Choosing Your Perfect Toilet – 4 Different Types

Latrine. Privy. Porcelain throne. We all have our favorite name for that special seat in the house: the toilet. But did you know that there are different types of toilets? This can be useful information when you’re renovating a bathroom or it’s time to replace an outdated commode in your home.

Here are four types of toilets you can consider, along with advantages and disadvantages of each.

Choosing Your Perfect Toilet

Two-piece toilet

Comprised of a separate tank and bowl, the two-piece toilet is by far the most common design in the US. Having two pieces means there is more installation required and extra crevices to clean. However, if you’re on a tight budget, the two-piece toilet is likely your best bet.


  • Easy to find at any home improvement or plumbing store
  • Typically cheaper than other options
  • Can fix one piece without replacing the entire toilet


  • Installation
  • Can be harder to clean

One-piece toilet

This type is very similar to the two-piece toilet, with the main difference being that it’s all one, singular piece. Some people find the one-piece design to be sleeker and more visually appealing. One-piece toilets are also typically smaller and sit lower to the ground, making them a good option for children and in bathrooms where space is limited.


  • Easy to find at any home improvement or plumbing store
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Take up less space
  • More durable
  • Easier to clean


  • Heavier to carry in one piece
  • If one area breaks, need to replace entire toilet

Wall-hung toilets

If you’re going for a modern style or have a very small bathroom, then a wall-mounted toilet may be just what you need. The tank is hidden inside the wall, and bowl is attached directly on to the wall – taking up significantly less space than traditional toilets.


  • Saves space in bathroom
  • More versatile – can be installed anywhere near a water source
  • Stylish and modern design


  • More expensive
  • Usually require professional installation
  • May require more repairs

Smart toilets

Yes, just like everything else in our lives, toilet technology has greatly advanced over the years. Depending on your needs, wants, and budget, you can add plenty of features, including (but not limited to) hands-free flushing, self-cleaning bowl, heated seats, and motion-activated lighting.


  • Enhanced comfort, convenience, and functionality
  • Cater to special needs


  • More expensive
  • Harder to find in stores

Are you surprised to learn there are that many different choices for toilets available? So next time you’re in the market for a new John, you’ll know how to pick out the perfect one for your needs and personal preferences.

Of course, the most important aspect of a toilet is that it’s in working order. If you run into any problems, don’t hesitate to call Emergency Plumbing and Solar at (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island. Whether it is for an installation or repair, our friendly plumbers will come out and make sure everything is running smoothly.


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