The 3 Best TOTO Toilets Reviewed [We Went Through the Full Catalogue & This Is What We Found]

  If you’ve landed on this page, you’re already well on your way to making a great toilet purchase:

  TOTO toilets are one of the most trusted names in the industry, and with good reason.

In this post, you’ll get the end product of countless hours of research--poring over TOTO’s full catalogue to narrow it down to the Best 3 TOTO toilets for the money. Each of these products are standouts in their price range, so we’re confident that you’ll be able to find a high quality product no matter your budget.

Bottom Line

TOTO toilets are known for their powerful flush and high quality build. The result? Typically, these are some of the most durable toilets available--something that won’t have you calling the plumber once a year to fix a leak or something worse…

The three products reviewed all meet water efficiency standards, with two product go above and beyond in terms of gallons per flush. You might spend a little more for this kind of flush-power to efficiency ratio with a TOTO, but in the long-run these savings will pay for themselves in water bills.


You’ve come to the right place.

There are many options and factors to consider before making the final decision. In this guide we’ve composed customer reviews, online and in person interviews, and days of research into a comprehensive guide that you won’t find a better version of online.

For my best TOTO toilets reviewed, keep reading below and I’ll give you my top picks.

Choose Your Budget

I’ve broken things up into 3 categories, which you can navigate from the menu below. There you’ll find the Best TOTO Toilet in each price range, and our full best TOTO toilet reviews.

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

GALONS PER FLUSH

  BEST OVERALL

TOTO UltraMax II

4.9/5

1.28gpf

BEST BUDGET

Toto Drake Two Piece

4.1/5

1.6gpf

Best WALL HUNG

Toto Aquia Wall Hung

4.7/5

1.6 & 0.9

gpf

How We Picked?

We looked through the entire TOTO catalogue to build our longlist of toilet products. From there, we’ve narrowed it down to just the very best 3--one in each category.

For the full list of products we reviewed, see here.

BEST OVERALL

TOTO UltraMax II

The TOTO UltraMax II is pretty much everything I think of when I think TOTO. An elegant simple design. A powerful double cyclone flush system. And great water efficiency at just 1.28gpf for a seriously strong clean. This is the overall best Toto toilet we have reviewed.

Full review below.

Who Should Buy?

Anyone that is looking for the real TOTO experience will get the full deal with the UltraMax II. It’s also CALGreen friendly, so California residents can flush this bad boy with good conscience.

Full TOTO Ultramax II Review 

   Of all the TOTO’s we’ve looked at, this wins our Best Overall. While there were many dual flush options that contested for first place, we couldn’t really go past this incredibly efficient (and overall, affordable) model from TOTO.

The UltraMax II runs on a 1.28gpf, and with that water you’ll get a seriously strong clean. I love using TOTO’s because there’s no waiting around to make sure your flush took care of business, and with the UltraMax there’s no looking back… literally. 

As with most TOTO designs, this is an elongated bowl. But the UltraMax is also a one piece. That means the bowl and tank are connected, and it’s one of the reasons that we like this model so much--one piece toilets are a breeze to clean and they can be set-up in two easy steps.

It isn’t perfect, though, and some users have complained that the design itself makes it somewhat difficult to plunge. In my experience, using a plumber’s plunge with small pumps (instead of big long pumps) can help to clear away any clogs more effectively. Then again, with a TOTO UltraMax you’ll find that you aren’t seeing many clogged bowls, so these are rare situations.

TECH SPECS


  • Toilet Type: One piece elongated
  • Flush System: Single flush
  • Gallons Per Flush: 1.28gpf
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Special Feature: Double Cyclone Flush

Pros

  • A powerful clean with double cyclone flush technology
  • CALGreen certified
  • One piece toilet for easy cleaning
  • Great water efficiency

Cons

  • Can be tough to plunge
  • Just a single flush system

BEST Budget

TOTO Drake Two Piece

The TOTO Drake has been getting the job done for years, and this classic two piece is all about power. It’s single flush G-Max system uses 1.6gpf and is honestly the strongest flush we’ve found. Coming in a traditional two piece design with elongated bowl, the TOTO Drake is a great addition on a budget. Full review below.

