In some parts of the world, you'd be hard-pressed to find a bathroom without a bidet. While not as widespread in the U.S., bidets are gaining in popularity, and for good reason (more on the benefits a bit later).
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If you're in the market for one, you've come to the right place. Here are the best bidet attachments out there, straight from a doctor who knows best.
The Best Bidet Attachments
- Best Overall: TUSHY Spa 3.0 (From $119, HelloTushy.com)
- Best on a Budget: Purrfectzone Bidet Sprayer ($30, Amazon.com)
- Best Electric: TUSHY Ace Electric Bidet Seat ($599, HelloTushy.com)
- Best Heated: SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat ($240, Amazon.com)
- Best With Dryer Attachment: Brondell Swash 1400 Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat ($500, Amazon.com)
- Best for Travel: CuloClean Portable Bidet ($14, Amazon.com)
- Best for Older Adults: Brondell Swash 300 Advanced Bidet Seat ($212, Amazon.com)
- Best Dual-Nozzle: SAMODRA Bidet Attachment ($40, Amazon.com)
How We Chose
Bidets come in all shapes and sizes and offer a variety of features. While some are ideal for older adults with more limited mobility, others are beneficial for a house full of kids.
We asked Brynna Connor, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician and health care ambassador for NorthWestPharmacy.com, for her top recommendations and based our choices on the following criteria:
- Lifestyle fit
- Ease of installation
1. Best Overall: TUSHY Spa 3.0
If you're active on social media, you've probably been served an ad or two about TUSHY, considering the company is quickly becoming the bidet for any household.
And Dr. Connor says it's for a good reason: TUSHY is not only relatively affordable, but it's also easy to install, even if you're not exactly handy.
"It comes with a targeted sprayer and all the necessary pieces to install it yourself," she continues. "It also allows you to adjust the water temperature from warm to cool, which is great for avoiding any scalding and adjusting to your preferences."
One potential setback to note: TUSHY has a nine-foot maximum on the distance between your sink and toilet to connect the hot water to this bidet attachment. So keep that in mind as you figure out if it's a fit for your unique bathroom design.
Buy it: HelloTushy.com; Price: From $119
2. Best on a Budget: Purrfectzone Bidet Sprayer
Built-in bidets can cost thousands of dollars, which may not fit into your budget. If you want to give one a shot without forking over too much cash, Dr. Connor recommends a handheld bidet, which will help you get comfortable using this type of cleaning method.
This option from Purrfectzone allows you to hold the nozzle yourself, so you can figure out what pressure and temperature work for you. It's easy to install, but it may take a few tries to get it right.
"It gives you complete control and precision over the water — but be mindful that you are handling the sprayer. This means the sprayer should be frequently cleaned to avoid spreading germs," Dr. Connor says.
And if you're a new parent? Dr. Connor says this model is also excellent at spraying cloth diapers clean before putting them in the washer.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $30
3. Best Electric: TUSHY Ace Electric Bidet Seat
One of the biggest benefits of a bidet is not having to use as much toilet paper and the feeling of freshness after going to the restroom. However, if your at-home bidet doesn't offer drying or heating solutions, it may not feel as useful. For an electric option, Dr. Connor says this luxury option from TUSHY has everything you want.
"There's a wireless remote control complete with magnetized wall mount for easy access and storage, and a self-cleaning nozzle that's also made from stainless steel, which is anti-microbial," she explains.
And — of course — it also has water temperature and pressure-control settings. This complete bidet seat also has a heated seat, air dryer and seat sensor, which turns the machine off when not in use, saving you energy and money.
The only caveat to this bidet is that installation could be a tad trickier. It must be installed near a grounded three-prong outlet to work properly. If in doubt, you can always ask your plumber, or Tushy offers experts on-demand to walk you through the step-by-step process over the phone, too.
Buy it: HelloTushy.com; Price: $599
4. Best Heated: SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat
In the chilliest days of winter, there's nothing quite as jarring as sitting down on a frosty toilet seat. To the rescue is a heated option, like this one from SmartBidet, that offers a heated seat and heated water (with temperature control) and a heated air dryer.
Dr. Connor says this all-in-one bidet completely replaces your current toilet seat, which is a good thing because it's relatively easy to install and to keep clean. "This one is even quick release, making it even easier to sterilize regularly," she continues. "This bidet also has the dual nozzle feature for frontal feminine and rear washes as well as an oscillating wash and energy-saver mode."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $240
5. Best With Dryer Attachment: Brondell Swash 1400 Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat
When you think of adding a bidet to your restroom, is one of the biggest selling points a dry bottom after you do your business? If so, you need a bidet that not only offers the washing but the drying component, too.
