The Ultimate Guide On What is The Best Toilet For 2017?

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Looking to buy a new toilet but don't know where to start?

Congratulations, you have come to the right place.

Hey, I'm Tim - don't let the handsome face fool you. A master in his craft, I've been in bathroom industry over 12 years.

I have dedicated my life to the craft of perfecting a quality bathroom, and I believe the toilet is one of the most underrated items in it.

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Hence, I have dedicated this website to find the best of the best, dispelling toilets that are just not up to scratch for your holy butt. 

The 7 Top-Rated Toilets

We looked, researched and tested extensively a range of toilets out in the market to find the best toilet we believe you will love. No matter what age, height, disability, size or preference, at least one of these toilets will satisfy your butt's needs and requirements.

Product

Features

Details

1) Best Compact Toilet

Saniflo Sanicompact

  • Compact design
  • Water efficient: 1 GPF
  • Easy installation

One-Piece

Elongated

1.6 GPF

2) Best One-Piece Toilet

Kohler Santa Rosa

  • Easy-to-clean design
  • Compact design: ideal for small bathrooms
  • Water efficient toilet: 1.28 GPF

One-Piece

Elongated

1.28 GPF

3) Best Designed Toilet

Kohler Memoirs Stately

  • Comfort height design
  • Water efficient: 1.28 GPF
  • Powerful flushing capacity

Two-Piece

Elongated

1.28 GPF

4) Best Expensive Toilet

TOTO G500

  • Great shitting experience
  • Technological features
  • Sleek compact design
  • Dual Flush: 0.9 GPF & 1.28 GPF

One-Piece

Elongated

1.28 GPF

5) Best Two-Piece Toilet

TOTO Drake II

  • Great price
  • Powerful quiet flush
  • Water efficient: 1.28 GPF
  • Refills very quickly

Two-Piece

Elongated

1.28 GPF

6) Best Flushing Toilet

American Standard Champion-4

  • Powerful flushing capacity
  • EverClean surface: minimal cleaning!
  • 10 year warranty

One-Piece

Elongated

1.6 GPF

7) Best American Standard toilet

American Standard H20ption

  • Dual Flush System: 1 & 1.6 GPF
  • Flushes fast and quiet
  • Refills quickly
  • Speed connect
  • Great price

Two-Piece

Elongated

1.6 GPF

How to Choose The Right Toilet For You?

What does it mean when there’s a lack of blood circulation in your legs, and you run out of things to read after sitting for hours on end? It means that you have a spanking good toilet throne in your hands! Or should I say, butt?

The best toilet is supposed to do what it’s meant to do – to give you the best pooping experience possible. But remember, a high-priced toilet doesn't always guarantee a better performing toilet - or comfortable for that matter.

Let me be your guide as I take you on a vast treacherous journey finding you a toilet throne unlike no other. Like Aragorn and Frodo from Lord of the Rings, it’s you and me - me being Aragorn of course.

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A toilet consists of three main parts. The bowl, pedestal and the tank.

  • The bowl is used to collect waste
  • The pedestal gives the required height for the toilet.
  • The tank stores the water that is required to flush out the waste.

A toilet can be categorized as either:

  • One-piece toilet - has the tank fused with the toilet making it one whole unit.
  • Two-piece toilet - has the tank separate from the toilet and is joined using fittings.

They both have their pros and cons. Some general differences between the two:

  • Cost - One-piece toilets are generally higher than two-piece toilets due to the difficulties in manufacturing
  • Cleaning - One-piece toilets are easier to clean due to the no gap and no joint design
  • Installation - One-piece toilets are easier to install due to the tank and bowl already being connected. The two-piece toilet is harder as you have to connect the tank and bowl correctly to avoid any leakage. However, one-piece toilets are harder to move due to them being heavier

The majority of toilets in the U.S. are two-piece toilets that are mounted on the floor.

The shape of the toilet bowl can be categorized as either:

  • Round
  • Elongated
  • Square - less common

Again, they all have their pros and cons. You will generally find round and elongated bowls throughout households.  Some general differences between them:

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Round bowls:

  • Small - Measured up to 28″ from the wall and are good at saving space - perfect if you have a small bathroom.
  • Price - Round toilets are cheaper, comparing to elongated ones

Elongated bowls:

  • Comfortable - Measured up to 31″ from the wall. Most people (adults) say they are more comfortable. They only downside issue is you have very limited space in your bathroom
  • Compact elongated toilets are shaped like an elongated bowl to give that added comfort but are in a round-bowl footprint size. They save about 10 percent more space than your standard elongated bowl

The toilet height (not to be confused with bowl height) is the distance from the floor to the top of the seat. The ideal height is different for everyone as it depends on how tall you are and your physical needs. Most toilet experts refer “comfort height” as any toilet height from 17’’ or more.

