Skirted toilets are attractive but pricey

07/11/2014 7:00 AM

07/08/2014 2:29 PM

I like the smooth look of a “skirted” toilet. My husband says he wants to stay with a standard toilet because he is not sure a skirted toilet will fit our water drain pipes.

Can a skirted toilet replace a standard toilet? If so, I want one.

Most of us are familiar with a “standard” type toilet. A tell-tale sign of a standard toilet is that you can actually see the shape of the bowl and trap if you look at it from the side. A “skirted” toilet has smooth sides all the way around the bowl going right down to the floor.

This can help make cleaning the toilet a little easier since the surface does not have the usual nooks and crannies. Plus, many people like the trendy look of a skirted toilet.

In most cases you can replace a standard toilet with a skirted toilet. But, before you start jumping up and down with excitement, you do have concerns to address. The big one can be the price.

Even though both toilets may be able to use the same rough-in piping, a skirted toilet usually requires extra labor since it mounts differently to the toilet flange. Plus, the fixture itself can cost more than a standard toilet.

Bottom line: While the skirt should fit, like all nice dresses, they can be a little expensive.

Ed Del Grande is a master contractor/

plumber and author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” You can reach him at


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