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, 3-year residential warranty and Toto’s Washlet function. However, most Toto toilets come with a spicy price and the Neorest 700H is sadly not an exception.
We also like the WoodBridge T-0001. We believe that it’s one of the best looking one-piece toilets we have ever reviewed and can fit nicely into any modern bathroom, it has a dual flushing system and we believe that it’s one of the hottest toilets on the market with a great value for the money right now.
Best flushing toilets of 2018
Here’s a list of the top 7 toilets we believe are the most interesting choices for consumers who are looking for a quality toilet with powerful flushing system. Keep in mind that not every toilet is appropriate for everyone, so we did our best to include toilets that are appropriate for most budgets.
Our review process
Buying guide – How to buy the perfect toilet
Before you spend your hard earned money on a new toilet, there are plenty of things you should take into consideration. An average human spends about 90 days sitting on a toilet over the course of a lifetime and today’s toilets are built to last decades.
With that said, here are a couple of the most important buying tips you should follow when you decide that it’s time to replace an old toilet with a new one.
We analyzed and compared 40+ different toilets from 15 manufacturers and 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 we believe to have the best value for the money.
It’s also good to keep in mind that there is no best toilet because the toilet that might suit your needs probably doesn’t suit the needs of every consumer in this world. With that said, we hope you’ll find a great selection of toilets below and maybe we’ll help you out finding the right one for your needs and budget.
Toto Neorest 700H
- 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
- Hefty price tag
The Toto Neorest is a compact one-piece toilet that comes packed with a lot of highly advanced features. It’s made of ceramic and the bowl is finished with SanaGloss nonporous finish which makes the surface of the bowl much less prone to dirt and bacteria compared to an average toilet.
Fully automatic features
The thing that makes the Neorest 700H stand from the crowd of average toilets is the Washlet function which is basically Toto’s trademark name for electronic bidet that is in-built into some of their electric toilet seats. The Washlet is designed primarily for genital and anal cleansing, but it also has a lot of other customizable features such as the instantaneous water heating, automatic open / close of the lid, built-in air deodorizing system and a night light that illuminates the bowl and the area behind the toilet just to name a few.
The Neorest also needs much less cleaning than most other toilets on the market and some of its features are very useful for seniors and people with limited motor skills. This is how automatic features of the Neorest 700H work in action.
Because you don’t even have to touch the lid or toilet seat, there’s much less chance of germs to spread around the toilet area. Another thing worth mentioning is that the Ewater+ has no chemical additives and is completely eco-friendly..
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 and it allows 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
- Low water consumption – WaterSense certified
- Double cyclone flushing system
- Takes much space
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).
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.
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.
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.
- Luxurious and modern design
- Super quiet dual flush system
- Comfort height
- Comfort height design makes it a little bit too tall for smaller people and kids
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.
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.
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
- Rounded front takes up less space
- Dual flush system
- Class 5 cleaning action
- Water Sense certified
- Replacement parts can be expensive
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.
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.
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
- One-piece toilet
- Combination of modern and classic design
- ADA and Water Sense compliant
- Rimless design
- Warranty could be longer
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.
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
- One-piece toilet
- Very powerful flush
- Easy maintenance – EverClean surface
- 10-year warranty
- Seat sold separately
The American Standard Champion-4 is a high performance one-piece toilet with elongated bowl made of ceramics with vitreous china.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KOHLER 3810-7 Santa Rosa
- One-piece toilet
- Comfort height
- Several colors to choose from
- Durable AquaPiston canister
- Flush could be quieter
- Black toilets are harder to keep looking clean
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.
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 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.
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. However, it shares some cons with all the black toilets on the market; It requires more cleaning because dust and other mineral deposits are much easier to spot on black than on white surface.
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 and there are no joints between them. 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.
If you ask any home interior designer, they will tell you that one-piece toilets look better. There are no lines that separate the bowl and the tank which makes the appearance of the toilet sleeker and more elegant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.