The best toilets are effective, efficient, and subtly stylish. They’ll help you deal with your bodily duties quickly and easily, without headaches or calls to the plumber. You deserve something that flushes powerful and cleanly–something that works so effortlessly you almost forget it’s there!
That’s where we come in. We’ve spent the time and energy to find the absolute best toilets on the market, so you can spend less time shopping and more time living your life. Below, we’ve rounded up all our favorite thrones. There’s something for every taste and every price point, so be sure to read our entire buying guide to find your ideal toilet!
Comparison chart: with columns for model name, cost, one piece/two-piece, GPF rating
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While Kohler’s reputation is generally as a maker of expensive, premium fixtures, we think this Wellworth model is currently the best budget buy for a household toilet. There are certainly less expensive options on the market, but we think this is the least you can pay for something genuinely great. It’s simple, classy, and efficient.
It’s very affordable. You can usually find one of these available for well under $250. That’s not the absolute cheapest price you can find, but it’s the least we think you can pay for something that looks good, flushes effectively, and stays usable for years to come.
It’s a dual-flush model. Normally at this price, you’d only find single-setting models. You can choose between a 1.1 GPF option and a full 1.6 GPF option, all using a side handle.
We love having two options on a budget toilet. After all, if you’re out to save money, saving on your water bill only sweetens the deal! This one brings excellent efficiency to a throne that’s only half the price of most of our recommendations.
We also like that it keeps the traditional handle mechanism rather than going for modern buttons. Buttons are all well and good, but they can take some getting used to, especially if you’re going to be installing your new toilet somewhere guests will use it.
It looks great and is easy to maintain. The smooth surfaces and swooping lines strike a nice balance between contemporary and traditional aesthetics. That means that the Kohler works well with practically any decor style you might have in your bathroom. Just make sure your other fixtures are white!
We think it’s a great investment. Cheaper models have crappy connections that leak and deteriorate almost instantly, and their bowls get filthy awfully fast. Not the Kohler! The finish is resilient and easy to care for, and everything’s a lot nicer than you’d expect for the price. It’s covered by a 1-year warranty.
Quality control and shipping are very good. Unlike with most budget toilets, you can count on getting one of these in perfect nick and without any factory flaws.
It has a lower seat height, at 14”. This isn’t a “comfort height” or ADA-approved fixture. Still, if you’re used to any older model, you won’t have anything to adjust to.
You’ll need to buy a seat separately. Any standard elongated model will do just fine. Kohler also makes a few options specific to this throne. Just be aware that your total cost will probably be a bit over $250 once you’ve added in a seat.
This is a two-piece toilet. That’s good news for folks who will be lugging it up stairs, but it does make for a more complicated installation and more of a time commitment when you clean your bathroom.
This Toto model is currently our recommendation to the average buyer. It’s the perfect mix of efficiency, quality, and value for the typical household. We like that it saves water without compromising on user-friendliness or flushing power. In fact, while there are much pricier options on the market, we don’t think any of them outperform the Drake II!
It’s ADA-compliant, with a more modern seat height than the Kohler above. This one’s great for older folks and those with accessibility concerns, but just about everyone will find it more comfortable.
It’s very efficient. The Drake II is a single-flush model, using 1.28 GPF. That’s well under the federal limit, and should satisfy the strictest state and local regulations as well. Even if you’re not obliged to go below 1.6 GPF where you live, the efficiency is outstanding.
It saves water without you having to do anything differently. That’s why we recommend this one to the average buyer, rather than a 1 GPF model or a dual-flush option. Not only do you not have to select between flush options, but you don’t have to worry about clogging it because there’s less water going through. Just use it as you normally would, and get ready to watch your plunger gather dust.
It’s an extremely powerful flusher. In fact, we think this one’s pretty much the best throne on the market in that department! The more expensive Toto and Kohler models below equal it, but don’t beat it. Considering the Drake II is substantially cheaper, we think that’s especially impressive. The fact that it can save so much water while offering such massive flushing force is its biggest selling point.
One other benefit of having so much force rocketing around the bowl–the Drake II practically cleans itself. You’ll still want to do your weekly cleaning around the bowl when you sanitize the seat and surfaces, but you shouldn’t have to worry about any streaking or debris left behind. It blasts everything away with each flush.
Unlike a lot of other super-powerful toilets, the Drake II isn’t overwhelmingly loud. The Kohler models in this guide are certainly quieter, but the Toto is actually fairly subdued, given how it performs.
