The Bidet is considered a French invention, but the oldest written reference is actually from Italy in 1710. These early primitive bidets did not look at all like the sophisticated models we have today, many of which can spray cold water or hot and have built-in deodorizers. They began as a simple bowl on which one could squat and used in the bedroom instead of the bathroom.
In 1750, the bidet à seringue made its first appearance. This evolution of the bidet included a deposit that was fed in a hand pump, which produced an ascending spray to clean the genitals. The bidets did not change much during the next 150 years or more until the 20th century, when modern pipes allowed a US toilet manufacturer to take them to the bathroom. This new incarnation of the bidet was like a porcelain accessory that was installed next to the toilet. It had a spraying tap and knobs to adjust the pressure when cleaning the private parts. In 1928, John Harvey Kellogg patented an anal shower that was designed to be attached to a toilet, rather than a completely separate unit.
The first toilet seat with a fully integrated bidet was manufactured in the United States in 1964, but never became popular in the US. UU Instead, it became very popular in Japan. In the 1980s, Japan began developing super high-tech bidets with more and more features. The first one was the inclusion of cold and hot water. Over time the bidets begin to appear with features such as automatic lid opening, automatic washing, heated seats, a hair dryer and even some massage options. Now many include a wireless control panel, soap dispensers, self-cleaning nozzles and multiple configurations for children and adults.
Different Types of Bidets
The bidets can come as separate traditional models or in a toilet seat design. Standalone models are installed next to your toilet, but you will need a lot of additional space in your bathroom, as well as some knowledge of plumbing or a professional to do it properly.
Traditional bidets come in two main categories: over the edge and heated rims. On the edges, the bidets have a horizontal spray to allow water to flow down on their private parts and inside the bidet sink, similar to how the sink fills with water. The heated edge bidets have a fountain jet near the center of the bidet sink. This allows you to spray water up vertically to clean the genitals. There are also combination bidets that have horizontal and vertical sprays.
A better option for the average owner is to look at the many bidet toilet seats available in the market. This type is installed in your existing toilet in the same way as a traditional toilet. Not only is it easier to install electric bidet toilets, but they will not look out of place in your home and come with many of the advanced features mentioned in the previous section.
In many countries in South and Southeast Asia, they have what is known as a shower bidet. These are similar to sprinklers found in kitchen sinks, as they are connected to a long hose and have a manual trigger nozzle.