Guide to Purchase Toilet Seats (18 Various Types of Toilets)

Do you know there are various types of toilets in the market? The toilets are categorised in shape, functionality, structure, and sanitation. We will provide you with a complete guide to different toilet seats.

If you are planning to design your bathroom, and want a toilet that compliments the space. Then reading this article will definitely help you to get a proper idea about the budget, shape, size, specifications, etc.

Without stretching the introductory part, let us now just directly jump into the blog.

Lists of Different Types of Toilets

1. Flushing Toilet

Flushing Toilet- types of toilets

As the name suggests, flushing toilets means pushing or pulling the flush button/ trigger. The flushing toilet is categorised into four shaped trap ways, S, P, U, and J. Nowadays, most users are using flushing toilets. These types of toilets are even popular in countries like Vietnam or China.

In the flushing toilets, water is used to clean the bowl. On the other hand, waterless flushing toilets are known as “dry” toilets. Dry toilets have different sanitation and disposal of technology.

Apart from the above-discussed types, the flushing toilets are further divided into new types according to the performance and the power of the flushing. They are- cyclone flush, tornado flush, and G-max flush. There are various brands that offer different flushing toilets. Toilets that are powerful and quiet at the same time are the most popular ones.

2. One-Piece Toilet

One-Piece Toilet- types of toilets

The one-piece toilets as the name suggests are the tank that connects with the bowl and makes the whole toilet as one. These types of toilets are compact in size and relatively smaller in size. Since there are no gaps or joints, it is very easy to clean.

Most of the one-piece toilets come with a toilet seat. However, the toilets are very expensive.

The breadth of the toilets are much shorter and hence the bowl and the seat could be put together. 

Pros

  • Easy to clean.
  • Compact in size.
  • Best for small bathrooms.

Cons

  • Expensive. 

 

Additional Features

Most of the one-piece toilets come with a toilet seat. However, the toilets are very expensive.

The breadth of the toilets are much shorter and hence the bowl and the seat could be put together.

 

3. Two-Piece Toilet

Two-Piece Toilet- types of toilets

These types are the most common toilets among users across the world. Unlike the one-piece toilets, the bowl and water tank of the toilets are separate. The water storing tank of the toilets has a large volume.

Pros

  • Budget-Friendly.
  • Large water storing tank.

Cons

  • Easily gets dirty.
  • Not much suitable for compact bathrooms.

Additional Features

The users are now moving towards the one-piece toilet, but the two-piece toilets are still fairly in the race. They are very easy to repair and replace parts. These toilets are durable as compared to others. While buying the toilet you must choose the brand carefully.

 

4. Upflush Toilet

Upflush Toilet- types of toilets

Upflush toilet is one of the unique toilets that you can install anywhere in your home. The toilet by Saniflo is a smart design toilet that does not need a drain line.

 

Pros

  • It does not need any drain line.
  • Compatible for any space.
  • Do not need to dig holes on the floor.

Cons

  • Wobbly toilet seat.
  • Clogged pipe.

 

Additional Features

One of the most fascinating things about the Upflush toilet is the users do not need to dig holes in the floor. Therefore, it is easy to move and compatible to place anywhere.

Users shared that they have faced problems like the wobbly toilet seat and clogged pipe.

5. Small Compact Toilets

Small Compact Toilets- types of toilets

The small compact toilets are designed in such a way so that they can easily fit in the bathrooms. Users who want to set the toilets in their small bathrooms can opt for the small compact toilets.

Pros

  • Powerful flushing mechanism.
  • High water storage capacity.
  • Certified WaterSense.

 

Cons

  • The toilet seats are expensive as compared to others.
  • The rims of the seat are high, which makes it uncomfortable for the consumers.

Additional Features

These types of toilets are generally wall-mounted toilets. The owners of marine boats, tiny houses, and RVs can opt for the small compact. Fixing these toilets will help you to save a lot of space where you can put other stuff like toiletries, plants, etc.

6. Corner Toilet

Corner Toilet- types of toilets

The corner toilets are triangular in shape and hence comfortably fit into the corner of the bathroom. One of the most amazing features of the corner toilet is that they are easily adjustable and comfortably fit into the tight corners.

However, the toilet looks a little bizarre. The corner toilets are only popular among users who do not have enough space to set up the traditionally designed toilets.

Pros

  • Easily fits in the corner.
  • Squeez to the right position.

Cons

  • Hard to find the right settings for the corner seat.

 

Additional Features

It is also difficult to find the right shape and settings of the cornet toilets that fit right at the corners. Therefore it is recommended to do your proper research before buying the corner toilet. The corner toilet is one of the best toilets that don’t clog. The corner toilet saves a lot of space without blocking.