Who Should Buy?

As our most affordable option on the list, this is a great way to get a taste for TOTO’s incredibly powerful flush systems--on a budget.

Full TOTO Drake Two Piece Review 

   The TOTO Drake is a staple in the TOTO catalogue. Made with a beautiful vitreous china bowl, this is a more traditional two piece toilet with a single flush system.

While it may not be as efficient as the UltraMax (1.6gpf as opposed to 1.28gpf), it wins the power battle hands down. And as you may have read: the UltraMax isn’t running short on power. Seriously though, the TOTO Drake’s G-max flush system is one of the most powerful flushes on the market, and it shows.

Since it is just a one-flush system, you won’t have many options to save on the water bill. While it does come in at the 1.6gpf standard limit, there’s no partial flush option--which some users may find wasteful.


Another minor complaint worth pointing out is that the design has a thin inner ridge in the bowl. No big deal in itself, but at some angles it can make the toilet look as though it has a dirtied rim sitting in the bowl. Of course, when you look closer you can see it’s just a trick of the light, but it might be enough to turn your guests off. 

TECH SPECS


  • Toilet Type: Two piece elongated
  • Flush System: Single flush (G-Max Power flush)
  • Gallons Per Flush: 1.6gpf
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Special Feature: Strongest Flush On the List

Pros

  • Two-piece toilet with tank and bowl included.
  • Most powerful single flush system from TOTO.
  • Elongated bowl.
  • Classic TOTO design.

Cons

  • Design can appear dirty when it isn’t.
  • No partial flush for a lighter water saving option.

BEST WALL HUNG

TOTO Aquia Wall Hung

Another Toto toilet that never fails on a powerful flush, with a stylish floating design. Full review below.

Who Should Buy?

Ideal for modern bathroom following a minimalistic style. It also takes up less space than other elongated models, so can be made to suit small bathroom spaces, too.

Full TOTO Wall Hung Review 

   Besides being somewhat gravity-defying (a floating toilet bowl that hangs right out of the wall!), the TOTO wall hung Aquia meets the mark on all points quality. This is also the only dual flush system on the list, and with a 0.9gpf partial flush it’s a great water saving option.

The wall hung design is seriously convenient when it comes to cleaning. No matter how careful you are, the base of your toilet just invites dirt, dust and debris. With floating designs, you can easily sweep beneath the toilet’s bowl and you don’t get the thick build-up of gunk.

TOTO’s wall hung system also comes through on power and efficiency. The full flush is just as powerful as the UltraMax, using a G-max system.
On the downside, some users have noted that the water levels are lower than usual. From my understanding, this is just because the wall hung models have smaller bowl volumes and so the water will sit a little lower than for full-bodied toilets. 

TECH SPECS


  • Toilet Type: Wall Hung elongated
  • Flush System: Dual flush
  • Gallons Per Flush:   1.6 & 0.9gpf
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Special Feature:  Baseless Design

Pros

  • Floating design to spare you the gunk around your toilet’s base.
  • 0.9gpf partial flush for great water efficiency.
  • Powerful G-Max flush system.
  • Takes up less space.

Cons

  • Additional work at installation.
  • Lower water levels in the bowl.

BUYER’S GUIDE

TOTO the brand

Behind the TOTO brand is the feeling that they are always reaching for new standards of quality. Ranking in the world’s top three largest plumbing companies, people all around the globe have learned to trust TOTO’s attention to detail, durability of products and ability to innovate in the industry.

It’s the reason they’ve been able to sell 20 million washlets (their most expensive, Smart Bidet toilet option) to a nation of just 160 million people. It’s why they’re the largest Japanese toilet manufacturer in the world.

