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.
Toilet bowls come in two main shapes: round and elongated. There is a third size (see the picture) called compact elongated which is the “in between” or “medium” size.
Why do we have different sized bowls? After ten minutes of searching with Google I did not find an answer. I have hence concluded that we need larger seats for larger people.
As more and more of us become wider and wider, we need bigger toilet seats. Until someone provides me a better answer, I’m sticking with that one.
The choice of toilet bowl size is not a case of advantages or disadvantages, but rather of personal choice and available space.
Round bowls are the shortest from back to front, so if space in your bathroom is an issue you may have no choice but to install a round bowl.
On the other hand, if space is not an issue, it then becomes strictly your personal preference.
Some people like toilet seats of a certain type and style and base their choice of bowl size on the availability of a seat they want (I like you not). In terms of toilet seat choices, if you want cushioned, pink, ocean design, etc, etc, they’re out there, but maybe only in one size, thereby limiting your choice of bowl size.
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