More than any other appliance, toilets create special relationships with their owners. Depending on your past experiences, your toilet is something that can inspire feelings of great trepidation (overflowing bowls!) or great trust. Ensuring that your toilet is something you can count on starts with your initial purchase.

For something with such a simple job, toilets are available in a mind-boggling array of designs: low-flow, high seat, high-tech, plastic, marble, and on and on. Some features affect a toilet’s function, some only change its look. Few homeowners would ever choose form over function, but that’s not to say a toilet’s design and appearance don’t matter. To find out what does matter when choosing a toilet, we asked our plumbing experts.
We’re flushing away toilet myths and getting the best advice. See below for expert tips on choosing your new toilet!