Brondell Swash 1000 Bidet Toilet Seat - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Bidets have notable health advantages, reduce paper waste, are super easy to install.

Blondell Swash Bidet

Brondell Swash 1000 Bidet Toilet Seat



A bidet is a device for cleansing the genital and perianal (aka backside, underside, behind, bottom, or butt) areas. Rather than your having to use toilet paper, the bidet cleanses your bottom with a stream of warm water. Some bidets incorporate a warm air vent to dry you as well. A bidet seat incorporates a spray system and heater in a small compartment underneath the seat – which means you don't have to replace your toilet, but just the seat. This is, of course, an easier, and more economical way to obtain the benefits of a bidet in your home.

Bidets do have some notable benefits over conventional toilets. Water provides a more thorough cleansing than does toilet paper, and because bidets are virtually hands free, there is much less likelihood of coming into contact with, or passing, a virus. Water is also much gentler on the nether regions than paper, which can be especially welcome for anyone suffering from any form of bowel problems. A bidet is also easier to use for anyone who has difficulty with their hands or arms, and for those with back problems.

I recently tested the Swash 1000 bidet seat from Brondell. They have four models, with a range of features, in prices from $179 to $599.

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(L) Standard toilet seat; (R) Swash 1000 bidet seat

Installing a bidet is straightforward. It took me about 30 minutes to install the Swash 1000, However, if you've not done much in the way of plumbing work before, allow for about one hour. The only tool I needed was a pair of pliers with plastic jaws, which won't scratch the chromed nuts on the hoses and T-valve. If your pliers don't have plastic jaw covers, just cover the jaws with a piece of a fabric or a strip of canvas.

As you can see in the photo above, the bidet seat is somewhat larger overall than a standard toilet seat – this is to accommodate the electricals and spray mechanism, located at the back of the bidet. However, the size of the seat (and the opening in the seat) is virtually the same between the two seats.

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GFCI outlet

The Swash 1000 needs to be plugged into a receptacle. However, the power cord is only about 3-1/2' long, so you'll probably have to install a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacle near the toilet. I installed a receptacle in the side of the vanity. Unless you're familiar with the electrical code in your province, and have experience doing electrical work, I strongly recommend you hire an electrician.

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The mechanics of the bidet

There are quite a few components in a bidet – a water heater, a motorized spray system, a deodorizing system, air heater and blower, a sterilization unit to clean the nozzles, heating cables that run through the seat, and electronics that enable the remote control to the operate the bidet. The presence of all those components makes me glad that the Swash 1000 comes with a 3-year warranty. 

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Everything you need for installation

There really are only four items you need to install the bidet, all of which are included with the Swash 1000: T-valve, hose, mounting plate, and mounting plate nuts. The owner's manual does a pretty good job of guiding you through the installation process. Apart from a pair of pliers, the only other items you'll need to supply is a plastic container (to collect any water that may spill out when you unhook the water supply hose) and some thread seal tape (aka Teflon tape), which helps seal the thread joints and makes it easier to tighten the nuts on the hoses.

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(L) Turn off the water; (R) Disconnect the supply hose

The first thing you want to do is turn off the water inlet to the toilet (the shut-off valve), and then flush the toilet. Next, place a plastic container under the valve to collect any water that drips out after you remove the supply hose from the tank. 

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(L) Connect the T-valve to the supply hose (R) Connect T-valve to tank

Attach the T-valve to the supply hose, and then connect the hose with the included 90-degree elbow to the T-valve. You won't mix up the way the hoses are attached as the threaded ends on the T-valve are different sizes, as are the nuts on the hoses.

Once the two hoses are connected to the T-valve, attach the valve to the toilet.


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(L) Mounting plate assembly; (R) Mounting plate installed

Place the mounting plate on top of the toilet basin, and use the locking nuts to secure it in position. At this point don't tighten the nuts all the way. You may need to shift the location of the bidet closer to the tank once it's installed.

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Slide the bidet seat onto the mounting plate

The bidet simply slides onto the mounting plate. Keep pushing the bidet until you hear a loud click – which lets you know that the bidet is firmly connected to the plate. Now you can push the whole assembly until the bidet just about touches the tank. Finally, tighten the nuts underneath the mounting plate. You may need to use a pair of pliers – but don't over tighten the nuts. Use just enough pressure that the bidet doesn't move about on the toilet.

