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Toilet Buying Guide
We’re going to teach you everything you need to know about buying a toilet. Did you know that according to a Bathroom Habits survey that the average person spends about 30 minutes per day in the bathroom?
That’s almost 200 hours per year for each person. Some people spend a lot more while others a lot less. Women typically spend about twice as much time in the bathroom as men do.
So if you’re spending this much time in the bathroom why not put some effort into making yourself as comfortable as possible while you’re there.
Using the toilet is a very intimate experience between you and your toilet but there are many things you can accomplish while sitting on a comfortable toilet.
We’re going to give you some really good tips in this toilet buying guide that will help you discover everything you need to know when buying a toilet.
These tips are relevant whether you decide to go into a brick and mortar store like Lowes or simply decide to purchase one online.
We promise you regardless of which approach you take you’ll be better equipped buying a toilet that’s right for you and your family after reading this guide.
Is Multi-Tasking a Myth?
The experts say that multi-tasking is a myth. They contend that you cannot do two things at the same time and when you do one of the things that you’re doing suffers.
This is not necessarily true when you’re sitting on the toilet and we have discovered that this is one of the only good times to multi-task.
Before we give you the tips of the trade on how to choose the right toilet that your butt and budget will love here are some multi-tasking activities you may want to give a whirl:
Read a book
Do you remember that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for weeks that you never seem to have time to read? Well, if you just commit to reading 10-15 pages while sitting on the toilet you can knock out a 300 -450-page novel in a month. You are sitting on the toilet every day aren’t you?
Calling up service providers
Don’t you just hate spending time on hold waiting for a customer representative to pick up the phone? Normally this is the cable company but whoever it is this would be the perfect time to call them.
Call them up, put them on speaker phone and when you’re done you can let the sounds of pee drown out them asking you to stay on the phone to rate your service call after having had to wait for 30 minutes listening to elevator music.
Peruse the App Store
If the efficiency of your life seems to be run by iPhone or Android Apps this would be an ideal time to see what’s trending in the store. You didn’t think I knew you took your phone in the bathroom with you did you?
I know…I know you’re already spending 3-4 hours on Facebook why would you want to spend more? Well stalking your friends and keeping up with their latest shenanigans is a never ending job. Sitting on the toilet is the
Sitting on the toilet is the ideal time to see all the crap they’re up to. (no pun intended)
Online Dating Sites
To all of you married folks out there ignore this one but for the single men and women, you’re fair game.
Being on sites like Tinder, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish are the perfect time to check your inbox because many of the insane messages you’ll receive are a perfect complement to farting.
This multi-tasking idea will perhaps appeal more to women than men but visiting craft stores like Etsy or sites like Amazon while taking a poop are great because you have time to read all the reviews about the products before you buy them.
And one prerequisite for shopping is that you need to be open and ready to receive your new gifts. Once you’ve emptied your bowels I’d say that you’re never more open than at this time.
Being in the bathroom is like having your own man cave or woman’s den. You’re in a place that’s quiet, secluded and you’re alone with your thoughts.
This is exactly when you want to brainstorm about how you can create the ideal life for yourself.
Armed with pen and paper in hand you’re ready to begin. Just be sure to do all of your writing before you begin wiping to avoid in unintended mishaps.
Let’s Go Shopping
Now that we’ve laid the foundation for some multi-tasking activities that you can put to the test after you’ve acquired your new toilet it’s time to go toilet shopping.
Whether you’re replacing a toilet as part of a bathroom makeover or simply changing out your old or broken model there is a wide selection of toilets available online or in your local home improvement store.
The goal should be to look for a toilet that matches the performance, comfort, style, bathroom decor that’s a good fit for your bathroom not to mention your family’s budget.
Before purchasing your new toilet take a look at some of the most important features, options, and technological innovations.
Finding a toilet that flushes efficiently without clogging is, of course, an important consideration.
Paying a little bit more money upfront, for your new toilet, may prevent you from having some costly plumbing repair in the future.
Budgeting for a New Toilet
Whatever reason you’ve decided to replace your toilet you’ll need some idea of what your budget will be.
There are two main costs you need to consider when coming up with a budget. The first cost will be for the new toilet itself and the second cost would be the cost of having a plumber or handyman install it for you.
If you have the plumbing expertise to replace your old toilet with a new one then there’s only one cost that you need to think about but I’m going to assume you won’t be installing the new toilet yourself.
