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The Bio Bidet BB-2000 (also known as Bliss BB-2000) is one of the best products of its kind on the market right now. Fortunately, it’s also far from the most expensive. For a mid-priced unit, it would be hard to find a better value.
Everything you need to install and use is in the box. Even the seat itself is there, since this is a full bidet seat and not merely an attachment. And to say there are ‘tools required’ is almost an exaggeration. A wrench might help if you need to tighten the hose nuts a little extra hard, but that would be it.
Along with the seat itself, which has all the electronics and plumbing used during operation, there are several unusual extras included. Two small but telling examples are the fat, cone-like rubber washers used underneath the superbly designed ‘wingnuts’ used to tighten down the unit onto your toilet. Even the AA batteries needed for the hand-held remote control are included!
I’ve installed so many bidets now I’ve lost count. Out of dozens, the BB-2000 stands out for ease of installation. I’m normally pretty harsh in this category, but I can’t think of any way to fault this model.
Someone with less experience or DIY facility with home products might need to spend a few minutes studying the installation guide. And, truth to tell, there are a couple of minor areas that require a bit of close looking at.
For example, the illustrations and written guidelines make it a little hard to tell at first which hose to connect where. That problem is readily overcome with a little thought and testing. Bio Bidet could improve here by specifying the purpose / location of the white plastic-wrapped hose versus the metal mesh one. The white one connects to the bidet seat. But that’s about the most serious criticism I could level, and it’s pretty minor, really.
- A = Metal mesh hose used to connect bathroom water valve to T-valve bottom (“G”).
- B = White vinyl hose used to connect T-valve (“G”) to bidet seat water inlet.
- C = Plastic catch plate attaches to toilet, used to secure bidet seat which slides on.
- D = Slips into grooves in catch plate (“C”) to secure plate to toilet, to provide solid base for “F” bolts.
- E = Elbow used with “B” (as part of water flow); fits between seat and white vinyl hose.
- F = Hand-tightening bolts (fit underneath toilet bowl) used to secure bidet seat to toilet.
- G = T-valve, fits between bathroom water valve and white vinyl hose (“B”).
- H = not used during my installation. This is an adapter nut for those with different-sized water valve outlet.
My installation went smoothly and took only about 30 minutes of actual work time. I spent extra time photographing, studying the installation guide, and triple-checking connections that others wouldn’t need to spend.
A quick removal of the existing seat was followed by a short process of laying down the metal guide to which the bidet seat itself attaches. Yup, pause and note that: a metal guide in which the securing plastic bolts are inserted. This product is intended to last and stay in place for a long, long time. The heads on the plastic bolts are also very thoughtfully designed. They’re rectangular and fit snugly inside the metal guide. You don’t even have to use a screwdriver above while hand tightening the wingnuts from below.
If your bathroom’s space around the toilet is a little tight you could remove the existing seat then install the required mesh hose and T-valve, then proceed to the new (bidet) seat. Either way, be sure to use lots of plumbers’ tape at every join where a hose nut meets a threaded piece – even if the installations don’t call for it.
Being the ultra-cautious type, I used far more tape and far more care than might be needed. But I was rewarded with a leak-free installation on the first attempt. Still as a precaution, be sure to lay down towels and/or pans to catch any drops. And, after you re-open the water valve, make sure to run your fingers all around all the places the hoses and valves join. Drips are the worst!
One more note here. My bathroom required an extra GFCI outlet installed near the toilet. It was a simple job for the professional electrician I hired but it can be expensive. Be sure to include this task in your budget, if it’s needed.
This part of the process was sheer pleasure from beginning to end. Rarely have I liked a bidet so much right from the start. In other models I’ve always found a number of compromised design aspects, things I’d have liked done differently. Not this time. Bio Bidet is way ahead of me here.
The first and most obvious element to test was the slow-closing seat and seat cover. Both worked like a charm. But be warned: you might have to adjust your muscle memory a little bit.
The seat “nestles” inside the seat cover more than your standard pair. So, you can either use two hands to lift the seat and cover, or train your fingers to do both with one hand. Just separate your fingers a little more than you’re used to doing. Then, all is well. Each component is very sturdy and you don’t have to worry about damaging anything.
Closing is done in reverse. Try using one hand to start lowering the seat, followed by the cover, or flip the seat down with two fingers and the cover with another two. By either technique you’ll get a slow, slam-free closing that needs practically no force whatever. What a relief!
The next element tested – whether you know it or not – is the seat sensor. The BB-2000 has a tiny mechanism installed inside the left front lower support that detects whether anyone is sitting down onto the seat. No occupant, no spray. A great little precautionary design feature. Thank you, Bio Bidet.
There is one partial exception. The unit has a wand cleaning method and mechanism that will allow water to flow when the seat is not in use. But the nozzle will not spray upwards.
From here, you can test / use various features at your leisure. I took the route of trying to emulate how an average user would operate the bidet in practice.
Spray – I used the remote to initiate a spray from the (center) posterior wash nozzle. Without even reading the guide, a simple press on the remote control button that resembles a little fountain did the trick. Much to my surprise the aim, temperature, and pressure were perfect “right out of the box”.
The only complaint I have, and it’s a very minor one, is that when you press any of the spray buttons the water takes about 8 seconds to actually begin spurting. That’s not a long time but it’s a littler longer than I’d have expected or would prefer. Part of that time is “wand preparation” so the delay is nearly inevitable. The wand sort of “pre-rinses” itself to get things working perfectly.
