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There are many interesting and useful traditions from cultures around the world, and not all of them have made significant inroads in the United States. One of the most practical tools in personal hygiene is the bidet toilet seat.
When I first visited Japan years ago, I was fully aware that I would have to learn how to use one of these contraptions (which were fairly new to me at the time). I was a little less prepared for how easy they were to master and how superior they were to using regular old toilet paper.
Since then, I have been looking for a bidet seat that will fit my toilet. The high-end models often found in high-end establishments in Tokyo are often remarkably expensive, but the Omigo is a fantastic alternative. It’s currently at a steep 25% discount (using code CLEAN25), but even at its regular price, it’s still more economical than many models from more well-known brands.
What is the Omigo bidet?
Dramatically different from the European-style free-standing or handy portable bidets I knew, I immediately fell in love with seat-integrated models like the Omigo bidet. If you’ve looked at high-end bidets before, you might recognize the Toto brand, which has a wide range of the most popular bidet toilet seats on the market. Toto bidets are great appliances by all accounts, but they’re also notoriously expensive. The Omigo aims to offer premium functionality and craftsmanship at a reasonable price.
The Omigo bidet’s long list of features impressed me just as much as the features of other high-end options from the start. It offers a wide variety of controls including a range of water pressures, nozzle directions and spray widths. It even provides hot water on demand and can heat the seat as soon as you lift the lid. There are also a host of quality of life improvements like a night light and even a carbon based deodorant to reduce bad odors.
How the Omigo bidet works
There are two separate nozzles in the Omigo, one for front and rear cleaning. You can customize the operation of these nozzles, including choosing from seven positions, three spray widths, three pressure settings and optional oscillation for a completely clean feeling. The nozzles even aerate the water before spraying, resulting in a comfortable spray that is nothing like a pressure washer.
Apart from the actual performance of the nozzle, there are many other features that make using the Omigo a great experience overall. There is a hot air dryer that takes about 30 seconds to fully operate, which will greatly reduce or virtually eliminate the need for regular use of toilet paper. The seat doesn’t just heat up; you can set your favorite temperature. Speaking of the seat, both the seat and the lid have soft-closing hinges that make the whole matter of their use even more discreet.
There are also a few safety and sanitation features worth mentioning. The seat itself has a skin contact sensor that prevents it from functioning when no one is sitting on the toilet. To help keep everyone clean and healthy and free from contamination, the nozzles rinse before each use. They don’t just use plain water, they use a solution (made from silver ions) that has been proven to kill germs on surfaces.
What you should know before buying an Omigo bidet
There are two versions of the Omigo bidet. Both are designed to work with the most common toilets in the United States. The elongated model is a bit larger than the round model, and it’s pretty straightforward to figure out which one you need.
One thing that particularly impressed me is the ease of installation of my Omigo bidet. I’m not at all confident with the actual plumbing work, but the instructions were written clearly and the installation process was surprisingly straightforward. All I really had to do was turn off the water, connect it to the seat, and turn the water back on. After that, I simply plugged the bidet seat into the wall outlet, slid the cover off, and that’s about it. The whole process took about 30 minutes.
Concretely, other aspects deserve to be taken into account. The Omigo bidet seat can support up to 330 pounds (the cover is rated at 270 pounds) and the construction of the assembly is particularly sturdy, with no noticeable bending during installation or use. With that in mind, it’s considerably bulkier than a standard toilet seat, although that doesn’t interfere with general use in any way.
To use the Omigo bidet, there is a complete remote control with relatively obvious markings on the buttons. The remote itself works great, but I felt the wall mount bracket and fasteners were of a bit poor quality, which is the kind of thing you can easily upgrade with a quick trip to the hardware store. It should also be noted that although the LED night light can be turned on and off, you cannot adjust the color or brightness. Finally, the only time that installation can be very difficult is if you have a toilet that is unconventional in shape or only offers superior access to the bolts that hold the seat to the toilet.
Where to buy an Omigo bidet
You can purchase the Omigo bidet directly from Omigo. You can also look to Amazon for the high-end luxury model and the more basic, cheaper SL version. Sold by Amazon.
Other bidets to consider
Tushy Classic 3.0
Tushy has done a great job convincing many Americans to take the bidet. This simple non-electric model is as durable, affordable, and easy to use as any. Sold by Amazon and Tushy.
Coming from one of the top toilet and sink manufacturers in the United States, the Kohler Novita offers a similar feature set to the most high-end car wash stations, but is a fraction of the price of most high end units. There are two sizes for round and elongated toilets. Sold by Amazon.
Bidet Bio Bliss BB-2000
While not cheap, the Bliss BB-2000 is built around a very high quality nozzle, which is really the most important part of the device. Its instant hot water and tightly regulated pressure and ventilation make it a pleasant and above all cleansing experience. Sold by Amazon and Organic bidet.
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Chris Thomas written for BestReviews. BestReviews has helped millions of consumers simplify their purchasing decisions, saving them time and money.
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