Would you consider getting a bidet?

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#1 Posted by Serraph105 (33528 posts) -

They're easily installable these days, and quite cheap (like $100 or less). I was listening to someone who mentioned that if you fell in some mud you wouldn't just want to wipe it off with a paper towel and it changed my thinking on the matter.

Anyways, just wondering if people have given this consideration or if bidets are still considered too weird to take the plunge.

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#2 Posted by Randoggy (3442 posts) -

Much better than toilets.

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#3 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@Randoggy said:

Much better than toilets.

^^^ this guy doesn't know what a bidet is/does.

As for the topic, I already have one, for about 220 AUD, about 140 USD. Has all the features except a drying function, I like it.

Will replace with a better model in the next 3 months just because it dries and its still really cheap.

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#4 Edited by Randoggy (3442 posts) -
@GTR12 said:
@Randoggy said:

Much better than toilets.

^^^ this guy doesn't know what a bidet is/does.

As for the topic, I already have one, for about 220 AUD, about 140 USD. Has all the features except a drying function, I like it.

Will replace with a better model in the next 3 months just because it dries and its still really cheap.

You mean the water fountain?

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#5 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@Randoggy said:

You mean the water fountain?

No

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#6 Posted by Volsung (261 posts) -

I don't really see a need for them.

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#7 Posted by Jag85 (13248 posts) -

There's different types of bidet. There's the Japanese toilet, with a built-in bidet. And there's the the bidet shower, a portable type that is common in Southern/Southeast Asia and the Middle East. A cheap alternative to the bidet is the lota, a type of bottle/pot/vessel also common in Southern/Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

It's odd how bidet (or variations/alternatives) are so widespread even in developing countries, yet uncommon in developed Western countries... which just comes down to laziness more than anything.

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#8 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43569 posts) -

In the US the thought is that bidet's are more or less synonymous with enemas in that the water shoots up and into your ass, so they're not really common here. Like ever. Maybe at a fancy hotel but that's about it.

In reality, bidets are quite awesome and they just spray water along your ass. Think of it like squatting over a water fountain :D

I would install one in a heart beat. Just gotta remember to warm up the water first; cold water on your butthole is definitely a shock.

@Randoggy said:

Much better than toilets.

They're not toilet substitutes. My god, have you been shitting in bidets?

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#9 Posted by Randoggy (3442 posts) -

@mrbojangles25 said:

In the US the thought is that bidet's are more or less synonymous with enemas in that the water shoots up and into your ass, so they're not really common here. Like ever. Maybe at a fancy hotel but that's about it.

In reality, bidets are quite awesome and they just spray water along your ass. Think of it like squatting over a water fountain :D

I would install one in a heart beat. Just gotta remember to warm up the water first; cold water on your butthole is definitely a shock.

@Randoggy said:

Much better than toilets.

They're not toilet substitutes. My god, have you been shitting in bidets?

Not only that, drinking from them too ;)

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#10 Posted by Mandzilla (3816 posts) -

Bidet you say, what is this... a bathtub for ants?

I like having a clean butt though, so would highly recommend.

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#11 Posted by foxhound_fox (97827 posts) -

Never used one, but I would very much enjoy one of those Japanese smart toilets.

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#12 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (25227 posts) -

I rather have a Japanese toilet that is an all-in-one unit. No need for a second drain.

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#13 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto: @foxhound_fox: A Japanese toilet is a Bidet, they are the same thing.

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#14 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (25227 posts) -
@GTR12 said:

@jun_aka_pekto: A Japanese toilet is a Bidet, they are the same thing.

You might want to correct the Wiki definition of it because this is what it's pictured as. I'm definitely not taking a dump on that. I've stayed at the Haneda Hotel at Haneda Airport in Tokyo a few times. So, the combo toilet/bidet in the rooms there don't look like the one below.

Perhaps, there are different variations. But, I'm no expert when it comes to bidets.

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#15 Edited by MirkoS77 (13982 posts) -

If I owned my own house I’d definitely purchase one. I’m a stickler for good hygiene, and if I have anything other than a clean first wipe, I always take a quick shower. A bidet would save me a lot of time. Plus I used one at a hotel once and it wasn’t entirely unpleasant (providing it has good temperature).

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#16 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto: Only in America... /facepalm

The US has a different name for it, "bidet" means horse/cob in French I think (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and that picture is of the traditional, mechanical bidet. The US calls it an "electric toilet".

The rest of the world upgraded (including Japan) to where a "bidet" means the electrical/water seat attachment and the toilet is the bit underneath, its 2 separate things, a bidet AND toilet. I have no idea what the name of the picture is.

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#17 Posted by johnd13 (9661 posts) -

I have one in my house. It's pretty useful when paper wiping irritates the butthole.

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#18 Edited by KungfuKitten (26323 posts) -

They say it's more hygienic? So yes. Also I hear it can be fun for the ladies if you use it the wrong way around.

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#19 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@KungfuKitten said:

They say it's more hygienic? So yes. Also I hear it can be fun for the ladies if you use it the wrong way around.

