Bidet seats are a popular option because they reduce the waste of toilet paper and up your hygiene game. We’ve already shared our choices for bidet sprayers, now we want to look at another option, bidet toilet seats. Bidet toilet seats take up little space and can be easily attached directly to the toilet bowl.
Keep reading to learn about what to look for in a bidet seat, and detailed reviews of our top choices!
Table of Contents
- Our Top Picks
- Bidet Seat Types
- Bidet Standard Features
- Comparisons of Bidet Toilet Seats in 2022
- Reviews of the Best 8 Bidet Toilet Seats on the Market
- 1. LUXE Bidet Self Cleaning Seat – Review Champion
- 2. Brondell Swash Luxury Bidet Seat – Top Technology
- 3. Bio Bidet BB-600 Adjustable Seat – Editor’s Choice
- 4. SmartBidet Electric Round Seat – Runner Up
- 5. Genie Bidet Ultra-Thin Seat Attachment
- 6. Smart Bidet 2000WE
- 7. Kohler Oval Adjustable Bidet Seat
- 8. TOTO C100 Washlet Electronic Bidet Seat
- Bidet Toilet Seat – Extended Feature Guide
- Intermediate Features
- Advanced Features (optional)
- Few Disadvantages
- Avoidable Mistakes
- Tips Before Purchasing
- Installation Preparation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Top Picks
|💧||LUXE Bidet Neo 120|
|💧||Brondell S1400-EW Swash Luxury Bidet Seat|
|💧||Bio Bidet Ultimate BB-600|
|💧||Runner Up||SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat|
Bidet Seat Types
Below we explain two types of bidet toilets seats.
1. Electric Seat
The most expensive types are electric seats.
They usually come with various features, and if you are ready to pay a bit more, an electric bidet will be your best choice. It usually has a heated seat, adjustable water temperature, nightlight, deodorizer, air dryer, and so on.
2. Bidet Attachement (non-electric)
A more affordable solution would be a non-electric seat or attachment.
They offer all the basic bidet functions for regular use but note that they are powered by water pressure. You should check the water pressure in your home and see if it meets the minimum requirements. In most homes, the pressure goes between 40 and 55 PSI.
Note that these seats have more advantages than just being affordable. For example, they don’t depend on electricity and will still work during the power outage. Also, they are easy to install and maintain.
Here is an informative video about the differences between electric and non-electric bidet seats.
Bidet Standard Features
Here’s a list of four standard features of a bidet seat.
✓ Self-Cleaning Nozzle or Wand
The nozzle (or wand) is one of the most important parts of an electric seat. It’s made of stainless steel or plastic, but in some cases, it can be a combination of both materials. However, stainless steel nozzles are usually better, since they’re more durable and hygienic.
Most seats will have one or two nozzles, which are always adjustable. Typically, you will be able to choose between wide and standard spray, for both front and rear washing.
You may be interested in our bidet handheld sprayer reviews.
Also, no matter the material, you will have to replace nozzles over time. Some bidet seats come with a self-cleaning nozzle, while the more advanced models have a sanitizing feature to keep it sterilized after each use.
✓ Heated Seat with Temperature Control
A heated seat is one of the most appreciating features of electric seats. Especially in cold areas or during winter months, sitting on a cold seat can be very uncomfortable.
The temperature is usually adjustable between 80F and 100F, and the seat will probably have three or four settings to choose from.
A heated seat is one of the reasons why many people switch from non-electric to electric seats.
✓ Water Pressure and Temperature Control
With the ability to control the water temperature, using the bidet will become a completely different experience, especially on cold days and nights. Of course, you can use hot water with a non-electric units, too, but you will find electric units more convenient.
The cost to connect a hot water line to the bidet can be quite expensive. Electric seats usually has a control panel that you can use to change the temperature, but some units will allow you to adjust the temperature remotely.
Also, unlike the hot water in non-electric seats, you will get instant warmth. Combined with the ability to control water pressure, you will get a real spa-like experience.
✓ Air Dryer with Pressure Control
Another great advantage of electric models is the air dryer. It leads to a completely hands-free experience, so you won’t even need the toilet paper.
However, cheap models usually don’t have this feature. Some more expensive models will also allow you to adjust the pressure and temperature of the air.
Comparisons of Bidet Toilet Seats in 2022
Reviews of the Best 8 Bidet Toilet Seats on the Market
5. Genie Bidet Ultra-Thin Seat Attachment
6. Smart Bidet 2000WE
7. Kohler Oval Adjustable Bidet Seat
8. TOTO C100 Washlet Electronic Bidet Seat
Bidet Toilet Seat – Extended Feature Guide
We listed additional topics of factors and features to help you choose the right unit.
Intermediate features will require you to pay more, but these can be very useful.
Here we listed five intermediate features of bidet seats to help you choose the right unit for your home.
✓ Air Deodorizer
It’s not the necessary feature, but it’s definitely nice to have. It consists of a small fan that draws air through a carbon filter and removes odor during the process.
However, the active carbon filter doesn’t last forever. You should change it every six months, but since they come in cartridges, they are usually affordable and easy to replace.
