We Compared The 6 Best Toilets For Your Bathroom; Here Are Our Winners
Toilets are one of many things we use every day without appreciating. When they work, we take it for granted; and when they don’t, we’re frustrated to no end.
This is why it’s worth taking some time to take a look at what makes a toilet work, and what doesn’t. It may not be the most glamorous topic, but it’s important.
My guide to the best toilets aims to give you this information straight. If it’s flush power you need, I’ll point you in the right direction. If it’s luxury for the guest or downstairs bathroom, I’ll give you some winning tips (along with some warnings for impending disasters!).
Take a look at my Buyer’s Guide if you are brand new to the topic. Then get stuck into my reviews, where I take a look at 6 of the best toilets for the money in 2018.
|Name||Bowl Type||Flush system||Rating|
|Toto Drake Elongated Review||Elongated Two Piece||Power flush (G-max system)||/5||Check Price|
Best One Piece
|WOODBRIDGE Elongated Review||Elongated Single Piece||Dual Power Flush||/5||Check Price|
Best Two Piece
|Toto Drake II Two-Piece||Two-piece elongated||Double Cyclone||/5||Check Price|
|WOODBRIDGE Luxury Bidet Toilet||One piece elongated (bidet)||Dual flush||/5||Check Price|
|Toto Aquia Wall-Hung Review||Wall-hung elongated||Dual flush||/5||Check Price|
Choose Your Budget:
Best Elongated Toilet
Elongated bowls are the ‘Plus size’ of toilets. They give you some added comfort, along with provided a sleeker, more luxurious look to your bathroom. My Best Elongated Bowl goes to Toto’s Drake I, for combining style with functionality.
Best One Piece Toilet
One piece toilets combine tank and bowl into a single design. It’s mostly a matter of preference. Some people prefer this design style, while others go for the more traditional two piece option. My Best One Piece choice goes to WOODBRIDGE’s Elongated model.
Best Two Piece Toilet
Two Piece toilets use a separate tank and bowl design. This can require a little more effort during installation, and it can also mean that these models tend to be a bit larger. Larger tanks have the advantage of pumping more water, and the Toto Drake II is one of the most powerful flush systems I’ve come across.
Best Smart Toilet
Smart Toilets may look and sound like something out of the future, but they’re here today. While I don’t mind a simple toilet that gets the job done, I’ll admit that I was sold on some of WOODBRIDGE’s luxury features. The biggest reason for its winning the Best Smart Toilet choice is its LED lighting system and adjustable bidet options.
Best Wall Hung Toilet
Wall-hung toilets are often thought of as a styling choice, but I see them as having functional advantages, too. Toilet bases are notorious for unwanted gunky build-ups, and wall-hung options eliminate this problem entirely. They also take up less space and give your bathroom the illusion of being bigger. Toto wins my Best Wall-Hung Toilet award for its Aquia model.
Best Compact Toilet
While elongated models get all the glamor and compliments, round bowls are all about practicality. That doesn’t mean they need to stick out like a sore thumb, though. The Sanicompact wins my Best Round Bowl choice for its easy installation, compact build and overall quality.
How To Choose A Toilet
The Definitive Buyer’s Guide
What Should You Be Aware Of When Choosing A Toilet?
Choosing a toilet isn’t the most exciting way to spend your weekend. So I’m going to make this as easy as possible for you. You’re going to want to be aware of three things when choosing the right toilet for your home:
1) Bowel type;
2) Water efficiency (and power); and
3) Flushing system
There are, of course a couple of other factors. You might want to consider how quiet the flush is, or how easy it is to clean. These are also valid concerns, but I would consider them secondary to big three listed above. Let’s take a look at those.
Types Of Toilet Bowls
The two main ones you’ll see are round and elongated. Elongated bowls are the luxury option: They’re more comfortable, more expensive and they take up more space. Round bowls are compact and perhaps less enjoyable to sit on.
The main thing you’ll want to consider with this is your bathroom layout. For a master bath, with plenty of space, there should be no issue adding those extra inches with the elongated bowl. However, if you have cupboards which open close to your toilet, two inches could be all the difference you need.
