Enter the portable bidet – also known as bidet bottle or travel bidet.
If you’re not convinced how wonderful these devices can be, try one. Low cost, and even more usable than your home model because they’re lightweight and require no water supply or electricity. You’ll quickly be persuaded. You might even want to upgrade to a full-sized model after a short trial period, like I did (now using the excellent Bio Bidet BB-2000 bidet seat). Or, you’ll want to have both, using your portable for when you’re on the go.
What is a Portable Bidet?
A bidet is not a toilet. The two appliances are often combined in modern bathrooms, but historically and functionally they’re completely different devices. A toilet is used to capture waste; a bidet is used to help remove it from you. The bidet – whether full-sized model or portable – sprays water on the anus or genitals to remove unwanted material and wash you.
Some bidets, the full-sized models mostly, can warm your body, dry you afterward, or perform other functions. But all of them feature that same basic ability: removing feces remaining after elimination or in aiding feminine hygiene.
A portable bidet simply does that in a slightly different way than a full-sized home or hotel model. Rather than being built-in to a toilet or toilet seat (there are relatively few entirely separate bidet appliances in the U.S. today), the portable style is just what the name suggests.
It’s typically a bottle containing a small portion of water.
How do Portable Bidets Work?
Most portable bidets operate via mechanical action (you squeeze that bottle).
Details aside, you fill the bidet bottle with cool or warm water, hold the bidet in one hand, turn the bottle upside down, place a finger over the built-in “air lock” (most of the time located in the bottom to prevent unwanted leakage and turn over), aim the nozzle where you wish, remove the finger from the “air lock” and squeeze the bottle to start cleaning.
There are battery-powered travel bidets as well. They’re just as portable as the squeeze-bottle hand bidets, but perfect for those who might have trouble exerting the needed hand pressure. Instead of squeezing the bottle a simple click on a button will start the spray.
Do Portable Bidets Really Work?
The answer is a moderately qualified “yes”. Like any product, some work better than others. Some are easier to manipulate, higher quality, or offer special features. Others, less so. We’ll see that obvious truth in the 8 portable bidets I tested.
True, any portable bidet requires a little practice to find the best angle for your usage. A certain level of skill is a must, and some people may justifiably find it isn’t worth the effort. Also, these bottles don’t hold a huge amount of water. For some it will be enough, while others will find it not fully adequate.
Last, some people use these at home, but they’re intended to be operated on the go – around town, on vacation. For home use, there are bidet attachments – some of which are as low as $25 (about the price of two portable bottles) – intended to attach directly under a toilet seat. Or the more advanced fully fledged bidet seats.
So, if a portable turns out not to be a good solution for your bidet needs, don’t despair and don’t give up. Look around and you’re sure to find a model that works for you and your family.
Which Portable Bidets Do You Recommend?
One thing portable bidets all have in common, besides the basic operating method, is low cost. They’re typically a few dollars (hand-squeezable models) to a few dozen dollars (battery-operated models). Yet, for that low cost, they very often do an admirable job.
So, without further ado, let’s dig into some specific models I tested – 4 hand-squeezable models and 4 battery-operated models – to check out their pros and cons. In a hurry and no time to read the reviews? Take the shortcut below…
4 Hand-Squeezable Portable Bidets Tested
See how the Brondell GoSpa GS-70, the Bio Bidet TP-70, the SmarterFresh SF-P30 and the Blue Bidet BB-20 travel bidets compare against each other.
4 Battery-Powered Portable Bidets Tested
See how the TOTO HW300, the Bio Bidet TP 200, the Panasonic DL-P300 and the Blue Bidet BB-30 travel bidets compare against each other.
Hand-Squeezable Portable Bidet Winner: Bio Bidet TP-70
The 4 hand-squeezable travel bidets I tested were the Brondell GoSpa GS-70, the Bio Bidet TP-70, the SmarterFresh SF-P30 and the Blue Bidet BB-20. All 4 models are all very usable and will all get the job done but the Bio Bidet TP-70 was my clear favorite.
To summarize, the main criteria that made me choose this product over the 3 other portables were a “Goldilocks” medium capacity at 450 ml (~16 oz), no leaking (not a single drop!), an easy to compress bottle, a high-pressure and accurate spray. Read more about this model (and the other 3 bidets I tested) here.
Battery-Powered Portable Bidet Winner: Blue Bidet BB-30
The 4 battery-powered travel bidets I tested were the TOTO HW300, the Bio Bidet TP 200, the Panasonic DL-P300 and the Blue Bidet BB-30. Any of the bidets reviewed here are doing a good job but this time the Blue Bidet BB-30 was my clear favorite.
To summarize, the main criteria that made me choose this product over the 3 other portables were an easy to fill bottle, no leaking when turned over, a strong (but not too strong) ample water flow in either of the 2 settings, a spray lasting a good long time (about 30 secs). Read more about this model (and the other 3 bidets I tested) here.
More Portable Bidet Models
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