Like the Kohler model we’ve looked at above, the Toto Drake II fits in with practically any style of decor. It has a sleek understated design that adds class to your bathroom without drawing unnecessary attention.
Like the Kohler, the Drake II doesn’t come with a seat. Plan on buying the matching one when you check out.
While we think it’s more than nice enough for most people, it is still a two-piece model. It’s not going to be as easy to clean as the Kohler or Toto models below. Nor will it look quite as outstanding. Still, for the price, it can’t be beat!
There are certainly some cases where you might want to pay more. For instance, if you want a more ornate design such as the Kohler below, you’ll need to spend a bit more money. If you want a modern Japanese toilet with all the bells and whistles, be prepared to spend substantially more (see our review of the Toto below for more details).
It doesn’t look quite as good with more traditional, ornate decor as the Kohler models. That’s also true of the other Toto models below. While this one certainly won’t clash, it’s a bit smooth for a bathroom with more elaborate fixtures elsewhere.
This one is extremely efficient, but you won’t save quite as much water with this one compared with a dual-flush model.
The Toto Eco Ultramax is our recommendation to anyone who wants a one-piece toilet with a traditional silhouette (The Kohler below is also a one-piece, but it has a distinctive, curved look that won’t work well in nearly as many spaces). This one is a much better choice for the average bathroom. We think it’s a worthy investment for anyone who can afford it.
It’s a one-piece. There are two key advantages to going all-in-one: the Eco Ultramax looks incredibly sleek, and it’s a lot easier to clean.
You don’t have awkward cracks and crevices between the tank and the bowl, so you can just wipe the surfaces clean without having to finagle your paper towel into awkward spots. Not only is that going to save you time on your weekly cleaning, but it’ll prevent any unreachable buildups from forming.
Plus, while you might not think you pay that much attention to the joints on your toilet, your eyes definitely do! Something like this is infinitely sleeker than a cheaper two-piece model, and it adds a whole new level of class to your bathroom decor.
While it’s heavier to lift than something that splits in two, installation is less complex. Once you get the Eco Ultramax into place, all you have to do is connect it to the inlet and outlet. There aren’t a bunch of joints and connections to deal with between the tank and the bowl.
That extra simplicity of design also means that there are fewer components to go wrong. Every extra joint adds a possibility of leakage, so this one’s much less likely to go south over the years.
It’s efficient, using just 1.28 GPF. This will save you a substantial amount of money over your standard 1.6 GPF toilet. We think it’s perfect for the average person, who wants to do their part (and save some money on bills) without having to think about it or change anything in their routine. There’s only one setting, and you never have to worry about whether you’re using it properly or telling guests how to flush.
It’s ADA-compliant, with a raised seat height that’s on par with the Drake II’s. This one should be comfortable for just about anybody. It’s not too high for the average person, and it’s much easier to get up from if you’re a senior citizen or someone with back/accessibility concerns.
It’s a great flusher. The flush valve and trapway are redesigned and expanded for maximum power. This one’s comparable to the Drake II, which is as high of praise as we can give! The Eco Ultramax flushes reliably, effectively, and cleanly.
For something so powerful, it’s quieter than you’d expect–like the Drake II.
While it’s certainly more expensive than the Drake II, it’s not exorbitant by any stretch. You can usually find one of these for well under $750. Considering that it’ll be a lot easier to live with than a two-piece, we think it’s worth the investment for anybody who can afford the extra up-front cost.
It’s covered by the same 1-year warranty as the other models in this guide, and extended coverage is available. You shouldn’t need to use it, though, since the Eco Ultramax has an excellent reputation for long-term durability and reliability. The finish doesn’t take on stains, and the internals are solidly-made.
It’s quite a bit pricier than the two-piece models we’ve recommended. Depending on current prices, it can be as much as twice the cost of a comparable two-piece. This isn’t something we recommend if you’re on a very tight budget.
It’s not going to save quite as much water as a dual-flush model. The 1.28 GPF is efficient, but there’s no option to use even less water for #1’s. Having said that, the advantage of a model like this is that you don’t have to think about the savings you’re making! You can just flush and go as usual.
The Sanigloss glazing inside the bowl isn’t as good as the newer coating on the latest Toto Drake II. It’s still quite good at staying clean and stain-free, but it isn’t quite as low-maintenance.
Going one-piece doesn’t completely eliminate nooks and crannies around the outside of the toilet. You’ll still have to do a decent amount of cleaning, but at least your life will be substantially easier than with a two-piece.
