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Determining Your Choice of Toilet

Aug 17, 2012

Determining Your Choice of Toilet

  • Plumbing Services

Okay, so maybe it’s not something you think of everyday, but it is something you use every day. In 1994, the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 went into effect for all residential toilets, requiring that all toilets made and sold in the U.S. meet water efficiency standards. Those standards set the upper limit of a single flush at 1.6 gallons of water. So, while you don’t have a choice as to the flush capacity of your toilet, you do have a choice in design.


Toilets are available with either an elongated front or around front. Round front bowls are shorter in length than elongated bowls and are suitable for smaller, more compact spaces. Toilets can either be one piece or two. A one-piece toilet provides a seamless look, where the tank and the bowl are seamed together. It has a smoother appearance and is easier to clean. Two-piece toilets have a separate tank and bowl. They are usually less stylish and less expensive.

Flushing System

Today’s toilets are either gravity fed or pressure assisted. Gravity fed toilets use water to push everything from the tank into the bowl, then back up through an S-shaped trap, where pull action empties the bowl and finishes the flush. Pressure-assisted toilets fill the tank with water and air, forcing the water into the bowl with a pressurized release. In general, a pressure assisted toilet will be noisier and tougher to repair than their gravity fed counterpart.


Proper function is paramount in making your decision. At the same time, the appearance also plays a part in your selection. Many models, styles and color choices are available in a variety of sizes.

If you want to see every choice you have for your next toilet, call Quality Plumbing Services Inc. today at 847-259-0200 or visit our website at

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