Best Toilet

After taking an in-depth look at the most popular toilet brands on the market we like Kohler the best for it’s style, comfort and durability. Coming in a close second are the American Standard brand toilets. Your bathroom accounts for most of the water usage in your home. It is almost 75% of the total household usage, and 40% of that is from the toilet alone. This makes having a good toilet one of the most important fixtures to research before you buy one. You want it to work well, be efficient, and always be in good repair.

Toilet Reviews
13 mins to read
34 products considered
15 products reviewed
14 days of reviewing

1. KOHLER

Best Overall Toilet

5/5 Product Rating

This two-piece toilet provides more than just an elegant look, it will save you water too. Its highly-efficient, 1.28 gallon flush gives users who put this model in their homes a savings of as much as 16,500 gallons of water each year. The elongated bowl is a popular design and is positioned at just the right height to be comfortable; not too short and not too tall. The WaterSense toilet meets all of the strict EPA flushing guidelines and uses 20% less water than a 1.6 gallon model. With a height that works for most adults, even people with health issues such as arthritis and back problems will find this toilet to be the perfect height. Water flows into the bowl from all sides which makes the effectiveness and cleaning ability of the flush much more powerful. This model is available in a variety of great colors including almond, biscuit, white, black, dune, ice grey, and sandbar.

Sarah Lytle

2. American Standard

Best Water Saving Toilet

4.7/5 Product Rating

American Standard is a popular brand of toilet that has been around for some time. They are known for their quality, and this American Standard H2O model is no exception. You will save water without losing any performance thanks to its siphonic technology that is quieter and uses less water. It has a dual-flush actuator on top of the tank that features a money and water saving 1-gallon flush for liquids, and 1.6 gallon, heavy-flush for solids. Users who purchase this toilet will save about 25% less water than a regular 1.6 gallon toilet which means you’ll save money on water too. The round, two-piece design goes well in any bathroom and the chrome-plated, top-mount, push-button actuator is easy to use. This easy to use, water-saving toilet is available in bone, white and linen to easily match the décor of your bathroom.

Sarah Lytle

3. TOTO

Best Flushing Toilet on the Market

4.4/5 Product Rating

This high-profile, 2-piece toilet from TOTO features an elongated bowl and a low-consumption siphon jet flushing action. It has a wide, 3” flush valve that is “fast flush” and a wider unglazed trap way that is 2 1/8” wide. The sleek, simple design looks great in any bathroom. With TOTO’s great quality AND great look you will get more than just a nice-looking toilet, you will get a toilet with exceptional performance as well. It is quiet and powerful, with commercial-grade flushing performance that discourages back-ups and overflows. The TOTO 2-piece toilet with elongated bowl comes in bone, colonial white, cotton white, ebony, Sedona beige and white. With all of these color choices, you’re sure to find one to go with any décor you have in your bathroom.

Sarah Lytle

Toilet Comparison


KOHLER K-3817-0

American Standard 2889.216.020

Toto Drake 2

TOTO Drake

American Standard 2886.216.020

American Standard 2988.101.020

KOHLER K-3819-0

American Standard 2435.012.020

TOTO CST744SG

American Standard 2315.228.020
Bowl Height
(Inches)
16-1/2″15″16.5″14.63″16-1/2″15″16-1/2″16-1/2″14.63″ 10-1/4″
Height
(Inches)
31-1/16″29-1/2″30.5″28.50″31″30-1/4″31-1/8″28-1/2″28.50″ 24″
Length
(Inches)
30-7/8″37-3/4″28″28″29-3/4″28-1/4″28-3/8″28-1/2″28″ 25″
Width
(Inches)
18-7/8″15″19.5″19.50″15″15-3/4″18-7/8″15-1/2″19.50″ 17-1/4″
Rough In
(Inches)
12″12″12″12″12″12″12″12″12″ 10″
Trapway1.9375,
2.13
22.132.13222.132-1/8″2.13 2
Gallons
Per Flush
1.281.61.61.61.61.61.61.281.6 1.28
Flush TypeSyphon JetDualGravityGravityDualDualGravitySyphon JetGravitySyphon Jet
Trip Lever
Placement
LeftTopLeftLeftTopTopLeftLeftLeft Left
Flush
Technology
Class FiveDual Flush
H2Option
G-Max Flushing
System
G-Max Flushing

