Last Updated on October 9, 2020 by Terry Ohara
Having the best toilet is something really important, because the toilet is an essential that you use every day, and of course, you would need a new toilet to get the best experience and comfort.
Choosing a toilet can be a hard task, but with care and research, you’ll be able to find plenty of models that are durable to last for decades and deliver an exceptional performance. There are a number of reasons why customers find it difficult when choosing a toilet due to the amount of brands and toilet types that can be overwhelming.
These toilets also have their differences when it comes to the flush system which offers different levels of water consumption and performance, which can also be quite confusing for first-time buyers.
Nowadays, new effective flush systems are being invented everyday, for the sake of effectiveness and performance to deliver max performance using minimal water consumption. However, what’s confusing is that there are now so many different types of flush systems, while each of them has their own benefits, so as you can tell, it can be hard to say which is the best, and what compliments a top toilet. Nonetheless, we’ll point out some of the most popular ones.
For some of these, you may have already heard of, while for the ones that you haven’t, you’ll find out more about them as we get into more details in this article when we review the products. Although, each of them has their own advantages as we mentioned, which is entirely dependend on how your current bathroom is and what your requirements are.
For this reason, we made a list of top 7 best toilets on the market for this year, based on their durability, performance, and price. We tested them carefully and wrote those toilet reviews to help you pick the best one for your needs. Let’s take a look at them.
The 7 Best Toilets You Can Buy Today
7. Niagara Stealth Toilet
We are going to start our best toilets roundup with a great toilet that can fit any bathroom. As you already know, some toilets are either very loud or require more than a single flush to clean the solid waste, however, this is not the case with the Niagara Stealth. This particular model is an elongated toilet which will relieve you of these common problems, as it offers a very quiet operation which you can barely notice, and it clears all the solid waste in just one flush.
In terms of the design, the Niagara 77001WHCO1 is constructed of vitreous china material, which means that it packs enough durability to make the toilet serve you for many years to come. For your information, this is typically the only ultra-high-efficiency toilet on the market, however, there are plenty of high-efficiency toilets on the market that uses 0.9GPF, although, the Niagara Stealth uses only 0.8GPF, which is also why it is called an ultra-efficient toilet. It has a cotton white color which will look great on any bathroom.
Therefore, this is the perfect essential for your bathroom that will save a lot of water and will reduce your water bills. Specifically as we mentioned above, the most noticeable feature of this toilet is its ability to remove waste in just one flush, and during our research, we’ve read a couple of customer reviews stating that this is true, and this is also why the toilet is EPA WaterSense certified, because you won’t have to flush for several times.
Other than that, the Niagara Stealth two-piece toilet also delivers exceptional comfort as the elongated bowl shape gives an extra sitting space to users. What I also like about this toilet is that it is also suitable for installing in the restrooms or a public place, because it has a decent height which can accommodate a wide variety of users.
It comes with easy installation as it is a floor mount toilet that uses a standard 12-inch rough-in. However, even though the instruction manual consists of a step-by-step guide on how to install the product, we still recommend you hire a plumber to do the work, as it is confusing if you haven’t done this before.
Moreover, there’s only one thing I didn’t like about the Niagara Stealth. The package doesn’t include a toilet seat, which means that it comes at an additional cost. This can get frustrating for users who want everything in one package. However, this is only my personal opinion, and it doesn’t mean that it has to affect your point of view on this toilet.
Overall, the Niagara Stealth delivers exceptional performance for the price, and it is durable enough to last for many years to come. So, if you’re on a budget and you’re looking for an affordable high-performing toilet, this could be your ideal choice.
6. Toto UltraMax II
Toto is a well-known brand in the industry. While this is also our second product from Toto in this list, you can already tell what kind of toilet is this, and what great features to expect from this modern toilet that has a very high quality and durable toilet bowl.
