This is a question about bidets...
August 4, 2019 4:40 PM   Subscribe

Since the last question about bidets is almost 2 years old, I figured I'd ask again: What's the best (but reasonably priced) bidet?

So, after a stay at a rental house with a bidet, we've discovered that we need to add one to our current toilet. We don't need all the bells and whistles; an adjustable nozzle would be nice, as well as pressure adjustments and warm water. Don't need a dryer or heated seat. Price point is maybe < $300?

Thanks all!
posted by cozenedindigo to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I just have a $35 sprayer attachment from Amazon. Took 5 minutes to install, and there’s very little to go wrong with it. Cold water, so it can be a the winter, but the water that’s in the hose is usually warmer, since it’s out in the open. No bells and whistles, but it works well.
posted by vitout at 5:02 PM on August 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

At your pricepoint, The Wirecutter recommends the Brondell Swash 300.
posted by foxfirefey at 5:16 PM on August 4, 2019 [3 favorites]

We've had this one for a year and a half.
We like it. Ticks all your boxes.
To get warm water, you hook a second line into your sink's hot water tap.
Excellent control of both temperature and pressure with one handle.
posted by evilmomlady at 5:17 PM on August 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

We have the Genie Bidet, $30, a good entry level (heh) bidet.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:48 PM on August 4, 2019

I will just comment that from our own search we determined that electrical power and warm water - as nice as it would be - is an order of magnitude more complicated and just outside what we're willing to do as renters. It's probably not quite as complex if you have a pedestal sink (rather than a cabinet that's going to need a hole drilled through for the hot water line) or some kind of access to the tub/shower's hot water line without making serious holes.

We have a very basic model. It does the job. It is a little brisk but not as jarring as I feared, as long as the pressure is dialed down to the lower side.
posted by Lyn Never at 5:58 PM on August 4, 2019

We have a Superior Bidet (maybe $45 from Amazon) which has an easy-to-hook-in hot water connection, and are pretty happy with it.
posted by Lexica at 6:04 PM on August 4, 2019

I've had a Toto Washlet A200 for a couple of years and really like it. It doesn't require a hot water hookup to produce the warm/hot water (temperature controllable), as there's a reservoir inside that is electrically heated. The cold water hookup comes from the toilet water supply and is pretty easy to connect to a regular US toilet.

I had a look at the Toto website and it doesn't seem to list the A200 any longer, but the A100 appears to have comparable features and is in your price range.
posted by a puppet made of socks at 4:08 AM on August 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

I have questions about these add-on units for people who have them: How hard are they to keep clean? There seem to be a lot of nooks and crannies, and seem like a nightmare to keep clean.
posted by terrapin at 8:10 AM on August 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

I also have the Luxe Bidet Neo 320. We did have to drill a hole in the cabinet under the bathroom sink, but only a very small one. It took about 30 minutes to install. I'm not exactly handy, but aside from the drill the only tool I needed was an adjustable wrench. I seem to recall that it took about 30-45 minutes to install, but most of that was making sure the water was off and drained.

It's not especially hard to clean. It has a setting to self-clean the nozzle that I use when I remember it exists, and otherwise I just spray it down with Scrubbing Bubbles. It adds basically no time to cleaning the toilet. Maybe 2 minutes.

I'm not 100% sure I'd get another one with a warm water line. I use the hot water side of the knob so sparingly that I'm not sure it matters. And, just like the sink it's attached to, it takes a minute to warm up. If I'm thinking in advance, I can run the sink to prime it, and then it'll be warm as soon as I need it. That's not really practical though.

Overall, I recommend it. It's only $50, and it seems to be everything it needs to be.
posted by Zudz at 10:17 AM on August 5, 2019

I have a Brondell Swash SE600 that came from Woot. Full price, it's a little out of your price range (Amazon says $380). Functionally, the SE400 ($280) has all the same features, except without a remote control. If seat-side controls work for you, I'd highly recommend the Swash SE400.
posted by hanov3r at 4:02 PM on August 5, 2019

Thanks everyone! We ended up ordering the Toto C100. A tad out of our expected price range but it has all the features (and more) that we want. And it was highly rated.
posted by cozenedindigo at 6:35 AM on August 7, 2019

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