System
Dual Flush

H2Option
Dual Flush

H2Option
Class FiveDual Flush
H2Option
G-Max Flushing
System
Dual Flush
H2Option
Bowl TypeElongatedRound Front /
Elongated
ElongatedElongatedElongated /
Round

Round FrontElongatedElongatedElongatedRound Front
StyleContemporary
/Modern
Contemporary
/Modern
CommercialCommercialContemporary
/Modern
Contemporary
/Modern
TraditionalCommercialCommercialTraditional
FinishWhite,
Almond,
Black,
Ice Grey,
Biscuit,
Sandbar,
Dune
White,
Linen,
Bone
White,
Bone,
Colonial White,
Ebony,
Cotton White,
Sedona Beige
White,
Bone,
Colonial White,
Ebony,
Cotton White,
Sedona Beige
White,
Linen,
Bone
WhiteAlmond,
Dune,
Sandbar,
Biscuit,
Ice Gray,
White,
Black
White,
Linen,
Bone
Glazed Cotton WhiteWhite
Warranty1 Year2 Years1 Year1 Year2 Years2 Years1 Year2 Years1 Year 2 Years

 

Toilet Buying Guide

Toilet Reviews

What is a Toilet

Toilet1When it comes to buying a toilet, many consumers have no idea how to tell one toilet from another. Knowing what makes a good toilet can save you a lot of money in water usage and headache by making sure you get a high-grade model that will last, use less water, and be durable. There are several things you need to do before and during your search. We’ve outlined those all for you right here so you will have the tools you need to make the right choice for you and your family.

Measure Your Bathroom

This is possibly one of the most overlooked items during the buying process. Many people over-estimate the size of their bathroom and buy a new toilet without measuring. Before you start looking, this is the first thing you need to do so you can ensure that you get the right size toilet for your space.

Measuring is fairly simple and straightforward. You are measuring the “rough-in size” in your bathroom. Measure from the center of the drainpipe that carries away the water from the toilet to the baseboard of the wall. Do not measure trim, baseboards or anything else or the measurements will be off; just straight from the center to the wall and that will give you the rough-in measurement.

You can also measure from the center of one of the closet bolts that hold down the toilet flange. If your toilet has 4 closet bolts, measure from one of the rear bolts. If your bathroom space is very small, you will want to measure from the sides of the flange bolt as well in order to make sure it fits side to side also. A standard rough-in measurement is 12”. You will find that older models can vary from 10 to 14” but it is always better to take the actual measurements rather than guess and order one that doesn’t fit.

Do you want a 1 or 2 piece Toilet?

Toilets are available in 1 or 2 pieces. A 2 piece toilet has a separate tank that is installed on top of the bowl. 2 piece toilets, on average, cost anywhere from 15 to 25% less than a one piece toilet. There is no real difference in the way a 1 or 2 piece toilet operates and they require all the same parts, but 1-piece toilets are usually easier to keep clean.

Look for 2 piece toilets with a high-quality sanitary bar. This blocks any liquid from collecting under the tank at the back of the toilet bowl. Liquid collecting there can degrade the fixtures because of its acidic properties.

Toilet2An option that is gaining in popularity is the wall toilet. These are usually found in commercial establishments but these toilets are very easy to clean and maintain and keeps the sanitary conditions of your bathroom much higher than other types do. A wall mounted toilet does require different plumbing and waste disposal for these toilets to be able to be installed, as well as additional support in the wall it is being installed in, so this might be a better choice for a new build or complete remodel rather than if you are just changing out toilets.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the trap ways on the toilets you are looking for, whether 1 or 2 pieces. Most toilets have a 2” trap way that is glazed but you will have less back-up and clogging problems if you opt for the 2 3/8” size.

