- Bidet toilet seats and attachments can offer a more thorough clean than toilet paper alone.
- We tested 22 bidets and determined that the Coway Bidetmega 400 was the best for most people.
- The water maintains a comfortable temperature and custom pressure, and the bidet is easy to use.
At its most basic, a bidet sends a stream of water toward your nether regions to clean them. It’s more hygienic and economical than toilet paper. Although there are variations of bidets, bidet toilet seats and attachments are the most popular options in the United States.
With bidet toilet seats, you can continue to use your existing seat and easily adjust the water pressure and temperature to your preference. There’s no need for electricity and installation is relatively straightforward as far as home DIYs go – which you can read about here.
We tested 22 bidet toilet seats over the course of several months to determine the best ones to buy. You can read how we tested them here, and get right into our top recommendations below.
Here are the best bidets in 2021
- Best bidet overall: Coway Bidetmega 400 Electronic Bidet Seat
- Best bidet for custom water flow control: Omigo Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat
- Best high-end bidet: Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000 Smart Toilet Seat
- Best budget bidet: Brondell LE89 Swash Electronic Bidet Seat
- Best non-electric bidet: Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment
For a reasonable price, the Coway Bidetmega 400 Electronic Bidet Seat offers all of the common high-end amenities, including a nightlight, warm air dryer, and an intuitive remote controller.
Pros: Strong water pressure, water heated up to 97 degrees in our tests, easy to use, heated seat, warm air dryer, adjustable nozzle positions for front and rear washes, easy to install
Cons: Remote doesn’t pair with seat automatically, minimal one-year warranty
The Bidetmega 400 Electronic Bidet Seat is one of three Coway bidets I tested for this guide, this one came out on top because it received high marks in every category except warranty. It only has the industry-standard one-year warranty, while a few other units in our guide offer longer.
The Bidetmega 400 heated water up to a comfortable 97 degrees Fahrenheit in my tests and produced strong enough pressure for a thorough cleaning. Plus, there are four temperature options and three pressure strengths to set the water flow to your needs. The basic functions are intuitive to use with the handy remote control, though I was a little annoyed that the remote didn’t automatically pair with the seat once I powered it up. I had to reference the user manual for that step.
The seat fits my toilet well and stays in place. It’s wider than most, which I appreciated because I have a larger posterior. The lid of the seat was also supportive and comfortable for sitting.
The Bidetmega 400 features most of the amenities you’d expect from a high-end bidet toilet seat. The blue night light illuminates the toilet bowl, which makes it easy to find in the dark. The dryer has four levels of heat and gets plenty hot. It does an excellent job of drying after washing, which minimizes the need for toilet paper. There are also four levels of seat heating — up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit — or you can keep it off to save energy.
Lastly, the 400 has three preprogrammed cleaning modes: basic, active, and soothing. Basic is designed for general use. The active mode moves the stream of water around for a more thorough cleaning, while the soothing mode offers more gentle care. The Bidetmega 400 is my main bidet, and I prefer active mode.
The best bidet toilet seat for custom water flow control
With the Omigo Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat, you can control the nozzle position, pressure, and spray width to customize the water flow to meet your needs.
Pros: Three-year warranty, three spray width options, seven nozzle positions for the front and rear, easy to use remote controller, strong pressure, simple installation
Cons: Lid is unpleasant to sit on, need to have an outlet near the toilet or an extension cord to operate (as is the case with any electric unit)
What sets the Omigo Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat apart from other bidets in our guide is the adjustable spray width. You can pick from three settings, ranging from a targeted cleaning to a broader wash. Additionally, as with all bidet seats, you can adjust the water pressure, which gets plenty strong. The Omigo Luxury offers seven nozzle positions in both the rear and front, which is more than most electric seats. Alternatively, you can choose to have the nozzle oscillate.
The easy-to-use remote, numerous features, and overall design remind me of my previous favorite bidet, the Brondell Swash 1400, which has been surpassed by a few worthy contenders, including other Brondell models. The Omigo Luxury is about $65 cheaper than the Swash 1400, and in my tests, it did a better job of heating water. I also found the heated seat and air dryer stayed plenty warm.
