I opted for one of the washlet seats for three reasons:
1. Saved space.
2. More features than a standard bidet.
3. It was easier to add an electric outlet than to plumb supply lines
and a discharge line.
Interestingly, bidet installation is said to be dropping in Europe and
they are rarely found in new construction.
I'd be very surprised. That would be like saying fewer people in the
US are building homes with more than one bathroom. Do you have a cite?
Yes, wonderful investment. Don't know how I got along without it.
Is that supposed to be "between a toilet and a shower stall"? I hope
you're not thinking of putting the bidet in a separate room.
Just like a sink. There's really not much waste. No more than you have
from washing your hands.
I plumbed mine into a branch that includes the sink and the shower but
I suppose you could go directly into the main stack.
Don't forget you have to add on a faucet and drain set. For labor
you'd have to ask someone in your area.
Models vary, but many that I have seen, including the one we installed
in our master bath, drain out the bottom. This means that a P-trap will
have to be installed beneath the floor, and the vent attachment has to
I have seen some that are high enough that a P-trap can fit under it but
above the floor, then the drain can go into the wall similar to the way a
sink would (except, the drain is MUCH closer to the floor!).
I have seen the bowls go for that much, but then there is the faucet!
We managed to find a decent bowl from a shop that deals with used fixtures
that were pulled from a demoliion. It was $75 and didn't require much
cleaning, but the old faucet on it was crap. Besides, we wanted a faucet
to match the rest of the bathroom (Moen Monticello series).
Our local BORG told me the price for one of those faucets (special order)
would be C$465 plus C$35 for the handles (plus our wonderful 15% in sales
taxes). I managed to find one and the handles on Ebay that ended up costing
me about C$250 including shipping and taxes (collected by the post office
when things come into the country).
So, you are doing pretty good if you can get the bowl and the faucet for
about $400, but it is not unheard of to spend $800.
Installation? Well, that can vary greatly. The rule of thumb I always
use (besides doing it myself, if I can) is $2 labour for every $1 in
materials. On a specific job, that may vary greatly. For instance, it may
be fairly easy, or extremely difficult to bring in either the DWV or the
supply lines to where you need them.
As for the usefulness of a bidet - I wouldn't want to live in a house
without one. I think it is safe to say a bidet is more useful for women,
but - and I'll try not to be too graphic -- all the advertising for
toilet paper aside, when you get a case of the trots, the softest brand
that you can find in the world starts to feel like 80-grit sand paper
by the third visit to the throne. ;-)
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