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Connect 90-degree elbow to bidet

The last thing to do is connect the 90-degree end of the white hose to the bidet.

That's it. The bidet is now fully installed. Turn the shut off valve back on slowly, checking to see if there is any water seepage at any of the connections. If so, try tightening the nuts. If water still drips out you'll need to turn off the shut-off valve, flush the toilet, and disassemble the leaky connection. Ensure you apply a piece of thread seal tape, and reinstall the nut.

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Bidet remote control

The various functions of the bidet are remotely controlled, though you can also control the 'Rear' cleansing function by pressing a button on the side of the bidet. There is a wall mount that you can attach to the wall via screws or double sided tape. A magnet holds the remote securely on the wall mount.

I find that the icons and text on the remote are intuitive and easy to read. There is only one remote, so that if two or more people use the bidet, they may find that they're constantly adjusting the bidet features (such as seat and water temperature, spray velocity, and spray pattern). To avoid this, my wife and I compromised on all the bidet settings, which simplifies using the bidet. The only button we regularly press is the 'Rear' button - conveniently located at the top left of the remote. This makes it easy to find the button in the dark, which might be important if you regularly use the toilet at night – the remote doesn't include a built-in night light.

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Pads help keep the seat in place

Pads on the bottom of the bidet seat ensure a better fit and help to keep the seat from sliding about. Intelligent sensors inside the seat activate the spray pump when you sit on the toilet (you'll hear the pump kicking in). A nice feature is that the bidet cover and lid are both soft closing - them don't slam shut when you let them go.

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(L) Dryer port - closed; (R) spray nozzle - single nozzle showing

The bidet works in a pretty straight forward fashion. You sit on the seat, and do your business. When you're finished, you press the 'Rear' button on the remote control (or the 'Rear' button on the side of the bidet. A spray nozzle automatically extends from the bidet, and sprays a steady stream of warm water to clean your bottom. It takes about 12 seconds for the spraying to begin, and the stream lasts for 2 minutes, though you can stop it at any time by pressing the 'Stop' button on the remote. To dry your bottom you can press the 'Dry' button. I don't like waiting for the fan to dry me, so I use a couple of sheets of toilet paper. There is also a 'Front' position for feminine cleansing.

You can control the width of the spray pattern, the water and seat temperature, the position of the nozzle, and the pressure of the water that's ejected. A deodorization button helps clear the air, and a sterilization button cleans the nozzles (though you still have to clean the nozzles manually on a regular basis). All these features are clearly explained in the Owner's Manual.

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Bidet installed and ready for service

The unit we tested, which is Brondell's premium model, doesn't have an illuminated remote for night use, and it lacks an enema function. As well, you can't used a second remote with the unit. Apart from these issues, we're pretty smitten with the bidet. We've been using it for just over a month, and have agreed that we'll never go back to a traditional toilet seat. We're happy to be able to cut down significantly on the use of toilet paper – doing a bit more for the environment, and saving money in the process. But, the real attraction with the bidet is that it's just so remarkably effective.

If you suffer from any kind of bowel problem, then you'll really want to consider installing a bidet seat. Even if you're as healthy as a horse, a bidet will add an extra bit of panache to your bathroom.

KEY FEATURES:
 
  • Dual wash wands
  • Aerated wash spray
  • Warm water wash
  • Adjustable heated seat
  • Power saving eco-mode
  • Ceramic core instant heating
  • Spray width adjustment
  • Stainless steel nozzles
  • Positionable nozzles
  • Warm air dryer
  • Deodorizer
  • Nozzle sterilization
  • Slow-close seat
  • Wireless remote control
  • Oscillating cleanse
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Includes: Mounting plate with bolts and nuts, hose with 90-degree elbow, T-valve, remote control, remote mounting plate, batteries, owner's manual

COMPANY:Brondell
MODEL:BD-S1000
PRICE:$599.00
MADE IN:South Korea (Designed in the USA)
SOURCE:Brondell online
Home Depot
2014

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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