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Manufactured Home Toilet Guide For 2021: The Top Ten Considerations For A Top Model

The toilet is one of the hardest – if not the hardest – home essentials to choose.

That’s because toilet seats aren’t even standardized, to begin with.

There are tons of styles and types from a range of brands through which you need to peruse to find a model that suits your needs.

Different styles of toilets suit different types of washrooms.

Also, different kinds of toilets go with different seats.

Ten Manufactured Home Toilet Shopping Factors To The Perfect Purchase

There’s just a lot to talk about toilets, much of which we’ll try to cram in this guide. But first, here are the factors to consider when shopping for a toilet:

  • Bathroom Size
  • The shape of the bowl
  • Toilet seat
  • Toilet Height
  • Pieces – two- or one-piece?
  • Mounting – back-to-wall or wall hung?
  • Types of Flush & Flush Rate
  • Water conservation
  • Smart Toilet & Special Features
  • Cost v/s Budget

1. Bathroom Size

Before you even embark on your shopping, start by determining the size of space you intend for the toilet.

Not just any type of toilet would fit anywhere.

The most important measurement here is the total distance between the backside wall and the floor drain. This distance is also referred to as the rough-in.

Most toilets work flawlessly with a standard rough-in measurement of 12”. A distance of 10” or 14” is occasionally used for old or small bathrooms.

The best way to determine the rough-in distance of your bathroom is to measure the distance between the wall behind the proposed location of the toilet and the middle part of the base where the bolts will be fastened.

2. The shape of the bowl

The best shape of the bowl can also be determined by measuring the distance between the rear wall and the sitting position.

This is necessary because the dimensions of the bowl will differ quite considerably based on the shape. Your decision will be limited to just two options:

Elongated toilet bowl

This is the most common bowl shape and, if you look into it from above, it resembles the longest dimension of an egg.

Because this shape is the biggest of the two shapes, you will need to measure 31” from the rear wall (the wall that will be at the back of the toilet unit) to the “front” part of the bowl (basically, the farthest tip of the installation position off the rear wall).

If you are looking for a bowl shape that provides maximum comfort when you sit on it, this is it.

Round toilet bowls

These bowls are shaped as what the name says – “round.”

They are a bit smaller than their elongated counterparts, extending about 28” off the rear wall. Round bowls take up less space, something that makes them perfect for small bathrooms.

So, if you are shopping for your small bathroom, this shape can be suitable for you.

3. Toilet seat

Fortunately, most of the toilet seats today are designed to fit all the two toilet bowl shapes mentioned above.

This means virtually all toilet seats out there fall in just categories: round toilet seats and elongated toilet seats.

The first step to choosing a toilet seat is finding one that matches the shape and size of your toilet.

Both types of toilet seats can have special features nonetheless.

When it comes to toilet seat features, however, there is a lot to glean through:

Bidet seat

If you would like to clean your behind with something more than toilet paper, choose a toilet seat with the Bidet feature.

This seat will squirt a targeted stream or jet of water (sometimes warm water) to help you wipe yourself better than using toilet paper.

Plus, it can go a long way to help you save on toilet paper.

Besides warm water, some Bidet seats themselves can be heated, come with an air dryer, allow you to select the massage mode, or have a nightlight.

NOTE that toilets with the Bidet seat are sometimes referred to as Japanese toilets, but that’s because this technology is highly popular in Japan.

Also note that the name/word TOTO is sometimes used in the west to describe this technology, although the name belongs to an independent brand.

Easy release

This feature permits you to pull or remove the toilet seat completely to clean it easily and thoroughly

Heated seat

Forget about the warming function that often comes with the Bidet feature, this feature is strictly dedicated to warming the seat to make it comfortable during the winter.

Children’s seat

Have you ever wished there was a way kids could use the regular toilet?

This seat comes with a detachable inner seat that permits kids who are being potty trained to use it.

When the child gets old enough, you can remove the inner seat so that they can use it as adults.

