Q: Hi Ed: I have a resolution this year to remodel my master bathroom. We want to include a bidet, but I don't know if we should install a separate bidet plumbing fixture or install a bidet seat on the toilet to make a combo unit. Can you please let me know the advantages of each?
– Dave, Washington state
A: Years ago, a bidet fixture with a hot and cold mixing valve was the standard choice.
But recently, new electronic bidet-functioning toilet seats and smart toilets have become very popular.
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While both styles will do the job, here are a few advantages of each type.
DEDICATED BIDET PLUMBING FIXTURE
Electrical power is usually not needed, adds classic style and value, full range hot/cold water mixing.
ELECTRONIC BIDET SEAT
Electric seat warming and water warming, LED night lights, warm air drying.
One final note: Make sure you can fit a bidet and toilet. If not, a single bidet seat/toilet combo can wash away a small space issue.
Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.