Best High Tank Pull Chain Toilets (2019 Reviews)

If you want a bathroom theme that's a bit more traditional and old fashioned, then high tank, pull-chain toilets could be a perfect match. We aim to help our readers discover which products are best suited to their needs through thorough analysis of their specs, flushing mechanism, and all round performance.

All too often consumers rush into a decision without knowing all the important details. What follows can often be buyers remorse, with the product not living up to your expectations. We aim to provide a solution to this through detailed comparisons and reviews that even the most inexperienced in DIY and plumbing can understand.

Our picks

Image Product GPF Rating?
1.6 83%
1.6 82%
1.6 82%

Reviews


Barclay 2-413WC Victoria

The 2-413WC is a uniquely designed toilet that utilizes the force of gravity to flush out waste and clean bacteria from the bowl. It's not the most efficient unit available, but the 1.6 gallon flow rate is a significant improvement on the older 3.5 and 5.0 gallon tanks. So while it doesn't meet WaterSense standards, it can still be a good option that saves you thousands of gallons of water each year.

The tank is mounted on the wall, but it's not insulated, which can mean the exterior surface sweats. The chain to operate the flush is located on the left hand side.

It's has a standard size bowl with a rim height of fifteen inches. This means that it doesn't meet ADA criteria, but some people prefer lower bowls, so that's not always a bad thing. It's also round in shape, potentially saving a bit of floor space, which may be an important feature if you have quite a compact bathroom.

It's constructed in a ceramic china and the overall height given is seventy two inches. You're also covered against defects for up to one year with its warranty policy.

Renovator's Supply 17800

The 17800 has some really nice detailing on the tank and bowl. This model has an adjustable height spec that can change between seventy four and seventy eight inches tall.

Unlike the Victoria above, this has an elongated shape bowl which tends to be the preferred option among consumers due to their comfort and support. However, you shall need to purchase an elongated seat separately, so make sure you're aware of that when budgetting.

It fits the standard twelve inch rough in, and the dimensions given are 27.5 by 18.2 by 78 inches.

The flush system built in isn't the most efficient, with Rens Supply mentioning that it doesn't meet the Eco Friendly 1.2 gallon target. That's definitely a negative point, but overall, it will get the job done for day to day usage in a residential household.

Renovator's Supply 15928

The 15928 includes the tank, bowl and various hardware like the Z-Pipe. It includes a rather unique style that's finished in bone, with stainless steel parts that could match other parts of the washroom such as faucets and shower heads.

It comes equipped with a chrome L-Pipe and all its associated hardware, plus this is all rust resistent to improve durability. And like the 17800 above, its height can be adjusted between 74" and 78", making it possible to install in a wider variety of bathrooms.

It measures 27.5 by 18.25 by 74 inches, and the seat is sold separately. While it isn't something we'd recommend for water conservation, for everything else it will get the job done.

Comparison table


Barclay 2-413WC Victoria Rens Sply 17800 Rens Sply 15928
Flush Gravity Gravity Gravity
GPF 1.6 1.6 1.6
Bowl Round front Elongated Elongated
Comfort height
Color White White / Green Bone
Dimensions 19.5 x 9.2 x 70" 27.5 x 18.2 x 78" 27.5 x 18.2 x 74"
Weight 108 lbs 98.1 lbs 92.6 lbs
Rating 83% 82% 82%

Considerations before you buy


Bowl surface - Apart from the china material itself, there is a couple of things to think about when it comes to the bowls surface. The first is how well it prevents waste from sticking to the bowl. There are some techniques that manufacturers include to prevent this from happening. The most popular of which is a layer of gloss on top of the ceramic. This coating stops germs from getting stuck in the pores.

Secondly, from an aesthetics perspective, we prefer bowls that have a skirted exterior so that they hide the trapways outline. This improves the looks significantly from our point of view.

How much water does it use - The flush mechanism is naturally a important part of any toilet. Howwever, something that can be overlooked is how efficient it is. Is the product you're looking at designed to help families save water? Those that meet the WaterSense criteria from the Environmental Protection Agency is a good benchmark. This means they will only use up to 1.28 gallons.

How tall is the bowl? - While comfort height is not a necessity, it's worth considering because it includes people from all walks of life regardless of the disabilities. Standard size bowl are ones that measure less than seventeen inches from base to seat, and comfort height bowls between seventeen and nineteen inches. It may not seem like much, but can make a big difference to some peoples bathroom experience.

Wrapping up


For readers aiming to buy something unique, with a touch of the old world, then high tank toilets could make a great addition to your home. Just make sure you've taken time to read through what consumers are saying about the products on various shops online and be on the lookout for repetitive flaws in the design.