Ladies don't need to use it the other way around, there's 2 nozzles ;)

A butt cleaner and a "frontal cleaner" (I cant say the word, its censored).

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#20 Posted by KungfuKitten (26323 posts) -

@GTR12 said:
@KungfuKitten said:

They say it's more hygienic? So yes. Also I hear it can be fun for the ladies if you use it the wrong way around.

Ladies don't need to use it the other way around, there's 2 nozzles ;)

A butt cleaner and a "frontal cleaner" (I cant say the word, its censored).

Ooh? Interesting.

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#21 Posted by SBan83 (38 posts) -

Bidets are absolutely essential hygiene. For those wondering what to do about drying the water afterward, that's what toilet paper's real function is. :)

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#22 Posted by omegaMaster (1194 posts) -

Never used a bidet in my life. The first time I saw one was in a hotel. Had no idea why it was there, was thinking you can urinate and use the taps to clean it. I would rather have the Japanese multifunctional toilet. Saves space, saves hassle... even though it ain't cheap.

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#23 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (25227 posts) -
@GTR12 said:

@jun_aka_pekto: Only in America... /facepalm

The US has a different name for it, "bidet" means horse/cob in French I think (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and that picture is of the traditional, mechanical bidet. The US calls it an "electric toilet".

The rest of the world upgraded (including Japan) to where a "bidet" means the electrical/water seat attachment and the toilet is the bit underneath, its 2 separate things, a bidet AND toilet. I have no idea what the name of the picture is.

Don't take my word for it. That image was put up by a German from the German Wiki. Go rag on him and his country instead.

The image was from 2006. So, it's not ancient at all. I've seen plenty of them at Germany and Turkey when I visited there. When I first saw one, I thought it was for taking a wiz. It seemed fine for that function.

Not all the world has upgraded. I recall the standard way in the Philippines for both taking a bath and flushing the toilet/washing the tush is this. No such thing as toilet paper. Dem hands (and soap afterwards).

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#24 Posted by uninspiredcup (32260 posts) -

Nope, wiping does the job good enough.

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#25 Posted by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

I thought it was a religious thing. In India they don't use paper. But then they only eat with their right hand. For a reason.

Indian toilets are all wet rooms I think. They are not hygienic and use alot of water.

It's a stupid idea. Poo is too sticky. You would need a jet wash to be effective.

This thread is almost as good as the favourite smell thread.

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#26 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto: Its the same in India.

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#27 Posted by Volsung (261 posts) -

But why would you want one though? What are the advantages?

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#28 Edited by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@volsung said:

But why would you want one though? What are the advantages?

You don't need to touch your butt, even with paper.

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#29 Posted by Volsung (261 posts) -
@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:

But why would you want one though? What are the advantages?

You don't need to touch your butt, even with paper.

But you're going to wash your hands anyway,

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#30 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@volsung said:
@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:

But why would you want one though? What are the advantages?

You don't need to touch your butt, even with paper.

But you're going to wash your hands anyway,

Why do you need to?

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#31 Posted by Serraph105 (33528 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

If I owned my own house I’d definitely purchase one. I’m a stickler for good hygiene, and if I have anything other than a clean first wipe, I always take a quick shower. A bidet would save me a lot of time. Plus I used one at a hotel once and it wasn’t entirely unpleasant (providing it has good temperature).

My understanding is that there are inexpensive bidets now that are easily attachable to any toilet. You wouldn't need to do much in the way of installation any more than say swapping out a showerhead.

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#32 Edited by Jag85 (13248 posts) -

@Serraph105: That's the bidet shower I was referring to above. It's inexpensive, and widespread in developing countries.

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#33 Posted by Serraph105 (33528 posts) -

@volsung said:

But why would you want one though? What are the advantages?

Getting excess excrement off your cheeks and feeling shower clean.

Imagine having to go to the bathroom shortly before sex and you came out feeling clean rather than potentially smelly and off-putting.

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#34 Posted by Gaming-Planet (19891 posts) -

Whenever I take a fat dookie, sometimes the bowl water splashes to my bum.

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#35 Posted by Volsung (261 posts) -
@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:
@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:

But why would you want one though? What are the advantages?

You don't need to touch your butt, even with paper.

But you're going to wash your hands anyway,

Why do you need to?

because even if you don't touch your butt your hands get dirty throughout the day

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#36 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@volsung said:
@GTR12 said:

Why do you need to?

because even if you don't touch your butt your hands get dirty throughout the day

That's like me saying, you're feet get dirty throughout the day, why don't you wash them just as frequently?

A bidet is more hygienic than toilet paper.

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#37 Posted by Byshop (19522 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto said:
@GTR12 said:

@jun_aka_pekto: A Japanese toilet is a Bidet, they are the same thing.

You might want to correct the Wiki definition of it because this is what it's pictured as. I'm definitely not taking a dump on that. I've stayed at the Haneda Hotel at Haneda Airport in Tokyo a few times. So, the combo toilet/bidet in the rooms there don't look like the one below.

Perhaps, there are different variations. But, I'm no expert when it comes to bidets.

