Dear Ed: We’re in the market for a new toilet, and I’ve noticed that some toilets are called “comfort height.” I assume they are different than a standard toilet, but I’m a little confused. Can you please tell me what is meant by the term “comfort-height toilet”?
— Peter, Michigan
A: Comfort-height toilets are becoming popular because they offer a little extra floor-to-seat bowl height than standard toilets.
In most cases, the height difference may only be a couple inches higher. But, this difference can vary depending on the make and model of the toilet.
A good way to get the feel of this style toilet is to sit down on a dining room chair, because comfort-height toilets are basically standard chair height.
Other than the slightly raised bowl, most comfort-height toilets install the same and have the same features as regular toilets.
Bottom line: “Comfort height” just means a higher toilet bowl, but I know keeping up with new toilet terms can sometimes be a tall order.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate.
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