Toilets – Deciding Which to Choose


Toilet Evolution

Toilet design has evolved over the centuries and in various ways depending on the usage of the people. Some developments involved changing the toilets style or shape, while some changed the functionality of the actual toilet. Adding flushing mechanisms, separating the cistern, adding the cistern, and more recently hiding the cistern.

Many of the changes are due to fashion and style, wanting cleaner lines, more luxury and more comfort. More recently some of these changes are due to the need to save water, by improving the efficiency of the flushing mechanism, to use less water and therefore saving on water bills.

Toilet choice has expanded with one or two piece toilets, single flush or dual flush, circular, square or elongated toilets, corner toilets and back to wall toilets. Read on to reduce any confusion and learn how to make the right choice when choosing a new toilet.

Toilet Choices

Under the vast umbrella of varied shapes, styles and sizes, the following factors will aid you in finalising your selection:

Gallons per flush- This is the amount of water that is flushed away as soon as the flush button is pressed. It could range from about 1.6 gallons in regular toilets to 1.28 gallons in high-efficiency toilets. In comparison to regular toilets, dual flush toilets allow you to choose a full or half-flush, saving a considerable amount of water per year as they flush about 0.8 gallons per flush.

One piece or Two piece: In terms of cost, a two piece toilet is always cheaper than a one piece. In terms of strength a one piece toilet does not have connecting parts so is less likely to have problems with leakage, while a two piece toilet has some flexibility due to the cistern being located more conveniently.

Elongated or Round: Usually there isn’t much of a size difference in these varieties. In most cases the elongated bowls are two inches larger than round bowls. Really, this is more of a style and design choice, whatever pleases your eye and the look and feel of your bathroom you are trying to create.

Height: For a regular toilet, the average height is between 14-15 inches, so check your existing toilet height and compare with the specifications of the new toilets. Nowadays some taller toilets are available at 18 inches high. These are usually toilets designed for elderly or handicapped people.

Space: When there is less space available in the bathroom, a corner or wall hung toilet is the best option as they are facilitated with an angled tank which allows you to place it in the corner. A back to wall toilet on the other hand is installed into the wall so the cistern is hidden behind a false wall.

After reading the various options you may encounter when choosing a toilet, it will be far easier to make a decision and choose the perfect toilet for your bathroom or ensuite.