Now that you’re looking to buy your first bidet, the real fun begins.
Trying to figure out if you should have an electric or non electric bidet. Which is better? It all depends on your needs and how your bathroom is set up.
That’s why I wrote this article on the differences between an electric and non electric bidets so you can make an informed decision.
Do you want warm water and a dryer function? Then you need an electric.
Do you not have the right outlets in your bathroom? Then you can still have a bidet by getting a bidet seat attachment.
There are plenty of options so read on for all the details!
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How does an electric bidet work?
An electric bidet is a seat that replaces your old toilet seat. Being electric, it has many different functions such as:
Those are pretty much the basic functions and different models will have many more comfort and practical features to make it easier than ever to clean up without using toilet paper.
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Where do you plug in a bidet?
This is where things may get tricky for you depending on how your bathroom is set up and which type of electric bidet you are looking to buy. For instance, the one above needs 1400watts to work and requires a 15 amps outlet. You’ll need to make sure your outlet can handle that.
If you have a GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) type outlet with three prongs in your bathroom, you can just plug it in there. Most electric bidets have at least a 4 foot cord so you can usually find an outlet nearby. Keep in mind that many electric bidets have the cord coming out from the right as you face it. This will impact where you plug it in.
If you don’t have a nearby outlet, or it isn’t GFCI, then you’ll need to install one nearby. Behind the toilet is the best location.
You don’t need a dedicated circuit for an electric bidet as long as yours isn’t too old. You’ll need at least a 20 amp circuit to handle the draw of your bidet.
Any bidet you buy in North America will be 110V.
How much electricity does a bidet use?
This highly depends on the unit. If you have one that uses a seat warmer and an air dryer then it will use more electricity than one that only heats the water.
Most electric bidets are tankless meaning that they don’t have any internal water reservoir that is continuously heated like a water heater. Because of this it needs to use quite a bit of electricity to heat the water as it enters the unit. On the other hand, it actually uses less electricity than a tank one since it doesn’t heat water throughout the day even when you aren’t using it. It only uses electricity when you turn it on.
Now, since you are only using it for a few minutes per day, you won’t see much of an increase in your electric bill.
To get an idea of how much it will cost to run a bidet, let’s assume that you have a few people using it every day and it gets used an hour per day total. The Bio Bidet shown above uses 1400W, so we’ll continue with that example.
Below you can see the daily, monthly and yearly cost on your electricity bill from a calculator I used.
Clearly you can see that if you use it less than an hour per day that the cost is insignificant.
Now, a tank style electric bidet has less of an electricity draw with only 600 watts usually. However, since the reservoir is continuously heated, you will likely spend at least as much on electricity and possibly more.
What if you have no outlet?
This is when you have to decide how much you want to spend on installation. It usually costs nothing to install if you already have the right outlet since you can easily do it yourself.
If you don’t have a GFCI outlet or at least one that isn’t near enough to the toilet then it is going to cost you to hire an electrician to install an outlet near the toilet.
Keep in mind that any outlet added to your bathroom would need to be located a certain amount of space from your tub depending on your local codes.
Your alternative is to go with a non electric bidet. Your choices are a bidet seat attachment, a stand alone porcelain bidet or a bidet sprayer.
Electric bidet seat pros and cons
How do non electric bidets work?
The easiest and less intrusive way to add a bidet to your life is to use a non electric bidet seat attachment. Most are attached under the toilet seat so you don’t even have to replace the seat.
Contrary to popular belief, they do not use your toilet water to spray on your bum. They are attached to the incoming water supply before it gets to the toilet tank so it is independent of your toilet water.
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They use the same water pressure that you would normally get at your sink so it is powerful enough to clean you up nicely without being too strong to be uncomfortable. And most models let you adjust the strength of the nozzle.
The downside is that you can’t adjust the water temperature. If your incoming water is cold, then it will be chilly. Now, I have to say that this isn’t as bad as it sounds and can feel quite refreshing.
If you don’t like the idea of cold water no matter what then there is the classic freestanding type of bidet.
This is obviously going to require an intense installation done by a professional plumber. What you get is a permanent fixture that allows you to adjust the temperature of the water to your liking. It is more work to clean up as you have to move from the toilet to the bidet, then wash up with a washcloth and dry with a towel.
However, you also get much cleaner as you are using soapy water so this is a good solution for many people.
The last kind is the sprayer shattaf style nozzle bidet. It looks like a garden hose nozzle but a lot more elegant, obviously. With this kind you point the nozzle to your bum or genitals and spray away. Like the bidet seat, it doesn’t allow you to adjust the temperature, though.
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Non electric bidet pros and cons
FAQ About Bidets
Most frequent questions and answers
You have 3 choices for a bidet if you don’t want a free standing fixture for your bathroom.
An electric bidet seat, which is very popular due to the comfort features. A non electric bidet seat attachment like Tushy which is the most popular is added under your toilet seat. Lastly, a shattaf style sprayer is a nozzle next to your toilet that doesn’t need a stand alone bidet or attach to your existing toilet.
Expect an electric bidet seat to last over 5 years. This is how long most warranties are but you should get many more years than that. A non electric bidet seat can last you well over 10 years.
Keep in mind that there are weight limits and if you are heavier than the limit, you are going to get a shorter lifespan.
If you have an electric bidet seat with that function, then, yes. Otherwise you will need to dry off with a towel you keep by your bidet.
Whether you like electric bidet vs non electric or vice versa, there is the perfect bidet out there for you. I hope that this article has helped you get a better understanding of which one is going to be best for you.
If you have any questions, let me know by dropping a line in the box below.