all toilets are created equal. So when you need to
upgrade yours, take time to review whatís available.
Youíll discover that the market is flush with options.
help you narrow down the choices, follow these tips from
our consumer research team, based on interviews with
toilet manufacturers and highly rated plumbing experts:
real about what you can afford. Toilet prices run the
gamut, with lots of factors to consider, including
color, height, flushing capability, technology and
price. Many models will cost a few hundred dollars. But
if youíre willing to part with $6,000, Kohler offers
the Numi, which features a motion-activated cover and
seat, heated seat, foot warmer, advanced bidet
functions, air dryer, deodorizer, illuminated panels and
the current toilet and its location. Think about what
you like and donít like about the toilet youíre
replacing. Examine the room where the new one will be.
If you have a small bathroom or your door swings a
specific way, you may need a round-front toilet. Be
aware that while male users may appreciate the extra
upfront room of an elongated toilet, it will require
more space and the possible addition of a
toddler-friendly potty seat.
between a one- or two-piece. With a two-piece, the bowl
and tank are separate. A one-piece toilet is easier to
clean and less prone to leaks, but costs up to 50
up, sit down, get the right height. The standard ranges
from 15 to 17 inches high; whatís known as
"comfort height" is 17 to 19 inches.
your preferred flushing capability. Not everyone was
thrilled when the federal Energy Policy Act in 1992
required new toilets to restrict water usage to 1.6
gallons per flush instead of the previous average of 3.5
gallons. Some folks found they had to flush more than
once, defeating the goal of saving water. Today, experts
told our team, improvements to 1.6- or 1.28-gallon
toilets allow them to work fine with one flush.
consider other options, including dual-flush toilets,
which let you select 1.6 gallons of water to flush solid
waste or about half that for liquid waste. Several
states, including California, Georgia, New York and
Texas, require 1.28-gallon toilets; some states offer
rebates as incentives for people to replace inefficient
toilets with ones that carry the EPAís WaterSense
to the EPA, the average family that uses WaterSense-labeled
toilets can reduce water used in toilets by 20 to 60
percent and save an average $110 a year on water.
know how much a toilet can handle, check its MaP, or
Maximum Performance, score. Toilet manufacturers
volunteer to have their products tested for the MaP
score. The best models score 800 to 1,000, meaning they
can flush 800 to 1,000 grams of bulk waste.
our team interviewed recommend visiting a plumbing
supply house and avoiding off-brand toilets, which they
say may have unglazed or irregular trapways, extra thin
porcelain and general flushing problems.
that youíre armed with what to know, let your own game