Like @Jag85 described, there are different types. Some are integrated into the toilet in one unit like in modern toilets in Japan. Others are a separate appliance like in your picture. You only use it for cleaning afterwards.

Bidets are practical and they are one of those things where I imagine that pure stubbornness is the only reason the US hasn't adopted them like most other countries (like the metric system).

I looked at some fancy toilets but eventually settled on just a simple spray hose that hooks up to the water line. Cost like $20 and took 10 minutes to install.

@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:

But you're going to wash your hands anyway,

Why do you need to?

Remind me to never shake your hand.

-Byshop

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#38 Posted by Serraph105 (33528 posts) -

@Jag85 said:

@Serraph105: That's the bidet shower I was referring to above. It's inexpensive, and widespread in developing countries.

Yes, that may be the thing I get, provided I can get one with warm water that is.

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#39 Posted by Serraph105 (33528 posts) -

@Byshop said:
@jun_aka_pekto said:
@GTR12 said:

@jun_aka_pekto: A Japanese toilet is a Bidet, they are the same thing.

You might want to correct the Wiki definition of it because this is what it's pictured as. I'm definitely not taking a dump on that. I've stayed at the Haneda Hotel at Haneda Airport in Tokyo a few times. So, the combo toilet/bidet in the rooms there don't look like the one below.

Perhaps, there are different variations. But, I'm no expert when it comes to bidets.

Like @Jag85 described, there are different types. Some are integrated into the toilet in one unit like in modern toilets in Japan. Others are a separate appliance like in your picture. You only use it for cleaning afterwards.

Bidets are practical and they are one of those things where I imagine that pure stubbornness is the only reason the US hasn't adopted them like most other countries (like the metric system).

I looked at some fancy toilets but eventually settled on just a simple spray hose that hooks up to the water line. Cost like $20 and took 10 minutes to install.

@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:

But you're going to wash your hands anyway,

Why do you need to?

Remind me to never shake your hand.

-Byshop

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#40 Edited by Sevenizz (3418 posts) -

Useless for me. I #2 once a day in the morning before my shower. I’ve trained myself to not need to go any other time of the day. The thought of sitting on a public or work toilet disgusts me and I honestly think less of other people that do.

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#41 Posted by Longsnout (174 posts) -

Already have one.

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#42 Edited by SoNin360 (7051 posts) -

Huh, I never knew the word for those things until now. I remember stopping at a place during a road trip that had restrooms with those installed. The idea of using one has always made me uncomfortable, but I'm sure it's probably not a rational thought and is probably better than just rubbing some dry clump of toilet paper on your ass with your bare hand. I mean, I'd assume it's not a complete substitute for wiping. But based off what I've read in this topic some of them include dryers so maybe it can be a substitute lol.

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#43 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@Byshop said:
@GTR12 said:
@volsung said:

But you're going to wash your hands anyway,

Why do you need to?

Remind me to never shake your hand.

-Byshop

Read my next reply, it'll make more sense.

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#44 Posted by Sevenizz (3418 posts) -

@GTR12: I think a combination of the two is semi-optimal. You’d have to dry yourself properly otherwise you can run into chafing or hemroid issues. The excess water mixed in with sweat/fecal remnants would detract the purpose of the bidet. You’re not using soap so you’re not exactly clean either. Are you confident your hands are clean using water without soap? Of course not.

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#45 Posted by Litchie (23495 posts) -

I'd love to have one of those japanese toilets with a bidet in them. Wiping your shit with paper is pretty insane actually. Using water would be way better for both the environment and your ass.

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#46 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@Sevenizz said:

@GTR12: I think a combination of the two is semi-optimal. You’d have to dry yourself properly otherwise you can run into chafing or hemroid issues. The excess water mixed in with sweat/fecal remnants would detract the purpose of the bidet. You’re not using soap so you’re not exactly clean either. Are you confident your hands are clean using water without soap? Of course not.

Water doesn't hurt anyone, I barely use the drying function.

And if you haven't used a bidet, how would you know how well it works/doesn't work??

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#47 Edited by Sevenizz (3418 posts) -

@GTR12: Actually, trapped moisture ‘back there’ can cause chafing and hemroids (as I mentioned).

And yes, I’ve used a bidet and it’s main inconvenience was not drying or cleaning proper enough. Of course it’s better than toilet paper, but not by much. Without soap, you’re still not clean.

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#48 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@Sevenizz said:

@GTR12: Actually, trapped moisture ‘back there’ can cause chafing and hemroids (as I mentioned).

And yes, I’ve used a bidet and it’s main inconvenience was not drying or cleaning proper enough. Of course it’s better than toilet paper, but not by much. Without soap, you’re not clean.

Well then the quality of the bidet or you not adjusting was the problem. You cant expect to use it once and to have it work flawlessly, it takes time to adjust.

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#49 Posted by Sevenizz (3418 posts) -

@GTR12: Let me ask you this. Is washing your hands without soap as effective as just using water?

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#50 Posted by GTR12 (13442 posts) -

@Sevenizz said:

@GTR12: Let me ask you this. Is washing your hands without soap as effective as just using water?

No, but what does it have to do with the topic?