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Choosing the Right Toilet for Your Bathroom


A toilet is something that we cannot do without in our Oakville homes – or at least there aren’t many people who would want to do without one! When purchasing a new toilet, it may seem pretty straightforward, but there are actually several factors to consider in terms of cost, environmental friendliness, and comfort. 

A good toilet will produce enough power in the flush to remove the contents, as well as clean the bowl, and also be able to conserve water. A bad toilet can literally be a pain in the you know what. 

Here are a few things to consider the next time you have to choose a toilet for your bathroom: 

Compare the flush ratings

Your toilet is an item you will use every day and likely for many years to come. Consumer reports offer independent “flush ratings” across a variety of manufacturers. You want to select a toilet that is both powerful and one that conserves water. 

Check for rebates on high-efficiency models

Did you know that your toilet can account for as much as one-third of your home’s water usage? High-efficiency toilets can save as much as 4000 gallons of water per person per year! When purchasing your toilet, check with your local utility company to see if there are any rebates available, as this may help you save a bit of money.

Also, consider looking for sales or specials on toilets and installations from local plumbers.

Consider a pressure-assist toilet to save on water

If one of your main concerns for a new toilet is to save water, then consider getting a pressure-assist toilet. These toilets are much more efficient than gravity toilets. There are, however, a few drawbacks to pressure-assist toilets you will need to be aware of, such as coming with a higher price tag and being considerably noisier

For easy cleaning, consider a wall-mounted toilet

If you are looking for a toilet with fewer nooks and crannies (making it easier to clean), you might consider a wall-hung toilet. Keep in mind, though, that this type is going to put a larger dent in your bank account and is considerably more difficult to install than a two-piece toilet. 

For accessibility, consider a taller toilet

While a standard toilet is 15 in, consider a toilet that is in the range between 17 and 19 inches. This is especially true if you have members in your household who are older or who have mobility issues. A taller toilet can be more comfortable and easier on the back and knees to get on and off. 

Measure the rough in

The standard rough-in for a toilet is twelve inches from the wall to the middle of the flange bolts; however, 10- and 14-inch models are also available. Unless you are doing significant remodelling, choose a toilet with the same dimensions as your existing rough-in. 

Contact McKenna Plumbing today

If you are in the process of selecting a new toilet for your home and are looking for expert advice or professional installation, we can help. Contact us today.