Dual flush and low flow toilets are two environmentally friendly toilet designs which use less water on average with each flush. However, both types of toilets operate differently to achieve this common goal: low flow toilets will use a small amount of water every time, while dual flush toilets allow you to choose between a small and large flush. Of course, they each possess a different set of advantages and disadvantages as a result. Understanding what sets these two types of toilets apart from each other can help you choose the one that best suits your plumbing needs.
Low Flow Toilets
Low flow toilets simply use less water per flush when compared to traditional toilets. The exact amount of water saved with each flush will vary depending on the size and model of toilet, but this allows you to save money on your water bills and also help the environment. The main draw of low flow toilets is that they will save you water with each flush no matter what.
However, low flow toilets sometimes have issues with clearing the entirety the waste in the bowl with a single flush, which can lead to bad odors if you don't realize right away. Furthermore, this means that you will have to flush twice, which will eliminate any water savings which you may have gained with the first flush.
Dual Flush Toilets
Dual flush toilets provide a greater degree of customization to you when it comes to flushing, allowing you to use a larger flush when getting rid of solid waste and a miniscule amount of water for the elimination of liquid waste. This means that you won't have to worry about waste not clearing out of the bowl, while still saving a significant amount of water over time.
However, dual flush toilets have less water in the bowl when compared to low flow toilets. While this does help save additional water when flushing liquid waste down the toilet, it means that it is more likely for solid waste to stain the porcelain, which not only requires more cleaning to remove, but can also sometimes necessitate a second flush, which can eliminate water savings over time. Furthermore, it is possible (and likely, as it takes some time to get used to) that you will accidentally hit the large flush button when you don't need to, which can also eradicate your water savings.
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