There are few, if any, home elements that get more use than your toilet. Your commode needs to be comfortable, functional and fit your bathroom’s design.
Fortunately, toilets have come a long way over the years, now offering numerous types, designs, functions and flushing capabilities. Below are the four most popular types of toilets and what makes them different.
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The most common type of toilet in the U.S. is the two-piece toilet. The tank and bowl are created separately and then attached before or during installation. Generally, the weight and size of two-piece toilets make installation difficult. However, cleaning a two-piece toilet is not difficult, but still harder than cleaning a one-piece.
Two-piece toilets are ideal for adults since the seat height is taller than a one-piece toilet. Two-piece designs have been around for a very long time, driving down their overall cost.
Repairs are relatively inexpensive, according to ImproveNet data, and are pretty simple to do. You can fix or replace most individual parts with two-piece toilets. You rarely have this option with one-piece toilets.
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While one-piece and two-piece toilets serve the same purpose, they both come with their own set of pros and cons. One-piece toilets are sleek, easy to clean and simple to install, since they come in one piece. Assuming the same flushing system, both toilet types use the same amount of water with every flush.
While one-piece toilets are a bit more expensive, they are more durable. These are ideal for smaller bathrooms because they take up less space and sit closer to the ground.
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If you’re short on space, a wall-hung toilet is ideal. These toilets are mounted on the wall, with the tank hidden inside the wall. Therefore, all you see is the bowl and flush plate. As you might expect, wall-hung toilets feature a superior, modern design. Unlike most conventional toilets, wall-hung toilets don’t only take up less space, they can be placed almost anywhere in the bathroom (as long as it’s near a water source). Therefore, if you’re embarking on a full bathroom remodel, wall-hung-toilets offer much more versatility compared to one-piece or two-piece assemblies.
Of course, their versatility and superior design don’t come without a cost. Wall-hung toilets are more expensive than traditional toilets and require more repairs. Since the tank is in the wall, most homeowners need to hire professional plumbers to fix them. According to ImproveNet, the cost to hire a plumber ranges between $187 and $293.
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Finally, if you want the most comfortable and functional toilet, you should consider intelligent upgrades. From heated seats to automated flushers, toilet comfortability and functionality have come a long way over the years. To really get the most out of your new toilet, consider the following enhancements:
- Heated seats
- Motion-activated lighting
- Hands-free flushing
- Dual-flush systems
- Self-cleaning wands
- Warm-air dryers
- Deodorizing seats
All toilet types bring their own pros and cons to the table. However, after reviewing the four types above and considering your family’s needs, you can confidently choose the perfect toilet for your home.