Shopping for a toilet doesn’t seem like a glamorous endeavor, but it can be fun! The market for toilets is not so cut and dry anymore. You may actually have to do some research and shop around. It is no longer advantageous to stroll into your local home improvement retail store and purchase the first or cheapest model you see. There are so many choices and options to take into consideration when deciding upon a new toilet.

Who knew there were so many things to ponder when choosing a toilet for your renovation or when replacing a cracked or outdated model? All of the following may or may not be something you address when picking out your commode: price, efficiency, conservation/water usage, installation requirements, size, bowl shape, height, design…one or two-piece, aesthetics, features, seating options, flush handle location, price, and color! It’s no simple task. With such a wide array of options, toilet shopping can be daunting and/or exciting.

According to wikiHow, “…you’re going to flush your toilet an average of 140,000 times.” Even though a toilet is a simple machine with a basic overall job, it is an important home apparatus. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when shopping for a toilet:

  1. Design Considerations: The shape of the bowl- elongated or round. Seat material-polypropylene, composite molded wood, wood, cushioned, vinyl, or plastic. Toilet model- one or two-piece.
  2. Flushing System: Gravity-flush systems use the weight of gravity to empty toilet. Pressure-flush systems use pressurized air to force water into the bowl to flush.
  3. Energy Efficiency: Low-flow toilets are considered energy efficient since they use less water. This not only helps to save on energy usage but also helps to conserve our valuable natural resource, water.
  4. Toilet Size: Not all toilets are created equal. Some are higher (comfort height) than the standard traditional toilet height of below 17 inches. A taller toilet choice is a safer option for senior citizens who may experience physical limitations. Also, some toilet sizes may not be compatible with your existing plumbing and require a larger rough-in area. If you not aware of this information before embarking on shopping and purchasing a toilet, when it comes time for installation, you will be faced with costly modifications.

With the multitude of choices and models now available, you should have no trouble purchasing a new toilet to match your décor, budget, and lifestyle. If you need your toilet professionally installed, help with a bathroom remodel or renovation, or are having an issue with your current commode, contact Sun Plumbing. We’ve been serving Brevard since 1974. If you need a plumber in Melbourne or Viera, FL, we will gladly and professionally assist you with your plumbing services. Call today and happy toilet shopping!