Q:Dear Ed: I’m looking into getting a new toilet and have noticed that you can get them in long-bowl or short-bowl shapes.
I want the longer bowl size for comfort, but my question is, when or why would you get a shorter bowl toilet?
— Al, Alabama
You actually have a few basic bowl shapes to explore.
First, elongated toilets.
These bowls are egg-shaped and give you a couple extra inches in length for comfort and a larger target area.
Because of the longer shape, elongated bowls are popular.
Next, round-front toilets. These toilets have a circle-shaped bowl, and the slightly shorter bowl is about the only difference between the toilets.
If you have a small bathroom or a door that might hit an elongated bowl, the round front bowl can be your best choice.
Finally, some toilets are compact-elongated bowls.
This can offer you the best of both worlds. They fit in a round-front space but have a specially designed elongated bowl — and that’s the long and short of it.
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. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.