A bidet attachment offers many of the benefits of a bidet at a fraction of the price. Instead of being a complete appliance or replacing your existing toilet seat, though, it does what the name suggests: attach. You remove your toilet seat, place the attachment onto the bowl and replace your existing seat/lid.
Inexpensive, easy to install and use, and yet able to do most of the things its more costly cousins can do. Not bad. In this article we take a closer look into 2 of Bio Bidet’s entry-level bidet attachments: the BB-70 and the Elite 3. Let’s see how they compare to a full bidet and to one another.
Bio Bidet BB-70
The BB-70 (or Simplet BBC-70, as the product is alternatively named) looks fairly simple at first glance, and compared to most bidets it certainly is. It will be no surprise that simplicity has pros and cons.
Easy Installation and Quality Materials
One of the first pros is how simple this unit is to install. Briefly, you remove your toilet seat’s big plastic screws from underneath, put the attachment in place, and replace the seat. The hose hookup to supply the water is almost as easy to do. Turn off the water supply, put the included “T” valve in place, and attach the bidet hose and water supply hose, following the instructions. It takes only minutes.
Since there’s no electricity required, there’s no electrical work needed. No need to have an outlet handy. On the other hand, that is a limitation of the BB-70, as it is of many bidet attachments. No warm water. Depending on where you live, and the average temperature of your water supply, you might want to consider carefully here.
The BB-70 comes with a braided metal water supply hose and brass inlet. So you can be pretty sure of durability. In fact, all the materials are really good. There’s a silvered brass pressure control stem and brass ball valve.
That engineering switch from plastic has drastically improved the quality of an already-pretty good product. It’s more trouble-free and the lifetime usability of this bidet has no doubt gone up considerably. Naturally, it’s important to get all the gaskets well in place to take care not to cross-thread anything. But if I can do this, you can do this (and probably quicker).
Easy and Reliable Function
With correct installation and good materials you can expect good function. The plastic controls feel firm and don’t wobble. Any leaks are almost always due to less-than-perfect installation, not manufacturing flaws. The BB-70 is a quality-made product. And if you do have problems the company is very responsive to supplying a replacement within the warranty period (12 months parts and labor).
The water pressure adjustment couldn’t be easier. Give the knob a gentle turn and experiment with the degree that suits your individual preference and needs. It will accommodate just about any user. I should know; I’m very finicky, especially about such a personal product.
It’s pretty safe and easy to use, too. The angle and position will suit most people. Everyone is unique though, so keep in mind that this model does not offer position or angle adjustment of the spray wand. The jets, a series of holes in the tip, are fixed in place.
Maintenance is no headache, either. The removable nozzle makes it easy to keep it completely clean, though I don’t expect to have to do that often. If your water, like mine, tends to produce mold or mildew, a little diluted bleach bathroom cleanser sprayed on from time to time will keep it tip-top without effort.
Bio Bidet Elite 3
The Bio Bidet Elite 3 has a lot in common with the BB-70, in terms of installation and materials and function. It’s more expensive, so I’ll spend most of the time on the differences. First the commonalities…
Like the BB-70, the Elite 3 is a bidet attachment, not a full toilet seat replacement bidet. As such, it installs in virtually the identical procedure. It’s not powered by electricity (neither house current nor battery).
Both are made from the same materials and have the same basic design. The Elite 3 houses the same water pressure control, but there is a second knob. The Elite 3 goes beyond the BB-70 in a few very convenient ways.
Dual Nozzle System
The biggest difference is in the nozzle system. The BB-70 offers a single nozzle, supplying a spray intended for basic anal cleansing. The Elite 3 has a second nozzle, designed primarily to enable feminine washing. However, unlike many bidet seats (or full bidets), there’s no control to change the position or angle. Even so, most ladies will have little trouble moving around to get the aim just right.
That second water source, potentially a real deal-closer for women, can be used by men as well, though. Any guy who has ever had to wash his genitals – after a heavy sports activity, or post-sex, for example – might find this extra feature well worth the extra cost.
One feature of the Elite 3 that goes beyond “nice to have”, in my view, is the self-cleaning feature. This bidet attachment has self-cleaning nozzles that means I only have to get physical with the thing at very rare intervals. True, the BB-70 isn’t tough to keep free of material or mold buildup. Still, the less I have to fuss with the bidet the happier I am, natch.
The nozzles and the self-cleaning function are controlled by an additional nozzle selection/self-cleaning control knob.
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Both bidet attachment models – the BB-70 or the Elite 3 – will fit nearly any toilet – round or elongated. The flat, dual-holed mounting bracket is thin enough and has hole spacing just right for all. Those holes are adjustable to a degree, too.
So, it comes down to whether you want to pay extra for a self-cleaning dual nozzle system. Personally, I find that a very easy decision to make, but you’ll make your own. Either way, you can’t go wrong – provided you keep a few things in mind.
Both of these are pretty vanilla bidet products. That’s ok; they provide the basic function(s) and do so reliably. But, they’re limited in function. The most important – to many bidet buyers – will be the lack of warm water. Neither bidet attachment connects to your home hot water source, nor is the water electrically heated. So the water temperature cannot be adjusted.
Also, there’s no angle or position adjustment, no lighted controls, no warm air dry, no deodorizer or any of the other features you can get with many bidet seat models.
If you’re satisfied with those limitations – and your goal is to lay out very little cash to at least explore whether a bidet suits your lifestyle – you’re good to go with the BB-70 or the Elite 3. I’m pretty sure you’ll become a convert to a practice and product that is pretty standard in bathrooms in Japan and Europe. More and more people are every day.