Best Flushing Toilets on the Market

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Okay, so you don’t have time to read the entire article and just want to know which of the best flushing toilets in this roundup took first place?

The answer to that question is the TOTO MS854114EL Ultramax.

Best Overall
TOTO MS854114ELG#01 Eco Ultramax ADA Elongated One-Piece Toilet with Sanagloss, Cotton White, 16.62" x 28.18" x 29.12"
American Standard 2034314.222 Champion-4 Right Height One-Piece Elongated Toilet, Linen
KOHLER K-5172-K4 San Souci Comfort Height Compact Elongated 1.28 GPF Toilet with AquaPiston Flushing Technology and Left-Hand Trip Lever, Cashmere, 1-Piece
Best For The Money
Kohler K-3999-0 Highline Comfort Height Two-piece Elongated 1.28 Gpf Toilet with Class Five Flushing Technology And Left-hand Trip Lever, Seat Not Included, White
TOTO MS854114EL#11 Eco Ultramax ADA Elongated One Piece Toilet, Colonial White
Our Rating
9.7
9,4
9.0
8.8
8.5
MSRP
$595.99
$605.15
$865.47
$276.00
$517.43
Material
Vitreous China
Vitreous China
China
Vitreous China
Ceramic
Color
Cotton White
Linen
Cashmere
White
Colonial White
Flush Type
Gravity flush
Gravity flush
Gravity flush
Water-saving
Gravity flush
Best Overall
TOTO MS854114ELG#01 Eco Ultramax ADA Elongated One-Piece Toilet with Sanagloss, Cotton White, 16.62" x 28.18" x 29.12"
Our Rating
9.7
MSRP
$595.99
Material
Vitreous China
Color
Cotton White
Flush Type
Gravity flush
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American Standard 2034314.222 Champion-4 Right Height One-Piece Elongated Toilet, Linen
Our Rating
9,4
MSRP
$605.15
Material
Vitreous China
Color
Linen
Flush Type
Gravity flush
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KOHLER K-5172-K4 San Souci Comfort Height Compact Elongated 1.28 GPF Toilet with AquaPiston Flushing Technology and Left-Hand Trip Lever, Cashmere, 1-Piece
Our Rating
9.0
MSRP
$865.47
Material
China
Color
Cashmere
Flush Type
Gravity flush
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Best For The Money
Kohler K-3999-0 Highline Comfort Height Two-piece Elongated 1.28 Gpf Toilet with Class Five Flushing Technology And Left-hand Trip Lever, Seat Not Included, White
Our Rating
8.8
MSRP
$276.00
Material
Vitreous China
Color
White
Flush Type
Water-saving
More Information
TOTO MS854114EL#11 Eco Ultramax ADA Elongated One Piece Toilet, Colonial White
Our Rating
8.5
MSRP
$517.43
Material
Ceramic
Color
Colonial White
Flush Type
Gravity flush
More Information

Here’s a little bit of trivia for you: The man most often credited with inventing the modern flushing toilet is Thomas Crapper.

But the siphonic toilet (its proper name) was actually invented by Joseph Bramah and then perfected by Alexander Cumming in 1775.

That’s right – the modern flushing toilet is almost 250 years old.

And even though we take them completely for granted, they’ve helped us improve our household hygiene immeasurably.

Because the other option is tipping your chamber pot out the window and onto the street below.

So you owe it to yourself, and your family, to embrace this wonder of modern hygiene 

And in this roundup, we’re going to help you do just that by covering the best flushing toilets on the market today.

Let’s see if we can help you find the toilet best suited to you.

BEST OVERALL: TOTO MS854114EL Eco Ultramax One Piece Toilet

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Benefits

TOTO is America’s leading manufacturer of innovative bathroom products that every modern homeowner is probably familiar with.

TOTO’s MS854114EL#01 Ultramax ADA Elongated One Piece Toilet is a good example of TOTO’s commitment to quality with each of their products/.

It’s made with advanced technology and the highest-quality material, providing an optimal bathroom experience to its users.

This TOTO flushing toilet is distinguished for its sleek and elongated one piece, consisting of a high-end tank cover, chrome-plated trip lever, and SoftClose seat.

The beautiful design of the toilet acts as a perfect centerpiece to any modern bathroom. That being said, the toilet is not just about the looks. It works phenomenally well, too.

This flushing toilet features SanaGloss – the smooth ceramic surface prevents any unwanted particles from sticking and removes them effectively in one flush.

