What Are The Different Types Of Bidet?

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Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by acechapman

Before you decide on which bidet model you want, it is worth learning about the different types of bidets. You will want to learn about features, cost, and other details. There are so many models and types on the market, thus, narrowing the field is important. Unless you do, you’ll be at a loss.

Types Of Bidet

Portable Bidets/Travel Bidets

The expression “portable bidet”, has a strange sound. A small toilet bowl spraying water on your privates is something that no one would want. It’s actually quite the opposite.

A portable bidet, as it is sometimes called, is actually a small container containing water or solution with an attached tube. The attached tube and nozzle are what you need. This type of bidet also goes by the name backpacking or travel bidet.

It works well for the function in any case. However, one hand is tied up for the initial phase. This type of bidet can only be used with the temperature you have filled the bottle. Only warm water can be sprayed if it’s available at a nearby tap. 

There are two types of them: 


As the non-electric was already described, it is a small hand-held water bottle that you fill with water. The nozzle attaches to the bottle. You can attach the nozzle to any plastic container or insert it like a wine cork.


Nearly all of the electric models are battery-operated such as, TOTO HW300. These models are more costly but provide relief from the need for you to use hand pressure. This can be a big advantage for seniors and those who have had recent operations. These batteries usually consist of a pair of AA or AAA batteries, but some models use watch-type disc batteries that can be recharged through a USB connector.

They are a great choice for travelers, people with disabilities, and anyone who would like to try the bidet function before investing in a more expensive bidet.

Stand Alone Bidets

The stand-alone bidet is at the other end of the spectrum. Stand-alone means a unit that is completely independent and separate from the rest of the bathroom.

This style has all the functions of a full bidet, but it is not a toilet. This is not meant to be used for removing waste but to clean up afterward.

These are usually the expensive option and occupy most space in your bathroom. They are very common in Europe and Japanese homes. These are even very popular in South America. However, you will find very few of them in the United States.

It hasn’t caught on, whether it is because of cost, space, or cultural inertia. However, the other types have.

Bidet Attachments

A bidet attachment is one of many bidet items you will find in American homes. The bidet attachment attaches under the seat to a toilet bowl. They are usually the most affordable but have the fewest features.

Bidet attachments don’t have the ability to adjust the temperature of the seats, they don’t have a warm air dryer, and rarely offer remote controls. These are just three examples of many options found in most bidet seats. However, having warm water is possible.

Hand-Held Bidet Sprayers

This bidet attachment is a kind of portable that’s in the middle of a handheld and a portable. This is called a “handheld” bidet sprayer.

It can’t be taken with you as a travel bidet. A T-valve or hose can be inserted into the water line to replace the attachments and bidet seats. However, the spray wand will not be within the toilet. The hand unit, which is similar to the kitchen faucet sprayer, is located at the end of a long, usually metal mesh hose.

You have full control over where the spray goes, and that’s not a pun. You don’t need to move around on the toilet seat or use a remote or side control to aim the spray where you want.

Be aware that not all units come with dual feeds (for hot and cold water), temperature adjustment knobs, or other features. The pressure can be adjusted somewhat by the pressure that you apply to the valve/hand lever. This style may not be for everyone but it is worth looking into.

Bidet Seats

This replaces the current toilet seat with a combo bidet seat. The required spray jet(s), however, are located inside and underneath the seat. They can be extended enough to do the job effectively and efficiently.

These devices are usually a bit more expensive than attachments or hand-helds, and can sometimes cost a few hundred dollars more. The extra cost is worth it for the enhanced functionality and ease of maintenance.

There are two types of bidets: non-electric and electric. You can connect the bidet with an outlet to power a water heater or a seat heater. Sometimes, a fan-driven deodorizer and a warm-air dryer are used.

Bidet seats often come with fully-featured remote control units that can be used to operate the seat remotely. Some models have a side panel attached, while others may come with a full-featured remote control unit. Personal preference will determine which control method you prefer.

Toilets with Built-In Bidet

This type is similar to the bidet seats. It has a toilet with attached spray jets that are angled to clean you. It is a toilet and a bidet in one.

This not only improves the styling but also increases the functionality. One manufacturer can easily create a seamless appliance that works by controlling both the toilet and the bidet.

Although these types of bidet are the most expensive, it offers the greatest number of features. TOTO, a Japanese toilet company, is one of the few companies that sell these bidet combo models.

Final Words

These are the different bidet types. Bidets are now available in a variety of sizes and can provide valuable comfort and health benefits. They also don’t take up extra space in your bathroom. You get what you pay for, with prices ranging from a few dollars up to $1000.

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