How to Install a Bidet Because It’s Easier Than You Think

Bidets have long been a common bathroom fixture in many parts of the world, but they finally found their moment to shine in the United States at the onset of the pandemic, when toilet paper was hard to find. We’ve already talked about the benefits of a bidet and how to use different styles, but what about installation? It’s easier than you think, and you don’t need a professional to do it.

How much does a bidet cost?

To begin with, there is a difference between a bidet attachment and a toilet seat bidet . Attachments fit onto an existing toilet seat and are usually manual rather than electric. The bidet toilet seat replaces your current seat with a new one, comes complete with the bidet and can be manual or electric. Electric toilet seat bidets often have a remote control to control the flow of water and can also include several enhancements such as warm water settings or different jet settings.

A basic manual bidet attachment will start at around $ 30, while a slightly more functional setup can set you back between $ 99 and $ 149 , depending on the seller and style. Manual bidet seats will set you back around $ 100 to meet your basic needs, while trendy electric models can go for $ 429 and up .

How to install the bidet nozzle

Any installation in the bathroom can seem intimidating. If you know little (or nothing) about plumbing, you might hesitate to go downstairs and dirty your toilet, but installing a bidet attachment is pretty straightforward.

To do this, you will need a flat-blade screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, a towel, and a bucket. First, locate the toilet shut-off valve to shut off the water supply to the toilet. Flush the toilet to remove all water from the toilet and reservoir. Take a towel and bucket and place them under the water hose connected to the toilet to collect excess water. Use a wrench to disconnect this hose.

Attach the bidet hose adapter (supplied with the new bidet) to the existing hose. Then connect the bidet hose to the adapter and then to the bidet attachment. (If you have a hot and cold water nozzle, be sure to connect both hoses appropriately – hot water will come from your bathroom sink hose .)

Use a screwdriver to unscrew the screws on the toilet seat and remove the seat completely. After removing the seat, align the bidet mounting holes with the toilet seat bolts and reattach the seat. Make sure all washers and bolts are tight before turning on the water again. Once this is done, your bidet is ready to use.

This helpful video from Mr. FixIt DIY gives step-by-step instructions on how to install the bidet head.

How to install a bidet on a manual and electric toilet seat

Much the same installation procedure applies to manual and power bidet seats , but instead of attaching the hoses to a separate nozzle, they attach directly to the new toilet seat.

The electric bidet seats require a nearby socket to operate. If there is no outlet nearby, you will need to call an electrician to install it. If you don’t want that additional cost, you can opt for a manual seat. According to Tushy , installing a manual bidet seat takes less than nine minutes, while installing a power seat will take about the same amount of time.

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