5 Considerations Before Choosing a Toilet

As far as modern inventions go, the toilet is one we just can’t live without. But when you need to get a new toilet, you may feel overwhelmed at the hundreds of possibilities.

How are a few considerations to help you choose the right toilet for your home.

1. Choose Between Gravity-Feed and Pressure-Assist Toilets

Toilets come in two different flushing styles. Like their name indicates, gravity-feed toilets depend on gravity to perform their flushing function. In other words, when you flush the toilet, water falls into the bowl to help move the waste. Gravity-feed is the most common toilet type.

Although less common, pressure-assisted toilets have their own benefits. When you flush, the water in the toilet tank compresses air to create pressure. This pressure quickly moves the waste from the toilet bowl. While they flush swiftly and effectively, pressure-assisted toilets are noisier than gravity-feed toilets. Make sure you check the flush noise level before choosing a pressure-assisted toilet.

2. Consider Non-Traditional Styles

While most families stick with a traditional toilet style, there are also other models to consider. For example, consider a wall-mounted toilet. It attaches directly to your wall, with the tank inside the wall cavity. It takes up less room in your bathroom and is easier to clean, but it is also more expensive.

Another interesting toilet model is the tankless toilet. Instead of using water from the toilet tank, this toilet uses water from the supply line. Pumps help the water and waste flow through the pipes. Some people prefer them because they take up less room. They also sound quieter—they don’t need to refill after every flush.

Finally, a one-piece toilet has no seam between the tank and the bowl. Some people prefer these toilets because they like its smooth appearance. They also appreciate that they don’t have to clean the space between the tank and bowl. However, one-piece toilets are more expensive than two-piece toilets.

3. Research Energy Efficiency

As you consider the different toilet makes and models, look for toilets that have high energy-efficiency ratings. The better your toilet’s energy efficiency, the more you’ll help the environment and the more money you’ll save on water bills.

Consider modern marvels like low-flush and dual-flush toilets. Low-flush toilets use about 20% less water than traditional toilets. Dual-flush toilets allow you to choose between a full flush for solid waste and a low-water flush for liquid waste.

4. Look for Features That Add Comfort

Do you wish your toilet was a little more comfortable? Consider special features that could help your toilet stand out.

For example, instead of the traditional round bowl, you could choose an elongated bowl. This bowl gives you more seating. Just make sure there’s enough room in your bathroom for the wider bowl. You could also choose a taller toilet, which makes sitting down easier.

There are many other popular features that enhance toilet comfort. These include heated seats, antimicrobial coatings and slamless lids.

5. Make Sure Your Toilet Fits the Rough-In Measurement

Before you say ‘yes’ to a particular toilet, make sure the new toilet has the same rough-in measurement as your old toilet. The rough-in is the distance from the wall to the bolts that hold the toilet in place. When a plumber installs a new toilet, he or she typically lets the old bolts stay in place. Thus, you’ll want to make sure your new toilet fits the rough-in measurement.

These five considerations should help you narrow down your toilet options. But choosing the right toilet might still be difficult. Talk to a plumber who can help lead you to the most trustworthy toilet brands. At Royalty Plumbing, Gas & Electrical, our expert plumbers can install your new toilet, so give us a call today!

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