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Buying a cheap bidet toilet seat is like buying a cheap parachute or a bargain cardiac pacemaker
February 12, 2016
First, let me say, you know you have really made it in this world, if you can afford a $700 toilet seat - just saying...
As you know, they make dedicated bidets. In our little bathroom, that was not an option. I looked at a lot of bidet toilet seats. Buying a cheap bidet toilet seat is like buying a cheap parachute or a bargain cardiac pacemaker. You probably aren't going to be happy with it. So, after you get over the sticker shock of a high end bidet toilet seat, and buy it; you still have to install it.
First, you have to remove your old toilet seat. This typically is an easy job. My old toilet seat wanted to make a crusade out of staying on. The seat bolts had rusted and you just about have to stand on your head to see what you are doing... but I eventually won and without breaking the toilet.
When you look at the video or instructions, apparently we have the only house that doesn't have an electrical outlet right next to toilet near where the water supply line is located. Rather than add another $300 to this boondoggle project (wife driven) I figured I could run an extension cord from the electrical outlet near the sink and mirror, thread it behind the vanity, and sneak the plugs behind same, as so to avoid the employment of an electrician. Alright... I should have bought a nice pretty white extension cord, a fact which is not lost on my wife (patiently waiting for the right moment to drop that bombshell). The directions are pretty straightforward and there are installation videos available on YouTube. You will need to shut the water off at the cutoff, flush the toilet, disconnect a few hoses, add a few fittings, reconnect the hoses, turn on the water, check for leaks, and then plug it in. An adjustable wrench or two is all you will need. If it weren't for my old toilet seat, fighting for its dear life, this would have been fairly easy.
This is the Cadillac of bidet toilet seats. The water that is squirted up at your ..... is warm. As I write this review, it is 15 degrees in Fairfax, VA. The water coming into our house from the outside is probably about 40 degrees. Having freezing cold water shoot up your kazoo is not the way I want to wake up in the morning. The water warmer is a good thing. The seat itself is heated and stays nice and toasty. There is a sensor in the seat to know if you are actually sitting down, so you can't accidentally spray water everywhere in your bathroom. This is a good feature.
My wife, the Princess, will never read an instruction manual. Me, I read them twice, once before installation and again during initial operation. Not my Queen of the Nile. She will seat on the can and push every button on the remote that comes with this thing until she figures it out - by trial and error. That is her way; tactile and hands on.
Now, our only remaining challenge, is where to mount the remote control holder / bracket. Her Highness is left-handed, and I am right-handed, so this is a decision that may never be made.
Is thing thing worth $700? That all depends on the value you place on domestic tranquility.