Toilets And Environmental Considerations

Most people agree that the toilet must be functional and comfortable at the same time, but choosing the right one for your needs is a little complicated nowadays, when there are so many different types, each with its own set of features. There are, however, some things you should keep an eye on, and you can read about them further on.

First, you should decide on the bowl shape; this can be round or elongated, and the difference between the two goes deeper than mere aesthetics. Thus, a round bowl serves better a smaller bathroom and a smaller person, including children, whereas an elongated design is more comfortable, especially for larger or taller adults.

Regardless of bowl shape, toilets can be classified as one-piece and two-piece toilets. One-piece models arrive install-ready and are very easy to clean, which also makes them more hygienic, since they won’t trap any dirt and bacteria. Nonetheless, two-piece toilets are more affordable, even though they take up more space; they can also be transported and installed easily. Note that not all toilet models come with the seat included, so make sure to check this before making a purchase; browse for specific examples. Finally, the use of antimicrobial materials makes toilets as hygienic as they can get; thus, a glazed bowl is more hygienic than a plain one, since no residue will stick to it.

Water and paper usage

Remember to look at the amount of water a toilet uses, and how long it takes to fill up again. As a general rule, newer models use considerably less water than old toilets. That being said, there are significant differences among these new models, with some being truly economical.

Whether single or dual, the flushing system should be quiet yet powerful so that it eliminates the need to double flush. Some toilets even come with a dual flush feature that enables you to switch from a light flush (around 1 gallon of water) to a heavy one (1.6 gallons) on an as-needed basis; this also helps you cut down the cost on your water bill.

If you care about the environment, look for a WaterSense certified toilet that uses considerably less water than regular models. Another water saving option includes ultra low flush toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons of water each time you flush.

As far as paper is concerned, installing a washlet or a bidet seat either on top of your regular toilet seat, or instead of it will enable you to use less toilet paper which is not only expensive once you add up how much it costs per year, but it also impacts the environment, given that the average American uses toilet paper the equivalent of two trees each year.