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Ask a plumber: Bidet toilet seats awash with features

The C3-125 toilet seat with bidet functionality from Kohler.
The C3-125 toilet seat with bidet functionality from Kohler. TNS

Q: I enjoyed your recent column on toilet seats, but I want to take it to the next level. We are looking to upgrade to a bidet-style toilet seat and our electrician has already installed the approved electrical outlet. Reading your article was great timing because I’m ready to buy my seat. So, what are some nice bidet toilet seat features that I can check out?

Dennis, Rhode Island

A: Bidet toilet seats can easily hook up to your toilet’s existing water line and can be installed on most elongated toilet bowls.

As you mentioned, electrical power is needed, but this allows the seat to incorporate a lot of built-in features. Remote controls, pulsating washing wands and LED lighting are just a few of the many options available.

From a technical point of view, bidet seats with small tank-style heaters can provide instant water warming with consistent temperature comfort. Seats with energy-saving settings can be a very smart choice. But, to really live large, you might want to blow some extra money on a bidet seat with a warm-air drying system as well.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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