We looked at 32 popular toilets that are currently on the market and considered their features, price, and other considerations. The best toilet in our opinion is the TOTO Neorest 700H as it comes packed with highly advanced fully automatic features, an advanced flushing system, remote controller, and 3-year residential warranty. However, most Toto toilets come with a spicy price and the Neorest 700H is sadly not an exception.

We also like KOHLER K-3987-0 Wellworth, an affordable two-piece toilet that features Kohler’s powerful Class 5 flushing system and has a rounded front which makes it more appropriate for smaller bathrooms.

Best flushing toilets of the 2018

Keep in mind that our top 10 picks are based exclusively on our own analysis. Several of these toilets carry a hefty price tag which makes them not appropriate for every budget.

Our review process

Time spent reviewing
37 hours
Products considered
32
Products reviewed
7

Buying guide – How to properly buy a toilet

Before you spend your hard earned money on a new toilet, there are a couple of things you should take into consideration. After all, humans spend a lot of time on the toilet and if you want to have a comfortable mattress, why not having a comfortable toilet as well.

Toilet height
The most important dimension of a toilet is the height of the bowl. Standard toilet bowl measures approximately 14 to 15 inches from the ground to the top which makes it too small for some users to sit in a comfortable position. Taller toilets can measure 17 inches or more to the top of the bowl which makes them more comfortable for tall users, but less appropriate for shorter people and kids.

If your toilet seat is too low for your needs and you want avoid the costs of replacing the whole toilet, there’s also an alternative way increasing the comfort which is buying a raised toilet seat. You can find an average one for about $20 online.

Water consumption
According to epa.gov, over 60% of water consumption in the U.S. happens in the bathroom.

residential water use chart

Toilets flush away nearly 25% of all residential water in the U.S. and that’s the main reason why several state proposed regulations to take place. Older toilet use 3.5 gallons or even more and several states have limited the water consumption of new toilets to 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

Unfortunately the more flushed water usually means better and more efficient flushing, but that’s not the case any more with the newest generation of toilets that feature the most advanced flushing systems. The latest high efficiency toilets (HET) consume less than a gallon of water per flush and they are arguably even more efficient than the older toilets that used over 3 gallons of water.

Elongated vs. round bowl
Most consumers (especially men) find elongated bowls more comfortable to sit on. An average elongated bowl measures up to about 31 inches from the wall while an average round bowl measures about 1.5 to 3 inches less which makes toilets with round bowls more appropriate for smaller bathrooms where every inch of saved space makes a huge difference. Everything else except the top of the bowl is pretty much the same, including the bottom part of the bowl and the size of the trapway.

If you have a standard round toilet and want to replace it with a toilet with elongated bowl, make sure that the size of the elongated bowl fits into your bathroom. The recommended clearance to the front of the toilet is 30 inches.

Price
The most affordable toilets cost somewhere around $250. For that price you can get a standard flushing system, two-piece design, and a standard bowl surface which is often quite sticky and needs to be cleaned more often.

As the price increases (over $350), you can expect to get a better flushing system, some water saving functions, and a traditional slow-drop toilet seat.

As the price increases, the flushing system gets better, the toilet has more anti-bacterial features, better one-piece design, and becomes easier to clean and maintain because it has more slippery bowl surface.

The best toilets cost over $2000 and are packed with high tech features such as a remote controller, heated seat, automatic lid-open feature, etc. Most people don’t actually need all the high tech features these toilets have to offer, but no one can argue that they come very handy for people with limited motor skills.

Toilet reviews

We analyzed and compared 40+ different toilets from 15 manufacturers. We focused on their features, design, and price as well. We could list top 10 toilets that cost over $2000, but expensive toilet is not what an average consumer is looking for and that’s why we did our best to include the toilets with the best value for the money.

Editor’s choice

Toto Neorest 700H





Pros

  • Fully automatic functions
  • Very low water consumption – 0.8 or 1.0 GPF
  • SanaGloss finish
  • Requires much less cleaning than an average toilet
  • Remote control included
  • 3-year (residential) and 1-year (commercial) limited warranty

Cons

  • Hefty price tag

Features

  • Dimensions: 32.5 x 15.5 x 15 inches

The Toto Neorest is a compact one-piece toilet that comes packed with a lot of highly advanced features that were only found in sci-fi movies a few decades ago. It’s made of made of ceramic with SanaGloss nonporous finish which makes the surface of the bowl much less prone to dirt and bacteria compared to an average toilet.

