Bidet sales have steadily risen in the U.S. for years, and the toilet-paper shortages during the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, pushed these toilet fountains further into the mainstream. But they’ve been used around the world for decades, with good reason.
Bidet seats and attachments (sometimes called washlets) work with your existing toilet and use a stream of water to clean your bottom after you go to the bathroom. Washing with a bidet takes some getting used to, but it leaves you feeling cleaner, and it creates a lot less paper waste.
For four months, we tested the most popular seats and attachments to find out which you should install in your home. After a week spent using each device, we discovered the Brondell Swash 1400(available at Amazon) is the best bidet toilet seat you can buy. If you prefer a more affordable solution, consider an attachment model like the Bio Bidet Elite3 (available at Amazon), our best value pick.
But there are plenty of models available, with a wide variety of features and price points, that are all worth considering, and pretty much every single one of them beats using toilet paper.
Here are the best bidet toilet seats and attachments we tested ranked, in order:
Brondell Swash 1400
Toto Washlet C200
Bio Bidet Elite3
Luxe Bidet Neo 120
Alpha Bidet JX
Bio Bidet Bliss BB2000
Brondell Swash 1400
The Brondells we tested were consistently top performers in subjective experience and in our tests, and the Swash lives up to that expectation. It comes with plenty of bells and whistles. There’s a deodorizer, a seat warmer, air drying, warm water, pre-programmable user settings for two people, and more.
Some of these features are more useful than others. The warm air dryer is fantastic and saves on toilet paper. On the other hand, sterilizing the stainless-steel nozzle with a spray of silver nanoparticles feels a bit extreme, and the deodorizer leaves behind a chemical smell that isn’t great.
But the features that are useful are fantastic, and the entire washing experience is the best of everything we tested. The cleanliness, comfort, and adjustability fire on all cylinders. The experience is so smooth that we accidentally left this one installed for an extra week because it felt like such a natural part of the home.
The remote control is easy to use, and the bidet responds well to it—which isn’t the case with every model we tested. A remote may not sound like a big deal, but they present a big accessibility advantage. The alternative is seat-mounted controls, which can be easily obscured by your thighs, and are pretty far away if you have vision trouble.
As the top-tier Brondell we tested, it’s one of the priciest models around. But considering that it’s the category's equivalent of a supercar, the performance backs up its price tag.
Bidet attachments are usually more affordable than seats, and the Bio Bidet Elite3 is no exception. It may be straightforward, but it's fantastically effective and well-crafted. Installation was simple, and the materials were solid, including a metal T-adapter for adding the water line out to the bidet.
The controls are basic; you get an angle knob and a pressure knob. Adjusting them to perfection can take a little work, but it gives the bidet an impressive range. Plenty of other products have more features, but few give you this much control over the basics. In the end, that lets the Elite3 shine.
It’s comfortable to use, it cleans well, and it’s well made for the price. This attachment is thin enough to have a low profile, but doesn’t feel flimsy. There aren’t many special features, but that’s typical of attachment models. Unless you want to run a warm water line from your sink, you’ll have to make do with the tap water temperature.
Hi! I’m Garrett. I’m a copywriter and composer. I’ve spent most of my life writing, while also working in psych hospitals, jewelry warehouses, Medicare offices, tech sales, and composing music for video games. I’ve also written reviews on and off for most of my adult years.
When the pandemic first hit, my gut reaction was to buy a bidet. I’d been meaning to anyway, for both environmental reasons and due to … personal sensitivities.
When Reviewed asked if anyone was up for testing these bathroom luxuries, I saw my chance! I had the product testing experience (and plumbing know-how) to jump on the opportunity, and had already spent weeks comparison shopping.
To get to the bottom of it all, we researched the most popular, most hyped, and best-reviewed models, and tested just over a dozen electric bidet seats and toilet seat attachments.
We installed each product according to its instructions, then spent roughly a week with each one, using it out as part of our everyday routine, and putting it through its paces. We tried every feature. We experimented to see whether the controls were intuitive, then checked the manual for any features we missed.
We rated each bidet according to whether certain key features were present, the ease of installation, the ease of use, the adjustability and responsiveness of the controls, the effectiveness of the cleaning (and drying), and more.
We evaluated its stability, how easy it is to use and clean, and whether any settings were painful. (That last question is not one that you want to answer a dozen times in a row. There are consequences, medically speaking, to finding the outer limits of that many bidets. But we’re professionals here and dedicated to our work.)
