So what kind of idiot would
buy a $450 toilet seat?
me. I bought my first IntiMist
as a birthday present for $1,195.00 plus tax! It was a gift that was both
appreciated and used for a decade. This
is your chance to give a gift that will be remembered
Like most of us, you probably
can't afford to have a car with a big bow delivered to your
driveway as a gift (like the TV commercials suggested).
A bidet is a gift that will be
appreciated almost as much as a car - but it won't break the
able to get the benefits of your gift, if you get to use the
20% of the bidets we sell are to people who have just come back
from Japan. Once they've tried an electronic bidet, they wonder
the same thing I've been wondering for over 20 years...
doesn't everybody in the US use these to keep clean?!?
50% of the bidets we sell are to people who are handicapped. If
you have a tough time using your hands or arms, an electronic
bidet can be a life changing experience. With the push of a
button, a problem you might have lived with for years is
Our control panel is on the right side. If you'd have
a hard time pushing a button on the control panel on the right,
our Remote Control version lets you put the Remote on the
left side, or even mounted near the floor so you can hit it with
IntiMist will Change your life,
and your loved ones lives!
comes with a "T" fitting that lets you easily connect to the cold water
line going up into your toilet tank (there is no connection to your hot water).
You also need
a 110V AC outlet within a couple of feet of the toilet (electricity
heats the water and seat, and runs the control panel). You can use
an extension cord temporarily, but water and electricity really
our first IntiMist in about 20
Using the IntiMist
every day is a soothing and affordable luxury for most of us,
or a necessity for those with health problems, the handicapped or the elderly.
can help relieve the symptoms of:
Colorectal, Vaginal or
Soreness and Bleeding of
The Irritation of Toilet
Soreness and Bleeding
Tokyo, almost 70% of the homes have one of these!
are we... Chopped Sushi?
30 years ago, the Japanese were literally using holes in
the floor. Now most homes in urban areas
have an electronic bidet on a real porcelain toilet, and you can
find stores selling electronic bidets every few blocks!
There must be a reason why
whole cities in Japan are using these devices?
In many countries, toilet paper isn't
used at all. Soothing and refreshing water is all they use.
can give you all the benefits of not using
We've had our own IntiMist,
and have been selling them for over 20 years.
What's a phone man doing selling toilet seats?
Well I love our IntiMist, and I know you'll
love it too!
It's really an amazing device.
How did I get into this?
Being an uncouth phone man...the first bidet I ever
saw was at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago where I was fixing wall phones in
the bathrooms (the steam would kill the dials). The security guard who was with
me had to tell me what these things were.
in the big buck suites were stupid! It's a big porcelain bowl. You turn on the faucets to adjust the
temperature, and the water sprays straight up - soaking any
clothes you might be wearing! More modern bidets now
spray the water from the faucet, sideways. I have no idea how
this thing works. Who the heck do you ask?
One customer mentioned
that she had one of these when in her hotel room. She had no idea
what it was, but she thought "maybe it was a foot bath?"
For anything else, it sure looks like you're going to get
With the electronic
IntiMist, you can
wear a suit or dress - it's the
same as using a regular toilet!
The water temperature is always at the temperature
you set it to electronically (no knobs to adjust each time you use it -
and no spikes of hot or cold water when someone else in the home uses the
display at an oriental grocery store in 1990. I had never seen anything like
it, but it sure made sense compared to the ordinary bidets I saw in the
hotel - and it would work on any toilet. I thought long and hard about
spending over $1,000 on the
but a month later I went back and bought it for a birthday present.
As you can imagine, I definitely got some
extra points for that gift!
I saw how well the IntiMist
as a gift, I figured a lot of people would like the IntiMist
just as much.
I put it in our wholesale telephone parts and tools catalog in 1992, and
then put it on the Internet in 1995 when we got our first web site. At
$449.95 they sell a lot better than they did when they were over $1,000 in
the early 90's!
selling the IntiMist well before the Internet became popular, and we
were the first company selling electronic bidets on the Internet.
Back in 1996 and 1997 we were chosen as the "site of the day" a
number of times, since nobody had heard of a $900 toilet seat...
Everybody thought we
had a really bizarre web site!
I know I'm
tilting at windmills trying to sell $450 toilet seats, but I
really believe that eventually everybody will be using electronic
bidets (probably not in my lifetime), just like we all made the
change from outhouses and Sears Catalogs - to porcelain toilets and
bidet won't eliminate toilet paper, mainly because most people are
too busy to wait the few minutes it takes to use the warm air blow
dryer (most use toilet paper for drying), but it will certainly cut
down on your toilet paper purchases. I wonder if toilet paper
manufacturers will go the way of outhouse manufacturers? It'll save
a lot of trees!
HERE to see what this web page
looked like in December of 1996, when the price was $899.95, on the Internet
Archive's "WayBack Machine" (they have old versions of almost
every web site since about 1996!). Note that our area code has changed
since then, so be sure to close the new window that pops up when you're done,
to come back here.
Power seats and power
windows are expensive options in your car. A hot tub is expensive. Toilet paper
and porcelain toilets ain't cheap any more. I think
you'll find that even though the IntiMist
is expensive, you'll use it all the time!
Found with use of Electronic Bidets
Electronic bidets have been found to lead to a
serious problem for regular users.