Reduced cleaning requirement

The Neorest needs much less cleaning than most other toilets on the market. The reason for that is a combination of several things that happen automatically before and after each use.

  1. Before each use, the Washlet function sprays the ceramic with a fine mist of water automatically after the sensor-activated toilet lid is raised. This makes the ceramic surface less sticky and easier to clean afterwards.
  2. After the use, the Neorest uses an automatic dual flush system to flush down the waste. The dual flush uses either 0.8 or 1 gallon of water per flush which means that it easily meets the Watersense guidelines of 1.28 gallons per flush.
  3. Shortly after the flushing process is finished, the Washlet function sprays the toilet again, but this time with electrolyzed processed water (Ewater+) which has a slightly acidic pH value. The high pH value water has a powerful anti-bacterial effect and keeps the bowl clean and hygienic.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the Ewater+ has no chemical additives and is completely eco-friendly..

Remote control

Another advanced feature of the 700H is the remote controller. It has all the normal and standard features that you would expect to find from a top-end toilet along with allowing you to to adjust the water and seat temperature for the max satisfaction.

One huge downside

The biggest downside of the Neorest is the price. It’s not the most expensive toilet we were considering to review, but it definitely isn’t the most affordable one as well. Considering the fact that an average toilet costs somewhere around $500, it’s clear that Neorest isn’t appropriate for every budget.

Another thing that can add up to the long-term costs is that the Neorest is not a standard toilet and uses a lot of unique and non-standard parts. This means you can’t just rush into the local store if somehow you want to replace something.

But if the money is not a problem and an advanced toilet with a lot of the latest innovations is something you can’t live without, the Neorest is clearly an interesting choice that’s hard to overlook.

TOTO Ultramax II





Pros

  • One-piece
  • Low water consumption – WaterSense certified
  • Double cyclone flushing system

Cons

  • Takes much space

Features

  • Dimensions: 28.3 x 16.6 x 28.8 inches
  • Weight: 99 pounds

The TOTO Ultramax II is a one-piece toilet with smooth and curved design. It comes in a complete package with a soft close seat and it’s fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Sanagloss

Like most newer Toto toilets, the Ultramax II bowl is made of ceramic and covered with SanaGloss finish. It prevents mold and bacteria from sticking to ceramic surface which keeps it cleaner and reduces the need for cleaning it often.

Flushing system

The Ultramax II feaures Toto’s patented Double Cyclone flushing system. This system doesn’t just rely on the force of the gravity to do the job, but creates a cyclone-like effect that pulls the water into the toilet with greater force than standard flushing systems. Each flush uses 1.28 gallons of water which makes the Ultramax certified by WaterSense.

Downsides

If there’s one downside of the Ultramax II is that that it’s larger than an average toilet which is not actually a problem if you have enough space. However if you want a toilet with more compact design, the Ultramax II is probably not the best choice.

WoodBridge T-0001





Pros

  • One-piece
  • Luxurious and modern design
  • Super quiet dual flush system
  • Comfort height

Cons

  • Comfort height design makes it a little bit too tall for smaller people and kids

Features

  • Includes toilet, pre-installed toilet seat, wax ring, floor bolts, and installation instructions

The WoodBridge T-0001 is a one-piece toilet that features elegant and clean design that can compliment both traditional and modern bathrooms. We believe that it’s the best looking toilet we considered to review, but that’s just a matter of personal preference.

Easy to clean

Like most high-end toilets, the WoodBridge T-0001 is easy to clean. The trapway is skirted and since the toilet is one-piece, it has no corners and grooves which reduces the need for maintenance and cleaning.

Warranty

The T-0001 comes with 5-year limited warranty on porcelain parts. If for some reason glaze starts to fade or stain, simply have it replaced with no additional costs. The flushing mechanism and the toilet seat are backed with 1-year warranty which is on the average side of toilets.

Downsides

Although the T-0001 is nowhere near as expensive as the Toto Neorest 700H, it’s still more expensive than most toilets we have reviewed. However, it’s clear that it brings a lot of the table and is an interesting choice for consumers who are design freaks.

 

Best budget toilet

KOHLER K-3987-0 Wellworth





Pros

  • Rounded front takes up less space
  • Dual flush system
  • Class 5 cleaning action
  • Affordable
  • Water Sense certified

Cons

  • Replacement parts can be expensive

Features

  • Dimensions: 39 x 34.5 x 24.5 inches
  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year Limited
  • Manufactured in the U.S.