The Omigo Luxury has an outstanding three-year warranty so you can count on it lasting. Plus, the installation process was seamless, and the seat fit my bowl perfectly and stayed put.
The biggest negative for me is the lid design. It has a 270-pound weight limit, and it’s angled forward so much that it’s unpleasant to sit on. The seat is nice and has a 330-pound capacity, but don’t plan on sitting on the lid while clipping your toenails or performing other tasks.
The best high-end bidet
If you have extra money to spend and are looking for a bidet that provides nonstop warm water, the Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000 Smart Toilet Seat is an attractive solution.
Pros: Strong water pressure, vortex wash, attractive appearance, continuous warm water, hot air drying, heated seat, five nozzle positions for each the front and rear, three-year warranty
Cons: Unintuitive remote control, the nightlight is positioned on the side rather than illuminating the bowl interior
In my testing, the Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000 Smart Toilet Seat performed in all categories. It has an attractive appearance with a stainless-steel look. The remote control with its large, easy-to-read screen is the fanciest I’ve seen.
My favorite part was the intensity of the water pressure. There are five pressure levels, including a “vortex wash” that is designed to “stimulate bowel movements” with its enema-like pressure. Sensitive individuals will want to avoid this feature, and everyone else should proceed with caution, but testing showed that it works as advertised.
There are three water temperature levels, but even on its highest setting, the BB2000 only got up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This is warm enough for most tastes, but at this price point, I would have liked to have seen higher temperatures. Fortunately, the water stays consistently warm, even during longer cleans.
Installation was a breeze: It only took me about 10 minutes (not counting the time I needed to remove the old seat) and I appreciate that the mounting plate keeps the seat in place without wiggling. The Bio Bidet Bliss is covered by a three-year full coverage warranty.
The biggest negatives I could find were the nightlight and confusing operation. Instead of a night light in the toilet bowl, the BB2000’s night light is on the side illuminating the on-seat controls. This might be helpful when sitting on the toilet but it’s less so when taking aim while standing up in the middle of the night. Also, I didn’t find the remote control to be intuitive. I had to leaf through the user manual to figure out the symbols and how to access all of the functions.
The best budget bidet
The Brondell LE89 Swash Electronic Bidet Seat has many high-end features, including warm water cleaning, hot air drying, and a heated seat, without a high-end price.
Pros: Water gets up to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, heated seat, warm air drying, five front and rear nozzle positions
Cons: Pressure could have been stronger, no remote, the lid isn’t comfortable for sitting
I’ve tested half a dozen Brondell bidets over the years and the Swash 1400 was my main bidet for a long time, but during testing, the LE89 Swash Electronic Bidet Seat worked nearly as well for less than half the price. I was particularly impressed with how hot the water got in my tests — it reached 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
The heated seat and air dryer also achieved high temps. Plus, there are several comfort settings so you can go with lower temps or even choose Eco Mode, which provides a good balance of electricity use and comfort.
Installation should take you less than half an hour, and you can do it with nothing more than a flathead screwdriver, though you might also want a wrench. I liked how securely the seat fit my toilet bowl without any movement, and it looks nice on my toilet. However, the lid tilts forward and isn’t the best for sitting on for long periods.
Aside from a few specialized settings, the controls are intuitive to use, but I don’t like that they’re installed on the seat so you have to turn to your right to see them. There’s no remote controller. This might be a problem for individuals with mobility issues.
The only other negative I found was I would have preferred more powerful water pressure, but I like it stronger. Most people will find that the LE89 is powerful enough for their needs. More sensitive individuals will appreciate the softer end of the five pressure settings.
The best non-electric bidet
If you don’t have an electrical outlet near your toilet or just want to give a bidet a try before investing more money, the Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment is a stylish, versatile solution.
Pros: Doesn’t require electricity, the water gets as hot as your water heater can supply, strong pressure, virtually limitless nozzle positions, nine color options
Cons: Easy for kids to squirt water all over; no high-end features like a heated seat, dryer, nightlight, etc.
For the most part, non-electric bidets aren’t as good as electric varieties. However, the non-electric attachments do have their benefits. I think the Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment exhibits all of the superior features of the power-free units.
