Different Types of Toilets



At first glance, you would think buying a new toilet is a simple task. Just exactly how many options could there be? Well actually there are hundreds of options for toilets these days. With new technologies and an emphasis on water conservation your choices are great and varied. Let’s look at a few quick tips on purchasing your new toilet.

Types of Toilets

Two-piece toilets have separate tanks and bowls. These are easier to handle for do it yourself projects and for getting the toilet into a tight space. Rubber gaskets are used to seal the seam between the two pieces.

One-piece toilets eliminate the seam between the tank and bowl. The end result is a sleek design without crevices that can trap dirt. One-piece toilets can be more expensive than two-piece toilets.

Round-front bowls feature a snub-nose bowl design that fits smaller spaces.

Elongated bowls have a pear-shaped bowl that has several extra inches of bowl space at the front of the toilet. This is great if you are looking for this extra room.

Tankless toilets use water that is directly supplied from a line connected to the toilet bowl. In these designs often the flush needs to be helped with the use of pumps or other devices.

Wall mount toilets attach directly to the wall with the tank being concealed inside the wall cavity. These are especially good in small spaces.

The Flushing Power

How well your toilet performs depends on the strength of your flushing power. There are several options available.

Gravity-fed toilets rely on the natural force of gravity to force water from the toilet tank to the bowl. This in turn creates a siphon action that pulls the waste down into the sewer line. This type of flush system works well in all conditions.

Pressure assisted toilets have a sealed internal tank. As the tank fills with water, air pressure will build up and this pressure is released during a flush. The force from the pressure creates a blast of water that pushes waste from the bowl. These can be a noisy but effective option.

Other types of flushing include power assisted toilets which use a small electric motor; high efficiency toilets which use a minimal amount of water during the flushing sequence; and dual-flush toilets which allow you to control the force of the flush required.

Of course you can’t talk about modern day toilets without mentioning the need to conserve water through the use of current high efficiency technology. When first introduced, low-flow toilets were not very effective at flushing waste efficiently. However, today’s high efficiency flushing technology has vastly improved and is engineered to work well with low gpf rates.

Armed with this information about the various types of toilets and the variety of flushing power of these toilets you are sure to have a successful shopping experience when looking for your next purchase of a new toilet. Consider your needs and try to find something that will suit them. If you need professional installation of your toilet, contact Taylors Plumbing to speak with a professional.