Q: Dear Ed: I’m thinking about switching my present toilet seat to a non-electric bidet seat. I don’t want to spend extra money on having a bidet seat connected to electricity for warm water rinsing. Can you please give me some information on these nonelectrical cleansing seats? — Carol, Missouri
A: Manual cleansing seats require no electricity and can be easily installed on elongated or round-front toilets. They connect to the toilet cold water supply line, so the rinsing water temperature depends on your plumbing system. If you have chilly cold water lines, take that into consideration.
A side mounted on/off control lever adjusts the angle and the water pressure of the spray wand, giving the user a customized wash. The spray wand also has a self-rinsing feature.
I also recommend a manual cleansing seat with extras like a slow-close lid and nonslip seat bumpers to keep you on the right track.