Whichever way you look at it, the toilet is an important fixture in your home. It one of those must-have items. Though not an everyday purchase, when the time comes to change or fit a new toilet, it can be a daunting task. Even though the cost and color do matter, how well the toilet flushes and the amount of water it consumes matters more. A good toilet should conserve water and still provide enough power to clean the bowl in a single flush. It is therefore important to ensure that you get the correct high performance toilet which not only fits in your bathroom but also fits your budget.
Toilets generally account for nearly twenty six percent (26%) of water consumption in the home with older models consuming much more. In fact, if your toilets were installed before 1992, you should replace them with more efficient versions which are more efficient and could save you lots of water; anything between fourteen thousand (14,000) and twenty five thousand (25000) gallons annually for a family of four.
Here are some important factors worth taking into consideration when going through the available toilet choices. These include but are not limited to the following;
You first need to check the drain location. Measure from the wall to the center of the bolts at the base of your current toilet, this is called the rough in measurement and it is usually 12”. If your measurements are between 11” and 13” you can fit the standard toilet but if the rough in size is 10” or 14” then you should get a toilet that’s specific to this measurement.
You need to check on the gallons per flush (gpf) rating, the federal standard currently is to use the low flow toilets which use 1.6gpf. High efficiency toilets use 1.3 gpf with some even using as little as 1.1 gallons per flush. High efficiency toilets are normally sold in two parts, when buying these toilets always make sure the model numbers on the bowl and on the tank match. Dual flush toilets on the other hand have 2 gpf ratings; liquids are flushed at the lower 1.1 gpf while solids are flushed at 1.6 gpf.
The shape of the bowl should also be of some interest. There are generally two types of bowl, the round front and the elongated. For small spaces, the round fronts are preferred because they don’t take as much space. The elongated offer a bigger seat but also take up more space, usually 2” more at the front when compared against the round front.
Another point worth taking into consideration is the design of the toilet. There are basically three toilet designs, wall mount, one piece and two pieces. The one piece toilets are easier to clean, offer a sleeker look and are more expensive. Two piece toilets offer the most options in terms of variety and are therefore quite common. Wall mount toilets are not so common, and you only replace one wall mount with another because they have a totally different rough in measurement, they are also quite expensive.
Apart from deciding on whether you go for a dual flush toilet or not, you should also take into consideration the comfort or toilet height. The American Disabilities Act requires public toilets to be a minimum of 17”; these comfort height toilets have gained a lot of popularity because they are more comfortable and easier to get off from.
Listed below are some common toilet brands, designs and styles. They include:
Product Details: a white, one piece toilet with an elongated bowl, a fully glazed inner part and fitted with a low water consuming center push button dual flush. Have a consumption of 1.6gpf for solids and 0.8 gpf for liquids.
2) Product Name: Highline classic two piece elongated toilet
Product Details: 1.6 gpf toilet is fitted with a pressure assist flushing system and comes with an elongated bowl. It has a rough in measurement of 12”, it has a relatively large water surface (10” x 12”) to keep the bowl clean and reduce odors.
Product Details: a two piece toilet with a round front bowl and also prides itself as being one of the first comfort height toilets in its category. It does come with a polished chrome trip lever; this toilet ably combines water saving flush performance with some very graceful curves.
5) Product Name: Kohler Rialto one piece round front toilet