Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Look Ma, No Hands - The Joys of a Bidet
Americans are barbarians. Why, you ask? Oh, where do I begin? Well, for starters, a vast number of them wear shoes in the house. But, I'll leave that gripe for another post. They are barbarians because they don't clean their bums properly. The French and Japanese, on the other hand, are extremely evolved in this sense. They have the BIDET!
What is a bidet, well, it's a bathroom device to clean your bum after toilet use. First invented in France in the late 17th century, it is now ubiquitous there as well as most of Europe and Asia. It resembles a toilet and you sit on it as jets of water shoots up your bum. Check out this demonstration, no subtitles needed.
I prefer the Japanese toilet-bidet combo where the toilet seat contains the mechanisms for the jet action. A variety of companies make them but by far the nicest one is Toto. They call their seats, washlets. On the swanky models, seats are heated as well as the water and includes a dryer! Watch this informative video.
There are many benefits to switching to a bidet. For one, you don't have to use your hands to clean that part anymore. It's environmentally sound because toilet paper is not needed (towel to dry off is still needed though). Let's not forget, it keeps you squeaky clean. We use water to clean all other parts of our body, why would we skip that area?
I am confident Americans will come around some day. I am seeing washlets sold in more mainstream stores like costco. Hopefully the bidet will catch on better than soccer did. Bidets are not inexpensive but well worth the investment. I have seen them as low as $300 but don't cheap out on this important purchase. I highly recommend the Toto Washlet. Your bum will thank you for it. Who doesn't want a happy bum?
David, in the comments section, recommends the "hand bidet"/bathroom sprayer as a cheaper, less complicated alternative to the washlet/bidet. Brilliant!