- 1 Top 10 Toilet Reviews [Updated List]
- 1.1 WoodBridge T-0001, Dual Flush Elongated One Piece Toilet
- 1.2 TOTO Ultramax II – Elongated One-Piece Toilet
- 1.3 Swiss Madison SM-1T254 St. Tropez One Piece Toilet
- 1.4 WOODBRIDGE Deluxe Dual Flush Elongated One Piece Toilet
- 1.5 TOTO Drake Two-Piece Toilet
- 1.6 Saniflo SANICOMPACT Toilet
- 1.7 TOTO Neorest Dual Flush Toilet
- 1.8 TOTO Neorest 550 Dual Flush One-Piece Toilet
- 1.9 TOTO Ultramax Elongated One-Piece Toilet
- 1.10 Kohler Santa Rosa Toilet
- 1.11 American Standard Champion 4 – Elongated One-Piece Toilet
- 1.12 TOTO Eco Soiree Toilet
- 1.13 Niagara Stealth 0.8 GPF Toilet
- 1.14 Kohler K-3817-0 Memoirs
- 1.15 American Standard H2Option
- 1.16 Kohler Wellworth Toilet
- 1.17 American Standard Cadet 3 Toilet
- 1.18 Toto Carlyle II Toilet
- 1.19 Toto Eco Drake Toilet
- 2 Guide to Finding the Best Toilet
- 2.1 Round vs. Elongated Toilets
- 2.2 Water Usage of Toilets
- 2.3 Important Toilet Features
- 2.4 Best Toilet Brands?
- 2.5 Toilet Design
- 3 Best Toilet Comparison Chart
- 4 Summary
When it comes to choosing the best toilets, there are some great options to choose from as the industry keeps growing. We have some great options on our list from the top rated toilets on the market. Take the time to read our buying guide and toilet reviews and then choose the toilet that is perfect for you.
Manufacturers have been concentrating on making the toilets more compact while still retaining seat space and comfort. A combination of these key features has been most beneficial for the growth of the industry.
Of the many brands on the list, Toto and Woodbridge are the two brands that stands out the most; although we’re not discounting any of the other brands. Note that our top pick on the list as the best toilet to buy in 2019 is from Woodbridge, so take away from that what you will.
Top 10 Toilet Reviews [Updated List]
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The Woodbridge T-0001 is a smart choice for anyone looking for both quality and functionality in one stylish product.
TOTO Ultramax II
This high-efficiency model only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, yet manages to make flushing powerful and quiet.
Swiss Madison SM-1T254
The Swiss Madison St. Tropez one-piece offers a sleek and seamless design that makes it a good choice for a powder or guest bathroom.
A WaterSense certified toilet, the Woodbridge T-0033 has a clean, sleek look, is easy to clean, and has a soft closing seat.
TOTO CST744SG#01 Drake
The Drake is very fast due to the combination of the 2-inch flush valve and the G-max flushing system.
Saniflo SANICOMPACT 48
Green users will be impressed that it only uses 1 gallon per flush, which is incredible considering it gets rid of all waste in one flush.
TOTO Ultramax II
Swiss Madison SM-1T254
TOTO CST744SG#01 Drake
Saniflo SANICOMPACT 48
WoodBridge T-0001, Dual Flush Elongated One Piece Toilet
- Siphon flushing Design
- Luxurious modern Design with Rectangle Button
- Pre-installed toilet seat
The Woodbridge one-piece dual flush toilet is a toilet that combines luxury and simplicity in one. With a clean and sleek finish, the Woodbridge dual flush elongated one-piece offers a powerful flushing system that can remove waste easily and simply. Designed with a siphon flushing system and a glazed bowl that prevents sticking, the Woodbridge T-0001 consumes between 1 and 1.6 gallons per flush making it a WaterSense certified toilet.
Designed with a stainless-steel nozzle, the Woodbridge T-0001 dual flush comes in an all-in-one package with a pre-installed toilet seat, wax ring and floor bolts. Made with ceramic, the Woodbridge one-piece comes in 8 different varieties.
As a comfort height toilet, this is ideal as an accessible toilet or for those who want a toilet that makes sitting and standing secure and strain-free for all heights. A soft closing lid adds to its functionality and is an added safety feature for children. The dual-flush design means that users can save water based on solid or liquid.
For consumers looking for style and simplicity, the Woodbridge T-0001 is an easy install toilet that means one can do it themselves rather than have it professionally installed and at a mid-price range, this model offershigh-end appeal with a budget-friendly price tag. The Woodbridge T-0001 is a smart choice for anyone looking toamalgamate quality and functionality in one stylish product.
Read the Full Review: WoodBridge T-0001
TOTO Ultramax II – Elongated One-Piece Toilet
- CEFIONTECT glaze
- High efficiency 1.28 gallons per flush
- SoftClose seat included
For the winner as the best toilet to buy in 2019 we choose the TOTO Ultramax II a high efficiency toilet with water sense and the powerful TOTO Tornado Flush system. For the price this toilet is a great option from a trusted brand.
The multiple colour choices of the high-priced Toto Ultramax 2 isn’t the only thing this Toto product has going for it. Available colors are bone, colonial white, cotton, cotton white, and Sedona beige. Unique to this model, which is the only product on this list to offer it, is the cotton white 2-pack. Consumers can save money purchasing the 2-pack rather than buy them separately. This is ideal for customers who have a need for multiple toilets, or for customers who need a toilet in more than one home. This high-efficiency model only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, yet manages to make flushing powerful and quiet. You can have confidence knowing that every time you flush, it won’t rock the walls.
