A few months ago my friends, and The DIY Geek supporters at Delta contacted me about an upcoming expansion of their company, Delta was going into the toilet game. As we have a great relationship they offered to send me one of their units so I could install it and let them know what I thought of their product. I had some free time last weekend and installed it.
Delta provided this unit free of cost. However this is not a paid post and I will give my honest feedback about this product.
To prepare for this upcoming post, I installed a competing companies toilet at my parents house. This gave me the opportunity to see the differences between the two units. Between the two of them the Delta unit was superior in every way.
Project Stats: Delta Toilet
Time: 2 hours alone (1:15 toilet removal, 45 min to install new toilet and clean up)
Value for cost: High
Tools Needed: None*
Project Stats: Competitor Toilet
Time: 3 hours with another person (1:30 toilet removal, 1:30 min to install new toilet and clean up)
Value for cost: Medium
Tools Needed: Bilge pump, sponge, scraper (for old wax seal) rag, adjustable wrench, pliers, Phillips screwdriver, Flathead screwdriver, bucket for water, level, water supply line
When Delta says on the box that they include everything you need to install a toilet, they are not lying! While doing this install I took this advertisement to heart and brought up no tools. I did bring up some nitrile gloves but found that there was a set already included.
The box had the instructions laid out neatly on top with two bags. One was an uninstall bag for the old toilet and the other was the install bag with all of the small pieces. The uninstall bag had everything I needed ( gloves, rag, super absorbing block, sealable bag for garbage ) the install bag had everything I needed for the installation of the toilet as well as an amazing install tool.
The hardest part about this entire project was taking the old toilet out. Using the provided tools from Delta I was able to get it out fairly easily. However I did have to bring a tool in to cut a stripped bolt. Take a look at the gallery to see my install notes, I’ll have more after the pictures.
Between the two installs the Delta fixture was much easier. Delta included everything you need to get this job done. What that means is that any homeowner of any skill level can change a toilet without having to have access to a bunch of extra tools. The other nice thing is that Delta includes top quality components. A thick gauge braided stainless hose with plenty of slack. With the competitor you had to supply your own…which could mean an extra trip to the hardware store.
I will note that the insides of the toilet are beyond what I have ever seen! The flushing mechanism throws out the old components for what looks to be a much more user friendly experience. Adjusting water levels are a breeze and all adjustments are easy to see. I really like how this is laid out.
A few small issues of the install that I did have.
1. They suggest (optionally) that you put caulk around the bottom of the toilet. I know this gives it a nicer look, however it can trap water in there, making you not notice a leak and potentially rotting the floor. I opted not to put the caulk for this reason. Update: Chris,a commenter, suggested caulking around the bowl and leaving the back exposed to check for leaks. I think this is a great idea.
2. I did not see in the instructions to level the tank, which I felt was important. I did bring a level up for this.
Overall if you are in the market for a toilet, I would seriously suggest going for a Delta Toilet. Their commitment to innovation and quality has continued into this new realm and I know it will last!
- Delta Toilets are exclusively available at The Home Depot