Toilets can range anywhere from as low as $40 for “el-cheapo” to well in excess of $1,000 or more.
However, for a sturdy and reliable toilet, expect to spend anywhere from $150 – $400 for the toilet itself and another $125 to $260 to have a plumber or handyman install it.
Keep in mind there are other things attached to your plumbing system, like pipes, that you may discover need replacing once the install has begun so add a little bit of cushion to your budget.
Be sure to get at least three quotes and remember to ask what’s included in the full quote.
Typically, what a plumber’s quote for a new toilet includes will be to install the new toilet, replace the seal and supply tube assuming everything else with your plumbing system is intact.
Do You Need a Permit to Replace a Toilet?
Generally, when you replace or repair a toilet you do not need a permit to do so.
However, if you were doing a bathroom remodel you would need to having a permit pulled. The reason being is that the city inspector would need to make sure your remodeled bathroom is up to code.
This is important for both for your health and safety.
Make sure you check with your city inspector because each city will have different city codes.
Always be nice and play by the rules but we can tell you that most people are not pulling a permit when they’re having a new toilet installed.
Efficiency and Performance
You want a toilet that has a good flush system and has the ability to remove bulk waste and resist clogging.
Toilets account for at least 30% of the average home owner’s indoor water consumption and regulations now limit all toilets installed since 1994 to no more than 1.6 gallons per flush.
This is why many homeowners are now choosing to install new Water Sense saving toilets which offer even greater efficiency while providing the same flushing power.
High-efficiency eco-friendly options and Water Sense products offer low flow toilets using just 1.28 gallons per flush or less.
This can help reduce your home’s water use by 20% or more. Water Sense labeled toilets can offer a savings of up to $90 a year on your water and sewage bill.
Dual flush toilets are also an increasingly popular choice for homeowners seeking to conserve water and save money.
They feature a split plunger style mechanism on top of the tank that offers the homeowner a choice between a full flush using 1.6 gallons of water and a light flush using only .8 to 1.1 gallons per flush.
When considering comfort you can choose both style and height to fit your home’s needs.
Most people find elongated bowls to be more comfortable because they offer a larger seating area, measuring up to 31 inches from the wall.
This bowl style works well in high traffic bathrooms. Round bowls tend to work better in smaller bathrooms, measuring up to 28 inches from the wall.
The right bowl height also enhances comfort and accessibility.
Whether it’s the standard 14 inch to 15-inch bowl, common in most bathrooms, or the increasingly popular 16 inch to 17-inch chair height (Americans with Disabilities Act) ADA compliant toilet.
Chair height toilets are ideal for those who are taller or physically challenged.
Once you’ve settled on the shape, performance, height requirements for your new toilet take a look at the new toilet designs that are now available.
There are three basic configurations, two-piece, one-piece and wall-mounted. Each option offers different benefits.
The ADA compliant toilets are especially helpful if you suffer from arthritis, use a walking cane, in a wheelchair or you’ve got a bum knee from your football playing days.
When you have physical challenges with these types of issues it can be difficult getting up and sitting down on a standard toilet.
These types of toilets are probably not ideal if you’re a very short person because the height on some of them can be as tall as 19 inches high which will just make your feet dangle if you’re a shorty.
But if you suffer from some type of disability the purchase of one of these toilets would be a delightful welcome into your bathroom.
Consider Style and Design when Buying a Toilet
Two-piece toilets – These toilets have a separate tank and bowl that are bolted together when installed. These units are usually the most economical choice when replacing a toilet.
One-piece toilets – These toilets fuse the tank and bowl into a seamless unit to create a sleek modern look. The integrated design is functional as well as hygienic eliminating the possibility of leakage between the bowl and crevice that normally trap dirt and odor.
Wall-mount toilets – These toilets can add a dash of style to your bathroom with a separate tank and bowl that works well in smaller bathrooms. However, these models are more expensive to install because they require a thicker wall to mount the toilet and house the tank. This could require reopening your wall. Also, wall mount toilets are not typically stocked in brick and mortar stores and must be special ordered.
Once last thing to consider before purchasing your new toilet is the rough-in.
The rough-in is the distance from the wall to the drainage hole.
The standard rough-in is 12 inches. Generally, the widest selection of toilets that are available is of this size.
Comfort, budget style, performance, and efficiency is what you’ll need to consider before buying and installing your new toilet.
If you keep in mind what we’ve shared with you in this toilet buying guide it will be much easier for you.