Final point on bowl shape: if you ever need to replace (or you want to buy a new) toilet seat, you’ll need to know the shape. This may sound obvious, but it’s good to keep in mind.
Efficiency And Power
The federal standard limit for residential toilets is 1.6 gallons per flush. Just a couple of decades ago, toilets were using as much as 5 gallons a flush. Needless to say, with the new regulations there have been some changes to the technology.
The thing is, more water per flush doesn’t always equate to a more powerful flush. So while it’s important to consider this figure, it’s also good to note how often you’ll need to be flushing. A weak flush isn’t just a waste of water–it can lead to making your bowl more difficult to clean, and provide unwanted waste build-up.
Flushing systems will tell you what you need to know about power. These range from simple gravity flushes to double cyclone flushes.
This is as simple and cheap as you’ll find. It is pretty much what it sounds like. The water tank creates pressure for the flush by releasing water and allowing gravity to do its work. Besides being cheap, this is also the quickest and quietest flush mechanism you’ll find.
The setback? You’re not going to have a spotless bowl and will likely need to do some manual cleaning from time to time.
Pressure Assisted Flush
This is the next upgrade from the gravity flush. It introduces pressurized air from a separate tank in order to make for a more powerful flush.
The pressurized air system is noisier than basic gravity flushes, but they provide a much more thorough clean.
These are showing up more frequently in modern homes, due to their ability to save water. Dual flush systems give the option of using a partial or full flush, depending on the user’s needs. These partial flushes can save up to 25% of the usual water consumption. The good thing about these systems is that they use the same mechanism for the partial and full flush. That means you don’t sacrifice any power on the partial flush, you just save water.
Double Cyclone Flush
These are the latest and greatest in toilet flushing tech. While they are still relatively exclusive and expensive, they are probably where flushing systems are headed in the future.
The big advantage is on water efficiency. While still producing the same power as a full flush of standard toilets, double cyclone flushes use far less water. So while you may spend more on purchase and set-up, these models will save your water bill considerably.
Macerated Versus Standard
This last point is also a matter of installation. Standard toilets use an S-shaped model, which relies upon gravity. They require that the outlet be below the toilet, so that waste can move through the S-shaped system freely. This is fine if your waste outlet is indeed below the level of your toilet.
Macerated toilets are an answer to waste systems that are on a level with your toilet. They use a different mechanism to pump the waste and water away, which doesn’t require the gravity-drop found in S-bend models.
Macerated toilets are typically the more expensive option, but can save you on installation. It depends upon your waste removal system: a standard toilet that requires extra installation might just cost more than a macerated toilet on its own.
How To Replace A Toilet
Replacing a toilet is a two-step process. If you are familiar with installation procedures, then it shouldn’t be too difficult. The main thing will be about safely disposing of the toilet once you’re finished. If you are unfamiliar with installation steps, or basic terms like waste outlet and water pipe, it may be best to consider professional help for installation. This will typically cost between $75-$150.
How Does A Toilet Work?
Toilets work in a few different ways. The most basic method is by flushing away waste, using either a gravity or assisted flush mechanism. Water is released from the tank, and either with or without the assisted pressure, flushes away the waste which sits in the toilet bowl. This water and waste is then moved down through the outlet and into the soil pipe. Depending on your waste and sewerage system, this will typically then be taken far far away.
Who Invented The Toilet?
While common folk lore would have us believe that the flush toilet was invented by Thomas Crapper, sadly, this isn’t true. While Crapper certainly did exist–and he made a number of improvements to the original flush design–he was not the creator. For this, credit goes to a Sir John Harrington. Ever wonder why it’s called The John? This is why, and our thanks go to him for making our waste flush away.
How To Measure A Toilet Seat?
Toilet seat measurements are important to get right. If you don’t know your bowl’s dimensions, take a measuring tape to it. Line it up with the front of the bowl and pull it back tight to the centre of the hinges between post holes. This is where the seat’s hinge rests and it’s the most important measurement to get right. Then, you just need to know if you have a rounded or elongated bowl, and it’s clear skies from there on.