Everything you wanted to know about Bidets…but were afraid to ask!

April 9, 2010

Everything you wanted to know about Bidets…but were afraid to ask!

Myth #1 : A Bidet is too hard to install. With our easy install units, this concern is a thing of the past. Our bidets come with easy to follow instructions. The install process requires nothing more than what you would find in a normal tool box and works with your existing system.

Myth #2 : I will have to alter my plumbing to have a Bidet. The Bidets we offer work with your existing plumbing. There is no additional drilling or modifications that need to be made to your existing set up. In order to have the added features of the best bidet models, you will need an electric outlet to attach to the electrical unit in the bidet.

Myth #3 : Isn’t electricity and water a bad mixture. Yes, it is! We don’t recommend you dry your hair while in the bathtub. The electrical unit of the Bidet is housed in a protective casing and the cord can and should be run far from any potential water sources.

Myth #4 : Where it is made does not matter. Although true in some retail items, you definitely want to make sure that the Manufacturer has a good reputation for creating a quality product. All the bidets we carry come with a one to two year warranty and were selected due to their attention for craftsmanship.

Myth #5 : Washing your face is more important than washing your privates. Proper cleaning of your sensitive intimate areas is more important than washing your face! When we don’t wash our face, dirt, germs and other impurities that remain can cause minor skin problems. However, neglecting to properly care for your more personal areas can result in much more serious diseases.

Myth #6 : It is too embarrassing having a Bidet! Bidets are popular all around the world outside of America. For decades other cultures have looked to Bidets to make sure they are fresh, clean, and hygienic in some very important areas. The person who learns from all is the wise one. Perhaps there is something important in having a Bidet. Try one, and we think you will agree.

Five steps to get the right gear!

Now that the myths have been properly dispatched, you can choose to follow these five steps and we promise you will find a truly great bidet. Japanese invented the bidet 50 years ago and now 80% of Japanese households have bidets. How could Bidets win such widespread acceptance? Millions of people usually adopt new trends because of a perceived benefit. Following this line of logic, Japanese style bidets must be well manufactured. Now, our one remaining mission is to find the best one for a reasonable price.

1. Know nature of your need: Bidets have the following features, warm water, dryer, heated seat, massage function, two nozzles for women or one nozzle. Do you want gentle cleaning, deep cleaning, strong water pressure or gentle water spray and water temperate control? You need to determine your needs along all these lines to determine your Bidet criteria.

2. Durability or temporary solution: If you need temporary cheap bidets,there are cheap bidets with just a hook up nozzle for existing toilets or some “made in China” solutions. If you need to get more quality for the purposes of more durability, you may need a bidet that can last more than 5-10 years. High quality Bidets can last for more than 10 years, so why not make the investment?

3. Prioritize: Decide which styles and features mean the most to you. Rank them and use the top three or four features criteria to select products within your price range.

4. Visit an online store and see a demonstration of the features in a showroom or in your local plumbing stores. Some bidets are displayed in plumbing stores. Our cardinal rule is “be patient”; the plumbing store might charge more than online stores to cover the actual costs of running and renting the store space. Take advantage of not being taxed because of online e-commerce.

5. Research, research, research. Contact manufacturers for additional information on sizes, specifications, and other information. Study them closely, review tapes, talk to friends, and other experts. Be careful about impulse buying and non-durable electrical component units. These bidets contain electronic components and like all electronics, the may have issues in the future. For this reason, be sure to check out the warranty.

Japanese Bidet

Without a doubt, Japanese bidets can be one of the most critical and expensive consumer products for your home. The right bidet will help you relieve stress, hemorrhoid and constipation problems, while a poor
quality bidet will have you gritting your teeth with more headaches after your initial purchase. The important issues to consider are comfort, durability, water pressure, product specification, color, features, quality, and warranty. The most important thing in buying bidet is having the right features and quality that suits you and your existing toilets. Most brands offers you product specifications and you should measure the specifications whether it is fitting to your toilet or not. Installation is not difficult. It is a matter of inserting one t-shape connector in between pipe connections underneath toilet tank.
Electricity is easy to get in most American bathrooms if you use an extension cord. Most brands come with an installation manual and all necessary kits. A handy man could do the job alone but if that category does not apply; call a plumber in yellow pages. The job itself is inexpensive since it takes less than a half hour.

Making Sense of Japanese bidets

Selecting your bidet based on your need is a good norm for choosing your bidets. However, the bidet is not that cheap and you might want it to last more than your average consumer electronics. Here is a primer on selecting bidets.

