My backside has by no means been so clear. And not like my fellow Americans, I’ve not needed to rush to the shop to purchase six months of bathroom paper, due to a wise rest room seat with a bidet.

During the previous yr, the parents representing South Korea’s Coway have been pitching their Coway Bidetmega model of bidets to me. It all the time appeared like a humorous joke or a luxurious to consider a wise rest room. But with the latest coronavirus scare, I gave in and tried the corporate’s newest bidet, the Coway Bidetmega 400.

The bidet is hooked up to your rest room seat, and you use it by a distant management you can put in your wall. A sensors detects while you sit on it and preps the bidet for cleansing. When you’re carried out along with your No. 2 enterprise, you press a button with a picture of a backside on it and it sprays water in your butt.

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

Above: Yep, it’s sensible rest room. The Coway Bidetmega 400 detects your butt.

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That’s what bidets have carried out for ages, and so they’re much more common in locations like Japan, the place they arrive with seat heaters and different luxurious, spa-like rest room options. Toto is the king of such bidets in Japan, and it’s the world’s largest rest room maker with $5.2 billion in gross sales and a flagship Neorest NX2 rest room that prices $12,800. But within the U.S., bidets are comparatively uncommon, overwhelmed off by the sensible advertising of Charmin and different rest room paper manufacturers.

But the bidet has a whole lot of issues going for it. The Coway Bidetmega 400 mannequin that I’ve been making an attempt out not solely shoots water at your butt, it additionally blow dries it. So you possibly can sit there and never should wipe with rest room paper in any respect, saving some timber. And for ladies, you possibly can press a No. 1 button and it’ll spray in an angled route, washing your entrance, uh, backside.

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

What you’ll like

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

Above: The nozzles of the Coway Bidetmega 400 solely come out throughout operation.

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It is fairly hygienic

As talked about, you need to use a bidet with out utilizing your palms, apart from urgent a distant management. It cleans and dries. That’s one of many the reason why the cleanliness-obsessed Japanese have been utilizing bidets all of this time. Coway has constructed a triple-stage bidet wash care system that retains the water path, nozzle, and bathroom freed from contaminants.

Coway additionally has an upgraded model of its Bidetmega 200 that has integration with Amazon Alexa, which might additionally notify you when the filters should be changed. So you don’t have to the touch buttons in any respect. You may also simply push a button the place the bidet cleans itself. It has a low-energy mode when not in use.

Warm water and sensible management

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

Above: The Coway Bidetmega 400 has a Bluetooth distant management.

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It detects while you sit on it, and it heats up the water earlier than it sprays it on you, which is healthier than the proverbial chilly bathe. You may also management the kind of spray that comes out. It additionally has Braille letters than you possibly can add in the event you like.

Night gentle and wi-fi distant

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

Above: You’ll by no means miss this rest room, with a Coway Bidetmega 400.

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It comes with a blue LED gentle that turns your rest room bowl into one of many prettiest night time lights ever. You’ll by no means miss touchdown your self on the seat in the course of the night time. The wi-fi distant is handy, and you’ll simply mount it in your wall. The distant offers you choices like a baby’s bidet (with much less pressure for these with delicate pores and skin).

Easy to put in

Coway has each elongated or spherical rest room seat variations obtainable so you possibly can retrofit your present rest room. It took me perhaps 20 minutes to put in. I simply turned off the water valve on the hose hooked up to the bathroom. I took off the outdated rest room seat and hooked up the bidet rest room seat to the present rest room. I added a T-intersection pipe to the valve, after which hooked up a hose to the bidet. I reattached the opposite hose to the bathroom. And then I plugged the bidet right into a wall socket and turned on the water valve once more. I paired the bidet distant management with the seat through Bluetooth, and it labored the primary time. And presto, I had a wise rest room.

What you received’t like

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

Above: The Coway Bidetmega 400 is constructed into a bathroom seat.

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Noise

It’s a bit of noisy relating to prepping itself with water while you sit on it. So it’s not the best factor to make use of when your partner is sleeping and also you stand up in the course of the night time. Then it makes noise while you truly use the bidet and the dryer. So in the event you’re in a spot the place silence is golden, then perhaps the bidet just isn’t so nice. On the opposite hand, common rest room flushes are noisy too.

Cost

Yes, $600 is rather a lot to half with there. And I might guess that bidet costs are going to climb, together with rest room paper costs as all of us cope with this scarcity disaster, which is hopefully non permanent.

A $600 bidet may not appear to be a very good deal in comparison with rest room paper that sells at perhaps $1.50 a roll. For the price of one bidet, you could possibly purchase one 400 rolls of bathroom paper. Of course, bidets vary in value from $30 to greater than $1,600. And, to repeat, Toto’s high-end rest room prices greater than $12,000.

Conclusion

Coway Bidetmega 400 review: Coronavirus may usher in the age of the smart toilet

Above: Keep your rest room paper round for emergencies, even with a bidet.

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If hygiene is your precedence, then a bidet just like the Coway Bidetmega 400 is an efficient deal. I’ve tried it out, and I don’t actually wish to return. It’s like having a throne in my self-quarantined kingdom.

My buddy Mike Wilson swears by the Luxe Bidet Neo 120, which presently retails on Amazon for $76. His view is you can save a whole lot of timber this fashion. Of course, a bidet makes use of electrical energy and water, and it’s product of supplies that aren’t renewable, not like rest room paper. So it’s a toss-up as as to whether it’s extra environmentally pleasant.

If you’re actually a clear freak, you’ll most likely wish to wipe with rest room paper in addition to utilizing the clear/dry capabilities of the bidet. And in case you ever lose energy, you may wish to preserve a roll of bathroom paper round.