After getting used
to using their electronic bidet, users have found it
difficult to use a bathroom without an electronic
If you travel regularly, you probably should
not consider buying an electronic bidet... unless
you travel to Japan and other Asian countries, where
electronic bidets are
located in some public restrooms, airports and most hotels.
of the Electronic Bidets:
- Heated Seat
- 2 Heated Water
- Electronic Water
- Automatic Shut-off
Push a button on the easy-to-use
waterproof control panel, and one of two self cleaning bidet nozzles
magically extend about six inches, and then start spraying!
Push a button to increase or decrease the pressure of the spray.
Push STOP or simply stand-up, and the self cleaning nozzle retracts.
Water pressure and water temperature
electronically controlled from the ergonomic control panel.
The Japanese manufacturer we've been buying the IntiMist
from for over a decade decided not to export them to us from
Japan... But they still sell it to
don't need no stinkin' Bidets?!?
We now have a Taiwanese
copy of the IntiMist,
the IntiBidet™ which includes
a Warm Air Dryer, (that the
Japanese had removed in the latest model).
When we went looking for a new
electronic bidet to replace the IntiMist, we found that other bidets sold in the far east just
weren't made for Americans (some of them were really cheesy and didn't
appear to be made for humans!).
most actually work OK for men. For women, the front spray just wasn't
positioned properly. It
didn't hit in the right place for women unless they leaned
all the way forward to the point they were grabbing their ankles. A Korean
manufacturer sent us a video of a woman using their single wand
electronic bidet (a demo where she was fully dressed). I couldn't believe
they would actually show potential customers how you'd have to contort
your body to make it spray in the right place! It's not realistic to think
that you could reach both places accurately with a single wand, as well
as you could with two separate wands (but the single wand bidets didn't
seem any cheaper).
The manufacturer in Taiwan was
willing to work with us on fixing the spray. After shipping a few
redesigned nozzles, we finally thought they had it right. The Taiwanese
bidet worked as well as the IntiMist,
but it included a Warm Air Dryer
which the Japanese had removed from the IntiMist
several years earlier (they certainly don't seem to think much of
Americans!). This Taiwanese copy uses primarily Japanese mechanical parts.
The Japanese have been making electronic bidets for so long they have it
down to a science... Why reinvent the wheel?
other benefit of the Taiwanese copy is the price! At only
$449.95 it's at the point where you'll order a second one for your
other bathroom after you try it out! As
a matter of fact, we'll give you a $40 discount and free shipping
on your second bidet! If
you bought your electronic bidet somewhere else, just email
us a picture of the bidet installed in your bathroom, and
we'll still give you $40 off!
makes a great gift for your loved ones!
We now have
of the bidet, available for
and Elongated toilets...
with the Control Panel on the right side.
Through December 22nd!
Ask for your
5% Additional Discount if you
someone in your
Available in White Only (Regular & Elongated)
• FREE AC Surge Protector Included!
• Warm Water
comes from Electrically Heated Internal Tank (adjustable)
(1/4 gallon water tank provides over 45 seconds of warm water at
medium pressure at the highest heat setting - it takes a minute or two
for the heater to re-heat the water in the tank after it turns cold)
• Front and
Rear Bidet Wands (water pressure is adjustable)
• Warm Air
Blow Dryer (air temperature is adjustable)
• Heated Seat (heat is adjustable)
• Slow Close Lid and Seat (hydraulic dampeners)
• Waterproof Control Panel with Easy-Push Raised Tactile
and LED Status Indicators
• Internal Memory remembers the water and seat temp, and water
(both between uses, and after a power failure)
• Auto Shutoff when you Stand-up (for both bidet and dryer)
• Self Cleaning Nozzles (water runs as the nozzles retract
housing, to clean
them each time it's used)
• Uses 550 Watts maximum, with everything heating (seldom happens)
• Heated Seat uses 60 Watts max when heating, on highest setting
(it's thermostatically controlled, so it's not heating all the
• 3 Year Warranty (if you keep the box!)
Remote Control Model...
Put Remote Control Panel anywhere you can hit the buttons.
Through December 22nd!
Available in White Only
(Regular & Elongated)
Ask for your
5% Additional Discount if
someone in your
Adds the Remote
Control, a Charcoal Based Deodorizer (no, the air
filter doesn't work magic - it's just marketing), and a Massage
Function which pulses water from the rear wand when the Massage
Button is pushed (no, it's not really a massage - it's just
marketing) to the Standard Model's
It also has an Energy
Saver feature on the remote which shuts off the heated seat and
heated water tank for either 6 or 9 hours (like while you're at work). Is
that a useful feature? I don't think so.
The remote model does
have a Power button on the side of the base, but unless you're going
away for vacation I don't know that many of us would want to get
home and have to wait a few minutes to go to the bathroom so the
water can warm up. The bidets don't use much electricity, anyway.
If you can't
use a regular bidet because you can't use your right arm, the Remote
Control model allows you to use your left hand, or even your toe!
the Remote on the wall or vanity, or just leave it on a table
(don't lose it!). The Infrared
Wireless Remote works
from 10' away (uses 2 AA batteries). We have customers who
have a caregiver who push the buttons remotely for the user
(the only way I can think of using it 10' away).
are Mini Controls on
the Left Side of the base of the bidet that you can't
see, but you can feel with your fingers if you reach down (in case the batteries in the
Remote die at a
The Remote Control
has an ALERT button (recessed), which is pushed once to turn on a
fairly loud beeper (sounds like a truck back-up alarm) that the
user can press to summon help (push the Off button to turn it off).
