If you have lived in India post 2000s, you would recognize the bidet spray in your toilets (casually referred as Jet spray or toilet spray). These bidet sprays are quite common in India as well as other parts of the world including Japan, Europe and Middle east. But, did you know that you can install bidet sprayers in your washrooms in US without any fuss? You could buy them from amazon or a nearby HomeDepot store and install it yourself. Read on this post to know more about how to install bidet spray in your toilet.
For people who are new to US or for parents & relatives visiting from India, the idea of using toilet paper to clear your backside can sometimes be un-nerving (well, understandably). I came to US in 2011, and was quite comfortable using toilet paper like everyone else. In 2012, my parents planned to visited me, but insisted on arranging water and mug before they arrive. They were paranoid about it and the idea of wet floors in washrooms drove me nuts. I started looking for alternate solutions online and came across ‘Bidet Sprays‘ which are becoming popular in USA too. Its easy to buy, quick to install, no leakages or wet floors and since then, I have not gone back to using toilet paper again.
Are Bidet Sprayers more hygienic than toilet papers? You can argue one way or the other, but in my opinion, the answer is a big YES. I came across this post on a social media site where this guy tries to explain the advantages of using water. It surely cracked me up:
Try this next time when you have dinner in your fancy chinaware:
- Get a nice delicious helping of any gravy based food. Whatever floats your boat, some chili or bacon or steak. Whatever man. Just put the normal size that you would eat on a plate.
- Finish eating it. Nothing fancy here. Just a normal guy asking you to have a normal meal you like. Use spoons, forks, knives or if you wish, try using your hands. But as I said, your wish, entirely.
- Now, after you’ve finished it, wipe it off with the softest cleanest piece of dry paper towel. Make sure the paper towel is dry. However, there is a small trick in this part. You have to keep your eyes closed and you can only watch the paper towel to determine whether the plate is clean. Try sitting on the dinner table, keep the plate below the table and start wiping. You can check the paper towel once in a while, just to check. Wipe as much as you can and keep it on the rack. Away from water.
- After about 10-12 hours, just go and have a look at the chinaware. Is it clean enough to have another meal on it? Will you be comfortable to eat again in this dish?
I can go on, but I guess you get the analogy. Just imagine the amount of grease/dry gravy which is on your plate, just squatting and hanging around your tender area. Inviting the blend of viruses, bacteria, fungi etc to come and feast on it.
So without further ado, here is a compile of best ‘Bidet Sprays’ available, where to buy them from & how to install them:
The is the most popular and sturdy bidet sprayer available. It comes with a stainless steel sprayer, a spiral hose and metal shutoff T-valve and instructions on how to assemble it. It shouldn’t take you more than 15-30 mins to install, just follow the step-by-step instructions in the video here. The bidet can be installed with any toilet assembly that uses a 7/8′ connector (More than 95% of homes in US use this). Also, you can buy a Hot/Cold Mixing Valve Kit attachment if you would like to use warm water. I have been using this bidet sprayer for more than 4 years now and didn’t have any complaints. Its easy to disassemble and carry it along when I am moving houses. I would strongly recommend this even though it is little expensive than its competitors.
Unlike the previous one, this one is a bidet seat attachment. The spray nozzle is attached at the back of toilet seat and its position and spray pressure can be adjusted using a control dial. The spray nozzle retracts itself when not in use. The installation is easy as it mounts between the toilet seat and rim of any two-piece toilet (that is, where the tank is a separate unit). All it takes is a screwdriver and 10 to 20 minutes of your time. You can look at this video to install the same. These types of bidet seats give you a hands-free experience ensuring that the highest level of sanitation is maintained. This is the ranked #1 on Amazon for Bidet sprayer and attachment category.
Another bidet sprayer that is quite popular on Amazon. It comes in two body metals options: Stainless steel or brass. Also comes with spiral hose and shutoff T-valve with 7/8′ connectors. Like Brondell, this one too is easy to install and is compatible with most homes in USA. One disadvantage is that it requires you to reach under the toilet and turn off the water source to the bidet EVERY TIME that you use it.
This is too a bidet seat attachment just like the one from Astor. It comes with a spray nozzle and a control dial attachment with pressure control. The installation is quite simple and can be installed on most of US homes which support 7/8′ inch water connectors. You can watch this video for installation instructions.