We analyzed 32 popular toilets that are currently on the market. We looked at their flushing systems, price, design and several other features. The best toilet in our opinion is the WoodBridge T-0001. It’s a stylish one-piece toilet that comes with an advanced dual flushing system and we really believe that it could cost much more than it actually does.
Our second pick is the Toto Neorest 700H which is easily one of the most expensive toilets you’ll find on the market. It’s equipped with an advanced flushing system and comes packed with a lot of highly advanced automatics features that you would only expect in the most high-end toilets; remote controller, seat heating, and an electronic bidet.
Now without a further ado, 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 in 2020. 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.
Best toilets to buy in 2020
Our review process
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.
The most important dimension of a toilet is the height of the bowl which is measured from the bottom to the top of the bowl (without the seat). Standard height toilet bowls measure approximately 14 to 15 inches in height which makes them too small for some users to sit in a comfortable position. Taller toilets (also called comfort height toilets) can measure 17 inches or more to the top of the bowl which makes them more comfortable for taller users, but less comfortable for shorter people and kids.
Is the only reason why you need to replace a toilet because you want one with a higher bowl that will give you a little bit more comfort? If that’s so, you might want to look for a more affordable solution; a raised toilet seat which you can get for about $20 in most online stores with bathroom equipment. Raised toilet seats measure up to 3 inches more in height than standard toilet.
Related: Wood vs plastic toilet seats
According to epa.gov, over 60% of water consumption in the U.S. happens in the bathroom.
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 or even up to 7 gallons of water per flush and several states have limited the water consumption of new toilets to 1.6 gallons.
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.
When you flush down a traditional toilet, the water comes out of rim holes located under the rim. Instead of rim holes, toilets equipped with the Double Cyclone use two nozzles that force the water into the bowl through the opening at the side of the bowl. The water moves down the bowl in circles like a spiral which creates centrifugal force that generates more powerful flushing action. This allows the toilet to flush down more waste and do a better job at cleaning the surface of the bowl while consuming less water every time the flush is activated.
Elongated vs. round bowl
There are two most common types of toilet bowls on the market; elongated and round. 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 trap way.
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. Read more about round vs elongated toilets here.
The primary job of a toilet is flushing down the waste. In general, there are two most common types of flushing systems; gravity-fed and pressure-assisted and each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Gravity-fed flushing systems rely on the force of the gravity. When you press on the flush button, the water is dropped from the tank into the bowl. The water usually comes out through holes located under the rim and the force of the gravity pushes the water and the waste through the waste pipe.
Pressure assisted toilets don’t just rely on the force of the gravity. Instead, there’s a pressure tank located inside of the water tank. This tank uses pressurized air to force the water down the drain which results in more powerful flushing action.
Which system is better?
The advantage of pressure assisted toilets is that they produce more flushing power and that’s why they are mainly used in places where dozens of people are using the same toilet every day. Toilets with pressure-assisted flushing system should also be more water efficient because they don’t need as much water to create enough force to flush down the waste. However, that’s not the case any more since there are plenty of gravity-fed toilets with new technologies and modern flushing systems on the market that don’t need the air pressure tank to be highly efficient. If you’re looking for a basement toilet, consider pressure assisted flush.
Flushing action of a pressure assisted toilet can also be very loud, especially when the bathroom is located near the bedroom. The noise can often be a problem unless you want everyone in your house know when you press on the flush button. It’s probably impossible for manufacturers to design a toilet that would suppress the loud noise generated by the air pressure tank so that’s something you will probably have to deal with if you decide to buy a toilet with pressure assisted flushing system.
The final downside of the pressure-assisted toilets is the price. While you can buy one for as low as $300 nowadays, the spare parts are usually expensive. When a gravity flush starts malfunctioning, it usually only needs a couple of things replaced which can be bought in almost every local store with plumbing equipment. When a pressure-assisted flushing system starts malfunctioning, basic DIY skills are often not enough and it you want to repair it, you will probably need to hire a professional plumber.
With that said, we found that pressure assisted toilets have more disadvantages than advantages for average homeowners and that’s why we only reviewed gravity-fed toilets.
- The most affordable toilets cost somewhere around $250. They offer a standard flushing system that uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush, two-piece design, and that’s pretty much it. There’s a standard bowl surface which is often quite sticky and needs to be cleaned more often.
- As the price increases to about $350 and more, you can expect to get a better flushing system that cleans the bowl more thoroughly and sometimes consumes less water. There’s also more chances of getting a traditional slow-drop toilet seat along with the toilet.
- As the price increases to over $500, the flushing system gets better, the toilet has more anti-bacterial features, comes in one-piece design more frequently, 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 an electronic bidet, a remote controller, heated seat, automatic lid-opening feature, and so on. Most people don’t actually need all the high tech features these toilets have to offer, but no one can argue that they can be very handy for seniors and people with limited motor skills.
We analyzed and compared 30+ different toilets from 15 manufacturers and focused on their features, design, and price. 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.
- 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.
An interesting fact is that the Woodbridge not a big brand as those that are dominating the market. It’s much less known than Toto, Kohler and American standard, but it seems that they are making an impact on the market of toilets and other plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs.
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.
We weren’t able to find many downsides of the T-0001, especially considering that toilets in this price range generally offer much less. Sure it’s not the cheapest toilet with flushing system on the market, but it’s a beast when it comes to value for the money.
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 up there with the most expensive and most luxurious toilets. Considering the fact that an average toilet costs somewhere around $400, 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 electronic bidet and 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.
- Low water consumption – WaterSense certified
- Integrated bidet
- Several automatic features
- Above average price
- Not the easiest toilet to install
If the Toto Neorest is above your budget, but you still want a toilet with integrated bidet for a fraction of the Neorest price, the Woodbridge B0950S might be exactly what you are looking for. It looks very similar to the Neorest 700H, comes in almost identical compact design at first sight, but it costs a lot less.
The B0950S features dual flushing system that uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush. We believe that the flushing action doesn’t match the efficiency of the Toto’s Double Cyclone, especially when it comes to cleaning the area on the surface of the bowl, but it’s still powerful compared to average HET toilets. Other than that, the flushing action is very quiet which clearly says that this is no average toilet.
The B0950S comes equipped with integrated electronic bidet and a handy control panel that allows you to adjust all the important things; the temperature and pressure of the water, the temperature of the dryer, and the temperature of the heated seat. The seat heats itself to appropriate temperature in a matter of seconds.
Other than that, the electronic bidet has several programs; Posterior wash, feminine wash. Everything can be adjusted the way you like it, but it takes time getting used to the control panel that could be a little bit easier to use.
There are a few downsides if you consider the B0950S a high-end toilet. But if you consider the fact that it comes with an in-built electronic bidet, several automatic features and that it costs much less than most toilets that offer the same, it’s clear that the B0950S is quite a bargain.
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.
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. If you don’t like this model, consider the American standard version.
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.
What is Water Sense?
Water Sense is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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.
What makes a toilet ADA compliant?
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.
What is GPF?
GPF is short for “gallons (of water) per flush“, a metric to measure how much water a toilet uses.
What are the advantages of a dual flush?
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 water on the long run.
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.