Last Updated: October 26, 2022


ELONGATED VS ROUND TOILET When it comes to choosing a […]


When it comes to choosing a wall-hung toilet, there are a lot to consider. One of the most basic things to know is if it features a ’round front’ or ‘elongated’ bowl. Bellow, we are going to describe the differences in detail.

A round front bowl generally has a dimension of around 16.5″ from the seat bolt holes to the tip of the bowl.  An elongated bowl is approximately 2″ longer, or about 18.5″. So by measuring a bowl from the seat bolt holes to the tip, you can easily figure out this toilet feature.




Why is this important?

Both of these toilets are very similar in functionality. Choices are largely decided by personal preference and available space. In order for you to know the best option, we have to look at some Pro’s and Con’s for both:

Pros and Cons

Elongated Bowls:

Pros:  Elongated bowls are generally considered to be more attractive and comfortable than round front bowls. However, this is a matter of taste and can be affected by an individual’s height and weight.  Elongated bowls are also considered more ‘hygienic’ in that the larger surface area of the bowl makes is easier for men and children to use with less mess.  The longer bowl size is also a requirement for ADA use, and the longer/wider bowl is generally easier to use for those with mobility issues.

Cons:  The primary reason some don’t choose an elongated bowl is space.  In very small bathrooms, an elongated bowl simply might not fit or, might feel too crowded.  Also, if a bathroom is primarily being used by small children, the larger opening size can be more difficult for them to negotiate. But remember, children do grow, and there are children’s ‘potty seats’ to help in the early years.  You want your toilet to last a long time, so it really makes sense to choose based on long term, rather than short term needs.

Round Front:

Pro’s:  Space!  Some bathrooms are very small and only a round front bowl will fit.  Round front is also a better fit for small children.

Cons: Most people prefer the appearance of an elongated bowl.  Also, the smaller surface area of a round front bowl tends to be more difficult for children and men to use without accidental mess, so it’s a bit less hygienic.

What now!

Based on what discussed above, it’s easier for you to choose a wall-hung toilet.  However, the bowl size is only one of the choices you should consider when selecting a new toilet.  You should also consider toilet height, flush volume, type of flush, (in-wall, dual-flush, single-flush, wash-down etc), and of course, design. 

Don’t forget to have a look at our Duravit toilets in our shop. We have variety of Duravit wall-mounted toilets and black wall-hung toilet as well.

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