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The 10 Best Toilets of 2019

Toilets: The Best of 2019

It's time for some toilet talk. No, seriously. This is no time for potty humor. We're going to dive into some toilets. Well, not literally...but if you're shopping for a toilet, you're going to get a lot of information right here.

But wait...a toilet's just a toilet, right? Nope. There's dual flush, round bowls, elongated bowls, top flushing, side flushing, rear outlet, LUXURY toilets! Yes, luxury toilets. You'll want to read on to see what those are all about.

There really are quite a few things to consider when purchasing a toilet. It’s not as simple as walking into a store and pointing at the color you want and saying “let’s get that one.” Toilets have come a long way, so we’ll break some of the features down and give you what we think are some of the best toilets out there. Many of these may bowl you over. Sorry...

If you want to see something really impressive in a toilet, then you should look into the TOTO MS604114CEFG#11 UltraMax II One-Piece Elongated Toilet. OK, maybe that came out wrong. What I meant was, you need to see the Tornado Flush double-cyclone flushing in action to understand how impressive it is.

TOTO's Tornado Flush utilizes a hole-free rim design with dual-nozzles to create an awesome centrifugal washing action that helps rinse the bowl more efficiently. Combine that with CeFiONtect, a layer of smooth glaze that aides in preventing dirt and debris from clinging to the bowl, and you're looking at fewer flushes, less water usage, and less cleaning.

Convenience abounds in the TOTO MS604114CEFG#11 UltraMax II toilet as well. The one-piece design is both sleek and easy to clean; the universal height is comfortable for people of just about any size; and a SoftClose seat is included — no more late-night/early-morning seat slams!

While it's not a luxury toilet, the TOTO MS604114CEFG#11 UltraMax II One-Piece Toilet is attractive and a fantastic all-around performer. And isn't that really what we're all looking for in the best toilet for you?

Key Features
  • Tornado Flush double-cyclone dual-nozzle rim design
  • CeFiONtect smooth glaze
  • One-piece design
  • Universal height
  • Plastic seat with SoftClose hinge
Specifications
  • Size: 28.3 x 16.6 x 28.8 inches
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Left-hand
  • Water Consumption: 1.28 gpf
  • Flush Type: Tornado Double Cyclone Flush System
  • Brand: TOTO
Pros
  • Seat is included
  • Tornado Flush double-cyclone flushing is powerful and efficient
  • CeFiONtect glaze prevents debris from sticking to ceramic surfaces
  • Attractive one-piece design
Cons
  • Elongated design occupies a larger footprint

Let me just get this out of the way...I want this toilet. No, that's not true. I NEED the Woodbridge T-0008 Luxury Elongated One-Piece Toilet with Advanced Bidet Seat. This is the Cadillac of toilets. No...that's not true either. This is the LamboAstonFerrariMaseratiBentley of toilets. This toilet epitomizes luxury and will instantly turn your bathroom into a spa-like oasis.

The bidet seat is obviously the star attraction of the Woodbridge T-0008 toilet. Close your eyes (after you read this) and imagine: a heated seat with five adjustable temperature settings; and a bidet with multiple wash settings, adjustable water pressure, and a warm air dryer for the ultimate clean. Open your eyes now. Refreshing, right? The bidet seat alone makes the Woodbridge T-0008 a winner, but there's a lot more to this toilet.

Think you need to sacrifice convenience for luxury? Not with this toilet. It's as convenient as it is high-end. Let's count the ways! The one-piece design is not only attractive, it's also easy to clean. And speaking of clean, there's the self-cleaning nozzle, and the bidet seat releases quickly and effortlessly for cleaning. Among the other convenience features are a safety on/off sensor, a built-in LED night-light that brightens the way during late-night potty runs, and a soft-closing seat that won't wake anyone up during those runs.

Oh, right, functionality. Yep, the Woodbridge T-0008 toilet offers plenty of that, too. It features dual flush, which provides the option of lighter flushing for liquids and a more powerful flush for the other. So, not only do you get the necessary power, you save some water in the process!