The attachment has a hose that connects to the hot water inlet under your sink. After installing the hose, you may want to tape it to the floor to avoid a tripping hazard. Since you are relying on your home’s hot water, the attachment can provide water as hot as your heater is capable of supplying. For me, it was 113 degrees Fahrenheit, which is too hot, but it’s easy to adjust the bidet’s flow to a more moderate temperature.
If having a hot water hose running along your floor doesn’t sound appealing, you can choose the Tushy Classic, which doesn’t have warm water. Alternatively, you can skip installing the warm water hose of the Spa altogether.
The Tushy Spa also allows you to control the water pressure intensity and the nozzle position. Since both functions rely on levers, there are virtually infinite intensities and positions, and the pressure at its strongest is much more than you’ll need. You’ll want to be careful you don’t turn it on too high.
Since there are so few functions, the Tushy Spa is easy to use and much less expensive than an electric seat. Plus, since it’s just an attachment, you can use it with any toilet seat you want. Another great thing about Tushy is its nine color options.
What else we considered
We tested nearly two dozen bidet toilet seats and attachments while researching this guide.
What else we recommend:
Brondell GoSpa ($9.98): This one is for the serious bidet fans who want a portable option. The GoSpa stayed in my overnight bag and use to do with me anywhere I’d travel. It’s a travel bidet with a 13.5-ounce reservoir/bottle attached to a nozzle. You fill the bottle with tap water before you sit on the toilet. Once you’re done, you aim the nozzle at the area you want to clean and squeeze the bottle for a makeshift bidet experience.
Brondell Swash S102 Non-Electric ($124.99): This is one of the best non-electric bidet toilet seats I tested. The S102 features a warm water hookup that attaches to the hot water connection under your sink — like the Tushy Spa. The pressure is outstanding, and the overall appearance looks nice. However, the unobtrusive knobs can be hard to read, and as with other non-electric toilets, you’re missing a lot of features that make bidets a luxury experience.
Toto C100 ($333.27): I tested three Toto models for this guide, and they’re all very good. The C100 has plenty of options for drying, heated seat, nozzle position, and water temperature. The seat fit my toilet well and didn’t move around, and the controls are intuitive. However, the controls are attached to the unit so you have to turn to make adjustments.
What we don’t recommend:
Toto C200 ($429): This is similar to the C100 but uses a remote control. Unfortunately, I found the water pressure was inferior.
Kohler C3-430 ($496.50): The water consistently stayed at the temperature I wanted, the pressure was strong and adjustable, and the remote control was easy to use once I get the hang of it. But, at this price point, I’d expect the bidet to have a dryer. I also couldn’t get this to stay securely in place.
Kohler C3-230 ($974.25): This has a dryer, but it didn’t perform as well as the C3-430 in other categories. I couldn’t get it to stay in place either.
American Standard Advanced Clean SpaLet 2.0 ($357.44): American Standard has been a trusted name in the bathroom fixture space for nearly a century. The SpaLet 2.0 is a quality unit with excellent warm water and pressure cleaning. Plus, it has plenty of options for a custom wash. However, I feel strongly that if you’re going to be spending more than $300 on a bidet seat, it should be able to dry you, and this model doesn’t have a dryer.
Our testing methodology
I installed 22 bidets on my Mansfield Waverly Toilet and put them through several tests. The most important bidet factors to consider are performance, ease of use, and adjustment options.
Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:
Ease of use: There are three types of controls used on most bidet seats: on-seat buttons, on-seat dials, and remote controls. The easiest to use are the remote controls because you need to twist to your right to view the other two options, which may be a deal-breaker for individuals with mobility issues. Another way to make bidet seats easy to use is to have clear, simple-to-understand graphics or words that tell you what each button is for. I examined the controls myself and also questioned my wife about her experiences to see if she could figure out the functions without reading the user manual.
Pressure: Whether washing dishes or using a hose, anyone who has used water to clean knows that stronger pressure means an easier, more thorough cleaning. Well, the same is true using a bidet. Since I don’t have a device for measuring PSI, this was a subjective test based on my personal experiences. I tend to like very strong pressure. If a unit was strong enough for me and featured at least three pressure adjustment options, including a gentle flow for sensitive people, then it received high marks.