This Kohler is our alternative recommendation for anyone who wants the low-maintenance class of a one-piece in a slightly different package. The Kohler has a rounded, more ornate design that works better with traditional decor than the Toto–especially in small spaces! This is an excellent choice for an ensuite, or for anywhere you want to save space and achieve an unobtrusive appearance.
The look is distinctive without drawing too much attention. Most toilets have a fairly similar design–a boxy tank that’s mounted perpendicular to the bowl. This one has a rounded tank that curves around the bowl slightly. It’s quite unique in that regard.
We love this design because it instantly sets itself apart without being obvious. You and your guests will appreciate the look without thinking too much about it. It makes a quiet statement–and that’s the gold standard when it comes to toilet designs!
It’s very space-efficient. It’s lower than our other recommendations, both at the seat and at the tank. So, if you’re trying to get a toilet into an ensuite with an angled ceiling, this one makes your life easy. It also sticks out less to either side, since the tank curves around the bowl.
The curved lines help to make it less obtrusive to the eye, too. In fact, the Kohler appears smaller than it actually is. That’s a really neat visual trick that helps you maximize the space you have to work with.
It’s easy to clean and keep looking great. The one-piece design means that despite the curves, there aren’t any awkward spots for dust and grime to accumulate. You can quickly and easily wipe around the outside surfaces without having to deal with cracks or crevices.
It flushes much more effectively than other compact toilets. Most small fixtures like this are anemic at best and maddening at worst. This one packs all the power you’d expect from a full-size fixture into a much smaller package. Not only does it stay clog-free, but the water comes from all around the bowl to keep things clean.
The Kohler’s flushing power is particularly impressive when you consider that it only uses 1.28 GPF! It’s just as efficient as the Toto models we’ve looked at above. That’s not usual for something with this more traditional appearance. Most compact models like this are actually quite inefficient. Not the Kohler!
It’s a high-quality fixture. The porcelain is extremely well-made, and quality control is excellent. All the colors look consistently, and the lighter options don’t acquire unsightly stains over time. We also appreciate everything going on under the hood. There’s a redesigned seal for less potential leakage over time, plus guts that should last for years of daily use.
As with our other recommendations, it’s covered by a 1-year warranty and has an excellent reputation for durability and reliability.
It’s one of the only toilets we recommend that’s available in a wide range of colors and finishes. You can get it in black, grey, and a range of off-white looks. That makes it incredibly easy to find the perfect look for your bathroom. No matter whether you have dark or bright white fixtures, there’s likely to be a Kohler in exactly the right shade.
It’s quite expensive. This Kohler costs more than any other “traditional” toilet we recommend. The only pricier options we’ve included in our buying guides are the deluxe Totos with all the bells and whistles. This one can cost as much as $750, depending on the finish you choose.
It’s relatively low. This is what we’d consider a traditional toilet seat height, as opposed to the ADA-approved options we’ve looked at above. It’s comparable to our budget pick from Kohler in that department. If you have a back that gives you grief or some other accessibility concern, you probably won’t want to choose this one.
At this price, you would reasonably expect everything to be premium. That’s true of the vast majority of the components on this one, but it’s not true of the seat, which is pretty chintzy plastic. It’s perfectly serviceable, but definitely a let-down. You can find a replacement, but that’s complicated if you choose one of the non-white finishes.
Toto’s Neorest is our ultimate recommendation for a toilet. Of course, we should clarify that this is a lot more than a toilet! Most toilets include a basic combination of tank, bowl, and seat. This one packs more functionality than most people have in their entire bathroom.
Should you invest this much in a throne? Well, it depends on what you’re after. If you just want a basic waste disposal system that flushes efficiently and effectively, you can easily get by with something a 10th of the cost of the Neorest. However, if you’ve ever experienced a modern Japanese toilet and want that kind of experience at home, this is the best way to get it.
As far as we’re concerned, the Neorest is the best toilet/bidet combination fixture on the market today (at least, it’s by far the nicest one that’s easily available at a decent price). This one’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s the best of the best in its category!
It includes full Washlet functionality. Washlet is Toto’s branded name for a bidet that’s integrated into a toilet. You can get Washlets as toilet seat attachments to retrofit traditional Western toilets, or buy an integrated combo unit like this one. With the Neorest, you get a toilet with a bidet and all the bells and whistles under the hood. That makes for a much neater appearance and far fewer components to deal with.
