round vs. elongated

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by seattle_helo, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. seattle_helo

    seattle_helo New Member

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    Terry, I swear I've read comments from you in the past where you have stated your disdain for round toilets vs. elongated. Is it simply because bigger is better or do the elongated have better flush performance?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Round may work for females, but elongated are much nicer for male users.
  3. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    It would be interesting if Terry could provide some data on how many round bowls and how many elongated bowls he sells. My guess is the percentage would be very lopsided in favor of the elongated.
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Builders and apartment owners put in a lot of round toilets, becaust they are quite a bit less costly. Some of the lower end hotels and motels will opt for that as well, unless the flag standard prohibits it. I find an elongated very noticeably more comfortable, so would never chose a round one for my home.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Yeah, I hadn't thought about the builders and low end motels. I sure agree with not ever going back to a round bowl or standard height for myself. I don't think the flushing ability has any thing to do with the preference except that ADA height do provide a little more power to the flush because of their height, but I don't think it's because of the shape of the bowl.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2010
  6. krow

    krow Plumber

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    Terry is only bragging
  7. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    It's more then that, it must be the water.
    I sell about 80% elongated bowls.
    The only reason to ever buy round, is if the door was hitting the bowl.
    Elongated rocks!
  8. seattle_helo

    seattle_helo New Member

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    Elongated it is!

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  9. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Mossback, check your private mail.
  10. torontoplumbingguy

    torontoplumbingguy New Member

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    I can't explain it, but as a guy a round bowl gives me a feeling of confidence and machismo. Having said that, I am off to buy an elongated bowl at the wife's instructions.
  11. PlumbPowerHouse

    PlumbPowerHouse Plumber

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    Elongated is definitely more comfortable.
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