How to Install a Bidet
Your bidet can take some getting used to. Finding a model that’s easy to install can make the process a little less intimidating. Basically, you turn off the water to the toilet, disconnect the water supply to your tank, and add a T-adapter. This adapter comes with the bidet, and it’s basically a joint that lets water flow to both the toilet and the bidet.
The bidet itself goes into the holes where your toilet seat mounts. Attachments install beneath the seat, and the seat’s screws run through the attachment and the toilet together, holding everything in place. For bidet seats, you’ll install a mounting bracket onto the toilet, then slide the seat onto the bracket.
This process should be fairly easy, although a few models managed to make it tricky. The good news is that unlike me, you’ll probably only have to do it once! Here are a few things to bear in mind as you go:
Look for quality parts in the plumbing. A metal T-adapter is a good sign. A plastic T-adapter inspires a little less confidence!
If you get an attachment, you’ll need a toilet seat with a little height that doesn’t lie flush against the toilet rim. Bemis or Church are good seats for this.
Without a little clearance, the bidet will make the toilet seat sit at a downward slope. It’s also super uncomfortable, and feels like the seat will either break, or you’ll slide off onto the floor. (We’re speaking from experience.)
What to Know When Buying a Bidet
There are a few other things to bear in mind. Many models have rear and front wash options. (Some models call the front wash a “feminine wash,” which isn’t the most inclusive language, but you’re likely to encounter it.) That front wash is incredibly useful. You may even find yourself using it as an all-purpose wash.
At one point, I started to wonder if my body was built incorrectly since the bidets kept missing me. Eventually, I raised my concerns with my co-tester, who confirmed she was also having trouble getting the water to hit her right.
I was relieved to learn I wasn’t some kind of jumbled Mr. Potato Head of a human being. The moral is that you may want a model with a front wash. The flexibility means it’s more likely you’ll find an angle that hits you correctly.
A front wash isn’t the only useful feature. Having warm water adds some comfort, as does an air-drying feature. Some models will oscillate the spray, pulse the water intensity, or do both. This can actually help provide a better clean and was always welcome.
On extremely high-end models (none of which we tested), you'll also find an automated opening and closing lid, which some may enjoy.
Other features weren’t as helpful. Some models had deodorizers, but these often created smells as upsetting as the smells they were neutralizing. In general, if a feature requires a recurring purchase (like some deodorizers, or self-cleaning features) we weren’t thrilled. If creating less waste is an advantage of bidets, then buying activated charcoal filters seems silly.
All of the seats that we tested need to be plugged into a GFCI electrical outlet. If you don't have one nearby, you’ll need a compatible extension cord. Features like remote controls and onboard water heating need electricity. The attachments that we tested were all mechanical bidets, meaning they don’t need an outlet—just the water pressure your toilet hookup provides.
The downside of these unpowered bidets is that if you want warm water, you have to route it from under your sink. Depending on your cabinetry, that may be difficult or even impossible. For our purposes, we shied away from those models in favor of cold-water models and seats that could heat water themselves.
One last compatibility issue—be sure to note whether you have either a round or elongated toilet bowl. If you’re buying a bidet seat, you’ll want to make sure that the seat matches your toilet bowl shape. Most manufacturers who make seats offer them in both shapes.
Regardless of the features you get, bidets are worth it. You’ll create a lot less paper waste, and spend a lot less time scraping yourself with dry paper. You’ll feel cleaner and more hygienic, and you’ll know that you’re doing your part to help the environment.
All around, a bidet is a huge positive. It’s just a question of what features you want, and what you’re willing to pay.
Other Bidet Toilet Seats and Attachments We Tested
Brondell Swash SE400
Brondell’s SE400 drops some of the more extreme bells and whistles from the Swash 1400, and not all of the parts are as durable. But the core quality of the cleaning experience is there, the side control panel is easy to use, and there are some great features for the price point.
In addition to angle and pressure adjustments, you get hot and cold water, a pulsing “massage” function, and an auto mode that runs through a cleaning cycle for you. Most of the features missing from the Swash are features we didn’t care for anyway, like the deodorizer. This is a fantastic bidet, especially if you don’t need the remote control.
The nozzle placement felt a little unusual, and we often used the front wash function as a rear wash. The good news is that the front wash makes an excellent all-purpose wash, even if that wasn’t the intent.
