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- Bidets are relatively uncommon in the United States, but those who use them are increasingly vocal about their love for this hygienic cleaning device.
- Brondell is one of only a few manufacturers that make luxury bidet seats that you can install on your current toilet.
- With the Swash 1400, I especially liked the blue nightlight, adjustable water pressure, and the warm water delivered right where you need it.
- Though the Brondell Swash 1400 Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat is expensive (currently $649 on Amazon), it is backed by a three-year warranty and you will save on toilet paper expenditures.
If you had mud or other debris stuck to your hands, you wouldn't take a dry paper towel and start trying to rub it off, would you? Probably not. Instead, you would wash your hands with water. Yet, when it comes to removing stuck-on waste from our nether regions, we are content with simply using dry toilet paper. Fortunately, bidets take cleanliness to the next level.
At their most basic, bidets send a stream of water to clean your rear end. My friend was obsessed with her bidet and bought a basic unit for me as a gift about five years ago. Now, my family has three units throughout our home and a portable one for traveling. So, I was game when Brondell offered to send me their Swash 1400 Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat for free to test. Here's my experience.
My first experiences with the Brondell Swash 1400 Bidet
Brondell sent me the white elongated style of their Swash 1400. They also have biscuit colored and round seats. It only took me about 30 minutes to install the whole thing. But, it may take you longer if your electrical outlet is far away from your toilet, and you want to secure the cord for a clean look.
The Swash 1400 has two stainless steel nozzles with on-demand sterilization. The nozzles are for front and rear cleaning. And, you can ensure water goes precisely where you need it by adjusting the nozzles using the remote control. Plus, you can press the "Move" button for back and forward oscillation.
I'm used to a basic bidet seat attachment with a single knob that controls the water pressure. So, I was a bit intimidated by this fancy model that allows you to customize just about every part of your experience. Fortunately, the remote control was so intuitive that I didn't even need to read the manual before getting down to business.
How the Brondell Swash 1400 Bidet performed
Though cold water can feel refreshing on your bum, most users prefer bidets with water that is warm but not hot. Brondell states that the Swash 1400 heats water up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit when on the highest heat setting. So, I tested this and found that the water was actually 90 degrees, which wasn't as advertised but still warm enough for my needs. When the heat was turned off, the thermometer showed the water was 71 degrees.
The heated seat reaches 97 degrees per the manufacturer, and based on my subjective assessment, this seems accurate. However, I couldn't help but feel I was wasting energy using the heated seat so I set the bidet in eco mode, which keeps the seat on the low heat setting when not in use.
A good bidet balances comfortable water pressure with strong cleaning power. The Swash 1400 nails this. You can choose water pressures ranging from 14.5 psi to 100 psi. And, the spray width adjusts for targeted or dispersed cleaning.
As a frequent nighttime bathroom visitor, the blue nightlight was especially nice. It was bright enough that I could use the restroom without having to turn on other lights, which could make it hard for me to fall back asleep.
When you have guests over, you don't want to have to do a PowerPoint presentation on how to use the toilet. And, with the Swash 1400, this isn't a problem. If visitors choose to use the bidet, the remote is fairly intuitive, though I do keep the user manual on top of the tank in case people are apprehensive about using it. Also, the remote is great for people with mobility issues since they can control their cleaning without twisting or reaching.
Some concerns about the bidet
The Swash 1400 features an air dryer with adjustable drying temps. Overall, this is a great feature that removes the need for toilet paper for drying purposes. However, I suggest flushing before using the air dryer. If you skip this step, you will get a blast of stinky air.
I like that the seat only works when someone is sitting on it. My 4-year-old was unable to waltz into the bathroom and mess with the remote, potentially sending water all over the place. On the other hand, the sensor on the seat didn't always recognize my 40-pound son as a real person so there were times we couldn't clean him up using the bidet. However, if we were daring, we could turn off the seat sensor.
The way the seat fastened to the toilet left about half an inch of wiggle from side to side. This was not a major issue, but I would have liked a more secure fit.
Lastly, if you don't have an outlet positioned just right in your bathroom, you will need to buy a special extension cord. The power cord that comes with the Swash 1400 is only about four feet long. And, due to the power needs, the extension cord must be rated for at least 15 amps. I had to buy an extension cord, and it's a little bit of an eyesore in my bathroom.
Overall, if you are looking to make your trips to the bathroom more enjoyable, I strongly recommend the Swash 1400. It provides your rear with a warm seat, thoroughly cleans down there, and dries you off when you are done. Plus, the nightlight makes your toilet easy to find in the dark.
Though the $649 price tag is a bit steep for most people, if you have the money, the Brondell Swash 1400 is worth the expense.
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