The History of the Bidet

Bidet's Have An Historical Value

The truth is that the history of the bidet is an ancient and fascinating one. Although you may not be considering the word fascinating as word you would have ever thought to apply to a device that washes your tushy for you. 

 The bidet came into existence in the 1600's. The first bidet was engineered by a humble French furniture craftsman. Now, they’re engineered and built all over the world.  Since the first French artisanal bowls, bidets have certainly come a long way. So the question is why would YOU need one?  What is a bidet toilet seat?  Most people have never heard of a bidet. Do you even know what a bidet is? Have you ever thought what it can do for you? Or better yet do you even know why you would want to own one? 

The earliest known written reference to the bidet is dated 1710. The bidet was invented at a time when full body bathing was done once a week. It was invented to cleanse the 'private' areas of the body, in-between regularly scheduled baths. In 1750, a unique bidet, à seringue was introduced. It provided an upward spray through the use of a hand-pump fed by a reservoir.

Until the 1900's the bidet was confined to the bedroom, along with the chamber pot (a bucket that served as a toilet.) It’s almost impossible to pinpoint the first-ever use of a bidet. After all, it doesn’t take a lot of ingenuity to wash yourself with water after you use the toilet. However, the bidet itself isn’t just a means of cleaning yourself with water, but rather it is an artistic or technologically-oriented design meant to make the user feel clean and comfortable.

There are so many reason's one would want to use a bidet and we will be covering many of the reason's why a bidet should be used by men, women and children.  Once you try it you might wonder why the bidet wasn't put in every home because you will not want to stop using this historical toilet seat.  There are bidets of all types and sizes that range from affordable to high-end. All of this goes to show that once you come up with a good piece of technology, there’s no limits to how far you can take it. 

Where Did Bidet's Really Come From?

The word bidet comes from the French word meaning “pony” or “small horse.” This colorful name belongs to the bidet’s size and stature, and the fact that traditional bidets look like a small porcelain horse, which you squat over during use.

The first person who owned a bidet was Napoleon Bonaparte who was of the French Court.  He carried it where ever he traveled and it meant so much to him that he even willed it to his oldest son.  As far as historians can tell, the bidet is a French invention. As I mentioned before the bidet was spearheaded by French furniture makers around the late 17th century, the bidet is a grown-up version of the chamber pot or bourdaloue, which was a small, portable chamber pot classy ladies would take along with them on extended trips.

 The first bidets were pretty much just a bowl of water set into a sturdy wooden stool. People would crouch over these primitive bidets and use their hands to wash up. Over the next few decades, the original bidet got more advanced by adopting a hand pump that would spray water. With the advent of plumbing, bidets turned into convenient devices with nozzles and integrated sprayers.

Bidet of age

Today, the bidet is a cleanliness device, which is widely regarded as a much more sophisticated and effective tool than just dry wiping. Bidets offer the user a hands-free and a superior water wash in place of the wiping and the occasionally irritating action of using toilet paper.  However, most Americans have never seen a bidet. Those who have, generally have seen them in upscale hotels, that are either in the U.S. or in Europe. The first time i saw on was when I went to Tokyo.  There was not a bathroom that did not have one. It is rare that the American home actually has one! To some, this seems a bit strange, considering the preoccupation the American's have with cleanliness. But the majority of Americans start their day in the shower, rather than visit the bathtub once a week. Thus the use of the bidet for personal hygiene has not yet taken on an important role in America


 When I traveled to Tokyo I had to take this picture of this bidet because it was the first time I was introduced to a toilet like this.  I had no clue how to use it but with some experimenting I learned.  From then on I have never wanted to be without one and there are many reasons why. 

You might be considering to purchase a bidet because of what you heard or what you might have read.  If you are a first time buyer and you don't have much knowledge or you just don't know where to start then you have come to the right place.  We will be able to help answer all your questions and even the ones you didn't think of. We will be able to guide you through your first experience of owning your own bidet.