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I Tried the TUSHY Bidet—And Here’s What Happened

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The first time I ever heard of a bidet was when a physical therapist of mine recounted her time spent in a European hospital after giving birth. “It was miraculous,” she said, “to have something to gently clean my lady parts without harsh toilet paper. I thought I was living in a dream.”

That was 15 years ago, and now bidets are making major waves in American culture (leave it to us to think we can do things better and then revert to time-tested practices as if they were brand new). TUSHY is one brand that you may have seen pop up on your Facebook feed or in your Google ads. Co-founded by Miki Agrawal, also the inventor of THINX period underwear, TUSHY is the affordable, accessible bidet for everyone. Because, as their cheeky marketing states quite clearly, everyone poops. So does this under $100 toilet attachment actually improve your daily bathroom experience? We gave it a whirl—and here’s what happened.

My Problem: Too Much Scratchy Toilet Paper

Since we’re talking about a gadget that cleans your nether regions post poop, this article is liable to get down and dirty real fast—just a fair warning. That said, my struggle, thanks to celiac disease and a host of other digestive issues, vacillates between constipation and diarrhea. When you have to head to the bathroom frequently, you begin to realize not just how much toilet paper you’re going through, but also how uncomfortable it can be to wipe on repeat. Let’s just say chaffing quickly becomes a concern.

While I’ve never gotten to toilet-clogging levels, I do notice how fast my toilet paper roll disappears when my digestion is at its worst. I try to be environmentally conscious whenever possible, but I’m far from zero-waste when it comes to toilet-paper usage.

My Solution: TUSHY Bidet Classic

The TUSHY Classic bidet attachment promises to address all my pooping problems, from being incredibly easy to install, and needing no plumbing expertise, to being relatively inexpensive and unobtrusive in my bathroom. The brand claims that TUSHY will wash “your bum with a refreshing stream of clean water after you poop…. Every spray to your bootyhole will transport you to a relaxing spa experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.”

It also requires no additional electricity, is self-cleaning and has pressure/angle control so you can adjust the spray as necessary. The brand also says using TUSHY dramatically reduces the amount of TP needed “by like, a lot—because endless, irritating wiping turns into just a few nice pats when you’re using TUSHY!” That’s ultimately what got me—the promise of a refreshing clean on top of lending itself to potentially protecting trees from being turned into toilet paper.

The Results: TUSHY Makes Pooping Better

Using TUSHY was quite a refreshing experience. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I enjoy going to the bathroom more now, but I do dread it less. My bootyhole and lady parts feel cleaner, fresher and less chaffed, which is a really big win. One thing the brand doesn’t talk about as much is how beneficial it is for menstruating humans. I found TUSHY to be delightful for when I was on my period, giving me a much cleaner feeling than just using toilet paper (I’m on the period underwear/free bleeding train, so I do deal with blood instead of catching it in a cup or tampon).

I like that it’s actually a more affordable option for people who want a little extra spa experience in their bathrooms—many bidets retail for more than $500, which is well outside my price range. Coming in at just $69, the TUSHY Bidet Classic doesn’t break the bank entirely, and upgrading to the TUSHY Spa (which has warm and cold temperature control) still comes in just under $100. I think I’d spring for that option if I could, since the shock of cold water hitting your bum can be a lot, and I’m not super stoked about using it in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

I also noticed that I was buying less toilet paper over the month I used it. Instead of stocking up on a 12-roll pack every other week, we were down to needing to buy it about one and a half times a month. I think as I get more used to the bidet (and consider TUSHY’s Bum Towels as a way to go even more TP-free), I’ll find an even bigger reduction in TP usage.

My only gripe with the TUSHY is that it was not as easy to install as they claim. It’s supposed to take under 10 minutes, and I could see that being true to form IF you have a brand-new toilet. But I’m living in a 1950s era house with an original toilet, and some of the parts necessary to unscrew for installation just were not happy about being disturbed. I did a little searching around the internet to see if I was the only one encountering this issue, and it seems I’m definitely not. Most of us eventually get it installed, but sometimes it takes over an hour to get finicky or older plumbing to cooperate. That said, once installation was complete, I was really happy with how the TUSHY functioned, even using my older toilet.

Using TUSHY did turn my bathroom into a more spa-like experience, and gave me a fresher, more environmentally friendly clean. Nearly every time I use it, I think back to my PT’s European childbirth and am grateful that I can have the full bidet experience without being in another country, or someone else’s bathroom.

Wondering how we fared when we tried out period underwear or a menstrual cup? Here’s what happened.

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.

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