When you think about technology in the bathroom, you probably imagine taking your smartphone or tablet along for when you “do your business.” In fact, in my home, I affectionately (or spitefully) have re-named the toilet the “iPhone throne.” In my family, all of us are guilty of spending extended time catching up on digital things when we sit on the pot. Yeah, I know, probably this is TMI (too much information) but I would guess this is fairly commonplace. But, I would like to (carefully) talk about another toilet technology, specifically around a “high-tech” bidet toilet seat which I recently installed. This review is about the Clean Sense DIB-1500R which is a reasonably priced contraption that gets a dirty job done.
Nobody likes talking “potty talk”…literally. Sure, as a parent, I have gone through the fun that is potty training. Those years are long past, thank goodness. And now we just do our thing and move on. And, sorry, this review may have a lot of TMI’s throughout. I will try to keep it clean…literally!
A few week’s ago, I was contacted by the owner of Bidet.org asking if I wanted to write a review of an electric bidet toilet seat. I was intrigued, and I scratched my head a bit on how I might write a review about toilet tech without getting snarky comments from my wife, my daughters and my readers. Well, here goes! This review of the Clean Sense DIB-1500R consists of two parts: the installation and the usage.
First, a little bit about the Clean Sense DIB-1500R. It is an electric bidet toilet seat, not to be confused with a whole toilet. This means that installation is quite a bit easier, by the way. It is designed to clean your tush or other female private parts after you do your business. It can be used by males and females for your rear part, and for females for their front part. Use your imagination.
Anyway, here are some feature highlights:
- Three cleaning nozzles which self-clean after use
- A full-featured remote control
- Heated seat – oooh, no more cold buns!
- An air dryer (supposedly, females should really NOT use this)
- Water temperature that can be adjusted to your liking
- Water pressure that can also be adjusted
- An energy-saving feature
- A soft-close lid to prevent loud slams of the seat
- Pulse and “massage” modes
- An enema feature – I must admit, I am scared to try that
- A seat sensor that can activate the warming of water, for example
- Four User presets – store seat temp, water temp, nozzle position and more
- A night light
Let’s take a look at the installation.
Installing the Clean Sense DIB-1500R
For the most part, the installation is relatively easy and straight forward. That is to say, if your existing plumbing is in good shape. If everything goes smoothly, you can probably install in about 15 minutes. My experience was a bit different, no fault of the Clean Sense DIB-1500R though.
For starters, you need to be sure that you have a GFCI plug available near the toilet. This is an important safety feature so don’t do the installation if you don’t have a GFCI plug. Next you need to be sure that you order the proper version (elongated or round seat size). I had the elongated size.
Get all of your plumbing tools together and dive in. Here are the steps.
First, you should remove your old toilet seat. This, hopefully, will be pretty easy. Once the seat is off, this is a great time to clean the bowl (grin).
Next step, shut off your water feed valve. Now this is where I ran into trouble as my valve was old and when it was off, it was leaking a bit. So I decided to replace it. Long story short and after several loud curse words being uttered from yours truly, I replaced the valve – note: be sure to fully tighten the compression valve to activate the ferrule or you may have a “leak” – yep, happened to me! (These two video really helped me – Install Water Shut Off Valve and Remove Stuck Ferrule from Copper Pipe.) Anyway, I now have a new water feed valve!
With the water off, you now can swap in the included T-Valve. This valve will split the water supply between your existing toilet tank and the Clean Sense DIB-1500R. You “should” be able to use all of the hoses that you had previously and the Clean Sense has an additional pipe which attaches the T-Valve to the bidet. Connect your old hose with your toilet tank. Don’t turn on the water yet!
Next, you will need to install the mounting bracket which comes with the Clean Sense to your existing toilet. This is a very easy process actually and should fit almost all toilets.
After you have the mount installed and tightened down, you can slide and snap the Clean Sense DIB-1500R to the toilet. You push it until you feel/hear a snap of it locking into place.
Then you put in the included deodorizing cartridge.
Lastly, you will connect the bidet water supply hose to both the T-Valve and the bidet body.
Once you have all of the hoses connected and tightened, you are pretty much done. You can turn on the water supply and check for leaks on any and all of the hoses and connections. It does help to completely dry all hoses and connections prior to turning on the water so that you can feel and look for any beads of water or leaks once the water is back on. My connections, I’m happy to say, were bone dry!
After that, you need to install the batteries on the remote and then find a place to mount the remote control holder. Once the remote control is powered up, you can set the time.
