Over the last year the increased interest in bidet attachments has been eye opening in both major retail stores and internet shopping. According to independent research Google Trends shows a definitive uptick in brand searches for toilet bidet attachments of different brand names beginning around October of 2009. The rising popularity of bidet attachments seems to stem primarily from these factors:
- There is nearly an 80% savings over the purchase of a full size bidet
- There is no need for costly new plumbing
- There is no need for bathroom expansion to accommodate a full size bidet
“The overall growth of Biffy bidet attachment sales has been surprising in a down economy”, says Marcus Smith, COO of American Biffy Bidet Company, one of the leading manufacturers of bidet attachments worldwide. When asked, he added that the growing awareness in sustainable living and the desire by many people to conserve resources had also contributed. The making of a roll of toilet paper uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water and 1.3 KWh of electricity. – treehugger.com. According to Google Trends the term “bidet” is still more widely searched than the “bidet attachment” term, however, there is no way of knowing whether those searching for bidets actually wanted a bidet toilet or a bidet attachment.
Statistics provided by Google.com, indicate there were nearly 1 million searches last month for the term bidet and bidets worldwide with just under 500,000 of those searches originating from the United States (an 11% increase from 2009). . In the same time frame 2009-2010 the use of the term “bidet attachment” has risen by nearly 300% according to Google statistics. This does not take into account the searches done in foreign languages worldwide who in most instances do not use the same phonetic spelling for the terms. With nearly a million searches in the English language and likely an equal amount in non-English speaking countries or more we can say that the usage of bidets and their familiarity is really catching on.