Bidet Review: 'I Have Less Toilet Paper Anxiety'
Panelists score six popular models on installation, water pressure, usability, and more
Even if you weren’t caught unprepared by 2020’s toilet paper shortage, you may have looked into alternatives for a staple most of us take for granted.
It’s a short list. At the top is the bidet: a toilet accessory that employs a spray wand (or two) to deliver a cleansing stream of water to your undercarriage.
A bidet allows you to wash rather than wipe after using the loo, reducing the need for TP. (While many bidet seats come with an air-drying function, Allen P. Chudzinski, MD, a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, says that people should always pat themselves dry after using one to guard against problems associated with excessive moisture.)
According to a recent user study CR conducted, having a bidet has been a huge relief for some people these days. “I would estimate our toilet paper consumption has gone down by half,” a respondent said. “And I have less toilet paper anxiety.”
CR’s consumer experience and usability research team conducted a study of more than two dozen owners of six popular bidet models from BioBidet, Brondell, Luxe Bidet, Toto, and Tushy. (Our panelists were screened from more than 1 million consumers who have signed up to participate in research on common products and services.) Participants were asked to score four usability tasks for their bidet on a five-point scale and describe their experiences performing those tasks. See the reviews below.