Replacing a toilet is not a very frequent household project, so buying a toilet is not something that needs to be done very often. While it may see straight forward there are a few important things to consider before making a purchase.
Toilet Tanks & Flushing Systems
Almost all toilets have a similar tank capacity. When choosing a tank, you'll have flush value size & flush lever positioning to consider, as well as the flushing system. 

Pressure-Assisted Flush System:
 Pressurized air forces water int the bowl when flushed, reducing the chance for clogs. This system is noisy, expensive, and may require costly maintenance. 

Gravity-Flush System:
The most common and simplest system, it uses the water weight to generate flushing pressure. The pressure forces everything from the tank into the bowl and through the S-shaped trapway. A siphoning action completes the flush. This flushing system is quieter and requires less maintenance than a pressure-assisted flushing system.

Dual Flush:
This is a relatively new system for saving water without sacrificing efficiency. There are two flushing options for a full or a partial flush (ex. 1.6 gallon flush and 1.1 gallon flush). 


**Water Usage: By Federal Law, new toilets cannot use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf). High-efficiency toilets (HET) use even less. Toilets with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense label rate high in both water efficiency  and flushing effectiveness. They meet strict flushing performance guidelines established by the EPA WaterSense Program. WaterSense toilets use at least 20% less water than a standard 1.6-gallon toilet.  
The Right Toilet Height
Toilets usually come in Standard height (approximately 15", the height you are probably accustomed to) and Comfort height, which is between 17" - 18". This two inches may not seem like a big difference, but in fact, this extra two inches in height makes it easier for elderly or tall people to get up and down from the toilet.   
It performs a thankless job!

But, your toilet makes your life easier. That's a fact! Another fact: putting a little bit of time into researching the different kids of toilets can ensure you'll be satisfied with your purchase.

  If you're not sure about where to begin, let us help! 
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