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A survey conducted in the U.K. found that adults spend roughly 416 days of their lifetime in the bathroom. Not all of those nearly 600,000 minutes are spent using the toilet, but they are toilet-adjacent. All things considered, taking more than a few minutes to decide which toilets you want in your home makes sense. 

Deciding on details like bowl shape and flushing technology may seem trivial until you have to live with and use a toilet every day. Seconds & Surplus makes it easy to find high-quality toilets for sale at reasonable prices. We have been providing a wide array of building supplies — including essentials like toilets — to homeowners and contractors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly four decades. 

Types of Toilets: What Are You Looking For?

It may seem silly, but choosing your own toilet is a right of passage of sorts. Toilets are known for their long durability. If something does go wrong, they are generally easy to repair. Unless you’ve already built a new home or renovated a bathroom, you may not have any experience in purchasing a new toilet. These details will help you make a great choice. 

One-Piece vs.Two-Piece Toilets

One of the first decisions you need to make is whether you want a one-piece or two-piece commode. Both models can include a host of extras, such as the soft-close seat and high-efficiency flush technology of the Valiant elongated one-piece toilet. Keep in mind that both names are misleading — even the simplest modern toilet is made up of many pieces. 

One-piece toilets get their name because the bowl and tank are factory-connected and one solid piece. Many people prefer one-piece units because they are easier to clean and have fewer spaces for bacteria to grow. 

Two-piece toilets are more economical and provide more options. However, the installation is more complex, and they are more likely to break down than one-piece units. 

Two-piece toilets are made with a detachable tank. Two-piece toilets are more customizable to fit specific height and style standards. Because they can be customized, two-piece units are often the choice for people with special needs. For example, this American Standard Colony two-piece toilet is ADA-compliant. 

Two-piece toilets are typically heavier and more expensive than one-piece models, but they do provide a high-end look and are often used in upscale bathrooms.

Elongated vs. Round

The most obvious difference between elongated and round toilets is their look, but the most important difference is comfort. Most people find elongated seats to be more comfortable than round seats. However, elongated models require more space than traditional round ones. 

Another consideration when choosing between these two styles is the toilet rough-in. For replacement purposes, you may not be able to replace a round toilet with an elongated one because the spacing may not be adequate. 

Water Efficiency vs. Standard Water Use

Most toilets today are water efficient, but some have better water-saving features than others. If saving water is at the top of your priority list, look for toilets with WaterSense certification. WaterSense models have been certified by the EPA and use a minimum of 20% less water than a standard toilet. However, they still meet the criteria for performance. 

Some WaterSense toilets have dual-flushing technology, which provides an option to use less water when flushing liquid waste. 

Find Your Throne at Seconds & Surplus

Seconds & Surplus carries a variety of one- and two-piece toilets as well as all the fixtures and materials you need to complete your dream bathroom. Most products are available for delivery nationwide. Contact Seconds & Surplus to learn more about our toilets for sale.