In depth guide to the best toilets of 2016

It’s undeniable that having a good toilet in this day and age is important. And yet, it’s a overlooked area in the modern household. No house can be called a home without a immaculate bathroom in place. With care and research, you will find plenty of great models that will last decades, and suit the environment you’re in.

So, to give our readers a head start, we have compiled a list of what we consider to be among the best toilets on the market. We hope to provide you with important information about each design, making the buying decision as painless as possible. This will hopefully give you a valuable insight into what to expect from each.

Top 7 picks – our toilet ratings

American Standard 221CA.004.020 Colony American Standard Colony 7/10
EAGO TB351 EAGO TB351 8/10
American Standard Concealed Trapway Cadet 3 American Standard Concealed Trapway Cadet 3 8/10
TOTO Ultramax II TOTO Ultramax II 9/10
KOHLER Cimarron Comfort Height Elongated KOHLER Cimarron Comfort Height Elongated 9/10
American Standard 2889.216.020 American Standard 2889.216.020 8/10
KOHLER K-3817-0 KOHLER K-3817-0 8/10

Finding the best rated toilet for your requirements

Understanding the basics of toilets and how each part can positively effect your experience on the loo should be enough incentive for you to read our advice and get one that fits your personal requirements.

  • Comfort – How comfortable you feel should always be high in your list of priorities while shopping. Because if you look at it objectively, this is a long term investment, it’s something you will be using multiple times a day for years. So pick something for comfort. There are plenty of good tall toilets on the market, should that be a requirement.
  • Durability – It’s because of the fact mentioned above, about years of use, you will want to keep an eye on the materials used to make it along with finishes. Both play a part in holding it together and enabling it to remain sturdy and durable over time.
  • Eco-friendly – You will learn that the finest toilets in today’s market all look to protect the environment by consuming only what is necessary whilst in flush mode. That’s a fantastic direction for the industry to be heading in and long may it continue providing the product quality remains high. They will always need a certain degree of power and performance in each flush however, which does take water.
  • Rim cleaning – Effective rim cleaning should be something you are on the lookout for. Quite often you will find brands that cater for that requirement. Some will have holes pushed into the rims to allow water to pump through and give them an effective wash, some ensure water flows directly into the bowl, and others offer a combination of both. Always read the spec first to find out what yours does.
  • Seat – Now this can sometimes throw consumers. You can be so absorbed in research and what you’re doing, but forget an important accessory which is the toilet seat. Sometimes, they are not included with your purchase, so it’s important to read the feature list to check that first. Then you get the option of soft close, heated, and standard. These are all things that can improve your bathroom visit experience and comfort.

Types of toilet

You will be spoiled for choice in terms of the different kinds of toilets available to you. Naturally, some of these will have very specific target audience, while others are built for mass market. Have a look at the list below and decide what’s right for you.

  • One piece
  • Two piece

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and it can sometimes come down to design and working with the space currently available to you. While the above two may be the main models, you can’t forget about other popular options such as portable toilets, which can come in handy in specific situations including camping and installation in RV’s.

Types of flushing systems

As years have gone by, new and more effective flush options have been invented to drive up effectiveness and performance to the max with minimal water consumption. And it has done that very well.

The trouble is, there are now so many differing types flush systems, each with their own benefits, that it can be hard to understand what compliments a top toilet. Listed below, I cover some of the most popular ones.

  • Dual flush – You get the choice between a average flush and a more powerful one. Usually one of two buttons are pressed on top of the tank. One will flush liquid, and the other designed to get rid of solid waste. Read more about how they work here.
  • Tank less – A very similar design to those with tanks, but because the water doesn’t flush and refill like tanks, it relies on powerful flush technology to get rid of the waste.
  • AquaPiston
  • Touchless
  • Upflush

Some of these you may of heard of, some you may not. But each can be beneficial and that is entirely dependent on what your current situation is and requirements.

Toilet bowl types

Usually, the leading toilets for home usage come equipped with two kinds of bowl. Although some do provide square bowls, most will be elongated and the other will be round. Some swear by one, others swear by the other. Elongated tend to be built for user comfort, whilst round are better for those who’re looking to save space.

elongated-bowl round-bowl

However, it’s very important to understand what material the bowls are made from as some brands and makes will offer anti bacterial finishes that keeps things hygienic, whilst keeping things clean for the next person to use the loo.

Price ranges

The amount you spend on a new loo will depend on the type of flush system in place, the design, brand, as well as the durability and several other individual unique features that can all add to, or decreases value when you compare toilets.

