Home Planning & Renovations

NYC One Piece Toilets

By Tiffany Smolick


Selecting a Toilet for Your NYC Bathroom Remodeling Project

February 16, 2010

Thinking about remodeling your New York City bathroom? In the Manhattan’s fast-paced urban environment, nothing says luxury like you very own in-home spa. But whether you live in Manhattan’s Upper West Side or in a sprawling estate in New Jersey’s Bergen County, your bathroom (NYC) design will always be centered around functionality. This makes picking the perfect toilet a crucial step in your NYC bathroom renovation project.

The first consideration is of course design: your new toilet should fit into your NYC bathroom’s overall look. But before you buy, there are other things to consider: is having a low or dual flush toilet to conserve water more important than having a high tech Japanese toilet? Or are you more concerned with a simple and cost-effective option?

Once you’ve established what your priorities are, its time to start looking at your options.

Toilets come in two basic formats: a one or two-piece.

One Piece Toilets
A one-piece toilet is a single unit that is relatively easy to clean. One-piece units include a tank, lid, bowl, toilet seat, wax ring with sleeve, two flange bolts and two bolt caps. The main advantage of a one-piece toilet is that there’s less of a risk of leakage between the bowl and tank—a big plus for heavily used NYC bathrooms.

Two Piece Toilets
In two-piece toilets the tank and bowl are separate and must be purchased individually. Two-piece toilets are usually less expensive than one-piece units, but you need to make sure that you purchase all the necessary elements. (For example, the toilet seat is sometimes not included with the bowl.

Once you’ve decided whether you need a single or two-piece toilet, there are other options to think about when beginning your Manhattan bathroom remodeling project.

Dual Flush Toilets
If you’re concerned about the environment—which most of us are nowadays—dual flush toilets use a low flow flush for liquid waste and high flow flush for solid waste, effectively saving up to 18,000 gallons of water per year and making you New York City bathroom remodeling project extra green.

Low Flush Toilets
And if you’re committed to creating as green a home as you can, consider a low flush toilet. Consumer demand has created such a wide a variety of low flush toilets to choose from they you don’t need to sacrifice quality or design to reduce water wastage in your NYC bathroom. These 1.6-gallon low flush toilets reduce water use by 12,000 gallons per year. Consider, for example, Toto’s one-piece UltraMax: it’s one of the best performing low flush toilets on the market.

Luxury Toilets
Nobody needs a luxury toilet more than a harried New Yorker. These personal hygiene systems boast built-in deodorizers, remote-controlled bidets, air dyers, seats that automatically raise and lower and a self-cleaning feature. Adding one of these high tech toilets will take your bathroom to a whole new level and transform it from a simple New York bathroom to a luxury spa.