Most people take their toilets for granted. It is usually not until they have to purchase a new one that they realize how essential a toilet is in one’s household. Of course, a toilet’s sole function is to flush waste, but a toilet is so much more than that, isn’t it? For one thing, it is one of the most frequently used and visible appliances in the home – one that you can’t very easily hideaway. This is why you want to find a toilet that is at least easy on the eyes.
These days, toilets are made with very beautiful design features. Moreover, you want to make sure that your toilet isn’t a water waster. If you are wasting water, not only will your utility bill be higher, but also so will your impact on the environment. Here are five factors to consider when purchasing a new toilet.
A lot of people don’t realize how important design is when purchasing a new toilet. If you have a big ugly toilet in your bathroom – or bathrooms – you may be throwing off the entire aesthetic of your home. This is why you want to consider the aesthetic elements of a toilet and you want to decide whether a certain system fits within the visual context of your home.
Another important factor to consider is efficiency. In case you are unfamiliar with the new energy-efficient toilet options, low-flow toilets are incredibly important because they significantly reduce how much water you use. Most standard toilets have a 3-gallon reserve – a low-flow toilet has a maximum of 1.6 gallons. By law, for a low-flow toilet to be called “low-flow”, it needs to go through rigorous measuring systems and performance tests.
Of course, when you are purchasing a new toilet, you want to think about the price. You would think that there would be one average price for a toilet, but you would be surprised. Some toilets are much more expensive than others depending on the design and features, as well as the brand that makes the toilet.
However, just because a toilet has a higher price, it doesn’t mean that it is better – usually, it just means that a toilet has a luxury label. In most cases, you can get away with a high-quality toilet for very little money if you do your research and find a great deal.
Out of anything, functionality and performance are critical. Because a toilet is essentially an appliance, you want it to work very well. It should not get frequently clogged and it should be built with modern standards. You can usually do you research to find out how well a certain toilet performs.
Upright or Built-in
Last, but certainly not least, you want to think about upright or built-in. Of course, upright toilets have all their parts out in the open. However, built-in toilets hide most of the piping. For instance, Saniflo makes some excellent built-in systems. In the end, this is very much a personal preference, but if you have a small bathroom or even just a minimalist aesthetic, you may want to go for built-in.