Choosing a Bidet

Choosing a Bidet

With the toilet paper shortage, there’s been a lot of talk about bidets recently. Our home improvement columnist shares how to choose the right one for you.

A lot of buzz about bidets recently, many would say due to a toilet paper shortage in the midst of COVID-19. 

What is a bidet in the first place? Simply put, a bidet is a bathroom fixture designed to clean your nether regions after you use the toilet. You sit, you turn on the faucet, and a stream of water does what you would otherwise take care of with toilet paper.

Bidets are extremely popular throughout much of Europe, but they’ve been slow to catch on in the U.S. That is, until recently where we’ve seen a big spike in interest and new installations.

If you’re thinking about installing a bidet, there are several options out there on the market. For example, at 1-Tom-Plumber, we offer several different bidet options – ranging from the C-100 and the C-550. The basic features stay the same across the board, but the bells and whistles increase as you go up in models. They go from good to better to the best in their models. 

But even the most basic level is packed with features. The C-100 model comes with a heater seat, front and rear bidet washing, a blow dryer, an energy setting, and a tank to store the water. The tank on the back of the C-100 bidet holds 1 gallon of warm water to rinse. 

The seat, water, and blow dryer on the C-100 model come with an adjustable remote that is attached to the bidet.

The C-200 model is the same as the C-100, but the remote is separate from the bidet. 

The top-of-the-line C-550 model is a different seat design than the previous models. The C-550 includes the seat warmer, the bidet washer, the blow dryer, and electrolyzed water (also called “E-water”). Additionally, the toilet seat pre-mists the bowl and the lid closes automatically so that the bowl can be washed again with E-water. 

According to this helpful article on, bidets offer considerable cost savings too. Did you know the average American uses 50 pounds of toilet paper a year? Bidet maker Brondell calculates that a person spends $243 a year on toilet paper, but with a bidet you’ll save about $182 a year.