Lin's favorite kind of bidet is the Japanese-style electronic bidet seat that sits on top of your toilet bowl, replacing the regular toilet seat, like the Alpha IX Hybrid Bidet Toilet Seat (seen below). "Bidet seats will have features like heated water, heated seat, and warm air drying, and they are controlled via buttons on a remote control or side panel," he says. "They range in price from $200 to $1000.
Toilet paper production is extremely resource-intensive, consuming massive amounts of water and trees during the process," Lin says. "Using a bidet consumes a negligible amount of water and can easily reduce your toilet paper usage by 75 percent or more. " (This seems like quite a number and we admittedly couldn't find scientific confirmation for it, in part because it's a Google search that can go very wrong. But take it as you will.
But I can say with confidence that none of that is true. " A bidet is simply a useful household contraption that should come standard in all homes, like a toilet or refrigerator, she adds. "There’s nothing silly, hippy, or bourgeois about bidets," Heather concludes. "It's just water.
So whether it's a mental hang-up about personal hygiene or a simple lack of exposure, Americans just aren't familiar with the concept," Lin explains. "In the U. S. , both the stigma against openly discussing personal hygiene and a longstanding devotion to toilet paper prevent more widespread bidet usage.
These tend to be more popular with the younger generation that may not be ready to plop down a few hundred on a fully featured bidet seat. " (Ha. Plop. "That being said, these entry-level bidet attachments act as a sort of gateway drug into the world of bidets," Lin continues. "When millennials eventually move into their own home or have an older family member in need, they'll go for an electronic bidet seat instead. "There are some bidet companies specifically trying to reach
I reached out to James Lin, founder of bidet purveyors BidetKing. com and Alpha Bidet, and a man on a mission to normalize the appliance among young American adults. "I'm a millennial myself, and if it weren't for my line of business, most of my friends would not care to use bidets," Lin says. "There are some bidet companies out there trying to reach my age group, and it's mostly with the cheaper, non-electric, attachment-type bidets.
Don’t we use water to clean everything else in our lives? " he says. "There's a pretty big chunk of the U. S. population that plans their bowel-movement schedule so they can take a shower immediately afterward; they know that they don't feel clean enough with toilet paper alone. " The beauty of bidets is that they provide post-shower cleanliness where it counts without the need to take a full shower.
This is the kind used by blogger Patrice Grell Yursik, creator of Afrobella. com and unabashed bidet fan. "At present, I have a bidet, but it's the much more efficient and affordable 'washlet' or attached toilet seat with a built-in bidet," Yursik tells me.
Yursik shares that her bidet isn't only useful post-poop: It's a game-changer during her period, too. "For many years of my life, I dealt with heavy bleeding and clots," she says. "Because I was familiar with the old-school bidet, I was initially hesitant when I made the investment in a washlet, but it's been wonderful.
Hold up — there are bidet tiers? Lin confirms this. "The traditional European style is an actual fixture that sits next to your toilet," he explains. "They're the first image most Americans have of what a bidet looks like. " I'm one of those Americans, clearly.
In fact, it was menstruation that inspired Heather to consider a bidet in the first place. "I got the idea to get a toilet attachment when I had my period in South Africa," she tells me. "I use period underwear because I'm more into free-bleeding.
It was the same height and shape as the toilet, but instead of a lid, tank, and opening at the bottom of the bowl, it had what appeared to be a faucet and a sink-like drain with a stopper. "Oh, that's a bidet," she said. "It's for cleaning your butt.
One of the main reasons Americans who do embrace bidets have done so is because they're much less wasteful than relying solely on toilet paper. "Bidets are great for the environment.
He adds that toilet paper isn't just wasteful, it's inefficient. "The conventional way of wiping with toilet paper irritates skin and still leaves some kind of residue because you're just smearing with paper.
She insists that electronic bidet seats are much easier to use than the fixtures she used growing up. "When I was a teenager, my mom and dad built a house, and in that house, there are two bidets.
I was a little irritated down there from a heavy bleeding day, so I got into the bathtub at the hotel and used the shower head attachment to clean myself off. " It was a revelation. "It had really good water pressure and I felt so fresh afterward," she says. "I was like, 'We need an attachment at home.
And so Heather made a small investment that she feels has paid for itself tenfold. "When I was younger, I thought bidets were just for rich Europeans, and the idea of using one sort of freaked me out," she reflects. "I thought it would be too shocking and maybe tickle or hurt.
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