What is a bidet and do they still have a place in the bathroom?

modern bidet
(Image credit: Sanctuary Bathrooms)

Exactly what is a bidet? For anyone born after they fell out of favour in the UK (in the late 1980s), the sight of one may well leave them puzzled. 

Bathroom design has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also with regards to the way we view bathroom essentials – for example, a shower is now pretty much non-negotiable, where it was once the bath that was a must-have item.

Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards

Paul is sales director at Old Fashioned Bathrooms, a company that was established back in 1988, They design, supply and install luxury traditional bathrooms and specialise in superior sanitaryware and accessories for the period and traditional home

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.