The Toto Washlet C200 was a great experience, but it took a little longer to get into than many of the other models. The instructions in the manual were baffling, convoluted, and suggested using unnecessary tools that weren't included.
This wasn’t our first bidet installation, and we would have been overwhelmed if it were. Thankfully, some YouTube tutorials helped us figure out how to put this thing together.
Once you finally get the Toto seat installed, it’s an absolute dream. The materials are solid and durable. The T joint is made of plastic, which is an odd choice at this price point, but it’s a heavier plastic than many others.
The remote is oddly attractive, with a smooth aesthetic and large, easy-to-read buttons. They control front and rear wash, pulsating and oscillation, and the pressure and position of the water. There’s a dryer, and you can store user presets for two people, so you each use the cleaning settings you want with ease.
The back of the remote has an LCD screen, where you can control the temperature of the water, seat, and dryer. You can also adjust the self-cleaning and the energy saver mode here. The screen is odd, and having a two-sided remote is counterintuitive. Still, the remote is one of the best we’ve found in terms of actual usability.
While some of the remotes on other models are finicky, the Toto C200’s worked from just about anywhere we helded. Out of curiosity, we even had someone test it from the next room, and as long as the door isn’t closed, it works just fine. Even the batteries were easier to install than other models.
On top of that, this bidet gave one of the best cleans we got from any test model. It takes a while to gear up, like most of the seats do, but the delay isn’t a huge concern. Some features like the pre-mist and deodorizer, weren’t particularly helpful, but the pressure and temperature adjustments were. During testing, the Toto was one of the models we left on the toilet longer than intended because the experience was so wonderful.
Omigo’s packaging and marketing is a little cheeky. But if it fits your sense of humor, it can make things a little less intimidating. So does the straightforward installation.
The solid array of features includes a front and rear wash, pressure and spray width adjustments, and warmers for the water and the seat. You can also store presets that will remember pressure and temperature settings for two users.
That said, the controls aren’t as easy to navigate as some others. To turn the LED night light off, you need to press two buttons at the same time. There’s no way to know that without the manual.
The remote is a bit of a clunker. There were symbols for features our model didn’t have. Meanwhile, some functionality can only be found on the seat itself. The remote requires four C2032 batteries, and prying the battery hatch open required a screwdriver every single time, because it refused to yield to our fingers.
When you sit down, it makes a friendly little chime and starts cleaning the nozzle, which felt odd. Like many similar models, it takes a while for the water to spin up, regardless of water temperature. But it cleans well, and this was one of the models where it was most difficult to hurt yourself, perhaps in part because you can adjust the spray width.
The Luxe Bidet Neo 120 is an extremely straightforward, well-made attachment. The packaging comes emblazoned with customer reviews like “Fantasstic!” Which is a bit much, but it’s certainly disarming. It’s hard to be intimidated by something that self-advocates with butt puns.
It comes with very clear instructions and a substantial set of materials. The hose and T-adapter are both metal, and Luxe even included plumbers’ tape. The instructions clearly indicate details of installation that others didn’t, and included a fantastic diagram of how everything fits together.
The adjustable water stream isn’t as helpful as some other attachment models. More often than not, I found myself scooting on the seat to be closer to the stream, rather than redirecting the flow. The cleaning is effective, but the water pressure can be a bit much at times, and it’s easy to turn the knob to a place that causes discomfort.
The SE600 is extremely similar to the SE400, but adds a remote control and the accessibility advantages that come with it. You don’t have to crane your neck to the side to see the controls. You can’t accidentally hide the remote with your hips like with a side console. And if you have vision issues, you can get the buttons on the remote as close or as far from your eyes as you need.
The SE600 also adds an activated charcoal deodorizer that eliminates odors and cycles them out through a vent system. Like many models, the deodorizing smell was a bit odd. Your mileage on the deodorizer may vary.
Unfortunately for the SE600, its big draw—the remote—was frustrating to use. It doesn’t always work unless you get it in a very specific range. The toilet is not where you want to be frantically waving a remote control around, flipping it in different directions, and trying to get it to connect.
The remote’s control panel is minimalist but useful. LEDs indicate nozzle positioning, water pressure and drying temperature, as well as the water and seat temperature. There’s a pulsing massage, an oscillation feature (unhelpfully labeled “move”) and an auto mode.
