Toilets run the gamut from utilitarian to
fancy. Pick the one that is keeping
your decor and keeping in mind
that a nice
bathroom can boost the value
of the house
it is in.
Size & Shape
Toilets come in standard sizes.
designed to fasten to the floor
from the wall, although some
14" models are available.
existing sewer connection and
bolt placement before buying
to make sure
the model you choose will fit.
Toilet bowl height is standardized (except
for the higher models designed for people
with disabilities), and so is the shape of
the bowl: you can choose between a round
or elongated seat (more comfortable for adults).
Traditional toilets are made from two pieces:
a bowl and a water tank. But there are other
options that center on the water tank:
- One piece toilets mold the water tank in
with the bowl. They are easier to clean (fewer
cracks to clean around) and have a lower
height, which allows them to fit under counters
- A wall mounted toilet allows you to conceal the tank in the wall.
- To get rid of the water tank entirely, you
might want to consider a tankless toilet model.
Finally, there are oversize toilets designed with larger bowls and made to accomodate
up to 2000 pounds of weight, and toddler toilets for small children..
It's almost not worth mentioning color and
design since there is such a wide variation
intended to blend with various decors. Our
only advice here is to pick a color and design
that matches your sink and bathtub.
Toilets can be the largest user of water
in the house. To save water, consider replacing
older toilets with the newer low flow toilets. And, for even more water savings, investigage
using dual flush toilets. For rural or remote areas, you may also
want to consider a composting toilet or an incinerating toilet. If you need to install a toilet in a room
below the sewer connection, consider a macerating toilet.