Toto used a universal height to make this model perfect for users of all sizes, giving them the most comfortable seating ever on a toilet. The elongated bowl uses double-cyclone flushing technology and combines it with SanaGloss so that no matter how much waste is in the bowl, it is fully cleaned each and every time. SanaGloss technology is smooth and one of the prettiest finishes to look at, while still being ultra-functional. The toilet weighs 99 pounds and measures 28.375 × 16.5 × 28.75 inches. Enjoy the 1-year limited warranty and feel safe knowing that Toto supports the Ultramax line very well. Its first product on the list shows that Toto are a force to be reckoned with and that the Ultramax line is very respectable.
Swiss Madison SM-1T254 St. Tropez One Piece Toilet
- Fully skirted trapway – extremely easy to clean
- Sleek and eye appealing modern design
- Soft closing seat included
The Swiss Madison St. Tropez one-piece offers a sleek and seamless design that makes it a choice toilet for a powder or guest bathroom. Designed with a powerful dual-flush system, this model consumes less than a gallon of water on a half flush while a full flush uses 1.28 gallons – this makes it a WaterSense toilet. It’s powerful flushing system also makes it a high-efficient toilet (HET) which is a rating given to toilets that are designed to use as little water as possible.
The added feature of a soft closing lid means that it is safe for younger children and older adults, not to mention the comfort height makes it ideal for the elderly and those who are limited in mobility or struggle with the sitting and standing movement. The elongated seat is al
Made of porcelain, the St. Tropez is sleek and seamless design provides an easy to clean exterior. Its elongated seat is comfortable for the elderly and for those seeking to create the illusion and feel of space, it’s narrowness can add and enhance the space in a power or bathroom.
Swiss Madison’s St. Tropez comfort height one-piece is a toilet model and design that will provide quality at a mid-range price. It’s powerful flushing system, sleek and easy to clean look makes it a toilet one can depend on for both functionality and performance.
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WOODBRIDGE Deluxe Dual Flush Elongated One Piece Toilet
- Sleek, low profile skirted elongated one-piece toilet
- WOODBRIDGE one-piece toilet
- Luxury bidet seat
The third highest and most commonly sold toilet on Amazon is the Woodbridge Deluxe dual-flush one-piece. Designed with a white vitreous ceramic and an elongated bowl, this model offers a 2” fully glazed trap way. This toilet offers a unique aesthetic appeal that makes it suitable in both a commercial and residential setting.
As a dual-flush toilet, the Woodbridge lever is located on the top of tank and consumes 1 to 1.6 gallons per flush. Created with a powerful siphon flushing system, this toilet means no clogs, no sticking at minimal sounds.
A WaterSense certified toilet, the Woodbridge T-0033 has a soft-closing seat making it safe for children and the elderly. The bowl, which is elongated also offers that extra added comfort, paired with its comfort height feature, this makes it easy for those who have mobile impairments or struggle with the sitting and standing to do so with ease.
As a comfort height toilet, this is ideal as an accessible toilet or for those who want a toilet that makes sitting and standing secure and strain-free for all heights. A soft closing lid adds to its functionality and is an added safety feature for children. The dual-flush design means that users can save water based on solid or liquid.
For consumers looking for a budget-friendly toilet solution, the Woodbridge T-0033 and the brand is one that offers toilet solutions and a warranty to back their products showing their dedication to the products.
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TOTO Drake Two-Piece Toilet
- Contemporary, high profile design
- G-Max Flushing System
Toto shows up again on the list with the medium-priced and under-appreciated Drake model. With a contemporary high-profile design, this 2-piece toilet is still in style in a lot of households due to its durability. Your toilet bowl is cleaned with every flush, thanks to the superior SanaGloss technology that gives the product a smooth ion barrier that shines even after years of use. The bowl gets cleaned every time you flush, more so than with an average toilet. This means less cleaning for you and more time spent enjoying your new purchase. If you prefer when waste gets flushed quickly, you’ll like this one. The Drake is very fast due to the combination of the 2-inch flush valve and the G-max flushing system. G-max is the key to this toilet’s biggest feature, and consumers will love how quietly and quickly it gets rid of whatever is in the toilet, and all while cleaning it.
This is a commercial grade flush that has been used with a lot of other appliances. Toto also spent extra time on the 2.125-inch trapway to ensure that this toilet offers an experience worth its price. It weighs 103 pounds and the product dimensions are 28 × 19.5 × 28.5 inches to make the overall size comfortable for most users. There are some interesting features in the Drake that will make it appealing to customers that want a great toilet but don’t want to break the bank.
- Read the Full Review: Toto Drake 2
Saniflo SANICOMPACT Toilet
- Uses just 1-Gallon of water per flush
- Stylish toilet seat with chrome hinges included
- Build a half bathroom for residential applications
Next is the high-priced Saniflo, which is a bit cheaper than other designs but has impressive features. Like some other items on this list, it is a tankless design that can fit in smaller-than-average bathrooms without seeming cramped. It has vertical pumping up to 9 feet and horizontally up to 100 feet, allowing for a sink connection. Using this model with a well-situated sink in the correct setup will give you the most space possible.
