How to Choose: Cup Plungers vs. Flange Plungers

Looking to buy a new plunger to unclog that sink or toilet? Having a plunger on hand is vital when you experience a clog. You probably didn’t even know that there was more than one type of plunger. Now that you do, having the right one will make all the difference.

What is the Difference Between a Cup Plunger and a Flange Plunger?

Yes, there is more than one kind of plunger! Keep reading to learn the difference between the two.

Cup Plunger

A cup plunger has a hollow rubber head on the end of a wooden stick. It’s typically red in color and used to unclog drains on flat surfaces, like sinks and bathtubs. 

Flange Plunger

The main difference between a cup plunger and a flange plunger is that the rubber part of a flange plunger has a smaller cup (the flange) that extends out of the larger rubber cup on top. A flange plunger also has a longer handle and usually is black. 

Does the Type of Plunger Matter?

The type of plunger you use absolutely matters. A cup plunger is best for drains on flat surfaces, like sinks, bathtubs, and floor drains. Meanwhile, the flange in a flange plunger is perfect for fitting down a toilet’s drain. 

What Type of Plunger is Best for Sinks?

A cup plunger is the best to use on sinks. Its flat head seals perfectly to create a vacuum over the clogged drain. 

What Kind of Plunger Do I Need for My Toilet? 

When your toilet is clogged, you should use a flange plunger. It’s perfectly designed to create a tight seal in a toilet’s drain to dislodge the clog. A cup plunger won’t hold enough suction and may flip inside out. 

What if Plungers Don’t Work to Clear a Clog?

If you’ve tried everything you can to remove a clog with the right plunger, the next thing to do is call in reinforcements. There are specialized tools that can remove clogs, like drain snakes and gun drainers. But if you don’t have experience using these tools, it’s best to leave it to a professional. Whatever you do, avoid using liquid drain cleaners.

Can’t Unclog Your Drain? Call Phend Plumbing

An unclogged drain can be a huge inconvenience. If plunging out the clog isn’t working, calling a professional plumber is the best next step. 

Phend Plumbing is your local plumbing specialist in the Phoenix Valley area. With offices in Mesa-Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona, our family-owned business has years of experience helping homeowners and businesses with all their plumbing needs. We offer up-front pricing and fast, professional work. Call us at 480-388-6093 or contact us online for a fast, free estimate on your clogged drain or drain cleaning.