There's also a clock on
the LCD screen.
3 Year Warranty
(if you keep the box!)
Because there's no
control panel sticking out from the right side, you can use the
Remote Control Model with some devices that assist the user in
standing up from the toilet (they have posts that are placed right
where the control panel would be). CLICK
HERE for more information on helping a handicapped person use a
bidet with a toilet (farther down the page).
The buttons on the Remote are each about 3/4" square. The Front,
Back, Dryer and Massage buttons are grouped
together in a square. The Off button is on the right side of the
Remote, in blue.
The user does
need to be able to poke at the buttons, to use the Remote.
Seldom used controls for
water pressure, and water, seat and dryer temperature are located
behind a flip-down panel on the Remote.
Surge Protector & 3
Cold Water Only Non-Electric
Model... only usable in
very warm climates!
Sorry, no discounts
on the Cold Water Model
White Only (Regular and Elongated)
just has front and rear wands, and a slow closing seat
You adjust the water pressure by manually turning the knobs.
It does not automatically shut off when you stand-up.
Warranty (if you keep the box!)
We did sell one of these to a doctor in
Montana. We never heard back from him, so either he's one of the
toughest guys on the planet, or he's permanently frozen to the toilet
and can't reach the phone.
Here's an explanation of why you probably
don't want a
Cold Water Only Bidet, even if
it is only $144.95...
Sorry, no discounts on the Cold Water
We came out with this
Cold Water Only
model especially for those of you who can't quite convince
yourself to spend $450 to $550 on a bidet. Since it doesn't use
electricity, neither the seat or water is heated. There's no
It's shaped exactly like
our Electronic Bidet, and comes in Regular (Round)
and Elongated models, but it doesn't use
electricity. It still has the two wands (pink and blue),
and has two dials which you turn to adjust the front or rear
spray. Note that the Electronic model would be better if
you can't grip and turn the knob, since all you have to do is
poke the button on the Electronic Bidet.
It's not only shaped like our
Electronic Bidet, but it uses the same T adapter and
flexible hose to connect the water, and it uses the same
slide-on bracket as our Electronic Bidets. That means
you can upgrade yourself
to the Electronic version by simply
sliding the Cold Water Only
bidet off the bracket, sliding the Electronic Bidet on
the bracket, connecting the same hose to the back
of the bidet, and plugging in the AC cord on the Electronic
I put this in a bathroom in our
office in Chicago in August. It was usable for a while, but I'd much
rather have the same warm water I've been used to on our
Electronic Bidet for over 20 years (to say nothing of
the heated seat!). When the temperature dropped into the 30s at
night here, I'd say
the Cold Water Only
model is no longer usable. The best way I can put it is that the
cold water will now numb the parts it sprays on, very
certainly wake you up!
If you live in the south or
Hawaii, this is probably usable? If you live in the north, I'd
say it's not usable. If you live in the south and would like to
try out the concept of a bidet very cheaply, this is a good way
to do it.
Before you buy, turn on
the cold water in your bathroom on a cold day and hold your hand under it for
30 seconds. If you think you can handle that temperature and
need to save some money, try the
Cold Water Only model to see how your life will
change using water rather than toilet paper.
Once you find that you can't live
without it (like the rest of us who already own an Electronic
Bidet), it will be easy to upgrade in a few
minutes to our Electronic Model. Maybe put the
Cold Water Only model
in your guest bathroom (for guests you don't like?).
Check the A, B, C and D
dimensions in the chart below to make sure it will fit your
toilet (it looks and is shaped just like the Electronic Model).
It comes in Regular and Elongated versions.
This model connects with a T adapter in-series with the
short pipe from the spigot to the bottom of your toilet tank
(like the Electronic Model). There is no
connection for hot water, it can't be connected to hot water,
and if you think you could adapt it to use hot water I'd think
again - it will be hard to explain your scalded parts in the
PRINT out the dimenions chart, and check the dimensions in the chart against your
Click below to see just the
chart so you don't have to print this whole HUGE page.
Click HERE to
open a new window with just the dimensions, if you
don't want to print the whole page
give us the A, B, C and D dimensions when you order, as a sanity
can't sell it to you unless the dimensions make sense to us.
important, since we can't take the bidet back once it's opened.
Sizes... Fits Most Toilets!
check the dimensions carefully:
(arrow point to arrow point):
(Handicapped Toilets may measure over 17", but
elongated IntiMist will fit fine
- you may see a little
of the bowl showing under the seat)
Minimum 1-3/16" -
must be a flat area (not curved)
For health reasons, we can't take the
back after the box has been opened. Please check the
must be located within 3 feet of a 110VAC 60 cycle US style AC power receptacle.
It uses a maximum of 550 watts.
a plug-in AC surge
protector to help protect the sophisticated electronics from electrical
NOTE: A customer called and said that our Regular
Bidet with the control panel on the right side wouldn't fit her
toilet because her tank was so wide she couldn't put the hose on
the back of the bidet.
She was able to get it
working by using a 90 degree male to female coupler.
Although that's the only
toilet we've seen like that in over 20 years, your toilet tank needs to
be less than 19" wide, or you need more than 3" from the bolt holes back
to the tank.
Our Remote Control Bidet
will work on a wide tank because the water inlet is on the side
rather than the back.