Cleansing power

Were going to talk about some sensitive stuff. Bear with us. The cleansing feature is important for people suffering from hemorrhoids or suffering from constipation: the stronger the spray, the better. Some brands
have massage while spraying water and this feature helps the cleansing process. Some brands were designed with weak water pressure and as a result do not fully cleanse causing hemorrhoids or aggravating pre-existing conditions.

Massage Function or Two Nozzles?

Some brands offer a choice of two warm water jets: one for general use and one designed for feminine hygiene. Nozzles retract while not in
use. Two nozzles sound better than a one-nozzle bidet. It is better. The important question is to determine your actual usage. Nozzles designed for feminine hygiene sometimes do not reach their target, so the user must move their body leaning forward or backward. The same thing happens for general use
nozzle. This is due to the personal difference in body shapes or sizes.
Some companies offer you a massage function nozzle that moves back and forth automatically. It is one nozzle. We have found that consumers that have experienced the bidet say that a massaging nozzle that sprays multiple points is better than just two fixed spots by two nozzles. The plain truth is that the massage function feels good and cleanses better.

To Dry or Not to Dry, that is the question?

For a handicapped person or people who suffer from obesity, it is necessary to have a dryer. But believe it or not most users give up on using the drying function since it involves sitting and waiting for a while. It does not hurt to have a dryer but it is not as magical as one might think.

Heated Seat:
The seat has an optional heating function that maintains the
temperature of your choice. This feature is great for chilly mornings in wintertime. This feature is a favorite for early adopters and many experts on bidets prefer this feature to all others.

Deodorizer:
Is definitely a good feature to have, but the cost is not cheap. The prices range that is more than $650 for the unit with a deodorizer and the purchaser must change filters regularly. The deodorizing unit requires special maintenance. If it is not serviced properly its function can be adversely affected.

The Maxims for the Perfect Purchase
How can I have the perfect bidet? The answer to this question truly depends on your need. Features involving deep cleansing and massage are important since these features allow the bidet to carry out its most essential purpose, cleaning. We have found that other gadgets such as an anti-slam lid or self-cleaning are not as important as cleansing capability and power. Be sure to check out the durability of the electronic components since these components can break down. So our advice is check your warranty!

Checklist

Finally we have compiled a checklist for you to make sure you are getting the most for your money.

1. Think about quality. You do not want to spend $300- $1000 for junkyelectronic parts that will burn out the circuit board in a month. Some brands from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, and Taiwan have a reputation for burning out more easily. Many outlets for bidets admit that brand new bidets are sold to customers with preexisting problems with the electronic or mechanical components. Quality is important.

2. Find the right retail outlet. Some retail outlets can help you choose your bidet but remember that Internet dealers do not have to charge tax. Some Internet retailers also offer free shipping.

3. If you are not sure, buy the brand with the best warranty. You might need service after 1 year, so a longer warranty can be important.

4. Confer with the Sales Representative and judge their customer service skills. You do not want to deal with dishonest or unethical people for expensive retail items that might require additional servicing. So choose an ethical company with a good customer service philosophy and honest business practices.

Benefits of Massage Chairs

December 16, 2009

Massage provides a roadmap of stress areas in your body. Many times people don’t know how much stress they’re carrying until they have a good massage; then they’re able to feel it and let it go. As the shiatsu massage stretches and loosens muscles and connective tissues, stress and muscular tension are released. The Good Chairs leather massage chairs provide this service automatically.

Once you have an awareness of where and why stress lodges in your body, you can do something about it. Start to educate yourself and your body, and you reverse a negative health cycle. Our massage chairs can directly help this. Shiatsu Massage, often prescribed for injuries and chronic pain, works at softening the deep tissue muscles and break up adhesions. This allows muscles to become elastic and flexible: their natural stats. The body then may be freed of spasm and pain, increase its range of motion, and have the ability to avoid future injury. Massage chairs are your personal health center.

 

Emotional Level

  • A sense of being unified and in harmony
  • Feeling of holistic well-being
  • Reduced levels of anxiety
  • Increased awareness of mind-body connection
  • Enhanced self image

Mental Level

  • Increased capability for clearer thinking
  • Relaxed state of alertness
  • Reduced mental stress: a calm mind
  • Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately

Physical Level

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Healthier, better nourished skin
  • Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
  • Reduced muscle spasm and tension
  • General health maintenance
  • Relief from entrapment of nerves in muscle
  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Increased ease and efficiency of movement
  • Promoted deeper and easier breathing
  • Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids
  • Relief of tension-related or eye-strain headaches
  • Improved posture
  • Faster healing from pulled muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Reduces pain, swelling, and formation of scar tissue following injury

Our shiatsu massage chairs are the perfect compliment to good health. Only with the patented technological features can you get true holistic benefits with our good massage chairs.