It does absolutely everything the nicest standalone Washlets can do. You’ll not only have a bidet wand, but there are oscillating and pulsating spray options to personalize your experience. The Neorest also includes a a front nozzle for female users. You can save all your preferences, including your favorite water temperature, in a personal profile.
There are a lot of reasons why the Washlet approach is better than a traditional bidet faucet-basin combo, but sanitation is the key one. The Neorest’s bidet wand has a self-cleaning, sanitary nozzle. It cleans itself before and after each use, so cleanliness is as good as it gets in the bathroom!
It’s an efficient, dual-flush toilet to boot. In fact, this is one of the most efficient fixtures on the market! It would be a remarkable toilet without any of the bells and whistles. Not only does it give you two flushing options, but they’re both far more efficient than other dual-flush models on the market.
It flushes very powerfully, which is especially impressive when you consider the fact that it’s only using 1 GPF to clear solid waste. The Neorest features Toto’s new dual cyclone jets, which are really sophisticated technology for something as old-fashioned as making a #2 disappear! You shouldn’t have any issues with clogging, let alone debris left in the bowl.
It packs practically all the features you’d expect from a deluxe Japanese toilet. While these used to be novelty items, more and more Westerners have been abroad and used these toilets, and seen that while they can seem gimmicky at first, they genuinely make your life more enjoyable.
The Neorest flushes automatically, for a start–and it knows when to use more water and when to use less. That takes the entire learning curve right out of using a dual-flush toilet!
The lid opens automatically when you go to use your toilet. That’s a really small feature, but it’s honestly one of the most satisfying on the whole Neorest. It’s the sort of small feature that makes you feel like you’ve spent your money well and are getting a truly premium experience.
It’s equipped with a remote control which can be mounted on the wall or kept anywhere nearby the toilet. You can make all your adjustments and select all your preferences without having to get up or twist around!
It includes a heated seat with temperature controls, just as you’d expect.
We also love the warm air drying feature, which makes you feel like you’ve been to a really nice carwash for your own undercarriage.
The Neorest’s night light is its other highlight for us. Again, it’s a small feature, but it makes a big difference in the enjoyment you get out of your toilet. It seems almost like a friend rather than an appliance, since it recognizes you when you use it and leaves a light on during the night.
It looks infinitely modern. There’s no traditional tank, so the whole thing is relatively low and sleek. There aren’t any nooks or crannies, either. It’s one clean swoop from the seat deck to the ground. This one will instantly set the tone for your bathroom, and that’s before you even go to use it!
The skirted design is so much easier to clean than traditional porcelain. You don’t have to clean all the troughs and peaks around the pipes. Personally, that cuts out one of our least favorite parts of cleaning a bathroom.
One of the best things about the Neorest is that it combines the latest and greatest functionality with a relatively simple interface. It’s important to remember that however passionate you may be about bidets and modern toilet tech, your guests probably won’t all be on the same page. This one is a lot more newcomer-friendly than the Toto options with massive control panels and infinite options. It’s flexible enough to please practically everybody, without being inaccessible to the casual user.
It has an excellent reputation for reliability. Some of the less expensive Toto toilet/bidet combo models are iffy in that department, but not the Neorest! It should last you for years of daily use.
Better still, it’s covered by a 3-year warranty. That’s triple the coverage that you’d get on a plain Washlet attachment or any traditional toilet. Sure it’s not the longest policy for a $5K setup, but you can also add on up to 3 extra years with a SquareTrade policy. That’s
While we’re aware that most folks will consider dropping $4K+ on a toilet to be fairly exorbitant, we want to stress that the Neorest is actually very reasonable for what it is. You can easily drop $10K on something like this, if you’re not a smart shopper. We think that’s absurd, since the Neorest offers practically the same functionality for half the price. Yes, this is an extremely expensive loo, but it gives you a luxury experience that makes it easy to appreciate where your money went.
It’s a very sleek, modern design, and won’t work well with traditional decor. You’ll need to have a fairly up-to-date bathroom for this to play nicely with the rest of your fixtures and furnishings.
It’s only available in one color. No black or off-white options here!
You’ll need an outlet in your bathroom, nearby the toilet. You might not have thought about that before, and many loos don’t have ample options for power. So, be sure to check that power is readily available before you buy. If not, you’ll want to figure out how much it would cost to have an outlet added. This can be expensive, so factor that additional cost into your calculations.