Drawbacks

Some consumers feel that the flush system isn’t as forceful as it should be and lacks enough power to remove all waste with a single flush. It would also be nice to see more toilets of this caliber offering a dual flush system.

Extra Features

TOTO’s one-piece toilet has a catalyzed ion barrier that works supremely well with the SanaGloss glaze. The catalyzed ion barrier also makes it easier to clean the toilet afterward.

This TOTO toilet also features the E-Max flushing system that provides consistent flushing,  impressive considering it uses only 1.28 GPF (gallons per flush).

The innovative E-Max is designed from the same advanced engineering as the renowned 1.6 GPF G-Max flushing system.

But the E-Max flushing system offers water savings of 20% over a typical 1.6 GPF flushing toilet. The flush valve is also 125% larger than traditional 2” flush valves. This benefits you with a powerful flushing feature.

Manufactured from solid plastic, the toilet seat feels safe and comfortable. 

Buying Advice

If you are on the lookout for a flush toilet that offers both style and function, then this is a great choice. The product’s manufacturer – TOTO – is also known for the quality and reliability of its products.

This is one of the best flushing toilets we’ve come across. And let’s not forget the one-year warranty that this flushing toilet comes with. 

Runner-Up: American Standard 2034314.222 Elongated Toilet

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Benefits

The American Standard 2034314.222 Champion-4 is a flushing toilet with an easy-to-clean tank and elongated bowl.

Each and every component of this American Standard flushing toilet is made from the amazing EverClean surface that is resistant to fungi, bacteria, and all those germs that are commonly found in most bathrooms. This makes the toilet easy to clean and maintain for a long time.

This high-end toilet’s flushing system eliminates 70% more waste than a standard toilet. As compared to an average flush valve, this toilet has a wider valve that helps the flush system run three times faster than most average toilets.

The American Standard Champion-4 flushing toilet has an elongated bowl with a maximum height of 16-1/2 inches. This gives the user additional support and makes it easier for them to sit on the toilet seat. The best part is that it helps prevent clogging, which is useful for the maintenance of the toilet in the long run.

Drawbacks

The Champion-4 is a one-piece toilet, so it is quite heavy and can pose problems during the installation. As compared to most 2-piece models, it is costlier as well. While it is simple to install, you may need some assistance to move or lift the toilet around as the model is bulky.

Extra Features

This one-piece American Standard toilet has a unique design that suits all types of bathrooms. It is also quicker to install than most two-piece toilets as you have to install only one unit. However, for efficient installation, you will need the help of another person as the model can’t be handled alone.

With only one unit to install, you won’t have to worry about adjusting the water tank system. Along with ease of installation, the toilet is easier to clean as well.

The toilet has a powerful flushing system – thanks to its wide 2-3/8 inch trapway. 

This, in turn, prevents clogging and keeps the toilet in tip-top condition, as does the EverClean surface on the bowl.

As you press the flush button, the flush valve pushes enough water to efficiently move waste through the drainpipe.

The siphon jetted action bowl helps increase the pressure of the flushing action and sucks the waste out of the bowl. This greatly enhances the performance of the toilet. 

Buying Advice

The American Standard Champion-4 is easy to clean and look after. Owing to its EverClean surface, the toilet inhibits stains and odors.

Plus, the efficient flush valve and bowl enhance the overall performance of the toilet. 

KOHLER 3810-47 Santa Rosa Comfort Height (Best Alternative)

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Benefits

The Kohler 3180-47 Santa Rosa is a little different to most of the other flushing toilets featured here, but still comes from a brand name you can trust.

First things first, this is a compact toilet with a small footprint, so it’s ideal for those small spaces in your home. But despite this, the ‘Santa Rosa’ still features an elongated seat, so it’s more comfortable to sit on.

This toilet is also a ‘Comfort Height’ model so is taller than most other toilets. That makes it easier to sit down on and stand up from –  ideal for older or infirm people.

It’s small size doesn’t mean it lacks a powerful flush – it deals with waste in an effective and efficient manner.

You can also save around $100 per year on your water bill thanks to the fact that this is a 1.28 GPF (gallons per flush) toilet, instead of a standard 1.6 GPF or even a much older 3.5 gallons-per-flush model. 

Drawbacks

For such a great toilet it’s a shame to see that they used a cheap toilet seat, or what some customers might perceive to be cheap.

