I have been a kitchen and bath designer for 26 years and I just purchased my first low-flow toilet.
I have been specifying low-flow toilets since it became the law in 1994, but I never owned one, so I was not aware of the “idiosyncrasies” of actually experiencing one over the long haul. What I learned really changed my perception of toilets.
Before I go any further, I must add a disclaimer: “What you are about to hear may be disturbing for some.” I am sorry about this — but some things need to be discussed openly and with minimal giggling. So here it goes….
I am talking about “skid marks” in the toilet bowl. Low flow toilets flush just fine for liquid waste, but I’ve have a few experiences with solid waste flushing. The toilet that I own is the Kelston model from Kohler, with a 1.28 gallon flush, and a “Class 5” flush system that retails for $299. Plus, it’s not a bad looking toilet. What I learned is that when going #2, it leaves “skid marks.” The reason for this problem is environmental — these toilets use less water; great
for the environment, not so great
I contacted Paulette at Keller Supply in Beaverton, OR, and was told that today, many toilet manufacturers offer their toilets with flushing options. You need to be aware that the different flushing systems can and will raise the price of your toilet, but will get rid of or minimize the “skid marks.” Essentially, the more expensive the flushing system, the less chance you’ll see “skid marks” left in your toilet. I tell you this so that you know to ask the questions to get the right toilet and flushing system for your family.
On the other hand, if you go with the lower priced flushing system, you can always purchase a toilet bowl brush — they now come in many finishes and styles. Oh yeah, and teach your family how to use it.
Gravity Toilet: The gravity toilet is the most common kind of toilet, relying on gravity to remove waste.
Pressure-Assisted Toilet: A pressure-assisted toilet is a better option for homeowners who need a more powerful flush.
Vacuum-Assisted Toilet: Flushing this toilet activates a vacuum chamber in the tank.
Dual-Flush Toilet: The dual-flush toilet gives the homeowner two flushing options.
Robin Fisher is a Certified Master of Kitchen and Bath Design (CMKBD) with the Neil Kelly Company. Fisher has been designing award-winning kitchens for more than 24 years. Fisher may be reached at: 503-335-9286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.