Design-wise, the Toto UltraMax II features a sleek, one-piece design that will deliver a beautiful look to the overall appearance of a bathroom. Specifically, the one-piece design is not only aesthetically pleasing and beautiful but also offers the benefit of being easier to clean compared to the two-piece toilets. Additionally, by removing the gap between the tank and bowl, the manufacturer eliminates the most commonplace for dirt and debris to hide, while another great benefit of a one-piece toilet is that there is no threat of leaks from bolts or gaskets that can occur in two-piece toilets.
To continue, customers speak very highly of the Toto’s Tornado flushing system, which has a hole-free design with dual-nozzles that allows for a centrifugal washing action. Thus, this is something that assists in rinsing the bowl more efficiently. Other than that, this particular model of Toto UltraMax II consists of a Cefiontect, which is a layer of exceptionally smooth glaze that has a specific task of preventing particles from adhering to the ceramic. Therefore, if you combine this feature with the Tornado flushing technology, they both help reduce the frequency of toilet cleanings, minimizing the use of water, harsh chemicals, and time required for cleaning the toilet bowl.
In terms of aesthetics, the Toto UltraMax II has the universal TOTO weight, which allows for a more comfortable seat position for a wide range of users, from skinny to fat, from short to tall. Furthermore, this particular model is also ADA compliant which means that it meets the standards for EPA WaterSense, and California’s CEC and CALGreen requirements.
Another very important thing i would like to talk about is the flush valve of this toilet. I was very surprised by how easy it is to operate.
Also, Toto’s SoftClose seat is the latest in innovative smart seat technology with Comfortable Ergonomic design, molded bumpers, and high-gloss polypropylene, which is a material that has great resistance against chemicals and cleaning agents.
Moreover, since it is made of solid, high-impact plastic, this unique seat reduces injuries and eliminates the annoying “toilet seat slam”. Therefore, as you can tell, the engineering of SoftClose incorporates Toto’s high standard of quality and customer ease.
To conclude, the Toto Ultramax II is an average-priced toilet which packs great value for the money. So, if you’re someone who really cares about brand history, the Toto Ultramax II comes from a long-line of reliable TOTO products. It can also be a great option for you if you have a small bathroom, which is nice.
5. Saniflo SANICOMPACT 48
The SANICOMPACT is a uniquely designed self-contained toilet which is ideal for fitting in tight areas where conventional toilets can’t fit. It has a modern-shaped construction which is very water-efficient, using just one gallon of water per flush, while it was designed with a number of purposes in mind, such as limited space, green-conscious users that want an eco-friendly unit, and for people with physical disabilities required an easy method or way to use the toilet.
Because the unit is highly versatile, it can be installed in many different locations such as a loft/attic, upper floor, ground floor, basement, and even a garage. It has a very easy-installation not only in bathrooms but also in areas such as under the stairway for a half bathroom or an additional half bathroom in a bedroom or garage conversion.
To continue, the Sanicompact can handle the effluent from a toilet and sink, while it doesn’t require a toilet tank as the flushing action and macerating pump cycle is automatic after pressing a push bottom on top of the toilet bowl.
Other than that, it has an electronically timed flushing mechanism that allows approximately 1-Gallon of water to pass through the toilet, while the discharge elbow that can find on the back of the Sanicompact can be rotated 360 Degrees in order to fit in any type of installation requirement.
To add to the discharge elbow, you’ll also find a non-return flush valve that is assembled along with it which ensures to prevent backflow into the unit. What’s also great about the Sanicompact is that it is a forced main which does not need to be vented and connected to a vent stack, while the other fixtures may need venting as per local plumbing codes. Another great about Saniflo toilets is that almost all of them are comfort height toilets, which makes them a great option for most.
Moreover, we also recommend for the macerator/pump to be connected to a ground fault interrupter circuit, also, remove the bowl and make sure you mark the position of the fixing brackets 1/2 inch inside the traced.
To sum up, the Sanicompact is a highly-reviewed toilet in Amazon, which is also among the favorite toilets for households’ worldwide.
