We tested the best portable bidets on the market today according to weight, ease of use, cleaning power, and price. Read on to see how they performed, which is best for you, and get some valuable buying advice.
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Best Portable Bidets
The best portable bidets are:
- Best Overall Portable Bidet: CULOCLEAN Bottle Top Travel Bidet
- Easiest Bidet with Best Cleaning Power: BRONDELL GS-70 GoSpa Travel Bidet
- Best Ultralight Portable Bidet: HOLEY HIKER Backpacking Bidet The Original Squirt
The product comparison table below is sortable. Click the arrow in the heading cell to sort the models by preferred spec.
|1. CULOCLEAN Bottle Top Travel Bidet
|2. HOLEY HIKER Backpacking Bidet The Original Squirt
|3. BRONDELL GS-70 GoSpa Travel Bidet
|Bottle and Nozzle
|4. UYICOO Portable Travel Bidet
|5. HYGIENNA Solo Travel Bidet
Best Overall Portable Bidet
CULOCLEAN Bottle Top Travel Bidet
❌ Pressure on the lower side
- Weight: 0.42 oz
- Type: Nozzle
- Material: Plastic
We carried the CuloClean Bottle Top Travel Bidet for 1000s of miles on the Continental Divide Trail. We love how easily this bidet attaches to any water bottle making it our best overall portable bidet. At $10, the CuloClean is the least expensive portable bidet sprayer we tested.
We like that it comes in a range of bright colors, making it easier to find in the woods. We love how tightly these fit into just about any water bottle. We wish you could get just a little more pressure with this bidet, but that’s a problem with portable bidets in general. We found using a cheap, easily crushable water bottle helps with getting more pressure. At 0.42 ounces, this is very lightweight and easily packable too.
Best Ultralight Portable Bidet
HOLEY HIKER Backpacking Bidet
❌ Less intuitive to use
❌ Disappointing cleaning power
- Weight: 0.24 oz
- Type: Nozzle
- Material: ABS-like resin
The Holey Hiker Backpacking Bidet is the lightest portable bidet we tested, making it our top choice if weight is your biggest concern. This bidet is designed to work with a standard plastic water bottle and is ultra-packable. We love that these come with an arrow so you can easily see where you’re aiming. The arrow isn’t painted black, making it hard to see, but a permanent marker quickly fixed that problem for us.
We found it doesn’t fit on bottles with a smaller opening, like crushable water bottles, which was slightly disappointing. Because of this, it was harder for us to get high pressure to ensure a good clean.
Easiest Bidet with Best Cleaning Power
BRONDELL GS-70 GoSpa Travel Bidet
✅ Best cleaning power
✅ Easiest to use
- Weight: 2.21 oz
- Type: Bottle and Nozzle
- Material: Plastic
The Brondell GS-70 Gospa travel bidet is the only portable bidet we tested that came with a dedicated bottle. It also fits on a Smart Water or similar bottle, but the bottle it comes with has an “airlock” feature we really like. This airlock on the bottom allows it to easily refill with air in between squeezes. This air intake valve does help with getting consistent pressure with every squeeze.
The drawback to using this dedicated bottle is that it’s the heaviest portable bidet sprayer we tested. At 2.21 ounces, it’s 1.5 ounces heavier than the next closest option. But if you’re looking for the easiest, no-fuss portable bidet with great cleaning power, the Brondell GS-70 Gospa is our top pick.
The Other Noteworthy Models
UYICOO Portable Travel Bidet
✅ Good spray angle
❌ Awkward to aim
- Weight: 0.71 oz
- Type: Nozzle
- Material: Food-grade silicone
The Uyicoo Portable Travel Bidet is a nozzle-type bidet that fits on any water bottle. At 0.71 ounces, this is the heaviest of the nozzle-type bidets we reviewed. Overall, it’s light and small, but there are smaller portable bidets out there.
During testing, we liked that this bidet pointed slightly up when attached to a bottle held upside down. We thought this was the perfect angle. However, the taller nozzle was a bit awkward to aim correctly. We found that we ended up using more water with this bidet since our aim was consistently off.