If you're looking for luxury in your bathroom, look no further than the Woodbridge T-0008 Bidet Toilet, which delivers everything you could possibly want from a toilet, and many features you'd want from a spa as well.

Key Features
  • Luxury bidet seat with quiet close
  • One-piece design
  • Multiple wash modes with hygienic filtered water
  • Heated seat with five adjustable temperatures
  • Fully glazed flush system
Specifications
  • Size: 28.5 x 14.5 x 27.5 inches
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Top
  • Water Consumption: 1.0 gpf/1.6 gpf
  • Flush Type: Siphon Dual Flush
Pros
  • Sleek one-piece design is easy to clean
  • Multiple wash modes with adjustable water pressure and water heater for comfort
  • Self-cleaning stainless steel nozzle
  • Built-in LED night-light
  • Powerful yet quiet flush
Cons
  • Open lid gets in way of flush button on top
  • Potentially challenging installation

The TOTO CST744E#01 Eco Drake Two-Piece Elongated Toilet goes back to the basics. There's nothing sleek or fancy about it like some of the other toilets on this list, but it's a reliable model that takes care of your business.

The two-piece design is more traditional (and also a bit more annoying to clean) than the sleeker one-piece toilets, so it'll effortlessly fit into any bathroom. Its E-Max siphon jet flushing system uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush, which is less water than more powerful 1.6 gallons-per-flush models — so it's more eco-friendly and saves water, but sacrifices a bit of power in doing so. That said, the flush is still powerful enough to take care of what's in the bowl.

If you're looking for a no-frills toilet that simply gets the job done, the TOTO CST744E#01 Eco Drake Two-Piece Elongated Toilet is the one. It's short on fancy features, but it does what a toilet is supposed to do. And that probably does not require further explanation.

Key Features
  • Two-piece design
  • E-Max siphon jet flushing system
  • Fast flush with wide 3-inch flush valve
  • Left-hand flush lever
Specifications
  • Size: 28 x 19.5 x 28.5 inches
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Left-hand
  • Water Consumption: 1.28 gpf
  • Flush Type: Siphon Jet
Pros
  • Powerful flush for eco-friendly toilet
  • Uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush
  • More traditional two-piece design
Cons
  • Plain design
  • Sometimes requires more than one flush

One of the bigger brand names in toilets, Kohler brings you the K-6669-0 Memoirs Stately Comfort Height Elongated Toilet. This is one of the nicer-looking toilets you'll find, and it delivers performance to match.

Let's start with the Aqua Piston canister — it allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides, which increases the power and effectiveness of the flush. Plus, the flush valve's 3:2 ratio uses the natural force of gravity for optimal flush performance. What does all of this mean? That you get a nice, powerful flush to wash it all down.

But a powerful flush requires a lot of water, right? Not with this toilet. The Kohler K-6669-0 uses an efficient 1.28 gallons per flush, which delivers the necessary power without wasting water.

Let's face it...when you're using the toilet, you want to be comfortable. This Kohler features Comfort Height chair-height seating for easy up and easy down.

With the Kohler K-6669-0 Memoirs Stately Comfort Height Elongated Toilet, you get what you pay for — a sophisticated design, a powerful flush, and efficient water use.

Key Features
  • Comfort Height chair-height seating
  • Aqua Piston canister
  • Luxurious, easy-to-clean design
  • High-efficiency 1.28 gallons per flush
  • Concealed Trap Way
Specifications
  • Size: 31.4 x 28.2 x 20.1 inches
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Left-hand
  • Water Consumption: 1.28 gpf
  • Flush Type: Aqua Piston Canister
Pros
  • Aqua Piston canister uses 360-degree water flow for powerful flush
  • Concealed trapway facilitates easy cleaning and enhances design
  • Flush valve's 3:2 ratio uses natural force of gravity for optimal flush performance
  • Water-saving efficiency
Cons
  • Doesn't come with toilet seat
  • Handle is nice but feels flimsy

You probably have a budget set for what you want to spend on a toilet. That budget may get flushed once you see the Woodbridge T-0001 Elongated One-Piece Toilet. This is as close to a luxury toilet as you can get without the luxury toilet price tag.