4. KOHLER Memoirs Toilet
The Kohler Memoirs Toilet is a two-piece toilet that combines a water-saving flushing technology performance with traditional style while featuring the elegant architectural look of the Memoirs collection with Stately design. It has a high-efficiency 1.28-gallon flush that offers up to 16.500 gallons of water savings per year, while compared to a 3.5-gallon toilet, this unit is extremely eco-friendly.
The Memoirs Stately has Kohler’s AquaPiston technology for its single-action flushing. It’s a technology which with the help of a strong siphon, increases the delivery pressure which is brought all around the rim of the toilet. As you can see, this delivers a stronger cleaning force without sacrificing water.
What makes the Kohler K-3718 stand out from the other toilets on the market is the detailing, which boasts a very retro look to the outside, but the flushing system is completely avant-garde. The flush valve is really high quality, and we could flush with ease.
As we said, this toilet is a two-piece configuration with an elongated toilet bowl shape. However, despite using only 1.28 gallons per flush, the high siphon system will allow the water to flush more efficiently than an older 3.5-gallon flush system.
Maintenance-wise, this toilet has a very easy to clean process which is also one of its main strong points. It has a 17.5″ height toilet seat which is ADA compliant, while as it is common with most toilets, the internal plumbing, and a chrome trip lever is also included, however, the toilet seat comes at an additional cost. Other than that, the vitreous enamel material that is used includes a fully glazed 2 1/8″ trap way, while when combined with the higher pressure flushing action, it delivers a highly effective cleaning action.
In terms of installation, this toilet has a quiet straightforward process that follows the same steps as most other toilets on the market. However, you’ll have to pay attention to the separate cistern level. To be more specific, this can be leveled by adjusting the tightness of the three mounting bolts, while you should not over tighten when trying to get the level.
Overall, the Kohler K-3817 is the ideal choice for those who want a more traditional looking toilet, while still possessing the benefits of modern technology such as comfort height and the reduced water consumption and improved flushing technology.
3. Toto Washlet
The Toto Washlet comes complete with an integrated toilet featuring a compact design, while the dual-max cyclone system flushes either 1.28 or 0.9 GPF using gravity, combined with a cycle bowl cleanse and SanaGloss glaze which aids in ease of cleaning and long-term bowl sanitation. As you can see, the Washlet G500 is not exactly what one would call a conventional toilet, but it is actually a washlet with integrated toilet, while it also comes with a multi-function remote control. What i love the most about this toilet is its seat height mainly because its the perfect height.
Design-wise, the Washlet is technologically advanced in the materials in its construction, which features a SanaGloss glaze, while the unit as a whole, comes only in white color. However, white is a color that matches with almost any bathroom style or decor, while it also gives a great modern and elegant look to the overall appearance of a bathroom. Just like the Niagara toilet we mentioned above, this also comes in a cotton white color, which is my personal favorite.
Due to the high price of this unit, you’ll notice that the Washlet G500 comes with a plethora of features, including front and rear warm water washing with temperature and adjustable pressure controls, heated seat with temperature control, automatic air deodorizer, warm air dryer, remote control operation, illuminated touchpad, 2 user memory, auto-open/close lid, auto flush, and 12-inch rough-in. As you can see, the manufacturer has done a great job with delivering everything you could ever need in a toilet.
To continue, along with washing you after you visit the G500 toilet, this unit also dries you off, which can be very pleasing. Specifically, the warm air dryer is attached with the intention to give you an even fresher feeling, while this also means that you won’t have to purchase toilet paper ever again.
One feature that I like most out of all the other ones, is that the toilet lid opens and closes automatically, thus, it ensures you do not have to deal with someone forgetting to put the lid down. More on that, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to flush either, because this is also something that the toilet does automatically. As you can see, with the Washlet G500, everything is easier, while your bathroom will also seem more futuristic and practical.