The B. Dimension is important:
This one piece toilet looks
cool and expensive,
but an electronic bidet won't fit on it!
IntiMist needs to sit on a flat
surface which must extend all
the way to the left and right of the seat bolt holes, and both
1 3/16" behind the bolt holes and all the way in-front
of the bolt holes.
A toilet like this
just won't work with a bidet that replaces the toilet seat.
If you're buying the
IntiMist because you or someone in your home is handicapped,
consider removing the one-piece toilet and putting in a regular two piece
toilet. Quality of life is a lot more important than the looks of the
bathroom, and this is life changing.
Please check the dimensions of your
carefully to ensure a proper fit, or that it would fit at all. The IntiMist is available in
in REGULAR and ELONGATED
styles . Print this page with the dimensions so you can take it to a store,
or to your bathroom when checking the dimensions.
Guess Whether it's
measurement determines whether you need the regular (round) or elongated
bidet. There's only about an inch difference, so this measurement is
VERY important! Even we guess wrong when looking at a
toilet sometimes, so use a tape measure or yardstick. You may have to guess where the
middle of the seat bolt hole is.
Measure to the front of the
INSIDE of the bowl from the center of the bolt holes (not
the outside of the toilet bowl).
measurement makes sure you have enough room on the right side of the
toilet for the control panel. It should be at least 12" by code, but
if your toilet wasn't installed to code you may not have it. You may also
have to move the toilet paper dispenser if it's right where the control
panel would go, or get our Remote Control model that has no control
panel on the right.
measurement makes sure you have at least an inch and a quarter
(1.25") or so between the middle of the toilet seat bolt holes and
the beginning of the toilet tank. This is a critical measurement! The tank in the IntiMist
is actually located there, so your toilet has to be flat (not curved) for
1.25" in that area leading from the bolt holes to the front of the
Some really fancy and expensive one piece toilets are curved
everywhere to make them look fancy (so they won't work with the IntiMist),
but most are flat behind the bowl, up to the tank. The bracket for the
has to lay flat on a solid surface.
measurement is almost always 5.5" in the US. There are some really
strange toilets that use a special seat, where the bolt holes go into the
INSIDE of the toilet bowl (not on the outside). You'd probably need a
plumber with a socket wrench to install a bidet on that type of toilet
will work on most if the surface is flat where the bidet sits behind the bowl,
and you have at least 1.25" before it would hit the toilet tank on both
a 1 piece and 2 piece toilet).
Click HERE to
open a new window with just the dimensions, if you
don't want to print the whole page
toilet to verify that it will work with the IntiMist
before ordering. See the A, B, C and D measurements on the diagram
(above). We can't take it back if you ordered the wrong one (nobody wants
a used bidet!).
The plumbing part is
pretty easy on a Two Piece toilet using the included
T-Adapter and flexible braided hose that goes from the
T-Adapter to the IntiMist:
If you can see
or feel the nuts on the seat bolts on the outside of the
toilet bowl (under the rim), and you're in the US, you should have a
standard seat on your toilet.
should have a spigot coming out of the wall, with a pipe going up to the
bottom of the tank. If the pipe is flexible, you remove the top end from
the bottom of the tank and put
our T-Adapter in-series with the pipe (you'll need a wrench and
some white Teflon plumber's tape... but we do put a small wrench in the
box that will probably work for the plumbing connections, as well as the
If the pipe
from the spigot is solid (not flexible)
you'll need to remove it and take it to the hardware store to get a
flexible version (probably a few dollars). From the side of the T Adapter, we give you a
braided metal flexible hose that goes up to the bidet.
Remove the two
nuts on the bottom of the toilet bowl holding the seat, and clean where
the seat was removed.
Put our flat
mounting plate (slide-on bracket) with two plastic bolts down from the top into the two seat
holes (see the included instructions for the order of the washers and the
rubber pad), and use the provided wrench to tighten the nuts on the bottom
of the toilet bowl. They must be tight to prevent the bidet from
moving. If your bidet slides around when you're done, be
sure to tighten these bolts again. You'll probably have to loosen the
bolts when you slide the bidet onto the mounting plate to get it into
the correct position, and then tighten the nuts a final time.
I bought an American
Standard toilet that's supposed to suck down a bunch of golf balls.
It's pretty amazing, but the area where the nut goes on the bolt on
the left side of the bowl (facing it) was a bear. It's recessed into
some kind of pocket (the right hand nut is fine). I had to use a
long nose pliers to turn the nut, instead of the plastic wrench we
include with the bidet.
The Bidet's mounting plate comes
with two rectangular shaped metal washers (that aren't normally needed)
that allow you to use your own metal bolts, or metal bolts that
came with your seat or toilet.
The plastic bolts that come with the
mounting plate (standard) have square heads that lets you slide the
mounting plate forwards or backwards to position the bidet, and come
with plastic nuts that go on from the bottom.
The included rectangular metal washers let you
use a smaller metal bolt that might be made for a particular strange
toilet. There's at least one strange toilet out there where you have to put the
nuts on from inside the toilet bowl.
button in on the right side of the base of the bidet, and slide
the bidet onto the mounting plate. When you release the button, the bidet
should be firmly anchored to the mounting plate on the toilet.
remove the bidet from the mounting plate later by pushing the release button
located on the right side of the bidet (facing the toilet).
