Choosing the Right Toilet For Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

If you’re in the market for a toilet be ready to be overwhelmed as the choices of manufacturers, colors, styles and costs are endless. From low volume flushing, to elongated bowls, latest technology in heated seats and more, it’s time to choose a toilet!

In this Complete Home Remodeling Guide we will help you narrow down the choices by explaining some of the basics so you can select the right toilet for your remodeling project.

To start with, do your research into how much a bath remodel costs, and decide on a price range that you are comfortable with for your project. If you are aware up-front what price range you have to work with, you can avoid unplanned expenses during a bathroom remodeling project.

Next, consider the style that best fits your decor and narrow your color choices down to a few. Once you have an idea of what you like you can eliminate all those things you don’t want and stop looking at them.

Now is also a good time to consider any extras you may want to add, such as a bidet, and make sure everything matches up properly. If you like a white toilet with an elongated bowl at less than $300 you have just eliminated most of the toilet choices and you can focus on finding a quality toilet at a good price. For a lot of people the toilet color choice is a stumbling block but the decor is the key here and this can be a really simple decision if you just let it be simple. Most people go round and round trying to pick a color and usually wind up picking their first choice anyway. Keep in mind that if you’re selling your home soon go with neutral colors and leave the red toilet for another day.

So What Style Works Best For You?

  • Round front toilets have a round front are the most common type of toilet.
  • Elongated toilets offer more comfortable seating and a more luxurious look.
  • Corner toilets offer a space-saving design and are ideal for the smaller bathroom.
  • To get an antique look, the high tank-pull chain toilets are a very popular choice.
  • Wall mount toilets hang off the ground, are sanitary and very easy to clean around.

Most toilets today are gravity fed and use the weight of the water to flush the system. They are made of one or two piece construction with a round or elongated bowl. The height ranges from 14 to 17 inches or chair height models for special needs that can range between 17 and 19 inches. White is the number one color and most homes have the traditional two piece toilet with a separate tank and bowl.

Older toilets used between 5 to 7 GPF which was a ton of water. This water requirement was reduced in the 80’s to 3.5 GPF and reduced again in 1992 down to 1.6 GPF. You can save between 9,000 to 17,000 gallons of water a year depending upon how old you system is. More water does NOT flush better when compared to today’s high efficiency units.

There are also pressure assist toilets which rely on air pressure and there are dual flush systems that give you an option for using less than the 1.6 GPF for liquid waste. While there are too many options and choices to list here we will point out two of the many top choices you have.

Two Quality Choices For Your Consideration Are:

  • The Toto Drake which is an easy to install and maintain economical gravity feed toilet that uses the normal 1.6 GPF.
  • The American Standard Cadet 3 series with models which can use less water without losing flushing power.

Do you have any questions about installation or choosing the right Toilet? A bathroom remodeling project can get out of hand quickly and many DIY home owners have found themselves in over their heads and over budget. A lot of times just changing one item can lead to making other changes like replacing the bathroom flooring around the toilet or maybe the vanity, sink or faucet just looks too old next to that new Toilet. We are here to help and if you are not sure about something contact us and we will be more than happy to provide you with the information you need and provide you with a free price quote.

So you know you need to make some changes in the bathroom, right? Why not get a professional quote and price comparison for FREE? We will get you started off on the right foot and all you have to do is click the link above!


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