The Kohler Wellworth is our top budget pick. It’s an affordable two-piece toilet made from vitreous china and finished with an almond color. It comes with several goodies and despite its affordable price, it offers efficient flush with the Kohler’s Class 5 flushing system.

Round bowl

This one of the rare toilets on this list that comes with a round instead of an elongated bowl. This makes it smaller and more suitable for smaller bathrooms where every inch of space makes a huge difference. However, most consumers find elongated bowls more comfortable.

Class 5 Flushing system

The Wellworth features the Class Five flushing technology designed for bulk-flushing performance. There’s a large flush valve that allows rapid release of water and fully glazed 2 1/8-inch trapway. which allows it to flush huge amount of waste with a single flush. Despite its powerful flushing action, it consumes 1.1 or 1.6 gallons gallons of water per flush which can save up to 22.000 gallons of water compared to 3,5 GPF toilets.

Downsides

The Wellworth is one of the most affordable toilets we have reviewed, so we can’t complain about the lack of heated seat and other more sophisticated features. If there’s one downside of the Wellworth it’s the warranty which is only valid for a single year after the purchase. Another downside is that it doesn’t come with the seat that’s seen on the picture, so you will have to purchase it as an addition.

TOTO Promenade II





Pros

  • One-piece toilet
  • Combination of modern and classic design
  • ADA and Water Sense compliant
  • Rimless design

Cons

  • Warranty could be longer

Features

  • Dimensions: 28.5 x 16.2 x 29.2 inches
  • Weight: 103 pounds

The Toto Promenade II is a one-o-piece toilet made of ceramic with cotton finish. It features a combination of classic and modern design which is a two sided blade since it can look great for some people, but terrible for others. Compared to its predecessor, the Promenade I, it has an upgraded design (the most notable changes on the bottom of the bowl), elongated bowl, and its more compact since the tank is integrated to the bowl.

Tornado flushing system

The Promenade II is equipped with Toto’s Tornado flushing system. This system uses three water jets that are angled to create whirlpool-like effect within the rimless bowl which allows the water to gain enough centrifugal force to lift away the waste and thoroughly clean the surface.

The Tornado flushing system uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it certified by Water Sense.

Rimless design

Most of the surface in the toilet bowl is easy to clean and only requires a standard toilet brush. But most homeowners know that that’s not the case since the dirt loves to nest on the hidden areas that can’t be reached with a standard toilet brush. One of the areas that’s prone to dirt buildup is under the bowl rims and if you ever needed to clean the stains on that area, you probably know that it’s not a pleasant task.

You can be 100% sure that you will never have to clean the areas under the rims with the Promenade II toilet because it doesn’t have any.

American Standard Champion-4





Pros

  • One-piece toilet
  • Very powerful flush
  • Easy maintenance – EverClean surface
  • 10-year warranty

Cons

  • Seat sold separately

Features

  • Dimensions: 29-3/4 by 17-3/4 by 29-1/2 inches

The American Standard Champion-4 is a high performance one-piece toilet with elongated bowl made of ceramics with vitreous china.

Powerful flush

The Champion-4 is advertised as a toilet with powerful flush. The reason for that is the fact that it was tested by an independent Maximum Performance (MaP) test and received the highest ratings of 1000 grams. In practice this means that it’s capable of flushing down 70% more waste than the industry standard which is quite an achievement and makes it much less prone to clogging. The 2-3/8-inch siphon trapway is one of the largest trapways in the industry, and the 4-inch flush valve accelerates the water down the bowl 3 times faster as a standard 2-inch flush valve.

Interesting fact is that the Champion-4 was able to flush down a bucket of golf balls during the test which really tells a lot about its flushing performance.

EverClean surface

The Champion-4 is finished with EverClean antimicrobial surface on both inside and outside of the toilet which is less sticky and makes it easy to clean.

Long warranty

The area where the Champion-4 outshines competition is the warranty coverage. Every Champion toilet comes flush tested out of the factory and backed by 10-year warranty.

Downsides

Unfortunately we found two downsides of the Champion-4. The first one is that it doesn’t come with the toilet seat, so you will have to buy it separately which increases the costs. The second downside is the lever. There’s nothing wrong with it in terms of functionality, but its design and placement could be better on the side of the tank. However, that’s just a matter of preference.

