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Question DetailsAsked on 12/31/2016

i am a senior , whats the best toilet for the money 1st of all most flushing power, then maintenance, comfort in he

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I recommend American Standard toilets - available in various shapes and heights, and aside from power flush toilets like in public buildings (which can be put in homes if you want) in my opinion have the best gravity flow flushing power and consistent performance, and are in the low to lower-midrange pricewise as well so a win-win situation. Commonly $125-250 for common economic models - plus the $100-150 commonly installation charge by a plumber.

Jet-assisted or power flush toilets do provide more flushing jet action, but commonly run about $150-200 more for the type that just releases a jet of air pressure into the bottom of the bowl to push the water along a bit faster (like a Flushmate power assist valve), to $300-500 more (installed) for ones like in commercial buildings and airports and such that actually have line pressure water going into the bottom entry hole in the bowl. Note that is you have a blockage, both these types (especially the direct line pressure ones) have more risk of overflow.

For better flushing with a regular gravity toilet, I always recommend getting a toilet with a 5 gallon tank rather than those 2.5-3.5 gallon water conservation ones and manual flush lever connected to the flush valve, so even though the flush mechanism automatically cuts off the flow at about 1.5 to 2.5 gallons, if you holdthe lever down during flushing it will empty the whole 4-5 gallons that the tank holds into the bowl, giving better flushing and gooseneck clearing effectiveness when needed to flush a larger amount of material. NOte of course with most toilets that if you do that you have to release before it overflows if a clog occurs, because the larger tanks hold more than the bowl.

As for comfort - get a toilet you like the shape of (round or elongated bowl) with good reputation, then get a seat that suits you for comfort - easy to replace the seat yourself on standard US toilets, which have a standard bolt spacing for the seats.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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