I'm about todo a remodel in a bath with one of the old 5 gal flush toilets.
This toilet's run is pretty long and takes several turns so it has always
been a bit slow. I know that one of the pressurized tank models would work
best but the noise would jack the person in the next bedroom right out of
bed. Has anyone read anything on the most efficient, siphon flush toilet
Yea I have a pressure assist and im sure all the neighbors know when it
flushes its so loud. Consumer Reports online has a comparison test. But
You will get used to the pressure assists noise , it doesn`t bother me
at all anymore, it only took me 4 short years to get used to.
The American Standard Champion was highest rated by an artical I read about a
year ago. May I suggest the elongated version in the comfort (orthopedic)
height? It runs $172-$247 at Home Depot, depending on color. The tank is
Lowes sells them for even cheaper, starting at $141. The tank is $112 there.
Shop around. Google is your friend.
We just installed the Eljer mentioned in Consumer Reports, elongated and
comfort height. Best flush I've experienced in 40 years. An American
Standard Champion is going in the other bath only because my wife likes its
The American Standard Cadet is one that usually rates well and is not
expensive. Consumer Reports magazine does test on the from time to time,
you may want to stop at the library and check out their last review. Note:
I just checked and AS is making a power assist Cadet as well now.
Look for two things. You will want a fully glazed trap. Regular traps
are like sand paper and well things don't slide well on sand paper. Next
look at the trap size; look for 2 inches or larger. A large flapper valve
is also a plus.
In my experience in the "real world," regardless what CU says, are
toilets from Toto. These are great toilets with excellent flushing
capability. With experience with pressurized tanks toilets, the Toto
outperforms them and is very quiet.
They're a bit hard to find, but well worth the effort.
Here's a link to Toto's residential website. BTW . . . Toto is a
Japanese company. I bought mine at a local plumbing supply house.
Toto is the Lexus or Acura of toilets! I couldn't resist that, but my
experience tends to support that analogy.
If you'd really like to dig into the subject, take a look at this
Canadian government study. It rated toilets by the weight (in grams) of,
uh, stuff that it could move in a single flush.
The ratings start on page 17. More than you ever wanted to know!
Oh, I think that's an invalid slap at Consumer Reports. How can you
compare a single, narrowly-focused, in-depth study to a consumer
information magazine that covers a wide range of products on a
That's kind of like criticizing an encyclopedia for not defining the
concept of irony as well as a grad student's thesis on the subject
does. Consumer reports would have to weigh 40 pounds for each issue,
if it wanted to match this level of detail.
It would also lose all of its subscribers.
As someone else said, Consumer Reports tested toilets. They actually made
artificial turds - pretty thorough! At www.consumerreports.org, you can buy
a short membership for something like $5 or $8 or something. Definitely do
it, or find the article at your library.
I would install a new 5 gallon flusher, or keep the old toilet.
Old ttoilets flushed great and werent noisey:) Fushing a watersaver
toilet repeatedly uses MORE water than a single 5 gallon flush.
I heard they are legal again in the US
Whatever you get, run an auger down the pipe while you have it off. Since
you claim to have many bends in the pipe, you can proobably clear something
out and improve the drainige without buying any particular toilet.
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