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Ask a plumber: How to buy a new toilet

Scripps-Howard News ServiceNovember 15, 2013 

Q: I recently went to purchase a new toilet to replace my old one, but I found so many toilet bowl styles that I was not sure what I needed. Can you please help me with basic toilet bowl choices? This way I can buy my new toilet with confidence.

A: Your existing toilet can act as a template to help narrow down your choices. Here are five tips to help you create a checklist to follow when buying a new toilet to closely match your present toilet.

Color choice: Using up-to-date color samples, match up your existing toilet with the closest color available.

One- or two-piece toilet: If your toilet tank is a separate component and bolted to your bowl, that is a two-piece toilet. A one-piece toilet is manufactured as one complete plumbing fixture.

Standard or comfort height: If you would like toilet bowl that’s a little higher, order “comfort height.”

Round or elongated bowl: Looking down, round bowls are shaped like a circle, while elongated bowls are more egg-shaped.

Bring a photo of your old toilet: A picture can help sales associates answer your questions.

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