You may think a toilet is a pretty standard fixture that doesn't require much thought. Surprisingly, however, there are thousands of options when it comes to choosing a toilet for your bathroom.
Toilets come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, from conventional close-coupled toilets to the variety of modern toilets, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of options available. The right toilet for you could be determined by a number of factors. These include; the amount of space you have, the style of your bathroom and your budget. Here are our top tips to help you choose the best toilet for your bathroom.
1) Measure Your Rough-In
It’s important to first of all, measure your current rough-in. This is the distance from your bathroom wall to the middle of your toilet’s flange bolts. Standard rough-ins can measure 12 inches but 10 and 14-inch models also exist. It’s always easiest to choose a toilet with the same rough-in you currently have.
2) Ensure Your Toilet Fits
If you have a small bathroom or a limited budget, you may be inclined to choose a round toilet bowl. Round toilet bowls save about 3 inches of space and cost less than elongated bowls. This could make a difference in a small bathroom, where you struggle to fully open doors and drawers.
The standard height for toilets are around 15 inches. Taller people on the other hand, may find taller toilets more comfortable. 17 or 19-inch toilets will be kinder to backs and knees, while also being the better choice for people who have issues with mobility. The downfall is that these are harder for children and short adults to use. Be sure to actually have a go at sitting on the toilet when shopping for the right seat. The last thing you want is to hate the toilet you choose for the next 10 years.
3) Choose a Style
The standard two-piece toilet with a tank that bolts on top of the bowl isn’t your only style option. There are a wide variety of styles including the one-piece toilet which looks sleek and is easier to clean. A wall-mounted toilet is even easier to clean, while adding plenty of character to the bathroom. Wall-mounted toilets on the other hand, are also more pricey than other models.
4) Decide on the Bidet
You may or may not want a bidet and the choice is yours. A bidet feature can often be added to standard toilets and actually help with resale value, while providing an added benefit to anyone with mobility issues.
5) Consider Efficiency
If you're looking for a new toilet, it could be about time to select a toilet that reduces your carbon footprint and uses less water. In the past 20 years, low-flush toilets have continued to advance, using power-assisted flush or gravity features that help toilets handle what they’re supposed to handle, while using less water to do so.
Be sure to compare independent test results for the toilet’s flushing performance against other models. Price comparison websites and consumer reviews are good places to start when researching, and be sure to look how you can obtain a rebate when you purchase a high-efficiency model.
6) Consider Comfort
Comfort is essential in all areas of life, so it’s vital to ensure your toilet also boasts some of those features too. From heated seats, to soft-closing seats that ensure your toilet seat is never left up or slammed, to feet warmers and self-deodorising flushes, to automatic flush features and bluetooth capabilities, there are a whole host of different smart technology features that you can choose from.
What’s more, there are a wide variety of upgrades and personalisations that you can make to your toilet, allowing you to customise your toilet in plenty of innovative ways. A downside is that any extra features would be expensive to replace, in the event that they break down.
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