Also, the low water level means there can be a bit more cleaning involved in maintaining it.

Extra Features

The Santa Rosa features a left-handed flush lever, so that will appeal to all you lefties. 

Keeping the exterior of this toilet clean is a breeze thanks to the seamless design.

Internally the ‘AquaPiston’ system pushes water in from “jets” on all sides of the toilet, resulting in a more powerful flush than you’re probably used to.

And the overall design of the ‘AquaPiston’ engine reduces the risk of leaks when compared to more traditional valve systems. 

This toilet also meets the requirements for the EPA’s ‘WaterSense’ program.

Another nice touch is that it has a quiet-closing seat, so you’re not going to wake people up at 2am.

Buying Advice

This is a compact, comfortable, one-piece toilet suitable for areas of a home where space is at a premium and/or for anyone who needs a taller toilet. 

BEST FOR THE MONEY: KOHLER K-3999-0 TWO-PIECE TOILET

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Benefits

If you are looking for an affordable flushing toilet, without compromising on quality, the Kohler K-3999-0 Highline Toilet is perfect for you. The product offers all those amazing benefits that consumers expect from the better flushing toilets on the market.

Most average toilets come with a round bowl and even though they take up less space, they aren’t as comfortable as they ought to be. The good thing is that this Kohler toilet comes with an elongated bowl that is very comfy for adult use, especially for older adults. 

The toilet also comes with a one-year limited warranty. 

Drawbacks

The toilet can be quite challenging to install as it comes in two pieces. Installing in a small bathroom will be more difficult because of its size and weight. It won’t be possible to install the toilet all by yourself, and you will probably need someone else’s help.

Extra Features

The KOHLER K-3999-0 is a 1.28 GPF toilet so is far superior to a 1.6 GPF toilet, using at least 20% less water. 

Because of the flushing technology used, this toilet can remove waste using no more than 1.28 gallons of water per flush.

This means it also meets the requirements for the EPA’s ‘WaterSense’ program. 

The toilet comes with the Class Five flushing system, designed for bulk flushing performance. It maximizes water flow but minimizes noise at the same time, for a quiet flush.

The toilet’s flush system comes with a large flush valve that allows the speedy release of water in the flush bowl without creating excessive noise.

Buying Advice

The toilet offers exceptional performance at an exceptional price range. This toilet not only helps conserve water but helps you save extra dollars too. You certainly won’t be disappointed with its top-quality and supreme performance.

Swiss Madison Ivy SM-WT450 Wall-Hung Toilet

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BENEFITS

The Swiss Madison Ivy SM-TW450 is the first and only wall-hung toilet in our roundup of the best flushing toilets. It’s also one of the most stylish because of its minimalist design.

This won’t suit every home or taste, but if you’re looking for clean lines in your decor then this is a model worth considering.

Yes, the water tank is 100% concealed but is still accessible through the wall-mounted actuator plate.

This flushing toilet is also extremely compact, making it ideal for a loft conversion or smaller rooms. 

Yet it still manages to be comfortable thanks to the elongated seat and toilet bowl, making it comfortable for almost all body shapes and sizes.

Another perk is the SM-TW450 is height adjustable during installation ranging from 15 to 19-inches from your bathroom floor. So that makes it suitable as a “first toilet” for a kid’s bathroom. 

It’s also environmentally friendly – using just 1.28 gallons of water per flush – thanks to its dual flush functionality.  Dual flush simply means that you can use less water per flush to remove specific types of waste.

It’s a shame that more of the “best” flushing toilets don’t feature dual flush functionality, especially because the .98 GPF mode offers a relatively “quiet” flush.

DRAWBACKS

This isn’t an easy install for a first-timer – you’re best to have another pair of hands to help you mount and install it.

A small number of customers have also reported a somewhat weak flush though, but this could be simply down to using the wrong dual flush button.

EXTRA FEATURES

 We mentioned a little while back that the Swiss Madison Ivy SM-TW450 is a dual-flush toilet, so each use need only cost you between 0.8 and 1.28 GPF.

Which is not even close to the 1.6 GPF rating of earlier “low flow” toilets.

This is a big improvement on earlier “low flow” flushing toilets that still needed at least 1.6 gallons of water per flush to get the job done.

And they often had to be flushed twice.

Another nice touch is that this toilet comes with all the fittings you need to get it connected and mounted. 

One concern people usually have about wall-mounted toilets is how much weight they can actually support. We’re happy to report that this particular toilet is capable of supporting weights up to 500lbs.

