Advantages of having a flushing toilet
Most people today would not even consider purchasing a toilet that does not flush, so immense are the advantages of a flushing toilet. Having the ability to flush means that waste can be immediately removed from your home – to a septic tank or main sewage line – without having to do any of the messy work of cleaning out the toilet bowl or ferrying waste to a pit as was the case in older times. This makes your bathroom significantly more sanitary both for yourself and for any guests you may have in your home.
Features to consider while choosing a flushing toilet
While flushing toilets are clearly superior to non-flushing toilets for most homes, not all flushing toilets are made equally. Here, we’ll cover some of the most important features that differentiate flushing toilets and that you need to consider when choosing the toilet that is right for your home.
The size of your toilet is usually dictated by the size of your bathroom. Large bathrooms can accommodate larger, roomier toilets like the model from American Standard Cadet, while close-quartered bathrooms like those found in a half-bathroom or in an RV will require a smaller toilet like the one from Aqua-Magic V.
One-piece or two-piece?
Although the decision between one- and two-piece toilets isn’t life-changing, it can make a big difference in your ability to clean the toilet. One-piece toilets, like those from KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa, TOTO MS853113E Eco Ultramax, and GALBA MU133, are constructed with the tank and the bowl in a single piece, which eliminates the hard-to-clean crevices found on two-piece toilets. One-piece toilets also typically have a slightly lower profile, making them better for smaller bathrooms, and are easier to install since there is only one piece to move and only one package shipped from the manufacturer. However, two-piece toilets are typically much less expensive.
The vast majority of toilets are made with porcelain, a very durable and easy to clean style of ceramic. Many toilets are coated with vitreous china, a glaze that gives the toilet a high-gloss finish for a modern and sleek look. Note that some toilets, like the one from Aqua-Magic V, are made of plastic for reduced weight, although these will also be less durable in the long-term.
The flushing system is one of the most important parts of the toilet – after all, if the flushing system isn’t doing its job it’s going to be a bad day! While gravity flushing – which uses the weight of the water itself to force the water downward – is among the oldest technologies still available, many newer flushing systems are available.
Pressure-assisted flushing uses pressurized air to force water down into the bowl. This system offers a large amount of flushing power but is also quite noisy.
Dual flush systems have become popular as a mechanism for saving water. These toilets allow you to choose whether to do a partial flush or a total flush and allot water accordingly.
The amount of water that your toilet uses will be defined by the manufacturer and, unless you have a dual-flush system, will be the same with every flush. While toilets that use more water may be less prone to clogging, using more water will also add to your water bill – and using a half-gallon more of water with every flush can add up to a huge cost over the course of a year. In general, opt for the most water-efficient toilet that you can afford and that you feel comfortable using.
Toilets come in a variety of shapes, which can impact both their size and how comfortable they are for most people who sit on them. The primary shapes are known as compact and elongated.
Compact toilets have a round or square-shaped seat and take up two inches less floor space than their elongated counterparts – perfect for people with small bathrooms.
However, elongated bowls, which have an oval shape, are typically found to be more comfortable for most people. Hybrid bowls are also available, which use a compacted oval to save space while increasing comfort.
Toilets are typically relatively simple to install without any plumbing experience, especially if you order a one-piece toilet. In general, the tank of the toilet will need to be hooked up to an existing water line in your bathroom, while the bowl of the toilet will need to be hooked up to an outgoing sewage line.
You may not think about toilet noise until you come across an especially loud toilet, but they do vary in the amount of noise they make. Toilets that flush with more power, such as pressure-assisted flushing toilets, will typically be noisier than gravity toilets.
Most toilets are white, in part because this is the color people expect to see. However, some toilets, like the model from KOHLER K-3609-0 Cimarron, do come in additional colors and can fit every design.
The size of the tank depends on whether the toilet you are using is a one-piece or two-piece design and how much water the toilet you are using flushes with. In general, two-piece toilets will have a larger tank, as will toilets that flush with more water.
All of the toilets we reviewed come with a one-year warranty to provide you with peace of mind in your purchase. However, be sure to check customer reviews to find out whether different manufacturers offer good customer service.