How Much Money Should You Spend on a Bidet?
Bidets are popping up in bathrooms all over the United States, despite many decades of having virtually no popularity. If you’re interested in having cleaner, more comfortable bathroom experiences, you should consider getting one. But what is a fair or reasonable price to pay for one of these bathroom devices? And are there ways to save money on one?
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What Is a Bidet Worth to You?
There are many different types of bidets available, each of which offers a slightly different experience with inherent pros and cons. However, the core experience of using a bidet to clean yourself after using the bathroom is fundamentally similar.
The first question, thus, is this: what is a bidet worth to you?
If the only way to get this type of bathroom device was to pay $1,000,000 for it, most people wouldn’t bother, even if they strongly prefer cleaning themselves with a jet of water instead of wiping with toilet paper. On the other hand, if they were handing out bidets for free, most people would at least be willing to try using one.
If you know the dollar amount in between these two extremes that makes sense for your bidet purchase, your purchasing decision becomes much easier.
There are a few objectively measurable benefits of using this type of cleaning device. For starters, if you greatly reduce your toilet paper usage, you should save at least $50 a year, and probably a few hundred dollars a year if you have multiple family members in the same house. This alone can justify you spending $300 or more on a new bidet; after all, it should pay for itself after just a few years of use.
But there are also secondary and less measurable benefits that you’ll need to weigh. Most people find the experience of cleaning themselves with water to be much more comfortable than wiping with toilet paper. This is especially true if you suffer from hemorrhoids or other medical complications. You’ll also walk out of the bathroom feeling much cleaner, which can help you feel more relaxed and less stressed.
The range of bidet value is understandably wide. For some, this type of device is worth less than $100, but for others, it could hypothetically be worth thousands.
So what should we expect to pay?
The Typical Costs of Bidets
A quick search can show you the wide range of prices associated with bidets. This is partially because there are so many different types of bidets to consider.
If you have to redo your bathroom plumbing, it could cost anywhere from a few thousand to $20,000 or more – and If you want a traditional, standalone device in your bathroom, replumbing will probably be necessary. Fortunately, this is neither necessary nor common.
Instead, most people choose to invest in a bidet attachment, which is installed directly on your toilet. These attachments always have a spray wand or a nozzle to provide you with the water you need to clean yourself, and they may come with other features, such as a heated toilet seat, temperature controls, and more.
At the inexpensive end of the spectrum, you can typically find attachments for less than $100. If you’re willing to splurge to get access to luxury features, you’ll probably pay a few hundred to $1,000.
How to Save Money on a Bidet
There are many strategies you can use to save money on your purchase in the long run.
- Get an attachment. If you love the idea of having a traditional, standalone bidet in your bathroom, and you’re willing to pay for it, more power to you. But for most people, an attachment is more than sufficient. It’s budget-friendly, easy to install, and highly efficient.
- Know what you want and what you don’t. Before shopping, make a list of all the features you want and all the features you don’t. This will make it much easier to narrow down the field and avoid overspending.
- Shop around. Take the time to shop around. There are many different models available, from many different manufacturers and distributors. You might be surprised at the deals you’re able to find.
- Consider reviews and reliability. Your attachment isn’t going to be very valuable if it breaks after a week of use. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider reviews and reliability as part of your purchasing equation.
- Choose a reputable brand. You can also maximize lifespan by choosing to buy from a reputable brand in the industry. Do your due diligence!
The question of how much money you spend on a bidet depends heavily on how you plan to use it, how much you value this attachment, and your personal perspectives and goals. Still, regardless of whether you have lots of money to spend or are on a tight budget, you can probably find an attachment that works for you.