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7. Wall Mounted Toilet

Wall Mounted Toilet- types of toilets

The wall-mounted toilet appears to be tankless. The tank of the toilet is fixed behind the wall. It provides an incredible look, imagine the bowl of the toilet attached to the wall and not touch the ground. The design of the toilet makes it easy to clean the toilet seat. Users of the wall-mounted toilet also do not have to worry about leakage problems.

These toilets will surely enhance the look of the bathroom. However, if you are planning to switch to the wall-mounted toilet from the ordinary toilet seats, then the mounting could be a really tricky part. While fixing it ensure that the installation and the plumbing of the seat is stable.

Pros

  • Aesthetically it looks good.
  • Easy to clean.
  • No leakage problems.

Cons

  • Installing the toilet seats could be really tough.
  • Users have to do a lot of digging to mount these types of toilets.

Additional Features

These toilets will surely enhance the look of the bathroom. However, if you are planning to switch to the wall-mounted toilet from the ordinary toilet seats, then the mounting could be a really tricky part. While fixing it ensure that the installation and the plumbing of the seat is stable.

8. Square Toilet

Square Toilet- types of toilets

Square toilets are the kind of toilets that are not so common among users. The shape of the toilets is more close to the rectangle. They are a large bowl as compared to others. Square toilets look incredible with your home decor and most users opt for them for aesthetic reasons.

Pros

  • It looks incredible.
  • Stylish.

Cons

  • Hard to get replacement parts.

 

Additional Features

However, finding the replacement parts of the toilets is a little hard. But if you want to give a different look to your bathroom, then square toilets should be on your wishlist.

9. Elongated Toilet

Elongated Toilet- types of toilets

Elongated toilets are the best to comfortably sit in. The seats are more in oval shape and best for adults. These types of toilets have much space for the sitting area and also have a larger bowl capacity than others, which is not necessary. Elongated toilets also have large pipelines that cover a lot of space.

Pros

  • Comfortable to sit.
  • Provides a large bowl area.
  • Large pipeline.

Cons

  • Needs frequent cleaning.
  • Easily gets dirty.
  • Elongated parts get messy.

Additional Features

Apart from all the features, the toilets do have some negative points as well. The large water surface and bowl area often get dirty while using. The wastes also mess up the elongated part of the toilet seat. Users need to spend comparatively much time cleaning.

10. Round Bowl Toilet

Round Bowl Toilet- types of toilets

The Round bowl toilet looks cute in your bathroom. These toilets also help to save some space in your bathroom. They are smaller in shape and size than the elongated toilets.

Pros

  • Looks cute in the bathroom.
  • Space saver.

Cons

  • It has a weak flushing system.
  • Small bowl capacity.

Additional Features

However, the flushing mechanism of these toilets is much less than the previous one in the list. Round bowl toilets are preferable when the user needs an extra toilet in the pool area or garden.

11. Tankless Toilet

Tankless Toilet- types of toilets

The first question that might have popped up in your mind is, is that possible? Yes, it is.

In the tankless toilet, the toilet is directly connected to the pipe and hence the tank is not required to store the waste. The electric pump of the toilet helps to make the flush effective and powerful.

These types of toilets have a wide pipe due to the requirement of high volume water for flush. The toilets are smaller in size and the contemporary look helps the users to enhance the aesthetic value of the bathroom.

Pros

  • Requires less space.
  • Very powerful electric flush.
  • Increase the aesthetic value of the toilet.

Cons

  • Mechanical flush is not that efficient.
  • Requires a lot of water.

 

Additional Features

The installation procedure of the toilet is although tricky. In case the battery of the toilet dies, the flush can not work properly. However, the users can also opt for the mechanical tankless toilet. Keep in mind that the mechanical flush is not as powerful as the electric one, and you might also need a lot of water to dump the waste through a pipe.

12. Composting Toilet

Composting Toilet- types of toilets

In different countries, the meaning of the term composting toilets differs. Composting toilets are also known as ‘dry’ toilets.

Composting toilets consist of wood chips, sawdust, etc. to absorb the moisture from the waste. Composting human waste is difficult, especially when urine and faeces are mixed.

In some toilets the tube for solid and liquid waste is different. 

Pros

  • Saves water.

Cons

  • Might produce odour.

Additional Features

It helps to keep the faeces and urine separated. In this way, the urine does not affect the oxidation process of the solid waste and hence ensures to manage the odour.

13. Portable Toilet

Portable Toilet

Portable toilets are best for hiking and camping. As the name suggests, the portable toilets can easily be moved to different places. These types of toilets are also famous for building sites or festivals.

 

Pros

  • Easy to carry.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Might create odour.

