Just watched todayIfoundout's video on YouTube about why Americans don't tend to use the bidet.
I think something must be missing from their perception of why we don't use them, because I now realize that he only indirectly addressed my own doubts about the bidet. I was honestly surprised to hear that bidets are supposed to be so effective. Don't get me wrong, I have also long thought it was crazy that Americans have been cleaning our butts with dry paper, but I find it hard to imagine a bidet actually cleaning much of anything even as well as that method. It seems like it would just leave everything wet without removing more than a few clumps of poop. I would almost think you need soap and a washcloth to do a really proper job, but it sounds like these things are working well enough in the countries that use them.
So, without soap or any sort of scrubbing, how does a bidet actually clean one's bum?
Last year, I spent a couple weeks in Japan.
My experience differs slightly from Teethering. The hotel I stayed in had glorious toilets that did all the things you've heard Japanese toilets do. (Bidets, seat heating/cooling, scented sprays, music and other "cover" sounds, self cleaning, etc...)
The bidet did a much better job cleaning than toilet paper for me, and I found the jet of warm water pretty nice actually. I did find I used the paper provided anyway, just to blot up the excess water. Very little excess water. Taken care of with a dab or two of paper.
I want them for my house, but the cheapest I've been able to find them in the United States at the quality level I want is about $650 per seat. A little too pricey for me right now. Unless I only want to do one bathroom.