Choosing The Best Toilet For Your Small Bathroom
Purchasing a toilet for your small bathroom is a major expense. You don't want to make the wrong decision. Therefore, you need to consider a few key factors when deciding which toilet is best for you.
Know Your SpaceBefore you start shopping for a toilet, it's important to measure your available space. Decide whether you have room for a standard-sized toilet or whether you are limited to a short or compact model. Measure from wall to wall and from the outer edge of the flange to the wall on the back.
Types of ToiletsWhat type of toilet do you want? Round-front toilets are the most common and are the most space-efficient with the shortest bowl length. Elongated bowls are a little more comfortable to use, but they need a greater amount of floor space. Comfort-height toilets are a special type of standard-height toilet that takes less effort to stand up from after use.
Flush SystemYou'll want to purchase a toilet with an effective flushing system. Gravity-fed toilets employ a two-stage flushing process — a smaller amount of water is released to remove solid waste and a larger amount of water is released after the bowl is cleared to rinse it. Pressure-assisted toilets use a special pump to create a powerful flush. This makes them a great choice for small bathrooms with limited water pressure.
Additional ConsiderationsOther factors to consider include:
- Installation: Will you be able to install it yourself or will you need to hire a professional?
- Water Usage: Does the toilet use a lot of water? Look for toilets with water-saving features such as dual-flush capabilities.
- Features: Do you want a toilet with special features such as a heated seat?