Low Flow Toilets have tons of features today, some more beneficial than others. What to look for when selecting a water saving toilet.
Bathroom eco water systems include low water toilets.
Single flush or dual, round or oblong bowl, high seat or low, gravity flush or pressure assist, will replacement parts be easy to find? There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a low water toilet. And the longer it'll be before it's ready for the recycle bin, the greener the product is overall.
The amount of water you'll save depends on how old your current toilet is.
Toilets installed before the 60's used as much as 7 gallons per flush, after the 60's it was reduced to 5 gallons and in the 80's it was reduced still further to 3.5 gallons per flush.
More current legislation (1994) has reduced the per flush volume to 1.6 gallons and dual flush models offer an option as low as 0.8 gallons for a light weight flush.
Below we'll discuss a number of options available in the low water toilet line-up but the bottom line is that the toilet does what toilets are supposed to do; sweeps away the deposit, with the push of a lever, into an unseen (and unsmelled) space in the netherworld. At the risk of being crude, if you can't get the turd (and its evidence) out of the bowl, it really doesn't matter about the other fine features the toilet might have.
When renovating an old bathroom remember that most new model toilets require a 12 inch rough-in.
There's lots to think about when choosing a low water flow toilet, below are some options and the pros and cons of each.
Read customer reviews on the internet of all of the low flow toilets you're considering, even if you don't intend to buy online. The online shopper's biggest advantage is access to reviews from people who own the product. Use them, they'll point out red flags.
Consider the complexity of the toilet design. Features like pressure assist and dual flush, although they can be very helpful, add to the difficulty in maintaining or making small repairs to your toilet yourself.
Expect to pay anywhere between $150.00 and $700.00 for your toilet, most fall between $300.00 and $450.00 USD.
For super low water use consider a composting toilet.