Can Japanese bidets be installed in US homes?
The bidet is gaining popularity in the United States with the introduction of the Japanese bidet. Differing from their European cousins, rather than a separate restroom fixture next to the actual toilet, the modern bidet has evolved into essentially, a full service toilet seat. Easily installed on any standard two-piece toilet, Japanese bidets can provide both posterior and frontal cleansing with adjustable water temperature and pressure, air drying features, air deodorizers, water purifiers, even a heated seat for those cold winter mornings.
Since the bidet is actually attached to the toilet, they can be installed in virtually any bathroom without taking up any extra space. Installing the basic bidet is almost as easy as replacing the old toilet seat, with the one extra, yet simple, step of connecting it to the water valve; most bidets come with an installation kit that includes all the parts needed for easy setup. Upgraded bidets that include water temperature controls and electronic components have a slightly more involved installation procedure, though still fairly easy to do yourself.
A bidet offers unmatched comfort when compared to using toilet paper. Wiping with toilet paper can irritate sensitive regions, particularly if you have conditions such as hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, or post-partum discomfort. Rather than the abrasive toilet paper, a gentle spray of water can provide effecting cleansing and soothe swollen, itchy, and irritated areas.
Cleaning with water is hands free hygiene. Using toilet paper can just spread around bacteria increasing the chance of infection and disease. Using the Japanese bidet can also offer independence and privacy for the elderly and physically challenged. Not having to rely on care givers for restroom assistance and personal hygiene, can increase their sense of independence and self-respect. Also small children, new to using the toilet, often have a difficult time getting everything clean; the bidet eliminates this problem entirely.
Americans use over 35 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. That translates to millions of trees cut down, massive amounts of electricity to power the factories, and billions of gallons of water and chemicals used in production. Making the change to Japanese bidets can eliminate most, if not all, toilet paper use. The bidet does make use of water for cleansing, however, the water consumed in regular bidet usage doesn’t come anywhere near the amount used in toilet paper production. Not to mention the money you personally would save not having to purchase toilet paper, the investment of a bidet will pay for itself over and over again each year.