It’s also compatible with the majority of in-wall water tanks you’ll find on the market, but you should check with the supplier in advance.

BUYING ADVICE

The Swiss Madison Ivy is a great choice for somebody with limited space to work with and/or is looking for something completely different in their toilet design.

Kohler K-3998-0 Wellworth Elongated

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BENEFITS

Kohler toilets have been public with the American public since the 1930s, and the Kohler K-3998-0 Wellworth is no exception. 

Sometimes your decor choices can be limited by the fact that most toilets come in one color – gloss white. Not so with this model – you can also purchase it in Biscuit, Almond, and Black.

So there’s a color to suit almost every decor palette.

But it’s about more than good looks here – this is also an extremely comfortable toilet to use thanks to the 2-inch longer elongated bowl.

That tiny difference in length makes a huge difference for the average person using this particular flushing toilet.

Precision engineering provides for a powerful single flush, which also keeps the toilet bowl free of waste reducing the amount of cleaning you might have to do afterward.

But this doesn’t come at the cost of using a ton of extra water – the Kohler K-3998 Wellworth uses as little water as possible, making it EPA compliant.

DRAWBACKS

This is a two-piece toilet, and so weighs in at almost 90-lbs which means you’ll need help getting it into position for installation.

Also, this particular Kohler is sold without a toilet seat, so plan in advance for that.

EXTRA FEATURES

This Kohler flushing toilet uses the patented “Class Five®” flushing system, which means it can handle waste far more effectively than lesser toilets.

But it still manages to do that without wasting water – it’s a 1.28 GPF model.

This type of low-flow toilet saves you paying for 16,000 gallons of water per year.

And all because you were able to reduce your water use from 1.6 GPF to 1.28 gallons of water for each flush.

This toilet isn’t dual flush and does rely on gravity, so that will dictate where you can install it to at least some extent.

But installation is also relatively easy because there are only three bolts required to mount this flushing toilet. 

In addition to the left-hand flush handle, the Kohler K-3998 Wellworth is also available in multiple heights ranging from 28-3/4 to 29-1/4.

You can also adjust the water level in the bowl, especially useful if this toilet is going to be part of a “high traffic” bathroom in your home.

BUYING ADVICE

The Kohler K-3998 Wellworth is an affordable, comfortable single-flush toilet available in a number of discrete colors.

TOTO CST454CEFG#03 Drake II Two-Piece

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BENEFITS

Innovation is fine, but sometimes being able to rely on experience is more important.

That’s why so many home renovators and plumbing contractors happily recommend TOTO as the best toilets – there are nine decades of expertise within every single one.

And the TOTO Drake II Two-Piece Universal Height toilet is no different in that regard.

It’s designed to make your private hygiene practices easier and more comfortable.

Easier because the bowl is protected by ‘Cefiontect’ glaze, which prevents particles of waste from sticking to it. But this is backed up by their ‘Tornado Flush’ flushing system which provides a powerful rinsing action.

So you’ll have to spend far less time cleaning your toilets.

And more comfortable because this toilet also has an elongated bowl and is a ‘Universal Height’ according to ADA specifications. This is especially useful for the very old, the very young, or those with physical challenges. 

DRAWBACKS

While you do get the bolts for attaching the tank to the toilet bowl, the actual mounting bolts are sold separately.

You’ll also need to purchase your toilet seat separately.

EXTRA FEATURES

 If, for whatever reason, you want to purchase the TOTO Drake II minus the ‘Cefiontect’ glaze, you can purchase it in black instead.

In terms of water usage this is a 1.28 GPF (gallons-per-flush) system so conserves thousands of gallons of water per year with typical usage.

Or at least 20% more than a standard 1.6 GPF toilet, and vastly more than typical 3.5-gallon flushing toilets.

In terms of color schemes, you can purchase this flushing toilet in Bone, White, Cotton White, or Sedona beige, all of which are neutral enough to blend in with most bathroom decor schemes.

BUYING ADVICE

If you want a high-performance toilet that requires very little cleaning, while also being suitable for people of all heights, then the TOTO Drake II Two-Piece Elongated toilet deserves your attention. 

KOHLER K-5172-0 San Souci Comfort Height

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BENEFITS

The KOHLER K-5172-0 San Souci is a one-piece flushing toilet from one of the most trusted names in the industry.