It’s very, very expensive. We should say that the Neorest is actually fairly affordable compared to some of the other, comparable Toto options with the same features. However, if you aren’t absolutely insistent about having an all-in-one deluxe bidet/toilet combo, you don’t need to buy something like this. This one’s for the ardent believer, not the first time user.
If you’re not sure whether the Neorest is a good choice for you, don’t worry! We know that bidets (especially the Toto Washlets) are a fairly new concept for most folks. We suggest getting your hands on a cheaper Washlet and trying that out on your current toilet before investing in something this expensive. That way, you can get a sense of the experience without having to spend a lot of money on taking a chance.
You can find our complete guide to the best bidets here!
In it, you’ll find all our advice for choosing and using a bidet, and we’ll give you a sense of what your options are.
Which of these top-rated toilets should you buy for your bathroom?
The Kohler K-3998-0 is our recommendation to anyone who wants to find a great toilet for a low price. It’s by far the cheapest model in this guide. It’s also the cheapest throne we recommend–period. We think it’s by far the best option under $500.
Of course, there are tradeoffs for getting such a good deal. The seat isn’t included and the Kohler isn’t as powerful as our other recommendations. You should also bear in mind that this is an older style toilet, with a lower seat height than the ADA recommends. You may or may not find this one comfortable. However, if you’re coming from an older throne and don’t have any complaints about the height, you should be perfectly happy with this one.
The Toto Drake is our recommendation to most buyers. It’s the ideal balance of value and performance for the majority of folks. It’s efficient, attractive, and easy to maintain. You may want to pay more for a seamless one-piece like the Kohler San Souci or The Toto Eco Ultramax, though, if looks and ease of cleaning are worth the extra investment. If not, stick with the Drake. It’s the most popular model on the market for good reason!
The Kohler San Souci is our recommendation to anyone who wants a standout toilet with a distinctive appearance. Its curved tank design and one-piece body make it instantly stand out from your average throne. It’s also a great choice for anyone squeezed for space, since it has a more space-efficient footprint than typical designs. The look won’t be for everyone, though. It’s also quite expensive, considering that the build quality and flush power aren’t any better than the Toto Drake’s. As we noted with the other Kohler, the San Souci is also lower than ADA recommendations and has an older style rounded bowl, which does tend to be a bit less practical.
The Toto Eco Ultramax is our recommendation for anyone who wants the best of the best in a traditional design. It’s got the ease-of-cleaning and added beauty of a one-piece design, with a sleek profile that’s both familiar and classier than average.
Unless you’re going to shell out for an ultra-premium toilet with a bidet, this is as much as we think you need to spend. There really aren’t any downsides to this one, aside from the price. Even that is still perfectly reasonable for what you’re getting!
The Toto Neorest is our recommendation to buyers who want a full-featured Japanese toilet with everything built in. If you’re after something with an integrated bidet and all the luxury bells and whistles, this one’s for you! Sure, it costs several thousand dollars, but it’s phenomenally good and gives you a feeling of luxury each time you use it. Don’t get this if you’re on an even slightly tight budget, though. You should also make sure you know what you’re in for. Don’t buy the Neorest unless you’ve been abroad and used one of these, or have tried a Washlet attachment on your standard toilet to get a sense of the functionality.
There are lots of things to think about when you’re choosing your new toilet. After all, while we’ve been very selective in choosing the models in this guide, there’s still a wide range of high-quality options to choose from. That’s why it’s important to think hard about what exactly you’re looking for and which models best fit your needs.
Below, you’ll find our comprehensive buying advice for helping you choose your ideal throne. Think carefully about all these criteria to make the most informed, considered decision possible!
As with any plumbing fitting in your house, it’s important to think about the amount of water your new toilet will use. As water becomes ever scarcer, it’s essential that each of us do our part to reduce our usage. We suggest that you choose a low-flow or a dual-flush throne to replace your old toilet. Both are excellent options and will help the environment as well as reducing your water bill!
Remember that a toilet is actually one of the biggest waste points for water in your home. Most older toilets use an absurd amount of water with each flush, which is particularly galling when you consider how often they clog or act up. If you’ve got a finicky older toilet that sometimes runs on unnecessarily, you’re dealing with even more money running down the drain. That’s why investing in an newer, more efficient model is the responsible thing to do for your pocketbook, as well as for the planet. You can save hundreds of dollars on your water bills over the life of your toilet by choosing a low-flow or dual-flush model.
