With the global spread of coronavirus, many people are stocking up on supplies such as food and cleaning supplies. Companies have started mandating employees to work from home and people are getting ready to self-quarantine, which means many have resorted to buying toilet paper in bulk. Whether you also want to stock up or you’re just running low, toilet paper is hard to find right now.
However, some are avoiding the toilet paper troubles entirely and have found another solution, a more European solution. That’s right, we’re talking about bidets, those toilets — or toilet attachments — that rinse your bottom with water. In a time like this, sales have skyrocketed.
Jason Ojalvo, CEO of the bidet company Tushy, says he thinks this might be the tipping point that finally gets Americans to start using the bidet. “Tushy’s sales over the past few weeks have grown from double to triple to more like 10 times what they were in weeks before word spread about toilet paper shortages,” he says. “Once you use a bidet to clean after pooping you cannot go back to wiping and toilet paper.”
So if you’re considering swapping out toilet paper for a new bidet, keep reading to learn the basics of bidets, and find which bidet is best for you and your budget.
Bidets may seem like a technology that’s out of reach and reserved for the rich. In reality, bidets are much more accessible than you may think. Brands have made installing them easier than ever and there’s a wide variety of styles and features to pick from. Also, they can create less waste, save you money in the long run and may even clean you better.
The first thing to note is how many different features are possible in a bidet, and how much that affects price. After scouring the internet for all sorts of tush cleansers, we found ones from as little as $35 to as much as $2,500. The cheaper ones will be a simple attachment to your existing porcelain throne, with rudimentary spritzing functions. As you invest more money, you can get self-cleaning, soft-closing smart bidets for a ridiculously lavish lavatory.
The most basic differentiation is a mechanical bidet versus an electric one. The mechanical option uses the water pressure and temperature of your home plumbing, while electric ones have little motors inside to enhance these functions. Electric bidets are more expensive and can have loads of bells and whistles. While choosing, make sure to look at each bidet’s specifications for what kind of toilets they fit, because one size does not fit all.
Below we’ve listed out our favorite bidets by price point, explaining the different features you might find at each. However, if you’re considering buying a bidet, make sure to act fast. While writing this, many of our bidet picks from Amazon and Home Depot sold out as the demand is incredibly high.
When looking for a bidet under $100, what you’ll find are attachments instead of full lid replacements. If the attachable bidet is bulky, it might create a slant from the back of your seat to the front, but this can be easily fixed with some toilet seat risers. Bidets at this level will be equipped with minimal technology, which likely means no oscillating spray, no heated seat and definitely no air drying.
If you’re just bidet-curious and don’t want to break the bank, these cheap bidets just might do the trick. Also, as we mentioned, these bidet options are going fast, so be sure to regularly check the options at Amazon and Home Depot as they trickle back in stock.
Brondell FreshSpa Easy Bidet Attachment ($49.99; bedbathandbeyond.com)
A low-cost bidet from Brondell, the FreshSpa has three nozzle positions and adjustable water pressure for under $50.
Omigo Element ($71, originally $79; omigo.com)
This easy-to-install bidet fits right under your existing toilet seat and washes with dedicated rear and front nozzles. The Element also features retracted and covered nozzles for sanitary protection, a self-cleaning nozzle system, and an intuitive pressure control dial.
Kohler Puretide Non-Electric Bidet Seat ($79.20, originally $99; homedepot.com)