Always press the release button in when sliding the bidet
onto the bracket. As long as you press the release button in firmly when
installing or removing the bidet (so you don't wear out / break the
plastic catch), the
can be slid forward and reinstalled without removing the bolts so you can
clean under it. That's a popular feature at the hotels and bed and
breakfasts we've sold the bidets to.
We've had some customers
break the latches on the bottom of the bidet by slamming it onto the
bracket like they were closing the trunk on their car. Likewise
removing it from the bracket. You must hold the button all the
way in and gently slide it on or off the
bracket if you don't want to end up sending it back to us to replace
the plastic latch (we have to remove everything from inside the
bidet - it's on the absolute bottom and is a cheap part but very
labor intensive to repair).
flexible pipe from the T to the bidet
with Teflon plumber's tape, and tighten it with a wrench. There is a
rubber gasket in each hose connection, but the Teflon tape is easy to
wrap around the threads as an extra precaution.
included AC Surge Protector into a 110V AC outlet (ground fault or
regular), and plug the
bidet's 4' AC power cord into the surge protector.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Don't
plug the bidet into the AC until it's mounted to the toilet! If
the bidet is plugged in without water in the tank, and the bidet is
set down on its back or side, the built-in float in the tank will be
fooled into thinking there's water in the tank and the heater will
try to heat the water in the tank. Running the tank heater
without water will burn up the tank's heating element. The
tank's float will prevent the heater from coming on without water
if the bidet is mounted flat on the toilet.
To fill the
tank with water, turn on the
spigot. Push the bidet function so the tank will fill with water (it
might take a minute or two as the air goes out of the tank and it's
filled with water). When it sounds like it's done filling and the
wand comes out and water starts to spray, push the off / stop button. It will take a minute
or so for the water to heat up. Adjust the temperature and pressure
buttons on the control panel (I always leave mine all the way up).
You can view
the spray by pressing down on the seat until you hear a little click on
the model with the control panel on the right, or by holding your hand a
few inches away from the little black window on the front of the Remote
Control model. The IntiMist
won't normally spray unless someone is sitting on the seat. Try not to
get hit in the face by the stream of water for the bidet and/or family
nozzles! That's fun to try once, but after that you can test it by sitting
on the toilet seat.
Cold Water Only Model has
no tank, so the wand will come out right away and spray you in the
face. There's also no automatic shut-off when you stand-up.
Finding Electricity in your Bathroom:
Most bathrooms already have electricity, but
it may not be convenient to the toilet. The cord on the
bidet is 4 feet long, but there
has to be an outlet closer than that since you can't string the cord so
it's "banjo tight."
guess you can use an extension cord, but water and electricity don't
mix. You'd want to make sure it's up off the floor, and can't be sprayed
by water. I think a lot of our customers use an extension cord
temporarily until the electrician installs a permanent outlet.
In our bathroom, the toilet was right next
to the light switch. We had an electrician go straight down from that
switch to install an AC
outlet (the electrician may have to run an extra wire for the neutral
from the light fixture).
In my Mother's
house, there was a hallway on the other side of the wall from the
toilet. There was an outlet in the hallway almost directly behind where
the toilet was in the bathroom. I decided not to call an electrician,
and simply installed a surface mount box made to hold an AC outlet on
the other side of the wall from the outlet in the hall (in the
bathroom), and ran a wire from the existing outlet into the new surface
mount box (with a ground wire!). It sticks out from the wall about two
inches, but she was OK with that (might not be the perfect solution for
a really fancy bathroom, where an electrician could put a box in
the wall facing the bathroom, next to the original
If you look on
a wall opposite the toilet, you may find an outlet in a hallway or
have mentioned that they had an electrician come down from the razor
outlet by the vanity, and either put the outlet on the wall next to the
vanity, or actually on the side of the vanity facing the toilet.
If you have tile, you're going to want to
make sure the electrician installing the outlet has worked with tile
before, and knows how to cut it! You may need some spare tiles.
If you have an
unfinished basement below the bathroom, or one with removable ceiling
tiles, it should be easy for an electrician to go straight up to put an
outlet in the bathroom. Likewise, it's pretty easy to come down a wall
for an outlet if there is an attic above the bathroom.
Customers have also reported that they spent
$1,000 or more on an electrician to put in an outlet for the bidet,
which the electrician piped all the way down to the electrical panel
from the wall in the bathroom. The electrician probably ripped off
the customer! In 99.9% of the cases, that's not needed. All the
electrician has to do is get the electricity from the nearest outlet.
The bidet doesn't take all that much electricity, and if they can tap
off the light switch or razor outlet, everything should work fine.
Don't let an electrician rip you off! Get more than one
quote if you're not sure.
In most cases, a local handyman that does
electric work should be able to install the outlet and the bidet for you
Customers ask me about installing a "Ground
Fault Outlet." I think they're required by electrical codes in a
bathroom? They aren't the same as a surge protector. They are more like
a fuse, where they turn off the electricity to the outlet if they detect
a short - even caused by water in the outlet or the cord plugged into
the outlet. They don't stop surges. You need a surge protector for that.
You're going to get a small
surge protector in the box with the
bidet which you need to plug into the outlet, and then plug the cord
from the bidet into it. Please use the surge protector! You
need to use it to get your 3 year warranty. Anything
electronic is susceptible to being damaged from surges during storms, or
when the power goes out and then comes back on. If you have a whole
house surge protector in your breaker panel, you probably don't need the
surge protector we send, but it's better to be safe!
