Bidets are often referred to as washlets, bidettes and Japanese toilet seats. Although bidet is the accepted word for these sorts of toilets. It is established that the first references to the bidet as it appears now trace back to late 17th century France. It is thought that these bidets were first made by French furniture makers. The first electronic bidet was made in the 1960’s, however, non-electronic bidets are extremely common in many European, Asian, and Middle-Eastern countries and because of this, bidets are commonly a standard fixture in all buildings.
The bidet’s popularity in the western world is rapidly catching on, this is due to the fact that bidets are far superior than using the western method of toilet paper; especially in the hygiene department. The reason why the bidet has not been completely embraced however, is mainly due to the bidet being seen as intimidating and strange for first time users. While the bidet may be strange at first use, once you use it you will not know why you didn’t buy one sooner.
At The Bidet Shop Australia we commonly have customers that want a bidet after returning from overseas and having experienced first hand the benefits and comfort that a bidet provides as opposed to toilet-paper toilets. It is because of these features and benefits that they can’t stand to use traditional toilet paper toilets any longer.
Many well travelled people, many celebrities and people from all walks of life regardless of age or gender have abandoned the archaic method of wiping and have fully embraced the bidet, often buying one for every toilet in their house.