How much flushing power do you really need?

When choosing a toilet, it’s important to consider how much flushing power you really need. While the Internet is filled with videos of high-powered toilets, the odds are slim you’ll ever actually need to flush a bucket of golf balls. Still, there are legitimate applications for all the different kinds of toilets. Here’s some information to help you determine which one is best for your particular needs.

High Efficiency/Water Saving Toilets

If you’re environmentally conscious, you might consider a water saving or high efficiency toilet. The initial cost of these units is generally higher than a standard gravity flush toilet. However, they use much less water and can be more economical over time.

Gravity Flush Toilets

The most typical toilet is a gravity flush toilet. These are the least expensive in terms of the actual fixture cost, although the price can vary depending on the brand, toilet height and bowl shape. For most residential applications, a standard gravity flush will do the job just fine.

As with price, flushing power can vary a great deal between different models. Most units have a “Flush Power Rating” which can give you a general idea, on a scale of 1-10, how much flushing power to expect.

You might consider a less expensive, lower flush power unit for a vacation or weekend getaway property, a guest bath, or some other situation where you don’t expect the bathroom to see a lot of daily use.

Pressure Assist/Power Flush Toilets


The most powerful flushing type is a pressure assist or power flush toilet. These units can be more expensive, although they use less water than a standard toilet. A pressure assist toilet uses air pressure to force water through the toilet at high speeds. For most applications you will not need a pressure assist toilet, however, there are always exceptions. For example, in a basement bathroom that is below ground level, a gravity flush may not work properly. The drawback of a power flush toilet is that they are noisier than gravity flush toilets.

If you find the variety of options confusing and need help replacing your toilet or installing a new unit, call Dauenhauer. We’ll schedule an appointment to figure out the best option for your needs. We also have a great deal on a Kohler Class 6 Cimarron Toilet – $499 for toilet and installation, and that includes the seat. This is a great deal for a bulk flush, comfort height, highly efficient toilet. Learn more about this deal.