“My Toilet Is Cracked. Should I Repair Or Replace It?”

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.

1) Water-efficient toilets

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:

Single flush

Have only one flushing option and flush at 1.6 gallons per flush

Dual flush

Can flush either at 1.6 gpf for solids, or 0.8 gpf for liquids. This can really help the water bill.

Pressure assist

This toilet forces air into the flush, which creates a powerful push and only uses 1 gpf. You see these in hotels and restaurants.

2) Comfort Height Toilets

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.

3) High-tech toilets

Like most things, toilets aren’t immune to technological advances. Here are just a few upgrades they’ve received:

Hands-free toilets

You’ve seen “Auto-flush” technology in public restrooms, but now you can add it to your home.

Hygienic toilets

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.

Toilets with extras

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!