Remodeling your bathroom is the perfect opportunity for giving yourself the chance to upgrade your toilet. This indispensable bathroom fixture, sometimes nicknamed the “throne”, the “commode”, or the “loo”, comes in a multitude of shapes, sizes and performance levels. So, we’re going to sit down and concentrate on how you can go about finding the right “toilette” for your bathroom by going over some of the various types.
The Gravity Feed
This toilet is the most common – and the oldest – of all modern toilets in the country. It works incredibly simply, with gravity taking effect when you press the flush valve, which is why it has remained a solid favorite in households all over the western world. The great thing about these toilets is that they are relatively inexpensive and contain very few moving parts – meaning it doesn’t take much to maintain them, buy replacements or pay for repairs.
Pressure assisted toilets force pressurized air from the tank into the bowl and offer a lot more power than the standard gravity feed models. You’ll find that clogging is a lot less common with these, so they are a good toilet for a large family. They are slightly more expensive, however, although not by much.
Low Flow Toilets
Environmental awareness over the last few decades ushered in the era of the “low flow” toilet in the United States. In fact, Congress passed a law in 1992 requiring all new toilets sold in America to be of the low-flow form. The rationality behind this was the conservation of water resources since these toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to the nearly 7 gallons used by older, garden variety, gravity fed toilets. The first generation of these models did not come without some issues, chiefly among them that it typically would take two flushes to finish the job. Nowadays, those issues have been resolved and you can find beautiful, quiet low-flow toilets in every style and price level. Not only that but, according to the EPA, the average household using low-flow will save an average of $100 per year on their water bill!
These toilets are built from a very modern technology and use a small amount of water per flush but still manage to bring a huge amount of power to the table. They come with a couple of nozzles on either side of the rim that produce a cyclone effect in the water, giving that flush the power it needs to remove all but the most stubborn of blockages.
Another thing you need to consider is the style of your toilet. The one piece is the most common – and cheapest – while the two piece can be bought with the bowl and cistern separate. You can mix and match to your liking. Then there is the wall-mounted toilet, which you may see a lot in settings like public places and hotels. These are smaller, so they’re a great choice for tiny bathrooms where space is a premium. Finally, you can choose different shapes for your toilet. The elongated option is the most common you will see in standard toilets everywhere but you can also get bowls that are compact-elongated for rooms where legroom is at a premium. And finally, you can get a round fronted bowl which is a combination of the previous two.
In the Bay Area, you’ve got plenty of retailers who specialize in toilets and other bathroom fixtures. Going online to do some research first will definitely save you time when you’re ready to step out and look at them in person.