Save Water by Upgrading Your Toilet
on September 7 2013
Whether you are refurbishing an entire bathroom, replacing an old or broken toilet
or updating to a new water saving model, The Home Depot carries a wide range of models to ensure you will find the right one for your home. This guide will tell you about the many features to consider when buying a toilet and the technology that is making them more comfortable, efficient and eco-friendly than ever before.
Before shopping for a new toilet, familiarize yourself with the latest advances that help the environment by saving water. You will also save money on water and sewer bills.
Select Flush Power*
The first decision you may need to consider is how much flush power you will need. Finding a toilet that flushes efficiently without clogging is essential. To help make your decision easier, The Home Depot utilizes a flush performance rating system that assigns each of our toilets a numerical score based on the toilet's ability to remove bulk waste and resist clogging. You will find these scores displayed on product packaging and signs in the toilet aisle of your local Home Depot store.
*Flush power ratings are provided via independent testing by Veritec, based on a scale of 100-1,000. For simplicity, the scores have been converted to a scale of 1-10.
Select Bowl Shape
The next decision you may need to consider is how much available space you have in your bathroom. If you have a larger bathroom where space isn't much of an issue, a toilet with an elongated bowl
will work great. If you have a smaller bathroom, such as a half-bath, choose a round bowl toilet
that will fit into tight spaces.
Select Toilet Height
Next, determine the appropriate height for your toilet. Standard sizes are 14 or 15inches, but the 16 or 17-inch models are becoming increasingly popular, especially for taller or physically challenged individuals.
Water Saving Toilets
||Save up to $90 per year on your water and sewage bill with WaterSense® labeled toilets. Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of an average home's indoor water consumption. New flushing technology across various toilets has enabled water conservation without sacrificing flush performance. Regulations now limit toilets to no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. As a result, in addition to adding comfort and style, replacing toilets installed before 1994 provides a great deal more water efficiency. Our Local Utility Rebate Finder will help you see if your toilet purchase qualifies for a rebate from your local water district.
||The Home Depot has developed its own Eco Options program to encourage earth-friendly living and is a proud partner of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense® program, carrying low-flow toilets that have the WaterSense label of approval for using no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Both will help you reduce water usage without sacrificing performance.
Refer to the chart below for design options:
Points to consider
||Tank and bowl are separate
||• Most common type
• Generally more economical
• Easy to find replacement parts
||Tank and bowl fused together into a seamless unit
||• May require larger upfront investment
• Save space
• No hard-to-clean crevices
• Creates a sleek, stylish look
||Mounts to wall and eliminates need for toilet foot or base
||• May cost more to purchase and install
• Ideal for transfers from wheelchair or
• Requires thicker wall for mounting
• Drain for toilet must be on wall rather
• Easy to clean underneath
With a wide range of styles and colors to choose from, selecting a toilet that matches the decor in your bathroom is simple and easy. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary design, our extensive selection makes it easy for you to reflect on your own personal style.
The distance between the floor drain and the wall, called the rough-in, is one factor to consider when selecting your toilet. The standard distance is 12 inches and 10 or 14 inches are occasionally found in older homes. You can determine the rough-in on an existing toilet by measuring from the wall behind the toilet to the middle of the bolts on the base.
Complete Toilet Kits
We now offer convenient toilet kits that include everything you need in one box – tank, bowl, toilet seat and wax ring (supply lines sold separately). These handy "all-In-one" products ensure that you have all of the correct toilet parts the first time, saving you from return visits to the store to buy or exchange parts.
4 Easy Steps to Installing a Toilet:
Consider upgrading your new or existing toilet with a new toilet seat
with features including slow or quiet close and easy cleaning. Seats specially designed for children have smaller openings and side handles providing extra comfort and support.
Decorative Trip Levers
Accessorize your toilet tank with decorative trip levers to match coordinating faucets and bath hardware.
enhance personal hygiene and can be purchased as separate units or incorporated into the toilet seat. Some feature horizontal sprays while others use a vertical spray. Look for units that allow you to adjust water temperature and pressure and feature a comfortable seat.
Bidet SeatsBidet Seats
allow you to retrofit an existing toilet to operate like a bidet – a simple solution for dual functionality. In addition, benefit from advanced technologies designed to enhance comfort and efficiency. Shop all Toilets