Things To Consider When Choosing A Toilet

I cannot tell you how long my husband has been suggesting we get a TOTO toilet. Truth be told, he has gone beyond suggesting and was well into the nagging phase when we began talking about the renovation of our powder room.

I have seen TOTO toilets in many of the upscale resorts we stayed in this summer like the Mirror Lake Inn. Seeing them used like this was another indication they must be superior quality. So I decided to look further into them.

Their website is very easy to navigate and you will find so many styles and designs to browse. They have a special tool called My TOTO that allows you to view, save, compare, and share products for multiple design projects. You can learn about a product’s features and specifications, save it to a folder for future reference, compare its features and price and even share your favorites with friends and family through social media.

The first thing you need to figure out is whether you want a one-piece or two-piece toilet. A two-piece toilet is generally lighter than a one piece toilet since the tank is separate.  This can help if you have to carry it up to the second or higher level in your home.

One piece toilets can usually fit in tighter spaces and they are easier to clean than two-piece toilets. They also tend to have less issues than two-piece toilets. One-piece toilets generally have a higher price point than two-piece toilets.

TOTO also has a third choice, wall-hung, which opens up bathroom space but you need to have an in-wall tank system.

Your style will be the next choice you will need to make. For residential use, you can choose from modern, transitional or classic styles. Other choices you will need to make are whether you want an elongated or round bowl shape, flush rate, flushing system and color.

I knew, I wanted was a skirted toilet. If you are not sure what that is, it means that the trapway is covered, is so much easier to clean and has a smoother appearance. I also wanted a classic design, elongated bowl and powerful flushing system.

I was able to find exactly what I wanted in the Eco Guinevere. This is a uniquely sculpted one-piece toilet with a 1.28 GPF and elongated bowl. It also features  TOTO’s highly efficient Tornado flushing system, which uses a powerful combination of gravity and centrifugal force and CeFiONtect, an extraordinarily smooth, ion-barrier surface to help the bowl stay cleaner longer. I also chose the brushed nickel trip lever.

Eco Guinevere® One-Piece Toilet

Let me know what you think of our choice and I will be posting something else we picked for our toilet. Something that is pretty special! However, you will just have to wait to hear all about it. Feel free to take some guesses and leave them in the comments.

Special thanks to TOTO for all their help and for providing us with this exceptional toilet for our project. As always all my words and opinions are 100% my own.


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10 Responses to Things To Consider When Choosing A Toilet

  1. Janet W.

    What a great guide and info for toilet seats, especially if you’re doing a re-model.

  2. Sharon P

    Wow, I love your choice. We are planning a remodel of our master bath and I think this toilet would look great in our design. Thanks so much for sharing, I had not thought of TOTO before this post. Now I am off to do some site browsing.

  3. Mary Clark

    This is a great post, I always wondered what the difference is between a one piece or two piece and now I know why people choose them. Thanks for enlightening me.

  4. Linda Mayfield

    I really like your choice! Can’t wait to see the completed project.

  5. Nancy Loring

    we will be renovating one of our bathrooms this spring and these toilets have given me some great ides

  6. Cassie Eastman

    Wow, I had no idea there were so many to choose from! This is really helpful since my mom is remodeling her bathroom, i’ll have to have her check this out.

  7. Laurajj

    Oh I love the one you picked! I didnt know they had so many different ones to choose from! I love the Tornado flushing system!!!

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  9. We’re about to start shopping toilets as well and there really is SO MUCH to know! I had a low flush toilet that would clog about every 6 months and it really has to go! There really is a lot to research for toilets. Thanks!

    • You are quite welcome. There are so many decisions with every home improvement project. Sometimes it can get overwhelming. I struggle with some parts of our projects and just wish someone would tell me what to do there, lol. That is why I was glad I had a kitchen designer, my backsplash was the worst part and she could not fully make the decision for me, she recommended a color etc but I had to finalize the design etc. That drove me crazy for several weeks but I am so happy with how it did turn out. Good luck with your decision.

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