HYGIENNA Solo Travel Bidet
✅ Easy to aim
❌ Doesn’t fit on crushable bottles
- Weight: 0.53 oz
- Type: Nozzle
- Material: Plastic, Rubber
The Hygienna Solo Travel Bidet is very similar to the Uyicoo Travel Bidet but 25% lighter. We like that this bidet is angled at less than 90 degrees, which makes aiming easier. We found this bidet provided adequate pressure with a good squeeze of the water bottle. But as with most portable bidets, we had to squeeze pretty hard to get ultra-high pressure.
Also, this nozzle doesn’t fit onto the more crushable, smaller opening water bottles that are easier to squeeze. At $18, this is the most expensive backpacking bidet we reviewed, making it hard to choose this over other, better-performing portable bidet sprayers.
Key Factors To Consider When Choosing
The price of backpacking bidets is relatively inexpensive, ranging from $10 to $18. Simple, nozzle-only bidets cost the least. More expensive bidets come with a water bottle or are engineered to have an easier-to-use spray angle and pressure.
Portable bidet that provides the greatest value:
Affordable portable bidet:
Premium portable bidet (most expensive):
Most portable bidets are a nozzle-only attachment that fits on any water bottle. We recommend these weigh less than an ounce. Bidets that come with a specific water bottle are heavier, but easier to use.
Since you won’t have to carry as much (or any!) toilet paper, you’ll be saving weight by adding a bidet to your backpacking poop kit.
The lightest portable bidet:
- HOLEY HIKER Backpacking Bidet The Original Squirt
- CULOCLEAN Bottle Top Travel Bidet
- HYGIENNA SOLO Travel Bidet
Ease of Use and Cleaning Power
You want your backpacking bidet to be easy to use to ensure a good clean and avoid spraying water all over the place. The most important factors to consider are spray angle and spray pressure.
A good spray angle avoids awkwardly holding or twisting your arm to get into the area you want to clean. You’ll want a strong water pressure to clean after you poo. This is especially important if you aren’t bringing any toilet paper. The easiest portable bidets to use come with a specific bottle designed to keep a strong flow.
The easiest-to-use portable bidets:
Other Things to Consider
Portable bidets that are only a nozzle are the most packable, roughly the size of a cork. They may require you to carry an extra water bottle if you want a separate drinking and bidet bottle. Portable bidets that come with a built-in bottle are larger but may be easier to use. We recommend choosing the smallest bidet that still gives you an adequate clean.
Portable bidets are made of either plastic or silicone. Both should last a long time, but plastic tends to last longer. With plastic bidets, the biggest point of failure is the o-rings. These rings are used to create a tight seal and can crack over time. Fortunately, most hardware stores with a good selection of o-rings can help you find a replacement if needed.
Testing out the UYICOO Portable Travel Bidet.
There are two kinds of portable bidets: just a nozzle and a bottle with an attached nozzle.
Nozzles can attach to most plastic water bottles. These are the lightest and most packable kind of portable bidet. You’ll have to carry a water bottle to use them, but they’re designed to work with most standard disposable plastic water bottles. We recommend bringing a separate “dirty bottle” to avoid using your clean water bottle for both drinking and your bidet.
A portable bidet with a nozzle and a specific bottle is heavier and bulkier. However, the bottle that comes with these is usually better suited to getting that high-pressure spray to really clean yourself. If you aren’t worried about weight or space savings, these are a better option for cleaning power and ease of use.
You need high water pressure to adequately clean yourself. The higher the pressure, the better. Look for a portable bidet set up with a small nozzle to get the highest pressure. You also want a bottle that is easy to squeeze. The harder you can squeeze the bottle, the higher the pressure.
Nozzle bidets: Holey Hiker Backpacking Bidet, UYICOO Portable Travel Bidet, CuloClean Bottle Top Travel Bidet (left to right).
WHAT IS A PORTABLE BIDET?
A bidet is a device used to spray water on yourself in order to clean yourself after going to the bathroom. A portable bidet works as any other bidet would, but this kind you can bring anywhere, including the woods. Water is better than anything else for cleaning up after using the bathroom. Do you really think that dry toilet paper is getting your butt clean? We don’t, either.
