There are a plethora of functionalities that is incorporated into a toilet these days. Features like a heated seat, temperature regulated water jets (specialized bidets), an air dryer and a full-fledged control panel on the wall, which were once considered as luxury add-ons are slowly becoming commonplace. But assuming that your idea of a toilet is not one out of Star Trek, we are going to focus on the most important ones that cover the essentials and give you a few extra bells and whistles that you can be proud of.
Flushing System: We have placed the flushing system on the top of the features to consider because it is undoubtedly becoming one of the most debated features of a toilet in recent times. It is estimated that 24% of the water used in an average American household is used in the toilet. If a reduced ecological footprint is among the features you seek from your commode, then you must look for a water-efficient flushing system that does not use more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Otherwise, you have a few different choices including a tried and tested gravity fed flush, a pressure assisted flush; power assisted flushing system and dual-flush options. The kind of flushing system you can install will also depend on the pressure in your water lines.
Budget: Goes without saying that you will have a budget for your bathroom remodel. Of this, there will be a percentage that goes towards the toilet. This will determine what kind and what style of toilet you can afford. While it is possible to get a very durable and long lasting but basic toilet for a budget price, if you are looking for high end features in a low price, there are bound to be tradeoffs. So stick to the old ‘what you pay for is what you get’ adage here. P.S. Do not go over budget.
Comfort: Comfort is a relative term. What you find comfortable may not match your partner’s definition of comfort. You may want soft-seats with the most advanced automated bidet system installed while your partner may want a simple wall-mounted elongated toilet. Keep your budget in mind and then choose the essentials first. If you have some spare cash after that, go for add-ons as much as you’d want to. After all, nothing likes a bit of indulgence in the bathroom.
Did that help you understand what to expect when you venture out to shop for your toilet? Here’s a little something that makes your task even better. We have handpicked a list of the best toilets in the market currently on the basis of their features, their customer ratings and their popularity. These may not be the only choices you have, but these certainly are at the forefront of your options, if you are only looking for the best.