Things to Consider When Buying a Toilet
By: Samantha Green
Did you know that on average people spend around 3 hours and 9 minutes on the good ol’ porcelain throne per week? That’s all the more reason for the commode to be comfortable, functional and fit the style you are hoping to achieve in your bathroom. These days there are endless options when it comes to choosing a new toilet. We’ve simplified the most popular designs and flushing capabilities below to make your buying decision pain-free.
Shapes of Toilets
Choosing the best shape of toilet-bowl for your home varies based on each individual’s personal preferences. Before purchasing a new toilet, consider the amount of usable floor space you’d like in your bathroom. Another important factor is comfort. The most common household toilet bowl shapes are elongated, compact elongated, and round-front.
A round shaped toilet usually measures anything from 25 to 28 inches from the wall, giving you more room in a smaller bathroom. This shape of bowl also works well if you’re a more petite person or if your children are potty-training.
Most folks feel that the elongated toilet bowl-style is one of the most comfortable due to its longer, oval shape compared to the circular, round bowl shape. Though, if you have small children, a more compact style may be best.
- Compact Elongated
To get the best of both comfort and style without sacrificing too much space in your bathroom, a hybrid style like a compact-elongated bowl may be the toilet for you. The compact-elongated commode has a smaller tank which allows for the same feel as elongated and works well in a tighter space.
The gravity flush system uses the water in the bowl to create pressure that forces everything down through the trapway (the S shape that you see coming out the back of most toilets). Each flush cleans your bowl because of this system.
It is also one of the quietest because it relies on gravity and little mechanics to complete the flush.
A pressure assisted flush uses a combination of gravity and pressure to create a powerful flush. Some advantages of this flush type include a minimal amount of water usage. The one downside of pressure assisted is the noisiness of the flush.
A dual flushing system offers two flush options with two buttons to save water. You may also see a dual flush with a normal toilet lever and a hidden trip lever that activates the eco-flush. This flush type was designed to help conserve water by letting you choose either a partial flush for liquid waste or a full flush for solid waste.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Rough-in size
Before you or your plumber replaces a toilet, make sure to measure the rough-in size. The rough-in is the distance from the wall, not the molding, behind the toilet to the center of the outlet pipe (where waste leaves the toilet). This is how you will determine the correct size toilet before you bring it home.
- Price (installation costs)
Depending on the type of toilet; either one piece, two piece or wall hung, it could be the difference of a couple hundred dollars. One piece toilets are easy to install because it’s all one unit but they do tend to be more expensive because they are newer.
Generally, a two-piece toilet, which separates the bowl and the tank are the easiest and less expensive to install.
Wall mounted toilets tend to be on the pricier side because they require opening the wall, rerouting the waste pipe and patching up the tile underneath the toilet to install.
If you need help installing a new toilet or fixing a plumbing issue in the Greater Cincinnati area, contact the plumber whose name is his number today!