The height difference between the two main types of toilets may only be a few inches, but most users can really feel the difference.
Q: We want to upgrade all three of our bathrooms with taller toilets. Can you please give me some info on this type of toilet?
A: First, these toilets are often called comfort-height or chair-height toilets because they are about the height of your average chair.
In most cases, toilets are measured from the floor to the top of the seat. A couple inches under 17 inches high is around the standard height for a toilet. At 17 inches or higher, it’s considered comfort-height.
The height difference between these two types of toilets may only be a few inches, but most users can really feel the difference.
As far as installation, a comfort-height toilet installs like a standard toilet. Just measure to make sure the higher tank will not hit any shelves or obstructions.
Final note: For a child’s bathroom, you may want to stay with a standard toilet so it won’t be such a tall order to use it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.