How to Pick out a Toilet

Tammy Emineth
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One of the biggest components of remodeling your bathroom is picking out your toilet. There are so many options and different types of toilets. Often, homeowners overlook the available options when they could greatly benefit from their bathroom upgrades. In the grand scheme of your remodeling project, toilets are not too expensive.

How To Determine What Toilet Is Right For Your Bathroom?


Every bathroom has a different layout so you want to make sure you choose a toilet that fits your space properly. Measure the space and the distance between the wall behind the toilet to the center of the drainpipe. You want to measure while your toilet is in space. Make sure your new toilet is the same size or smaller in the base as the old toilet.

Types of Toilets

There are several types of toilets. The one-piece toilets have a bowl and tank in one unit. These are easy to clean and look sleek. A majority of the toilets you see are two-piece toilets. This design has a tank that is bolted to the toilet bowl and it can be a more cost-effective option than piece toilets. Elongated toilets are a comfortable choice for those who want a bigger or taller toilet. These toilets are longer than a standard toilet bowl. Round toilets are named simply because of their shape. These toilets tend to be shorter and wider and look more vintage. Wall-hung toilets are unlike standard toilets. These are attacked to the wall which leaves space below free and clear. These are a great choice for a smaller bathroom.

Toilet Features

Whatever toilet type you decide on, you will then want to take a look at the toilet features. Most toilets have a standard height of 14 to 15 inches above the floor. If you are someone on the taller side, there are toilets available at 17 to 19 inches. Toilets have WaterSense certifications. These types of toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush or in some cases less. Selecting a bathroom with this certification ensures you have an energy-efficient toilet. You can also have a soft close seat on your toilet and many homeowners love this option because it eliminates waking others up when you use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

There are several different types of toilet flushes. The pressure assist is used a lot in commercial bathrooms. These toilets use pressure to help ensure a powerful flush. Dual flush toilets control how much or how little water is used when you flush your toilet. There are typically two buttons, one for fluid waste and one for solid waste. A gravity flush system is what a majority of the toilets work on. This type of flush uses the water's weight to help generate the flush.  A low-flow toilet helps to conserve water and is a top priority for many homeowners. A siphon jet toilet uses additional water jets that push water into the tramway and pulls water out of the bowl.

Picking out your new toilet is just one of your many decisions when remodeling your bathroom. It may seem like an afterthought but you'll be glad you took the time to find the right one

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