top of page

The Power of Toilet Plungers

Updated: Jun 27, 2021

By: Channade Sampong


Plungers are meant to unclog toilets, sinks, and tubs. Thus, depending on the type, it determines the effectiveness of the plunger. In this article, there will be an analysis of four types of plungers to determine which of them are the best for one’s toilet and explain why.

Parts of the Plunger

Knowing a plunger’s parts will be helpful throughout this article and for choosing the one. The three essential parts to any plunger are the handle, cup, and flange that all come in different material, colors, and shape.

Handle - The handle is used to control the movement and direction of the plunger.

Cup - The cup is designed to cover the drain hole and force the water in the toilet to move up and down.

Flange - The flange is used to seal and hold the plunger in place.

Types of Plungers

Standard/Sink Plunger - The standard plunger is deemed to be the most familiar of the plungers. Traditionally, it is renowned for its red, rubber cup with a wooden handle and a wide flange. These plungers are best used in sinks and sometimes in toilets. When used in toilets, however, it is not the most effective due to the fact of this plunger’s failure to create a tight seal from the wide flange.

Traditional Toilet Plunger - The traditional plunger has a cup similar to that of the standard plunger. It is distinct from the standard by processing a narrow or tiered flange and its black rubber cup. Traditional toilet plungers are able to create enough suction that forms a tight seal for toilets. They can also be used for sinks and tub drains.

Accordion Plunger - The Accordion plunger bears its name from the fact that it has an accordion like structure. Additionally, this structure allows water to be pumped up and down during the unclogging process making it effective. As effective as this plunger may be, it is made out of hard plastic which makes it hard to create a seal for the toilet. When sealed it works at its best with toilets.

Beehive Plunger - Similar to the Accordion Plunger’s name, the Beehive plunger was named this because of the fact that its cup is shaped like a beehive‒narrow at the top, wide in the middle, and narrow at the bottom once again. The plunger’s narrow flange allows it to squeeze into many types of toilet drains with a tight seal. Another feature is the aesthetically pleasing handle that allows one to unclog the toilet comfortably.

Finding the Best Plunger

To find the best plunger, one must figure out what they will be using it for. If it were to be used for the toilet, then the standard sink plunger would not be the best due to problems with suctioning. Secondly, one must look for proper suctioning. The more suction the more effective the plunger. Another factor is the ability to produce enough force to get the job done quickly to do other things. For example, the traditional, accordion, and beehive can create force to clear a clog away. The last factor is the flexibility of the plunger. With a flexible plunger, it is easier to control so that ridding the clog is done at various angles like the beehive and accordion plungers. The best opinions out of the four are the beehive and accordion plungers. Happy plunging!

Pictures Cited

Work Cited

“3 Types of Plungers:Which is Best?”.Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric,10 January,2016. Accessed March 20, 2021.

“8 Types of Toilet Plungers You Need to Do the Job Right”.Home Stratosphere, Accessed March 21, 2021.

Burgard, Doug. “What’s the Difference:Toilet Plungers”.Fine Homebuilding. Accessed March 21, 2021.

Lynch, Amy. “Buyer’s Guide:Plungers”.Bob Vila. Accessed March 21 2021

Stickley, Aaron. “4 Different Types of Drain Plungers.”.The Spruce. Accessed March 11, 2021.

“What are the Parts of a plunger?”. Wonkee Donkee Tools. Accessed March 11, 2021.


bottom of page