How to choose a toilet.


Remember you get what you pay for when it comes to toilets!

As a Plumbing contractor/ Installer in Cincinnati I have had the chance to see a lot of different toilets perform on the jobs we perform. First of all any toilet that you can purchase now days is going to be a 1.6 gallon flush volume or lower. This is mandated by the E.P.A. for water conservation. It’s a good thing to conserve water however the problem lies in the toilets ability to flush the waste away with less water than the older traditional toilets no longer available.

There are few manufactures that have really solved this problem thus far. Our knowledge of on the job experience as far as callbacks and complaints go have left us with a few favorites. Like I said before” you get what you pay for when it comes to toilets”.

Below is a list of a few toilets we install and recommend installing if you’re doing it yourself!

  • American Standard Cadet 3
  • Gerber Avalanche

Any pressure assist type toilet with a Sloan valve in it.

Pressure assist type toilets are the cats meow when it comes to a 1.6 gallon flush. They cost 90 to 100 dollars more but are an asset to the plumbing industry as far as toilets go! They work off a very simple principal and that is incoming water supply pressure. Most people have a substantial amount of water pressure supplied to their homes now days. To reap the benefits of a pressure assist toilet you would need to have anywhere from 40 to 60 lbs psi of incoming water pressure. Basically the toilet uses your water pressure with the volume of 1.6 gallons to increase flushing capacity of solids and waste without ever getting the tank wet. It still has a tank  however inside that tank is another small football size tank which houses the 1.6 gallons of water and uses that pressurized water to flush quicker and stronger when you push down on the tank lever.

I can’t ever remember having a service call to unclog a pressure assist toilet because someone used too much paper or just overloaded the toilet. There is only one drawback to the functionality of this awesome flushing toilet and it is……….that it’s  more noisy than a tank type toilet when you flush it. You won’t hear an alarm or bells ringing but it will make a louder flushing noise when you flush because of that pressure I spoke of earlier. So if you can put up with a little more noise when you flush and pay that initial 90 to 100 dollars more, then you won’t be dissatisfied with a Pressure assist toilet!

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