The size and shape of your toilet bowl doesn’t exactly make for great dinner conversation. But it is something you have to consider when you’re shopping for a new toilet.
There are two basic shapes of toilet bowls: round and elongated. Round bowls dominated the market until about the 1980s but have declined in popularity. Still, there are pros and cons to each.
Most round toilets are priced in the $100 to $400 range. You can find cheap toilets for slightly less than $100, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for in terms of quality. On the other end of the spectrum, fancy toilets can sell for as much as $600 to $1,200.
- Better for kids - Because round toilets are smaller, they are easier and more comfortable for kids to use. They’re also a better fit for toilet training seats. If you have a separate children’s bathroom in your home, you might want to consider installing a round toilet.
- Cheaper - Round toilets are slightly less expensive than elongated toilets.
- Work in tight spaces - Also because of their smaller size, round toilets work well in small bathrooms. They remain a popular option for half- or three-quarter baths.
- Not ideal for adults - The small size of round toilets makes them less comfortable for adults, particularly those who are tall or large.
Elongated toilets used to be a rare sight, reserved for high-end homes. Now, the tables have turned: It is rare to see round toilet in new construction.
Elongated toilet bowls have an oval shape. They are slightly larger than rounded toilets, measuring 13 inches from front to back instead of 11 inches.
Most elongated toilets are priced in the same $100 to $400 range, although fancy versions can cost as much as $1,200. Generally, an elongated toilet is slightly more expensive than a comparable round version.
- Better for adults - For many years, round toilets were the only thing most people knew. But with the surge in popularity of elongated toilets, it became clear that the majority of adults are more comfortable using a larger, elongated toilet.
- Modern look - Because elongated toilets are so popular these days, round toilets are beginning to look out of date.
- More expensive - The price difference isn’t dramatic, but you will have to budget more for an elongated toilet.
- Not ideal for kids - Elongated toilets are not designed for children. The larger seat can be intimidating and uncomfortable, particularly for very small children who are just learning to use the toilet.
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