Green users will be impressed that it only uses 1 gallon per flush, which is incredible considering it gets rid of all waste in 1 flush. And Saniflo didn’t cheap out on the design; it is stylish all over, and even includes chrome hinges. This small toilet only weighs 62.2 pounds and measures 18.2 × 14.5 × 15.8 inches, but is comfortable for all sized adults and children. It is pure porcelain and it looks the part even after extended use in a full family environment. Electric toilets like these are really the way forward, and with Saniflo introducing a model that is vastly cheaper than Toto’s, it’s pretty attainable for a lot of consumers. The Sanicompact may not have all of the features of the Neorest, but it is still easily among the top 5 on this list of best toilets.
TOTO Neorest Dual Flush Toilet
- Convenient remote control
- Hands-Free Automatic Flush
- Heated seat with temperature control
Moving up in price from Saniflo’s Sanicompact you’ll find the Neorest 700H, which offers Toto eWater+ technology. This built-in feature uses the incoming water supply to mist the interior surface before waste can adhere to it. After each flush, the system similarly mists the bowl to help keep it cleaner for longer. This adds to the unit’s eco-friendliness in that not only does it use minimal water to efficiently flush, but it requires fewer harsh chemicals to clean.
While only available in cotton white, the 700H offers luxurious conveniences such as a temperature-controlled heated seat, hands-free automatic flush, and a remote control. The compact design of this unit places its seat at the ideal height for a person to comfortably sit and rise from the seated position. Additionally, the Neorest 700H combines water siphoned from its reserve tank with your home’s water supply to achieve its highly efficient but powerful flushing action. This feature means that the flushing system is not impacted by the water pressure of the building it sits in. If you live on the upper floors of a high-rise or other building where both space and water pressure are at a premium, this is certainly the toilet for you.
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TOTO Neorest 550 Dual Flush One-Piece Toilet
- Programmable Nightlight
- Automatic Open and Close Lid
- Washlet Cleansing with Three Modes
- Hands-Free Automatic Flush
Slightly less expensive than the Neorest 770H but a high-end model itself, the Neorest 550 is one of the highest-priced toilets you can buy—and it’s worth every penny. Colors available are cotton white, colonial white, and Sedona beige. One of the cooler features of the toilet is the nightlight built in to keep users from missing the toilet or even falling over it at night. This is a smart toilet that knows when you’re near and opens and closes at will, leaving you with a completely hands-free experience. The hands-free automatic flush is in no way weak and is more than capable of the better power attributes shown by other toilets on this list.
There are several modes of cleaning to play with, and since this is a tankless design, you’ll gain a lot more room in your bathroom. To combat bacterial growth, the toilet uses a ceramic glaze that lasts for years without fading. This also reduces the need for chemicals when cleaning the toilet, since it is naturally cleaned. A pleasant surprise is that this product comes with a remote control to handle all actions, so you can either choose to use the automatic functions or manually change them. Another surprise is that the seat has an optional heating function for those cold months. Even the spray position is adjustable! This is the most customizable and advanced toilet on the list, and it comes highly recommended as the best.
- Read the full review: Toto Neorest 550 Toilet
TOTO Ultramax Elongated One-Piece Toilet
- Sleek, high-profile, one-piece toilet
- Quiet, powerful, commercial-grade flushing
- Wide 3-Inch fast flush valve
- Computer-designed, fully-glazed trapway
If the Ultramax 2 does not quite hit home with you, why not try the original Ultramax? The original—considered the best of the series—is still a hot seller and is in the high price range like the updated version. It is available in size 3, elongated, and round. This is the only toilet on the list that is available in size 3, so if that is a priority feature for you then this is the toilet you want.
Available colors are cotton white, Sedona beige, colonial white, and bone. Using a 1-piece system, Toto made sure that it was as high-profile as it was elegant in design. Its pretty looks shouldn’t distract you from the fact that it has a commercial-grade flush while remaining quieter than bigger and smaller toilets. With a flush valve of 3 inches, it is wide enough to take down all types of waste without compromising the toilet. This is definitely one toilet that won’t clog up on you, no matter what you throw at it.
The trapway is full-glazed and computer-designed so you will get exact measurements rather than having to guess. The rim height for the bowl is great at 14.625 inches and will be more than comfortable for all sizes. At only 89 pounds with dimensions of 28 x 17 x 28 inches, this will be more than enough for adults and children of all sizes. Each flush uses 1.6 gallons of water, and the beautiful material used in its construction is vitreous china. For an alternative to the Ultramax 2, the original is just as good if not better.
- Read the full review: Toto Ultramax Elongated Toilet
Kohler Santa Rosa Toilet
- Comfort Height(R)
- Compact elongated bowl
- Gravity Flush Toilets
At the mid price range is the Santa Rosa, one of the better and more efficient toilets on the list. As the first Kohler brand on the list, it comes in a range of colors including almond, biscuit, black, dune, white, ice gray, sandbar, and white.
Using the 1-piece method, Kohler was able to make a much better design than most toilet makers, and you’ll notice the differences when you’re doing general maintenance. Kohler also introduced what’s known as comfort height-seating, meaning the toilet makes standing up and sitting down easier because of its chair height.
This is great for people with bad backs, especially lower-back pain. Even though this is an elongated toilet, it occupies the same amount of space as a rounded model. Design wons like this are the main reason why it is one of the top sellers on the market. An AquaPiston canister forces water to flow into the bowl from all sides, cleaning thoroughly while also pushing waste down. This one-flush system is the envy of the industry, and Kohler is one of the few makers that does it right. The canister design they used for the Santa Rosa has 90% less exposed seal material than 3-inch flapper models, so customers can expect the toilet to be durable and leak-free over the lifespan of the device.
