The Basics of Toilets, Sinks and Showers

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When you’re purchasing bathroom equipment, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options out there. Corner tubs, standard tubs, walk in bathtubs, corner walk in tubs — how are you supposed to figure out what you need? Here’s what you need to know for each major element of the bathroom:

  1. Toilets:

    The most important thing to look for in toilets is water efficiency. Water saving toilets may be pressure assisted (since pressure is used to clean the toilet bowl, rather than gravity alone, less water can be used) or have dual flush functions. A dual flush toilet allows the user to push one of two buttons depending on what kind of waste needs to be removed from the bowl. Contemporary toilets can also be designed to be quite attractive, with a number of base shapes and detailing options, so it’s worth taking the time to look at a few options and pick your favorite.

  2. Sinks:

    When it comes to bathroom sinks and faucets, there are two things to consider: storage and aesthetics. Attached baths and most hall baths have a traditional countertop and one or two sinks. The primary reason for this is that the cabinetry underneath the countertop can be used for storing cleaning and personal items. However, you might want to consider a pedestal sink for a half bath or powder room, since it’s unlikely that these bathrooms would need as much storage. If you need storage but want a more elegant look than what’s provided by a traditional undermount sink, you might want to consider vessel sinks and wall-mounted faucets.

  3. Showers and Tubs:

    Most people assume that a small bathroom necessarily dictates a shower. But there are many tubs, even walk ins, that can fit in a small space. Depending on whether or not children are likely to be using the space, though, you might want to consider an executive glass shower for a higher-end feel. These have multiple shower heads and sometimes even a seating bench.

Do you have any more tips on purchasing bathroom equipment? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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