The Toilet that Wins

In my world, the toilet that wins conserves water first and foremost. I don’t care if it is one of the big brands or a new kid on the block; it has to save the most water – not just the legal required amount. A friend in my neighborhood recently asked me to help select new bathroom fixtures with this in mind, initially more of a concern of his than mine. Like me, he wants to do his part and you don’t often get to make a major contribution to any cause particularly when buying a new toilet. I might remodel someday and therefore I got into the process gung ho.

This is not a mundane matter anymore, however banal the bathroom realm may be. Based on aesthetics alone, there are so many choices about size and shape not to mention overall design – from traditional to ultra-modern. Some are royal models, some are compact for small spaces, some clean your bottom with a warm spray. When all the practical considerations have been made, the best toilet for you might be completely different to the best toilet for someone else – in this case, we decided to narrow down our choices with water waste in mind.

The statistics seem to agree that about 18-20 gallons of water are consumed with every single flush in the oldest models still in operation (although they will be disappearing in time). By contrast, only about 1.3 or 1.5 are used in the new versions. They come in all the styles you could possibly want so why not go for the best savings. And I am not talking about money.

As I go through life, I try to discern the important issues at hand politically and adopt current correct social behavior as it evolves. Things change in terms of how you treat people and the designations you are allowed to publicly apply to them. Right now in this moment, it is about conservation and ecology. This is new to me and therefore something to share as I go along and learn more about it. I always considered expense to be the key factor in almost everything in life, but not in this case. You can get a low-flow, low-flush toilet for as little as $300 and the prices go up. Probably getting the cheapest of anything is not a good rule of thumb in life. Reading Consumer Reports and reviews on line point to the mid-range. They are not the most extravagant in design, but they do the job very well.

My friend went for a Kohler Pressure Lite model that suits his bathroom décor. Nothing outlandish. It has an elongated bowl and tank cover locks in pristine white porcelain. It runs retail over $800 but on line you can find them for around $650 with free shipping. Be sure it’s from the Barrington collection if you want this one. Since a lot of thought went into it, selecting the Kohler could save you valuable time.

As you can see, a major purchase is not a frill to be taken lightly. If there is a way to impact society, by all means do so.