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Home Improvement  /  May 13, 2020

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Drain Stoppers

With all the types of drain stoppers available today, it can be difficult to choose the best one for your sink or bathtub. Some types are easier to use, maintain and repair than others.

Read on to learn about the different types of drain stoppers as well as their pros and cons.


A lift-and-turn drain stopper is characterized by a tiny knob on the cap of the stopper, which is used to twist it open and close. This type of drain stopper is closed by turning the knob on top and opened by lifting and turning the knob in the other direction. With its simple design, it’s easy to use and doesn’t need as much attention. However, removing this type of stopper can be a bit challenging if it was overtightened during installation or hasn’t been removed for a while.


This style of stopper looks similar to lift-and-turn, but is pushed down to close and pulled up to open. Moreover, the push-and-pull stopper has a simple mechanical design, and that’s easy to repair in case it experiences issues.


A flip-it stopper is known for its ease of installation as no tools are required to attach it. You can close and open this stopper through the toggle level attached to its right. All you need to do to install a flip-it stopper is to push it into the drain. The built-in O-rings will hold it in place and prevent water from draining.


A toe-touch stopper resembles the push-and-pull style. You just need to push the stopper with your toe to close it. This type of stopper is easy to maintain, but may need a new spring after a few years.


The design of pop-up stoppers allows for dirt and hair to get trapped easily. To remove the trapped dirt, you’ll need to extract it through the overflow pipe and plate.

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