Toilets are one of the most used fixtures in the house. There are many different colors and styles to choose from however, it’s not all about color or style that matters. It really comes down to cost, water usage and power.
In the mid 90’s, low-flow toilets were introduced and they used 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) which met the federal standard for toilets. They were horrible and didn’t work well at all. They clogged and many times people had to flush twice which pretty much negated the whole “save water” idea. Today’s toilets are truly low-flow and do work. Toilet manufactures have redesigned them and have made significant design improvements to prevent clogging with larger flush valves and larger trap ways. They work much better and truly do save homeowners money.
Toilet prices can vary greatly starting with cheapo contractor models at just under $110. These are the lowest quality, they have low end moving parts to very poor glazing and not much power from these cheap models. The toilet is used every day. So get a good one. You can expect to pay $150 to $500 for a gravity toilet and about $250 to $650 for a pressure assisted model. The pressure assist toilets are more water efficient than regular gravity models. Pressure assist models have a separate tank that holds water under pressure, which when released, uses its water force to flush the bowl clean. The downside to a pressure assist toilet is they are much noisier then the regular gravity flush models.
New to the market are dual-flush toilets. These models have a button for liquids which use about .8 gpf and another button for solids which use 1.5 gpf. The dual flush toilets save about 25% less water than a regular 1.6 gpf toilet. They come in both gravity and pressure assist models and cost a little more.
Bowl type is another concern when shopping for a new toilet. Toilets come in two different bowl types, standard round bowls, and elongated bowls which are normally two inches longer and can be more comfortable for some people. Buyer beware – make sure to measure before moving to a larger elongated bowl. Many times drawers and doors can get in the way. So make sure you double check space before moving up in size.
We’ve briefly touched on the main topics for the modern toilet. Hopefully, the information is helpful to you when you are considering a new toilet purchase.
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