Need a new toilet? Shopping for a toilet can be somewhat overwhelming just due to the sheer number of choices out there. In addition to different styles, sizes, and color choices, there are many different types of toilets these days, some with advanced features that provide better sanitation and water efficiency. You can easily find numerous options at retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's and online at Signature Hardware. If you are shopping around for the best toilet for your bathroom but aren't sure where to start, read on to learn more about your options and where you can find the top models.

Need a new toilet? Shopping for a toilet can be somewhat overwhelming just due to the sheer number of choices out there…

In addition to different styles, sizes, and color choices, there are many different types of toilets these days, some with advanced features that provide better sanitation and water efficiency. You can easily find numerous options at retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's and online at Signature Hardware. If you are shopping around for the best toilet for your bathroom but aren't sure where to start, read on to learn more about your options and where you can find the top models.

When shopping for a toilet, the first thing you need to think about is the style, size and shape. Measure the space in your bathroom to determine the maximum toilet size you can get. You need to measure the distance between the floor drain and the wall. Toilet bowls come in different shapes: round and elongated. Elongated can be more comfortable to sit on, but you'll need more space to install it. Round bowls take up less space but are not as comfortable. Toilet profiles include the visible trap which is most common, the concealed trap and the skirted toilet which hides the outline of the bowl and the trap. Height can be a concern if you are a taller person or someone in your family is on the tall side. For superior comfort you want a higher toilet. As far as color, white is the most common but you can find colors such as black and off-white which show less dirt.

Once you've chosen your basic look, you'll need to choose a design. One piece and two-piece designs either have their bowl and tank combined or separated. While two-piece is more economical, one-piece is more stylish, takes up less space and is easier to clean. Separate from your typical home toilets is the urinal and wall-mounted designs - both of which are wall-mounted, so you can easily clean the floor under them. To install them, you'll need a wall drain rather than a floor drain. Urinals are designed specifically for men to use standing up and they use a lot less water than regular toilets so you'll save money on your water bill.

The flushing system is also important in choosing a design and you'll have a choice between single-flush, dual-flush, pressure-assisted and power-assisted. Single-flush toilets use gravity to flush and are easy to repair. Dual-flush systems use separate flushes for urine and waste and have a larger trap so they are less likely to clog. On the downside, they use more water. A pressure-assist system uses a jet mechanism to flush waste and is even less likely to clog. Power-assisted flushing systems allow for flushing below the sewer line, in places such as a basement, and it features a pump that breaks down waste to reduce clogging. On top of this, you'll want to think about water-saving options that can reduce your water use by up to 60%.

And to make matters even more complicated, some toilets offer more advanced features and tech that can provide better health and well-being. Certain toilets feature anti-bacterial glazing in the bowl that prevents or limits bacteria growth. Other toilets offer smart comfort and cleaning features like a warm water bidet, heated seats and even an air dryer, thereby reducing or eliminating your need for toilet paper entirely.

If you are looking for a great deal on a new toilet, you have plenty of options. Home Depot is one of the best places to buy a new toilet in-store or online, offering basic models and more advanced models like the OVE Decors Smart 1-Piece 1.28 GPF Single Flush Elongated Toilet and Bidet with Seat in White, on sale for $988.61. The most inexpensive option is the Glacier Bay 2-Piece 1.28 GPF High Efficiency Single Flush Round Toilet in White, on sale for $89. This toilet offers easy installation and a superior flush system. Lowe's also offers plenty of toilets to choose from including the KOHLER 13.5-in W x 20.375-in H White Wall-Mounted Urinal as low as $135.66. Signature Hardware offers luxury toilets that are ADA compliant for as low as $279.99 but you can only purchase them online.

No matter your preferences, there are a wide range of toilets to choose from and finding the perfect one for you will require a bit of shopping around. Take your time and your butt will thank you for it!