With all the uncertainty in our world today, the last thing we should all have to worry about is being able to do our business in the bathroom—right? Our social media feeds have been flooded by light-hearted memes about grocery store shortages of simple household items like toilet paper and hand soap for weeks—and quite frankly… we’re over it! If you’re lucky enough to get in the door right as they open, you might be able to make it out with a dozen rolls of single ply—let alone the quality bath tissues.

Thankfully, the toilet industry does have a solution that is more affordable than you think and can even help to prevent contact with unsanitary surfaces.

The bidet has been around for centuries, originating in Europe. Their popularity has grown to be a common luxury in many European and Asian homes, largely due to their sanitary appeal. However, bidets are still seldomly seen in the American home.

Today, the technology has advanced to the point where all you need to do is swap out your toilet seat, in most cases. Bidet seats can replace your existing toilet seat and are easily installed to your toilet’s water supply line. The only other utility you need is little power by way of a 3-prong grounded outlet on the wall near the toilet or hidden inside the vanity cabinet.

Once the seat is installed, you no longer need to rely on toilet paper! A wand concealed in the seat extends inside the bowl at the touch of a button and sprays water to clean your backside after you finish your business. The wand then retracts and is sanitized after every use within the chamber in the seat.

In addition to seats, several vendors offer Smart Toilets with built in bidets and low-profile tanks and other features that can transform your sitting experience into something enjoyable. There are automatic open/close sensors to avoid lifting and closing the lid, warm air dryers, adjustable seat warmers, deodorizers, and most have adjustable water pressure and temperature for the spray.

Needless to say, once you’ve owned a bidet it’s hard to think of how life was before making the switch. Any nightmares you once had of empty supply shelves void of paper cleaning products or the fear of needing a shower to cleanse your backside will all be a thing of the past. But more so than just a response to the global pandemic, a built-in bidet is a luxury you can afford and will appreciate long after life returns to normal.

Bidets and seats are available at Chown Hardware from Icera, DXV, Duravit, and Toto. They come in a wide range of price points to meet every home’s budget. Contact our team today for availability and pricing.

We want to wish all of you good health and encourage you to stay safe. We look forward to seeing you on the other side of COVID-19.