Toilets are essential to any home, but that doesn’t mean they have to cost a fortune. It also doesn’t mean you should ever have to choose between quality and affordability.
When you shop with Home Outlet, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other; you’ll always find brand-new toilets, toilet parts, and toilet accessories that are affordable and of the highest quality.
Finding the right toilet for your bathroom involves considering several options, from the color, style, and height of your new toilet, to its material, finish, and accessories. You’ll also need to think about your needs, decor, budget, and preferences when shopping for a new toilet.
At Home Outlet, you’ll find everything you need to install the ideal toilet for your bathroom.
We offer a range of toilet styles, with two of the most popular being one-piece and two-piece toilets. One-piece toilets are more common and consist of just a single unit, making them easy to install and clean.
Two-piece toilets are designed with two separate units: the tank and the bowl. They are more affordable than one-piece toilets but can be more challenging to install and clean. Both styles typically look similar.
There are also two types of shapes for the bowl and toilet seats: round and elongated toilets. An elongated bowl toilet is about 2-3 inches larger than its round counterpart and is generally considered more comfortable. However, an elongated bowl toilet can also be a bit more expensive.
It’s important to measure the space where your toilet will be installed. Toilets are available in several different widths, depths, and heights. The two most important measurements you’ll need to take to ensure your new toilet will fit your space are the height and the rough-in.
The rough-in is the distance from the toilet's back wall to the drain pipe's center. Most bathrooms have a rough-in of 12 inches, but some have 10- or 14-inch rough-ins.
The height of the toilet will be either a comfort toilet height or a standard toilet height. Standard toilets are 15 inches tall; comfort height toilets, also known as ADA-compliant toilets, are 17-19 inches tall.
Toilet Finishes and Materials
Toilets are made from many different materials, including plastic, vitreous china, ceramic, and porcelain. The most common material is vitreous china, followed by porcelain. Both vitreous china and porcelain are made from the same materials; only the glazing technique differs.
Porcelain and vitreous china are both durable and easy to clean, although vitreous china is tougher, shinier, and denser. Ceramic can be less expensive, but it also typically isn’t as durable. Plastic toilets are the least expensive but have much shorter lifespans than vitreous china, ceramic, or porcelain toilets.
The most common color for toilets is white or off-white. These shades are neutral colors that go with any decor. Black toilets are popular for those who want a modern look for their bathrooms. Other popular toilet colors include bone and gray.
Typically, a gloss finish is by far the most common. Glossy finishes are easier to clean and don’t harbor as much dirt, debris, and germs as rougher finishes might.
Toilet Parts and Accessories
Regardless of the size, shape, material, or finish, every toilet and toilet bidet needs accessories. From bolt kits and wax bowl gaskets to tank balls and toilet paper holders, there are many toilet accessories to consider for your new toilet.
Some parts, like tank balls and fill valves, are required in certain specifications for proper operation. Others are more flexible with options like toilet handles, toilet seats, and toilet lids.
It’s important to choose the right toilet for your needs, your bathroom, and your budget. By considering factors like finish, material, and color, as well as style, shape, and size, you’re sure to find the best choice. Maintain your toilet regularly with the proper toilet parts and accessories, and your new toilet will last for many years.