Toilet plunger types

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Toilet plunger types
The proper plunger can be a toilet's best friend. (toy toilet image by Wayne Abraham from

With all due respect to a "toilet plunger constitution," all toilet plungers are not created equal. Different plungers are more effective than others, and the proper plunger is important to help unclog certain toilets. Below are three examples of toilet plungers that can help you get out of sticky situations, and provide the help you need to get back to business.

Master Plunger

The Master Plunger may not look like a typical plunger in that it doesn't have a red or orange suction cup at the end. The Master Plunger looks like a funnel and has flared ridges on the end that fit neatly into the mouth of almost any toilet and pump up and down as it is used. The Master Plunger creates a perfect seal and is designed to eliminate or limit the splashing of water or waste as you use it.

Heavy Duty Plunger

The Heavy Duty Plunger looks more like a standard red suction cup plunger, but its cup has tiered ridges---or ribs---with an almost appendage-like mouth protruding from the bottom. The Heavy Duty Plunger works with standard toilets and provides an effective seal for unclogging toilets and drains.

Force Cup Plunger

While the Force Cup Plunger---or standard plunger with the red suction cup at the end---is not ideal for unclogging toilets, it can be effective. These plungers should only be used if one of the above models is not available. The Force Cup Plunger does not create as strong of a seal as the Master or Heavy Duty plungers, and does not do as good of a job in minimising splash.

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