Tips for Choosing The Right Toilet

From its creation in the early 16thcentury, the flush toilet is now an essential part of everyone’s home. Modern toilets come in many shapes, sizes and colors. While most of us don’t give it much thought, you can truly customize your toilet to your bathroom needs.

There could be many reasons you’re looking to invest in a new toilet, such as a bathroom remodel or preparing for a home sale. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about choosing the right toilet for your home.

Toilet Function

Above anything else, the purpose of a toilet is purely for its function. You want to make sure your toilet meets your family’s needs. Start by measuring your bathroom and evaluating the space where you want your toilet to go, as you want to make sure yournew toilet will fit in your bathroom. Here are a few factors to consider.


Toilets generally come in two different heights. Standard height is most common, about 14” to 15” tall. Comfort height toilets are between 17” and 19” tall. Installing a comfort height toilet makes it easier to sit down and stand up. These are also ADA compliant toilets, with the height being exceeding 16.5”. Comfort heights are easier for seniors and people with back problems to use as well.

Bowl Shape

There are three common bowl types when it comes to toilets; compact elongated, elongated and round-front. Elongated is the larger of the three, providing about an extra 2” to the bowl area compared to the round-front shapes. Compact elongated toilets are shorter, so they reduce the amount of space needed, but keep the general shape. Round-front is a smaller bowl, generally good for families with young children or smaller bathrooms.

Flushing Types

Two standard flushing systems exist. A gravity flushing system is what you’ll likely find in most residential homes. This flushing type uses the force of gravity to remove waste when the lever is pushed. Since there are fewer parts needed, toilet repairs tend to be minimal and inexpensive.

Pressure-assisted flush systems are the more expensive option. This system uses a tank within the larger tank to create air pressure, forcing water into the bowl. This system is a good choice for families wanting to reduce clogs. However, because there are more parts, it can require more maintenance.