Water temperature: Upping the temperature of the water you’re cleaning with will also help. So, I looked for bidet toilet seats that can produce hot water, usually around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not so hot that it will scald you, but warm enough to get the job done. I tested the temperature by running the bidet on its highest water temperature, collecting the water in a container, and measuring it with a probe thermometer. I also looked for at least three temperature options in addition to ambient.
Seat fit and look: If the seat doesn’t fit right on your toilet, it won’t function properly and will look awful. I took notes on how easy it was to securely install the seat. I also assessed how good the seat felt on my posterior and whether the lid was supportive and comfortable to sit on. Lastly, I looked at how attractive it looks on the toilet. Were the cords and hoses sticking out everywhere? Did the controls look ugly or intimidating?
Nozzle positions: We’re all made differently, and we all have different preferences. Bidets should have enough nozzle positions to deliver water right where you want it without making you move around a lot.
Extra features: The best bidets have several less-than-necessary features that just make bathroom trips more enjoyable. At the top of the list is drying. Next is a heated seat, especially on those cold winter mornings. And, if you have a youngster in the house, you’ll want a bidet that only activates when significant pressure is applied to the seat, like when you’re sitting on it. Otherwise, your young one can send water everywhere.
Warranty: All but four of the bidets we tested have one-year warranties. The four outliers have three-year warranties, and each cost more than $500. In my 5+ years of owning bidets, I’ve never experienced a malfunction, but if you are particularly risk-averse, you may want to choose a bidet with a longer warranty.
What we’re looking forward to testing
In addition to testing our picks for long-term performance, here are the models we are currently testing or looking forward to testing:
- Bio Bidet Discovery DLS ($899.99): This is the first bidet toilet seat I’ve tested that automatically opens and closes the lid. Additionally, it has all the features of high-end models, including a remote, warm air drying, a nightlight, and a five-year warranty.
- Bio Bidet USPA A8 Serenity ($549): This is another candidate for our best overall category with its full array of high-end features, including a remote, heated seat, and consistent warm water.
- Brondell 33Swash LE99 ($289.99): This is similar to our budget pick, the LE89, only it uses a remote instead of side controls so it will be interesting to see if it has the same high performance at an affordable price.
- Toto Washlet C2 ($675): This is an update to the C100 so it’ll be interesting to see how the new features perform and whether it outperforms our other picks.
- Toto Washlet C5 ($780): This is an update to the C200 so it’ll also be interesting to test the new features.
- Whisper Bidet ($79): This is a relatively new brand of bidets, so it’d be good to compare it to industry heavyweights like Toto and Brondell.
- LUXE Bidet Neo 120 ($36.27): This has a lot of good reviews from Amazon, but reviews can be misleading, so I’d like to test the quality and see how it holds up given its affordable price.
- Brondell S1000-EW Swash 1000 ($579.99): There are a lot of high-end features with this bidet, such as self-cleaning stainless steel nozzles and an instant heating system. This would offer a good comparison to our current high-end pick.
- Bio Bidet BB-1000 ($499): Bio Bidet makes our best budget pick but this is more expensive and has features like a heated seat, self-cleaning retractable nozzle, and drying function.
- Ruiling ATK-1186 ($41.99): Handheld bidets are less popular than seats and attachments, so it’ll be interesting to see how this type compares to the others. Installation doesn’t look too hard and the price is among the lowest you’d find for a bidet.
- SmartBidet SB-1000 ($241.99): Despite the generic plastic-y look, this has a lot of good reviews, so I’d want to put this through our tests and see how it performs.
- GenieBidet ($109.98): Non-electric bidet seats aren’t very popular and I’ve mostly seen non-electric bidet attachments. It’s also relatively affordable as far as bidet seats go.
- Kohler Novita ($246.87): The curved look is a bit different from other bidet seats I’ve tested. Kohler is also a household brand that more people might be familiar with than, say Bio Bidet, so it might be appealing for those who are new to the bidet world.
How do you install a bidet?