The product dimensions are 18.8 × 27.8 × 28.2 with a weight of about 102 pounds, so light and small. The water consumption amounts to an incredible 1.28 gallons per flush, one of the lowest on the list, and all without sacrificing flushing power. Buyers can expect a 1-year limited warranty to cover the product. As one of the better options on the list, Kohler flexes its brand name power with the Santa Rosa.
American Standard Champion 4 – Elongated One-Piece Toilet
- Elegant design and Finish
- The Product is manufactures in United States
- Elongated one piece toilet
Staying in the medium price range is this American Standard 2004.014.021 model that is available in white, linen, and bone. The Champion 4 is from a long line of toilets in this series and represents itself as the perfect elongated product for you to purchase. With a 1-piece design and the right curves, there is little to worry about in terms of bacterial growth. An EverClean surface combines with the already great materials of the toilet to create a surface that is very easy to clean. Odor-causing bacteria and stains will be less noticeable and have a lot less power to create other problems. The real selling point of this toilet comes down to the powerful flushing system and the 4-inch piston action accelerator valve.
While waste is being pulled down, the bowl gets a full cleaning that leaves nothing behind. Just 1 flush gets rid of the same waste that would cause less powerful toilets issues. A seat isn’t included with this model, but there are some very attractive options to pair with this base toilet. The mechanics and engineering of this product allow it to flush masses 70% larger than the industry standard, making the plunger all but useless. The same amount of power that is used to remove waste is also used to force water back into the toilet. Of all the toilets on the list, this one has the quickest and most powerful flush. With a 12-inch rough in and dimensions of 32 × 29.9 × 21.1 inches, the extra weight from the 117 pounds of this toilet makes it a real beast. The warranty maxes out at 10 years and is limited, so it is a tie for longest on the list. Buyers who want power will be really happy with this purchase from American Standard.
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TOTO Eco Soiree Toilet
- Double Cyclone Flushing system
- Decorative one-piece with skirted design and high profile tank
- Elongated front bowl with SoftClose seat
Also on the list is a high-priced 1-piece Toto that comes in a variety of colors. It features a double-cyclone flushing system that is as powerful as it sounds, and is capable of sending waste down in one flush. Available colors are bone, colonial white, cotton white, and Sedona beige. This is probably the prettiest 1-piece toilet on the list due to its skirted design and high-profile tank. The big wow feature of the product has to be the elongated SoftClose seat.
Toto spared no design costs when creating this, and the profile is just about perfect for a toilet. Eco Soiree also features a chrome trip lever to give it that little elegant boost, although with the already-premium look, it didn’t even need it. The weight of the product is 120 pounds and the product dimensions are 28.1 x 14 x 27.8 inches with a water consumption of only 1.28 gallons per flush. That’s a pretty amazing achievement considering it is powered by double-cyclone flushing, but it just goes to show how efficient the toilet is with water. A universal height means that both adults and children will be comfortable using it, so don’t be surprised if you end up wanting this in multiple bathrooms. Installation is easy, and the Eco Soiree will probably take the least amount of time to install, considering it has a tank. Although not as popular as some of Toto’s other models, the Eco Soiree has a lot of great pros.
- Read the Full Review: Toto Eco Soirre Toilet
Niagara Stealth 0.8 GPF Toilet
- ADA Compliant
- Floor mount/Floor outlet
- Ultra-High-Efficiency Flush
- Uses just 0.8 gallons per flush (GPF)
Offering a combination of value, efficiency, and comfort, this Niagara 2-piece toilet comes in at the low end of the price scale, using only 0.8 gallons per flush and featuring an elongated front bowl that provides a cozy place to sit, while occupying minimal additional floor space. In addition, the Niagara boasts one of the quietest flushes in the business, beneficial when you don’t want to wake other household members late at night. It uses an air-assisted flushing mechanism that pressurizes the trapway prior to the flush and creates a vacuum-assisted pull when the flush lever is pulled. This powerful combination of air and water creates a system that consistently cleans debris from the bowl with only one flush, and minimizes the amount of water required.
This high-tech flush system is, however, concealed by a relatively traditional-looking tank and toilet combination that would be appropriate for many homes. The Niagara is made from white vitreous china and its design is neither ornate nor sleek or ultra-modern. With such a low price and such efficiency, the Niagara toilet can save you money both upfront and in the long run as you save on your water bills year after year.
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Kohler K-3817-0 Memoirs
- Two-piece toilet
- Elongated bowl offers added room and comfort
- Seat and supply line not included
Moving up slightly in price, we come to Kohler’s Memoirs Stately Comfort-Height toilet, which offers increased comfort and efficiency over some of the other models on the list. This Kohler product utilizes a single-flush gravity flush system and a canister that enables water to enter the bowl from all sides to achieve this combination of efficiency and power. The bowl’s fully-glazed vitreous enamel material aids the cleaning process.
Many consumers choose the Memoirs model, at least in part for its style. It is available in six colors—white, sandbar, ice gray, black, biscuit, and almond—and it features an architectural design that is reminiscent of crown molding. The unit’s trapway is concealed, which creates a more attractive appearance and allows for easier cleaning. Its architectural style matches other fixtures in the Kohler Memoirs lineup. The Memoirs toilet also features an elongated bowl that makes sitting down more comfortable, as well as chair-height seating that makes getting on and off the seat more comfortable for most adults. Its height also happens to be ADA-approved. A well-rounded option, the Kohler Memoirs model delivers a solid combination of efficiency, cleaning ease, comfort, and style.