Standard Height

  • Ideal for shorter people (approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall or less). People shorter in stature are unable to rest their feet flat on the floor for taller toilets

Comfort Height

  • Ideal for taller people
  • Higher than your standard toilet height
  • Gives more of a natural feel that is neither standing or sitting
  • Typically compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADA for short). Toilets that are installed and used by the general public need to meet this requirement

If you don’t know what height is right for you, we recommend you just going to your local bathroom shop and trying out the toilet height yourself. It feels silly, but you’ll get what you want. Pull your pants down if you really want to create an exact simulation scenario - Flush Guide takes no responsibility in you getting kicked out or banned from the store or getting fined for indecent exposure.

Best Toilet Seat Height For Wheelchair User?

If the person slides sideways when transferring from the wheelchair to the toilet seat, it is best to select a toilet with a seat height that is close to the height of the wheelchair’s seat.

When picking a toilet, make sure it fits! If you’re replacing an old toilet, pick a toilet that matches the existing toilet’s “rough-in” measurement. The rough-in length is the distance from the wall (not the baseboard) to the toilet’s floor bolts that attach the toilet to the floor. The most common rough-in is 12’’, however, you can get 10’’ and 14’’.

As the years go by, so has the technology of efficient flushing options. The single goal? To increase the performance of each flush, with enough power to suck up even the size of a horse poo, all while using minimal water consumption.

The results?

Various flushing technology. Some of them most common flushing types include:

  • Single flush
  • Dual flush
  • Tank less
  • Touchless
  • Upflush

Even if you have the most expensive and most advanced technological toilet there is out there; it is nothing without a good toilet seat. Most two-piece toilets are sold without a seat while one-piece toilets generally come with a seat. Although toilet seats may seem like a basic product, it’s a whole new topic that requires its own website. It’s because they come in wide range of different colors, style, material, cleansing options, and special add-ons.

We recommend you check out our advanced guide to choosing the best toilet seat for you.

In the toilet world, water use is measured in gallons per flush, or GPF for short which we will refer to in all our articles. A toilet results for a third of your household water use. High-efficiency toilets (HET) that use 1.28 GPF or less earn the EPA’s WaterSense label. These can save 4,000 gallons of water per person annually, and some water utilities offer rebates if you install one (check with yours). However, check independent test results before you buy. Some reviewers report more staining and clogging problems with some high-efficiency models.

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1. Best Compact Toilet: Saniflo Sanicompact Toilet​

Add half a bathroom to your basement with the Saniflo 023 one-piece toilet. The greatest feature of it is its compact design. Without a tank at its back, it takes little space in your bathroom, and it can fit in any corner you want.

With half the size as other toilets making it very easy to install in areas such as under the stairway for a half bathroom or an additional half bathroom in a bedroom or garage conversion.

With no external water tank at the bank, the flushing mechanism is all electrical. Electric toilet is still a new thing to most people, however, the greatest feature about it is that electronically times to allow 1 GPF - making it a really water efficient toilet.

The pump and grinder are concealed under the base of the toilet. It is an upflush toilet, so when you flush, it pumps water up the discharge line - it has plenty of power so you can do your number twos.

The price is a bit higher than usual, but trust us, this toilet is worth every penny.

It comes with a 2 year warranty, however, if you register with Saniflo, you can increase it to 3 years.

What We Like:

  • Compact design - perfect for small bathrooms
  • Water efficient - 1 GPF
  • Easy installation

What We Don't Like:

  • Pricey

2. Best One-Piece Toilet: Kohler 3810 Santa Rosa Toilet

If you are looking for a toilet that is strong in style but small in size, then Kohler 3810 Santa Rosa is your best shot.

You can easily recognise the seam between the tank and bowl is wider. With fewer seams, it is easier to clean.

The seat height designed at a “comfort height” of 16.5 inches - so as long as you are not Kobe Bryant, you can sit comfortably on it like a king on his throne.

A water efficient toilet - uses only 1.28 GPF. Even though it's a single flush toilet, it can be used as a dual-flush toilet by pushing down the lever half way and letting it go - uses 0.5 GPF

A powerful flushing capability is not a problem even with low water usage. The innovative AquaPiston flush engine, allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides (360 degrees), delivering a fast, powerful flush.

Coming with basic Kohler seat and bolt cover, some say the seat feels uncomfortable because it stuck into their thigh. Replace it with a new seat - check out our review on the best toilet seat for 2017.

