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Choosing the Right Toilet for Your Bathroom Remodel

Although finding the right toilet fixture may seem like the easiest part of planning a bathroom remodel, homeowners shouldn’t underestimate the number of decisions that can go into finding the perfect throne. Aside from the look of the toilet, you should also consider things like size, height, bowl type, and flush function.

Choosing the Right Toilet

The Difference in Bowl Sizes

One of the most important steps to take when choosing a toilet is to determine which bowl type you prefer. This varies from person to person, and although most people know their preference, they don’t think about it in practice.

  • Elongated bowls – These oval shaped bowls are common in many newer public bathrooms since they provide more room and are generally seen as more comfortable.
  • Round bowls – Before the elongated bowl came around, round bowls were all that you could find. The design is more compact, but it also gives users less space. However, this may be preferable for smaller people who don’t want to feel like they’re "falling in."

Choosing a Comfortable Height

The height of a toilet is another factor that homeowners rarely consider until they install it and find that they can’t sit on it comfortably. Various sizes have been produced over the years, but most models today are between 14-17 inches tall.

  • 14–15 inches – Although 15.5 inches has been considered the norm for many years, bowl styles may contribute to different heights, giving users a number of ways to figure out what’s comfortable for them.
  • 16–17 inches – Known as "chair-high" toilets, these models are approved by the ADA and offer more comfort to those who can’t sit down as far.

Finding a Toilet Style that Suits Your Remodel

Toilet Flush Types

Although it may difficult to spot the difference between some of the toilet styles, a few of them are a little more obvious. It doesn’t take a toilet expert, for instance, to spot the difference between a standard Two-Piece toilet and an elegant High-Tank toilet. The options listed below are the most common, though a number of more eccentric styles are also readily available.

  • Two-Piece toilets – With a separate space for the tank and the bowl, this is the most common toilet style out there. As the standard, they are typically inexpensive and present no hassle when replacement parts are needed.
  • One-Piece toilets – Sleeker, smaller, and easier to keep clean, the bowl and tank on the One-Piece toilet are fused together. Though these may be more expensive than the standard Two-Piece models, their utility and stylish look have made them more popular in recent years.
  • Wall–Mounted toilets – As the name implies, these models mount to the wall and do not require a base. Although there are requirements in order to install a wall-mounted unit in your home, these toilets are easy to clean, and ideal for those with disabilities since they can be mounted at any height necessary for maximum accessibility.

Look for Attractiveness, Shop for Utility

Although the look of the toilet will certainly matter in your redesign, comfort will be most important when it comes down to the day-to-day task of using your bathroom. Before you make the commitment to buying a new toilet fixture, be sure to take a few moments to take these points into consideration so that you can begin the process as informed as possible.