How Do Bidet Attachments Work?

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, bidets are rapidly rising in popularity throughout the United States. Not only do they deliver a more hygienic alternative to toilet paper, but some models include convenience features aimed to leave you feeling especially freshened. While some bidets may run a hefty price, there is a wide range of relatively inexpensive bidet attachment models available.

How does a bidet attachment work? Bidet attachments work like free-standing bidets in that they spray a stream of water to clean a person's posterior — except they are easily installed onto a pre-existing toilet. Below is a detailed breakdown of bidet attachments, their benefits, and a basic installation process to help you create a better bathroom experience.

What Is a Bidet and How Does It Work?

A bidet attachment fits underneath a toilet seat and uses a spray wand or nozzle directed at your bottom to provide cleaning after answering nature's call. Some models include adjustable sprays, heated seats and water heating systems. However, straightforward styles are the most inexpensive route if you're on a budget.

How do bidet attachments work for feminine areas? Using water to clean during menstruation or as a new mother can help women feel refreshed in the most sensitive areas. Depending on style, the bidet may have a separate attachment for feminine cleaning or can adjust to provide better service to the front.

There are many benefits in having a bidet in your home. The first is a reduction in the amount of toilet paper used. Cutting back on toilet paper consumption is good for the earth. Millions of trees are cut for manufacturing every year. Not only that, but it avoids irritation from using toilet paper containing perfume and is often less abrasive to a person's nether regions.

As the concern for cleanliness and good health increases, people are discovering the advantages of using a bidet. Many models provide a hands-free experience because it works beneath you and, in turn, reduces the likelihood of bacteria germinating when used effectively.

Individuals with hemorrhoids or medical conditions also find bidets to be more comfortable; they are less abrasive than wiping. Lastly, seniors can regain some confidence in their cleanliness. The bidet helps them to still feel tidy when reaching to wipe becomes difficult.



Selecting the Right Bidet Attachment for You

First, it's important to note that bidet attachments usually do not offer all the features of a high-end bidet seat. Conveniences such as a heated seat, warm air dryer or deodorizer won't typically be found in these handy contraptions. However, there are certain components and notable factors to take into consideration before purchasing.

Here are some important points to ponder in deciding what's best for your family:

  • Water pressure adjustment: Several styles offer a means to adjust the water pressure to a lower or higher rate. This comes in handy when factoring in comfort surrounding hemorrhoids or possibly when recovering from a recent operation.
  • Control panel placement: Next is whether a right-handed or left-handed control panel is preferred. Bidet attachments can offer a control panel integrated into the attachment, a control arm that juts out or a remote control. For lefties, choosing a design to accommodate their dominant hand is key.
    Also, the design may interfere with the space. Be sure to examine the intended throne room beforehand to avoid any installation setbacks. For instance, a cabinet or vanity may hinder the bidet's placement on the toilet.
    Feminine washing attachments: Posterior washing is standard. That said, dual cleansing functions are available to accommodate all family members. Rear washing and feminine washing can be addressed via dual nozzles or a modifiable nozzle. Some styles even offer a switch on the control panel for a hands-free and hygienic approach to tidying both areas.
  • Cleanliness elements: Regular cleaning is required due to the nature of the product, but some bidets offer a self-cleaning nozzle. Other designs feature a nozzle splash guard gate to cover the nozzle when not in use. Keep these options in mind to make routine chores less of a hassle.
  • Temperature control: This is a big point to consider because it calls for additional installation and possible plumbing adjustments. Choosing a bidet with a hot water connection has its obvious perks and may be an essential feature for some buyers. Such models are typically more expensive yet less costly than bidet seats.
    Before selecting a bidet with a hot water connection, check whether it's adjustable, if your hot water supply is accessible, and how far the connection is from the toilet. Bidets with this feature should list the length of the hot water hose on the label or website for you to measure ahead of the purchase.
    One last point to consider is the time it takes for hot water to make its way to the bathroom. Test with the sink to see if the hot water travels fast enough to make this additional feature worthwhile.
  • Further options: If you plan to shop for a high-quality model, look for such features as metal connections, braided PVC hosing, internal brass valves and antibacterial components.

Step-by-Step Installation Instructions

Of course, you will want to follow any instructions accompanying the purchase. Some models have different setups depending on features, but this is a basic breakdown of how to install a bidet attachment without a warm water connection:

  1. Gather necessary tools such as a screwdriver and adjustable wrench.
  2. Ensure the installation holes on the bidet align with the toilet seat. You'll want to make sure the attachment fits properly before proceeding.
  3. Remove the nuts from underneath the rim of the toilet with the wrench to take off the toilet seat.
  4. Align the bidet attachment with the toilet holes. You may need to adjust the brackets.
  5. Position the nozzle to make sure it is properly centered.
  6. Place the toilet seat back on and tighten the bolts securely using the wrench or screwdriver to reattach it.
  7. Locate the toilet's water supply valve. It may be under the sink or near the toilet's base by the wall.
  8. Shut off the water supply momentarily. Then, flush the toilet to drain the water.
  9. Disconnect the water supply hose from the toilet tank.
  10. Position the included rubber washers in the T-adapter. Read the list of included pieces or manual to confirm they are on-hand at the start.
  11. Connect the T-adapter to the fill valve in the toilet tank and then connect the water hose to the T-adapter.
  12. Lastly, connect the bidet hose to the bidet inlet and T-adapter. Once everything feels tightly secured, it's time to turn on the water supply, flush the toilet and take care of business.

Improving Bathrooms One Bidet at a Time

Investing in a bidet attachment or free-standing bidet can bring numerous hygienic and comfort-based benefits to any household. At Modern Bathroom, we offer brand-name models to fit your space and your family's needs. Browse our must-see selection today!


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