Pressure Adjustment – You can adjust the pressure with ease right from the same device. The pressure changes in five step-wise increments from very light to substantial. I used them all and found the middle range right for me. Of course, that will vary from person to person and even one circumstance to another. Some days you need a little extra help.
Water Temperature – Likewise, you can adjust the temperature using the remote. Where I live, most of the year the water temperature in the pipes is quite moderate. No heating required.
Nonetheless, I tested the “instant heat” feature. Naturally, that phrase is a bit of a marketing exaggeration. Even so, it took only literally a couple of seconds to feel that the water had warmed, and after fewer than five it was fully warmed. At 1300 watts, there’s plenty of power onboard to make that all-too-common “bidet water cold shock” practically non-existent on this model.
The temperature range can be adjusted from a low of “Green” (one light on the LCD display) to a mid-level of “Orange” (two lights) to “Red” (three lights). All three are still well within comfort range for anyone.
The actual temperature range is listed from 37F to 104F. Naturally, the lower range is stated to include pretty cold water from your home’s supply. In my climate that would be rare, even in winter. Your number can, of course, differ. The higher range is still fine for nearly any individual, since it’s modestly above the average internal body temp.
Seat Temperature – Also, you can adjust the seat temperature, and it’s just as simple. I haven’t had to increase it yet, but when I tested it the seat got nice and toasty without burning. A handy thing for those cold winter mornings.
The range starts at the low of room temp, naturally. The high isn’t stated, but feels roughly the same as the water temp reading. Quite nice, in any case.
Turbo – There’s a third nozzle that I tested next: Turbo. The function goes by various names: vortex, turbo, oscillating, pulsating. These are actually different features but several feel much the same. Oscillation moves the spray back and forth slightly for a wider coverage. Pulsating does what the term says: varies the pressure.
Either of those can have a drawback; it typically requires a bit of extra time to air dry or more toilet paper to pat dry. But they’re welcome features for when you want to use them. They can help provide extra cleaning; it certainly provides a pleasant variation.
Feminine Spray – My wife tested the feminine spray function and reports that it operates superbly, with a couple of very minor caveats.
She’s very small, so the angle was not (initially) perfect. A few, small bottom adjustments on the sturdy seat brought the spray to the exact right area. Temperature and pressure required no adjustments, but this review was done in late summer. In the winter, it might well be necessary to increase the water temp slightly for optimal comfort.
As a next test, she made a couple of light taps on the “Forward”/”Backward” buttons on the remote. Whether for posterior cleaning or feminine wash, these let you move the spray wand to suit your personal size and location preference(s). After that, no wiggling at all was required to get the jet right where she wanted it.
Warm Air Dryer / Deodorizer – I’m glad a warm air dryer is included but to be honest I don’t use it often. Those in colder climates will make more use of it.
The temperature is comfortable right out of the box, and the flow is fully adequate – if you’re willing to wait long enough. Here again, whether performing posterior cleaning or attending to feminine hygiene, you’d have to sit for a couple of minutes at least to get everything completely dry.
That’s pretty much standard commentary for all but the highest-priced bidet seats. The drying mechanism isn’t really intended to be the equal of a Dyson Air Dryer for your hands, as you might find in an upscale restaurant’s bathroom. If you’re not in a hurry, though, the dryer here will get the job done.
Beware, though; if used alone it can produce an unpleasant side effect. It’s never too warm, but it can blow foul air up into the room. When you turn it on, be sure to activate the deodorizer at the same time.
Thankfully, that latter feature works a lot better than I expected it would. It comes on instantly and clears the air in a very few seconds.
Remote Control – One moderately important reason I opted for the BB-2000 for my own home was the excellent seeming remote control, when considering this model. “Seeming” more than lived up to my expectations. It’s lightweight, and Goldilocks-sized. Even my wife’s tiny hand has no trouble operating it one-handed.
All the features you want are shown in sensible-looking icons: regular spray, feminine wash, stop, heater, deodorizer, and other features.
Side/Top Panels – One of the most obvious, but little used, features, is the side panel. It’s obvious in part because it’s illuminated. In the dark it glows a pleasing blue color, and it’s fairly bright so it operates also as a night light. It can be turned off, if you wish.
Less obvious, but still easy to spot, are the buttons lit up by the light. They consist of a standard spray, a feminine spray, and a stop button. Rarely needed, but a handy thing when you don’t want to use the remote or, more likely, its batteries need changing.
Finally, there’s a small, rounded panel at the rear left, on the top. It houses a red plastic cover over a couple of helpful lights. Much smaller and weaker than the blue “night light”, these tiny red lights are still easy to see, even in regular bathroom lighting. The power light is generally always lit, since you’ll typically keep the bidet plugged in and on. It draws a negligible amount of electricity when it’s on standby, chiefly because the BB-2000 is a “heat water on the fly”-type powered bidet.
The Bio Bidet BB-2000 is a superbly functioning bidet seat, and gets extra points for being relatively inexpensive, emphasis on the “relative” here. True, it’s near the higher end of mid-range seats on price. But given the excellent design, features, and operation it’s really something of a bargain. Most features are adjustable to suit your personal preferences and circumstances, using a simple-to-operate remote control.
Bio Bidet also sells nearly the same bidet seat for about $20-$50 less (depending on vendor) – the BB-1700. Simply put: the BB-1700 = the BB-2000 – remote control. The side-attached control panel of the BB-1700 will appeal to some. For others, the slight premium for the BB-2000 is well worth it. Just decide which suits you best, then go for it!
Highly recommended for those willing to spend more to get a whole lot better bidet than average.