The one-piece design is really sleek and will fit in with any modern bathroom decor. Plus, it's so much easier to clean than a two-piece toilets because the smooth design has fewer crevices that can accumulate dirt. The top flush is a cool-looking feature — but there's more to it than just looks. It offers dual flush, which allows you to use just 1 gallon per flush for #1 or 1.6 gallons per flush for numero dos, and that can potentially save a lot of water.

The toilet is designed with a comfortable height (though taller people may find it more comfortable than shorter folks), and it includes a soft-closing seat with stainless steel hinges that ensure the seat will not loosen.

The siphon flushing system is fully glazed so each flush is powerful yet quiet. Because no one really wants to listen to a toilet that sounds commercial-grade.

Beautifully designed, powerful, and efficient, the Woodbridge T-0001 Elongated One-Piece Toilet makes for a luxurious addition to any bathroom at a price that borders on luxury level but is still affordable.

Key Features
  • Siphon flushing
  • One-piece design
  • Dual flush
  • Soft-closing seat with stainless steel hinge
  • High efficiency
Specifications
  • Size: 28.5 x 14.5 x 27.5 inches
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Handle Placement: Top
  • Water Consumption: 1.0 gpf/1.6 gpf
  • Flush Type: Siphon Jet, Dual Flush
Pros
  • One-piece design is attractive and easier to clean
  • Dual flush lets you save water with lighter flushes
  • Fully glazed flush is quiet but powerful
Cons
  • Comfort height is too tall for some

A quality dual-flush toilet, the American Standard 2887.216.020 H2Option Two-Piece Elongated Toilet offers some nice features that keep it clean and performing well.

The most impressive feature is probably the H2Option dual flush system, which delivers one gallon of water per flush for light duty and 1.6 gallons of water per flush for heavier duty (pun not entirely intended...kind of unavoidable). This helps save some water (and money) for flushes that don't require as much power.

Speaking of power, the PowerWash rim is a pretty cool feature as well. It utilizes pressurized water from specially configured holes in the rim to scour dirt and grime from the bowl with each flush; combine that with the jet-powered siphonic flush system, and you've got yourself one powerful flush that keeps the bowl clean.

But that's not the only feature keeping the American Standard 2887.216.020 toilet clean — the EverClean surface protects the toilet from lots of gross stuff that can cause staining, on top of just being, well, gross. The surface offers a mirror-like shine and is easy to keep clean.

The American Standard 2887.216.020 H2Option Two-Piece Dual Flush Elongated Toilet is a solid combination of power and cleanliness, making it a smart choice.

Key Features
  • H2Option dual-flush system
  • PowerWash rim
  • Jet-powered siphon flushing
  • EverClean surface
Specifications
  • Size: 29.8 x 15 x 29.5 inches
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Top
  • Water Consumption: 1.0 gpf/1.6 gpf
  • Flush Type: Siphonic Dual Flush
Pros
  • Dual-flush system allows light flushes for liquids, heavy flushes for solids
  • Pressurized water from specially configured rim holes scours and power-washes bowl
  • Jet-powered siphon flushing for powerful, clean flush
  • Speed Connect easy-installation system
Cons
  • Seat not included

Opening the door to plenty of options around your home, the Saniflo Saniaccess2 Macerator Pump and Elongated Two-Piece Toilet lets you add a half-bathroom to your basement or garage — or even underneath a staircase.

The rear discharge design allows the toilet to be added to these locations because the macerator pump installed in the wall behind the toilet pumps waste up to 15 feet vertically from a sewer line and 150 feet horizontally away from a soil stack. The Saniaccess2 macerator pump operates quietly, grinding waste with stainless steel blades, and then evacuating it from your home.

