It is phenomenal how foreign bidets seem to much of the western hemisphere. We are so set on using toilet paper to clean our butts that the idea of a little splash cleanup seems antiquated. This has a lot to do with bathroom design, and the fact that old-world bidets were usually standalone tanks (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve been to a country like Italy); our bathrooms weren’t designed with the space or plumbing for these.
However, modern bidets are designed for pretty much every toilet—even the one in your bathroom right now. They come as attachments that clip to the side of your toilet seat or as one functionality on a multitasking toilet seat. Many can heat the water, adjust the pressure, or even blow air on your fanny to help dry it out after the spritz.
Best of all, bidets cut back on toilet paper, which saves far more water (from production of the TP itself) than that which you’re using to freshen up—and saves on the cost of the toilet paper, too. Bidets are particularly gentle on hemorrhoid-prone people, at any stage of their plight. The less wiping you do back there, the better, no matter how sensitive your rear is. Heck, some bidets can even travel with you to support the healthy practice.
Read on for our recommendations of the best bidets, including attachments, seats, portable models, and full-on toilets.
What to Consider when Buying a Bidet
There’s a lot to consider, as it turns out. The big debate is whether to choose an electric option or a non-electric one. Electric bidets often require a standard outlet near your toilet and will offer various additional features, such as a heated seat, remote-control functionality, pressure control, directional control, and even some water heating options. The non-electric options are, of course, far less customizable.
You will have to decide the style of bidet you want, too. Although we omit any standalone bidets from this list—because that requires extra real estate in your bathroom altogether—we did consider toilets with built-in bidet functionality, toilet seats with bidets, bidet attachments, and portable bidets. If you’re adding a toilet seat or attachment to your existing toilet, then you’ll need to consider the necessary dimensions of the toilet and lid, in order to get a device that suits your porcelain.
How We Evaluated These Bidets
I’ve been a grooming journalist for more than eight years and have written for nearly every U.S. men’s outlet in that time. I love trying new products, speaking with brands, helping readers perfect their self care, and offering my own skin and hair up as a petri dish. Although I have tested a handful of these bidets, one of the biggest factors I used to determine the best bidets was online reviews and ratings. Unlike a moisturizer or even beard trimmers, bidets aren’t something we grooming experts accumulate and change with the seasons. Attachments and toilet seats? Yes. Actual toilets upwards of $1,000? In my dreams.