Our Pick of the Best Toilet Brands After 2015
What is the best toilet on the market? That’s probably not a question you ask too often, but it’s an important one nonetheless. When it comes time to replace your toilet, you want the best one you can find.
American Standard 2887.216.020 H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Elongated Two-Piece Toilet
Our favorite for 2017
TOTO CST744SG#01 Drake 2-Piece Toilet with Elongated Bowl and Sanagloss
A very close runner-up
American Standard 2034.014.020 Champion-4 Right Height One-Piece Elongated Toilet
A nice easy-to-install toilet
But finding the best model isn’t always easy. And you can’t exactly take the model for a test run in the store. We’re going to review five of the top toilets on the market to help you find the right one for your home. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re comparing them:
- Efficiency: A toilet’s efficiency is a key thing to consider when comparing models, particularly if you want to save money on your water bill (who doesn’t?). High-efficiency toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush, whereas conventional toilets use 1.6 gallons. The H2Option toilet on our list below uses just 1 gallon per flush with its “light” flush (more on that soon). If water efficiency is your top priority, check the GPF rating for each model you consider.
- Size: The toilet’s size is another important thing to consider. The last thing you want is to purchase a toilet, bring it home, and find that it doesn’t fit in your bathroom. Measure your space before you start shopping, so you can find a model that will fit. And do remember than an elongated bowl will be much deeper than a round bowl.
- Ratings: Consumer ratings are important, too, because they give you an idea of the toilet’s quality and performance. A faulty toilet is the last thing you want, especially if it was purchased to replace another faulty toilet. Reviews will help you avoid this by letting you know which models are the best options – and which ones to stay away from.
Best Toilet Reviews for 2017
TOTO Drake 2 – The Drake 2 from TOTO is one of the brand’s best-selling toilets. It’s affordable, and it boasts many of the features you’d find on high-end models.
The elongated bowl offers more comfort, and the high-profile design adds to the contemporary look of this toilet.
The Fast Flush system boasts a 3” flush valve that is 125% larger than the typical 2” valve. The wider valve allows for a more powerful flush to push more waste through without clogging.
The Drake 2 also has the G-Max system, which ensures each flush is quiet and efficient.
Offering commercial-grade flushing performance, this toilet can handle just about anything you throw at it.
The SanaGloss is the cherry on top. This ion-barrier glazing actually cleans your toilet each and every time you flush.
American Standard H2Option – The H2Option from American Standard comes at a higher price than our previous model, but offers more in the way of efficiency.
Like the previous model, the H2Option has an elongated bowl, which is more comfortable than a round bowl design.
Offering siphonic action, this toilet actually has two flushes: light and heavy. Light flushes use just one gallon of water with each flush, and is ideal for liquid waste. The heavy flush uses 1.6 gallons of water with each flush, making it ideal for solid waste.
On average, this toilet uses 25% less water than the conventional toilet.
And as an added bonus, this toilet features the EverClean surface, which inhibits mold, mildew and fungus.
American Standard Champion-4 – The Champion-4 is another pick from American Standard, and this toilet is truly able to handle it all. Made as one single piece, this model is easy to clean, and it’s made from beautiful vitreous china.
This toilet can move up to 70% more mass than the average toilet. The 4” accelerator valve pushes water into the bowl twice as fast as even a 3” valve, which makes each flush incredibly powerful.
The larger trapway also allows more waste to move through.
Plus, the Champion-4 also has American Standard’s EverClean surface, which helps keep the toilet cleaner for longer while helping limit mildew, mold and fungus growth.
TOTO Ultramax II – The Ultramax II from TOTO is a great option if you have difficulty sitting and standing. Offering a universal height, this toilet is 17-1/4” tall from floor to the top of the seat. The taller height makes it easier to get up and off the toilet.
Height isn’t the only thing this toilet has going for it. It also offers Double Cyclone flushing technology and an elongated bowl, so you enjoy increased comfort and a quieter flush.
Ultramax II also has TOTO’s SanaGloss glazing, which cleans your toilet each time you flush. And it comes in an array of colors to match your bathroom’s decor.
American Standard Cadet 3 – The Cadet 3 from American Standard offers a powerful flush, contemporary design and a water-efficient system that minimizes water use each time you flush.
One of the most impressive features of this toilet is its powerful flush – it can move 1,000 grams of solid waste with a single flush. And it offers this power without wasting water. In fact, this model is considered a high-efficiency model, using just 1.28 gallons of water per flush.
The Cadet 3 has a large 3” flush valve and a larger trapway that minimizes clogging. And the pressurized rim power-washes the toilet each time you flush.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Option from All the Best Rated Toilets On the Market
- Height: We already discussed the importance of size, but you want to consider the height of the toilet for comfort reasons. The higher the toilet, the easier it will be to sit down and stand up. Those with mobility issues may want a higher toilet for this reason. But even if you have no mobility issues, you’ll still want to consider the height and ensure you choose one that will suit your entire family.
- Flush valve: The size of the flush valve is important because it controls how much water flows through and how quickly it moves. Larger valves (3” or 4”) are preferred because the flush is more powerful and quick. They also tend to be quieter, which is an added perk.
- Cleaning: Many modern toilets have glazes or coatings that make the toilet easier to clean. Some inhibit mold and fungus growth, while others clean the toilet each time it’s flushed. While not a necessary feature, this is something you want to consider to make your life easier and keep you from having to clean to toilet more often than you need
- Price: Naturally, the cost of the toilet is important. Set a budget for how much you can realistically spend, and make sure that you stick to that budget. You’ll find many affordable options on the list above, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.