Moreover, the sleek, low profile means that this toilet is specifically made to be whatever the bathroom needs it to be.
To conclude, if you are looking for a multi-function toilet which packs high-end features and comes with a premium compact design, then we suggest you start saving some money because you just can’t ignore the Washlet G500. Definitely one of the best toilets out there.
2. KOHLER K-4007-0
Kohler K-4007 is a uniquely designed toilet which is water-smart with a fast and powerful flush, while elevated in size and style, this is the perfect choice for those looking for a comfortable yet efficient toilet.
In terms of the design, you can get this unit in 9 different colors, from which you can choose the one that matches your bathroom style and requirements the most. These colors include white, which we are currently reviewing, thunder gray, sandbar, ice gray, dune, cashmere, black/black, biscuit, and almond. So, as you can see, the manufacturer really provides you with plenty of choices. It has a clean and compact design, which integrates the tank and bowl into one seamless design, while the smooth, streamlined design is easy to clean because the spaces where germs and dirt can hide are minimum. Due to the round front bowl shape and low-profile tank, the Kohler K-4007 is considered as one of the smallest on the market, while it is the ideal choice for small-sized bathrooms and powder rooms.
In addition, this unit features a quiet-close lid and seat, quick-attach hardware, quick-release hinges, and grip-tight rubber bumpers as well as an overhanging lid that covers up the seat’s ring for a sleek aesthetic.
What I like most about this toilet is that it features the patented AquaPiston flush engine, which has a unique canister design and seal that eliminate the leakage problems commonly associated with traditional rubber flappers. To be more specific, this AquaPiston canister accepts water from 360 degrees to intentionally create a smooth, consistent water flow to the bowl, resulting in a powerful, plug-free flush.
Furthermore, the Kohler K-4007 is WaterSense certified, which means that it meets strict EPA performance guidelines, while uses at least 20% less water than the 1.6 gallon per flush toilets. The Kohler’s 1.28-gallon flush is able to save up to 16,500 gallons of water per year, while if you compare it to the traditional 3.5-gallon toilet, this gives you a considerable amount of water savings, and after all, you’ll receive low-cost bills.
To finish up, the Kohler K-4007 is a high-end toilet which fits into any small bathroom, and matches any bathroom style or decor, while also delivering the most performance and features you can get in this price range.
1. American Standard H2Option
The American Standard H2Option is a two piece round-shaped toilet that has a dual flush system using 1.6 gallons per flush and 1.0 gallons on a partial flush. Just by this, you can tell that this toilet is eco-friendly which is also Water-Sense certified, however, even that it uses so little water per flush, the water is pressurized and enters through strategically placed holes around the rim.
To be more specific, the H2Option is a dual flush toilet that lets you save water without sacrificing performance, featuring patent-pending siphonic action technology that uses less water and eliminates more bulk, while doing all of these in a quiet process that you can barely hear it.
On top of that, this dual flush toilet allows the H2Optionto use 25% less water than a conventional 1.6 GPF single flush toilet, while its powerful siphonic action technology led to it receiving the highest maximum performance rating, handling 1,000 grams of waste in a single “heavy” flush while the light flush was able to receive a 400 gram rating. So as you can see, this toilet is remarkably reliable for dependable one-flush performance.
To continue, the powerwash rim lets the water to be fed into the rim chamber from the tank, trapping air inside which results in pressurizing the chamber. Afterward, the pressurized water is discharged from specifically configured rim holes to fully power-wash the bowl. Furthermore, water is also dispersed directly into the bowl through a bowl jet, which brings up the jet-powered siphon. With the jetted siphonic bowl of the H2Option system, the siphon initiates with the push of the jet while the pull from the siphon evacuates the contents of the bowl. This siphon-jet action also allows the maintenance of the water throughout the entire flush, which results in a cleaner bowl and flush.
