by Texas Homesteader ~
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What with all the toilet paper shortages & such, I’m reading about quite a bit of shopping/stockpiling anxiety for folks out there. But not me. I’d wanted to get a bidet (pronounced bid-day) for a long time. It can replace toilet tissue, and cleans with a gentle stream of water instead.
But it wasn’t toilet paper shortages that made me consider this purchase. Out here we’re on a septic system, so keeping toilet paper out of the system just keeps it healthier and allows us to go longer between times that it must be pumped out. So it can be a cost savings too.
We went paper-towel, paper napkin & paper plate free over a decade ago. Disposables in any of their forms are always shunned here. So a bidet can be an eco win as well.
Plus I’ve heard folks singing the praises of the cleanliness difference between using toilet paper vs. a bidet. So I asked RancherMan if he would research and find the best model for us.
Our Bidet Choice
Now when we’re researching a purchase, there are many things we look at. Typically RancherMan looks for high customer satisfaction ratings first. We want to make sure we’re buying quality. Then he’ll narrow it down to the features we want, and lastly he’ll hunt for the best price.
He decided on the *Luxe Bidet NEO 185 for our home. I like that it has two separate settings, which was a nice feature. And the pressure of the spray can be easily adjusted with the control knobs on the side. Oh, and the knobs were recommended by many users over the levers used by other models. So the Luxe Neo 185 is the model we decided on.
And when we made our purchase, the Luxe bidet was only about $35. Wow, shouldn’t take long to recover the purchase price simply due to the savings of toilet paper purchases!
Installing The Bidet Is Easy!
The bidet was ordered and received quickly. The kit came with not only the bidet, but a flexible water connector, a T-connector, some teflon tape to seal the connections and even appropriately-sized installation tools.
So RancherMan set to install our new bidet. First he had to turn the water off from the wall to the toilet. Then he flushed the toilet to remove the water from the toilet’s tank.
Attaching The Water Source
Now it’s time to hook up the bidet’s water source. RancherMan put a towel on the floor because he knew there would be a tiny bit of water that would run from the line when he disconnected it.
Next he disconnected the existing water line from the bottom of the toilet tank. The bidet’s T-connector and flexible water line were added to the bottom of the tank and he reconnected the existing incoming water line for the toilet on the other side of the T-connector. Done & done!
So now one water source goes to the toilet (as it always had) while the other water line also sends water to the bidet. Now that the water’s all hooked up it’s time to install the bidet.
The toilet seat was removed & the bidet was set on the porcelain bowl. He lined up the bolt holes & the toilet seat was placed on top of the bidet mount. Everything was reattached with the same bolts that once held the toilet seat to the porcelain. Then he connected the water flexible water line to the bidet unit. Wow, that was easy!
Issue With Toilet Seat Style
Then we stood back to check it out. But wait, what’s this? The toilet seat no longer rests on the porcelain bowl!
Back to the instructions where RancherMan found a small notice in the troubleshooting section that read:
Problem: After installing the bidet, the toilet seat does not rest flat on the toilet bowl.
1. The toilet seat has outer hinge tabs.
2. There is a curve underneath the toilet seat.
1. If the extra space is 1/2” or less, install *toilet seat bumpers.
2. Find a toilet seat that is flat at the bottom and does not come with outer hinge tabs.
We looked closely at our existing toilet seat and it did have a curve on the underside. Ugh, wish we’d noticed that when we were ordering our bidet!
Bumpers To Amend Toilet Seat
Thankfully it’s an easy problem to rectify with adjusting bumpers. These ‘bumpers’ attach to the underside of your toilet seat to assure it rests firmly & properly on the porcelain bowl.
We considered just buying a new toilet seat vs ordering the bumpers. But our toilet seat was pretty new so we decided on the bumpers.
They were ordered and received quickly, RancherMan installed them in minutes. You can see the light-gray bumpers in the photo below.
The bumpers simply have a strong adhesive to attach them directly to the underside of your toilet seat. They worked perfectly to rectify the problem. The toilet seat now rests firmly on the porcelain bowl.
So it will be helpful if you inspect your existing toilet seat before you order your bidet. That way you can order the bumpers at the same time if necessary. If the underside of your existing toilet seat is flush, you’re probably fine. But if the underside surface is curved (like many toilet seats are these days) then you’ll probably need to either buy a new toilet seat with a flat underside or simply buy the *adjusting bumpers.
Using the *bidet means we’re not having to use toilet paper. Instead, all that’s needed is soft cloth to blot dry the water from your skin. I’ve used color-coded squares cut from soft, worn t-shirts. But I settled on a set of inexpensive color-coded washcloths folded neatly in a wire basket sitting on top of the toilet tank. The cotton material is perfect for this use. And I’m pretty thrilled with our new bidet.
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