Expert Tips for Choosing the Right Toilet Model

Expert Tips for Choosing the Right Toilet Model

Do you think of your next toilet as a major purchase?  You might if you know that toilets use up to 30% of household water in the United States.

And now there are more options than ever that can save you money.

Add to that the numerous types and features available, and installation options, and you have an important decision to make.

Factors like gravity-feed versus pressure-assisted, water-flow and flushing options, water conservation features, and price will all help you determine which toilet will be your best investment.

Here’s a quick guide to many of the most important factors to help you decide which toilet to buy.  Your community plumbing experts at McDonald Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can answer any question you have and help with selection and installation.

Which Toilet Type is Right for You?

A smart first decision is between gravity-feed and pressure-assisted toilets.  Most toilets fit into one of these two types (with most being gravity-feed).

  • Gravity-feed toilets depend on gravity to remove waste from the bowl—and are either siphonic (siphoning water through the “s” shaped trap way) or washdown (sending water out around the rim into the bowl). Benefits include low noise compared with pressure-assisted toilets and the typically low water pressure required.
  • Pressure-assisted toilets rely on air pressure in a sealed tank to force waste out of the bowl. The biggest benefit of these is fewer clogged drains—but remember, your home will need water pressure that’s a minimum of 25 pounds per square inch.  They also tend to be louder and more expensive than gravity-assisted types.

Toilet Features That Save Money and Look Good

  • Dual-Flush technology puts water-saving options at your fingertips: one button for a partial flush (approximately 0.8 gallons) and another for a full flush (approximately 1.6 gallons). Some high-efficiency toilets combine Dual-Flush with Water Sense Certification to enhance your water saving.
  • Water Sense Certified toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush or less. (Most toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush.)  Higher-quality models with Water Sense will perform just as well as conventional toilets.  (Toilets sold in California are required to meet the 1.28-gallon standard.)
  • Touch less flushing allows users to swipe their hand over a sensor to flush instead of pressing a handle. This could be useful for someone with limited mobility, or in environments where germs pose a high risk.
  • Concealed or skirted trap ways cover the “s” shaped bends you see on the underside of some toilets. This makes cleaning much easier and gives toilets a cleaner, simpler appearance.
  • One-piece, two-piece, or wall-mounted?Most toilets today are two-piece models, meaning the tank and bowl are separate pieces bolted together. While these are the least expensive option, they’re harder to clean, and less streamlined, than one-piece models.  Wall-mounted models are the most expensive, and least common (and fit well in small bathrooms).

Toilet Prices That Fit Your Budget

While there’s a wide range of prices for toilets, $150 is a good average to keep in mind.  Yours could cost less or more depending on your priorities—like your budget, features you want, and design considerations.

Make the right investment by calling a qualified professional plumber to help you decide among these and other factors like height, bowl shape, rough-in size, and water supply lines.

For help choosing the best toilet model for your home, and installing it properly, call your community plumbers at McDonald Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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