Bidet Attachments (The Complete Rundown)
Bidet attachments are a great way to get started with using water instead of wiping with paper. They are inexpensive and easy to install to an existing toilet. This article will break down everything you ever wanted to know to get started.
If you’re considering adding a bidet to your bathroom, you have two primary options: an electric bidet toilet seat, or a (non-electric) bidet attachment. They both get your bum clean as a whistle. If you’re looking to get into the wonderful world of bidets for less than $100, a bidet attachment is the way to go.
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Here’s what you need to know about these magical little implements, and how they can revolutionize your bathroom in a hot minute.
What is a Bidet Attachment?
While and electric bidet seat replaces your entire toilet seat, a bidet attachment makes a traditional toilet seat into a bidet. These non-electric bidet attachments, like the Brondell FreshSpa (pictured below), are small, compact units that fit between your toilet bowl and the seat.
If you purchase a bidet attachment, you install it by taking the seat off, fitting the attachment between the bowl and the seat, hooking it up, and then re-installing the seat. It’s a simple process, and a straightforward way to enjoy a bidet in just minutes.
The 7 Pros of the Bidet Attachment
Bidet attachments have many upsides.
For one, they’re inexpensive! If you’re looking to dip a toe into the bidet experience, they’re a great way to do that. With price points mostly between $50 and $100, these attachments are a super low-risk way to find out if you agree "bideting" is a life upgrade!
They work! Bidet attachments spray water and is far superior to wiping with paper for so many reasons. These puppies have adjustable nozzles so that you can hit just the right spot.
Easy operation. The controls will be just to the right of your existing toilet seat. And unlike a remote, they can't "walk off." So you'll never be left at home on Saturday night without full control.
Additionally, bidet attachments are easy to install. Basic bidet attachments only require one water line which attaches right behind your commode. It's so easy a baby could attach these puppies (but babies prefer puppies... and diapers... and actually, now that we think of it, if you have a baby you may want to check out our hand held bidets). You simply take off your existing toilet seat, slip the attachment in, and reattach your toilet seat to the bowl. Hook up the water line and your done in less than 30 minutes.
Please keep in mind the top of the line units add warm water by adding a second water line which needs to connect to your bathroom sink. (For easier installation with warm water, you may wish to check out our electric bidet toilet seats like the Bio Bidet line.) .
While bidet toilet seats have built-in water heaters so you can comfortably spray your rear, bidet attachments are too simple for this, and either work on cold water (talk about shocking) or require additional hook-ups to access warm water.
This makes attachments approachable for the plumbing-adverse and ensures that you won’t have to spend much of your precious time and energy hiring a professional.
Bidet Attachments are non-electric. So if you don't have access to an outlet in your bathroom, getting an attachment is absolutely the way to go.
Bidet attachments are low-profile. If you’re not sure you love the techy look of a bidet toilet seat, they’re an excellent way to bypass that and enjoy the functionality of a bidet nonetheless.
Finally, they are excellent party conversation... but you already knew that.
The 2 Cons of the Bidet Attachment
As with all things, bidet attachments have some drawbacks as well. and we want to address them head on for you. While one of their primary benefits is that they’re inexpensive, the inexpensive manufacturing process is also one of their major drawbacks.
To facilitate their sub-$100 price point, bidet attachments are mostly made of plastic, which gives it a significantly shorter shelf life compared to a bidet toilet seat. This makes them great for first time users, people who want to...er... get their feet wet, so to speak. They're for those not completely sold how they think about bidet use.
The big exception to inexpensive manufacturing and parts is the “gold standard” of the bidet attachment universe: the GoBidet GB2003C Chrome.
Stainless is the definition of durable. We looked it up.
While it looks a little gynecological (hey, it really does), this baby is made of solid stainless steel, which means it will essentially last forever than its plastic counterparts. This is the tried and true version of the non-electric bidet attachment.
That said, since the GoBidet is designed to swivel out a stainless steel nozzle underneath you to "save the day," that nozzle tucks away along the inside of the bowl. So, like your toilet bowl itself, they are victim to getting dirty. Compared to the sterile environment of retractable nozzles in the other models, this creates a potentially unappetizing cleaning job.
