I’ve always wondered how much toilets will evolve, given that they have a very basic functionality, but having been shopping for a new toilet these past days, it seems I really lack imagination. Dedicated shops and websites are full of modern models with all kind of futuristic options, or so they seem to me. Faced with this abundance of choices, I had to come up with a methodical plan to slowly eliminate some of those models. And here’s how I think everyone should proceed.
You begin by measuring and assessing the space you have. Many toilets today are specifically designed to be longer or taller, and some of these just won’t fit into the usual space your bathroom has reserved. For instance, while the common height is about 15 inches, you can find 19-inches tall toilets that are better for elderly people or for those struggling with joint or back pain.
Another option you are confronted with is whether your toilet will be the one-pieced, or a combination of two pieces: the tank and the bowl. I’ve found one-pieced toilets to be more expensive, but they seem to save you the effort of cleaning the little crevices that usually accumulate a lot of dirt, and they have a more chic look.
If you’re looking for a toilet that will make cleaning extremely easy and that will fit perfecty even in the tiniest bathroom, buying a wall-mount toilet will do the trick. These are simply encased in the wall, leaving the floor underneath completely uncovered. My wife was really thrilled at the thought, but there were a few considerations that calmed her down: the price is higher, the mounting process is complicated, as you’d probably need to reinforce the wall, and the fact that so many people complain that in time, they become loose, and require constant repairing and readjustment.
Of course, there are other features you can find these days that add to the comfort of a toilet: a heated seat or a bidet-like bowl can really improve your experience, if you don’t mind spending a little.
Finally, what I was really fascinated with, though, was the different types of flushing mechanisms you can find: there’s the gravity-fed mechanism, tanks with pressure-assistance, and some of them even use electrical power to create the necessary air pressure. The dual-flush type lets you save water by giving you the possibility to empty only half of the tank when there’s no need for a complete tan release.