While low-flow toilets used to be absolutely appalling to use, recent water restrictions have forced manufacturers to find creative ways to do more with less. You might not know it to sit on one, but modern toilets have a lot of design ingenuity going on. There’s no practical reason to choose a full-flush model these days. In fact, we’ve found that the best-performing models are often those that use less water than is legally allowed!
There are two options when it comes to saving water in the bathroom: low-flow fixtures or dual-flush models. Technically, these are both low-flow options. However, the first type simply has one flush setting that uses a lower amount of water (usually 1-1.28 GPF), whereas the second type has two different flushes to choose from (typically .5-1 GPF for a #1 and 1.28-1.6 GPF for dealing with #2s).
So, which should you choose? Dual-flush or low-flow?
Low-flow toilets are the more common option, and the most familiar to use. They look and feel just like a traditional loo. The only difference is that they use less water. The nice thing about these is that you don’t have to think about them. They simply work like a typical toilet, albeit with less water going through the bowl.
Dual-flush models have a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never used one before, but they work very well and give you options (for #1 and #2). These models generally save you a sizeable amount of water, even compared with a low-flow model. You can usually save another 30% when you use a dual-flush model instead of a low-flow model. That comes out to about half the water you’d use with a standard 1.6 GPF fixture! The utility savings add up fast when you cut your water usage that drastically.
Get a low-flow model if you don’t want to think about which button to push when you flush. They’re simple, and offer excellent efficiency without you having to explain to your guests how to use a toilet (which can potentially be quite embarrassing). Otherwise, we recommend choosing a dual-flush model. There are far fewer available, but they save even more water over low-flow models, while still keeping a full-flow flush option for when you need it.
You should check the flow restrictions where you live before you start shopping, since different states and municipalities have varying degrees of restrictions on water usage. In most of the country, 1.6 GPF is the legal limit. In some areas (particularly in CA), restrictions are tighter. Be sure to check yours so that you can choose an appropriate model.
Toilets come in two different types. The most common are two-piece toilets, which have a separate tank that attaches to the bowl portion. One-piece toilets are exactly what you’d expect. Their tanks and bowls are integrated in one seamless piece of porcelain.
Two-piece toilets have a few advantages which keep them selling well even after one-piece toilets have become commonplace. These models are much cheaper to manufacture and easier to get into your house. After all, it’s a lot easier to carry half a porcelain throne than to carry the whole thing! You’re also much less likely to run into problems with shipping damage. If you’re looking to save money, two-piece models are still the way to go. They’re ideal for new homeowners who are on a tight budget, or for installation in rental properties.
There are plenty of reasons why one-piece toilets are on the up-and-up, though. They’re quite a bit more expensive and a lot heavier to carry to your bathroom, but they’re miles easier to keep clean and a great deal classier to look at. One-piece toilets eliminate most of the nooks and crannies where toilets tend to get dirty, and they also cut out a lot of the joints and fittings that tend to spring leaks over time.
Which type of toilet should you actually buy? We generally recommend that anyone who can afford a one-piece toilet buy one. They’re simply so much nicer to live with. You don’t have all those seams and joints to clean, which makes your cleaning routine much faster. There are also fewer plumbing components to develop leaks or need maintenance. However, if you’re trying to save money, just get a decent two-piece model. They still do the job very nicely, and anyone who’s never owned a one-piece toilet isn’t going to feel as if they’re missing anything by sticking with a stalwart two-piece.
Chances are, you probably haven’t thought much about toilet height before. If a toilet is comfortable, that’s that! You don’t give it a second thought. However, if you’ve sat on a toilet that was either significantly higher or significantly lower than was comfortable, you know how important a consideration this is.
If you have back issues that are triggered by getting up after you’ve been seated for an extended period, you’ll probably find that old-fashioned, lower toilet heights aren’t ideal. More recent designs offer a slightly raised seat that tends to be more supportive and comfortable for most people (and easier to get up from). If you’re particularly short, you may find these newer toilets awkward to use. However, for the vast majority of people, they’re much better.
Not only are modern toilet seat heights more comfortable for the average user, but they can make a huge difference in accessibility for those who have additional needs to consider. Many people who have traditionally had a hard time using toilets will find that a “comfort height” model is much more accessible. That’s why most companies are offering two different heights in each model of toilet they produce. One is suited to those who like the old-fashioned, lower seat, while one is updated to suit the current standards.
In most cases, we recommend going for an ADA-approved toilet with a height that’s considered comfortable and accessible for most users. If you want something significantly higher or lower, be sure to take that into account and check the specs before you make a purchase. Remember that you can usually find multiple variations of any toilet you’re considering. Most companies offer a choice of rounded and elongated bowls, as well as a traditional seat height or a “comfort height” model that’s ADA-approved.
