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As an integral part of any full or half bath, a well-functioning, practical toilet is a key consideration during your bathroom remodel or update. Even though it might seem like a one-size-fits-all purchase, there are several different factors that go into choosing the best toilets for you home. Height, finish, shape and placement are all important variants, and these preferences must all properly align in order for you to make a confident decision. Before you drive yourself crazy debating the nuances of toilet bowl shapes, read the following advice to make sense of all the options so that you can be happy with your new toilet purchase. More 
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What size toilet works best for my bathroom?


Measure the rough-in distance: the distance from the wall behind the bowl to the center of the floor drain. Use this measurement to determine the size of your new toilet — it must fit into the space between the drainpipe and the wall to work in your space. Also keep in mind that bathroom guidelines recommend a minimum 18 inches of clear space between toilets and any other fixture or walls. If you don't have much room to spare, a wall-hung toilet is a great alternative because it eliminates the need for a base, and mounts the water tank and drain behind the wall. If you can't afford this expensive upgrade, try a tankless toilet, corner toilet or one with a round bowl; elongated and oval-shaped bowls take up more space, though they do tend to be more comfortable.

Should I buy a two-piece or one-piece toilet?


One-piece units are one complete piece that are easier to clean and won’t leak between the bowl and the tank. They’re sleek and stylish and save space, but they’re generally more expensive than two-piece units, which come with a separate tank and bowl. Be sure you purchase all the necessary parts with the two-piece models, as the seat is not usually included with the bowl.

What is the optimal toilet height?


When making this decision, consider the needs of your family. Standard height is 14 to 15 inches, but a comfort height toilet, measuring 16 to 17 inches, may be more practical depending on your preferences. Tall toilets are also more accessible for elderly or physically challenged individuals and often are ADA compliant. On the other hand, small toilets work well in a child's bathroom, especially while potty training.

What is dual-flush toilet, and do I need one?


As you consider your options, you will likely come across lots of new features, including dual-flush. It might sound fancy, but simply put, it gives you the ability to flush with two different levels of water as needed. This feature is in-line with the movement to be more conscious about water usage, which in turn can lower your monthly water bill. Although this is a nice feature to have, dual-flush designs do come in at a higher price than other low-flow toilets; so you will have to weigh the initial cost with future savings to figure out if it makes sense for you.
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