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Key Features:
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries
  • Three waterflow adjustments
  • Self-cleaning hydro-power jets retract and extend automatically
  • Compatible with most toilets
  • Price range from online dealers in 2008 was $230 to $360
  • Pricing as of 2008.
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  • Swash Ecoseat 250
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by Deborah Holmes, Ebricks.com
There's a lot to like about Brondell's new Swash EcoSeat 250, one of the new toilet seats that offers a cleansing water spray. And there's one thing to really dislike.

First the things to like.

  • It doesn't require any electricity, running on four AA batteries which last about 5,000 flushes.
  • The hydro-powered nozzles extend and retract automatically. They also clean themselves after use.
  • The dual jets can be directed front or back and can be adjusted to three different water pressures.
  • Installation is quick and easy and doesn't require you to get an electrician to wire in a ground-fault protected outlet at toilet level.
  • It also brings the cost down to about $250, a fraction of what many other bidet seats cost.
  • The seat will fit most toilets, and releases easily for cleaning.
  • It dramatically reduces toilet paper consumption.
  • Like all such seats, it allows the toilet to double as a bidet saving space.
So what's not to like?

Unlike most bidet seats, this economy model does not have a water heater.

Brondell describes the wash as "refreshing." Those who live in chilly regions might have a different description for a cold water cleansing in a delicate place.

A bidet seat that doesn't require electricity is cool. But water heaters need more juice than 4 AA batteries can provide. It might be an acceptable tradeoff for some.

Personally, I'd rather spring for the electrician to wire an outlet and get one of Brondell's pricier seats. The next model up costs about $200 more and requires electricity, but has a heated seat and warm water washing jets.

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