What will instantly strike you about this toilet is its minimalist appearance and sleek lines that indicate it coudl be a great match for any contemporary bathroom.

But the overall design means it also wouldn’t look out of place in a more traditional bathroom setting.

Its compact design and low-profile makes it a suitable option for loft or attic conversions, or in any room where there is limited standing height.

But despite the compact design, this is still a ‘Comfort Height’ model so it’s less work to stand up from or sit down on.

Keeping this toilet clean is also made far easier because of the seamless design and concealed trapway. The design literally flows from the water tank to the trapway to your floor.

There are no gaps, grooves, or crevices for unsavory material to become lodged in.

DRAWBACKS

The ‘Clean Caps’ covers for the bolts can be a nuisance, so your contractor might have to sacrifice their aesthetic appeal for the sake of getting your new flushing toilet fitted properly.

EXTRA FEATURES

This is a single-flush 1.28 GPF (gallons per flush) toilet, so conserves far more water than even the best 1.6 GPF toilets on the market.

It does require gravity to assist in the flush, but most of the hard work is done by the AquaPiston® canister flush system. All things being equal though this provides way more flushing power than your average flapper valve toilet.

The flushing mechanism also allows for water to enter the bowl from 360-degrees, increasing the toilet’s ability to both remove waste and keep its internal surfaces relatively clean.

You can also choose from nine different colors – from White to Dune, to Cashmere or Black.

The KOHLER K-5172-0 San Souci also features a ‘Quiet-Close’ toilet lid and a ‘Grip-Tight’ seat, for minimizing the potential for noise interruptions in shared spaces. 

BUYING ADVICE

A stylish, compact single-flush toilet that’s ideal for smaller bathrooms, but without sacrificing your physical comfort.

American Standard 221AA.105.020 Colony

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BENEFITS

American Standard toilets are not just a household name – they’re a household fact with almost 50% of homes in North America relying on the same brand name their parents and even grandparents did.

The American Standard 221AA.105.020 Colony is a high-efficiency two-piece toilet that also features classic styling.

It doesn’t try to be clever or minimalist – it’s simply a large standard toilet with a powerful flush. 

But that doesn’t mean that it’s not comfortable to sit on, especially thanks to the ‘Right Height’ design and elongated toilet bowl. Both of these features truly make this toilet feel more like a throne.

You also won’t have to invest a lot of time and effort in cleaning it thanks to the trapway being integrated with the bowl. 

And the bowl itself is designed specifically to remove waste in the most efficient manner possible. 

DRAWBACKS

This is a traditionally sized toilet so you’ll probably struggle to install it in a smaller space.

Some owners have also reported that the American Standard Colony does have a noisy flush, so this is worth considering if you need a quiet flush toilet.

EXTRA FEATURES

This toilet features a ‘PowerWash’ rim that ensures that the bowl is rinsed clean every time and you’ll still only use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush (1.28 GPF).

The American Standard 221AA.105.020 Colony is available in White, Linen, and Bone.

Something else worth mentioning is that this toilet features a right-side trip lever that is color matched to the toilet itself. This is a minor design decision but definitely adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the toilet itself.

The power of its flush is down to a 2-inch flush valve, so it doesn’t use a canister system. Also, dual flush isn’t an option on this toilet – it’s single-flush only.

And it also comes with a 2-year warranty, or twice that offered by most other toilet manufacturers.

BUYING ADVICE

This is a large basic, functional toilet with a strong flushing action, and also helps you reduce your water usage by at least 10,000 gallons per year. 

TOTO MS920CEMFG#01 G400 Washlet

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BENEFITS

We decided to include something special for the final product in our roundup of the best flushing toilets on the market.

And that is the TOTO MS920CEMFG#01 G400 Washlet – a futuristic-looking toilet with an integrated bidet.

While a toilet like this might seem like an extravagance, it’s not.

It’s ideal for anyone who simply cannot use toilet paper in the normal manner – somebody with a back injury or severely limited mobility, for example.

With this TOTO toilet, they can simply let nature take its course, activate the cleaning wand, and the toilet then automatically flushes when the user stands up.

The heated seat and a lid that automatically opens and closes isn’t about showing off, it’s about an elderly or physically challenged person being able to remain independent in their home.

This TOTO toilet also caters for that thanks to the ‘Cefiontect” glaze on the bowl which prevents waste from adhering to it, and a powerful flushing system to remove waste.