The company itself has over a century’s worth of history--founded in 1917 by Japan’s Kazuchika Okura, the brand was inspired by new technologies first seen overseas. Okura’s ultimate goal was to produce a cleaner and healthier living space that would improve his fellow countrymen’s quality of life.

The Japanese heritage of pottery and porcelain comes out in TOTO’s designs, but it’s also focused on creating the most sanitary models possible:

This means powerful flush systems and experimenting with new technologies that will give people the most efficient household water use.

Where are TOTO toilets made?

While TOTO started out in Japan, it is now a multinational company with manufacturers in dozens of countries. So, odds are, if you order in the U.S., your toilet will be made on home soil.

Are TOTO toilets the best?

In many factors, TOTO toilets lead the way. When it comes to flush power, the TOTO drake and other G-Maxx systems really are the strongest--which is part of TOTO’s efforts to be the cleanest most sanitary toilets available.

They also produce some of the most water-efficient options, with their Double-Cycle Flush technology. But mostly, TOTO are known to be the best when it comes to their washlet line of Smart Toilets. There’s an attention to detail you get that isn’t really found with other brands, so if that’s what you’re after then TOTO is the best choice.

What are the pros and cons of TOTO toilets?

Pros:

1. You’ll spend less on repairs, since they’re one of the most durable manufacturers with a decent warranty program
2. Powerful flushing systems compared with water usage.
3. Great porcelain-styled designs
4. Some of the best Smart toilets available.

Cons:

1. Not all models come with dual-flush options
2. Many TOTO designs are elongated bowls, which may not fit in small, tight bathroom spaces.

What types of TOTO toilets exist?

In this post alone, we cover 3 types of TOTO toilets. But, as a leader in the industry, they have a broad catalogue, with many types of toilets.

Here are the main ones listed:
-One piece;
-Two piece;
-Wall Hung; and
-Smart Toilet (with luxury or bidet features)

How to choose a TOTO toilet

If you’ve made things easy on yourself and narrowed it down to a TOTO and nothing else:

There’s still plenty of work ahead of you.

This guide will help you make the right decision, and ensure you pick the right TOTO for your home.

You’ll want to consider three main factors:

1)  Design/Toilet Type;
2) Flush System & Power; and
3) Cost (short & long-term).

If we can nail down these three, you’ll be in a much better decision to make in informed decision. 

#1: TOTO Toilet Type

If that mouthful isn’t enough to remember it by, then just know that your toilet type will have some important consequences.

Things like whether or not you can replace your TOTO toilet seat easily;

Or how easy it is to clean;

Or even if it will fit your bathroom in the first place.

Here are the three main TOTO Toilet Types that we’ll be looking at:

  1. One piece TOTO Toilet;
  2. Two piece TOTO Toilet; and
  3. The Wall hung TOTO Toilet.

Breaking it down by design, you can narrow down your search time by more than 50%, so let’s get to it.

One piece TOTO Toilets

The one piece design has a few distinct advantages, which means that they also tend to be the more expensive model.

The major advantages are: 1. Cleaning time; and 2. Style.

Most people agree that one piece toilets (designs where the water tank and bowl are connected in one single, clean piece) are the more stylish design. Of course, you may disagree based on personal preference: but this is general opinion in the industry.

More practically speaking, TOTO one piece toilets are easier to clean, since they remove the build-up of debris and dirt in that awkward space between the tank and bowl. Even if you’re not a clean freak, it’s nice to simply wipe away dust in one easy sweep with a one piece design.

TOTO Two Piece Toilets 

These are some of the better two piece toilets on the market, and while the pros of the one piece toilets are basically the cons of the two piece--there’s still plenty of good things to be said for two piece designs.

One major advantage of two piece toilets is that they’re a little easier to maintain and move around. If you ever do find yourself having some plumbing issues (God forbid), two piece toilets are generally easier to manoeuvre and plumbers will be glad to work with them.

They’re also the cheapest alternative.

Wall Hung

While the TOTO one piece design has a cleaning advantage of the two piece, wall hung models take this to the next level.