American Standard H2Option
- Chrome-plated top mounted push button actuator
- 12″ rough in
- Seat is not included
Next up on the list is this low-priced American Standard model that does away with the idea that you need an expensive toilet in order to have the best experience. Available in both round and elongated shapes, this toilet comes in white, linen, and bone. All colors are sharp in appearance, and with regular maintenance can stay just as shiny as new.
Rather than use the contemoprary 1-piece model popular today, American Standard opted for the older 2-piece design, which gives you some room to experiment if you are used to this type. It uses the symphonic dual-flush technology that pushes waste down and keeps it from coming back up. You also don’t have to worry about flushing twice to get everything out as it has a powerful enough wash to keep streaks from appearing.
This is a WaterSense-certified high-efficiency toilet that uses as little water as possible for basic operations so that your water bill does not skyrocket. Using modern technology for the actual flushing lever means that it is now a top-mounted push button actuator that is easy to reach for all. The product dimensions are 35 x 35 x 22 inches and the total weight is 92 pounds. It’s important to mention that the seat is not included. Soft type seats are recommended, depending on whether you for an elongated or round type. The flow rate is 1.6 GPM and the toilet comes with a 2-year limited warranty. In terms of ease, affordability, water usage, and efficiency, this is easily one of the best.
- Read the full review: American Standard H2Option Siphonic Toilet
Kohler Wellworth Toilet
- Elongated, standard height-toilet bowl
- 12″ rough-in
- 30″ (76.2 cm) x 18″ (45.7 cm) x 28-3/4″ (73 cm)
From one of the trusted names in the industry, the Kohler K-3978 Wellworth delivers solid value without sacrificing performance. Coming in a bit high on water usage compared to some other toilets on the list at 1.6 gallons per flush, you can question this unit’s efficiency, but performance is its strong point. The flushing system delivers water at high pressure, at once clearing bulk waste and cleaning the bowl. The fully glazed trapway and bowl aid in the cleaning process by preventing debris from sticking.
The Wellworth is a 2-piece toilet consisting of tank and bowl. Its design is on the traditional side, although it does feature some unique sculpting and shape in the tank and has an elongated bowl, which many people find more comfortable than round bowls. The height of the bowl is somewhat lower than other models at 14 ½ inches (368 mm), which makes it non-ADA compliant; however, you may find this height more comfortable. While this is a relatively basic model, it makes up in flushing power what it lacks in high-tech features. If you’re looking for a powerful flush at a low cost, this is the toilet for you.
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American Standard Cadet 3 Toilet
- Uses 1.28 gallons
- Smooth EverClean surface
- 3-inch flush valve
When you’re shopping for toilets and you have a smaller space, finding a good toilet that fits can be a chore. This Cadet 3 from American Standard is an excellent toilet with a smaller footprint, so you can fit it in those hard to reach spots. And just because it is smaller doesn’t mean it skimps on the flushing power. It has been independently tested to remove just as much waste cleanly as some of the more expensive units on the market. Here are some highlights about the Cadet 3:
- 10-inch rough in, so you can fit it in those smaller spot
- Standard seat height and round bowl make it perfect for multiple types of users
- Uses 1.28 gallons per flush, saving 20 percent off the 1.6 gallon standard
- Smooth EverClean surface makes cleaning easy
- 3-inch flush valve adds gravity-assisted power to every flush
This American Standard Cadet 3 toilet is a great option for when you’re trying to put a toilet in and make use of an odd space in your home or business. It should be noted that because this is a commercially rated toilet, it doesn’t come with a seat or a lid. Those must be purchased separately.
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Toto Carlyle II Toilet
- 1.0 gallons per flush
- 1G technology with TORNADO FLUSH system
- 12″ rough-in
This is an amazing toilet that will change how you look at going to the bathroom. Nearly every feature elevates a normally mundane experience to spa-levels. Here are a few things that make this toilet so different.
- Pre-misting system as you approach to pre-wet the bowl to keep things from sticking
- Seat warmer with five different temperature settings so you can personalize your comfort level
- Built-in fan and powerful filter to make help control any wayward smells
- Bidet system with adjustable temperatures.
- Tornado flush system sweeps everything away when you are done
As you can see, this toilet is made to pamper you and make you look forward to your trips to the bathroom. It also saves water, using only 1.0 gallons per flush, which is over a half-gallon less than what is mandated. (The EPA has stipulated that all modern toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush). That water savings will translate directly to keeping money in your wallet.
For a toilet that goes above and beyond what you ever thought a toilet could, this Toto Carlyle II will amaze and delight you. You’ll wonder why you never treated yourself like this before.
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Toto Eco Drake Toilet
- 1.28 GPF
- E-Max Flushing System
- Five Year Limited Warranty
Toto is best known for making high-end toilets with amazing features. So when they make a basic functional unit, you know that it will work well. This toilet is a great choice if you’re looking for something for a basement or a powder room. The Eco Drake comes with a standard round bowl for when you’re putting it in a space that doesn’t have the space for an elongated bowl.
Some other great features of the Eco Drake toilet are:
- Uses a standard 12-inch rough in
- Lower rim height of 14-5/8 inches, making it great for families or businesses
- Eco flush system uses 1.28 gallons per flush, saving about 20 percent from the 1.6 gallon standard
- Emax flush technology helps flush the bowl clear using a smaller amount of water
It should be noted that because this is a commercial grade toilet, it doesn’t come standard with a seat or a lid. That’s actually a plus, because if you’re upgrading from another round bowl toilet, you can just use your existing equipment. And if you’re installing in a business, you probably don’t want a lid.