Like it or not, your toilet is the centerpiece of your bathroom. You can spend all the time in the world designing your perfect sink and mirror setup, but eyes will inevitably be drawn to your throne. So, make sure your new one looks the way you want!
Consider the rest of your decor and fittings in the loo. Should you choose a white porcelain, or an off-white color? Do you want something sleek and modern, or something with a more traditional profile? Are rounded edges the best fit, or does a throne with bold angles make more sense? Make sure to consider both style and color.
You should also think about whether you want to go for a circular/rounded bowl or an elongated bowl. Most toilets come in both options, though elongated bowls are now much more common. We generally recommend elongated bowls, since they tend to be more practical and comfortable for the average person. However, if you’re trying to suit more old-school decor, a rounded bowl can fit better from a visual standpoint. Rounded bowls also save some space, since they don’t extend as far from the wall as an elongated model.
Be sure to consider all the different aesthetic characteristics of any toilet you buy. Picture it in your space and think about whether any aspect of it clashes with the surroundings. You should also take measurements and be sure you’ll have room for the model you choose. That includes checking the space above the throne, if you’ve got a lower or angled ceiling to consider.
Toilets ought to be an investment you can count on for decades. You don’t want to be constantly searching for a new one and dealing with the hassle of replacements! While we certainly take price into consideration when choosing models to recommend, we always stress the importance of making a larger investment up front in order to avoid having to pay replacement costs sooner than you have to.
All the models we recommend in this guide are extremely durable compared to the competition at their price points. If you decide to choose a model we haven’t included here, you’ll want to be extra sure you choose something from a reputable brand and with a decent warranty. Our first suggestion, if you’re not thrilled about any of the models featured above, is to have a look at our other buying guides to see the rest of the models we currently recommend. Or, if that doesn’t get you much further in your search, have a look on Amazon at some of the other offerings from Toto, Kohler, or American Standard.
There are two things you’ll want to check for when it comes to durability. First of all, make sure you’ll have free returns and exchanges! Toilets are made of porcelain, after all, and you’ll occasionally run into issues with chipped and cracked units. As more and more of us are buying these fixtures online, companies and vendors have done a much better job with packing and shipping. However, you don’t want to end up having to pay to send a damaged unit back!
Second, be sure to check the warranty on your new loo. You can expect at least 1-2 years of manufacturer coverage. You can also tack on a Square Trade policy to give yourself an extra few years. If one’s available at the checkout, we suggest opting in. You’ll pay a few extra dollars up front, but the extra peace of mind (and the fact that you won’t have to spend even more money to replace something out of warranty) make the investment worthwhile. Be sure to check whether the manufacturer’s warranty stipulates that you have the toilet installed by an authorized service provider. That’s not usually the case, but it’s increasingly popular for companies to add in that wording. You should read carefully and then plan accordingly when you choose a plumber.
Last but not least, don’t forget to consider your budget! We’ve included a wide range of models here, and you could spend anywhere from $250 to $5000 on our recommendations. Think about how much you can afford to invest. That’ll help you narrow down your options and get a sense of what’s realistic for you to buy.
Be sure to consider the total cost of your new toilet, not just the sticker price! Not all thrones come with a seat included. If yours doesn’t come with one, check to see how much it’ll cost to get the matching one. If you’ll need to buy additional seals or other fittings to get up and running, take that into account as well. You’ll also want to factor in the cost of having a plumber do the installation, if you’re not going to be doing it yourself.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best toilets–as much as anyone enjoys talking toilets, that is! Now that you’ve finished reading all our reviews and buying advice, you should be well on your way to choosing your next throne. Click on the links in our reviews to learn more about any of the high-quality fixtures we’ve recommended here. That’s the easiest way to check current prices, find full spec lists, and check out all the color options available. Be sure to look carefully at the product listings for any model you consider, so that you can add on a matching seat or installation kit if necessary.
You can also check out our other buying guides, if you have a more specific interest in categories like dual-flush toilets or low-flow models. We’ve got all your needs covered, from bidets to extra-wide seats! Links to all our latest content are easy to find here on our homepage. Just click on the menu at the top of the page.
You can also find a few of our featured guides below! Check them out see all the other products we recommend that we haven’t had room to include here on our homepage.