Finally, plug the Clean Sense DIB-1500R into your GFCI-grounded plug. When you plug it in, the nozzle will come out and slide back in. You will see and hear water flowing as the internal tank is filled with water.
Now it’s time to test it out (funny, the manual does say that bare skin contact with the seat is required – I would recommend actually doing a bare-butt trial run instead of putting your hand on the sensor unless you want a fountain spraying all over your bathroom!).
Using the Clean Sense DIB-1500R
Now the fun begins! The remote control decides all of the action. It takes a little bit of time to find the best configuration and setting for each individual user and the nice thing is, once you find that perfect setting, you can store it as a User preference.
The basic steps to cleaning are: sit, do your “stuff”, press one of the cleaning buttons and optionally dry your tush area.
The Cleaning has three possible options: Wash (for butts), Bidet (for front female parts) and Enema (what I’m calling the nuclear clean-out option). You can optionally press the Massage Wash button in conjunction with Wash and Bidet which moves the retractable nozzle back and forth as it washes. You can use the Pulse Wash option for all cleaning types which alternates the water pressure between high and low. (Side note: I like the Wash + Pulse Wash option for best cleaning.)
Note: at any point, you can stop any action by pressing the Stop button.
You can adjust lots of different things as well like:
- Water Pressure – you can make it higher or lower
- Nozzle Position – you can move the nozzle forward or backward to properly align it
- Water Temp – set the temp to room temp, low, medium or high (honestly, cold water just is a bit scary)
- Seat Temp – again, room-temp, low, medium or high option
You can store these settings as a User also.
If you have younger children, there is even a Child function which moves the nozzle forward more than adult wash, reduces the water pressure, sets a lower seat temperature and disables the Pulse Wash option. And, it disables the nuclear cleaning option for kids – the Enema Wash.
The wash time is usually about 2 minutes and the optional drying time is about 3. The Clean Sense DIB-1500R does draw a bit of power (1270W) so be sure that you don’t overload your circuit (like running a space heater at the same time).
Honestly, my family was pretty excited about getting the Clean Sense DIB-1500R. One benefit that you might not think about is that you actually start using less toilet paper which is both better for the environment as well as for your plumbing (preventing clogs). But, the cleaning process itself, I must say, is quite refreshing. And from what I can tell, it does a pretty good job at the cleaning process.
My wife has told me she absolutely loves it. My kids now seem to fight for toilet-time and because the cleaning process does take a little time, they can not only pass it cleaning but also catching up on their phones. Suddenly our bathroom has increased traffic – I’m thinking about charging admission!
On Bidet.org, the Clean Sense DIB-1500R sells for $379 (discounted from $499). On Amazon it currently sells for $341. But go with a “local” dealer! Bidet.org will not only price match any online price (like Amazon’s) but also they will throw in a water filter for free as well!
Technology in the bathroom has never been better, especially if it performs a useful function. The Clean Sense DIB-1500R is an affordable yet extremely functional electronic bidet toilet seat which is quite easy to install and use.
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HTD says: All potty talk aside, getting yourself clean “down there” couldn’t be easier with a techy gadget like the Clean Sense DIB-1500R toilet seat bidet.
All potty talk aside, getting yourself clean “down there” couldn’t be easier with a techy gadget like the Clean Sense DIB-1500R toilet seat bidet. I have added these ratings a few months after initially writing this review so that I would have some experience. The installation is not trivial but is fairly easy if you know anything about plumbing. It’s relatively straight-forward. This particular bidet had a ton of great features (be sure to read the full review). It was a bit tricky to rate the price; while these aren’t inexpensive, this particular model is very feature-rich. In terms of how well it integrates in with the family…well, I have almost considered installing a key lock on our bathroom because one of my daughters absolutely loves monopolizing time using this bidet.
Just stumbled on your site. Nice!
As you’ve had the Clean Sense since April 16, how do now feel about it, six months down the line?
And I did no see any description of how this thing cleans itself. Any comment on that?
My entire family is pretty much addicted to using it. We have had no issues and must say we love it. We just use a mild cleaner on it.
(Assuming this is being monitored still): Is the water cold right at first before it heats up?
Also, any update after 5 years? I hear bidet seats basically eventually die after a few years, but wasn’t sure your experience? Thanks in advance!
Hi Travis – we use the bidet multiple times a day…still. And apart from cleaning it and replacing the remote control battery, it has been really solid. No issues with temp not working. Seat has been warm (you can adjust it). Initial water seems to be fine, but we don’t put it on hot (as it does use electricity), so it’s more set at warm. But no issues!