How to Find the Best Budget Toilet After 2015
Toilets can be very expensive, and while some toilets do offer advanced flush options and material that aims to keep the inside of the toilet cleaner, some consumers just want a normal toilet without the added features and cost.
TOTO CST744SG#01 Drake 2-Piece Toilet
Our favorite for 2020
TOTO CST244EF#01 Entrada Elongated Toilet
A very close runner-up
TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake 2-Piece Ada Toilet
Affordable toilet with great durability
The good news is that there are a lot of toilet brands offering inexpensive models.
We’re going to review a handful of the best low cost toilet models on the market today. And to help you make your decision, we suggest that you consider the following:
- GPF: The GPF, or gallons per flush, will tell you how many gallons of water are used per flush. This is important because the more gallons used, the higher your water bill will be. A toilet that offers 1.28 GPF is a good, efficient toilet in most cases.
- Flush Valve: The flush valve is normally 2” on most toilets. This is the valve that your waste will need to go through. If you find that your toilet becomes clogged often, this may be a result of a small flush valve. Newer toilets often offer 3” flush valves, which allows for more water to be passed through and reduces clogs in the process.
- Elongated vs Round: There are elongated and round Most people prefer elongated toilets because they allow for a comfortable sitting position, and these toilets are slowly becoming the industry standard. But an elongated seat also requires more room, which may be a concern, too. If you’re short on space, you may want to consider a toilet with a round bowl.
Our Picks for the Best Inexpensive Toilets
TOTO CST744SG#01 Drake – TOTO is a leader in the toilet industry, and the Drake is a model that offers a beautiful glazed cotton-white finish and an elongated bowl. This toilet is affordable and looks great.
The Drake even includes the advanced SanaGloss feature. This is a feature that creates an ion barrier between the toilet that cleans it with every flush.
Fast and efficient, this toilet uses a 3” flush valve to allow for a faster, powerful flush. A standard 1.6 gallons of water per flush is used. This toilet has a width of 19.5”, a height of 28.5” and a depth of 26.3”.
This is a good choice for an affordable, feature-rich toilet.
KOHLER K-3609-0 Cimarron – The Kohler Cimarron is the best water efficient model on our list. This toilet is priced around the low to mid-range, and it uses just 1.28 gallons of water per flush. This saves over 20% more water per flush compared to the leading competitor.
White in color, this toilet is elongated and has an AquaPiston canister, which allows for a more powerful flush.
Compact in design, this is a great toilet for smaller spaces despite its elongated design. The seat is designed to be on par with a standard seat height to allow for easier sitting. The dimensions of this toilet are 28.8” x 17.6” x 30.8”.
TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake – The second TOTO model on our list. This model is low to mid-range, so it’s on par with our first choice. Offered in five color options, including black, this toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush and comes with an elongated design.
The two-piece design doesn’t include a toilet seat, but it does come with a chrome lever and offers 8 psi water pressure when flushed.
A 3” fast flush valve allows for larger mass to be flushed, and the dimensions of this toilet are 28” x 19.5” x 30.5”.
The seat itself (not including the actual toilet seat) is 16.75” from the ground, allowing this to be a higher-sitting toilet that’s easier to sit on and stand up from.
TOTO CST244EF#01 Entrada Elongated Toilet, Cotton, 2-Piece – The Entrada is affordably priced, and this is a bargain for a highly efficient toilet. This toilet uses just 1.28 gallons of water per flush, and the E-Max flushing system allows for a powerful flush minus the high demand for water.
Universal in height, this model has an elongated bowl and a 12” rough-in.
The trap way is glazed for easier passage, and the siphon jets allow for the utmost in power with each flush. The 3” wide flush valve keeps waste moving.
The toilet’s dimensions are 24.4” x 14.4” x 30”, so it’s smaller than all of the previous models we’ve reviewed.
This is the ideal affordable toilet for small spaces.
KOHLER K-3754-0 Kelston – The Kelston is another affordable toilet. Offered in seven color options, this toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush, and it has a left-hand trip lever.
Delivered as two pieces, this elongated toilet uses AquaPiston flush technology and features chair height seating.
With chair height seating, the toilet allows people of older ages to have an easier time sitting down and standing up. It’s also more natural on the knees and more comfortable. The dimensions of this toilet are 30” x 16.8” x 30.5”, so it may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a compact toilet.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Cheap Toilet for You
Most people replace their current toilets with a similar model because they don’t know that toilets have advanced much in the past decade. After all, the toilet has a very basic function that hasn’t changed much since its invention.
But there have been several advancements that allow for a better flush with less water usage.
A lot of companies have also found ways to ensure that the toilet is able to remain clean and bacteria-free, which is a rarity in the industry. So, even if homeowners don’t realize it, they’ll have a difficult time when choosing their next toilet.
When it comes to cheap models, there are a few things to consider when choosing your toilet:
- Budget Concerns: Expect to spend more on a toilet that has any advanced features – or a good flush even. If your budget can’t accommodate at least the low-end, you’ll have a hard time finding a good toilet.
- Size: There are large and small toilets. The space you have is what will determine the size of the toilet that you’ll be able to fit in your bathroom. The most important dimension will be the toilet’s depth.
- Seat Height: The height of the toilet is a major factor if you have difficulty standing up off of a standard toilet. There are higher seated toilets, and this is a great option for older users or people with disabilities that may make it harder to stand up off of a normal toilet seat.