What Type of Bowl do you want?

There are two types of bowls you can get with most modern toilets: standard round or elongated. The elongated bowl gives 2 more inches of space and they are much more comfortable to sit on. Round bowls are less expensive and are generally better choices for very small spaces since they take up less room.

Don’t forget to think about the height of your toilet as well. The standard toilet is 14-15 inches high measured from the top of the bowl to the floor. (Measure with the seat up) Some people may prefer a taller bowl which can go as high as 19”. This height is great for taller people and also those that have physical challenges to deal with.

To be ADA compliant, the toile must be at least 16.5” high. This may prove to be a bit difficult for children or very short adults so factor in the size of the family members when choosing your toilet. Instead of buying a smaller toilet for a children’s bathroom, opt for a safely designed step stool since the children will grow and need a taller toilet as they get older.

Flushing Options to Consider

There are many different types of flushing options to consider when purchasing a new toilet.  Many consumers do not realize that there are different ways toilet flushes.  We’ve outlined the specifics here so you can learn and understand the differences.

Gravity-fed – These toilets operate on the natural force of gravity to dump water from the tank into the bowl. This action creates a siphon that sucks the waste down into the sewer line. These types of toilets usually work well in all conditions.

Pressure-assisted – There are internal sealed tanks in this type of flushing toilet. They fill with water and air pressure builds up. The force of pressure creates a blast of water that helps remove waste from the bowl when it is flushed.  These toilets tend to be louder than other types although manufacturers are working to reduce the noise involved in this type of flushing action.  This type of toilet requires 25 pounds per square inch of water pressure to work properly.

Power-assisted – These models use an electric motor to bring air pressure into the sealed tank. The tanks of these types of toilets hold a certain amount of water that is released under pressure to clear the bowl.

High Efficiency – These are your water savers and use 1.28 gallons of water or less per flush.  You can have high-efficiency toilets with any type of flushing action.  What makes them high efficiency is not the type of flushing but the amount of water used per flush.

Dual Flush – These are also water saving types and allow the user to “choose” either a low water flush for liquid only or a full 1.6 gallon flush for solid waste. The potential problem here is not choosing the right flush for the situation.

Choosing the Right Toilet Seat

Toilet3Most toilets do not come with a toilet seat so you will need to purchase this separately and choose the right one to go with the toilet you have chosen. Seats also come in either round or elongated styles they are not interchangeable. Getting a comfortable toilet seat is important because no matter how great the toilet is, if the seat is awful you will hate using it.

Toilet seats come in different materials from plastic to solid wood. There are also cushioned varieties, vinyl and polypropylene as well. Solid wood toilet seats are very durable and comfortable but look better in bathrooms with solid wood fixtures so it fits. Another option is the slow closing toilet seat which can add some cost to the seat but is great for preventing the loud slamming that seats can do when they are allowed to close on their own.

There are many different types of seats you can choose from. Styles like the Bidet seat that comes with water jets and even warm air drying, or the seat that is coated with an antimicrobial coating to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi and reduces mold, odors, and mildew as well. They will cost more but you will love what these different types of seats can do.

Conclusion

When you have got all the information you need, choosing the best toilet for your home becomes much easier. Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing a toilet, getting it home and then finding out it is the wrong one. Use this information in the buyer’s guide and the reviews of the top rated toilets that we have provided to help guide you to the toilet that will fit into your bathroom, décor, and lifestyle perfectly.

Not only are you going to make your bathroom look nicer with an upgraded toilet, you will save money and water with the new efficient designs that are available and the whole bathroom experience will be much more enjoyable for you.

Resources

  1. KOHLER – http://www.us.kohler.com/
  2. American Standard – http://www.build.com/
  3. TOTO – http://www.totousa.com/