How much toilet paper do you use in 10 years per bathroom?
I'm trying to convince my wife that it's cheaper to buy a bidet
and have it installed in the master bath, than to buy toilet paper
for that master bathroom.
I figure a 10-year payback period should be reasonable.
I ran the calculations of 1 roll of toilet paper a week, but,
she doesn't believe my calculations.
How much do you use in a 10 year period?
Do you think TP outweighs the cost of a bidet?
Here, toilet paper usage is typically "per person"! Our bathrooms
are very frugal and don't USE any!
Do you folks plan on walking around with WET butts? Or, are
you investing in an air dryer, as well?
TP is cheap. TP doesn't require any demo/construction labor.
TP doesn't need maintenance. Payments for TP can be spread out
over the time you use it (instead of a lump sum up front).
I think bidet is a cultural/personal preference issue. What do you
do if she later decides she doesn't like the sensation? Plumb
a toilet immediately adjacent to the bidet (and pay to modify the
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9:36:11 PM UTC-6, Don Y wrote:
You stated it very well. There would be the added cost
of a dryer or added cost of laundry if you plan on using
hand towels every time your butt gets a washing. Or you
could just buy some of those pre-moistened cleaning towels,
such as used for babies (baby wipes). Those would be a
heck of a lot cheaper than a bidet.
Well, some of my tongue-in-cheek arguments are a bit specious.
E.g., TP requires a *toilet* and that toilet requires maintenance,
Over the years, we've encountered them in various upscale hotels.
And, a "love retreat" where they were used to clean up from
But, I think they are the sort of thing that you either grow
up with or not. E.g., we have a dishwasher and still wash most of
our dishes by hand -- old habits die hard (especially when
those habits become *intimate*!)
You also have to consider how guests (and future homeowners) will
take to them. E.g., if I put a *urinal* in my bathroom, I'm sure
the male visitors would have no problem "adapting" -- and chuckling
about the encounter! OTOH, a bidet might scare some folks away...
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8:55:10 PM UTC-7, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
ONly dumb French ass washers use bidets. If you like shitty water dripping all over the place than by all means get a bidet.
TP is the only way to go. You'll regret the bidet the first month you use it.
The bidet is very popular in Europe. While paper is suitable in most
cases, there are times a water wash would be a good aid in hygiene.
Some women like to use it a couple of days a month too. It made more
sense at the time when people did not bathe/shower frequently either.
Of course, as you state, a bidet would never be needed by a perfect
It would be even cheaper to just add an under seat bidet to the toilet.
They are available from about $20 to $100, most around $50-$60, check
Amazon. If it were me, I'd buy one and try it before investing in a "sit
alone" bidet, not only cost effective but far more convenient.
We have two of them - $30 each - and they work fine. Still have to use some
TP though, if only to dry yourself.
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