Be sure to check out these three features.

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Q: We’ve been in our present home for a few years and have decided to install a new toilet. I know this sounds funny, but it’s the first time we’re going toilet shopping. Can you please lend us a helping hand with some features to consider?

A: As far as toilet bowl style (elongated or round), color preference, and whether you want a one- or two-piece toilet, that will be up to you. What I can suggest is to look closely at my three favorite features found in many of today’s toilets.

Comfort height. These toilets are a little taller than standard toilets (about chair height), giving many users a comfortable sitting position.

Skirted trapway. A smooth-sided toilet will have less nooks and crannies for easier cleaning.

High-efficiency flushing. Look for approved water-saving toilets for your area that also meet bulk flushing standards.

Add up all these features and you should end up with a tip-top toilet.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to