As it stands, we believe there are three tiers of prices. A low budget tier that usually falls anywhere between $50 and $150. Then you have the mid tier which we believe falls between $150 to $300. The top tier are usually the more advanced, powerful models, that have all the latest technology and exceptional designs. So it’s only natural that they come with an added value.

Our top rated toilet reviews

There is no shortage of top toilets to choose from that’s for sure, and that can present difficulties for consumers with specific requirements and budgets. That’s why The toilet throne is dedicated to bringing our readers individual product reviews as well.

KOHLER K-3817-0KOHLER K-3817-0 Stately comfort

The K-3817-0 memoirs from the Kohler brand is a two piece toilet that is equipped with some fantastic features.

The AquaPiston flush technology is designed to meet EPA flushing standards, as well as saving up to 20% of water than some more traditional models.

It’s perfect for home use, thanks to a range of things that enable it to stand out from the competition.

First of all, the design will ensure sitting down will be chair height so to not over extend yourself, or put added pressure to knee joints. Secondly, the bowl is elongated to give extra space and comfort to the consumer. And finally, a excellent flush is produced from the trip lever that’s located on the left. thanks to the AquaPiston technology mentioned above, enabling water to enter from all angles.

What’s more it’s aesthetic, and we believe, a great fit for the majority of modern bathrooms, which coupled with an affordable price tag, and popular brand, have made this one of the best sellers the industry offers.

American Standard 2889.216.020American Standard 2889.216.020

Those of you looking for something great on a lower budget, may want to have a look at the 2889.216.020 toilet from American Standard. It comes in two different colors, which gives a bit more choice and can cater from extra consumers with varying tastes in how they decorate their restroom.

It’s another two piece, WaterSense certified option that looks great, with a modern touch and a choice between a well rounded or elongated front. This is something that’s dependent on the color you choose. Perhaps another favorable spec is the fact that it consumes very little water in the grand scheme of things.

One thing that should be noted, is that the seat does not come with it. That is something you will need to buy separately which will hike the price up a bit if you don’t already own one that fits it.

It runs on a dual flush system that has plenty of options included, such as power cleaning on the bowl using a jet powered siphon. The rim also has something in place to keep it clean and hygienic. This is a H2Option system in which water gets dispensed through holes strategically placed at the rim to eliminate germs and bacteria. Of course, a manual clean every now and then is highly recommended too.

To give consumers an idea about the water consumption each flush uses. You get a choice between 1.6 gallons and 1 gallon for which, there are two buttons located at the top of its tank to control this.

The dimensions are as follows: 22 inches by 35 inches by 35 inches. And it weighs just over 90 pounds.

KOHLER Cimarron Comfort Height ElongatedKOHLER Cimarron Comfort Height Elongated

Those of you wanting a seat that offers a good height for both standing up and sitting down, may want to have a look at the K-3609-0. This has received plenty of feedback from consumers around the web, often taking to online shops, reviewing and offering an insight into the quality and effectiveness of its design.

The toilet bowl, although elongated, will offer a certain degree of comfort you find in more rounded designs.

Runs on an AquaPiston flushing system that will consumer about 1.28 gallons in water whilst doing so. It’s claimed that these newer units that are often EPA certified, will save over 15,000 gallons a year in average households, that’s quite a figure, and something you can see as doing your part for the environment.

The design itself is two piece, with a white finish that will ensure it can be flexible in a wide variety of room decor settings and tastes.

However, with any lavatory product of a good quality, you can expect to pay a higher price for it. So if you’re shopping on a budget, this may not be for you.

TOTO Ultramax IITOTO Ultramax II

Made by a well respected brand in the industry, you can probably expect some great features built in that will offer everything a modern toilet needs.

The flushing technology is very important for two reasons. The first being the need to achieve a powerful flush in order to clean and flush out waste, the second being the need to do that on lesser water. Modern toilets are typically designed to consume less, so it’s important that the flush tech can handle that. The MS604114CEFG#01 comes with doubly cyclone technology, which is effective, and will do the job asked of it, and come with a chrome plated trip lever.

To give you an idea of the efficiency between the tank and water consumption, the gallons used per flush is roughly 1.28. Which is excellent, and will save plenty of water long term.

It’s a one piece design that comes in cotton white, and looks great. Symmetrical, modern, and will fit plenty of modern restroom designs.

However, because it has this quality, you shouldn’t expect to find it cheap. On the contrary, we would put this in the mid to higher price points depending on where you shop.

