Should your bathroom include a bidet?
What new bidet users need to know before making this bathroom upgrade
“I’m not coming to your house anymore if you won’t buy toilet tissue,” my mother hissed at me as soon as she realized I was serious about buying a bidet.
I laughed. It’s not exactly the most common thing people find in black households, but I was hell bent on buying one. Comedian Hasan Minhaj talked me into it. After he went on and on about bidet use during his Netflix show “The Patriot Act,” I looked up all the perks—increased feminine hygiene, decreased risk of bacteria in urine, lower risk of hemorrhoids, ideal for sensitive skin, more efficient cleaning.
My mother shook her head, not caring about any of these perks, especially the ones that didn’t affect me or her directly. I was still determined to get a bidet. It seemed far more hygienic than toilet tissue, and I was curious what all the hype was about. When other guests arrived (mainly men), they were equally horrified by the idea of water squirting upward. I stood firm. I was keeping my bidet no matter what anybody thought. Three years later, two of which included a worldwide pandemic that made everyone insanely territorial about toilet tissue, I’ve saved hundreds of dollars simply from ignoring all the anti-bidet folks around me.
But before homeowners purchase an electric bidet, non-electric bidet, handheld bidet or a travel bidet, here’s what should be known pre-purchase.