We are in the process of designing a new house from scratch, and would really appreciate feedback on up-market bidets as a first install rather than a retrofit. In our current house, we have an old-fashioned bidet which I love as a way to control what I call crutch-rot. You sit facing the wall, will the bidet bowl with water, wash the difficult bits very easily, then drain the water out and dry with a hand-towel. However we have been looking at the Japanese options, which seem to be fairly common in the USA but virtually unknown in Australia. I think that you sit back-to-the wall, but I’m still not sure. As for many people with a back problem, twisting around to wipe my backside can be difficult and painful, so a wash and hot-air dry is very interesting. From a space and finances point of view, sticking to a new model ‘washlet’ could be a good option in a new-build, rather than waiting for a retrofit on top of a standard toilet. Yes, very expensive, but perhaps worth it?
I would be really grateful for some feedback on the options. Is a purpose built toilet-washlet the best option? Is a washlet seat OK? - as good as the whole purpose built thing? And can you use the toilet and flush normally, without having to use the squirt and warm air options?
Please follow posters, please give me the benefit of your experience!