“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Buying a new toilet: Lesson #215G
Sunday, January 18, 2009

As my readers know from last week, I am in the process of finding a replacement for the exquisite 1951 burgundy-colored toilet in our home and have begun the search in earnest. Some things I have learned:

Two shapes of toilet bowls: elongated (more oval) and round (smaller, with a stunted look). My plumber called the other day and said, "We can only find that weird gray color in an elongated size. Would that work?"

"Just a minute," I said. "My bathroom is teeny-tiny. Let me go check. ... How much longer would it be?" I asked him, sitting on the pot.

"About three inches longer," he replied.

"Well, three more inches and my knees will be hitting the door ... so I guess the answer is no."

"Now," I said. "I have another question. I went onto the Kohler site and saw lots of talk about 'comfort-height' toilets. I don't know what that is, but I certainly am interested in something called 'comfort height'. It sounds very ... comfortable."

He proceeded to give me a short history in toilet evolution. Apparently, when the new higher toilets for the handicapped came out in the '70s, they were called "handicapped model." Well, evidently everyone, even the non-handicapped people, loved these toilets because they were three or so inches closer to their bums -- they didn't have to crouch down as far -- so, VOILA!!!! ... they changed the style from "handicapped model" to "comfort-height" model ... and started to sell the bejesus out of them.

You read it here FIRST!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, did you find a burgundy toilet? if so, where please? I am looking for one too.

January 28, 2009 at 7:53 PM  

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