A very common question clients ask me is what type of toilet would be a good fit for their own bathroom shape and size. Obviously this has multiple answers because no two clients bathrooms are the same. However, there are certain rules you can abide by to ensure you give yourself the best chance of finding a suitable match for your needs.
The first thing I want you to ask yourself, is where about will the toilet be placed in the room? Some people will require something compact with an elongated bowl, other will require something that fits in a corner with a triangular tank. There are of course people who will be hanging theirs on the wall to save even more space. These are all factors to be considered, and not things to be taken lightly.
The next thing to think about is how much power do you need in the flushing system. This is where things get a bit more complex for multiple reasons. There are excessive amounts of choice between all the types of flush with just a few of those being dual, single, upflush, low flow, and hands free. All can be highly beneficial to my clients in the right environment. For example, the upflush unit would be ideal for a basement because it generally falls below the sewer line and needs the waste to be pushed upwards. Then you have the dual flush conundrum which means you have two separate powers of flush for both solid and liquids in the bowl.
Ideally, you will end up going for something with low water consumption too. These protect the environment and usually come with a WaterSense label on them. They only use up to 1.6 GPF which is significantly lower than traditional models.
The best toilets tend to be the ones that take all of the above into account and still produce and affordable price tag. thetoiletthrone.com has some excellent reviews and ratings that may give you a push in the right direction. The guy who runs it is an old friend of mine and has plenty of experience in the plumbing industry. Up until recently I worked with him fitting bathroom accessories, until health issues caused him to retire. Respectable man though, and his toilet buying guides are well worth the read. You can also find some great toilet guides here.
If you are planning on setting yourself a budget, I would say $400 is the upper limit if you’re not looking for fancy technological inclusions like touchless flushing, or bidet seats. Generally speaking, you can normally find a great option for less than $300 though. Stick with the more popular brands like TOTO and KOHLER, and you give yourself a much better chance of finding value for money.