DRAWBACKS

The TOTO MS920CEMFG costs anywhere from 5x – 10x more than the average flushing toilet. This is one of those toilets best suited to somebody with deep pockets.

EXTRA FEATURES

 At this price you expect a toilet to be capable of a lot, and you won’t be disappointed.

Firstly, the toilet “premists” the toilet bowl with water before you sit down, so that lessens the chance of any waste sticking to the bowl.

Then the ‘3D Tornado Flush’ system utilizes three separate water nozzles to rinse the toilet clean.

But it still manages to do this using as little as 1 gallon of water, although it more typically uses 1.28 GPF (gallons per flush.)

The remote control allows you to activate the bidet function, tailoring the water jet to your specific needs. 

The TOTO MS920CEMFG G400 is also a very sleek toilet considering the amount of functionality it manages to pack under one lid.

BUYING ADVICE

This TOTO toilet would make a great addition to a home designed for assisted living if your budget allows for it. We’re not saying it’s the best flushing toilet on the market, but it is one of the most impressive.

Considerations before buying

Budget

As you’ve probably picked up by now, a brand-name flushing toilet can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000. So you need to be brutally honest about your budget.

Just do yourself a favor and avoid any “budget specials” you find, or if a plumbing contractor just happens to have some “unused” toilets at his “warehouse”.

Expect to pay a few hundred dollars for a high-quality, high-efficiency toilet that you won’t have to replace for at least several years.

Location

The type of toilet you purchase will ultimately depend on where it will be installed. Basically, you can try to fit a toilet designed for a large bathroom into an understairs toilet conversion, but the results will be disastrous.

So a key part of choosing the best location is to measure where you plan on fitting your new toilet, allowing for at least 12-inches of space on all sides. 

The basic design of a toilet can also impact where you install it. 

A round toilet bowl is, for example, 2-inches shorter than a typical elongated bowl. So this feature alone could leave you in a situation where your toilet looks great…but you can’t close your bathroom door properly.

A wall-mounted toilet, on the other hand, can save a huge amount of physical space, so long as you can fit the water tank inside a wall.

Water and drainage

If you’re adding a flushing toilet to a room that’s never had one before, you also need to factor in where your water supply is going to come from and where the waste is going to exit. 

There are powered pump systems and macerators that can help with this, but your toilet should be as close as possible to an outside drain and also be able to use gravity to help remove waste and supply water.

Colors

Have you ever walked into a bathroom and been repulsed by the bright green or orange toilet sitting in the corner? 

Most people have the same reaction.

That’s why you should stick to a plain white toilet unless you’re a serial redecorator.

Height

This might seem like a trivial consideration, but the height of your toilet can make it far more comfortable to use. 

That’s why a number of the more recent models from Kohler, TOTO, etc. all focus on being ADA height compliant.

Wall mounted toilets tend to be height adjustable during installation, but apart from that look for a model that features ‘Universal Height’ or similar.

Design

This isn’t always a priority for some people but there are reasons why the design of a toilet matters.

Typically you’ll have to choose from three basic toilet design types: One-piece, two-piece and wall-mounted.

A one-piece toilet will have a built-in water tank and feature an integrated trap, all in one seamless ceramic design. This makes them very easy to clean and maintain, but they do cost more than a typical two-piece toilet.

A two-piece toilet features a separate bowl and water tank. These items are connected together with rubber seals that will wear over time. These toilets also cost far less than a typical one-piece model.

Wall-mounted toilets are not as popular as most other types, but their inherent design means they can be fitted in the smallest of spaces, and have no footprint.

But you might need to retrofit your room – including adding wall supports for the water tank – to install this type of toilet. 

Water Efficiency

Toilet use makes up the vast majority of your household water bill, which is why the EPA are now pushing their “WaterSense” initiative. 

Basically, the requirement is for toilets that can flush waste but use less water to do so. This is evaluated using the GPF (Gallons per Flush) measurement.

The earliest “low flow” toilets were capable of using 1.6 gallons of water to flush a toilet, but recent engineering innovations have allowed toilets to flush using as little as 1 gallon of water. 

Toilets with a dual flush function also tend to waste far less water than even other low-flow flushing toilets.

Types of Flushing Systems

Gravity

This is the same basic flushing system for toilets that’s been in use since 1775. The water in your tank is released into the bowl, forced downward by gravity.

This then creates a siphon effect which literally sucks the waste from the bowl and out into the public sewer system, or your septic tank if you live in a rural area.

