Buyer's Guide to Toilets
Usage and decor should influence your choice
By Sabah Karimi
Learn how you can find toilets that are both functional and design friendly. The right toilet for your bathroom not only complements the design and decor of the space but also provides a certain level of comfort for the people using the unit. Whether you're installing a new toilet in the master bathroom or replacing a toilet in the half-bathroom, look for certain features and attributes when comparing brands and styles.
Choose from several types of toilet styles and designs based on the amount of available space you have, and the placement of the unit. The most common toilet styles include corner toilets, round front toilets, elongated toilets, high tank-pull chain toilets, one-piece toilets and wall-mount units. If you have limited space, choose a space-saving design such as a corner toilet or a wall-mount toilet. Elongated toilets and round front toilets are well-suited for spacious bathrooms because they need more space above and around the unit. A high-tank pull chain toilet is a good match for bathrooms with an antique or traditional theme and style.
If you are installing a toilet that will be used primarily by children, get one with a standard chair height of 14 inches to 15 inches. Choose a chair height of 16 inches or more if the toilet will be used by taller people, individuals with back problems, and those who are physically disabled. An elongated toilet bowl will provide more sitting room and will be a good match for larger people, while the standard round bowl is suitable for children and average-sized people.
Toilets can be designed with one of two types of flushing systems: pressure-assisted flush or gravity-fed flushing. Pressure-assisted toilets use the water supply in your home to create a high-powered flush and remove waste quickly. Gravity-fed systems are less powerful and use the force of gravity to empty the bowl. If you want to conserve more water with each flush, consider a toilet with a dual flush system. This system separates liquid waste and solid waste to make the flushing process more efficient and uses less water to dispose of the waste.
Colors and styles
Color choices for different styles and models of toilets vary by manufacturer, but you can easily finf a color that matches the style of your bathroom. In addition to white and off-white, the unit may be available in shades of gray, pastel shades of green, blue and even black. You can also choose from styles such as contemporary or modern, Victorian, traditional, country or eclectic. These toilets may be designed with a distinctive flush handle or seat cushions.
Some types of toilets can be be installed as a DIY project using a toilet installation kit, but you may need to work with a plumber and general contractor for a professional installation. Turn to your local builders' association or a construction firm to obtain contact information for professional contractors and plumbers in your area. You may be able to purchase the toilet directly from these professionals, and can arrange to have the the toilet installed safely.
About the Author
Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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