American Standard Concealed Trapway Cadet 3American Standard Concealed Trapway Cadet 3

Designed for user comfort. A good height for sitting and a rounded front will take a lot of the stress away whilst sat down on the seat. We are firm believers that a comfortable toilet environment goes a long way, and should be one of the major specs you look at before deciding to purchase one.

Essentially, it also provides an exceptional design, that manages to keep things looking simple, whilst being able to offer several great features that help it stand out from the competition. For one, it’s equipped with a seat that has a slow close spec, which will prevent it from damaging the rim from slamming down too often. Toilet seats are not always included, so be sure to check that if you’re looking at other models.

The surface and materials used includes EverClean surface tech, that is designed to fight off the threat from bacteria, and keep the bathroom clean, and healthy for all to use.

The flushing tech used is the one flush, cadet 3 system, which is powerful, and will wash away waste with one powerful yet reliable flush. In fact, they run tests to detect whether performance is up to scratch, and this model had a particularly high score with the ability to handle 1 k grams of waste matter without problems.

Like many of it’s competitors shown above, and in the industry, it uses 1.28 gallons worth of water, which is quite a small amount.

Offers a solid warranty plan at five years, and is a very affordable options for those of you not looking to spend too much cash on refitting the lavatory.

EAGO TB351EAGO TB351

Operating on a highly coveted dual flush system, the EAGO TB351 has the design and simplicity to enhance your experience on the throne.

It’s a marketed as a ECO friendly model made from ceramic, and comes as one piece in white. Ideal for those going for a light and bright feeling in the tiling, and flooring.

Comes with a three inch flushing valve, running on dual flush as mentioned above, which eliminates many of the problems consumers may of faced before past with ball and chain options. For me this is something that all the outstanding toilets should look to improve upon with each new release.

But the major selling point for us is the gallon per flush ration of 0.8 gallons. This is significantly lower than much of the competition and other top brands, which enables it to live up to its environmentally friendly tag given to it.

The seat is soft close, preventing those frustratingly loud crashes in the middle of the night, waking everyone in the home up, and the seat itself, and the lid are both included as an added bonus.

Specially designed to ensure cleaning is kept simple, yet effective. The water is distributed reasonably even, and the surface area at the bottom of the bowl does a great job in keeping odors to a minimum.

This is certainly on to keep an eye on in your research.

TOTO Drake 2-Piece Ada ToiletTOTO Drake 2-Piece Ada Toilet

Slightly heavier on water consumed in each flush at 1.6 gallons, but still highly efficient. Made by TOTO this loo has plenty to offer its customers ranging from modernistic looks, through to an effective flushing system that effectively deal with waste.

Additionally, there are plenty of reviews to be found across the web that have already purchased this particular model. The majority we have found to date have been positive, with a sprinkle of negatives, but they are few and far between. This is certainly an important step, and one you will do well not to ignore. Quality in the eyes of other consumers is always a plus point.

Operates on a reasonably quiet G max flushing system that is strong, and described as commercial grade by the manufacturer.

The toilet bowl has an elongated shape, which is made from vitreous china along with a chrome finish for an added durability. The color listed is what can be described as cotton white, which will reflect the light well around the room. After all, who wants a dark and depressing color theme?

Good value for money considering this falls in what we consider the mid tier price point. Which mixes a good specification list whilst remaining as affordable as possible.

American Standard 221CA.004.020 ColonyAmerican Standard 221CA.004.020 Colony

Those of you scouring the web for a new toilet may want to keep tabs on this twelve inch, 1.6 GPF model. Looking through the specs, there is certainly a fantastic range of things on offer, that will only add to the effectiveness of your washroom trips.

One of the stand out, but built in features we found is that it comes with the ability to clean itself very effectively thanks to power wash rims, and an excellent siphon action bowl.

Clearly designed for home use, but we doubt that’s its limitations, it looks great, and according to the manufacturer, it’s durable, and the elongated bowl is made from vitreous china.

Keeping an eye on the price tag is always at the front of our minds when shopping, so you will be pleased to hear that this falls in the low price category and is perfect for those looking to give their bathroom a makeover on the cheap.

Summary

Finding the best toilet is quite a big ask for consumers understandably. The sheer amount of information you need to take on board about the various sizes, styles, flush systems, bowls, and finishes is enough to give anyone a headache. However, it’s our hope that we have made this whole process for you easier with this detailed guide. Along with the information provided above, readers should also take time to check out various ratings and feedback for customers who have purchased a specific product. These can sometimes provide invaluable information about the good and bad points that you can only find through first hand experience.