One customer in the northeast had an
extended power outage from an ice storm. The main circuit board in
their bidet blew out when the power finally came back on. For whatever
reason, they decided not to use the included (free!) surge protector when they
installed the bidet, and couldn't even find it - so we sold them a new
one when we fixed their bidet. I think they're going to use it from now
I get asked a lot of what type of toilet
to buy to use with the Intimist?
I don't know anything about toilets themselves.
I just know that our
bidet will fit on most 2 Piece toilets (where the water tank
sits on the bowl), and not very many 1 Piece toilets where
the bowl and the water tank are molded into one piece.
That's usually because
1 Piece toilets are more expensive so the designers make them
look really fancy with lots of curves that prevent a bidet and
sometimes even a regular toilet seat from the hardware store from
fitting on it.
There are a zillion
makes and models out there, and there's no way I could know whether
our bidet will fit them, but we can determine if it will fit from
our Dimensions Chart.
I suggest taking that
chart to the home center store or your plumber to make sure the new
toilet you buy will work with the bidet.
If you're buying the
IntiMist because you or someone
in your home is handicapped, consider removing the one-piece toilet
and putting in a regular two piece toilet. Quality of life is a lot
more important than the looks of the bathroom, and this is
you're not sure of your plumbing abilities, or even if you are, our
little Battery Operated Water Alarm will scream at you if there's
water on the floor under it:
Battery Operated Water Alarm
About the size of a pack of cigarettes. Has
sits on the floor. There's a Water
Sensor on the bottom of the case. If there's any water under it, it will
scream at you.
a regular 9V Battery that lasts for years (Included). No power cube
or cords needed.
This is a great inexpensive gizmo to put in your basement, bathroom, or
any place where a tub or sink may overflow. It could save you thousands
of dollars in damage!
I have one in every bathroom. It ain't fun
to see water leaking through a ceiling, or even flooding your basement. Be sure to order one or more
with your bidet.
Converting a Bidet from a Regular to Elongated
Seat, or Elongated to Regular Seat
Moving? The bidet and slide-on bracket
is pretty easy to remove from the toilet, after which you can just
put the old seat back on. An electronic bidet is a nice selling
point if you decide to sell the house with it.
Our bidets normally last a decade, (they
come with a 3 year warranty as long as you save the box), so you may
end up replacing the toilet before you replace the bidet.
You don't have to buy the
same type of toilet you had, regular or elongated, as long as you
check the new toilet against our dimensions to make sure it will
work on that toilet. We sell a replacement
seat for all our bidets for under $50. You can replace it yourself
(maybe 10 screws after you remove it from the toilet), or send it to
us to do for you. It's pretty easy.
It's very easy to change
the seat on our Remote Control model, where you just flip a
lever and unplug/plug-in the heating element.
You can also replace the lid along with
the seat, but it's probably not worth changing since there's only
about an inch difference between them.
Eljer makes an odd (expensive) toilet
with a square front. Whether it uses a regular or elongated seat,
when you put a bidet with the rounded seat on the square font toilet, you'll
see over an inch of the square porcelain front of the bowl (that's
normally under the seat on a rounded front toilet).
You can use an elongated seat on a round
toilet, or a round seat on an elongated toilet, and everything will
be fine... except you'll see an inch or so of the porcelain bowl in
front or behind the seat (depending on which way you're going). For
$50, replacing the seat is a pretty reasonable fix compared to
living with it that way.
Some bidet manufacturers don't make two
sizes of bidets. They only make an elongated bidet. It works on a
regular (round) toilet, but it seems crazy to see the porcelain bowl
showing every time you go to the washroom!
In general, men like elongated toilets
(and they're less messy in the long run), and women like regular
(round) toilets. These days, we sell about 75% elongated bidets, and
25% regular (round). It was the other way around when we started
selling them in the early 90's. I guess the men win out today? Or maybe
the women have to clean the things, and make the real decision!
It seems like all of the handicapped
toilets are elongated. Some are so long that you might see a little
bit of the porcelain bowl with our elongated bidet.
Using a Bidet with Handicapped Toilets, and
PLEASE NOTE: We stock
a special bracket for the bidet for handicapped who have to
slide on and off the seat. This bracket screws onto the
bottom of the bidet, with the mounting bolts facing down into the seat
holes, instead of the bidet sliding onto the bracket. This bracket
with screws is $10, and is the same for all three US
If you can just sit down
normally on the toilet (instead of dragging yourself from your
wheelchair, sideways), you don't need this bracket. The standard
slide-on bracket is great because you can push a button to slide the
bidet towards you to clean under it, and then push the button and slide
it back onto the bracket. The regular bracket is designed to be used like a regular toilet, where you simply sit down on the seat - not for the sideways
forces caused by someone sliding onto the seat.
Help Stand-up from the Toilet:
In the picture on the right, there's a
metal framed device that sits around the toilet to give you "arm
rests" that help you stand-up. This makes a lot more sense than
falling down and breaking your arm or hip!
To use an arm-rest type device with our
bidet, you'd have to make sure that it doesn't attach
to the toilet seat bolts, which would prevent you from mounting an
electronic bidet to the toilet. It would have to attach to the wall,
or sit on the floor to be used with our bidet.
