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Types of Toilets, Explained

Wall-Hung Toilet In Bathroom

Buying a new toilet can often seem like a daunting task. With the constant innovation of technology and so many different types of toilets being available, like most, you may be struggling to figure out which type is best for you. Follow along, as we go into further detail regarding the types of toilets available in today's market, along with their features and which types of bathrooms they are suited for.

One-Piece

If you are looking for a sleek, low maintenance, all in one fixture, then a one-piece toilet may be the right choice for you. In a one-piece toilet, the tank, bowl, and trap way are all held within a single unit.

While one-piece toilets are known to be a bit more on the expensive side, they are also known for their durability. One-piece toilets are a good option for smaller bathrooms or ones that have a tighter space allocated for the toilet.

Two-Piece

As the name suggests, these types of toilets are composed of two parts, a bowl and a tank. In two-piece toilets, the tank sits on top of the bowl, like most of you have probably seen. This type of toilet is the most commonly seen in the U.S., as they are very durable, relatively inexpensive, and can receive maintenance piece by piece, rather than one unit as a whole.

 In addition, two-piece toilets provide flexibility for height adjustments and toilet bowl sizes.

Wall-Hung Toilet

Looking to add some contemporary style to your bathroom? Then wall-hung toilets are for you. In a wall-hung toilet, the bowl is mounted to the wall while the tank is hidden inside the wall. Additionally, a flash plate or panel is attached to the wall to control the toilet, as opposed to a tank-mounted handle. Wall-hung toilets are also seen commonly in commercial bathrooms.

Wall-hung toilets may look like the most expensive option, but these types of toilets are rather affordable. Wall-hung toilets provide a sleek design and save tons of space, which is ideal if for smaller bathrooms. You can also install the toilet at whichever height is most comfortable to your liking.

However, before you run out and buy one, be sure to speak with a professional at BEST Plumbing. Wall-hung fixtures require all sorts of special preparation for installation, such as the need for a 10-inch-thick wall to hold the toilet, specific weight limits, and more.

Smart Toilets

Many home appliances now come equipped with smart technology, adding convenience and luxury into your life at home. Looking for a hands-free flush, self-cleaning wand, heated seat, and more? Then smart toilets are your best option.

Smart toilets are the most expensive type of toilet sold in today’s current market. From a visual perspective, smart toilets offer a sleek, contemporary look for any bathroom remodel. Although the costs may be higher, the convenience, added features, and level of comfort may be worth it in the end. Plus, they are more friendly to the environment than most people think.

Before installing a smart toilet in your home, it is important to do your research and determine which features are most important to you and your family. From there, we recommend speaking with a professional to help you narrow down your options and get the installation process started.

Freestanding Bidet / Bidet Seat/ Washlet

While bidets are not toilets, they are on the quick rise, as they offer superior cleaning to the toilet after use. They also offer a positive environmental impact, as they allow users to cut down on toilet paper use.  

The traditional style of bidet is the freestanding bidet, which is placed next to a regular toilet. They often look like a large, low sink and can sometimes be filled with water that rises to the surface of the bowl, and may even be equipped with jets.

One way to access the several benefits of a bidet without installing or replacing a toilet in your home is to buy a bidet toilet seat or what is known as a WASHLET. Bidet or Washlet  toilet seats,  offer the cleaning function of a traditional bidet, replace your existing standard toilet seat and are affixed on top of the toilet bowl.  Keep in mind you will need a power outlet near your toilet to have full access to the cleaning features of a bidet toilet or a Washlet toilet seat.  The bidet toilet seats and Washlet  manufacturers offer a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and features to make matching your current toilet an easy process.  

Urinal

A urinal is not a practical replacement option for your toilet. However, maybe you have a man cave or a bathroom in your pool house? In these types of circumstances, a urinal can be a great option, providing toilet separation and a unique experience.

Choose BEST Plumbing to Install a Toilet in Your Home!

Looking to install or replace a toilet in your home? We recommend that you contact a professional before getting started. With the amount of toilet options out there, it’s smart to leave it to one of the licensed plumbers here at BEST Plumbing to help you decide which type of toilet will serve your family BEST. Contact us today to get started!

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