They also remove the build-up of dust, dirt and near-misses around the base of the toilet bowl. With a wall hung model, the toilet bowl hangs from a fixture directly in the wall, and the tank is usually hidden from view.

As you can imagine, wall hung toilets tend to take a little more effort on installation, and you will probably need to spend more on the initial setup.

#2: TOTO Flushing Systems and Power

This is where you’ll be focusing in on the performance of your potential toilet candidates.

Are you looking for a flush that will blast away any trace of your existence?

Or are you more interested in having a quiet flush?

The flush system of your TOTO toilet will decide these questions, so let’s take a look at what’s on offer in the best TOTO toilet reviews above.

Gravity Flush

The TOTO Aquia Wall Hung Toilet reviewed in this post uses a dual gravity flush system. Gravity flush systems are the simplest, as they don’t require any extra bells or whistles.

It’s simply a matter of releasing water from the tank and allowing the pull of gravity to clean the bowl after use.

Dual Flush

This is a system that gives you a little more flexibility. Dual flush systems allow you to choose between a partial or full flush: giving a different gallon per flush rating with each option.

Generally speaking, partial flushes will use roughly 60% of the full flush system--making them a great water-saver.

Tornado System (Double Cyclone)

TOTO’s Tornado System is their branded double cyclone technology flush system. This is the latest and greatest in flush technology, and it’s part of the reason that TOTO toilets are known for their incredible flush power.

Tornado flush systems also mean that you can use less water to produce the same power of cleaning. For dual flush systems, this often means that the partial flush (going as low as 0.8gpf) can be enough to meet your daily flush needs, where other models would need to rely on the full flush at least twice per day.

#3: Cost (Short & Long Term)

In this section, I’ll outline a few things to consider when it comes to calculating:

Cost at purchase vs. Overall cost.

Breaking it down, there will be three things to consider:

  1. Over-the-counter price tag;
  2. Water efficiency and costs;
  3. Maintenance and additional installation costs.

#1: Over-the-counter price tag:

This is the most immediate cost concern you’re likely to see, and it’s worth paying attention to this. If you don’t want to spend $900 at purchase, then it’s worth finding a model that’s within your immediate price range.

But over-the-counter cost isn’t everything.

#2: Water efficiency and costs:

I’ll show you how $900 at purchase versus $250 at purchase can very quickly be eliminated.

In fact, in your toilets lifetime, you’ll likely see a return on your investment strictly in how much you save on water bills.

The average American household uses up to 300 gallons of water per day! As far as costs go, this breaks down to roughly $50 per month on water.

If we take this figure as a base, let’s see how much you can save on your water bill by choosing a 0.8gpf toilet option over a 1.6gpf.

According to Home Water Works, the average daily use for 1.6gpf systems comes out to:

9.1 gallons (34.4 liters) per person each day.

For a family of four, this means roughly 36 gallons each and every day used on flushing the toilet.

So, if we take our 300 x 30 gallons to equal $50 in water bills, let’s see how the math plays out…

9000/36 = 250

This means that every 250 days, your family will be spending $50 on flushing the toilet.

Okay, let’s expand that out.

That means:

$73 per year (365/250 x 50)

$365 in 5 years

$730 in 10 years

Halving these figures, we find out how much a water efficient toilet can save you.

$365 in 10 years

$547.5 in 15 years

Now, you might be thinking that 15 years is a long time.

And it is, but considering that a quality toilet is a long-term purchase with many models offering a limited lifetime warranty, thinking long-term can be a good idea.

Add to that the fact that water bills are, by most speculators, set to rise in the coming years and you’ll see that cost at purchase isn’t everything.

#3: Maintenance and additional costs

One unfortunately common case of a weak toilet that goes unnoticed is the ‘running toilet’ bill.

A toilet that has a faulty flush system and is constantly running water down the bowl can cost you thousands of gallons of water per month--according to some estimates, as much as $200 per month.