Most models will have a button on which you can activate the air deodorized, but some models will activate it automatically as soon as you sit.
✓ Remote Control
Some advanced bidet seats come with a remote control instead of a control panel. It provides the advantage of freedom and flexibility while operating the toilet. Although some models can still have a control panel on the side, the remote control will allow you to do all the adjustments and switch between different settings.
✓ Multiple Spray Mode
With the multiple spray mode, the bidet will provide you with a more elaborate spray washing, which can usually be either oscillating or pulsating.
The first option will have a nozzle that moves forth and back while washing. However, the pulsating mode will provide a massaging effect.
Advanced models have more features, such as aerated wash, enema wash, and similar. These features are nice to have, but they are not necessary.
✓ Feminine Wash Mode
Almost every electric bidet seat comes with this feature. This washing mode includes a wide-angle spray, which is gentle on the skin and covers a wider area, and comes with different washing modes.
However, note that some lower-end models state that they have “Front and Rear Wash Modes”, but it’s not the same as Feminine Wash Mode.
✓ Night Light
Another nice-to-have feature is a night light, which will make it easier to use the toilet in the dark. Usually, they will allow you to switch between multiple colors, and even adjust the brightness of the light. It’s not only useful, but somehow, it looks pretty nice in the dark and doesn’t consume much energy.
Advanced Features (optional)
These advanced features of electric bidet seats are not only good to have, but they also improve the overall hygiene.
Here are four advanced features to help you choose the best bidet toilet seat for your home.
1. Self-Sterilizing Nozzle and Bowl
If hygiene is your top priority, you might have asked yourself if bidet seats are sanitary. Yes, they are, but you will also have to pay more for better models. When it comes to self-sterilization, most seats focus on the nozzle.
However, some seats use electrolyzed water which has similar sanitizing effects as household bleach. On the other hand, some models use silver ions, which prevent bacteria reproduction.
Some TOTO washlets also use electrolyzed water to pre-mist the bowl when it’s not in use, which also leads to less frequent maintenance.
2. Auto Open and Close Seat
This feature is pretty rare among toilets, and by far, only TOTO and Kohler implemented this technology. It’s useful if you have a person with mobility problems in the family, but also, it makes the whole experience handsfree.
Due to a sensor, the lid opens automatically when you approach the toilet, while the seat is lifted via remote control. When you finish, the lid will close automatically.
3. Concealed Water and Power Connections
This feature doesn’t affect the performance of the toilet, but it has two advantages. At first, it makes the toilet nicer, since there are no exposed wires and cables. The other advantage is protection. When there is electricity, you should always be properly protected.
4. More Spray Functions
With more spray functions, there are more ways to enjoy the wash. You will notice that the remote has more buttons, but it doesn’t take much time to learn to use it properly. Some TOTO models have oscillating and pulsating spray modes, but that’s not all. By choosing a spray mode, water pressure, temperature, as well as a few other things, you can create a completely unique experience that you will enjoy.
Although there are just a few, we should still mention that electric bidet seats have some disadvantages. At first, they are pricier than non-electric units, and also, they require power to work. If the power outage happens, it will become a regular toilet.
Also, the installation is a bit trickier, and obviously, they consume energy. You should also pay attention to safety, especially due to the fact that water and electricity are close together.
Let’s talk about some of the most overlooked things when buying a bidet seat. At first, some manufacturers say that their bidet seat is suitable for all two-piece toilets. It’s true, but you should know that two-piece and skirted toilets might require a different installation.
Then, make sure that the power cord can reach the outlet. Since most cords are between 3 feet and 1 meter long, it’s ideal if the power outlet is around 1.5-2 feet from the center of the toilet. Finally, make sure to only use portable water for the bidet. If you are using untreated water for flushing, make sure to run a separate clean water line for the seat.
Tips Before Purchasing
There are a few things that you need to ensure before you buy the bidet seat. At first, you should measure the distance between two mounting holes. In most cases, it is 5.5 inches, but it’s not always the same.
Next, you should check whether your toilet bowl is round or elongated since it needs to match with the seat. It’s a nice idea to buy a seat that’s made by the same manufacturer as your toilet.
Finally, you should pay attention to the minimal clearance between the tank and the bolt holes. Usually, the clearance between 1.5 and 2 inches should be good enough but always check with the manufacturer.
If this is your first time buying the electric bidet seat, most probably, you don’t have the power outlet installed. Make sure to do it before you even unpack the seat, and if you are not a professional, don’t do it by yourself. Read our dedicated blog post about installing a bidet toilet seat here.
The primary thing to note is where to position the outlet. You should always place it as far from water as possible, but if the toilet is located between the vanity top and the tub, you should use the outdoor receptacle protector.
Take a look at this installation video.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there battery-operated bidets?
There are, but very few. You can find batteries mainly in portable bidets.
How to dry after using a bidet?
There are two ways to dry after using a bidet. You can either use toilet paper, or the air dryer if your bidet has one.
As you can see, buying an electric bidet seat can be tricky if it’s your first time. However, if you follow our buying guide or buy a model from our list, you won’t go wrong. All of these provide an excellent ratio of price and quality.