This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well as part of a sub-series on toilets (yes, toilets!). To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
A one piece toilet is where the tank and bowl are all formed into one piece. By contrast a two piece toilet (the most common in homes) is where the tank bolts onto the bowl.
The basic functions are the same for both types of toilets. There is a tank where water is stored, some form of a flush valve between the tank and the bowl, and some mechanism of opening that valve (which is what happens when you flush a toilet).
Why might you want one? For a variety of reasons that are listed below under advantages.
There are several:
- If you need a smaller toilet because you want it to fit under a counter, or the distance from the toilet flange (what the toilet bolts onto) and the back wall is shorter, you may have no choice but to install a one piece.
- They are definitely easier to clean.
- Because of their smaller size, they are made of thicker porcelain and hence are more durable.
- For your DIY’ers, installation tends to be easier as there is only one piece to install.
Two come to mind:
- One piece toilets cost more than two piece toilets.
- If you install it so that it fits under a counter, when you need to change the mechanism in the tank (known as rebuilding) you have less space to work in.
There isn’t one, one way or the other. If you have no choice due to space considerations, there is no decision to make. If you have choice, whether you install a one piece or a two piece is a matter of personal preference.
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