Top Toilet Manufacturers

April 19, 2012
A toilet with a bright idea

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top toilet manufacturers. This list of top toilet manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top toilet manufacturers have been held in high esteem for low water consumption, easy installation, perfomance, and plumbing quality.

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A white porcelain bidet

Bathing in a Bidet: Personal Hygiene

A bidet, a sit-down wash basin with faucets used for partial bathing, is installed in some luxury bathrooms and master suites. As a small wash basin for personal hygiene, a bidet provides convenient, gentle cleansing for those with conditions such as hemorrhoids, rashes, or incontinence. The user sits astride the bowl, facing the faucet, to control the spray or fills the bowl with water. You can also use a bidet as a foot bath.

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A low seated, black toilet

Reinventing your bathroom with new fixtures

Decisions, decisions, decisions- that's what you'll face when you begin looking at toilets. Fortunately, the major manufacturers of plumbing fixtures have done some of the work for you by offering eye-catching suites or collections of fixture styles. You'll find toilets and bidets, sinks, tubs, and faucets in a variety of styles that include contemporary, traditional, country, Victorian, and retro, just to name some of them.

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Toilets with fancy red commodes and ribbon designs

Shopping for la toilette

Depending on where you live, you can shop for bathroom fixtures in several places. Many of the large chains of home centers have design centers within their stores, where a wide selection of toilets and related fixtures is installed in showroom settings. Kitchen and bathroom design centers feature large displays of bathrooms and a selection of fixtures and cabinetry. The more sources you can visit, the better. That way, you'll be able to preview different types, styles, and colors of toilets, along with their related fixtures.

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Toilet with special features

Considering features and comfort

Never use a toilet without thinking about why it's comfortable or why it's not. When you begin doing your personal survey of toilets, you'll be amazed at the differences and nuances you'll discover. Here are some things to notice in your quest for the perfect toilet for your remodeled bathroom:

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A low flow Kohler toilet

Getting the lowdown on low-flow toilets

In the early 1990s, a national law was passed to conserve water. It mandated that all new toilets sold in the United States require a maximum of 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The thinking was that by reducing the water from 3.5 gallons used by the old-style tanks, a lot of water would be saved. However, these early low-flow toilets were flawed in design and required two or sometimes three flushes to empty the bowl. This, of course, gave credence to complaints of many homeowners, builders, and remodelers that low-flows nullified any water savings.

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Unique toilet aquarium

Getting a good fit

The typical height of a toilet is 14 to 15 inches, a convenient and comfortable height for most people. For tall or large people, elevated toilets are available that are up to 18 inches high, which are more comfortable for them. These elevated toilets are also convenient for anyone who is physically challenged and has difficulty sitting down or rising. There are ADA-compliant toilets that meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act for wheelchair accessibility, as well. And if parenthood is in your future, you may be interested in knowing that you can get a small toilet that’s scaled down for a little kid and designed for potty training.

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A quiet flush toilet

Considering flushing mechanisms

That whoosh you hear when you press the flush lever of any toilet is caused by the rush of the water through the toilet to remove the waste. The water rush can be caused by good old gravity, water, or air pressure. Depending on where your toilet is located, one flushing method is better than the other. Here are the types of flushing mechanisms:

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Toilet made out of marble

Go Flush! Selecting and Installing a Toilet

If you've always taken toilets for granted, you're in for a big surprise when you find yourself in the toilet-buying market. Don't be overwhelmed by the fact that there are hundreds to choose from. Consider this article Toilets 101, and you'll find out everything you need to know about choosing the toilet that's right for your home.

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