Sometimes toilet paper just isn’t a comfortable option. Maybe you’re going eco-friendly, or you may suffer from a painful condition that makes wiping a nightmare.
A bidet could be the answer to all your woes! If you’re looking for an affordable one that comes with all the features you need, the Brondell Swash SE 600 would be a great start.
Here’s the features we like in our Brondell Swash SE 600 review:
- Adjustable water pressure and temperature.
- Heated seat and warm air dryer.
- Deodorizer included.
- Elongated or round.
- Useful nightlight.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Bidet
Bidets offer a gentle, healthier and more sanitary alternative in the bathroom. Once you have discovered the joys that a bidet has to offer you won’t want to go back to using toilet paper.
When you’re looking to buy a bidet, you should consider the following.
Electric vs Non-Electric?
Electric vs non-electric bidet is the first decision you’ll need to make. The main difference is that electric bidets are plugged into a power outlet while non-electric bidets are powered by water pressure.
Electric bidets are fitted with more features than non-electric bidets, but of course, they’re also more expensive. Having said that, if you want the full bidet experience then it’s worth investing a bit of extra money and buying an electric bidet.
The Brondell Swash SE 600, which we’re reviewing today, is an electric bidet.
To Heat or Not to Heat?
There are two things that would require heat on a bidet, and that’s the water it uses and the seat. Both of which you can choose not to have warm—it certainly makes going to the bathroom in the middle of winter more pleasant.
Some bidets come with a water reservoir where it stores and warms the water between flushes. It should also give you between 20 and 40 seconds of warm spray when you use it. The only downside would be if the reservoir ran out of warm water before it’s had time to heat up more.
Many seats come with a power-save mode that will maintain the seat’s warmth, so your behind won’t sit on a cold surface in the middle of the night. It will then start-up again and get it to the temperature that you’ve set it at.
Wash and Dry Features
Bidet nozzles can come in either plastic or stainless steel, for hygienic purposes. These are customizable to your preference and will have adjustable water pressure and temperature, so you get the best experience.
Some bidets come with a warm dryer, which will eliminate the need for toilet paper altogether. It’s something similar to a hairdryer, just less noisy and designed to blow dry your nether regions.
Brondell Swash SE 600 Review
The Brondell Swash SE 600 is a nifty seat bidet that comes with a nightlight, so you don’t have to blind yourself with the bathroom light in the middle of the night.
It features an oscillating stainless steel nozzle, which is hygienic, and it’s also self-cleaning so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing it. It comes with a power-saving eco-mode, which will maintain the heat in the water reservoir as well as the seat, even when it hasn’t been used for hours, and will save you money on electric bills.
A very useful feature on this seat is the deodorizer, which will eliminate odors at the push of a button. You can customize the wash settings to your needs, and adjust the water pressure and temperature.
- Customizable wash settings.
- Power-saving eco-mode.
- Stainless nozzle.
- Heated seat.
- Warm dryer.
- It needs to be plugged into the mains and needs a GFCI outlet.
- Hot water is limited and takes time to heat more.
- The storage tank release valve is hard to reach if you need to empty it.
Brondell Swash SE 600 Features and Benefits
Adjustable Water Pressure and Temperature
With a multitude of user settings to choose from, you can customize your wash and dry to suit you, every time. The oscillating nozzle can provide a gentle, wide spray or a stronger, more direct stream of warm water that can be used by both men and women for front or back washes. There’s even a massage pulse setting that alternates between higher and lower pressure water streams.
The nozzle oscillates to provide wider coverage and ensure that no spot is missed. As well as choosing your spray type, you can adjust the temperature, so your cleaning experience is never uncomfortable.
Heated Seat and Warm Air Dryer
Using the handy remote, you can adjust the warmth of your seat to three different levels. This means you’ll be comfortable in any season or weather.
It also has a skin sensor function that heats the seat when it senses that you’re sitting on it. This means that once you have decided on your heat settings, you don’t need to activate it every time manually.
