Types of Toilets


A toilet is a toilet right? Not much to consider other than how much does it cost to have a toilet installed in Atlanta and what does it look like? Right? Well there are some other considerations that are equally as important as cost and aesthetics.

Does it fit in your space?

While there are several thousands of different types of toilets and commodes on the market, they are not a one-size-fits-all. The fact is that the finished rough-in (distance from the wall and the center of the sewer drain) will vary. Most are set at 12 inches but when you are installing your toilet you need to make sure what the finished rough-in is before making your purchase.

Another consideration is the length of the bowl. Some commodes have elongated bowls. These tend to be most favorable; however, they measure up to thirty-one inches in length and may not fit as well as a round bowl. Furthermore, they tend to cost more than their shorter predecessors.

And then there is the comfort factor. How tall do you want your commode to be?  The taller the toilet the easier it is to get up and down from. This may make or break your decision. The standard fixture height is approximately 14 inches; however, many manufacturers are offering a comfort height and then there are ADA compliant or Handicap toilets.  

What style do you want?  

Again, there are many options for you to choose from. A two-piece commode simply consists of a tank that bolts on top of the bowl. These are most commonly seen in the average Atlanta home. Then there are one-piece toilets that are fused into one piece as the name suggests. To add to the selections there are also wall mounted toilets. These can be very costly because they require a thicker wall to which the bowl is attached and the tank is concealed. And then there are color choices and shapes that will have to be considered before making a selection.

What kind of flushing power do you want?  

When you are talking about flushing capabilities you want the flushing power of an airplane toilet at 30,000 feet! The last thing you want to do is stand around and wait for the tank to refill for a double or triple flusher (there are diets that can help this problem too). But in all seriousness, you want your toilet to flush on command! We often joke about how congress gets in the way of everything in America, but did you know that the beuracrats have actually played a role in how well your toilet bowl flushes.
According to one article from HGTV, “Before 1994, typical toilets used 3.5 gallons of water per flush. Then Congress, in an effort to conserve resources, reduced the amount of water newly manufactured toilets could flush to 1.6 gallons per flush. Unfortunately, the first generation of low-flow toilets couldn’t get the job done, and that’s a stigma these commodes are still trying to shake more than a decade later. Manufacturers have since introduced low-flow toilets that work well, using either a gravity or power-assisted flush.”

Having the right kind of toilet that flushes when you need it too can be accomplished by your choice of toilet. If you need help in choosing a toilet or commode that flushes well, let one of our Houston plumbers help you out with your choice.

Here are few options for types of toilets:

Dual Flush

  • Uses a full 1.6-gallon flush for solid waste and a lesser amount for liquid waste.
  • Smaller water spout than conventional U.S. design, and flow of water doesn’t keep bowls as clean.
  • Somewhat noisier than standard designs.
  • Fewer models to choose from.

  • Chops up waste and pumps it under pressure through an evacuation line.
  • Can be installed below grade and pump effluent as much as 12ft. vertically and 150 ft. horizontally.
  • Doesn’t need below-the-floor plumbing.
  • Wall-mounted models are available with hidden macerator and water reservoir.
  • More expensive than standard designs
Pressure Assist
  • Common in restaurants, gas stations, and other commercial venues where reliable flush is a must.
  • Borrows water pressure from supply lines to help power flush or uses small electric motor.
  • More expensive and noisier than a conventional toilet.
  • More difficult to repair than standard designs


Michaels Plumbing Service and help you choose a toilet that is efficient and budget friendly, we can also repair your existing toilet or install your new one.  Appointments can be scheduled online or call our office and one of our friendly office staff can assist you (770) 592-0081.

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