After 6 years in our brand new home, my wife and I have come to accept that nothing is built to last anymore. In fact, we are convinced that most things are built to self-destruct shortly after the warranty expires. Not so long ago, the first of our 4 toilets (children starving in Africa, and we have 4 TOILETS!) took a dump (pun fully intended). Never one to be sold quickly, especially by a plumber whose crack is displayed prominently as he works, I decided to do my own research first. So, off to Home Depot I went. WOW! HOURS LATER, I had learned about all the key features/differentiators:
- Bowl Shape (Round/Oval): As the plumber told me, oval ones give guys more room for, well, you know.
- Flush Power: I bought the one that can flush down “A BUCKET OF GOLF BALLS!” (or the VERY BIG POOP equivalent, I surmised)
- Seat Height: Standard rim is 15″ from the floor. Deluxe height is 16.5″ from the floor. Big whoop!
- Surface Coatings: What better surface to prey on irrational fears about bacterial and mold than A TOILET!
- One-Piece vs. Two-Piece: Simple. One hunk of porcelain is more expensive than two hunks connected together. Buy the two-piece.