Using the remote was frustrating enough that it bumped the SE600 down well below the SE400 in the ratings. The SE400 is a fantastic workhorse bidet seat at a reasonable price, and this remote detracts from that experience
The Alpha Bidet’s features and price put it in direct competition with the Toto Washlet C200, and it suffers a bit for the comparison. Make no mistake, the JX is a perfectly serviceable product. It’s made of decent stuff.
The metal T-adapter is always a positive sign, and the bolts are made to lock into the mounting plate no matter which direction you put them in. It’s a small, one-off convenience (assuming you aren’t installing a dozen of these like we did), but it speaks to thoughtful engineering. (The clicks we heard as we tightened the bolts by hand were less encouraging, but nobody’s perfect.)
The included remote control was decently intuitive, and the battery hatch was far easier to open than the Omigo’s. However, the remote is extremely finicky. If you aren’t holding it in just the right place at just the right angle, it may not communicate with the bidet. However, the remote’s indicators will change even if the bidet doesn’t.
That means that the remote will indicate a pressure or temperature that doesn’t match what the bidet is doing—until you get the remote in range, and it slams into action. You can accidentally shoot the water pressure from 0 to 100 in an instant if you’re not careful, which is a pretty unwelcome surprise.
Overall, the Alpha offers a decent clean and some nice features. It has a wash and dry cycle, adjustable seat, water and air-dry temperature options, and more. But at the end of the day, the Toto Washlet C200 does a better job, for a similar price, with a much more reliable remote.
The Bio Bidet Bliss is a Cadillac of a bidet. This high-end model targets luxury users with a host of advanced features. Like the Swash 1400, some of those features were more useful than others, like the programmable auto-cleaning cycle that washes, oscillates if you want it to, then dries for a set amount of time.
Bio Bidet’s attachment was one of our favorites from the whole range we tested. Unfortunately, while their seat was solid, it didn’t stack up to its competition in the price range (mostly the Brondell).
The remote is serviceable, but not as streamlined or aesthetically pleasing as others we tested. The LCD screen is more helpful than expected, but could also serve as a point of failure.
One significant note on the Bio Bidet BB-2000: There is a button on the remote with an image of a jet of water shooting towards a person. It looks a bit like the Death Star trench run from Star Wars. The purpose of this button is to shoot water inside of you. Apparently, this is meant to help people who are blocked up or experiencing constipation.
We cannot say whether it works. What we can say is that if you are a person who has sensitivities, or perhaps hemorrhoids, you should absolutely never press this button. You certainly shouldn’t press it without expecting what’s coming, out of curiosity, or because you’re trying to figure out if the remote is “intuitive”.
And while there are plenty of great features—a few more than you’re likely to actually need (hello again, deodorizer!)—the remote is far from intuitive, featuring a series of arcane symbols that you will definitely need the manual to interpret, in addition to the potential for harm.
The Bio Bidet Bliss is a solid experience, but it loses a few points for obtuse controls, and for how easy it is to hurt yourself with the touch of a button.
The Ace electric bidet is Tushy’s first entry into the seat space. They call it the “Apple of bidets,” and that’s true inasmuch as Apple emphasizes aesthetics over functionality. This product is slick-looking—rounded, white, glowing, and less bulky than many of its counterparts. But the look is far and away this seat’s best asset.
The Ace is perfectly serviceable, with features comparable to other high-end models. But those features aren’t always implemented as well as other products in the price range. The water jet is weirdly intense, forcing users to choose between efficiency and comfort.
Sitting far back enough to be hit by the "bum" option caused some concerning creaks to come from the bidet, as well, though for most bidets (including this one) the "front" wash is more useful anyway. The drying option is a bit anemic, focusing narrowly rather than drying the entire area affected by the water spray.
The Ace does have some things to recommend it. It’s better-looking than just about any option out there, and the remote is one of the few options that isn’t downright ugly. However, that streamlined look comes at a price.
Most of the options are adjusted with a single set of plus/minus buttons. You select the option to adjust, then use the plus or minus buttons. Other features require reading the manual to know which buttons to hold down or press in tandem. It’s not an intuitive user experience, but you can get used to it.
Overall, the Ace belongs in its weight class. But for all its visual polish, some of its features don’t work as smoothly as some of the other bidets we tested.
There's a lot about the Tushy that immediately seems nicer and friendlier than some of the other attachment models. Most of the packaging is paper, with nary a plastic bag in sight.
