The hand held bidet sprayer, also known as a shattaf in the Middle East, is a simple but effective cleaning product. It is used all over the world for simplicity in cleaning the anal and/or genital regions, but also because it is cost effective. Many people prefer it rather than spending several hundred dollars on an electronic toilet seat.
Outside of the Middle East bidets are common in Portugal, Brazil, India, and the Far East. Hand held bidets are extremely popular in Muslim households, and these are often called Muslim showers. The bidet sprayer is gaining popularity in the rest of the world as tourists and travelers try it while away from home and end up loving it.
The setup of the hand held bidet sprayer is rather simple. A T-adapter with shut-off valve is connected to the water line, which connects to the toilet. This splits the line so that it goes to both the toilet and the bidet sprayer. A flexible hose comes off the line to the hand held bidet, and this device has a squeeze trigger for operation.