As Americans prepare for self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stores are running out of many things: dried rice and beans, hand sanitizer, and … toilet paper. It’s in the face of this crisis — the virus and the TP shortage — that another item is becoming increasingly popular: the bidet.
Beloved by Europeans for centuries (the French invented it in the 1600s), bidets have taken a while to catch on in the West. Basically, a bidet is a mini-bath for your nether regions, and back in the days when people used chamber pots — pre-toilet paper as we know it — they were absolutely essential.
Early bidets consisted of basins that could be straddled, allowing one to splash water over areas that needed freshening up. With advances in plumbing, they graduated to standalone bathroom fixtures with taps on the side, kind of like a sink in reverse. (Instead of spraying down, the stream of water shoots up.)
Nowadays, there are many types of bidets to choose from. The most popular ones are sold as attachments for your existing toilet, or as toilet seats with built-in bidets. There are also portable bidets, travel bidets, and handheld sprayer bidets.
If you can’t find toilet paper in stock anywhere, a bidet could be just the solution you’re looking for. (And even if you’re fully stocked up on TP, we bet that once you try it, you’ll find yourself hooked on the fresh, clean feeling a bidet gives you.)
Fair warning: during this crisis, bidets of all kinds are selling out fast. We recommend getting yours while you still can. Keep scrolling to see Woman’s World’s top picks for the best bidets!
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1. Best All-In-One Bidet
TOTO SW2044#01 C200 Washlet
Where to buy: $429 (Originally $715), Amazon
This bidet does it all. Heated seat? Check. Front and rear nozzles to get you clean from every angle? Check. And not only will it get you nice and clean, it dries you off afterward and deodorizes the air. With a self-cleaning wand and a built-in toilet bowl cleaning feature, this bidet keeps itself as clean as it keeps you. Mounting and connection hardware is included, so you can install it yourself.
2. Best Handheld Bidet
GNEGKLEAN Handheld Bidet
Where to buy: $38.99, Amazon
This handheld option works — and looks! — like the sprayer wand on your kitchen sink, only it’s for your toilet. A stainless steel hose with attachments you can switch out, it can be hooked up to use with any water supply in your bathroom, so if you prefer to have it in your shower rather than next to the throne, that works too! This bidet option is not only affordable, it offers flexibility as to how and where you prefer to use it.
3. Best Portable Bidet
Where to buy: $21.99, Amazon
Want a bidet you can use anywhere? This portable bidet saves the day — and saves the trees by letting you conserve toilet paper! Just fill it up and give it a squeeze when needed. The BPA-free bottle is soft and easy to grip, and the design makes it easy to reach wherever you need it to go.
4. Best Luxury Bidet
TOTO SW3046#01 S500e Washlet
Where to buy: $918, Amazon
Designed for the true bidet enthusiast, this high-end option is worth the hefty price tag if you want the best bathroom experience money can buy. Not only does it have a heated seat, a front and rear warm-water cleanser, five adjustable temperature and pressure settings, a warm air dryer, and an automatic air deodorizer, it cleans the wand and toilet bowl before and after every use. The Toto brand has long been known as the best-in-class when it comes to toilets. Bottom line? This is the best of the best. Treat yourself!
5. Best Budget Bidet
Lotus Smart Bidet
Where to buy: $299, Amazon
A more affordable option that still offers a transformative bathroom experience, this “smart bidet” has a heated toilet seat, warm water wash, and an air dryer with temperature control. The spray nozzle is adjustable, so you can aim the water exactly where you need it, and it washes itself with a jet stream before and after each use. It’s compatible with both round and elongated toilets and comes with all the hardware needed for installation, plus a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
6. Best Bidet Attachment
Luxe Bidet Neo 320
Where to buy: $89.95 Amazon
This bidet attaches to the side of your existing toilet and uses either hot or cold water, depending on your preference. There are two nozzles, each equipped with a temperature control lever. A special “feminine” nozzle is designed to aim lower and have a softer spray, and the both sprayers retract for storage when you’re not using them. And everything you need to install the Neo 320 comes with it, no plumber required!
7. Best Travel Bidet
Mini Boss Electric Bidet Sprayer
Where to buy: $28.99, Amazon
No toilet paper? No problem! This motorized, portable bidet is sweet, discreet, and perfect to pack with you on a weekend getaway or an extended escape from the city. Simply insert batteries, fill the reservoir with warm water (or whatever temperature you prefer), and it’s ready to use. Choose low or high pressure with the touch of a button. Requires two triple-A batteries (not included) and comes in pink, white, or green.