The Toto Eco Drake is a great choice for a homeowner or a contractor looking for a no-frills toilet that will just work well.
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Guide to Finding the Best Toilet
Round vs. Elongated Toilets
In this instance, round toilet seats are seen as outdated while elongated toilet seats are the fresh model on the market. This is pretty much true, but round seats are not at all on their way to being discontinued, in fact, as many round toilet bowls as elongated seats are made each day. So which is better between the two, or to put it better, which is the best option for your home? If your top priority is an ADA-compliant seat, either for personal use or for visitors to your home that require it, then without question an elongated seat is preferable.
ADA Compliant Toilets
ADA-compliant elongated toilet seats are five times bigger than their round counterparts; and even if you opt for a round seat, it won’t be as comfortable as an elongated one in the same series. The ADA standard was created in 2010, so a lot of the designs that were compliant were made around the time that elongated seats just began to take off.
Small vs Large Toilets
Once again, there are round toilets that fit the bill, but it goes without saying that a large seat is always going to be more comfortable than a small one even if the more compact toilets will fit better in smaller bathrooms.
Now, one positive of round seats is that they are typically 3–6 inches smaller than a standard elongated seat. This may not seem like much, but in a small bathroom this can make all the difference in the world. They might also be preferable for bathrooms with children just finishing potty training.
Going from potty training to elongated seats can be a big leap, so the more natural option is to go to a round seat. RVs typically have round seats due to space concerns, and even the biggest bathrooms can benefit from having a few extra inches if they are designed badly in the first place.
Water Usage of Toilets
One of the most surprising facts about toilet water usage is that it accounts for most of the 80–100 gallons of water you’ll use in a day. Not the shower, not the kitchen, but the toilet. It uses the most water, which is why over the years standards have gone up so that the average number of gallons per flush is 1.6.
New Toilets Save Water
Before that, you were looking at up to 4 gallons per flush, an incredible waste in more than one way. Even if your toilet is newer but it was manufactured before the new standards went into effect, you’d be looking at about 3 gallons per flush.
These are huge numbers not just for one person, but for multiple people. They add up over the months, and by the end of the year you would have paid hundreds extra on your water bill. Newer toilets have a lot more to offer than toilets that are only 3–4 years old, so don’t overlook some of the better features being offered in flushing technology.
Water Saving Toilets vs Efficiency
So how much better are the toilets that offer 1 gallon per flush? A lot better when it comes to saving water, but that doesn’t automatically make them the greatest toilets on the list. A couple of the products available use complex technology that only requires 1 gallon per flush.
Usually this would result in double flushing or streaks and stains being left in the bowl because not enough water went through. To compensate for the remaining 0.6 gallons, the manufacturers designed the spouts on the inside of the bowl to be positioned a certain way so that it gets the most coverage when cleaning.
Water and waste are also pulled down with the help of gravity, so reducing by 0.6 gallons is still efficient. You can read more about water saving toilets here.
Powerfull Flushing Toilets
That being said, in a head-to-head comparison for the best flushing toilet, one that uses 1.6 GPF will always beat a toilet that uses 1 GPF. Even with innovative design and engineering, the 1 GPF toilets can only make up for what they are missing while the 1.6 GPF is already there to begin with.
Not even counting variables like type or amount of waste, in an extreme situation, double flushing is more likely in a 1 GPF toilet. There is a middle-ground option of 1.28 gallons per flush, if you want to play it safe. That gives you the perfect balance of power and water saving, all in one package. If you are looking to make the flush of your toilet stronger you can consider this guide.
Find the Right Balance
With up to one third of all household water usage going to toilets, users with multiple bathrooms may definitely want to take a closer look at their toilets. RV users will also find more use for 1-gallon per flush toilets than heavier use ones, since it will be their primary toilet. The only problem with that is the limited space in RV bathrooms, and also the customization issues that prevent a tank model toilet from being installed.
The few tankless models on this list will work just fine, but finding one that is as good on flushing as a 1-GPF tank model will be hard. When looking for a toilet that is good on water, prioritize whether or not it will make a big difference to shoot for the major savings or the major cost.
Important Toilet Features
One-piece vs Two-piece Toilets
When deciding between a one-piece toilet and a two-piece toilet, there are a couple of things that are easy to overlook. The Big takeaway is that the two-piece toilet has been around for a long time and is more trusted than this new 1-piece model. Here you can see the comparison between one-piece and two-piece toilets and which one to get.
Tankless Toilets Save Space
One-piece toilets are smaller in size compared to 2-piece ones. So if you’re not ready to adopt the tankless model but want some similar space-saving features, then you definitely want to settle for a 1-piece. You can read tankless toilet ratings here for more information.
Some of these models sit lower to the ground, but there are a lot of 1-piece toilets that sit at seat height in order to offer a more comfortable experience.
One-Piece Toilets are Easier to Clean
Did you ever have to clean a two-piece toilet and there were areas you just couldn’t get to so they kept getting dirtier? Those nooks and crannies are gone with a one-piece system. You’re now free to clean your toilet however you like without worrying about buildup due to places being out of reach.
With fewer places for bacteria to grow and collect, there will also be less odor and germs in and around your toilet. If you are a serious cleaner and tend to go that extra mile when cleaning the toilet, then getting down and around the edges is easier, since it’ll be lower to the ground.