The seat also has a power-saving eco mode function, which allows the seat to go into sleep mode when it hasn’t been used for a while. However, it will still maintain some heat to keep the seat warm until it’s used again.
The warm air dryer is useful for removing excess moisture and is a step towards going toilet paper-free. The one downside is that the temperature of the air dryer is not adjustable, but it does blow warm air.
The deodorizer is a very smart function that’s often only seen on much higher-priced bidet seats. This won’t just mask or cover odors, it eliminates them completely.
The deodorizer’s carbon filter is designed to last a lifetime, so there’s no need to worry about removing or replacing it. A slight negative is that you can’t change the scent in it, but it’s effective enough that you won’t need anything different.
You activate the deodorizer function with the one-touch button on the remote, so there’s no need to twist or bend to find a button.
Elongated or Round
You’ll need to measure your toilet before choosing which of these you buy, as it’s all about size and not about design. If your toilet measures 18 to 19.5 inches from the front to the bolts, then you would need an elongated seat. If the distance is 16 to 17.75 inches, a round seat would be perfect.
Note that the distance between the bolts and the tank behind them needs to be at least 1.5 inches for the bidet seat to fit over the toilet seat. An elongated seat could have a bit of an overhang, but this is normal and won’t affect its operation.
There’s nothing worse than getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and stubbing your toe in the darkness. The Brondell Swash SE 600 features a handy nightlight that illuminates the toilet bowl, allowing you just enough soft light to see what you’re doing.
The nightlight button is placed on the bidet seat and not on the remote. You can switch it off if you would prefer not to use it.
Alternatives to the Brondell Swash SE 600
If the Brondell Swash SE 600 isn’t quite the right choice for you, here are three comparable alternatives that may be a better fit.
The Bio Bidet USPA 6800 features a double nozzle. The posterior nozzle has an Intensive Impulse Pulsation feature, and the front feminine nozzle has seven nozzle holes for a wider and gentler but still generous water spray.
It has a kids’ wash function too, so it would be great for families. Like the Brondell, it has a wireless remote, built-in deodorizer and an air dryer for your comfort. However, it doesn’t have a nightlight feature.
- Dual nozzles, compared to an oscillating nozzle on the Brondell Swash.
- Multiple wash options, including kids’ wash.
- Doesn’t come with a nightlight.
- Both models have an air dryer and wireless remote.
Check out our BioBidet USPA 6800U review here.
The SmartBidet comes with features like a warm air dryer, turbo function and a self-cleaning plastic nozzle for good hygiene.
Choose from five adjustable water pressure levels and three different water temperature settings. There’s good water coverage for both the front and rear wash and you can select one of five different nozzle positions.
The SmartBidet also comes with an energy-saving mode which keeps the temperature of the seat and water consistent, but it has no light function.
- Both models have a hot water tank reservoir.
- Self-cleaning plastic nozzle, compared to stainless steel on the Brondell.
- Skin sensor heated bidet seat.
- Bidet dryer function.
- Both models have a wireless remote.
- No nightlight.
The Bio Bidet BB2000 has a stainless steel nozzle like the Brondell. Other similar features include a heated seat, soft-closing lid, nightlight, built-in deodorizer and an easy-to-use wireless remote.
The Bio Bidet is significantly more expensive than the Brondell Swash, although the features are similar.
- Energy Save mode.
- Seat warmer and continuous warm water.
- Both models have a wireless remote, nightlight, slow-closing lid and deodorizer.
- Pricier than other models.
Read our Bio Bidet BB-2000 Bliss review here.
The Brondell Swash SE 600 is a great addition to any modern bathroom. It’s an eco-friendly system that both eliminates the need for toilet paper and increases hygiene.
It’s durable, with a stainless steel nozzle, and very easy to use with the remote control. The nightlight is a useful feature for safer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Whether you’re looking at bidets as a way of improving personal and family hygiene or as a solution to saving money in the long run, a bidet seat like the Brondell Swash SE 600 is a worthwhile investment that you can take with you anywhere you go.