The lav, the can, the john, the crapper, the head, the throne, the WC, the privy, the potty, the loo, the oval office – whatever our favourite euphemism, what we mean is, plain and simply, THE TOILET. From its creation in the early 16th century, the flush toilet is now an essential part of our home.
Over the course of our life, we spend on average, 1.5-2 years in the bathroom. With that statistic in mind, choosing a right toilet for our home seems quite important. It may sound like a simple task, but there is really a lot to consider when selecting a toilet. New technology has improved the user experience of a toilet, from flushing technology to water efficiency, comfort and even, style. Although most toilets are usually made of porcelain and are white color, there is a wide range of styles, sizes, and shapes available on the market. If we’re willing to pay a bit extra, we can get our throne in any color we want! This guide will explain all the options available to us, and tell us everything we need to know, so we can find the ideal toilet for our bathroom.
1. Type of toilet
In selecting which type of toilet to buy, we have three options that include a one or two-piece model and a wall-mounted one. Most toilets are two-piece, meaning that the bowl is bolted to the tank. One-piece toilets integrate tank and bowl into a seamless, space-saving design that is easy to clean. Two-piece toilets are generally less expensive than the one-piece.
Wall-mounted toilets are another style option that is gaining popularity in modern homes. They add drama to a bathroom, and cleaning under them is a breeze. If this sounds interesting, we need to remember that these units can be more expensive to install because they require some modifications to the plumbing/waste system, and future maintenance can require reopening the wall.
2. Bowl shape
When we are deciding on the toilet bowl shape, we should consider how much space we have in our bathroom as well as the comfort level we are looking for. There are two common bowl types when it comes to toilets:
- Round Bowls: They are generally less expensive and work perfectly in small bathrooms.
- Elongated Bowls: They are around two inches longer than round bowls and offer more comfort.
3. Height of toilet
The standard toilet height is between 14-15 inches from the floor to the bowl rim, without a toilet seat. However, in recent years, this height has increased to assist people with sitting and standing up, for the benefit of those who are taller, and those with some physical handicaps. It’s very useful also for seniors. The comfort height is then more than 16 inches from the floor to the rim.
4. Toilet seats
It’s important to choose the seat that complements the color of the toilet and the overall decor of our bathroom. It’s suggested to think about the following items when choosing our seat:
- The seat shape depends upon the shape of bowl: round or elongated.
- Seats are available in cushioned vinyl, plastic or polypropylene, real wood and molded wood composition.
- Automatic seat closing: Some toilets are designed with a slow-moving hinge that gradually lowers both the seat and lid.
5. Flushing systems
Once we’ve settled on the model, size, and shape, we need to find a toilet that flushes efficiently. “You can have the most beautiful toilet in the whole wide world, but if it doesn’t flush, it’s ugly,” says Suzie Williford from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. There are three main flushing systems to consider in our purchase:
- Pressure Assisted Flush System: It uses a tank within the larger tank to create air pressure, forcing water into the bowl and reducing the chance for clogs. However, this system is quite noisy and because there are more parts, it can require more maintenance.
- Gravity Flush System: A common and simple system, it uses the force of gravity to remove waste when the lever is pushed. There are fewer parts in this flushing mechanism, so toilet repairs tend to be minimal and inexpensive.
- Dual Flush System: This is a relatively new system for saving water. There are two flushing options: a full flush for solid waste and partial flush for liquid waste.
An area most of us don’t think about when choosing toilets is color. Generally, it’s best to stay neutral and stick to white or off-white. However, if we are going for the contemporary look in our bathroom, we can consider a black lid on a white toilet or an entirely black toilet. Though, this style is a bit more expensive than the classic color alternative. Just one thing to remember – we should have some other black accents in our bathroom so the toilet doesn’t aggressively stand out. Interior designers suggest avoiding such colors like pink or green because they can make a bathroom look dated.
7. Should we get a bidet?
Most of us probably think that bidets are frivolous and only for wealthy people who are too privileged to wipe their own butts. But, it’s time to look at bidets under a different light, so we present you a few reasons to prove that they can be very practical:
- A bidet pays for itself in the money we save not buying toilet paper.
- It’s more environmentally friendly than toilet paper.
- Bidets help with health problems, especially for those who suffer from constipation or hemorrhoids.
- It prevents toilet clogging because as we know by now, using a bidet will help us use less toilet paper.
- Bidets add luxury to our bathroom.
Bidets are also available as kits we can install straight onto our toilet, so we don’t have to dedicate any extra bathroom space to a separate unit.
A toilet is an often overlooked item in our bathroom. New technologies are turning it from an ordinary appliance to an extraordinary bathroom necessity. We hope that our tips will help you find the right commode for your family.