Hopefully, after receiving the first water bill, you’ll notice that something is way off. But by that stage it can already be too late and you’ll be hundreds of dollars down the drain.

The quality of a toilet and its durability/maintenance costs is another key factor to consider when it comes to overall costs in your buyer decision.

FAQ

How to remove a TOTO toilet?

​Regardless of the brand, removing a toilet will follow the same basic steps.  

First, you’ll need to to make sure the water is shut off. Then, the tank will be disconnected from the bowl (in two piece models) and finally the bowl can be unmounted and removed. 

How to remove TOTO toilet flapper?
The flapper in TOTO toilets can be a little tricky to remove if you’re not familiar with their design. When you are, it’s quite simple:
Unhook the female component from the male hook on the flush valve. You can do this by pulling it across the bottom of the T, then hooking up to pull it off from there.
Here’s a great video showing installation of a toto toilet

How to replace fill valve on TOTO toilet?
Replacing the fill valve on a TOTO toilet can be simple with a Korky twist-lock replacement system. Just remove your old fill valve or toilet ballcock, then adjust the Korky Genuine TOTO Universal Fill Valve in its place. 

How to stop a TOTO toilet from running?
In some cases, a running toilet can be solved by something as simple as cleaning the fill valve of any excess debris. Before replacing your valve, it’s a good idea to give it a deep clean: this can be enough to fix your running toilet and save you money on a replacement valve.

If this doesn’t help, you will most likely need to replace the fill valve with a new piece.

How to tighten a loose TOTO toilet seat?

​You’ll need to look to the back end of the TOTO toilet seat lid for the mounting screws. These should be near the hinge of the seat, and you should tighten these first. 

Then open the tank lid and seat.

You should be able to get at the underside of the toilet seat from here, and tighten the screws from this side. If these are covered by a sheet of plastic, simply remove this and tighten the screws beneath as needed.

How to unclog a TOTO drake toilet?
Firstly, it’s worth noting that the best TOTO toilets, since they use a powerful flush system, are actually less likely to clog than many other models.

That being said, if it does clog, you’ll need to use a plumber’s helper plunger.   Most tips I’ve found seem to recommend using small motions with the plunger before pulling up completely: big long strokes don’t seem to be as effective, and you might have more luck with small movements.

What can I use to clean my TOTO toilet?
A gel-based toilet bowl cleaner is best, and a soft cloth for wiping the lavatory with some mild dish detergent. For TOTO small toilets like the wall hung Aquia, the cleaning process can be just a matter of minutes.

What is special about a TOTO toilet?

TOTO toilets stand out for their quality and power. The brand itself has over a century of history making toilets, and combined with their aesthetic feel for porcelain crafts, they are experts in producing powerful yet efficient flush systems.

TOTO toilet colors are also another special point for TOTO. While plain white is the most common, there are other options such as beige, ebony, bone, cotton white and more.

What is the best TOTO toilet to buy?
In our best TOTO toilet reviews, we found that the TOTO Ultramax II was the Best Overall option. This decision takes into account a whole range of factors, including cost, style and water efficiency.

Where can I buy TOTO toilets near me?
Since TOTO toilets are part of a global company, they have manufacturers all across the globe. However, one of the simplest methods if you don’t have a store near you is to simply purchase through an online distributor such as Amazon.

Where to buy TOTO toilet parts?
TOTO toilets parts can also be bought online, or in physical stores near your location. Many replacement parts don’t need to be TOTO-made either--such as the Korky Universal Fill Valve replacement mentioned earlier in this FAQ section.


Why are TOTO toilets so expensive?
TOTO toilets rely on quality first. They have a history of producing some of the most reliable and stylish toilets on the market, so it’s really no surprise that this comes with a price tag.
That being said, when you consider the money that can be saved on maintenance and water bill costs by purchasing a $500 TOTO, you’ll quickly see that it can be worth the investment.  Also, if you are really into comfort, check out these
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