Most portable bidets are simply nozzles that you can attach to any water bottle. You’re already going to be carrying a water bottle while backpacking. Now that bottle can have another use. Some portable bidets come with a bottle designed to be used with a nozzle or hose attachment. Those can work even better than a nozzle that attaches to any bottle, but they are heavier and bulkier.
CuloClean bidet into a water bottle.
A portable bidet is much lighter than that roll of toilet paper or baggy of wet wipes you’re currently carrying. It is also the easiest way to follow Leave No Trace principles. Packing out toilet paper is necessary to actually dispose of that waste properly. So, it’s easier to not use toilet paper at all. A backpacking bidet setup only requires water, a bottle, a bidet nozzle, soap, and (optionally) something to dry with.
HOW TO USE A PORTABLE BIDET?
- Find a discreet place at least 200 feet away from water, trails, or campsites.
- Dig a cathole. It should be at least 6 inches deep.
- After you’ve done your business, use sticks or rocks to do the “heavy lifting” in the clean-up process.
- Take your portable bidet in one hand and lean over slightly, positioning your butt over the cathole.
- Make sure the nozzle is aimed in the right direction and firmly squeeze the bidet bottle to spray water at the area that needs cleaning.
- After you’ve sprayed enough water that it feels clean, use a small amount of toilet paper to dry yourself and check to make sure you’re clean. If you aren’t clean yet, use some more water. You can also use a bandana or Kula Cloth to dry yourself off, but don’t use this to dry anything else if you’re drying your butt with it.
- Now, bury your poop. The water from your bidet rinse will help it decompose faster.
- Clean your hands with biodegradable soap or hand sanitizer, or both.
HOW TO MAKE A PORTABLE BIDET? (DIY BIDET)
There are several ways to make a portable bidet yourself. We’ll outline a few here.
Backcountry bidet: Don’t want to carry a portable bidet but still want to clean yourself with water? Try the “backcountry bidet”!
Lab wash bottle hose and cap on a Smart Water bottle: The hose and cap from a lab wash bottle can be attached to a Smart Water bottle or another similar water bottle. This makes a great portable bidet, especially because the curved hose makes aiming at the right spot a cinch. If space isn’t at a premium you can use the bottle, too.
Holey Hiker Backpacking Bidet attached on a bottle.
Drinking straw and bottle cap: A flexible drinking straw and a plastic bottle cap can be made into a portable bidet.
- Cut the straw so there is an equal length of tube on both ends of the bend.
- Drill a hole in the plastic bottle cap that is just smaller than the outer diameter of the straw.
- Take a short bit of straw and cut it lengthwise so you can roll it into a smaller tube than the other piece of straw you have.
- Find something to fit around this small piece of straw to work as a gasket inside the large piece of straw with a bend, a piece of silicone from a cookpot handle or a strip of electrical tape will work.
- Jam this smaller piece of straw into one end of the bent straw.
- Stick the other end of the bent straw into the plastic cap with a hole drilled in it.
- Now, test out your bidet. If you made the opening small enough you should get good enough pressure to clean yourself.
Poking a hole into a bottle lid: Poking a small hole into a plastic bottle lid of a crushable disposable water bottle also works, but you’ll see that aiming it can be tricky.
Using Holey Hiker Backpacking Bidet.
How to clean a portable bidet?
A portable bidet should be cleaned with soap and warm water. You can do this periodically in towns or at home after a backpacking trip. There is usually no need to clean a portable bidet after each use.
How sanitary is a portable bidet?
A portable bidet is much more sanitary than using dry toilet paper to clean yourself. You’ll want to clean your hands after you use a bidet, but it is really quite sanitary.
What do you dry with after using a bidet?
You can dry with a small amount of toilet paper, a bandana, or even a Kula Cloth after using a bidet. Some people will even just allow themselves to air dry after using a bidet.
Carrying a bidet in a backpack.
📸 Some photos in this post were taken by Ross Enlow (@rossaenlow)