Black toilet

KOHLER 3810-7 Santa Rosa





Pros

  • One-piece toilet
  • Comfort height
  • Several colors to choose from
  • Durable AquaPiston canister

Cons

  • Flush could be quieter
  • Black toilets are harder to keep looking clean

Features

  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds

The Kohler Santa Rosa is an elegant one-piece toilet designed for comfort. It comes in several different designs, including ice grey, almond, and black.

Flushing system

The Santa Rosa uses the AquaPiston flushing system which is powerful enough to provide a very efficient flush with very little water consumption. It uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush and is certified by Water Sense.

The secret of Santa Rosa flush system is the fully glazed trapway and AquaPiston canister which allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides which increases the power of the flush and reduces the chances of clogging. The canister design also has a design that has 90% less exposed seal material compared to 3-inch flapper which makes it more durable and less prone to leaking.

Downsides

There aren’t many downsides of the Santa Rosa toilets. The flushing system isn’t the most quiet flush in the industry, but it’s definitely not the noisiest as well.

One piece vs two piece toilet

The main difference is that one-piece toilets are made of one piece, meaning that the tank is fused together with the bowl without any joints. When the toilet bowl and tank are separated and attached together with fittings, it is a two-piece toilet. One-piece and two-piece toilets serve the same purpose and have most major things in common. However, there are a few differences between them that are worth mentioning.

difference between one piece and two piece toilet

One-piece toilet

  • Usually a little bit smaller
  • Easier to clean
  • Usually easier to install
  • Usually more durable

Two-piece toilet

  • Usually more affordable
  • Easier to replace certain parts

Design

In general, one-piece toilets look better because they have no lines that separate the bowl and the tank.

Maintenance

Two-piece toilets usually have all sorts of nooks and crannies that one-piece toilets don’t. These nooks and crannies are a great place for bacteria to start spreading and they need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Because one-piece toilets have less parts needed to connect the bowl and the tank, there’s less chance of something start malfunctioning in the near future which makes them more durable in theory.

Size

One-piece toilets are usually smaller which makes them more appropriate for smaller bathrooms. There’s no huge difference in size however, but if you have a small bathroom where every inch of space makes a difference, the one-piece toilet with round bowl is probably the most appropriate choice.

Price

This is the only area where two-piece toilet clearly has an advantage. One-piece toilets can easily cost 20% more compared to two-piece toilets and if something goes south, the costs don’t end there. If there’s a crack in the bowl, you don’t just have to buy a new bowl, but you need to replace the whole toilet.

FAQ

What is Water Sense?What makes a toilet ADA compliant?What is GPF?What are the advantages of a dual flush?
Water Sense is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a purpose to encourage the conservation of water. In order for a product to get Water Sense certification, it needs to be at least 20% more efficient than an average product in its category.

An average toilet consumes 1.6 gallons of water per flush which means that a toilet needs to consume 1.28 gallons of water per flush to get the Water Sense certification.

To get the ADA compliance, a toilet needs to be accessible to people with disabilities which means that it has to measure at least 17 inches from the bottom to the top of the bowl. Keep in mind that ADA compliance doesn’t mean that the toilet is suitable for all people with disabilities.
GPF is short for “gallons (of water) per flush, a metric to measure how much water a toilet uses.
Dual flush is a flushing system that has two flushing options. One option is usually suitable for flushing solid waste while the second option is suitable for flushing liquid waste. The main advantage of the dual flush is that it can save approximately 20% of used water on the long run.

Conclusion

The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596, but didn’t start gaining widespread popularity until 1851 when a man named George Jennings installed at the time the most advanced flush toilets into the first ever public toilet in London.

Technology has come a long way since then and it’s only a matter of time when toilets will come with a Wifi or Bluetooth connectivity modules.

10 Comments

  1. I like Toto Neorest 700H because of it has unique facilities from the other one flushing toilets. The remote control system looks really awesome. It will be a great invention for the smart users. But I can’t understand the warranty policy. I live in Bangladesh. How can I use warranty facilities?

    • It’s worth every penny if you ask me. I have the Toto Ultramax II and it flushes down the waste without a sweat.

  2. How hard it is to install the Neorest 700H? It seems to me that all those extra features could make the installation process very difficult.

    • You might want to contact a professional plumber to help you with installation although the installation should be quite straightforward.

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