While this will set you back a bit more, Dr. Connor says it's worth the investment because it's an entire toilet seat and bidet, a style that's much easier to keep clean. "This model has water pressure and temperature control, which is very important for avoiding injury or discomfort and also has a heated toilet seat, night light and air dryer," she adds.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $500
6. Best for Travel: CuloClean Portable Bidet
If you want a bidet that you can take with you while traveling — meaning it will fit just about anywhere, is extremely easy to use and is discreet — Dr. Connor says this CuloClean model is perfect.
But keep in mind: A bidet on-the-go isn't exactly luxury. It requires a little legwork, and you may feel like Macgyver. How does it work? The two included attachments are different sizes and should fit on the most common plastic bottle openings. Then, you fill with water (cool, warm or hot) and clean after doing your business.
"Just make sure you thoroughly clean the bottle you plan to fill with water and attach to this model with soap and hot water so no remnants of what you were drinking from the bottle remain," Dr. Connor adds. And, of course, thoroughly clean after each use.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $14
7. Best for Older Adults: Brondell Swash 300 Advanced Bidet Seat
As we age, our flexibility and mobility decrease, making it tricky for some older adults to clean themselves after going to the restroom. A bidet can significantly improve their overall health and hygiene, not to mention giving them the independence they crave.
Dr. Connor says this option is mid-range in cost but offers many of the luxury models' functions. Think: a heated seat, an eco-mode and dual nozzles for frontal feminine sprays and rear washes.
"This model also has adjustable water temperature and pressure, which is very important. Another great feature is that the nozzles have a quick-release function that makes them very easy to remove and clean," she continues. "All of these options, plus easy installation, make this bidet perfect for seniors."
8. Best Dual-Nozzle: SAMODRA Bidet Attachment
Most of the high-end bidets will offer dual nozzles: one for feminine cleaning in the front and one for perennial cleaning in the back. However, if your budget doesn't allow for a fancy bidet, you can still reap the benefits of a dual-nozzle on a budget.
Dr. Connor says this one from SAMODRA is easy to install and affordable. "It's not electric, has adjustable pressure control and the nozzle retracts to keep it out of the way when not in use so that it remains more sanitary," she says.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $40
3 Health Benefits of Using a Bidet
According to Dr. Connor, the first thing most people cite as a reason they prefer using bidets to wiping with toilet paper is that they feel cleaner after using the restroom. It's sort of like taking a mini shower, which definitely feels like a deeper clean than simply wiping.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that water from the bidet should never be too hot. "You could scald your anus and cause injury," Dr. Connor warns.
On a less extreme level, though, frequent use of bidets with too-warm water could also increase your chances of drying out your skin and getting an itchy anus and perineum.
Not only are bidets a sanitary way to use the restroom, but they're also more sanitary for everyone you come in contact with. When using a bidet, Dr. Connor says you are more likely to remove fecal matter than when using toilet paper alone. And because your hands do not have to come into contact with your bottom (like they may while wiping), you are less likely to spread fecal bacteria to the toilet bowl handle, bathroom doors and sink handles in the bathroom.
"Because touching surfaces in bathrooms after wiping is such a common method for the spread of germs and illness, bidets can be quite effective in reducing this spread," she adds.
However, as with anything health-related, regular cleaning is essential. If the nozzle gets contaminated with fecal bacteria, it could cause infection. "If you are immunocompromised or at increased risk for infection, you may want to avoid using bidets or use a bidet that only you have access to for this reason," Dr. Connor warns.
3. Healthy Aging
Dr. Connor says one other crucial potential benefit of bidets is that for older adults with disabilities who may have trouble properly wiping after using the restroom, bidets can allow for more independence because they will need less assistance going to the bathroom, which can be a great self-esteem boost.
However, if you suffer from anal incompetence or pruritis, she says you should consult your doctor before using bidets, as they may worsen the condition.
What to Look for in a Bidet Attachment
1. Cleanliness and Safety
According to Dr. Connor, the No. 1 most important consideration when looking for a bidet is one that will be very easy to sanitize regularly and easy to use safely. You should clean the bidet after each use and feel as if you have control over the functionality.
2. Temperature Control
Bidets that can adjust the pressure of the spray and adjust the temperature of the water or only allow for cold water are essential for safety. How come? Dr. Connor says you do not want to scald or too harshly spray your most sensitive body parts while using a bidet.
You also want to adjust the bidet's water spray to a cooler temperature to prevent drying out your skin, because too-hot water will lead to dryness, which can cause itchiness and discomfort.
While some bidets require an electrical source, others only require a water source. Some can be installed in five minutes, while others are more complicated.
When shopping for a bidet, be honest about your handyman skills, and when in doubt, hire a professional to ensure installation is safe and accurate.
Depending on your personal needs and desires from a bidet, you may be comfortable investing in a pricier model. However, if you are simply looking for a water rinse after using the restroom, more budget-conscious options are available. When selecting your bidet, consider how often you'll use it and what improvement you'll see in your hygiene habits to guide your buying.
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