Your Guide to the Perfect Toilet Height

Heather Asiyanbi - 10/3/18 8:43 PM

Your toilet is the most important seat in your house, so installing one at the most comfortable height will have an impact on your bathroom experience. "Height" refers to the measurement from your bathroom floor to the top of the bowl WITHOUT the seat. And, while many toilets available today are marketed as comfort height, not everyone might find them comfortable.

The Case for a Shorter Toilet

Typically, toilets are anywhere from 14 to 15 inches tall; add the seat, and you'll get a total of 16 to 17 inches. These traditional toilets are great if you're on the shorter side and for kids who are both potty training and now taking care of business on their own.

More, toilets with bowl heights of 14 to 15 inches can be better for your gut health. Because your body more readily expels waste when your hips are slightly below your knees, a shorter fixture may be the better choice.

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Why you Might Consider a Comfort Height Toilet

Comfort height toilets are modeled after the average height of a chair; the top of the bowl is 16 to 17 inches above the floor. When you add a toilet seat, the height of your toilet effectively totals 18 to 19 inches, making it easier for taller and older members of your family.

If you need an ADA-compliant toilet to accommodate family members with mobility issues, a comfort height toilet could be easier to maneuver than a shorter one. Comfort height toilets can also be easier on your knees and your back, even if you don't suffer from any health concerns.

Decision Time

Standard height and comfort height toilets operate in the same manner, and the height of your toilet bowl will not impact the toilet's flushing power. Manufacturers also produce both standard and comfort height toilets in a variety of styles so you're sure to find one that fits in with the design of your bathroom.

Pricing is roughly the same; you won't necessarily pay more for a comfort height toilet. Instead, price tags are more related to a toilet's flushing technology, whether it's skirted or not, and how much architectural detail is included in the mold.

The primary difference, of course, is height and how each configuration may fit best in your home. You'll need to assess your life now and how things could change in the future to choose the toilet that can complement both your bathroom design and the needs of your family today and for years to come. 

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