Best Toilets of 2017. The Extensive Guide.

You can't have a modern bathroom without having a good toilet in place. In such a fast moving industry, picking one from the many available can be tricky.

As someone who has worked for much of his career as a handyman, with plenty of plumbing jobs completed, i'll be calling on my experience to provide you with recommendations and advice that may help in your quest to find a viable replacement or upgrade for your households needs.

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Image Product Flush GPF Bowl Rating? Review
MS854114#01 Gravity 1.6 Elongated 89% Here
Gravity 1.28 Elongated 88% Here
Gravity 1.28 Round 87% Here
Dual 1.6 Elongated 87%
Dual 1.6 Round 86%
Pressure 1.1 Elongated 86%
Siphon 1.28 Round 86%
Gravity 1.6 Elongated 85%
Dual 1.6 Elongated 85%
Gravity 1.0 Elongated 85%

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Buying guide


Before you jump in at the deep end, I want to go through some features you may comes across whilst shopping. Some may be obvious, others complex, but the important thing is to get a full understanding of what you're purchasing and whether or not it's a good match for your requirements.

Types of toilet


There are several different types available on the market, which can make choosing the right toilet a difficult task. I go through several leading units below and explore what they have to offer.

One piece

The one piece toilet refers to products in which both the bowl and tank come all in one integrated package. They can often be utilized as an option to minimize the footprint to fit in smaller bathrooms. They are also notably easier to clean. Which is even more true if you end up purchasing a model with a concealed trapway.

One major reason people tend to choose these over other varieties, comes down to the fact that they are fairly easy to install because the process of attaching the tank to the bowl is no longer required.

Additionally, because they are made of one piece of ceramic material, many problems that can arise from exposed pipes and features are no longer a cause for concern. Hence, this gives them an edge in durability too.

However, with the positives, there are usually negatives. And this comes in the form of price tags. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay a little bit extra to get your hands on one.

Two piece

Two piece products are options found in many households today. Unlike the one piece, these come as a separate bowl and tank that can be attached to one another.

When carrying out our research, we found there is plenty of choice in the types available to consumers, which is always a plus point.

Compared to one piece options, they tend to be considerably lighter on average, but they can usually be more difficult to install as the tank does not come attached.

Wall hung

Wall mounted options can quite often be dual purpose. On one hand, they are great for saving space. On the other, they provide a unique style that others just can't match.

Perhaps something less spoken about however, is the height in which you can fit them. Having more flexibility on seating height allows you to set a height that's suitable for everyone in your household. User comfort is something many people overlook in favor of functionality, but it's very important to get this right.

Also, because they are not floor mounted, you will find they are far easier to clean with the ability to remove bacteria from every angle.

And if you are someone who enjoys keeping a modern theme for your bathroom, the ability to hide the tank and water behind the wall is great. It can make the room appear more spacious. The downside of that is they are not as easy to install.

Tankless

As the name would suggest, these are options that don't come with a tank and are the water typically comes through the supply line whilst creating enough pressure to remove waste. These aren't as common in the residential sector because not every home has the plumbing system to accomodate it.

Flush types


The type of flush mechanism installed can have an effect on both performance and efficiency. That's why you should take time to research and choose wisely to ensure it will suit your everyday needs. Navigate through the option below to learn more about them.

Single flush

When I talk about single options, we mean there is only one flush available. They often come equipped with the mechanism to be highly efficient, with plenty of models available offering between 0.8 and 1.28 gallons per flush.

Dual flush

Products that have a dual flush system usually have two separate buttons or trip levers. They're designed to give people the option of using a more powerful flush to rid the bowl of solid waste, or a water saving one, which could be better used for liquid waste.

Low flow

A low flow model, also known as a high efficiency toilet, uses less water than your standard full flush. They meet WaterSense standards of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and will make water savings over the course of a year. Whilst many standard 'full flush' options operate on a 1.6 GPF, many of these work on significantly less like 1.28 GPF, and in some cases 0.8 GPF. If you need to be convinced further, the Conserve H20 website show how big a difference this makes across a year, per person.

Gravity fed

These products include a flushing valve that utilizes gravity to move waste from the bowl through the waste outlet. Generally, the wider the flush valve, the better the bulk waste removal performance. Some common sizes can be anywhere from two to four inches in width. These are a potential choice for those wanting something with lower noise levels.

Pressure assisted

Water and air combines to produce pressure that pushes waste from the bowl. These can be a sensible investment for those with a busy family household.

Siphonic

Siphonic styles usually operate on smaller trapways such as two inchers. This will ensure that the trap is able to effectively utilize their sucking siphonic action.

Wash down

Typically used for more compact style toilets, these often operate through a four inch trapway and an open rim bowl design. And because some models that utilize it have a larger trapway, it's much harder to clog up.

Touchless

For a more hygienic and convenient way to flush the loo, a touchless model could be ideal. They usually come with sensors built into the tank that will sense when someone hovers their hand over the top of the tank and by doing so, it will automatically flush. This removes the need of physically touching a trip lever with your hands and can speed up the whole process.

