The bidet was born in France in the 17th century as a sink for your private parts. It was considered a second step to the potty, and both items were stored in the bedroom or dressing room. You may already know that the word “bidet” is French, so you can probably guess where the bidet originated. The history of the bidet began when a French craftsman invented a piece of furniture with a sink for water placed on a stand with legs.
Cleaner than dry cleaning and infinitely more comfortable than an ear of corn, bidets have become popular in many developed parts of the world in the years following World War II. Some bidets have a vertical jet intended to facilitate access for washing and rinsing the perineum and anal area. Some models are designed with seats, and the user sits in the bidet, just as he would in a toilet. The well-to-do members of French society were not “going to wash their butts in a bowl, but were going to “visit Le Bidet”.
Spearheaded by French furniture makers around the end of the 17th century, the bidet is an adult version of the potty or bourdaloue, which was a small portable pot that classy ladies would take with them on extended trips. In several European countries, the law now requires that a bidet be present in every bathroom that contains a toilet bowl. At first, the bidet was used in all French palaces and noble houses, and eventually took the form of a traditional sink or bathtub, only focused on washing the feet and genital areas. Unless you're some kind of masochist who likes the idea of using clay shards to get completely clean after going to the bathroom, the bidet is the obvious choice.
One of the first known bidets was installed in the bedroom, in the days of the bedside potties, also of the French royal family in 1710 by Christophe des Rosiers, who is widely credited as the inventor of the bidet. And let's not forget all the luxury features that come with electronic bidets, such as a heated seat, a built-in carbon deodorant (for obvious reasons), a hot air dryer, and a nightlight that will guide you when nature calls in the middle of the night. Some bidets look like a large sink, with faucets and a stopper so they can be filled; other designs have a spout that flashes water to aid in cleaning. Such connectable bidets (also called combination toilets, bidet accessories or additional bidets) are controlled mechanically, by turning a valve, or electronically.