Additionally, the unit includes pre-assembled and factory-installed bolts and grommets, which makes sure to eliminate loose parts and reduces connection time. In terms of its construction, this toilet features a permanent EverClean surface which protects the toilet from mold, mildew, algae, and fungus that can result in deterioration or staining. Even after years of use, the mirror-like EverClean surface will be easy to keep clean, and due to its incredible durability, you’ll be able to use this toilet for a lifetime. This also makes it very easy to clean, which is a great thing.
Overall, the American Standard H2Option toilet not only looks premium but also performs as such.
How to find the best toilet for your requirements
It can be frustrating choosing the best toilet for your bathroom, as there are plenty of them nowadays, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, understanding the basics of toilets, and what part is more important or what can really affect your overall experience is really important. Therefore, we made a list of things you should look for when you’re purchasing a toilet.
It’s important to search for a toilet which delivers the most comfortability, because if you look at it objectively, purchasing a toilet is a long-term investment, and it’s something you’re going to be using every day multiple times. The guideline is, try picking something that is comfortable, for your height if you live alone, or a standard one that can accommodate a variety of people. Comfort height toilets are very popular nowadays, so make sure you get a comfort height model if you have different aged people in your home. The seat height is one of the most important things you should look for while shopping for a new one. Personally, i think that a standard toilet is the most comfortable option.
Just like we mentioned, as it is a long-term investment, and because a toilet is something that will be used plenty of times every day for many years to come, you will want to keep an eye on the materials used to build the unit, also the finishes, as it is important for maintenance. These are two important points that both play a huge role in making the toilet last longer, and enabling it to remain sturdy over time.
Are your water bills getting more and more expensive every day? You’ll be happy to know that nowadays almost every toilet produced is built with economical intentions in mind, not only to offer customers something that will reduce their bills but also to protect the environment having a 30% lower water usage while flushing.
So, if you’re changing from a really old 3.5GPF traditional toilet, make sure you choose the newest models which feature 1.8GPF, which is also the standard number for every company. Thus, if you decide to purchase a toilet like this, you’ll notice the difference in your bills because of the water usage, but also in performance, as they are built with strategically placed holes to deliver the most pressure they can, to completely clean all the waste.
This is something that many customers don’t take the time to look at. You can be stuck in a lot of research, but still forget an important accessory, which in this case is the toilet seat. Most of the time, toilet seats are not included with your purchase, but they come with an additional cost, so it’s important to read the feature list to check if the one that you’re purchasing includes one or not. There are three different toilet seat options, such as soft-close, heated, and standard. All three of them are essential things that can heavily improve your bathroom visit experience and comfort. Before buying, make sure you get a toilet that has a suitable seat height for you. If you are very tall, standard toilets might not be very comfortable for you.
Types of toilets
Just by reaching this point of this article, you already get the idea of how many different choices in terms of different kinds of toilets are available out there. Most of these will try to target a specific audience, while most are built for the mass market. However, more specifically, there are only two types of toilets:
One piece toilets, also considered as a standard toilet, are a particular type of toilet that doesn’t need a separate flush tank since the flush tank is attached with the body itself. Additionally, both the tank and the body are mostly constructed by ceramic material and joined together, which is also why these toilets are known for being extremely isolated since the problem of leakage is minimized. Other than that, a one piece toilet typically boasts only a floor mount type model, while they are also available only in “S” and “P” trap model. The water pressure that will be required to flush out the solid waste will be delivered by the closed rim model. One piece models are usually easier to operate, and more suitable for small bathrooms, so that’s why i highly recommend them.
These types of toilets are called a coupled closet due to their unique design, while their construction mostly has a weight of 25Kgs to 45Kgs, nonetheless, it all depends on their design. A two piece toilet definitely has noticeable differences from a one-piece toilet, starting from the coupled closet which is designed in a closed rim method to ensure more water pressure when flushing. Similar to one-piece toilets, two piece WC also comes in “S” and “P” trap and most of them also have floor mount, while some of them feature a wall mounting installation.
