The height difference between the two main types of toilets may only be a few inches, but most users can really feel the difference.

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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 eadelg@cs.com.