Choosing Your Perfect Toilet

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It’s not a conversation piece or your most comfortable sofa, and even though you might not do a lot of thinking about your toilet, it’s an important part of your home. And if you have a toilet that doesn’t work for you, you will be thinking about your toilet quite a bit as you deal with the frustrations it causes. When you choose a toilet for your bathroom, you need to think about size, style, and technology.


You need to think about two sizes when it comes to choosing a toilet. First, you have to measure the distance from the bathroom wall to the center of the sewer drain. In most bathrooms, that size is 12 inches, according to HGTV  However, some bathrooms may vary slightly. If yours does, you have to realize that you’re going to have fewer options when you choose a toilet because there just aren’t as many toilets available for non-standard bathroom sizes.

The other size you have to consider when choosing a toilet is its height. According to HGTV , taller people might find slightly-larger-than-most toilets to be a bit more comfortable. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, you might also need a smaller toilet if you live in an older home. Measure your bathroom thoroughly and try out several toilet heights before you narrow down the styles available by the sizes you require and prefer.


Like any other home furnishing, toilets are available in a variety of styles, including numerous colors and shapes, as well as seat styles. According to HGTV,  most people find oval-shaped seats more comfortable than round seats. Though some homes may require round seats because of a smaller space, it’s important to try out different seat styles before you buy to make sure you can deal with the toilet you choose.

Style also has to do with how the toilet is cleaned and its price, in addition to how it will look in the bathroom. The U.S. Building Council’s Green Home Guide  notes that toilets that are made out of two pieces–a separate tank and seat–are more traditional and more affordable than one-piece toilets. However, the web site argues that the latter are a bit easier to clean.

Of course, you must consider the rest of the room when thinking about a toilet’s style. According to Do It Yourself.Com, you should also think about the future. For instance, you might not want to purchase a colored toilet seat because you may want to change the color scheme of your bathroom in the future. However, a toilet should match its accompanying appliances and accessories in a bathroom.


According to the Green Home Guide , the most important thing about a toilet is not how it looks, but how it performs. And that means how it flushes. According to the web site, toilets are tested using plastic balls to see how much they can remove in a single flush. You want the best flushers on the market, but you also want a toilet that’s eco-friendly. The Green Home Guide mentions that you can buy a high efficiency toilet that saves water by flushing less powerfully.

There are a lot of factors that go into buying a the right toilet for you. In the end, it comes down to research, much of it slightly unpleasant, as no one really likes sitting on toilets in hardware stores. However, doing the research will ensure you get a product that you can use for years to come.