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Choosing a toilet can be more complicated than you think. There are several different special features to consider. Additionally, you want it to fit properly in order to avoid plumbing and installation issues.

What is a high-efficiency toilet?

A high-efficiency toilet conserves water by using less per flush. While a standard toilet typically uses anywhere from 1.6 to 6 gallons per flush, a high-efficiency model uses 1.28 or less.

You can make sure you're getting a high-efficiency model by purchasing one with the WaterSense label. WaterSense certifies that toilets like the American Standard Edgemere are guaranteed to meet EPA requirements. This makes it easy to ensure that your choice uses a maximum of 1.28 gallons of water per flush.

What special features are available on toilets?

Toilets have features designed to do everything from conserve water to make life easier by being taller than the normal height. You can choose a model with one or more of the following features.

  • Dual-flush: This is the type you may have seen in a store or other commercial facility. There are two buttons on the top of the tank, one for flushing liquids and one for flushing solids. The one for liquids uses less than a gallon of water per flush, while the other uses the capacity for that model.
  • Tall toilets: The standard height of a toilet from the ground to the seat is about 14 to 15 inches. A taller height, putting the seat from 16 to 19 inches off the floor, is convenient for the elderly or people with mobility issues.
  • Bidets: A bidet is an add-on that sits below the rim of the bowl at the back of the toilet seat. Convenient controls allow for operation of the bidet.
  • Touchless flush: This is the holy grail of germ-prevention. Touchless flushing allows you to simply get up and walk away without ever touching a surface with your hands.
Are there space-saving options for small bathrooms?

There are several options to choose from if you're working with a limited amount of bathroom space.

  • Compact: This design typically features an elongated seat and is about 14 to 15-inches wide.
  • Tankless: Tankless models eliminate the bulky tank by combining all of the unit's functions into the bowl, thus reducing the amount of space needed.
  • Wall-hung: Just like it sounds, the wall-hung design gives you up to 9 more inches in front due to the tank being mounted inside the wall. This is an especially versatile model because you can install the toilet seat however high you would like it during installation.
  • Corner toilet: A corner toilet is a good solution if you need to work your toilet in close along a wall. The tank sits at a right angle, nestled compactly into the corner.
How do you make sure your toilet will fit?

It's crucial to take measurements before removing your old unit. You need to make sure the space is wide enough for your new toilet. The really important measurement is the rough-in. The standard rough-in measurement is 12 inches. Measure from the center of one of the floor-mounting bolts on your toilet to the wall. This will give you the rough-in size, which you can then use to shop for a new unit.

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