Name-brand toilets are usually better than generic brands, so that is something to keep in mind when you look to replace your current toilet. Barry Jolly is a self-employed entrepreneur and the owner of Jolly Plumbing in Northern Kentucky. He has more than 31 years of experience in the plumbing industry. Here, Jolly tells us what you should do to choose a good toilet.
Low Flush Toilets
When you look at buying a toilet, how well it’s going to flush may be the main factor you are concerned with. These days, the law requires that we sell low flush toilets, but sometimes they do not work as well as the old ones. The old toilets often use three and a half gallons of water or more per flush; however, the low flush ones only use one and a half gallons of water per flush. With less water, the potential problems such as clogging will easily come up.
However, some pressure-assisted toilets are available on the market, which have an air chamber in the tank itself. The air chamber can help push the water down through the toilet and give it a better flush. These pressure-assisted toilets use little water, but they still manage to create a good flush. So if you are concerned with water consumption, but you still want to buy a good toilet, one of those pressure-assisted toilets would be a good option to try.
The name-brand toilets like American Standard, Kohler, and Mansfield — the main toilet brands that you have heard of — are good to stick with when you’re buying a new toilet. This is because they have a wider drainage throat than some other non-branded ones. A lot of cheaper toilets have smaller discharge areas, so they will definitely clog up more.
Toilets are not expensive as far as remodeling things are concerned, so it’s worth it to pay a little bit more and go with a name-brand one. If you are planning on buying a new toilet, I recommend that you spend around $100 for a name-brand model. And for that price, you can definitely get a good quality toilet. Beyond that $100 price tag, all that you are paying for is the style.