Finally, some bidet attachments aren’t intrinsically designed to work with warm water. The GoBidet is an example. While it offers an optional warm-water kit, you have to purchase it as an add-on, and installing it requires hooking your bidet attachment up to the sink.
What your new ride might look like!
While more advanced models, such as the Bio Bidet BB-270, offer features like adjustable warm water and adjustable cleaning cycles, most non-electric bidet attachments don’t have the features you’d see in a standard bidet toilet seat. This can leave users wanting more, although it’s a serious boon for people that are all about functionality over form.
So, Which Option is Best?
If you’re considering installing a bidet in your bathroom, the decision between a bidet attachment and a bidet toilet seat will come down to a few key factors.
The first is price point. Bidet attachments are certainly the less expensive option. While bidet attachments range from $50 on the low end to $150 on the high end, bidet toilet seats range from about $300 to upwards of $1,000 and more. As such, bidet attachments are the more budget-friendly way to drop into the bidet market.
The second consideration, however, is quality. Most bidet attachments are made of plastic, which means they’ll wear out and break in a relatively short period--shelf-life tends to be around 3 years. While they might be budget-friendly, you’ll need to replace them much more often than a electric bidet seat, which will last about 3-4 times longer than an attachment and often come with tremendously superior warranties.
Finally, you’ll want to think about features. The basic models like Bio Bidet's BB-70 and Brondell's FreshSpa Easy are the easiest to install and have a water pressure control. The Bio Bidet Elite 3 adds dual nozzles for separate front and back washes, and the top of the line attachments, the Bio Bidet BB-270 and the Brondell Dual level up by adding warm water. Since all bidet attachments are non electric, this extra feature will require running a second water supply hose from your bathroom sink.
At the end of the day, the verdict is this: a bidet attachment is a great place to start. Even if you wind up craving the additional functionalities of an electric bidet seat down the road (bidet attachments don’t offer cushy features like adjustable heated water, air dry, and oscillating spray), a bidet attachment is a quick and easy way to start enjoying the perks of a bidet today.
...Perhaps, we'd call that first day with a bidet, the "best biday ever!"
Buy an Attachable Bidet Rather Than a Smart Toilet
Some people don’t realize that there are two options when it comes to getting a cleaner bum: the attachable bidet or the smart toilet. While both serve virtually the same purpose, one is much less expensive and much more accessible than the other.
Here’s what you need to know.
More Than one way to Get Clean
We know that water works better than rough paper when it comes time to clean our bums, but how does one access this bum-cleaning water, exactly?
The answer is simple: with a bidet.
If you’ve traveled around the world, specifically throughout Europe or Asia, you’ve probably seen bidets in their natural environment. Typically, they’re small, standalone porcelain units designed to direct a stream of warm water at your bum after you “go.”
While the bidet hasn’t saturated the American market like it has many other markets throughout the world, you can find a bum gun here. Typically, though, they come in a slightly different form.
Because most American bathrooms aren’t large enough to house a standalone bidet, and because Americans love efficiency, we tend to use attachable bidets more commonly than traditional bidet units.
The attachable bidet attaches to your existing toilet (either as a third piece, or in the form of a bidet toilet seat, which replaces your current toilet seat) and provides the functions of a standalone bidet, without requiring any extra floor space.
Two Types of Attachable Bidets
As it stands now, there are two primary types of attachable bidets. These are bidet toilet seats and non-electric bidet attachments. Here’s a breakdown of each:
- Bidet toilet seats. These nifty attachable bidets replace your existing toilet seat and provide all the functions of a bidet, within your existing toilet. Bidet toilet seats often include features like a heated seat, soft-close lid, and adjustable spray features.
- Non-electric bidet attachments. Non-electric bidet attachments are simple, straightforward attachments that go in between your toilet seat and your toilet bowl. They don’t offer the same features as large, full-sized bidet attachments, but are ideal for anyone who just wants a bidet that gets to the point and doesn’t provide many frills.
Beyond these types of bidets, there’s also the smart toilet, which is a super fancy device meant to replace your entire toilet. While these units are beautiful and chock-full of features, they’re also expensive, and well beyond the financial reach of most households. As such, most people opt to purchase an attachable bidet, instead.