There’s a few things you want to keep in mind when looking at toilets. Although there’s not what I would call an overwhelming amount of options there are still a few things you’ll want to look into.
Considering toilets account for about 30% of the average homes water usage it’s important to get the most flush for your buck. There are three main types of flushing systems; gravity, pressure assisted and dual flush.
Most of the toilets you run into are gravity flush toilets. They are extremely common all around the world and most consider the best option. As their name implies gravity flush toilets use nothing more than gravity and water to force waste down a pipe. Since gravity flush toilets aren’t ‘assisted’ with any added force there can be issues with clogging deeper in the pipes which is never fun.
Pressure assisted toilets are meant to add a little more push either with compressed air or an electric pump. One benefit to a pressure assisted toilet is that it can push waste further down the pipe. This can drastically help avoid clogged plumbing deeper in the pipe which is very very handy.
Dual flush toilets have a separate button for solid waste and another for liquid waste. Depending on the button you push less or more water is used to force the waste down. These toilets are gaining popularity as a great way to help save the environment however they do have their opponents. It would be a good idea to check out both sides of the argument if your thinking about dual flush.
Some important things to keep in mind when looking at toilets is too not get ‘caught up’ with lower flush rates and other Eco marketing stuff. In most tests the toilets that used the least water overall were the ones that flushed best which are usually the ones that use more water. All toilets in California and Texas must be labeled WaterSense which means by default they are more Eco friendly then most other places. The average toilet is 17 to 19 inches off the ground if you need one ADA compliant and or a little more comfortable you can get them 2 to 4 inches higher than that which is especially good for older people or people that have trouble getting up and down.
That pretty much covers some basics on toilets as always thanks for reading!