Lighted seat

If you don’t have lights in your bathroom for some reasons or the area is darkly lit, you can buy a lighted seat that highlights the sitting area at night without the need to turn the bathroom lights

Soft-close

You may be wondering why this qualifies as a stand-alone feature, but some toilets do come with it for the purpose of preventing the cover from slamming on the seat which is both annoying and destructive.

4. Toilet Height

How high do you want your toilet to be?

The decision should be in consideration of whether a child will be trained on the toilet among other factors.

Toilet height is normally measured from the top part of the rim to the floor.

Whether it is marketed as “tall height,” “comfort height,” or “chair height,” the best toilet to purchase for your bathroom needs to have a height that permits you to easily sit and stand up.

Most toilet rims stand at 14” to 15” off the floor and work quite well for short people. If you are taller, choose a toilet with a chair height of 17” or more off the floor.

You can go for ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant toilets which often comes with heights between 15” and 17”

5. Pieces – two- or one-piece?

Toilets can be either two-piece or one-piece.

Two Piece

Two-piece toilets come with a separate bowl and tank. They are easier to repair and manage and this probably explains why they are the most commonly used type of toilet.

You will realize that two-piece toilets are more affordable than their one-piece counterparts, as you can tell from these KOHLER and American Standard products.

It is much easier to find their replacement parts because bowls and tanks can be obtained separately.

One Piece

One-piece toilets, on another hand, come as single units – they don’t feature a separate bowl or tank. You stand to make a bigger upfront investment on them.

The best thing about them is that they save space in tiny bathrooms, something that makes them ideal for your small washroom.

Because they have no tight crevices, they are much easier to clean than their two-piece counterparts.

You are probably going to like their sleek and stylish design, check them out:

6. Mounting – back-to-wall or wall hung?

Toilets can be split into two groups when it comes to mounting style:

  • back-to-wall
  • wall-hung toilets.

Back To Wall

Back-to-wall toilets are a more modern type. This option is very much like a wall coupled toilet except that their cistern is concealed inside a furniture unit or partition wall.

If you have a contemporary bathroom or you wish to save on space, you may find this mounting style to be appropriate.

Also, their sleek and stylish looks can be enticing especially when their cistern is completely concealed in the wall, though you could also choose to go with a closed unit.

The closed toilet option of this mounting style is often available in multiple finishes that can match pretty any bathroom furniture.

When selecting a back-to-wall unit, remember to check if it features a hidden cistern otherwise you could be forced to buy this part separately.

Furthermore, you can also acquire your back-to-wall product with the unit included, like these.

Wall Hung

Wall-hung toilets, on another hand, appear to float over the floor of your bathroom, with no visible pedestal or cistern. This is the ideal mounting style of toilets for designer bathrooms.

It comes with clean, simple lines perfect for utilizing every space you have in the bathroom – check these examples.

Most wall-hung toilets are equipped with soft closing seats, but this shouldn’t make you shy away from choosing the highest quality material available as it affects the reliability and durability of the product.

With a wall-hung toilet, you will also be required to buy or add a wall mounting unit and a concealed cistern during installation. Some brands ship their wall-hung toilets complete with concealed cisterns and wall mounting units/frames.

7. Types of Flush & Flush Rate

Nothing defines the quality of a toilet better than its flushing power.

You want a product with a powerful flush that lets you use less toilet paper and water (more on water conservation later).

There’s always a rating system that classifies flush performance from high to low based on the unit’s ability to resist clogging and remove solid waste instantly.

Look for these classes/scores (often displayed on the packaging of the product or signs in the store).

Higher ratings mean the toilet is good at clog resistance and waste removal.

There are 4 types of flushing systems in modern toilets:

Single-Flush Toilets

The traditional single-flush toilets create a siphon force using the force of gravity.

The siphon force is strong enough to flush average wastes but often struggles with bulkier stuff.

The best thing about gravity-fed toilets is that they are easier to repair than most other flush systems.

Single-flush toilets are the most common of all and chances are your first toilet was one. That’s probably also because they are more affordable.

Dual-Flush Toilets

This type of flush is discriminatory, having a separate flush cycle for solid wastes and another for liquid wastes.

It utilizes a trapway with a larger diameter to resist clogging.

Dual-flush toilets are good at water conservation, thanks to their efficient flushing.

