Tips for Buying Toilets
The basic style of toilets has not changed much over the years. It is the most often used fixture in the bathroom, and not given a lot of attention when designing. Toilets are available in many colors, styles and prices. The can be specially ordered with specific designs and patterns. Federal law now says that new toilets must use no more than 1.6 gallon of water each time it is flushed. This is compared to the 3 to 7 gallons used by older models. The most reliable toilet will be the one that has enough power to clean the bowl thoroughly.
Toilets are designed in one- or two-piece construction. A two piece toilet has a separate tank and bowl. With a one-piece, the tank and bowl are combined into one unit, a two-piece toilet is less expensive, but a one-piece is much easier to clean because there is no gap between the toilet and the tank. One-piece toilets usually include a seat with the unit while two-pieces do not. Wall-mounted toilets are available for smaller bathroom but they are often hard to find and expensive to buy and install.
Toilet bowls are either elongated or round. Elongated toilets are two inches longer and have a larger surface for the water. The seats come in many different materials, including plastic, wood and polypropylene. They can be cushioned, heated, contoured and even set up to automatically start the flushing process when the lid closes.
When buying your toilet set, you will get what you put into it. Some toilets will last 30 years and more, but experts will tell you the average time if 10 to 15 years. Depending on the gravity, pressure-assist, vacuum and flush, a typical toilet can cost anywhere from $150 to $400.