At 1.28 gallons per flush, this Saniflo toilet saves on water, as it uses less than the standard 1.6 gallons, and it includes a seat with a slow-close lid to eliminate those startling lid slams. Dual-access panels make it convenient to service the unit if needed.

Utilize the extra space in your home, while adding some value to it, by adding a half bathroom...the Saniflo Saniaccess2 Macerator Pump and Toilet Kit gives you all you need to get the job done. Just add your own tools!

Key Features
  • 1.28 gallons per flush
  • Insulated tank
  • Rear discharge pumps effluent upward to 15 feet and/or 150 feet horizontally
  • Macerator pump/grinder with stainless steel blades
Specifications
  • Size: 31” x 17.75” x 28.75”
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Left-hand
  • Water Consumption: 1.28 gpf
  • Flush Type: Wash-Down with Macerator Pump
Pros
  • Can be installed up to 15 feet below the sewer line or up to 150 feet away from a soil stack
  • Convenient dual-access service panels
  • Quiet pump
  • Non-return valve prevents back-flow into unit
  • Includes slow-close seat
Cons
  • One flush doesn't always clear the bowl

When plumbing through the floor isn't an option, the Signature Hardware 350101 Burdett 1.6/0.8 GPF Two Piece Elongated Toilet is. This toilet is designed with a rear discharge so you can easily connect with plumbing through a wall — perfect for a basement or garage conversion, where you're dealing with a concrete floor.

Performance-wise, theSignature Hardware 350101 Burdett toilet is reliable with a powerful flush; it also features dual flush so you can control how much water is used every time you use the bathroom.

This toilet's two-piece design is simple, so it'll effortlessly blend in with any bathroom decor; and its chair height ensures comfort for people of most heights.

TheSignature Hardware 350101 Burdett toilet won’t wow you with lots of fancy features, but it’s a dependable toilet that serves an important purpose — it allows you to convert an area where plumbing can be tricky (concrete floors) into a functional bathroom for guests or simply for convenience.

Key Features
  • Rear discharge
  • Dual flush
  • Elongated bowl
  • Two piece configuration
Specifications
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Handle Placement: Top
  • Water Consumption: 1.6 gpf
  • Flush Type: Dual Flush
Pros
  • Rear discharge makes this toilet great for rooms with concrete flooring
  • Dual flush saves water
  • Chair height for comfort
Cons
  • Toilet seat not the best quality

It's not fancy, nor is it luxurious. But the Zurn Z5572 Dual Flush Elongated Two-Piece Toilet is a reliable workhorse that prioritizes water efficiency.

The Zurn Z5572 is equipped with a powerful flush thanks to a combination of high-performance EcoFlush technology and a siphon jet action flush with pressure assist. As powerful as the flush is, though, it's quiet and efficient with its water usage. Dual flush helps in that regard as well, with 1.1 gallons of water used for light flushing and 1.6 gallons used for more powerful flushes.

Not that you'll need it, but there's peace of mind knowing that the Zurn Z5572 toilet is backed by a 10-year limited manufacturer's warranty.

It doesn't come with a bidet. It doesn't have a heated seat. But the Zurn Z5572 Elongated Two-Piece Toilet does offer a powerful, efficient, quiet flushing system highlighted by dual flush, as well as a clean look and a comforting 10-year warranty. This is a solid toilet and makes a suitable replacement for any bathroom.

Key Features
  • Dual flush
  • Pressure-assisted flush system
  • Pneumatic handle
  • Siphon jet action flush with fully glazed trapway
  • Two-piece design
Specifications
  • Size: 31 x 20.75 x 30.38 inches
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Handle Placement: Left-hand
  • Water Consumption: 1.1 gpf/1.6 gpf
  • Flush Type: Siphon Jet, Dual Flush
Pros
  • Powerful yet quiet flush
  • High-performance EcoFlush technology
  • 10-year warranty
Cons
  • Two-piece design is harder to clean

So, you're thinking of turning some extra space in the basement into a bathroom. That's a wise investment! But what kind of toilet will work in a basement? Or attic? Or garage? That would be the Saniflo 23 Sanicompact Self-Contained Toilet.

