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Buying a New Toilet? 6 Things to Consider

If you're remodeling your bathroom or just need a new toilet for your existing bathroom, you have a few things to consider before you make your purchase. Not all toilets are alike, and a number of different options are available to choose from.

Before you get overwhelmed while standing in the toilet section at your local hardware store, consider the following factors to make your choice a little easier on you.

1. Size

All toilets are not the same size. Some are high and some are low. If you're looking for a toilet for a child's bathroom, you may not want a high toilet but rather a lower toilet that isn't going to require a step stool. 

If you're looking for a bathroom that is going to be used by mostly adults, a taller toilet may be a little better. Take a measurement of your current toilet to use as a guide. If you like the size of your current toilet seat, measure from the floor to the top of the bowl. 

2. Shape

Toilet shapes can be round or oval. The shape you want depends largely on how much space you have in your bathroom. If you have a small bathroom or a wall or something else in front of the toilet, an oblong or oval toilet may not be the right fit for your bathroom.

A round toilet usually takes up the least amount of space, but watch out for extra-large round bowls, as they may be too wide for the amount of space you have. Always take measurements before you purchase a new toilet to be sure you have enough space no matter which shape you choose.

3. Efficiency

Some toilets may use a lot of water to flush, while others may give you the option to use less water when there isn't as much waste in the toilet. If you're looking to help save a few bucks on your water bill each month, a water-efficient model may be just what you are looking for.

4. Style

Toilet styles can vary as well. Some styles may look sleeker than others, such as those that are one-piece rather than the basic two-piece (bowl and tank). The one-piece toilet has cleaner lines than the two-piece and may also be easier to keep clean.

Other style options include differences in the handle location. Handles are usually on the front of the tank, but others may be on the side or on the top as a push button. 

5. High-Tech Options

High-tech options such as heated toilet seats for those cold winter months may be something you are interested in. Some of the higher-end toilets offer this as an option.

Another option that may interest you is having an automatic flush (much like commercial toilets). With this feature, you won’t need to touch the handle as a sensor flushes the toilet for you when you stand up or move away from the toilet.

6. Price

Price is always a factor, no matter what you are purchasing, and toilets range from very cheap to very expensive. When choosing a new toilet, cheaper is not better. A cheaper toilet may not cost you much at first, but that cheap toilet may only last you a few years, and then you'll be back in the same hardware store pondering your options again.

If you're looking for an everyday toilet that will last but is still economical, choose one that is mid-range in price.

If you're looking for a new toilet, make an appointment with Hansen Plumbing Inc. to help answer any questions you may have or to have your new toilet installed.