One Piece Toilets are More Durable
Not enough customers talk about how durable their 1-piece toilets are, which is why even those that come with 1-year warranties are great deals. With fewer of the important elements of the toilet exposed, the most vital parts of the product are protected from damage and will last for years based on the original build.
Some of the biggest damage that can occur is due to outside moisture, which will have few ways of gaining traction with a one-piece toilet. With the least amount of parts to be compromised with its closed-off build, a one-piece toilet not only validates a 1-year warranty but it leaves the two-piece model in the dust.
Now, the only place where a two-piece toilet will always win is in price. It costs considerably less to build a toilet in two separate pieces than all in one. This benefit also comes from the various tests you can run on the two-piece systems that may be inaccessible to a one-piece.
The lowest price is always going to be on an older model, so if you’re looking to save some money then checking out the two-piece products on this list will be a good start. Even with modern toilets increasing in power, the older models are still claiming a big part of the market share due to customers not moving on quite yet.
Choose Between Gravity and Pressure Assisted Toilets
Gavity feed toilets are much more cost-effective, easier to maintain and repair. Gravity flush toilets can also undergo modifications if you decide you want to add a feature you need and, of course, they also afford more design and color options to choose from.
On the other hand, pressure assisted toilets conserve more water and rarely (if ever) require a double flush to get everything down. Many come with partial and full flush options and most maintain their cleanliness much easier than gravity feed toilets do.
Best Toilet Brands?
On this list the best toilet brands available are Kohler, Toto, Saniflo and American Standard. The list is heavily influenced by Toto and American Standard, with the former getting the nod for best toilet on the list.
Saniflo is the least mentioned but also has a top 5 toilet on the list, so that is saying a lot about the company and how innovative their toilet is.
You really can’t go wrong with any of the brands, but if you had to choose one, which one comes out looking best?
For innovation, go with Toto. This brand has a way of knowing when to push the envelope in the industry. There were a lot of features with this toilet that came off as silly gimmicks when it first came out, but soon became some of the most sought-after features for a luxury toilet. Toto is also great for improving upon its established models, which is why its series of toilets show remarkable improvement the higher up you go in the line. Even with that improvement, there is heavy favoritism for the original/debut models. Toto creates toilets so great that even after it improves on the line, people still play favorites with the older models. That is a testament to brand satisfaction and Toto’s customer loyalty.
For brand recognition, go with Kohler. It is the most well-known maker on this list, and if something ever goes wrong with the product, then the best warranty (despite length) is going to come from Kohler. It has a lightning-fast customer service department and the most compatible toilets, no matter the installation guidelines. This means that if you run into an issue where A doesn’t work with B then you can simply call them up or go to the store to resolve it on your own with little to no problems. Kohler has the most painless installation instructions and the clearest and most concise manuals of any product on this list. With so many locations across the world it is also the fastest to ship, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for rush delivery. This is one of the few times where brand recognition really does go a long way.
Saniflo, much like Toto, is great at innovation, and offers a lot of luxury items at a better price than its competitors. A good example of this is the Sanicompact that is a direct competitor to Toto’s Neorest. Now the Neorest easily wins the head-to-head matchup, but the Sanicompact is still one of the top 5 products on the list. That is an incredible accomplishment, and it is the only product on the list that is in the same league as the Neorest. Saniflo does the same with its other line of toilets, filling them with great features but being careful not to price them too high. It doesn’t have the name recognition of Kohler or Toto but it still does an incredible job of making sure that its products contain as many features as possible without being too outside consumers’ budgets. This is a slippery slope in marketing that Saniflo has done a good job of skating. It’ll be interesting to see if it can keep up with the likes of Toto without fading into the background. Read our full Saniflo toilet guide here.
American Standard is a jack-of-all trades company that produces some of the finest toilets on the list. The company is more old-school and less likely to take risks like Saniflo and Toto, as evidenced by its products on this list. Despite its old-school approach, it still has the greatest varied lineup of any competitor on the list, which is why it is so highly regarded by customers. American Standard should be considered the most balanced company available, although Toto is not far behind. But the best mix of new age features with old school features can be found in an American Standard toilet. A lot of people are actually rocking this brand in their homes and don’t even realize it. Since the company is pretty good with pricing, its models are extremely attractive to customers who want to purchase more than one product.
That’s a good roundup of the companies on the list, and hopefully a good reference for you to know what company offers you the best value. Another toilet brand not mention worth a look is Duravit Toilets that we recommend you atleast consider.
Toilet Brands and Warranty
Number of companies offer a 1-year limited warranty, and the next warranty length available is a huge jump of 10 years. This is a big jump, and it may be hard for the consumer to come to terms with a good deal if the warranty is 1-year limited for one of the most heavily used appliances in the household.
There really are no blurred lines in this situation since one of the bigger brand names like Kohler offer a 1-year limited warranty, while generic and less-known names can sometimes offer a 10-year warranty. It is a big contrast that may make some customers think that a company doesn’t adequately stand behind its product unless they offer a long warranty.
Customers shouldn’t feel as though they can’t trust the company just because they offer a 1-year warranty, especially when that warranty can be extended.
You won’t get any runaround from the companies on this list, and all of the reviewed products are 100% quality. Then when you get down to the warranty, no matter the length, you’ll get a customer service representative who wants to help you rather than lead you in circles.
Trust in the brand and the product rather than the warranty, as the first two should be more than enough to let you know what you’re buying into. If something does go wrong, you’ll be well taken care of, thanks to this list and the trusted brands.
