- By Signature Home Services
- In Bathroom, Cleaning, Energy Conservation, Plumbing, Signature Home Services
You might not think of a toilet as something that can trend. However, plumbing in general has seen huge steps forward with new features that add luxury and ease to our lives.
Laurel Bern posted a while back about a completely alarming bathroom trend that most of will immediately say “no way!” to…and that same trend got me thinking about about toilets in general.
Spoiler alert: Laurel’s article pictures multiple bathrooms and water closets with GLASS doors! If there’s anything we’d like to keep private, that would be it…who’s with me?!
Once you get past the conspicuous glass doors, however, you begin to focus in on the many styles of the toilets behind them.
How do you choose a toilet? Whether perched behind a glass door or not, there are more styles and technologies today than you might have thought.
The toilet probably wasn’t the first thing you thought of for your bathroom redesign. But it’s an essential piece to pick, and to pick well.
Here’s how I break it down…
- Fancy flush capacities
Especially these days, flush capacity is a conversation of its own when choosing a toilet. A water-saving flush is good for the environment (and for your water bill). But you still need the flush design to get the job done!!
Picking a toilet with a dual flush option has been an option for more than ten years now to be conservative when you can. These models are so popular now that you can have your pick between designers or brands…
- Wall mounted, tankless, and two-piece…
If you do go for a tankless toilet design, you’ll probably have a wall-mounted toilet. These are SO easy to clean underneath…plus, it’s one less item to build around with your floor tiling. Just be sure it looks like an attractive fixture you’ll really want in your space. Otherwise, these designs can risk looking like the type of wall-mount toilet you’d see at the mall…
Two-piece toilets do have the advantage that you can set things on top of the tank, so your choice should also take into account the space you have in your bathroom.
- Look and design
Today, you have all sorts of beveled styles of tanks and pipe encasements to look at when toilet shopping. Most of the selections will come down to taste, but be mindful of the size of your bathroom and location of your toilet, too.
For example, if your toilet will be installed close to the wall, an excess of porcelain lumps around the base will be a lot harder to clean!
- The shape says it all!
If you haven’t thought about it yet, take a second right now to think about your space and preferences for your toilet bowl.
Elongated (oval-shaped) are the most common bowls and generally considered the most comfortable. Round bowls, however, are the best for saving space.
If you’re tempted by trends like a square bowl, be careful…a dated toilet is the last thing you want in your bathroom!
- The final touch
Even after all this talk about shape and style, you can imagine how a toilet seat can make all the difference in comfort. The good news is, you can always switch a seat out. In fact, after a number of years you’ll probably want to!
Just be careful when you’re toilet shopping, because some don’t come with a seat included. (Yes, I find that hard to believe, too.) And if the seat is your deal breaker for a toilet you otherwise love, see what you can buy independently to install…
Once you start talking toilet height, finish, and the materials it’s made with, things can get even more complicated. That’s exactly where your interior designer comes in. Picking the right toilet means keeping the bathroom cleaner, and more comfortable…there’s no such thing as an immaculate bathroom where there’s a toilet problem!
Remember to take advantage of toilet installation as an opportunity to check the plumbing, too. You definitely don’t want to install a new toilet just to tear it out to fix a pipe!
To read more, check this article out…
Additional toilet technologies worth asking us about include:
- Self-cleaning toilets
- Vacuum-assisted toilets
- Pressure-assisted toilets