Italian Home Renovation Smile Toilet Bidet Ceramica Cielo

Why Italian Bathrooms Have Bidets

Curious about renovating a home in Italy? The story of picking our Italian bidet plus a video about Italian vs American bathrooms.

As an American, I never gave bidets much thought. As a newly minted Italian citizen renovating a home in Italy, I’ve given bidets a lot of thought recently! Did you know there are short bidets, tall bidets, built-in seat bidets, self-sanitizing bidets, handheld hose bidets, wall-mounted bidets, and get this, matte bidets?!

It might seem a little unseemly to talk about bidets, but here’s why I’m sharing this part of our Italian home renovation journey. Turns out, picking out a bidet… is fun!

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Ladies and gentleman meet our soon-to-be bidet (and toilet) “Smile.” I mean come on! You have to admit these are just a little bit cute right? Butt wait, it gets better! Last butt joke I swear.

Italian Home Renovation Smile Toilet Bidet Ceramica Cielo
“Smile” Toilet & Bidet Image Credit: Ceramica Cielo

I kid you not, this award-winning design from Cielo Ceramica is named Smile!

“Easy to build up, greatest functionality and attention to design for SMILE: a collection with the young appeal, easy-chic, just like the name suggests. Its strength is the fact that it is easy to build up, modular and versatile, it fits perfectly the different necessities and personal tastes, offering a very big range for personalized solutions. Elements by the sophisticated appeal, which comes from the meeting of elements with essential shapes and pure and geometric lines, giving a result that mixes perfectly aesthetic and functionality.” Design Awards: MIAW – Muuuz International Awards. German Design Award – Special Mention

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Here’s the part that really made me smile. The Smile line of toilets and bidets also come in wall mount units!

What that doesn’t sound exciting? Just imagine never hugging the toilet while stretching for those hard-to-reach damp dust bunnies again! Show of hands if that made you smile even just a little. For my fellow reno geeks, if you’re looking for a little bathroom design inspo check out Cielo’s Instagram! I’ll admit to fawning over the matching bathtub post. If only we had the space!

If you’re curious why this American opted to put in a bidet, just watch the following video for the number one difference that drives Italians nuts while living in America!

YouTube Video, Why Italians Love Bidets!

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  1. I hate those dust bunnies! In the next place we live, there’ll definitely be wall-mounted toilets and bidets.

    1. With long hair like mine too! Ugh cleaning I’d such a pain. Really looking forward to east clean Sundays.

  2. I love the idea of a wall mounted toilet. Are you getting the matching tub?? It’s lovely.

    1. I WISH! Sadly the space isn’t big enough for the matching tub. We’re getting a smaller one though and I’m feeling pretty excited just to get one squeezed in! How are you doing with travel restrictions. We’re grateful to have such a big time consuming project while we’re unable to travel and explore.

      1. We live in the Canadian Rockies so at least we can go skiing, but we’d rather be traveling. Happy renos 🙂

        1. We’re SOOO grateful for our mountains too. Helping us stay sane during all the restrictions.

  3. My parents fell in love with bidets when we lived in France! It’s so much better than toilet paper!

  4. I’m a fan of anything easy to clean!!! Perhaps if we American’s had bidets there would not have been a toilet paper hoarding/shortage at the start of COVID.

    1. It was a bit of an American problem! 🤣 I’m a fan of them now. Seriously my tush has never been so happy!