"I very often recommend bidets for my patients with recurrent UTIs," says urologist Lamia Gabal, MD. "I feel it helps to evacuate the stool completely, decrease the bacteria in the area and, in turn, decrease the risk for infection. We always teach girls to wipe from front to back to keep the bacteria away from the urethra; a bidet is even better to clean this area."
Before installing a bidet at home, you have to consider stand-alone bidets, bidet seats, and bidet attachments. Bidet seats are the most comfortable way to modify any existing toilet. They're pricier than bidet attachments, which sit under your toilet seat (and can sometimes cause your seat to slide), but far less expensive than fully integrated bidet toilets.
- Lamia Gabal, MD, board-certified urologist and founder of Prestige Medical Group in Santa Ana, California
All bidet toilet seats tap into your toilet's water source, and some also require a nearby electrical outlet to function properly. Electric seats elevate the experience with warm water, heated seats, and air drying. Before you buy a bidet seat, be sure to determine the shape of your existing toilet: round or elongated.
Best non-electric bidet toilet seats
For less than $100, the Brondell Swash Ecoseat Non-Electric Bidet Toilet Seat covers the basics. It has two nozzle placement settings, front and rear, and a dial to allow you to control the water pressure. The water it dispenses is the same temperature as the water that enters your toilet bowl (cold).
The Kohler K-76923-0 Puretide Round Manual Bidet Toilet Seat features a quiet-close lid and an attached wand to adjust direction and pressure of the water. The water is cold.
The Brondell Swash Ecoseat Non-Electric Bidet Toilet Seat attaches both to your toilet’s water supply and your sink’s hot water connection, allowing you to choose the temperature of the water. It has two nozzle placement settings, front and rear, and a dial to allow you to control the water pressure.
Best electric bidet toilet seats
In addition to regular front and back cleansing, the Bio Bidet Slim One Smart Toilet Seat features a turbo-clean setting. It also has a nightlight that makes our bowl glow blue, a heated seat, a child setting, a pulsating clean, and an adjustable water temperature.
The OmigoGS features an internal water heater tank that provides a full two-minute warm water wash. Enjoy a custom washing experience with five nozzle positions, four water temperatures, and five pressure settings. The seat also features an optional LED night light, a heated seat with adjustable temp, a dual eco mode that turns off the heated seat until the bidet is in use, and a high-efficiency mode that turns off the heated seat and water heater until the bidet is in use.
Get the optimal clean using the Coway Bidetmega 200 i-wave technology that adjusts water streams during a four-part wash. It also has customizable modes so you can adjust the temperature and pressure for your preference. It also features a heated seat and dryer, along with a child mode. The dials also feature Braille.
New from Tushy, the Ace Electric Bidet Seat is top of the line. It features a simple, detachable remote that has capacitive touch and haptic feedback (translation: you tap it like you tap a touchscreen instead of pressing buttons). It features front-and-back washing, an air dryer, and controls to adjust the seat temperature, water temperature, and nozzle angle.
The Omigo Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat lives up to its name with separate front and rear nozzles with
seven positions, four water temperatures, three spray widths, three pressure settings, on-demand nozzle oscillation for a cleansing back-and-forth motion, and aerated water for a soft and comfortable wash. It also features a built-in warm air dryer, an optional LED night light, heated seat with adjustable temperature, and a replaceable carbon deodorizer air filter that pulls air out of the bowl to neutralize odor that lasts six months.
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