How to Choose the Right Toilet For Your El Paso Home
Not all toilets are created equally. This indispensable yet often neglected part of the home is not always given the attention it deserves, but people are catching on. Today’s homeowners are much more aware of the many toilet options available and how they are different. Once you know the options out there, shopping for a new toilet is just as fun as shopping for a new sofa or television! So, if you’re on the lookout for a new toilet or you have noticed yours is acting up, it might be time for a total upgrade.
How do you choose the right toilet for your home? Here’s what you need to know.
What’s the Difference Between the Types of Toilets?
Manufacturers today produce different types of toilets. Each toilet performs the expected function, of course, but with an added unique feature or a slightly different engineered design, whether it’s the material, flush system, or overall design.
Since 1994, when the 1.6 gallons per flush became federally mandated, manufacturers continued to explore the design that improves water efficiency without sacrificing function.
Different designs and styles:
- Water-saving toilets. These toilets are a popular option for people that want to cut down on the water bill and make their toilets a little more environmentally friendly.
- Push-button flush toilets. An option with growing popularity in recent years that gives the home a touch of modernity. The slick button style is an aesthetic choice, but also a practical one, as it offers some water-saving possibilities, a long-lasting toilet, and easy to clean mechanism.
- Single-flush toilet. Standard, easy to install, and relatively inexpensive.
- Dual-flush. A popular option to save water— allows two flush options: one for liquid waste and one for solid waste. The two options use different amounts of water, which helps save water and even reduces the likelihood of clogging.
Other Characteristics of Toilets to Consider
In addition to the overall design of the toilets, there are other considerations when finding the right toilet for your home.
- Flushing options: Flushing is the integral function of the toilet. Different models will have different flushing systems. Options include gravity flush toilets, pressure-assisted toilets, and tankless toilets.
- Gravity flush toilets: These are the most commonly used flushing systems. They use the force of gravity to release water. When you push the lever, water is released. The velocity created from the water’s momentum leaving the toilet is what drags the contents into the drain.
- Pressure-assisted toilets: These types of toilets use a compression tank that creates additional pressure for the passing water. This means there is a lot more pressure than with the use of gravity alone.
- Tankless toilets: These are a more modern approach that uses a water line hooked directly into the toilet, eliminating the need for the tank. They are space-efficient and water-efficient but may require additional installation components if the home or commercial space is not rightfully equipped.
- Toilet Bowl Shape: The shape of the toilet bowl is another option and consideration when purchasing a new toilet. This might be a mere personal preference but might also have an impact on the type of flushing system you are installing. The most common types of shapes include:
- Round: This is an oval-shaped toilet and is the most commonly used.
- Pointed: This shape can also be called an “elongated” or “pointed” nose. Can be found in some homes or commercial spaces.
- D-shaped: Slightly less common shape, but has more of a square side and rounded tip, which looks like the shape of the letter D.
- Square: A contemporary option popular with many wall-hanging toilets or modern designs.
Consider the Cost and the Size of Your Bathroom
Even if you are looking to purchase a certain toilet, you want to verify that the size and design of the toilet fit your allotted space. Elongated toilet seats, for example, are often preferred by people because they are more comfortable, but they might significantly reduce the space of the bathroom. These are small but important considerations when looking to upgrade.
Toilet prices can range from $100 to $5,000. So, it all depends on what you’re looking for and your budget. Remember, however, that a toilet is a part of your home that gets used multiple times a day, every day, for years. Going with the cheapest option might just mean you will have to replace it sooner rather than later.
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