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Originally published Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8:01 PM

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Toilet: One piece, or two

Price vs. installation and cleaning considerations.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Q: We are finally having a new toilet installed and need to make a decision. Because of the lower fixture costs, my husband wants a “two-piece” toilet. But because of the nice look, I want a “one-piece” toilet. What are some other one-piece-toilet features I may be overlooking so I can try to nicely convince him to change his mind?— Jennifer, Georgia

A: Because of higher manufacturing costs, one-piece toilets can be more expensive than standard two-piece models, and that can be a deciding issue. However, thanks to their overall design and “seamless” tank-to-bowl connection, one-piece toilets are usually easier to clean than two-piece models.

Labor wise, they can also be a little quicker to install because you don’t have to attach the tank to the bowl. Like the name says, it’s all right out of the box in one big piece, and many models may even include the toilet seat.

Finally, the compact size and styling of a one-piece toilet may allow them to fit better into smaller bathroom spaces or under shelving. So when you add everything up, even though the initial costs of a one-piece toilet may be more, it may work out better for you on the back end!

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or email eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes. Sorry, no personal replies.


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