Use Our Guide to Help You Find the Best Flushing Toilet After 2015
Buying a toilet can be complicated. It shouldn’t be, but it is. What GPF rating does that model have? Is that one small enough to fit in your upstairs bathroom? Is the flush powerful enough for your needs? You just want a toilet that gets the job done, but there are a few things you’ll need to consider to narrow your choices down to one that fits the bill.
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
TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II Het Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet with Sanagloss
WaterSense approved high efficiency toilet
We’ve lined up five great models, but first, those all-important things you should keep in mind:
- GPF: For those who don’t know, GPF stands for (Gallon per Flush), and this rating system is designed to help you determine how water-efficient a toilet is. The lower the GPF, the more efficient. WaterSense requires toilets to have a rating of 1.28GPF or lower to qualify as high efficiency, but all toilets are required to have a rating of 1.6GPF by law. Long story short: if you’re looking to save money on your water bill each month, opt for a high efficiency model.
- Toilet Ratings: Buyer ratings are important to consider when making any major purchase for your home because they can save you from buying a poor quality model. Ratings become even more important when buying a toilet because there’s a risk that the model might leak or overflow, both of which may cost you a significant amount to repair.
- Height: Believe it or not, the height of the toilet is important. The lower the seat, the more difficult it will be to get on and off the toilet. Some models have a chair-height, which may be a better option for anyone who struggles to use a conventional toilet.
The Best Toilet Reviews for 2017
TOTO Drake 2 – The TOTO Drake 2 is consistently ranked as one of the best toilets on the market, and its smart design is the reason why. Featuring a high profile and contemporary design, this toilet features an extra-wide flushing valve and the G-Max Flushing System for quiet and powerful flushing.
The 3” flushing valve is 125% larger than conventional toilets, and the 14.625” bowl height (floor to rim without seat) is comfortable for users of all sizes.
Performance aside, the Drake 2 is also easy to keep clean, which is a feature that all homeowners can get behind. The SanaGloss coating creates an ion barrier to keep the bowl clean with every flush. And the glazing’s smooth design is far more efficient at removing solid particles from the bowl.
American Standard Champion-4 – American Standard’s Champion-4 is truly a leader in the industry. The larger trapway allows for easy removal of up to 40% more mass than the leading toilet, and the wider flush valve allows for quicker, more powerful flushing power.
The Champion-4 also features the EverClean surface on both the exterior and interior of the model. EverClean inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria, so your toilet is easier to keep clean.
Backed by a ten-year warranty and ADA compliant, this toilet offers great value for the money. Many users say this model is a “throne fit for a king.”
American Standard H2Option – Another pick from American Standard, the H2Option toilet features an elongated bowl and comes with a high efficiency rating.
This two-piece model offers dual-flushing capability and siphonic action for optimal performance. Dual flushing uses 25% less water than conventional toilets.
The H2Option also boasts the highest possible MaP (maximum performance) rating, and can handle up to 1,000 grams of solid mass in a single “heavy” flush. The “light” flush can handle up to 400 grams of waste.
Flushing is convenient, too, with a chrome-plated press-button on top of the tank.
Like other American Standard toilets, this model features an EverClean surface that helps prevent mold, mildew and bacteria growth for a cleaner toilet.
TOTO Ultramax II – The Ultramax II is a high-efficiency toilet with a contemporary design. With a 1.28 GPF rating, this toilet meets WaterSense’s requirements for high efficiency.
Featuring double-cyclone flushing technology and an elongated bowl, this toilet is powerful, efficient and quiet.
The universal height of 16-1/8” from floor to rim allows for comfortable use no matter your size, and the compact width of this model makes it a great fit for smaller bathrooms.
And like the Drake 2, this model has the SanaGloss glazing that cleans your toilet each time you flush.
If you’re looking for a toilet that will save you money on water without sacrificing comfort, the Ultramax II is a great option. TOTO is also considered the best toilet brand for efficiency.
KOHLER Kelston – The Kelston from KOHLER is a sharp looking toilet with an affordable price tag. Available in a wide range of colors, you’re sure to find one that matches your bathroom’s décor.
An elongated bowl adds comfort, while the chair-height seating makes it easier to get on and off this toilet. The sleek surface makes cleaning a breeze.
The Kelston features KOHLER’s AquaPiston canister, which pushes more water into the bowl from all angles, making each flush more powerful and effective.
With a 1.6 GPF rating, this model is not high-efficiency, but it’s a great option for budget-conscious shoppers who want a toilet that doesn’t compromise on performance.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Toilet for You
- Overall Size: We talked about the importance of the toilet’s height, but you also want to consider the overall size of the model. Remember, the toilet needs to fit into your bathroom, and some models are wider (or more compact) than others. Each model’s dimensions should be listed in the product description.
- Flush Valve Size: A larger flush valve size will allow for a more powerful, effective flush. Look for models that have a larger valve than the conventional size (2”). You may also consider a model with a larger trapway, which allow more waste to pass through without getting clogged.
- Glazing: Many modern toilets have a special finishing coating that inhibits bacteria, mold and mildew growth. Others have a glazing that helps clean the toilet each time you flush. While not absolutely necessary, these two features can help make it easier to keep your toilet clean – which translates to less time cleaning.
- Cost: The price of the toilet should also be considered, as costs can vary significantly. You can spend as little as a few hundred dollars on a toilet or several hundred dollars, depending on your personal preferences and needs, so a budget needs to be set for this type of purchase. Remember, a lower price isn’t always better. Lower-priced toilets may not be as efficient or easy to keep clean – two very important things to consider when making your purchase.