If you’re custom building a home or remodeling an outdated bathroom, don’t forget to consider an updated toilet. Take a look at the most recent changes in commode function and style.
Function. Newer “dual-flush” toilets give homeowners the choice to use 1.6 gallons of water while flushing or the water-saving .8 gallons of water. Worried that you need more power? Consider buying a toilet that pressurizes the water tank with air to boost each flush.
Size. Toilets come in different shapes and sizes. Standard round bowls are cheaper than the more popular elongated bowls. The height of the commode is another important consideration. The standard height is 14 inches but new “comfort height” toilets are up to 19 inches from the floor to the top of the seat, which is considered chair height. It’s more comfortable and more accessible to the disabled and elderly.
Placement. If space allows, think about placing the toilet in its own water closet. The added privacy allows two people to share the space more efficiently.
Designs. Peruse the design galleries of major plumbing manufacturers such as Kohler, Numi and Toto. You might not recognize some of them as toilets. Some have no water tank, being plumbed straight to the wall.
Bidets. Long a feature in European baths, the bidet is sometimes part of upscale homes in the United States. Bidets can be a big help with those needing assistance with hygiene.
Seats. There’s no excuse for not having a quiet-closing toilet seat. New seat models, which are extremely affordable, close quietly on their own with a gentle tug.
Luxury accessories. Who hasn’t felt the jolt of a cold toilet seat? Seat warmers, such as Toastie Tush, are hot sellers online. There are also toilets that offer air dryers, music, and even lighting that bathes the bowl in a soft blue light.