Differences between a Washlet and Bidet Sold in Bidet Shop

Washlets and bidets provide an alternative means of cleaning one’s bottom after using the bathroom. Because of their many benefits, more and more people are keen on getting one for their homes or establishment. However, when they walk into a bidet shop, they often confuse a bidet with a washlet and vice versa. So to help you avoid that situation, here’s a brief rundown on the differences between the two devices.


A bidet is a separate and stand-alone unit which is used to clean yourself after using the toilet. That is, it is not a part of the toilet itself and is placed beside a regular toilet bowl. On the other hand, a washlet is a seat that is attached to your regular toilet bowl. They basically look like a regular toilet seat, except of course for some features that make them unique.


Because bidets are a separate unit from toilets, installing them will require additional space in the bathroom. Because the bidet and the toilet bowl will be sitting side by side, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough space in your bathroom to accommodate these two. Bidet installation also requires more work, which then increases your labor costs. This is because bidets will need to be installed in your bathroom wall and connected to your plumbing. The wall job and plumbing works will require the aid of a professional, and may take some time to complete.

Washlets like a Pristine electric toilet seat on the other hand are easier to install and can be set up in a matter of minutes. The contractor will simply need to install it over the toilet seat, connect it to a water supply and a GFCI outlet (for electric toilet seats). If you’re pretty handy with tools, then you can do the installation yourself. Also, because the washlet is installed on the toilet itself, it doesn’t require any additional space. This also makes washlets a great choice for small bathrooms.


This a variable factor and can change depending on the circumstances. In general though, bidets tend to cost you more considering the price of the device and the installation requirements. As for washlets, the price is generally influenced by the model and features integrated in the washlet. Obviously, basic washlets will be cheaper, while high end models complete with all the bells and whistles will cost more.

These are just some of the differences between a bidet and washlet. To know more, don’t hesitate to ask the experts at the bidet shop for more details and clarifications.

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