This is much different than your standard toilet, as it's a fully self-contained unit that does not utilize a tank. Rather, it operates on electricity and uses a built-in flushing mechanism. Once the button/air switch is pushed, the flushing mechanism is electronically timed to allow one gallon of water into the bowl; the waste is then pushed through the rear of the toilet into the automatic macerator pump, which grinds solid waste and pumps it out.

The one-gallon-per-flush efficiency makes the Saniflo 023 Sanicompact toilet very eco-friendly as it saves water on every flush. And its super-compact design is a perfect fit in tight spaces and areas you might be considering transforming into an extra bathroom.

So, go ahead and turn that unused basement space or area underneath the stairs into a half-bathroom. The high-quality, compact Saniflo 023 Sanicompact Self-Contained Toilet is a perfect fit.

Key Features
  • 1 gallon of water per flush
  • Vertical pumping up to 9 feet and 100 feet horizontally
  • Can connect to a sink
  • Electric operation with built-in flushing mechanism
  • Automatic macerating pump cycle
Specifications
  • Size: 18.2 x 14.5 x 15.8 inches
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Handle Placement: Top
  • Water Consumption: 1.0 gpf
  • Flush Type: Gravity with Macerator Pump
Pros
  • Completely self-contained design with no tank
  • Perfect for compact spaces and bathrooms in basements, garages, attics
  • Highly efficient with only 1 gallon of water per flush
  • Discharge elbow rotates 360 degrees for installation
Cons
  • Does not handle solids or toilet paper very well
  • Macerator requires more involved installation

People have different opinions of the bathroom experience. There are those who believe it's there for a single purpose — do your business and move on with your life. There are others, however, who view the bathroom as a sanctuary of sorts: a brief retreat from stress; a place to enjoy some quiet time away from the kids or work; a place to catch up on news, sports, entertainment, literature, texts, emails, or the latest game download on their phones. So, a toilet is an important purchase, whether it's strictly for utilitarian means or it's to serve as a comfortable throne upon which one may escape the daily grind for a short period of time.

But...a toilet's a toilet, right? Nope. I mean, they all serve the same purpose in the end — I don't think I need to go into much detail. But there are quite a few different types of toilets out there, and they all have their own redeeming qualities. We'll give you the rundown of the toilet types on our top 10 list, explain some of the features of each, and what to look for when you're ready to buy. There's plenty of info here to digest.

One of the more popular features on many toilets is the dual flush system. This convenient feature gives you the option of a light flush for #1 (usually 1 gallon per flush) and a more powerful flush for, umm, #2 (usually 1.6 gallons per flush). This helps conserve quite a bit of water, which is good for the environment — and your monthly water bill.

There are standard round bowls and also elongated bowls, which are all generally ADA-compliant. There are all kinds of proprietary flush technologies, with action-packed names that vary by brand: Tornado Flush, UltraMax, Aqua Piston Canister; they all basically mean that the flushes are powerful. You've got the more traditional two-piece toilets (with a separate tank and bowl) and the sleeker one-piece models that are generally much easier to clean since there are fewer crevices and spaces for dirt to call home.

We've got a few specialty toilets on our list also — one is a luxury toilet, and when we say luxury, we mean luxury. Two on this list are toilets designed for alternative spaces, like a half-bathroom in a basement, garage, under a stairway. Those types of toilets (sometimes called "upflush" toilets) require rear discharge through a wall, and in many cases a macerator pump that, instead of standard plumbing and pipes that run through a floor and funnel the waste into a sewer line or septic tank via gravity, grinds waste and disposes of it in an upward fashion (generally because toilets in these areas are below the main sewer line) and into a pipe that eventually leads to the main sewer line.

There are plenty of toilet options out there, regardless of how you view the whole bathroom experience. Either way, the toilet is the most important fixture in the room, and we're providing you with plenty of info to guide your purchase. So, for those about to flush...we salute you!

Resources—The Spruce, EPA.gov, PlumbingSupply.com

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