Their biggest flaw, however, is their demand for frequent cleaning. An average dual-flush toilet needs to be cleaned several times a week.

Pressure-Assisted Toilets

These toilets are equipped with a pressure-assisted flush system which is installed within the tank to create an intense siphon jet action.

If you are looking for a toilet with a more forceful flushing power way better than traditional gravity-based toilets, choose a product with this flush system.

The secret behind the immense power in these toilets is that the flushing action is enhanced by air pressure – there is almost zero chance your toilet could clog.

It is the perfect flush system for a home with a large family because it uses little water per flushing cycle.

Power-Assisted Toilets

These toilets are also called upflush or macerating toilets.

They come with the best flush system for new washrooms in basements.

The pump allows flushing from the underlying sewer line.

The macerating pump then liquefies the waste during each flush to prevent clogging and boost flow in longer waste lines.

Some products with this flush system are designed for RV or boat use.

8. Water conservation

Did you know the toilet accounts for close to 30 percent of your household indoor water consumption?

Yes, it can even be more depending on how long the toilet takes to flush in one cycle among other factors.

Most toilets manufactured in the U.S. after 1992 flushes just 1.6-gallons of your water per cycle. Those manufactured before 1992 thirstily gulped down 7-gallons of water per flush. You want an efficient toilet that won’t bloat your water bills.

Choose a toilet unit with the WaterSense label on them.

These toilets use about 1.28-gallons during every flush – this is a roughly 60-percent reduction in water consumption per flush compared to other toilets.

So, if you are looking for a toilet unit that can help your family save on sewage and water bills, look for the WaterSense label.

9. Smart Toilet & Special Features

Smart toilets often come with added luxurious features.

A good example is those that incorporate the bidet feature.

Luxurious units often come with personal cleansing systems that can provide several settings for hygienic wiping with warm water, air dryers, and heated seats.

This reduces the amount of toilet paper used per visit and also offers a comfortable and more fulfilling cleaning experience.

Advances in the production of ceramic technology have permitted some manufacturers to produce easier-to-clean ceramic surfaces.

Ultra-smooth glazing in toilet bowls complete with antibacterial chemicals designed to inhibit the growth of both pathogenic and bad odor-causing bacteria.

10. Cost v/s Budget

How much are you willing to spend on a toilet?

You can easily land a “contractor special” dirt-cheap toilet for lowly as $75.

However, everything else from the quality of the onboard glazing and working parts will be low quality.

Also, these cheap toilets don’t come with a powerful flush.

You will use your toilet almost forever, so get a quality product that will last longer.

Plan to spend between $100 and $500 on a top-quality gravity toilet. Pressure-assisted units often come with a price tag in the region of $225 and $600.

Conclusion

Explore the many types and styles of toilets to select the best model for your bathroom.

The best product for you should be

  • comfortable
  • water-efficient
  • and easy to clean.

Plus, advanced flushing and special features can easily make you appreciate the product even more.

If you would like to clean your behind with something more than toilet paper, choose a toilet seat with the Bidet feature.

  • This seat will squirt a targeted stream or jet of water (sometimes warm water) to help you wipe yourself better than using toilet paper.
  • Plus, it can go a long way to help you save on toilet paper.
  • Besides warm water, some Bidet seats themselves can be heated, come with an air dryer, allow you to select the massage mode, or have a nightlight.

Most toilet rims stand at 14” to 15” off the floor and work quite well for short people. If you are taller, choose a toilet with a chair height of 17” or more off the floor.

You can go for an ADA compliant unit which often comes with heights between 15” and 17”.

Nothing defines the quality of a toilet better than its flushing power.

You want a product with a powerful flush that lets you use less toilet paper and water.

There are four flush systems:

  • single flush
  • dual-flush
  • pressure-assisted flush
  • and power-assisted flush.

If you are looking for a toilet with a more forceful flushing power way better than traditional gravity-based toilets, choose a product with this flush system.

Choose a toilet unit with the WaterSense label on them.

These toilets use about 1.28-gallons during every flush – this is a roughly 60-percent reduction in water consumption per flush compared to other toilets.

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