There are electric
lift devices on the market that will raise you at the push of a
button. They're expensive, but would be needed by someone without
enough arm strength to lift themselves. At that point, sliding onto
the toilet seat from a wheelchair probably makes more sense (and is
In the second picture is the cheapest arm-rest device I've seen,
that looks like it doesn't attach to the toilet or
wall. It looks self standing?
I don't know anything about it, haven't tried it, don't know
anything about the company selling it, but at $29.95 it looks like a
heck of a good deal if it works (other sites sell the same one for $59.95):
Click HERE for the $29.95 Toilet Seat Safety Support
from a company that sells handicapped
stuff (I don't know anything about them).
(Note that their web site doesn't seem
to work right. If the price comes up wrong in the cart ($29.95 is
current sale price from a $51.94 list as I wrote this), try looking
at other stuff then coming back to the cart, try clicking update on
the cart, or calling them to place the order).
In the third picture you'll see a
different type of arm rest, that can be folded up when not needed.
With any type of arm rest or lift
device, you would probably need the Remote
Control Model Bidet, since the Control Panel
on the right side on the Standard Model
would probably interfere with the arm rest.
Note that a
plastic seat riser from a drug store
is NOT compatible with
an electronic bidet.
To use an electronic bidet with a toilet
that needs to be raised, there is a device called the Toilevator,
shown in the picture on the right.
The Toilevator will raise a
toilet by a few inches by putting a "riser" or base under the toilet
bowl itself. It's easy to install on an existing toilet (a plumber
is probably needed on this one!)
Click Here for a Toilevator from a company that sells handicapped
stuff (I don't know anything about them).
The Toilevator can be removed
from the toilet pretty easily when you decide to move (as can the
Do you really need a raised seat on the toilet with the bidet?
I guess it's difficult standing up from a low toilet, for some of
us. Pick up one of the cheap plastic risers at the drug store to see if
it helps (I hope they don't take them back after they're used!).
If it does help, then you can get the more expensive
Toilevator to use with your electronic bidet.
Sorry, but if you're into camping and
visiting our national parks, the IntiMist
does not work with the
The Bumper Dumper®
toilet attachment for
your trailer hitch:
Using a Bidet with Vision Problems
We get inquiries from people who have
vision problems pretty regularly. There's no problem using the
bidet if you have a hard time seeing.
Just like a telephone dial, the buttons
on the bidet's control panel are always in the same place.
The buttons don't move, so blind people have no problems dialing a
phone, using a talking calculator, or using an electronic bidet.
Even if you can see, you
might not want to turn on the lights in the bathroom in the middle
of the night. Not a problem! The buttons on the control panel
are slightly raised, which lets you count back two or three buttons
from the front to turn on the bidet function / dryer. Your fingers
will know where the buttons are within a couple of days, without
thinking about it. I can never remember where the buttons are on the
control panel when I think about it, but my fingers seem to know
where they are.
You won't have to look down at the control panel to use the bidet...
Your fingers will handle everything! Keep in mind that if you
hit the front or rear button by accident, just hit the other button
and the function will change right away.
There's no "instant freeze" or "flame
thrower" button on the bidet, so hitting the wrong button isn't a
big deal and it won't hurt you.
for the Bidet...
We don't know what the weight limit
We changed the type of plastic we use in
the seats on all our models a few years ago, and have not had a
single crack since then - from anybody at any weight!
On our old seats and
probably all the other bidets out there, when someone heavier than 300
pounds uses the seat on the bidet, small cracks will probably develop next to the "bosses" (plastic
bridge-like supports that
are inside the seat to give it strength), where the seat flexes a tiny
time it's used (because the seat is hollow for the heating element).
Like an aluminum can pull-tab that's flexed at the same place over and
over, anything will break eventually (right where it's flexed). Metal or
plastic, it's all going to break right where it was flexed - some
The seats on all three
model US bidets are now made of a special plastic that so far has
resisted cracking 100%, even when used by someone over 300 pounds.
We're pretty sure it has to develop cracks eventually, but this
special plastic material is able to flex many thousands of times
before developing a crack.
Someone who is 400 pounds
may need to replace the seat eventually (we stock the
seat). We're not sure what the weight limit is? The old plastic material
would probably last a year or less for someone at 400 pounds.
Note that even at over 300 pounds
the whole seat won't crack apart. It can develop really
tiny cracks that are hardly visible, but that pinch a really tiny bit of skin
as the plastic flexes when you sit on the seat. It kind of feels
like a tiny pin prick. It doesn't hurt, but it's annoying.
At some point the seat has to break, but we
don't know how many times it would have to be used at what weight to
totally destroy it. If you're over 300 pounds, a replacement seat is
only $50 if you need it. I wouldn't worry about it until it breaks,
because we haven't seen a single one of our news seats develop even one
We recommend the
Remote Control Model for our wide bodied customers. Since the
control panel on the Standard Model
is on the right, the outer thigh could cover the control panel when
they're sitting on the bidet, and might not be comfortable. The
Remote Control Model has no fixed
control panel sticking out, so that will never
be a problem.
The Science Behind the Bidet (no pun intended)...
Science of why
the IntiMist will probably change your
life. This might be more than you
want to know! It's certainly more than I want to write about, or
talk to a customer about on the phone.
So why would a stream of water
work better than toilet paper? The simple answer is that it washes
bacteria that can cause skin irritation away from the skin, into the
toilet. Toilet paper can sometimes do that, and sometimes it can't.
