Dual flush toilets have come a long way in quality and ease of installation since I started installing them in the Triangle a few years ago. Quite honestly, when dual flush toilets came out I really was not impressed on some of the flush mechanisms and the overall look of the toilets themselves. As with most things in life, after time and trial and error, toilet manufacturers have refined their designs and come up with some improvements over their initial offerings. One of my favorite toilet manufacturers is American Standard, and like all the other’s they have been upping their game with new designs in dual flush toilets. Their H2Options series of dual flush toilets is getting great reviews, so let’s take a look at a few of the members of this series.
The Basic Round Front Toilet- As with most lines of toilets, the cheapest and most basic of American Standards dual flush H2Options toilets is the round front model. This is your traditional toilet that most people get with new home under $300,000 in the Triangle area. In fact most Triangle plumbers try to stick to buying these round front models because the are the cheapest to be found. Take a look at this particular model. Anyhow, this is the basic model in the line and it gives you some nice features. The tank is much smaller and more sculpted than most older toilets, so it looks really nice in any bathroom. The real purpose of a round front toilet is to give you more room in a smaller bathroom or to make sure the door does not hit the front of the toilet. To be honest, most people that build nicer homes look at round front toilets as being of “lesser”" quality, but that is not the case. It is more of a stylistic thing, but high-end plumbing showrooms have convinced people to purchase elongated toilets by saying that they are for more upscale homes. Well lets take a look at the elongated version as well.
The Elongated Front Toilet – The main benefit of an elongated toilet is that you get a little more real estate to park yourself on when spending time in the loo! Okay, that’s a bit cheeky! Seriously, you get some more room with a slightly larger toilet, which can give you a more comfortable experience. The elongated model is 2″ longer at 29 3/4″ from wall to front of toilet. That being said, I have always thought that round front toilet flushed better, with the round front lending itself better to the cyclonic action than the oblong design in the elongated toilets. Last but not least is the “comfort height” model.
Comfort Height Dual Flush Toilets – Offered in both round front and elongated front, American Standard has included the Comfort Height toilet in it’s line up with taller people in mind. With an industry standard of 14-15 inches for the height of the toilet bowl, some individuals with longer legs or above average height can experience some discomfort going to the bathroom. This toilet has a rim height of 16 1/2″, giving much more support for those individuals. This does not quite qualify it as ADA approved. After viewing this unit we will talk about the benefits of all the models in the H2Options series.
Here are some of the features of the American Standard H2Options Dual Flush Toilet lineup:
- Water Sense Rating from the EPA
-Rebates in Raleigh, Cary and Durham – http://www.americanstandard-us.com/Microsite/WaterEfficiency/rebatelocator.aspx
- First Ever Jetted Bowl Cleaner in Dual Flush Toilets
- Everclean Anti Bacterial Bowl Surface
- Saves 1,400 Gallons of Water Per Year
Guys, take a look at this toilet and next time you are in need of a replacement, go ahead and order one and if you are in the Raleigh, Durham or Triangle area and you need a plumber, let us install it for you. Give us a call at 919-397-5777! Till next time, stay dry. Pat