If you read the product reviews above, you may already know that each of them has its advantages and disadvantages, as sometimes it can come down to design and the space available in your bathroom when you’re purchasing a toilet. For small bathrooms, i would recommend one-piece toilets.
However, even though the above-mentioned types may be the most common and main ones, there is still one other option such as the portable toilets, which are extremely useful in many different situations including camping and installation in RVs.
If you ask us, before purchasing a toilet, we highly recommend you talk to a plumber or someone who designed your bathroom, as it is more effective since they know which one could accommodate you better, and which one has the most proper installation for your bathroom.
Toilet bowl types
There are two main bowl types that are more commonly used in most of the high-end toilets. However, you can also find toilets with square bowls, which are not very common, as the most used ones are the elongated and the round bowl types.
If you’re wondering what the difference between elongated and round bowls is, well, the elongated bowls are built with comfort in mind, while their intent is to deliver the customer as much comfort as it can, while the round bowl types are better if you want to save space, nonetheless, they too are significantly comfortable.
Other than that, we highly recommend you check the specs before purchasing because it’s really important to know what material the bowls are made from because there are plenty of brands that will offer anti-bacterial finishes that have easy-maintenance and keep things hygienic.
As you can already guess, there are different toilets with different prices, from basic features to high-end ones, from less durable to more durable, etc, etc.. Depending on what features you seek, make sure you do your research properly because you might end up purchasing a really expensive toilet, but not get what you were really after for.
From our experience, we believe that a good and reliable toilet is in between the 100$ and 300$ price range, which will last for almost a lifetime, and will deliver exceptional performance without sacrificing quality. However, for more high-end models that include heating features, drying features, automatic open/close features, auto-wash, etc, the most common price range for them starts from 500$ to up to 2000$. The most expensive ones intend to include each of the abovementioned features, while some of them will only include some.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are higher toilets better?
Well, if you're a tall person, a higher bowl height will deliver more comfort, as it can be good for your knees and back. Higher toilets are also the ideal choice for older people, and for people with mobility problems. However, if you're a short person, or you have small children, a higher bowl height might not be the one you want. The best solution would be a comfort height toilet, but you should still consider the size of your bathroom before deciding, because large toilets will take up a lot of space on small bathrooms.
Which is better round or elongated toilet?
Well, it depends. There are some people who want to save as much space as they can in their bathroom, then the ideal choice for that would be a rounded bowl. However, if you're after more comfort, an elongated toilet bowl promises to do just that. An elongated toilet bowl measures up to 31-inches from the wall, while the round ones go up to 28-inches.
Why are some toilets more expensive?
Usually, one-piece toilets are the most expensive ones, but they definitely offer a sleeker look, while they are also easier to clean. However, as for the most common ones, two piece toilets are widely purchased by households worldwide. They are sometimes competitive in price since they offer plenty of toilet options. Some expensive toilets have features like automatic open/close, automatic flush, heating, drying capabilities, etc..
If you read this article, then you already know that finding the best toilet for your bathroom is not as easy as it seems. It’s a big industry out there offering plenty of flush toilet options, which can sometimes be confusing and frustrating. Nonetheless, if you do the research properly, you can definitely find the one that will meet your requirements the most. There is a big amount of information you need to know, just like we mentioned most of them in this article, such as the size, styles, flush systems, bowls, and finishes which are important for hygiene, and cleaning.
However, we think that we did a great job explaining every single detail, delivering you the right amount of information along with a detailed guide to make your process a lot easier.
Nonetheless, despite our listing and reviews, we highly recommend users to check for customer reviews from people who already purchased the product, just in case we missed something.
Our two most favorite toilets and our editor’s choice as the most reliable and high-performing ones are Toto Washlet with Integrated Toilet and American Standard H2Option Toilet.
Moreover, we hope these toilet reviews were helpful to you in finding a proper flush toilet, and if you have any questions regarding this topic, make sure you contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.