For a woman, the front spray
is going to wash the bacteria away. It's handy, but not critical for a
healthy woman unless
she has a hard time using toilet paper because she's disabled. Urine is
sterile when it comes out, so bacteria is not normally a problem.
It's certainly nice to feel as clean as possible.
For both men and women, the
rear spray is more than a luxury. In many countries toilet paper has never
been used by most of the population. They use water and their hand, and
hopefully some good soap.
In the US, toilet paper is a
huge business. We use it because we've been taught to use it. Friendly Mr.
Whipple played to the occasional irritation we all feel from toilet paper.
I wonder what happened to
Japan's toilet paper industry after the electronic bidet became popular
there, to the point that it's in almost every home in Japanese urban
A Korean doctor sent me an
email a couple of years ago suggesting that I carry his brand of bidet -
which had an enema function. You've got to be kidding! I'm
going to sell enema machines? Right.
Just mentioning enemas in the
US is usually out of bounds, but maybe it's more normal in Korea? In
any event, his website had an animation of how his bidet worked, and some
serious explanations of all kinds of medical problems that his bidet could
prevent or cure (pretty questionable, and those claims seem to be gone
from his web site now). Several electronic bidets now say they provide an
enema function, but they really don't work differently than any other bidet. Kind of like the
"massage" function or the "odor
elimination" feature, which are essentially marketing hype.
When I saw the Korean doctor's
animation, I remembered a customer calling to tell me how well his bidet
worked for him. He said that he had to turn down the spray (from the
highest setting), which was
going inside him. He also mentioned that he tried to wait until he got
home to go to the bathroom. His IntiMist
was the only bidet he knew of in his small town.
After seeing the Korean
doctor's web page, it all came together for me. The IntiMist
is giving the user an enema, but only in the anal canal -
which is the last inch and a half after the rectum. The lower rectum is at the
top of the anal canal, holding the
stool that's about to be released (through the canal).
If the stool is solid, it's
expelled and the 1.5" anal canal is left pretty clean.
If the stool
is soft, some of the stool is left in the anal canal, and it's nearly
impossible to clean out with toilet paper - which might get the last half
inch or so. The rest will work its way down using gravity to make it out
of the canal, onto the skin around the anus (and in the underwear).
Generally speaking, the longer the irritants are left on the skin, the
more the skin will be irritated and the longer it will take to heal. Unlike urine, which is
when it comes out, feces is made up of lots of bacteria and other things
that can irritate skin if it's left on it for a while.
(or just about any bidet) will pretty much change your life by cleaning
out that last 1.5 inches every time you go to the bathroom and use the
bidet. If there's
nothing in the canal to work its way down (the internal sphincter muscle at the top of the
normally keep stuff from entering the anal canal until you're ready to go
to the bathroom), you're truly going to be clean. Medical problems
you have from using toilet paper or having that bacteria on the skin for
too long are going to be a thing of the past... Unless you can't get home to use your
The warm water stream of the IntiMist
tends to relax the muscles, which helps clean the area. The heated seat
may also help you relax, if you're in a colder climate. I doubt cold water
would help you relax, but it's probably better than nothing (if you can
handle the numbing cold).
isn't going to give you an enema, which is normally water or some liquid
going into the rectum or even higher into the colon/intestines. On the
other hand, if cleaning that last 1.5 inches of your digestive tract out
with water every time you go to the bathroom seems like an enema,
call it whatever you'd like.
If you have hemorrhoids, an
anal fissure, or any kind of problem in that area, washing it with warm
water is just plain going to let it heal faster than if you used toilet
Our regular electronic bidet doesn't have a "massage"
feature, but our Remote Control Model does. We tested some
other bidets with a massage button. Some of the single wand bidets will
simply move the wand in and out a little when you push the massage
button (pretty disappointing when I tried it!). Our Remote Control
Model pulses the water when you push the massage button. Not really
There are one and two
wand bidets on the market. Our electronic bidets have two
wands. For a single wand to work for both men and
women, they extend the wand farther out to spray closer to the front
(two wands are more accurate, and have different types of nozzles so the
water stream is different). Some of the single wand bidets will simply
move the wand in and out a little when you push the massage button
We've had people enquire
about purchasing a bidet for a relative with Alzheimer's, who are
using diapers. They'd like to just remove the diaper and have the
bidet clean everything up. Unfortunately, that's not going to
happen. If there's a big mess in the diaper, the small directed
spray from a bidet just isn't going to clean the skin much. Most caregivers use
a hand spray wand in a shower for that (along with wipes).
Likewise, we had a guy
call with a mother with Alzheimer's. He wanted to just sit his
mother down, show her how to push one button, and have the bidet
take care of everything else - including stopping and drying.
It would be great if it would work, but a bidet is not magic. Even
if you could program it to spray the front and/or rear for X
seconds, then dry for X seconds, then stop... An electronic bidet just wouldn't
get the person clean.
In order to direct the
spray to the right place, the person using the bidet has to lean
forward or backwards (or sideways) a little. If they can't adjust
the position of their body a little so it's in the right place for
the spray, the bidet just isn't going to help.
And yes, there are just
some times when you may have to use some toilet paper.
Keep in mind that I'm not a
doctor, and I didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
That wasn't easy to write. I'd
rather write about fixing phones!
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