8 Easy Tips To Finding The Right Toilet

By: Brad Petros


You might be building a new home, or fixing up the one you have. If you’re like most folks, the toilet probably does not rate very high on your list of priorities. Mundane as it may seem, the toilet is an important part of your bathroom. Following a few straightforward steps can help you find a toilet that is right for you, both functionally and aesthetically. It's important that you find the right toilet for YOUR home.

Look for this in a toilet:

1). The toilet bowl's shape: You can choose an elongated shape or a round one. The round shape is appropriate if your bathroom space is limited. The larger elongated front is more comfortable and sanitary, since there is less drip on the toilet.

2). The size of the toilet: There are lots of choices, with different lengths, widths and heights For the right fit, you will need to do some measuring. You also need to consider the rough-in space, which is how far the center of the toilet bowl is from the finished wall, since this limits the size of the toilet.

3). The toilet trapway's size: The trap way is that part of the toilet that through which the water and waste exit. The minimum standard allows waste with a diameter of 1 ˝ inches to pass through. The larger the trapway, the less likely clogging will be.

4). The toilet's flushing mechanism: In the US, by law all toilets must have a 1.6 gallon tank to conserve water. Despite this, different flush technologies give you some choice. The siphon created by the weight of the water pushes through the waste and empties the bowl in gravity fed toilets. A pressure assisted toilet enlists the use of air that is compressed in the toilet tank as it is refilled with water. The pressurized air increases the strength of the flush, thus helping the waste and water to be eliminated more efficiently. Some drawbacks of pressure toilets are the higher price, increased noise and more complicated repairs.

5). One or two piece toilets: Most commonly, you will find the more inexpensive two piece toilets, with the bowl and tank being two separate connected pieces. One piece toilets have 5 or 6 parts that are seamlessly connected into one piece. These have a bit more style to them (with a correspondingly more expensive price tag), and need less space and are easier to clean.

6). Maintenance features: Some toilets have features designed to make it easier to take care of them. From the inventive minds at Japan's Toto comes the easy to clean SanaGloss ceramic glaze which hinders buildup of mold and bacteria. EasyClean is a feature found on many American Standard toilets. The designers at Kohler have come up with an insulated liner that prevents moisture from condensation on the toilet tank's outside.

7). What does the toilet look like?: The toilet should work efficiently, but should also be a positive addition to your bathroom's look. It's a good thing that modern toilets are available in a wide array of styles, sizes and colors. However, non-white colors will usually cost you more. If you want everything in your bathroom to match, you may want to consider buying a bathroom suite.

8). What else?: If you're willing to spend the money, you can get a fancy toilet with a built in bidet, heated seat or air drying system. Kohler Comfort Height toilets have a higher seat, making sitting down and standing easier.

You're now ready to go and choose your perfect toilet.

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Brad Petros writes for All About Toilets, a consumer guide to choosing the right toilet for your home, reviewing styles such as bidets and top brands such as Kohler toilets.

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