Unless you’ve gone through the process of building or renovating your own home, chances are good that you’ve never thought too deeply about toilets. They’re a necessary part of daily life, but until the time comes to install or replace one, you may never have considered what features your ideal toilet should have. If that time has come for you, it’s worth taking the time to think things through and make the right choice for your family.
Think about your bathroom
The first thing you need to consider is the current layout of your bathroom. You need to consider the space you have available for a new toilet, your plumbing, and any other fixtures which may be affected by your new toilet (e.g., cabinet drawers which won’t open fully if you install a toilet which is bigger than your current model). Knowing these constraints in advance will help you to choose a new toilet which fits your existing space, or to consciously choose to make some modifications to your bathroom as a whole.
Think about what you want in a toilet
Once you have a good idea of what constraints you’re working within, here are some questions you need to be asking yourself:
1. What style of toilet are you looking for? Would you prefer to have pipes out of view, and/or the toilet cistern hidden? Do you like a sleek, modern ‘look’? If the appearance of your toilet is important to you, it’s worth spending some time at a local bathroom supplies store, looking at the different options which are available.
2. Is water efficiency important to you? Are you hoping to save water with every flush, to cut down your water bill and minimize your environmental impact? If so, take a look at the water efficiency star rating on the different toilets which are available to you. The more stars, the less water your toilet will use with every flush. You could also consider a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose between a stronger and a weaker flush as needed.
3. Do you have any other practical concerns? For example, if you have family members who are older or have physical impairments, a taller toilet may be helpful – or, conversely, a shorter toilet may be more comfortable for young children. If you’re concerned about ease of cleaning, look for smooth, simple lines, and consider models with pressure assist features to make flushing more effective. You might even like to test out the flush to see how noisy it is – a small matter, but a significant one if you have infants or shift workers in the household!
Ultimately, you are looking for a toilet which suits your needs without breaking your budget, and these days there are many, many different models on the market for you to consider. Think about what you need, consider the constraints of your existing bathroom, and take the time to choose a toilet which will make your life easier, not harder.
Getting your new toilet installed
At PNG Solutions, we pride ourselves on helping you get your new toilet installed quickly, efficiently, and without fuss. We can remove your old toilet, install the new one, run tests to make sure everything is working as it should, and make sure your bathroom is cleaned up afterwards. Contact us for an obligation-free quote, or to discuss the type of toilet which will best suit your family’s needs.