How to Choose the Right Massage Chair

October 13, 2009
First of all, this was written by the folks here at Sole Incorporated, home of TheFactoryOutlet.com. Yes, we do sell massage chairs. We would love it if you chose to buy a massage chair from us, but this is not what this guide is for. We want you to be a more informed customer, and learn a little bit more about what it is that makes a good massage chair, even if you decide not to buy one from us.

Here you have it: your guide to finding that perfect massage chair you always wish you had. That chair that is great for relaxing after a hard day or removing tension after strenuous workouts. But before you dig in, there is some basic information – and misinformation that you will need to know.

There is no question, a massage chairs can be one of the most critical and expensive consumer products in your home. The right chair will help you to relieve stress and back problems, while poor quality chairs will have you gritting your teeth with more headaches after each break down.

10 years or 10 months is the motto we so believe in. A lot of work goes into massage chairs of quality and we show them prevalently on our site. When people ask us “Why these chairs?” we tell them that “These are the ones that will be investments rather than a pain down the road.” Cheaper made chairs are made cheaply by using 3rd party parts, thereby eliminating the trust you are getting a factory-certified massage chair. Quality control is lost for the gain of a dollar or more. Granted, this is not the case all the time but with our background and knowledge of the industry, it happens more than you can imagine. We urge you to talk to one of our representatives on ANY massage chair before taking the plunge. We may be able to save you hundreds of dollars in wasted time and and money with our expertise.

Massage Chair Features and Benefits

Since we are going to help you select the perfect massage chair for your needs, you might want to know a little bit more about what they can do. This next part talks about the different types of massages offered on your chair and how these features differ.

All high priced massage chairs use the latest technology to study the finger movements of professional massage therapists and duplicate these motions.

Kneading (Shiatsu) Massage

The main advantage of the Kneading massage is that it both relaxes and invigorates the body.
Kneading massage uses three complex movements, such as:

  1. Pressure is applied gently to an accupoint
  2. The pressure is held allowing tension to transfer to the roller
  3. Tension is then released allowing the pressure to leave the system

Rolling Massage

Rolling massage helps to stretch the spine by elongating the muscles that support your back. This relieves pressure on the discs in your back. Rollers massage up and down the spine. This helps to stimulate spinal nerve roots and reduce muscular back pain. The greater the area covered and greater the size of the rollers, the more optimal the massage becomes for increasing overall blood circulation.

Tapping Massage

Tapping massage, simply stated, helps to improve your blood circulation. This increased blood flow has the benefit of reducing muscular stiffness and enhancing movement of oxygen and other vital nutrients through the course of the body. After exercise, this function helps wring muscles free of lactic acid, reducing the overall stiffness of the region being massaged. Some massage chair technologies allow as many as five hundred taps a minute! Sit back and let all the day’s stiffness dissipate.

Six steps for finding the right gear for you!

Now that we have talked about your Massage Chair features and learned more about the massage functions, it’s time to follow these six steps to truly find you the best gear for you.

  1. Know Thyself – Know the nature of massage you need: Do you have a neck problem, back problem, or lower back problem? Do you need more concentrated massage or a combination of kneading, rolling, or tapping?
  2. Durability or temporary solution: If you need an urgent shiatsu massage, there are cheap rollers for the back. If your priorities call for durability and long term use, you will want a chair that can last at least 5-10 years.
  3. Prioritize- Decide which styles and features mean the most to you. Rank those top features and styles and use those criteria to select the products within your price range.
  4. Visit an online store and a showroom in the mall. Some of the most popular chairs are displayed in malls and if you have a chance, you should try them. Be patient in the purchasing process. As a general rule malls will charge more than online stores. Tax and shipping are involved as is the Mall’s store operating costs that have to be made up in your final price.
  5. Research, research, research. Contact manufacturers for additional information on sizes, specifications, and any other information. Study them closely, review tapes, talk to friends, and other experts. Be careful about impulse buys and non-durable electrical component units.
  6. Think about return policy. You may think you will not return your massage chair purchase. But we have all heard that 50% of marriages in America end in divorce. So falling in love is wonderful. But make sure you have the option to return or exchange, or you might end up with a case of buyer’s remorse (or a broken heart)!

