Is It Finally Time to Get a Bidet?

How America is changing its attitude towards the bidet.

We've all experienced the disappointment of finding our favorite brand of toilet paper out of stock. It begs the question: Is it time for America to embrace the bidet? The bidet originated in France during the 1700s and has since been adopted by many countries around the world—except for America.

Thanks to the invention of bidet attachments that secure onto your existing toilet and eliminate the need for another bulky appliance, a simple bidet has never been cheaper (or easier) to install. And according to intel shared by TUSHY, the makers of a popular bidet attachment, America may finally be ready for the bidet revolution.

Sales of Bidets Are Skyrocketing

According to TUSHY, sales of bidet attachments have increased tenfold. "We had a few days where we sold over $500K a day, including a day where we hit $1M in sales," says Jason Ojalvo, CEO of TUSHY.

How Much Toilet Paper Can You Save?

"On average, Americans use 57 sheets of TP every single day!" reports Miki Agrawal, the founder and chief creative officer of TUSHY. "That's 36 billion rolls of toilet paper every year!" In comparison, their bidet attachment uses one pint of water for each use, and you only need a few squares of toilet paper to pat dry afterward. This process can reduce your personal toilet paper usage up to 80 percent. The win-win: Not only will you save money on TP over time, but it's better for the environment. In the long run, using a bidet saves trees, water, and the bleach used in the toilet paper production process.

How It Works

In recent years, many new bidet attachment companies have entered the market, with plenty of options priced under $100. Most work in a similar way, by attaching underneath the toilet seat to the side of your toilet and connecting to the water supply behind the toilet. When you're done doing your business, the bidet attachment sprays a cleansing stream of water, then you pat dry with a small amount of toilet paper.

Some things to consider: Look for options with adjustable nozzles, so you can customize both the angle and water pressure of the spray. Also consider whether you're OK with cold or room-temperature water, or would prefer the option of hot water. If so, you might want to upgrade to the TUSHY Spa, $119.

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