For anyone looking to upgrade their bathroom experience, look no further than a smart bidet toilet seat. This Japanese staple is making its way to the US, much to the excitement and appreciation of world travelers, people with limited mobility and families looking for a cleaner toilet experience.
For an entry-level model with lots of bells and whistles, consider the Brondell Swash 300 Bidet Seat. Brondell is an American company that delivers water technology in the form of smart toilet seats, water filtration systems and more. Their Swash 300 includes features like self-cleaning nozzles, aerated wash spray, water pressure controls, and water and seat temperature settings. All this is available on Amazon for a reasonable $249. The elongated seat is currently on sale for just $219.99, which is a great deal if you’re interested in getting used to the bidet lifestyle.
The full list of features on this bidet toilet seat is a long one. There are posterior and feminine warm-water washes, water pressure controls, wireless remote control, gentle closing seat and lid, automatic power-saver mode and a safety sensor system. It’s also possible to remove the smart toilet seat for cleaning with the quick-release system.
It’s important to remember that creating a high tech toilet requires an electrical outlet. You’ll need a GFCI outlet within reach of your toilet. The cord on the Brondell Swash 300 is 3.5 feet, although the manufacturer does say that using an extension cord is just fine.
Many current users bought this smart toilet seat after a trip to Japan, but the Swash 300 is also gaining traction with everyday users. It’s a great investment for family members who have limited mobility. While I have not tested the theory, a bidet will pay for itself over time, thanks to decreased toilet paper usage. In turn, this will save your plumbing and septic system from damage.
Some reviewers caution that the seat is small and a larger person may not comfortably fit. This is an investment, so being comfortable is a must! It’s also important to note that in order to install the smart toilet seat (which is a pretty simple process), it’s best to have a 3 inch allowance between the bolts that hold your toilet seat on to your toilet and the tank on the back of your toilet.
There are people who will never get on board with a bidet, but if you’re willing to try this toilet gadget, it could definitely change your bathroom experience.
This review is part of our series on bathroom technology. Read our whole list of Cool Bathroom Gadgets Your Home Needs for more smart bathroom ideas.