Additional Features

While mentioning the portable toilets, people often think that it is in the shape of a telephone booth but it is more like a box. The box shape of the toilet allows users to move the toilet to different places like rivers, mountains, boats, etc.

14. Pressure- Assisted Toilet

Pressure- Assisted Toilet

Generally, pressure-assisted toilets are popular for commercial use, but nowadays they are also being used for residential purposes. The toilet works when air creates pressure in the chamber and the water pumps into the valve. The flush button then applies the pressure after pushing the button down.

Pros

  • Powerful flush.

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Expensive.

Additional Features

The flush of the pressure-assisted toilet is powerful enough to flush efficiently. It also has some negative points like the flush is noisy than the other toilets. The pressure-assisted toilets are also expensive.

15. Gravity Toilet

Gravity Toilet

The majority of the toilets use gravity for the flushing mechanism. When users pull the flush, the button/ handle pulls the chain which lifts the lever inside the tank. The lifting lever then pulls the flapper upward and ensures the water flows down.

The float boat goes down as the water in the tank goes down. It activates the flush and water starts pouring into the tank. Once the tank is filled with water, the cycle of pouring the water begins.

Pros

  • Cheaper
  • Easy to clean
  • Best for residential use
  • Available in modern and traditional looks.

Cons

  • High water consumption.
  • Low water pressure.
  • Large in size
  • Do not enhance the aesthetic look of the bathroom.

Additional Features

The float boat goes down as the water in the tank goes down. It activates the flush and water starts pouring into the tank. Once the tank is filled with water, the cycle of pouring the water begins.

16. Touchless Toilet

Touchless Toilet

Sounds futuristic right? As the name suggests the users do not have to touch the toilet to flush. However, all dual flushing toilets can change into touchless toilets.

There are many brands that provide touchless toilet flush kits to modify your dual flush toilets. This is done by adding a sensor that could detect the movement and hence automatically function.

Pros

  • Provides a cool look to the bathroom.
  • Automatic flushing.

Cons

  • Touchless toilets are not pocket friendly.

Additional Features

Touchless toilets are also considered smart toilets which can operate the flush without even touching it or lifting a finger. Along with the benefits it also has some demerits. Touchless toilets are very expensive.

17. Pull Chain Toilet

Pull Chain Toilet

The chain toilets are still in the market besides all the smart toilets. It is quite clear according to the name, that the flush activates by pulling the chain of the toilet. When users pull the chain, it lifts the valve to open. The water then flushes down and takes away the waste in the bowl.

Pros

  • Low maintenance.
  • Traditional look.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Difficult to install.

Additional Features

Signature Hardware is one of the popular manufacturers of the pull chain toilet, but the price of the product is very high. These types of toilets need very low maintenance. However, the installation procedure could be a little tricky.

18. Water-Saving Toilet

Water-Saving Toilet

It is not a complete water saver toilet, but it is surely more efficient than most of the other toilets. The evolved technology of the toilet reduces the usage of water per flush. Early toilets used around 3 gallons per flush. 

Pros

  • Saves a lot of water.

Cons

  • Less powerful flush.

Additional Features

The latest toilets, on the other hand, use only 0.8 to 1 gallon of water per flush. Some countries also have certified toilets to save water, like WaterSense.

Consider the Following Points Before Buying Toilet Seat

While searching for a new toilet seat, you must do your proper research according to your needs and preferences. We have discussed some of the types above, but there are hundreds of them in the market. Read the points below to consider the important parameters to shop for your comfortable toilet seats.

Comfort

When talking about toilet seats, comfort is one of the factors that should be taken care of. Hence while choosing the toilet seat, look for the shape, material, design, aesthetic value, and other important factors.

Cost

Another factor that you should consider is the price of the toilet seat. Various ranges of toilets are available in the market from $10 to $1,000. Wooden toilet seats are costlier than plastic ones.

Material

Generally, there are two types of materials available for the toilet seats- plastic and wood.

Plastic Seats- 

Most toilet seats are plastic in nature. They are easily available and also affordable. Users can get a variety of features and colours. Plastic toilet seats are also easy to clean.

Wooden Seats-

Wooden seats are more comfortable than plastic seats, especially in winters. However, wooden materials are more expensive than plastic ones. They are of good build quality and resists scratches.

Noise

Noise might not be an important factor while buying toilet seats, but the slamming sound of the toilet seat is annoying to anyone. If you want to avoid such noise, then a soft close or padding feature should be your choice.

Easy Installation

You surely do not want to spend hours installing your new toilet seat. Therefore, easy installation should be a major concern for you while buying a toilet for your bathroom. It is also good to learn about the installation procedure before making any purchase.