Toilet Options for Your Bathroom
By: Allen Lyle
When choosing a toilet for your home, it’s important to consider:
- One-Piece Toilet: Tank and bowl molded together into one piece with a low profile. More expensive than two-piece toilets but easier to keep clean.
- Two-Piece Toilet: Consist of a separate tank and bowl that are bolted together with a rubber seal. Less expensive, but more trouble to install and harder to keep clean.
- Toilet Bowl Shape: Toilet bowls are available in round or elongated shapes. Elongated bowl toilets protrude further out into the room but can be easier to keep clean than round bowl toilets.
- Toilet Seat Height: Toilets are available in standard height (14”-15”) and taller comfort height (17”-18”).
- Toilet Water Usage: All toilets today are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF), and some water saving toilets use as little as 1.28 gallons. Dual-flush toilets have two buttons, one for solid waste (usually 1.6 GPF) and one for liquid waste (usually 1.0 GPF).
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Allen Lyle: First of all, let’s talk about style. Two piece unit—this is the most common. It’s got a separate tank and bowl connected right here. Everything that’s fresh, the water hits in here, goes down and flushes the waste in the bowl.
One piece unit, people actually like these because of the low profile. And they’re a lot easier to clean. If you look over here on two-piece unit, you can see the channel here. You can catch a lot of dust with that. Side here, you just don’t have that, so much easier to clean.
I will say this about a one-piece unit. It’s more expensive. You’re going to pay about twice as much on the starting end. So, 100 bucks for average on the two piece, 200 on the one piece.
Of course, you’ve got your style of your shape of the bowl. You’ve got round verses the oblong. The height, comfort height. This is standard about 14 to 15 inches. Comfort height about three inches more. Let me just say this delicately, it’s easier to get up if you’ve got the comfort height.
Water saving. I love the new ones like this. If you’re getting rid of an old one, 3.5 gallons, great. You’re going to save so much money on your water usage. 1.6 gallons, that’s the max. You’ve got the high efficiency toilets that only use 1.28 gallons per flush.
And a dual model like this, it has a dual flush, with liquid waste, less than one gallon that it uses. However, I will say this. With those, the water level on the bowl is very low, which means you’ll have to clean it more to get rid of those unpleasant odors.