Toilets are the least talked about, yet most important component in most homes. While there is no denying their importance in our everyday lives, there are some factors that should be considered.

Toilets don’t last forever. Toilets have an average lifespan of 10-15 years. They are one of the most frequently used appliances in your home. These are the warning signs that your toilet may need to be replaced.

  • Cracks in the bowl or the tank
  • Constant running
  • Frequent repairs
  • Wobbling
  • Difficulty flushing
  • High Water Bills

While some of these symptoms can and should be repaired, and parts replaced before you consider a replacement it is good to keep in mind that repairs won’t work forever.

 If you are considering a new toilet there are a few things to consider:

Your comfort –Toilets now come in various heights from 15 inches to 17 or 19 inches.

Smart Toilets – Toilets are also being offered with enhancements. Some models are available with a heated seat option. Others offer integrated cleaning wand attachments, dryers, deodorizing seats, again all are a consideration.

Water Usage – If you are replacing an older toilet, your water usage will be reduced while environmentally friendly this may not be the best option for your family. There are solutions that may work better for you including dual flush, and power assist

installation type – wall hung, floor mount or single-piece freestanding, or two-piece freestanding are all options.

Color and design style – There are now many styles besides basic white. Toilets now come in modern, traditional, contempoarary, and Transitional styles and many are available in several different colors.

Noise – some toilets now advertise “quiet flush”

Flush Strength – one trade-off for high-efficiency toilets may be in the strength of the flush. No one wants to deal with a toilet that clogs easily. Make sure you consider your family’s needs and a dual flush, or power assist option may be something to think about.