One Piece Vs Two Piece Toilet: Which One Is Right For You

A Two Piece Toilet

There are good reasons to choose one piece toilets, and other good reasons for choosing a two piece toilet for your bathroom. One is not clearly better than the other because it depends on a number of factors. However, hopefully this post will point you in the right direction.

In general, I recommend a one piece to anyone who wants a modern, stylish and low maintenance toilet. I recommend a two piece toilet to anyone that is looking for a more budget friendly option.  Whether you like the look of a one piece or a two piece toilet is a personal decision and for sure you can find fabulous looking toilets in each design. 

Both toilets have their advantages, and I will outline the differences below.

One Piece Toilets Are More Expensive

From my experience, it is rare to see a one piece toilet that is cheaper than a similar style two piece toilet.  On average, a one piece toilet will be $100 to $200 more expensive than a two piece.  This price difference is across the board, so if you really like the look of one piece toilets, then you have to pay that little bit extra.

It is worth remembering, a toilet is a long term investment that will last for several years, so it is important that you choose one that you really like.  You will visit this toilet multiple times a day, so it is important to choose the right one for you and your bathroom.

There are still plenty of one piece toilets that are good value if budget is an issue.

Two Piece Toilets Are Easier To Install

This statement is debatable and depends what you rank as easier.  Why I believe a two piece toilet is easier to install compared to a one piece is because it comes in two parts.  A one piece toilet arrives as a single unit, making it quite heavy.  In fact, most one piece toilets weigh over 100 lbs.  When you have to lift this weight into place, it can take some effort and could injure your back.

On the other hand, some people may find a one piece toilet easier to install because there are less parts.  A two piece toilet may be lighter to lift into place, however it does have two separate parts to install.

Two Piece Toilets Are More Prone to Leaking

Well it makes sense that a two piece toilet will have a greater chance of leaking compared to a one piece.  A one piece toilet does not have a gap between the tank and bowl, therefore is far less likely to leak.  However, modern two piece toilets are far more advanced now, compared to the two piece toilets of old.

Modern technology has improved so much that you don’t really have to worry about your new two piece toilet leaking.

One Piece Toilets Are More Modern

Choosing a new toilet for your bathroom is a personal decision.  There are many shapes, colors, sizes and designs to choose from, and a one piece or two piece is one of these choices.  Personally, I prefer a one piece toilet.

I find one piece toilets to be a lot more modern and stylish looking.  I think a one piece toilet will compliment a modern bathroom well and will give it a more contemporary feel.  That being said, I have found many attractive two piece models that are very stylish and will look great in any bathroom.

One Piece Toilets Are More Compact

This may be the case for some one piece toilets. Many two piece toilets have bulkier tanks and are just not as neat and compact as the modern one piece. Many one piece modern models have a sleek design with a narrow tank.

If you are looking for a compact toilet for a small bathroom, then the majority of small toilets will be either a one piece toilet, a wall hung toilet or a tankless toilet.

One Piece Toilets Are Easier To Clean

There is no denying this one. The more nooks and crannies an area has, the more chance of bacteria growing on it.  The gap between the tank and bowl of a two piece toilet is a haven for bacterial growth, dirt and grime.  Sure, this can be prevented with regular cleaning and maintenance, however this means a two piece will need extra cleaning.

On the other hand, a one piece toilet does not have this gap between bowl and tank, meaning less bacteria will grow there.  A wipe with a damp cloth every now and again should keep this area looking as good as new for a long time.  In my opinion, a sleek, compact one piece toilet will be a lot easier to keep clean and maintain.

One Piece Toilet: Pros & Cons

  • Modern & Stylish
  • Smaller Footprint
  • Easier To Clean
  • Less Likely To Leak

  • Heavy To Install
  • More Expensive

Two Piece Toilet: Pros & Cons

  • Less Expensive
  • Lighter To Install

  • More Prone To Leaks
  • Will Need Extra Cleaning
  • Usually Bulkier

So Which One Will Suit Your Bathroom?

If you are still unsure if a one piece or two piece toilet will suit your bathroom better, then maybe you should decide by these criteria:

  • Price – If you are on a budget then you can still get a great looking two piece toilet for $100 to $200 cheaper.
  • Size – If you have a small bathroom, then a one piece toilet will be more compact and will have a smaller footprint.
  • Style – Depending on your bathroom’s decor, a one piece toilet will look more modern and give your bathroom a more up to date, contemporary feel.
  • Convenience – If you want less toilet maintenance and cleaning, then a sleek skirted, one piece toilet will be a lot more convenient for you.

Overall, there are plenty of great looking one and two piece toilets available to choose from.  For me, I would choose a one piece, however I do believe many two piece models are very popular.  If you are choosing a new toilet model, I hope this article helped you decide the perfect toilet for you.

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