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What are the Different Types of Toilets?

The toilet is one of the essential things found in the bathroom, and if a bathroom doesn’t have a toilet, it shouldn’t even be called a bathroom at all. Most people may be familiar with the kind of toilet that has a circular bowl and a water tank with a fill valve inside.  There are more types of toilets that people don’t know, and they should, as these different kinds of toilets often have functions that are exclusive to them or are not found in other toilets.

Because bathrooms can have different sizes and spaces, it is important for people to know the various kinds of toilets available so that they will be able to purchase one that is the most suitable for their bathroom. Some toilets could be more compatible with your home’s sewer system, and a few would even help you save more space because of their small size. These are a few of the various types of toilets for you to choose from.

Toilets by Style

Toilets come in different shapes and sizes, and some of them may be more beneficial to certain people than others.

One-Piece Toilet

The one-piece toilet has its water tank connected directly to the bowl. This type of toilet has a smaller water tank compared to most toilets, making it easier to clean since there is not a lot of space in the tank to tidy up. Because it usually comes already assembled, there is no need to connect its parts together, and only you need to do is plug the toilet into a water supply.

Two-Piece Toilet

The most common type of toilet in households, the two-piece toilet is literally made up of two separate toilet parts, which are the water tank and the bowl.

Because of the separation of the water tank from the other main part of the toilet, it tends to have a bigger water capacity than one-piece toilets. Also, as opposed to the one-piece toilet where the entire back of it is placed directly against the wall, the two-piece toilet only has the water tank placed on the wall.  

Corner Toilet

A sub-type to the two-piece toilet, the corner toilet has a triangle-shaped water tank that can fit in one corner of the bathroom. This type of toilet is quite rare in the bathroom today, as people are more accustomed to the regular two-piece toilets that are sitting in front of only one wall.

However, the corner toilet is beneficial for those who want to save space in their bathroom since it would allow people to gain access to any part of the wall except the corner where the toilet is situated.

Compact Toilet

The compact toilet looks like a two-piece, but it doesn’t have the large water tank on its back. Those who choose compact toilets would want to use the space typically occupied by the water tank for other items, but it doesn’t really save space on the floor because its bowl is the same size as a two-piece. Compact toilets often have smaller water tanks, or they may not even have a water tank at all.

Wall-Mounted Toilet

The wall-mounted toilet is considered the most expensive toilet style, not because of the price of the toilet itself, but for the price of installing it in the bathroom. Wall-mounted toilets look a lot like the compact ones because there are no visible water tanks in them; however, what people cannot see is that there is a large water tank in the toilet, it is just hidden behind the bathroom wall.

Because the tank needs to be built inside the wall itself, those who wish to have this toilet may need to pay a plumber or a construction worker to install it properly.

Squat Toilet

Commonly found in Asian and African countries, squat toilets don’t have bowls in them, as the toilets themselves are connected directly to the drain, so you would have to squat to use them properly. Modern squat toilets have a flushing mechanism, but older versions only have pit latrines at the bottom. A pit latrine is a part of a toilet where the feces or wastes are collected in a deep pit instead of being transported to a sewage system.

Bidet Toilet

The bidet toilet, in fact, is a bidet seat and regular toilet combo. It originated in the United States, and was initially introduced and improved in Japan. In the 1980s, it launched a new product, which added a variety of functions such as heating the toilet seat, warm water cleaning, warm air drying, sterilization, etc. In the toilet revolution held in the 1980s in South Korea, the state invested a lot of money to develop new bidet toilet seats. In South Korea, 20% of households use bidet toilet seats. In Japan, more and more people use bidet toilet seats.

Toilets by Function

Toilets have different ways of flushing objects out of the bowl, and these methods often vary in mechanisms.

Gravity-Feed Toilet

Gravity-feed toilets are arguably the most common type of toilet in the world, mainly due to the fact that this kind of toilet is the oldest out of all in the list. The gravity-feed toilet is able to flush water out of the bowl using the water tank, which contains water that helps push the waste down the drain. In addition, gravity-feed toilets also have an interesting flushing motion that allows it to clean the bowl before pushing the water down.

Pressure-Assisted Toilet

The pressure-assisted toilet uses air pressure instead of water pressure that is utilized in the gravity-feed toilet. Because its tank uses air, the pressure-assisted toilet is more powerful than water pressure toilets, making it capable of flushing even the largest wastes in terms of size and volume. Pressure-assisted toilets also flush faster than gravity-feed ones since air escapes quicker from the tank than water.

Dual Flush Toilet

The dual flush toilet combines the function of the gravity-feed and the pressure-assisted toilets. It has two levels of pressure that can perform either a full flush or a half flush. The full flush is done using a pressure-assisted tank filled with air, while the half flush relies on the gravity feed tank that contains water.

Waterless Toilet

An uncommon type of toilet, the waterless toilet doesn’t have any water or air tank to push wastes into the drain, and sometimes it is not even connected to a drain at all. Instead, waterless toilets only collect waste in a large compartment under the toilet, with the water being drained through a special tube.

Also, there is another kind of waterless toilet called the composting toilet that transforms wastes into compost that can be mixed with soil to act as a natural fertilizer for plants.

Now that you are familiar with the different types of toilets in regards to their style and function, you will be able to choose a toilet for your home more wisely.  They come in all styles and budgets and you can find the best toilet under $200.   If you already have a toilet at home and you want to replace it with a new one, make sure that the toilet that you are going to purchase can fit in the space of your bathroom and is compatible with your toilet drain.

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