some of these designs come with many high-tech features. You can integrate a water heater into some, so you can feel a warm water wash, or can even come with a heated seat, night light, or air dryer.

Instead of a combination model, you could install a sprayer attachment that is powered by water pressure alone. These are the most economical options, which are put into place underneath your toilet seat rather than replacing it. The spray and nozzle are controlled by turning a dial on an arm attached to the side.

A handheld bidet sprayer is yet another option. Functioning the same way a kitchen sprayer or garden hose would work, you would hold it in your hand and spray it yourself, as opposed to the nozzle connected below. It places these sprayers in a holster either on the wall or the side of the toilet tank when not in use.

There are many options available if you are curious to add one to your bathroom. You also don’t need to be afraid of the cost. Yes, the high-tech bidets that come with all the bells and whistles can put you back hundreds of dollars, but they can sell the standard bidet attachment as low as $30.

Installing a new bidet to your bathroom does not require a complete remodel but can instead be a DIY project for yourself. However, if a bathroom remodel is in your future, either with or without the bidet, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.