Upflush

Often used in basements and as a way to get around fitting completely new plumbing fixtures, upflush models utilize a macerator and a pumps to change solid waste in the bowl into something more manageable for smaller pipes to push upwards.

Rough in


The rough in measurement refers to the distance between the wall behind the tank and the center of the waste pipe. Unfortunately, not all homes are the same, so they tend to vary. The most common tends to be 12 inches, so in many cases, this is referred to as the standard measurement. You can learn more using our guide, or if you already have the measurement, navigate through the menu below to find some of our best rated toilets in each category.

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Waste outlet


Rear outlet

Products with a rear flush remove waste from the bowl from the pipe outlet at the rear. You may associate this style with the wall mounted options, but that's not always the case, plenty are available on the market which are attached to the floor too.

Floor outlet

Products with a floor outlet are ones which waste passes through a pipe underneath. They are among the most common units found simply because this is how most homes plumbing systems are set up. Because it has a larger market, you will find the most amount of choice in terms of styles, mechanisms, brands, and bowls whilst browsing through these products.

Bowl shape


The highest rated toilets come with a variety of different bowl shapes, and they can play an important role in the decision making process. Some will be designed to be more comfortable whilst other shapes will save space for smaller bathrooms. What you pick should come down to the size of a room in which it's being installed. Discover three of the more common ones and their attributes below.

Rounded

Round bowl styles will take up less space and are well suited to people looking to remodel small to medium sized bathrooms. Their compact nature can be an asset for many not wanting to overwhelm the surrounding space. The right one can make a big difference.

Elongated

Elongated bowls should be the go to option for those wanting a more comfortable model. They tend to be bigger and consume a bit more space, but they offer a more natural seated position that is comfortable for users.

Square

Square units are suited to people wanting a unique style. They're not the most comfortable available, but the exterior is quite often unique and can bring the look of your bathroom up a few points. A nice way to differentiate yourself from the crowd.

Concealed

A skirted bowl hides the trapway, and makes it much easier to clean, as well as improving overall aesthetics. It also limits the amount of exposed piping and mechanisms, keeping them safe from damage, and improving overall durability.

Tank style


Corner

As the name would suggest, these style tanks utilize floor space well by squeezing into a corner. We recommend consumers wanting to purchase a corner toilet to avoid it if possible. The amount of choice available to you will make it difficult to pick a suitable size and fit for your bathroom. However, if you're left with no choice, they come with a triangular tank that can really work well in minimizing footprint whilst leaving space for things like sinks and showers.

Comfort height


Several of the top toilets in the indsutry are now compliant with the ADA standards. This means many brands are designing products to be more accessble for people with disabilities. Of the changes being made to meet the criteria is increasing the seating height. These styles are known by a range of different terms across the industry including right height and comfort height. You can learn more about them here.

Brands


The leading brands on the market have a number of things going for them. The first being the amount of positive consumer feedback they receive. The second, offering solid designs that encompass many budget ranges. We have listed some well known names below.

KOHLER

This is a company that manufacturers a number of products for the kitchen and bathroom. From providing faucets, showers, and bathing accessories, they cater for a large number of consumers needs.

American Standard

Another big brand from this industry. AS product a large number of bathroom fixtures and ranges that look great and come in varying degrees of functionality.

TOTO

As a company, TOTO have some innovative ideas and designs that will help modernize the bathroom. This includes their loos as well with several of the industries favorites being manufactured by them. A popular choice for consumers, in which you will find plenty of ratings online detailing their experiences with their products.

Toilet reviews


In our reports, we analyze and inspect the capabilities that several of the most coveted options in the industry offer. We take into account a number of things to give you a comprehensive overview of what to expect from each.

TOTO MS854114#01 Ultimate

MS854114#01

The MS854114#01 finishes as the number 1 option, and for good reason. It has a stylish one piece design, that will fit a 12 inch rough in, and is finished in a cotton white color. So, if you're looking to stick to a bright theme in the bathroom, this could be a potential option.

It comes equipped with a soft close seat that eliminates those pesky slamming noises in the dead of night waking the whole house up.

It operates on a gravity fed flushing mechanism, which alongside a three inch valve, will help rid waste from the bowl easily by utilizing 1.6 gallons per flush.

Consumer feedback is certainly more positive than negative at this stage according to several of our sources, which is a great sign. However, to get your hands on this, you can expect to pay an above average price.

KOHLER 3810-96 Santa Rosa

3810-96

This is a first rate loo from the Santa Rosa collection that finishes as runner up. It includes several features that help it stand out from its main competitors. Among those features is a lower water consumption, plus a reasonably compact, one piece design that will allow you to install it in smaller spaces.

It operates on a gravity fed, aquapiston mechanism that will ensure water gets pushed into the bowl from every angle, cleaning it effectively.

What's more, those of you looking for a comfortable option will appreciate the comfort height properties. It's made taller to feel more like a chairs height when seated, which will ultimately, make things easier when it comes to standing up and sitting down.

