Your Simplest Toilet Guide

​Every home will have toilets. In short, toilets are some of the most important parts of a great household. But there is no one-fit-all-toilet type for every home. Rather, there are a number of toilets that home owners can often choose from to get a suitable option for their use. Your choice of toilets will depend on very many factors. Here is an all-inclusive guide to remember when choosing the best ones for your use.

​Step 1: Choose the Best Water Usage

​Every toilet uses water even if for cleaning alone. The more water your toilet uses the more bills you’d have to part with. Toilets that use water sparingly are the very high quality ones to go for. Today we have the following toilet-water-use tips to keep in mind when looking for the right toilets to use.

​Choose Standard Mark

​The standard rate is 1.6 gallons per flush. This should act as your unit of measure when you can’t quite afford the Water Sense toilet. The standard water usage prevents you from overusing water and keeps you on the moderate leach always.

​Water Sense Technology

​Water Sense Technology encourages manufacturers to conserve as much water as possible with their toilets. Water Sense technology is awarded when a toilet uses on the least, 20% less water than the average product. The standard rate is 1.6 gallons per flush; a Water Sense toilet uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush or even less.

​Choose the Dual Flush

​This is a rather new technology but saves so much water too. Dual Flush Toilets allows you to choose a full or partial flush depending on the type of waste that you are flushing.  Partial flush is used for liquid waste and full flush for the solid.

​Step 2: Pick the Ideal Toilet Piece

​One or two piece toilets – which one should you, go for? Many people are usually confused about what to go with here. Well there is nothing much to know except for the following hard facts; there are two types of toilet pieces (two piece and one piece) and that toilet pieces will also determine how toilets are installed.

​Two Piece Toilets

​This is the most common one.  It is designed with a separate tank and bowl. To get the toilet, you will have to assemble together the tank and bowl to have a fully functional toilet. Buying a two piece toilet forces you to buy toilet seat separate from the whole set up too. However, two piece toilets are easy to install and will cost less when buying too.

​One Piece Toilet

​The one piece toilet is crafted from a single piece of ceramic – take One Piece Kohler Toilet for instance. They come with the most attractive designs. But the bowl and tank are integrated. There is no form of seam between the bowl and tank. The toilet is pricier, easy to clean, hard to install (requires a helping hand as you cannot carry it alone), and has an integrated seat.

​Step 3: Find the ​Right Toilet Seat Too

Toilet seats determine how comfortable your toilet is for use. They also play a key role on keeping a hygienic toilet and are very important when choosing a stylish toilet for your home. But the seat you choose will depend on these two factors.

  • The type of toilet bowl that you have – seat matches the bowl shape.
  • The material your toilet seat is made of – hard wood/ high end plastic/ cushion.

​Generally we have the round, oval, or oblong shapes for both the toilet seat and also the toilet bowl. Other factors such as the price, durability, and budget could also play an integral role here.

​Step 4: Get the Right Flushing System

​Flushing system is the heart of every home toilet. Therefore it is a major consideration when choosing the right toilet for your use. It determine how much water you will use, how well your toilet flushes, and how convenient your toilet is to frequent. Here are the major flushing options.

​Gravity Flush Toilet

This is the cheapest and most common flushing toilet. Gravity flush uses the water in the tank to create pressure so that when the water is released to the bowl it comes with high force. It uses the siphoning action and is one of the timeless technologies that have been used to the latest designs.

​Dual Flush Toilet

​Dual flush system allows user to choose full or partial flush depending on the type of waste that they are flushing in order to save water and eventually water bills. The partial flush is used for liquid waste and full flush for the solid waste.

​Pressure Assisted

This type of flushing mechanism relies on pressurized air and water from separate tank to flush waste. However, the pressure build is never that good as it can easily lead to clogs. They are also noisy. But with the right care, they are some of the very best options to go with any day and time.

​Double Cyclone

​This is the rare alternative but pretty good if you wanted a dual flush. However, they are pricey compared to other toilets. They use the least water quantity per flush and the best water savers. They are perfect for family that frequents toilets.

​Step 5: Choose the Right Type of Bowl

​The toilet bowls that you have come in three major categories. They also determine the type of toilet seats you will find. Here are the three types of toilet bowls and when you should choose them.


​Like the name suggests come in an oval or egg like shape. They are the most common bowls. Oval bowls require the freedom of space during installation. They also provide the most comfortable toilet seating space that we have today.


​The round toilet bowl is as round as they come. It requires limited space for installation.  They are the easiest shapes to recognize. They are easy to use even for kids around your household and in fact house the top flushing toilet brands.


​These types of bowls are rare. They are often customized to suit a user’s needs. However, they tend to be the best as they are designed to meet every specific need of the toilet user that ordered.


​With all these decisions to go with, one can easily get confused along the way. It is therefore very important keep in mind the simplest guide to choosing the right toilet. Always have an easy one to go with.


​Choosing the best flushing toilet for your home requires much more than just having the tips at your fingers. You should also be prepared to properly take care of your toilet so that they can last long.

Joe Carrow

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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