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Buyer’s Guide: Finding The Right Toilet For You
What does it mean when there’s a lack of blood circulation in your legs and you run out of things to read after sitting for hours on end? It means that you have a spanking good toilet throne on your hands! Or... should I say butt?
The best toilet is suppose to do what it’s meant to do - to give you the best pooping experience possible. However, a bad toilet is a real pain in the ass and will stay with you for the rest of your life.
A lot of people get overwhelmed with what toilet to buy. They just think a toilet is a toilet. Wrong! Like a handbag is a girl’s best friend, and a dog is man’s best friend, a toilet should be user’s best friend!
Luckily, you have me to guide you on this vast treacherous journey in finding you a toilet throne unlike no other. Like Aragorn and Frodo from Lord of the Rings, it’s me and you, me being Aragorn of course.
One Toilet to rule them all, One Toilet to find them,
One Toilet to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Okay, I’m getting a little carried away… Lets start with some definition:
One or Two Piece Toilet?
A toilet consist of three main parts. The bowl, pedestal and the tank. The bowl is used to collect waste and flush out to the drain pipe. The pedestal gives the required height for the toilet. The tank stores the water that is required to flush out the waste.
- One-piece toilet has the tank fused with the toilet making it one whole unit
- Two-piece toilet has the tank separate from the toilet and are joined using fittings
Some general differences between the two:
- The cost of one-piece toilets are generally higher than two-piece toilets due to the difficulties in manufacturing
- Cleaning is easier for one-piece toilets due to the no gap and no joint design
- Installation is easier for one-piece toilets due to the tank and bowl already connected together
- Installing two-piece toilets are much harder as you have to connect the tank and bowl correctly to avoid any leakage. However, one-piece toilets are harder to move due to them being heavier
The majority of toilets in the U.S. are two-piece toilets that are mounted on the floor.
Single or Dual Flush Toilet?
- Single flush toilets have only one flush mechanism, meaning all waste are flushed with the same amount of water
- Dual flush toilets have two flush mechanisms, normally two buttons located at the top. One button uses less water (normally for liquid waste) while the other button engages the full flush (for solid waste). Typically 0.6 GPF for light flush and up to 1.6 GPF for heavy flush
Dual flush toilets are more bang for your buck when it comes to saving you cost from the water bill.
Bowl Shape: Round or Elongated?
This is the shape of the toilet bowl
- Round size toilets measured up to 28" from the wall and are good at saving space, perfect if you have a small bathroom. Round toilets are cheaper, comparing to elongated ones
- Elongated toilets are measured up to 31" from the wall. Most people (adults) say they are more comfortable. They only down side issue is you have very limited space in your bathroom
- Compact elongated toilets are shaped like an elongated bowl to give that added comfort, but are in a round-bowl footprint size. They save about 10 percent more space than your standard elongated bowl.
Best Toilet Seat Height?
The toilet height (not to be confused with bowl height) is the distance from the floor to the top of the seat. The ideal height is different for everyone as it depends how tall you are and your physical needs.
Most toilet experts refer “comfort height” as any toilet height from 17’’ or more.
- Ideal for shorter people (approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall or less). People shorter in stature are unable to rest their feet flat on the floor for taller toilets
- Ideal for taller people
- Higher than your standard toilet height
- Gives more of a natural feel that is neither standing or sitting
- Typically compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADA for short). Toilets that are installed and used by the general public need to meet this requirement
If you really don’t know what height is right for you, we recommend you just going to your local bathroom shop and trying out the toilet height yourself. It feels silly, but you'll get what you want. Pull your pants down if you really want to create a true simulation scenario.
Flush Guide takes no responsibility in you getting kicked out or banned from the store or getting fined with indecent exposure.
Best Toilet Seat Height For Wheelchair User?
If the person slides sideways when transferring from the wheelchair to the toilet seat, it is best to select a toilet with a seat height that is close to the height of the wheelchair’s seat.
You should know how spacious your bathroom is, and from there, pick out a toilet based on your measurements to ensure it fits your space. The rough-in length is the distance from the wall (not the baseboard) to the toilet floor bolts that attach the toilet to the floor.
The most common rough-in is 12’’, however, you can get 10’’ and 14’’.
Even if you have the most expensive and most advanced technological toilet there is out there, it is nothing without a good toilet seat.
All the king’s man can’t save you from the moment your bottom touches the frigid toilet seat.
Most two-piece toilets are sold without a seat whilst one-piece toilets generally come with a seat. Although toilet seats may seem like a basic product, it’s like a whole new topic that requires its own website. is this because they come in wide range of different colors, style, material, cleansing options, and special addons.
We recommend you check out our advanced guide to choosing the best toilet seat for you
In the toilet world, water use is measured in gallons per flush, or GPF for short which we will refer to in all our articles.
A toilet results for a third of your household water use. High-efficiency toilets (HET) that use 1.28 gallons of water or less per flush earn the EPA's WaterSense label. These can save 4,000 gallons of water per person annually, and some water utilities offer rebates if you install one (check with yours).
However, check independent test results before you buy. Some reviewers report more staining and clogging problems with some high-efficiency models.
Pressure Assist or Gravity Toilet
Pressure-assist toilets are more water-efficient flushes than gravity toilets. They have a separate tank that holds water under pressure, which releases with great velocity and removes waste thoroughly when you flush. However, they're pricier and a lot noisier than gravity types. Finding parts and making repairs can also be more of a headache with pressure-assist toilets.
There are two types of installation method for toilets, floor mounted toilets or wall-hung toilets.
Floor mounted are toilets that are installed on the floor
Wall-hung toilets are installed against the wall.
- Ideal for bathrooms with a limited space
- Easy-to-clean design
- Only the bowl and flush plate are mounted on to the wall with the tank hidden against the wall. It can save up to 12’’ of space compared to floor-mounted toilets
Intelligent toilets are like a hybrid breed of cybernetic white angels. It’s like if the terminator and an angel had a baby, this is what they would produce, with it’s sole purpose to serve your butt to the best of it’s ability. Functions range from:
- Heated seat
- Bidet functionality with adjustable water temperature and pressure controls
- Automated flushing
- Automated opening and closing of toilet seat lid
- Automated deodorizer
- Cleansing settings
- Remote controllable and touchscreen remotes
- Some come in a tankless design
Where Should I Start?
Now that we know all there is to know about toilets, you must be wondering what toilet should you get?
Well, first I would recommend check my guide on the best toilets I believe that are out on the market currently.
Alternatively, here are some trusted brands out in the toilet industry that I advocate too:
It seems dumb talking about toilets but when you need one, I'm here to help.
Hi, I'm Tim. I have been in bathroom industry over 12 years. Time goes by and I start to realize the importance of quality bathroom equipment, namely toilets.
No matter who you are, or what kind of title you own, it's always good to make sure you have the right throne. So here I present you my hard work and great knowledge when it comes to toilet selection.