Dual-flush toilets used to only be found in public restrooms, but they’re increasingly popular among homeowners these days. They allow you to save the most water possible, while still retaining full flushing power for when you need to clear a lot of solid waste. We love dual-flush models, so we’ve dedicated an entire buying guide to helping you find your dream one! In it, we explain the advantages of using a dual-flush model rather than a traditional low-flow fixture, and we make the case for each of the dual-flush models we currently recommend.
Water conservation is more important than ever these days. Whether you’re living in a state that experiences drought conditions or not, it’s essential that all of us do our part to reduce our water usage and lower our impact on the environment. While using less water in your toilet might seem like a recipe for disaster, we’ve actually found that low-flow toilets today are actually the best-designed and most effective flushers on the market! In our guide to the best low-flow toilets, we explain how to get the most toilet performance from the least amount of water. We’ve rounded up a few stellar, efficient models to recommend to you, so check them out!
Best Bidets: Our Complete Guide For 2018
Bidets haven’t been popular in the US from a historical perspective, but they’re more in demand than ever before! As more Americans travel abroad to places like Europe and Asia where bidets are commonplace, they’ve created a strong demand for these fixtures back home. In our comprehensive bidet buying guide, we explain why you should make these fixtures part of your bathroom. We also go over all the different types of bidet available, and show you all our favorite models from across the spectrum! Read our full guide to take your toilet game to the next level.
Much like bidets, composting toilets used to be novelty items used only by the hippiest of hippies! However, today’s composting toilets have a lot to offer to the average user. Whether you’re trying to find a simple solution for your seasonal cabin or to take your home off-grid, we’ve got the know-how and recommendations to help you out! Our guide to the best composting toilets will help you shop for an eco throne like an expert. We’ll tell you which models to buy, and which ones to steer well away from. It’s all in our buying guide, so click here to find out more!
Best Toilet Repair Kits (2018)
One of our missions here at Homeworthy List is to help consumers find toilets that last for years and years. We’re passionate believers that any fixture you buy ought to last you as long as you need it to. You can count on any of the models recommended on this site to last for many years of daily use. However, no toilet lasts forever! The good news is that fixing a typical toilet is actually quite easy for the homeowner to DIY. That’s where we come in! We’ve put together an in-depth guide to toilet repair kits. In it, we explain how to diagnose your toilet troubles, whether you’re dealing with an anemic flush or a constant run. We’ll tell you which components need to be replaced, and what you need to buy to get the job done right. Read all about DIY toilet repair and see our current recommendations for the best toilet repair kits here!
Our Comprehensive Toilet Repair Guide
While it’s relatively simple and straightforward to go about fixing your old toilet with one of the kits we recommend on this site, you don’t have to go it alone! We’ve put together a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to going about your DIY toilet repairs. Read it to learn all our tips and tricks for getting the job done properly and minimizing your hassles and headaches. You’ll find diagnosis advice, pointers and specific instructions to help you save money and get a much longer life from your throne.
Best Portable Camping Toilets For Outdoor Adventures (2018)
Here at Homeworthy List, we love getting outside and into the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve created a buying guide for fellow campers, hikers, and outdoorsmen! In it, we introduce you to all the various portable toilet solutions we currently recommend. Read our guide to learn about all the different approaches you can take to having a sanitary, comfortable toilet experience when you’re away from home. You’ll find out which options are the most portable, the least laborious, and the best value. Check it out here!
Several of the models we’ve recommended in this guide are one-piece toilets, with unified tank and bowl designs. If you’re totally onboard with spending a bit more money for something streamlined and easy to clean, we’re with you! We’ve created a separate buying guide just for one-piece toilets. In it, you’ll find lots more options for high-quality, efficient fixtures that are great to look at and easy to maintain. Find all our one-piece recommendations, as well as our advice on choosing the right one for you, in our comprehensive buying guide!
Our Guide To The Most Powerful Toilets On The Market In 2018
When it comes to finding the right toilet for you, there are lots of different things to consider. We’ve talked about all of them in this buying guide. However, for some people, sheer power is the most important thing to look for in a loo! After all, nothing’s more satisfying than an almighty flush that clears everything in its path–and cleans the bowl at the same time.
While all the models we recommend are powerful, effective flushers, we’ve dedicated an entire buying guide to rounding up the most powerful, unstoppable models on the market. Read it to see which models you can safely assume will be clog-free for as long as you use them. We’ll explain all the specific features that add to a toilet’s effectiveness at waste removal, and show you how to make objective comparisons between models from different brands.