How to find the best toilet for your bathroom?

If you have been reading our blog in the past, you will know that from time to time we like to provide readers with detailed buying guides to help them pick the right product for their home. Today we shall be looking into the general features and specifications that make up a top rated toilet like the buying guide on

Bowl shape – The toilet bowl may not seem all that important. However, the shape you end up choosing will ultimately effect the amount of free space in the bathroom. Typically, you get two main shapes, one being elongated, and the other round. But what’s the main difference between both?

In most cases, a rounded bowl will provide extra space to the immediate area which can be a favorable feature for those of you with smaller than average bathrooms. Alternatively, you could choose a elongated bowl, which is designed more for comfort. Both can work well, but it comes down to room size and user preference.

Style – One of the most common comparisons being made by consumers is the difference between two piece and one piece toilets. Generally, one piece options are the better looking of the two, but this can come down to your own tastes too. They tend to be skirted and appear more modern. The other side of that argument is that two piece designs have a more traditional feel about them and often provide more powerful solutions. Both can work really well in the right environment.

Brand – Our personal favorite brand names include TOTO, Duravit, KOHLER, and American Standard. For the most part, these companies have been providing some of the best rated toilets in the industry, and much of the feedback and reviews found on tends to back this up.

Price – You will want to stick within a specific budget range to get the most out of your product. Generally, this falls between the $250-450 range. Anything below this, you run the risk of a lower quality, and anything above is excess. You can often find a solid, durable option within this budget range.

Flush type – It depends on the plumbing system you have set up in your home, but when you have the choice, we prefer to go for dual flush toilets. The ability to hand control to consumers of how much water to use is a major plus point in our books.

Whilst these buying points may not be strictly groundbreaking, they have remained true throughout my time working in the plumbing industry, and it has served me well for a long time.

Heres to your new look bathroom!

A shower head guide – Everything you need to know

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the good part of the past ten years doing up my own home, and i’m still not particularly happy with the current state of it. I have a great location, but it doesn’t feel quite as homely as it could.

However, there is one room in the household that does, and that is the bathroom. I think what makes or breaks this room is not just the layout and colors used, but the accessories that we use in day to day life. One prime example of this is the shower.

Waking up at the crack of dawn to wash always felt like a chore before I decided to look for a top shower head with a bit more spray power and functionality. Now it feels more like a luxury and is genuinely something I look forward to in my mornings. You can achieve the same results by looking at these key features when shopping.

Water coverage – The diameter of the face plate will have a direct impact on the circumference of water coverage. You no longer need to shop for something narrow, especially with cool rainfall shower heads readily available to you. These are much more modern and can really revitalize you and have you ready to face the day.

Spray functionality – Much like altering the width and coverage, you are able to pick a product that has a variety of different spray patterns. Some will be powerful, some less so, but the idea behind it, is to give consumers a choice in how they choose to shower.

Brand – The main brands we generally stick to when it comes to bathroom related products include: KOHLER, Delta, Hansgrohe, Moen, and Waterpik. These are tried and tested names that have withstood the test of time and have received plenty of good feedback from customers across the board. There may be some hidden gems outside this list, but it’s usually safe to stick to the well known names.

Materials – Try to pick a material that works well with the rest of the decor. If you have a bathroom which allows lots of sunlight through, you may choose to go for something chrome plated. However, for darker themes, there are plenty of alternatives like bronze that can look great.

So there you have it, my big four I always look into before buying a new shower head. Once you have the basic information down, there is far less chance of you making the wrong pick and suffering from that dreadful buyers remorse.

As usual, stay tuned for updates on our DIY blog.

Hello to all readers

Hello and welcome to the iSir home improvement blog. We aim to cover day to day guides on fixing up making small improvements to your home. It don’t matter if you live in a new build or something more ancient, this blog is dedicated to bringing readers smart tips and resources to bring their visions to life.

But what about us? Who are we, and how exactly can we help you in your journey?

Let me first introduce myself. I am John and have been working as a plumber and specialize in fitting new toilets. While the years have been flying by, I feel I have picked up a lot of useful knowledge that will ultimately help our readers out.

When I refer to ‘our’ and ‘we’, I am referring to two of my long term friends and colleagues that I have worked with since the early 1980’s through to the present day. They both help out running this blog, adding entries around their own expertise.

Jim writes about DIY in general, having worked as a handyman for the past twenty years. And Neil writes about similar topics to me but with his expertise leaning more towards general plumbing tasks such as showers, faucets, and sinks.

Together, we bring a wealth of knowledge that we feel our readers will benefit from greatly.

Speak soon, John.