The directions are comprehensive and easy to follow, warning you of potential issues to expect. If we had tried this one first, we might not have had to turn to YouTube for pointers like we did when we were first starting out.
That said, it's not perfect. The playful copy could be inviting or grating depending on your sense of humor. Though, having now written a great deal about these products, we can’t blame them for jumping on the phrase “seize the bidet”.
They included several nice details like plumbers’ tape for shoring up pipe connections, and most of the materials were solid. Unfortunately, the T-adapter where the water actually flows felt less substantial.
The Tushy’s performance was solid, but not incredible. It’s decently adjustable, but not as flexible as some of the other models we tested. While there is a warm-water model, it’s one where you have to find a way to hook the bidet up to the warm water supply under your sink. That’s a lot easier said than done if you have cabinetry under your sink.
The Element is Omigo’s attachment. It comes in a friendly blue box emblazoned with messages like “Let’s Go!” and “The future always seems weird at first.” There’s also a vinyl sticker for your car, in case you want to let your fellow road warriors know that you’re living the bidet life.
The attachment is well-constructed, made of thin plastic and is appropriately firm, while the T-adapter and water hose are metallic. Frustratingly, the manual acts as though you’re either installing or plugging up a hot water line, but the model we tested doesn’t have a hot water line. If we weren’t already familiar with the installation process upon reaching this one, we might have been thrown off by the extra information, which isn’t clearly marked as being optional.
There’s about a half-turn of water pressure flexibility in each direction—one for the front, one for the back. Pleasingly, the directions were labeled simply “front” and “rear.” Many bidets call the front wash “feminine wash” or something else less inclusive.
At full pressure, the rear wash shot across the bathroom and reached the ceiling. There’s a little shield for the nozzles, presumably to protect them while you use the toilet for other purposes. It doesn’t get as messy with its own spray as similarly-featured models did.
The water spray feels a little unwieldy somehow. It doesn’t create as large a mess as some do, but it’s also not incredibly effective. We often had to go back and give the Element a second blast to really get things cleaned.
One downside: A quarter turn in either direction turns on the self-cleaning feature. You don’t really need to clean it that much, honestly, and it’s impossible to use without first passing through the self-cleaning setting. This feels a bit like a waste of water, and it slows down the response time from turning it on to actually getting clean.
GenieBidet was the first device we tried installing, and it was how we learned that you need a toilet seat with some headroom if you want a bidet attachment. The customer service representative was very helpful, even recommending seat brands. He claimed that GenieBidet make the thinnest attachment out there, and this does seem to be true.
The GenieBidet is streamlined in a lot of ways. The thin plastic doesn’t feel as substantial as some of its competition, but it’s certainly sleek. The controls are extremely simple. There’s a knob. Turn the knob in one direction, you get a rear wash. Turn it the other way, you get a front wash.
The T-adapter is mostly metal, with a built-in washer for threading onto the toilet’s water supply. A rubber water line connects the T-adapter to the bidet, which may have a little less longevity than some of the other hoses, but it’s not a dealbreaker.
A water pressure valve on the T-adapter, adds another point of control. Which is helpful, because there is a lot of pressure in that little bidet. One tester noted that it “shot right through my legs and kept going!” You can adjust the pressure down at the source, but even at half-power, the GenieBidet was a little jumpy, leading to discomfort more often than some other models.
The controls can be a little frustrating to operate. If you don’t get that knob dead center, water will keep trickling out. But it aims for a small, simple, straightforward experience, and it hits that target.
The Astor installation process was more complicated than it needed to be, making optional tools sound essential and not providing them. It was especially frustrating since the Astor uses many of the same (or at least similar) mounting pieces as the Tushy and Bio Bidet attachments.
There was also a misspelling or two in the instructions, making them hard to follow if you don’t already know what you’re doing. Beyond that, the Astor was far and away the most frustrating to install, and the one that felt most tenuous once attached.
The water supply line is a rubber hose that squeezes over a protrusion on the bidet attachment, and then you secure it with a plastic bolt. None of it feels well made, and none of it feels like it would hold very long. Since the directions have you install that part last, you’re left to scrabble around upside down on the floor beneath your toilet to secure it.
The wash is decent. It’s very often painful, and it’s very bare-bones. There’s no front wash. This bidet does only one thing, and it does that thing with far more gusto than delicacy.
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