June 26,2021

Types of Toilets & What Type You Should Buy

In our age of endless choices, even choosing a toilet includes many criteria. Who would have thought something as trivial as choosing a toilet could require so much research? Your friends here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing have put together this quick-read article to guide you on your purchase. This will not be an in-depth article, but you are welcomed to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to consult with a friendly representative. We are also available around the clock to take your calls and schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch.

Anatomy of A Toilet

Before we get to the types of a toilet, let's look at the fundamental components of a toilet. This can help later on too.

  • Waste Pipe: Leads waste out of the toilet
  • Cistern or Water Tank: Supplies the toilet with flushing water
  • Flush Mechanism: Either a button, lever, or chain (there are sensor-activated ones too)
  • S-Trap: An S-shaped pipe designed to trap liquid and prevent foul odors from coming into the bathroom
  • Toilet Bowl
  • Toilet Seat

Types of Toilets


With the basics covered, let's go over just a few of the common types of toilets. They all contain the common components but have special features.

  • Dual-Flush Toilets: These toilets have two flush button options. A half flush is used for liquid waste and a full flush removes solid waste. The half flush option makes the dual-flush toilet a water efficient one. Though their price is higher, the water savings is good for your budget as well as the environment.
  • Touchless-Flush Toilets: Smart technology has introduced sensors in many products and toilets are no exception. Touchless-flush toilets limit your exposure to bacteria and are common in high-traffic public bathrooms.
  • Two-Piece Toilet: The most common type of toilet, the two-piece toilet has a separate tank and bowl. They are affordable but their installation is a little challenging.
  • One-Piece Toilet: As you may have guessed, the tank and bowl are attached on a one-piece toilet. They are more expensive than a two-piece but more durable and smaller.
  • Wall-Hung Toilet: If you want an ergonomic, space-saving toilet, then choose a wall-hung toilet. The tank is hidden inside the wall and the toilet bowl is hung on the wall.
  • Smart Toilet: The touchless-flush toilet uses smart technology, but there are smart toilets that use more sophisticated technology. Enhancements include seat warmers, motion-activated lighting, bidets, self-cleaning wands, warm-air dryers, and deodorizing seats.

Choosing the Right Toilet for You

As you see, there are many options and features available. Choosing the right toilet for you comes down to determining your needs and your budget. The folks at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are always happy to come by and take a look at your bathroom to determine your best options. We do provide toilet repair, replacement, and installation services. So, feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a consultation or to schedule a flexible appointment. We are ready when you are.


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