How To Choose a Toilet
The toilet is one of the most used and appreciated fixtures in the bathroom. When deciding which toilet is best for your home, here are some helpful ways to search.
The National Energy Act of 1992 required all toilets sold in the United States after January 1994 to use a maximum of 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).
- Two different flush types
- Low-flow for fluid waste
- Higher-flow for solid waste
- Save up to 67% water annually
- Typically more expensive
- Every flush uses less water
- Typically 1.28 gpf
- As low as 0.8 gpf
Gravity flush toilets
- Most popular type of toilet
- Gravity and water weight generate flush
- Great for inexpensive future repairs
- Commonly for commercial use
- Less prone to clogs
- Provide cleaning action during flush
Siphon jet toilets
- Water "jet" pushes water into trapway
- Water pressure "pulls" water from bowl
- Fewer clogs and leaks
Another important decision is choosing between a one-piece and two-piece toilet.
- Tank and bowl integrated into one piece
- Easier to clean
- Tank is more stable
- Most popular option
- Tank and bowl are two separate pieces
- Typically more affordable
- Most popular bowl shape
- Oval bowl shape
- Typically 18 ½ inches
- Great for small bathrooms
- Round bowl shape
- Typically 16 ½ inches
Comfort height toilets are slightly taller than standard toilets, making it more comfortable for average-sized adults and those who have trouble sitting and standing. A toilet with a seat anywhere from 17 to 19 inches tall is considered comfort height, and standard height toilets are approximately two inches shorter.
This option is helpful for homes in high-humidity climates. Insulated tanks help prevent condensation from forming, which can cause premature wear on the surrounding walls and flooring.Shop insulated toilets
This is the path the wastewater travels when leaving the toilet during flush. It provides a liquid seal to prevent any backflow of sewer gas without affecting the flow of sewage and wastewater. Trapways can be S-shaped or elbow-shaped.
Soft close seat
This is a fantastic option that’s ideal for households with children. Soft close seats (along with the lid) close slowly to prevent smashing little fingers, instead of slamming down on the bowl.
If your new toilet doesn’t include a seat (and many don’t), this is a great option.Shop softclose toilets