Pressure assisted

Toilets with a pressure-assisted flushing system look exactly like a conventional gravity-fed toilet. The difference is that the water tank also contains a separate container filled with air. 

As the tank fills, the air inside this container is put under pressure, and when the toilet flush mechanism is activated this pressurized water is released.

This results in a “blast” of water rushing into the bowl, not only providing a more intense flushing system but also disposing of any waste far more thoroughly and with a single flush.

Double cyclone

‘Double Cyclone’ is a term coined by toilet manufacturer TOTO.

It combines the best of gravity-fed toilets with the impact of a pressure-assisted model to create a powerful flushing system. 

Basically, water is forced by gravity from the water tank but is then redirected into dual water nozzles. These nozzles force the water around the toilet bowl in circles, mimicking the motion of a cyclone, hence the name.

The neat part is that ‘Double Cyclone’ flushing still only uses 1.28 gallons per flush.

Dual flush

Dual flush toilets have two different flushing modes. 

One mode is designed for the removal of water waste (urine) typically using .9 gallons of water to do that, while the second mode is designed to flush away physical waste. 


Dual flush is a feature you need to specify for your flushing toilet – it doesn’t come as standard.

Flushing Toilet FAQs

How to measure the space needed for a flushing toilet?

There are two measurements to take into consideration when calculating the space required for your new toilet.

The first of these is referred to as “Rough-in”, or how much space there is between the wall behind the toilet and the centre of the fixing bolt nearest to that wall.

The amount of rough-in space required for most toilets will be either 10 or 12-inches.

But you also need to measure the length of the toilet bowl in reference to your bathroom door to ensure you can close it once the new toilet is fitted.

Always take these measurements while your original toilet is still in place.

Flushing Toilet FAQs

Pulling Toilet Flush Handle

How to measure the space needed for a flushing toilet?

There are two measurements to take into consideration when calculating the space required for your new toilet.

The first of these is referred to as “Rough-in”, or how much space there is between the wall behind the toilet and the centre of the fixing bolt nearest to that wall.

The amount of rough-in space required for most toilets will be either 10 or 12-inches.

But you also need to measure the length of the toilet bowl in reference to your bathroom door to ensure you can close it once the new toilet is fitted.

Always take these measurements while your original toilet is still in place.

How to Install a Flushing Toilet?

First of all, you need to create a hole for a flange. If you are replacing an old toilet with a new one, the location where your toilet was previously installed will already have a hole.

You will simply need to install a new flange over the hole and then fix a new wax ring around the drainage hole.

Make sure that the flange you have placed is fixed tight on the floor. If not, unbolt the wax ring and tighten the flange screws.

Next, place anchor bolts upright in the collar slots of the flange and place the toilet bowl over the bolts.

Gently push the bowl lower so that it stands firmly over the ring and anchor.

Insert the bolts through the toilet’s base and fix some shims and spacers to secure them.

Now attach the tank on top of the toilet bowl and secure it with bolts.

Don’t forget to attach a new supply line if the old one looks broken or damaged. 

Finally, fill the tank with water and flush to check for leaks.

How to make your toilet flush better?

The first thing to check when toilets experience a flushing issue is for the presence of a blockage in the bowl and outlet pipe. You can either do this manually, or simply use a store-bought toilet unblocker.

If the problem persists, the next step is to check the water level in the tank. In most cases, this should be just under an inch from the top of the flush valve, if not you need to adjust the water level to allow more water into your tank.

What is a siphon jet?

Siphon jets are the tiny holes under the rim of your toilet that fill the bowl with water when the toilet is flushed. Any blockage of these jets can cause flushing toilets to not function properly.

Conclusion

And that brings us to the end of our roundup on the best flushing toilets on the market.

In our humble opinion.

A high-quality and functional toilet is a necessity in any home.

It doesn’t matter if you are remodeling or upgrading your bathroom, you will definitely need a good flushing toilet.

Hopefully, our best flushing toilet reviews will allow you to easily pick the best toilet for your needs and add to the functionality of your bathroom.


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Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner spent his high school days doing remodeling and basic labor on the weekends to earn extra money. Unlike pooling it into a car like his friends, he placed it in a savings account to start a business. He spent time remodeling everything from living rooms to dining rooms and outdoor kitchen spaces, bathrooms and more. He knows what the newcomer homeowner doesn’t, and wants to share all of that information and more before you put a sledgehammer to your project.