There are a lot of customization options for consumers that want different things. This can range from going with a tankless design in order to save several inches of space to going with smart toilets that look great and offer features such such as self flushing and self cleaning.
You can also read different bathroom blogs that can help you design you bathroom decor so it matches. Having the toilet, bathroom faucet, tiles, and the shower head all match can make a big difference to your bathroom.
There is also room for a bidet toilet seat of your choice, and not just the type that hooks up to the toilet. With connection systems that allow you to connect a sink to the toilet, the options are endless and the only other hurdle is time and money.
The only drawback to one of these systems is that it needs to be plugged in if the power goes out completely. If you don’t have a generator, then there will be some obvious problems using the advanced features of the toilet.
Moving on to the cons of a tankless system, they are mostly going to revolve around price. Tankless toilets are the most expensive in the industry, and if this list is any indicator, there are not as many of them in production as the rest. The good news is that there are less low-quality models flooding the market, meaning that if you purchase a tankless model, chances are it is legit and worth your money.
Since there isn’t a lot of competition coming through for these models just yet, expect products from Toto and Saniflo to dominate the tankless market. If you’re used to fixing things yourself when they go wrong, bear in mind that fixing a tankless toilet system is not like fixing a regular toilet.
If you have a small bathroom and need to install a toilet that takes of little space then a corner toilet might be a great option for you. They are designed in a way to fit into the corner of you bathroom making more space available in your bathroom. Corner toilets for small spaces are a popular option these days along with other compact toilet designs.
Wall Hung Toilets
Another space saving toilet option is the wall hung toilet. This option both looks great and some of the big brands have been making some great looking wall hung toilets that have some nice features as well. You can read some wall mounted toilet reviews here to learn more about the design. It is also worth noting that wall hung toilets make cleaning the toilet and area around the toilet much easier that when you are dealing with a different toilet design.
Comfort Height Toilets
Pay attention to the seat height so that you know whether or not it will be more comfortable for an elderly person, an adult, or a child. You can also go for the comfort height toilet if you are looking a toilet that is great for elderly or people that have a problem sitting down. These toilets are a popular option and there is a wide range of top-rated comfort height toilets to choose from.
Portable toilets are great for when going camping, picknic or other travels when a toilet might come in handy. Portable toilets are also a good option for RV owners. You can read more about the top rated portable camping toilets here.
Eco Friendly Toilet Options
If you are looking for a eco-freiendly toilet then a composting toilet is the way to go. A composting toilet is designed to decompose human waste in a natural way and recycle into usable compost. Another option for low water usage is a macerating toilet that uses pumps to get rid of waste and is a great option for houses with small pipes or when you need to install a toilet in a basement. If you are looking for the top-rated mascerating toilet system you can learn more here.
Another eco-friendly water saving option. Dual flush toilets have the option for a full or half flush giving you the option to use less water when you need to. While dual flush toilet is good for saving water there is also great options to choose from when it comes to design and features of these toilets.
Another important feature to take into account is the rouch-in, or the distance from the wall and where the water line starts. In older houses this might be a problem but a 10-inch rough in toilet can be a option here to fit the toiled when this distance is more than for normal toilets.
Best Toilet Comparison Chart
|TOTO Ultramax II||$$$||1.28 GPF||ADA, WaterSense, CALGreen, and CEC||35 x 33 x 23 inches||Elongated||Cotton White||9/10||No|
|TOTO Drake||$$$||1.6 GPF||N/A||28 x 19.5 x 28.5 inches||Elongated||Cotton White||8/10||Yes|
|Saniflo SANICOMPACT 48||$$$||1.6 GPF||N/A||18.2 x 14.5 x 15.8 inches||Elongated||White||8/10||Yes|
|TOTO Neorest||$$$$||0.8 GPF||Watersense||32.5 x 15.5 x 21.5 inches||Oval||Cotton White||9/10||No|
|TOTO Neorest 550||$$$$||0.8 GPF||WaterSense||26.5 x 15.3 x 21.4 inches||Elongated||Cotton White||8/10||Yes|
|TOTO Ultramax||$$$||1.6 GPF||N/A||28 x 17 x 28 inches||Elongated||Cotton White||8/10||Yes|
|American Standard Champion 4||$$$||1.6 GPF||ADA||29.8 x 17.8 x 29.5 inches||Elongated||White||9/10||No|
|American Standard Champion 4||$$$||1.6 GPF||N/A||29.8 x 17.8 x 28.1 inches||Elongated||White||8/10||No|
|Kohler Santa Rosa||$$$||1.28 GPF||WaterSense||31 x 20.8 x 29 inches||Elongated||White||8/10||Yes|
|TOTO Eco Soiree||$$$||1.28 GPF||WaterSense||28.1 x 14 x 27.8 inches||Elongated||Cotton White||8/10||Yes|
The market is changing and it’s looking good for customers that are ready to upgrade. When prices are at an all-time low it’s time to get off the fence. Several companies have already put their best products forward, so you definitely have a lot of choice.
If you are still undecided, you can read our toilet reviews, which should help you pick out the best toilet for your needs. We’re also constantly reviewing the best flushing toilets which are always a popular option to go for. S
Sticking with a familiar brand is ok, as long as you do your homework. There is no hiding the fact that the best product on the list is the Neorest, but it may not be for everyone. No matter what you end up with, as long as it’s from this list, it will be considered a world-class toilet.
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