If you're working with a lower budget, this is probably not going to be ideal, but for those of you willing to splash that little bit extra for the performance, this could be a suitable match.

American Standard 221DA.104.020 Colony

221da.104.020

An A-1 choice from the Colony range of AS. This unit fits a standard 12 inch rough in, and comes complete with a two piece design that's finished in white. It's designed to work well alongside the other bathroom accessories from this range, great for someone aiming to create a themed bathroom.

The bowl is round fronted and it isn't going to have a big footprint with measurements of 25.8 by 19.2 by 29.9 inches.

The gravity style flush runs on a efficient 1.28 GPF, which combines well with the Power Wash rim features to provide a model that's got both a low consumption and a set of features to effectively clean the bowl of waste and bacteria.

We believe this is one to consider if you're working with quite a tight budget. Spec wise, It holds its own against many of its competitors for an affordable price.

Top 10 toilets comparison chart


Compare several units side by side using the table below.

MS854114#01
TOTO MS854114#01 Ultimate
3810-96
KOHLER 3810-96 Santa Rosa
221da.104.020
American Standard 221DA.104.020
tb351
EAGO TB351
402025-0
Sterling 402025-0 Karsten
2467.100.020 Cadet
American Standard 2467.100.020
cst243ef-01
TOTO CST243EF-01 Entrada
k-3589-0
KOHLER K-3589-0 Cimarron
2157010005
Duravit 2157010005 Durastyle
cst454cufg01
TOTO CST454CUFG01 Drake II
Type One piece One piece Two piece One piece Two piece Two piece Two piece Two piece One piece Two piece
Rough in 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Flush Gravity Gravity Gravity Dual Dual Pressure assisted Siphon Gravity Dual Gravity
GPF 1.6 1.28 1.28 1.28 1.6 1.1 1.28 1.6 1.6 1.0
Bowl Elongated Elongated Round front Elongated Round front Elongated Round Elongated Elongated Elongated
Comfort height
Color Cotton White Biscuit White White White White White White White Cotton
Dimensions 29 x 17 x 28" 18.8 x 27.8 x 28.2" 25.8 x 19.2 x 29.9" 26.6 x 15.1 x 26.6" 29.8 x 15 x 29.2" 30.2 x 20.5 x 29.2" 23 x 15 x 30" 28.8 x 17.6 x 30.8" 14.6 x 28.4 x 29" 28.5 x 15 x 30"
Weight 89 lbs 102 lbs 61 lbs 92 lbs 78 lbs 58 lbs 76 lbs 87 lbs 121 lbs 85 lbs
Rating 89% 88% 87% 87% 86% 86% 86% 85% 85% 85%

Budget


Before you figure out which model above you're going to be buying, give some thought to the amount of money you're willing to spend. Different price points offer varying quality and performance levels, so that will be something to keep in mind. Generally, you get three main ranges, a lower, mid, and upper range.

Under $150 - You shouldn't expect too much from anything under the one hundred and fifty dollars mark. You can expect to find the basic functionality built in, but quite often you will find they fall short in specific departments, either through design, flush, or waste removal ability.

Under $400 - This is probably the range that fits most peoples requirements. They usually come with the right features for home use whilst remaining reasonably affordable.

Under $600 - If you're wanting something of the highest quality, this is the price range to browse through. We don't recommend going higher than this simply because these products tend to include the average persons WC needs.

Maintenance


With proper care, cleaning and maintenance, you can improve the longevity of your toilet. If properly looked after, they can last for over a decade. Read our full guide on how to do this effectively here.

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Installation


Depending on where your waste outlet is located, installation can be quite easy as long as you know what you're doing, and have the correct measurements. Our guide will talk you through the basics to give you a head start. Click here to get started.

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Seats


There are many kinds of toilet seats ranging from standard to soft close, heated to padded. But it's not just the specs of a seat you should be keeping an eye on. That's because many products I have come across whilst conducting my research online don't include a seat. This is something important to keep in mind as the additional expense and time taken in finding one adds up.

From soft close and padded, to standard and d shaped, we look at what the indistry has to offer in detail.

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Bidets


Once seen as more of a luxury, bidets are becoming much more commonplace as people begin to appreciate their benefits. They tend to be a more hygienic alternative to just using paper, plus, they're easy to use, and usually come with some fantastic functions.

Typically, the higher tier options will include various spray settings and powers, alongside the ability to warm up the seat. All of this can add up to a better bathroom experience, and one that is far more convenient too.

However, with the inclusion of additional technology, you can expect them to cost a fair amount more than traditional seating.

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Wrapping up


Whichever product you end up choosing, just remmeber to scrutinize as much as the buying guide above does, and you can't go far wrong. The top rated toilets aren't necessarily the most expensive or best selling ones. In fact, it can often be the units that are overlooked. When shopping, I like to make a mental note of functions you want included, alongside a rough budget level. I find it helps me buy within my means whilst getting something as close to my criteria as possible.

Can't find what you're looking for or confused about an abbreviation? You can check out our frequently asked questions or the terminology pages.

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