So, what are the best new toilets to install in a remodeling or renovation project?
We approach the selection of toilets for a bathroom remodel following the theme of this site, which advocates Universal Design and aging in place.
Comfort or Chair Height Toilets
For seniors, deep knee bends are no longer a voluntary workout exercise. Knee bends eventually become difficult and painful when getting seated on a toilet. In any case, in the world of Universal Design, in which we all increasingly live, the comfort or chair height toilet makes perfect sense for everyone.
The chair or comfort height toilet provides an experience similar to sitting on a comfortable chair because it is about the same height. This is around 18 inches. It makes the simple act of sitting or standing much easier than the standard height toilet.
Comfort height toilets on Amazon
Wall Hung Toilets
We like the minimalist look or the wall hung toilet. And we also like it from an aging in place perspective because it makes cleaning the bathroom floor so much easier. Of course, the wall hung toilet can be mounted at the chair or comfort height.
However, since the water supply, shut off valve, and flushing mechanism and waste line are all concealed inside the wall, if you are also installing a bidet you must have your plumber bring forward an exposed water connection. Of course, this is not a big deal for a remodeling project, since the plumber is already on-site and it is easy to have him install a bidet water supply line in the wall to the left of the toilet.
Also, don’t forget that bidet seats also require a nearby electrical outlet to plug into.
Wall hung toilets on Amazon
American Standard 2882108.020 Glenwall VorMax Wall-Hung Elongated Toilet with Right Hand Trip Lever, 1.28 gpf, White
KOHLER K-6299-NY Veil Wall-Hung Elongated Toilet Bowl, Dune
|23 x 17.9 x 15.5|
Swiss Madison Well Made Forever Ivy SM-WT450 Wall Hung Toilet, Glossy White
|20.5 x 14.6 x 12|
Other things to consider when installing a toilet
- Making sure there is enough surrounding space for wheelchair maneuvering.
- Installing grab bars to help with getting up and down.
- Making sure the toilet paper is within easy reach from a sitting position.
- Getting a wall-mounted comfort height toilet for easier floor cleaning.
- Installing the toilet in a “wet room” – along with tub, shower, and vanity, again with easy cleaning and maintenance in mind.
- Pair the toilet with a comfort height Squatty Potty or equivalent
- When selecting a toilet, always consider pairing it with a bidet.
A squatting stool improves the posture of the body in performing a bowel movement.
The human body is designed such that fecal elimination is easier and more complete when it is in a squatting position.
For a standard height toilet, the stool should be around 7″ high. For the comfort height toilet it should be at around 9″ high.
For the elderly or less limber, it is highly advisable to use grab bars in conjunction with a squatting stool.
Squatting stools on Amazon
Squatty Potty sp-e-9 The Original Bathroom Toilet Stool, 9 inch Height, White
|9 inches (also available in 7 inches)|
MallBoo Bamboo Squatting Toilet Stool with Flip Adjustment,Two Sizes-in-one(7″ and 10″)
|Adjustable – 7 inches & 10 inches|
EKOU PLUS Bamboo Squatting Toilet Stool Adjustable Bamboo Portable Bathroom 7 inch and 9 inch Height Two Sizes-in-one
|Adjustable – 7 inches and 9 inches|
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