All bidet seats and attachments get their water from the same source your toilet does. So, while each manufacturer may have slightly different instructions, the basic installation process includes the following steps:
- One step the manufacturer doesn’t include is that you should clean your toilet and the surrounding area before you get started. You want a clean working area!
- Remove the toilet seat that is currently on your toilet.
- Turn off your toilet’s water supply (usually located by the wall or floor near the toilet.)
- Flush the toilet once or twice to get as much water out of it as possible.
- Disconnect the water supply hose where it attaches to the toilet’s tank. You may want a bucket handy to catch any water still in the hose.
- Connect the T-valve that comes with the bidet to the hose and the toilet tank.
- If you have a bidet attachment, you will now mount it to the toilet as you reinstall your seat. If you’re installing a bidet seat, you’ll install the mounting plate and snap the seat into place.
- Make adjustments to the positioning so that the front of the seat lines up with the front lip of the toilet bowl.
- Connect the T-valve to the bidet using the hose that comes with the bidet.
- Turn on the water supply and check for leaks. If there are leaks, turn the water supply off and make sure the area leaking was screwed in properly. Hand tightening is usually enough, but you may need to use a wrench to gently tighten the connection a little more if the threads are properly seated and you’re still getting a leak.
- Wash your hands and enjoy bidet life!
Will my bidet fit my toilet seat?
Like toilet seats, there are two shapes of bidet toilet seats — round and elongated.
The best way to determine this out is to use a tape measure and mark from the center of the bolt holes, where the current seat is attached to your toilet, to the front lip of the bowl.
Most round toilets are about 16.5 inches from where the seat attaches to the toilet to the front lip. Elongated toilets measure 18.5 inches. Many bidet seats come in both styles so you should be able to find one that matches your toilet easily.
How does a bidet work?
Basically, a bidet squirts a concentrated stream of water at your rear or front to clean off any debris left behind after going to the bathroom. You can adjust the water pressure based on your comfort levels. While more pressure is likely to get more of the debris, it can also hurt you. So, start with gentle pressure and slowly add more based on your comfort.
Also, the warmer the water, the better the clean. Unless you have a non-electric bidet that gets its warm water from the hot water supply under your sink, you don’t have to worry about the water getting too hot. Most models max out at around 100 degrees.
How do I use a bidet?
If you have a bidet with a remote control or side control panel (and most do), continue to sit on the toilet and press the appropriate button — usually “front” or “rear.” Hold down on the button until you think you’re clean or let it run its timed cycle, and then pat yourself dry (or use the drying cycle if you have one).
If you have a non-electric bidet, you’ll usually turn a knob to position the nozzle and then another knob for water pressure. You can find more specifics on usage here.
Is a bidet better than toilet paper?
“Cleaning with a bidet minimizes the amount of wiping and cleans off any residue that can lead to itching, soiling, and infection,” says Heidi Bahna, MD, a colon and rectal surgery specialist at Palm Beach Colorectal Surgery. “Excessive wiping can lead to dry cracked skin, bleeding, itching, and pain. Using a bidet can provide better hygiene and pain relief for those after vaginal delivery, those with inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel with frequent bowel movements.”
Think about how you clean the rest of your body. You use water to wash your hands, bathe, and shower. You don’t just take a dry towel and wipe your body with it. In this way, using a bidet is better than using toilet paper alone.
Do you still need to use toilet paper after using a bidet?
Yes, if you want to make sure you’re clean as a whistle, you can use toilet paper. You’ll also want to use TP if your bidet doesn’t have a drying option.
Are bidets hygienic?
“Is your toilet hygienic? A bidet is no different,” says Dr. Evan Goldstein, an anal surgeon and founder of Bespoke Surgical and Future Method. “Keeping your bidet clean is just as important as keeping your toilet clean. Nowadays, bidets are quite simple and easily cleanable with built-in mechanisms to wash the bidet after each use. They’re also attached to the same water supply as your toilet and sink, which means it’s the same water we ingest when brushing our teeth.”
“When it comes to our bodies, we innately have good and bad bacteria inside and on the outside of our behinds,” Goldstein says. “That homeostasis is paramount to maintaining equilibrium and using bidets helps foster happy and healthy behinds.”
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