Buying a toilet is not as simple as you might think it is. We’ve put together this toilet buying guide to help educate you about your choices and help you make the right toilet purchase for your bathroom.
Water usage standards have changed a lot in the last several years, and low flow toilets are now more than a novelty: they’re a standard. Toilets that use only 1.6 gallons per flush are the federal standard and are available for sale basically everywhere that toilets are sold.
Low flow toilets have come a long way since the early days. Long ago when low flow toilets were relatively new, these toilets developed a reputation for being, shall we say, less than effective. Low flow toilets back in the day had a way of not flushing everything down on the first try.
Those times are gone now. The low flow toilets of the present are now more effective flushers and water savers. Many toilets now use less water than the federal standard, and because of creative design choices, low flow toilets now ensure that one flush does the trick. Here are a couple ways that toilets have changed since those early low flow designs:
If you want to know more about low-flow toilets, how they’ve changed and which ones are the best buys, we recommend taking a look a the Consumer Reports guide about today’s low flow models.
Looking at the type of toilet most people buy, it sometimes seems like there’s only one standard model of toilet in the United States. The reality is there are many different styles and designs. Some toilets are interesting novelty objects, others have very practical positive features. Here are a few of the different types of toilet you might consider purchasing:
Whatever toilet you choose, it’s very important to pick one that fits in your bathroom. Before you buy, measure the toilet rough in to give yourself an idea of how the toilet will fit in the space. To measure the rough in for your bathroom, measure the distance from the wall behind the toilet to the middle of the outlet pipe in the floor, where waste water goes when it’s flushed.
If your bathroom is like many other bathrooms, the distance will be 12 inches and you can buy a toilet that fits a 12 inch rough in. If your rough in space is smaller or larger, be sure to take this into consideration when you’re buying a toilet. Find a toilet that fits your rough in. If you’re thinking about buying a toilet with a funny seat or a strange design, have your plumber do your rough in and check it against the model you want to buy.
Colored toilets are kind of like pull chain toilets; you just don’t see them as much as you used to. Even so, they’re still out there and are sold by some major toilet manufacturers. We’re bringing up the color issue now simply because you should be aware of your options. Colored toilets are a must-have in retro bathrooms. If you’re taking on your own retro-themed bathroom renovation, ask your local toilet suppliers about their color options. Classic pink, aqua and blue are commonly available colors.
Pittsburgh is a big place and there are a lot places where you can buy toilets. We’ll only mention a few of them here today. Below are stores found in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area that have show rooms where you can look at various models and speak with sales representatives about your options:
Finally, don’t forget to call Terry’s if you need help installing your new toilet after it’s been purchased. You can also call us for guidance if you need help with the roughing in process. We look forward to helping you purchase the best toilet for your needs!