When you are renovating your bathroom or choosing sanitary for a bathroom of your new house, you have several decisions to make. What kind of interior you want, the colour scheme, the colour and design of the tiles, the designs of faucets, and others.
Choosing the right toilet bowl for your bathroom is also one of the most important decisions that you will have to make. It should be the one that not only goes with the design and aesthetics of the bathroom and your home but also provide you with comfort and ease in use.
When you are choosing a toilet bowl for your household, you should keep the following factors in mind:
Type of Toilet Bowl
The first thing to consider is the type of toilet bowl. Usually, a toilet bowl comes in two primary types: 1-piece models and 2-piece models.
1-piece toilet bowls comprise individual pieces that have been seamlessly joined into a single unit, whereas, in 2-piece bowls, there are separate tanks and bowls which are joined together during installation.
1-piece designs are more sleek and easy to clean but come at a relatively higher price. The 2-piece design of toilet bowls is more commonly used in Singapore.
Different Flush Mechanisms
Several different flush mechanisms are available for different toilet bowls. You can choose the one which seems best to you. Some of these different flushing mechanisms are listed below:
- A gravity-type flushing action that pulls the water towards the sewerage drain.
- A vacuum-assisted mechanism in which the toilet bowl is cleared through a vacuum-pull from the toilet hole.
- A pressure-assisted mechanism through which air might be used to create a pressurized push of water resulting in a clear bowl.
Different Water-Saving Flush Types
These days, several new models of toilet bowls have been created, which saves the amount of water used in flushing. This not only results in water conservation but also reduces your energy bills by utilizing a lesser amount of water.
In the conventional toilet bowl flushing system, as much as 3.5 gallons per flush were used which has now drastically dropped to 1.6 gallons per flush thanks to the newer models of flush types. A newer range of high-efficiency toilets flushes at a rate of 1.28 gallons per flush which is even lesser than the 1.6 gpf models.
Yet another range of ultra-high-efficiency toilets have further reduced this amount to only 1 gallon per flush, resulting in even more water conservation. Another good option in the cases of water-saving flush types is the dual flush toilets.
They give you the option of a full or partial flush. In this way, you can use the full flush only when necessary and save water otherwise by using the partial flush option.
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Design and Aesthetic Appearance of the Toilet Bowl
Another important aspect to consider while choosing a toilet bowl for your bathroom is its design and aesthetics. Toilet bowls come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. You can select a bowl that matches the colour theme of your bathroom.
You can choose from rectangular, round, or elongated shaped toilet bowls. The traditional 1-piece and 2-piece bowls are replaced with modern designs and shapes which increase the aesthetic appearance of the bathroom.
One of such modern designs includes the wall-mounted toilet bowls. Not only are they easy to clean, but look elegant and add a bit of drama to the bathroom. Whichever design of toilet bowl you choose, it should match with the other elements of the bathroom.
The Right Toilet Height
When choosing a toilet bowl, its height is of utmost importance. This is especially necessary for older people and individuals with knee problems. For such people, a taller toilet bowl is more comfortable as it does not put pressure on their knees while sitting.
In Singapore, the standard toilet seat height is 43 cm, whereas the taller version’s height is around 48 cm. You can also get the toilet seat’s height custom adjusted within the range of 38 cm to 71 cm. The seat ring adds about ½ to 1 inch of height to the seat, so keep that in mind while choosing a toilet bowl of a particular height.
Toilet Shape and Fit
The toilet bowls come in different shapes from which you can select the one which best matches the rest of the bathroom aesthetically. However, aesthetics might not be the only factor to consider while choosing the shape of the bowl.
If you have a small bathroom, you would want to conserve space as much as possible. Oval and elongated toilet bowls are more comfortable than round ones, but they take more space.
The round toilet bowls take at least 3 inches less than an elongated one, so a around toilet bowl may be your best bet for a small bathroom or a powder room. This will give you extra space to open the drawers, cabinet, or door which might have become difficult had it been an elongated toilet bowl. A round toilet bowl is also cheaper than an elongated shaped one.
Comfort Features in the Toilet Bowl
These days, several new technologies have been incorporated into toilet bowls, making them ‘smart’ toilets. These kinds of toilet bowls not only work better but are easier to clean and last much longer before a major fault arises in them.
One of such innovations is self-cleaning toilets which save you from the effort of cleaning your toilet. Some toilets offer comfort features such as a warm seat in winters (which you don’t need in Singapore!). Some toilets offer simple touch features through which the toilet seat automatically goes down slowly without slamming hard on the toilet.
You can even choose from options such as self-deodorizer, automatic flush, and nightlight. All these features add to the comfort and aesthetics of the bathroom. However, these are all expensive options that are also quite expensive to replace if any feature malfunctions. This aspect should be kept in mind while choosing such a toilet bowl.
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A toilet is something which is used numerous times a day by different residents of the house. Therefore, it is very important to choose the one which gives the best performance and does not cause problems frequently.
So above all other factors, you should consider the performance of the toilet bowl as the main factor through which you will decide choosing the best option for you. You would want great flushing performance from your toilet so that it can eliminate the maximum amount of waste in a single flush while still using the minimum amount of water.
Cost of Toilet Bowls
Simple and traditional toilet bowls come at a relatively cheaper price whereas new and modern ones are expensive. The more comfort features and smart innovations the toilet provides, the higher the price goes.
These are some of the factors which you should keep in mind while selecting a toilet bowl for your home. A toilet should offer great performance as well as be comfortable, so make your decision wisely by weighing all the pros and cons of the options available to you.
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