So, your toilet got cracked. We won’t ask you how, we promise.
Look, we’re going to level with you: If you have a porcelain toilet, it’s not going to be easy to fix.
If it’s just a minor chip, you can always try to super glue the piece back on. There’s a special kind of epoxy glue for porcelain, FYI.
Try that and see if it works. But if it’s a major crack, or a crack in any part of the toilet that handles water or waste, we highly recommend that you replace the toilet.
Sure, porcelain will always have that classic look. And it may still be the best material, overall, for toilets. It’s still considered the most cost-effective material from a manufacturing perspective (making it cheaper for you), but it’s also sturdy, non-absorbent and long-lasting.
But, if you want to upgrade to a newer toilet, the world of modern toilets has become a pretty exciting place! It’s a great time to get with the times. Here are just a few options.
If you care about the environment—or a lower water bill—consider a water-efficient toilet. In fact, if you get a new toilet, you don’t have a choice. New federal law now dictates that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gpf. (WaterSense is the EnergyStar for water-use devices.) Older toilets can use upwards of 3.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf). These new toilets basically come in three forms:
Have only one flushing option and flush at 1.6 gallons per flush
Can flush either at 1.6 gpf for solids, or 0.8 gpf for liquids. This can really help the water bill.
This toilet forces air into the flush, which creates a powerful push and only uses 1 gpf. You see these in hotels and restaurants.
When you go to a ballgame, particularly at an older stadium, you may notice that the seats are a little tight. That’s because we’re generally taller and bigger than we used to be. The seats on Comfort Height toilets are two inches taller than older toilets. This makes standing and sitting easier, which can be useful if you’re tall or getting on in years.
Like most things, toilets aren’t immune to technological advances. Here are just a few upgrades they’ve received:
You’ve seen “Auto-flush” technology in public restrooms, but now you can add it to your home.
While they can be extremely expensive, some toilets claim to be more hygienic than others and use special water systems to keep the toilets extra clean.
Turns out toilets aren’t above add-ons. You can now get toilets with seat heaters, built-in bidets, warm air jets, and more options. Hey, whatever floats your… boat!