Massage Chairs

When it comes to selecting the massage chair, forget about more features, more rollers and special features that you do not need. The issues you should consider are comfort, durability, stability, massage technique, motors, quality, and warranty. The most important thing in buying chairs is quality. You want a chair with the best shiatsu massage technique with good quality motors. Motors are as important to your massage chair as an engine is to your car.

Making Sense of Massage Chairs

Selecting your chairs based on your need is a great rule of thumb for choosing your chair. However, the chair is not a cheap purchase and you probably want it to last more than your average consumer electronic product. Here is a primer on selecting chairs.

Motors

Your massage chair motor is the engine of your car. Motors in the chair are important since they carry out the massage. If your massage chair breaks down, the chair becomes useless. You need to investigate the quality- who made it, where was it manufactured and how long it can last. Companies usually outsource the motor. Look for the few companies that make their own motors. Other companies are well known motor makers that make other products with motors such as vacuum cleaners or fans.

Motors manufactured in Japan are known for their durability. These motors also produce less noise than motors made in other countries. You might want to investigate the number of motors in the massage chair. When the chair has independent motors that concentrate on kneading, rolling, and tapping, you will receive a more effective and powerful massage. Furthermore, a chair with more motors can allocate the workload necessary to produce a therapeutic massage.

This produces less wear on each motor, allowing the motors to rest while the active motor provides you the specified shiatsu massage function. When a single motor provides all kneading, rolling, and tapping functions, it becomes more likely to burnout from overuse. The result is a shortened life span for a singular motor over a chair with several motors.

Rollers

There are chairs with 16, 12, 10 or 8 rollers. Is it really “the more the better?” This general rule does not accurately apply to rollers. The more rollers you have cause the size of each roller to get smaller. If a single motor of the chair is tasked with moving 16 rollers it cannot do so efficiently.

It is the quality, size and type of material rollers are made of that determine the massage you will get. Some rollers allow themselves to curve along the body and form up to 50 degree to fit the shoulders, back and other areas. Other do not allow for the curves of your body. Thus, a roller that has the flexibility to suit all body types allows for a better massage than a larger quantity of inflexible rollers.

Adjustments

The massage chair needs to adjust to an individual in order to optimize performance for the individual user. A critical factor in your massage chair is the height adjustment. People come in all shapes and sizes. Some chairs have height adjustment for the rollers range of movement. This allows your rollers to better cover the shoulder, neck and lower back region. The speed of your massage rollers is an important factor for shiatsu massage. A proper massage entails strong and fast massage movements. At other times your back craves relaxing, soft movements.

Some chairs offer strength adjustments for varying intensity. If the chair’s initial massage is too strong, we recommend you put more padding in between the roller and the back cover. That process is easy to do. Usually the company you purchase from has an extra back pad for sale and it often costs less than $30. The chair offering you a stronger massage is no problem since you can add padding.

As times goes by most owners want to increase the intensity since the body gets accustomed to the current massage technique and intensity. This process is similar to increasing weight on workout equipment in a gym. There is a problem with a chair producing a softer massage. There is no way to increase the intensity. In other words, there are no means to increase intensity when your body needs a stronger massage.

Neck adjustment can be a critical factor in the enjoyment of your chair. Many people have neck problems. This is especially true for people working in the computer field who are in front of their terminal all day long. Some brands offer you a better neck massage than others, which is why it is so important to try before you buy; or to have the ability to exchange the chair.

Features

There are chairs with speed control but no intensity control. Conversely, there are chairs with intensity control without speed control. Different features can include air massage or roller massage. Air massage involves squeezing the muscle and as a result is not as effective as the better roller massages. Roller massage provides you the best massage technique for shiatsu massage. Cheaper chairs have vibration, or disk rollers instead of large rollers that provide a more therapeutic shiatsu massage. Leather chair or non-leather chair is also an issue.

Generally, leather chairs are expensive to produce and less enticing for long-term use for massage chairs due to special care for roller movement. If the user does not use leather care oils, the rollers can crack the leather from the repetitive stress. For this reason, leather chairs provide less of an advantage over synthetic leather. This situation is similar to outdoor gear for camping where cotton is not as functional as nylon or Gore-Tex. Cotton is great for home use but not for the intense conditions of the outdoors. Similarly, synthetic leather massage chairs last longer than leather massage chairs because of the exposure to the repetitive wear and tear of the rollers.

We hope you enjoyed this guide, and that it answered many of your questions about massage chairs.

Sole, Inc., Home of TheFactoryOutlet.com

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Redmond, WA 98052
Phone (425) 284-3184
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