What We Like:

  • Easy-to-clean design
  • Compact design - ideal for small bathrooms
  • Water efficient toilet - 1.28 GPF

What We Don't Like:

  • Wax ring not included
  • Narrow tank lid - not much room to put things on top, e.g. toilet paper

3. Best Designed Toilet - Kohler 3817 Memoirs Stately Toilet

Introducing the K-3817-0 Memoirs Stately, a modern and stylish sleek cotton white two-piece toilet design.

The only draw back is that it takes more space in the bathroom. Don’t let the bigger size fool you. What makes this toilet model stand out from the rest is that it incorporates a design that has as few parts as possible, giving you one fully functioning masterpiece.​

The Kohler Memoirs Stately's comfortable height makes standing and sitting easier - ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees.

Without sacrificing flushing power, water consumption amounts to an incredible 1.28 gallons of water per flush, making it one of the lowest water consuming toilets out there..

The innovative AquaPiston flush engine, allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides (360 degrees), delivering a fast, powerful flush. This coupled with the larger 31/4" flush pipe and larger trap-way down to the outlet, takes care of the biggest poos.

It makes less noise when flushing due to it being gravity flush type, giving you a smoother quieter flushing experience.​

What We Like:

  • Comfort height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • Water efficient toilet - 1.28 GPF
  • Powerful flushing capacity

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat and wax ring/seal not included
  • Pricey - depends on the color

4. Best Integrated Toilet: TOTO G500 Washlet

The best toilet from the future - just like “Back to the future”, except you're living it.

The super technology and the ridiculous amount of technological features within this toilet makes this the terminator of all toilets.

It is an integrated toilet - a complete package of combining a one piece toilet and a bidet toilet seat. The result: the perfect fit.

Just imagine having this toilet warm your butt in the freezing winter with super technology and having water shoot and clean your butt instead of wiping.

Dual Max Cyclone system allows for a low water consumption - 0.9 or 1.28 GPF. With such a low water consumption it makes it WaterSense certified, saving you on water bill cost.

This toilet automatically opens and closes the lid in the night time whenever you are in need - meaning you don’t have to push the flush button because of the power of technology!

Design is super sleek, and with a tankless back, it saves you lots of space in the bathroom. It is of universal height giving you a better pooping experience.

What We Like:

  • The best shitting experience ever
  • Lots of technological features
  • Sleek compact design
  • Low water consumption - 0.9 GPF and 1.28 GPF

What We Don't Like:

  • Pricey - but worth the money
  • Being in love with a toilet
  • Hard to install - get a plumber

5. Best Two-Piece Toilet: TOTO Drake II Toilet

Throw a retirement party for your plunger as I introduce to you the TOTO Drake II.

A toilet with no flashy features. What it does do is gives you the best pooping experience possible. So if you appreciate inner beauty, then this will be your best choice.

A toilet height of 16.5 inches means after installing the toilet seat, it will crisply fit into ADA seat height of 17-19" - standing and sitting will be made easier.

This model uses 1.28 gallons of per flush, which means it is waterSense certified. So, even though Drake II uses a gravity flushing system, it still manages to minimise the water usage per flush.

Nowadays toilet have 2-inch flush valves, but not the Drake II, it has a 3-inch valve - your shit will disappear forever

With a smart SanaGloss glazing, cleaning the toilet is easier than ever. The glazing makes the surface as smooth as a baby's bottom, ensuring those brown stains slide right off and a single wipe is all you need for external cleaning.

What We Like:

  • Great price
  • Powerful quiet flush
  • Water efficient (1.28 GPF)
  • Refills very quickly

What We Don't Like:

  • Not EPA WaterSense certified
  • Seat not included

6. Best Flushing Toilet: American Standard 2004.014 Champion-4

The Champion-4 - renowned for its powerful flushing, it will take care of any shit you throw at it (or dead pets if you want).

With a 4-inch accelerator flush valve (the BIGGEST in the industry), it produces incredible flushing power compared to the standard 2-inch flush valve. Even if a horse drops its bombs, the Champion-4 can surely make it disappear without leaving any trace of evidence.

This toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Some argue the Champion-4 uses too much water per flush, however 1.6 gallons of water is minimal when you get strong flushing power.

The model is quite heavy. If strength isn’t something you boast about, then I would suggest getting a plumber or a friend to help you through the installation process.

With an elongated seat, some say it takes too much space and they prefer a round seat, but in my opinion,​ elongated toilets provide the most comfort.

American Standard Champion-4 has an Everclean surface, which means lesser and easier cleaning (due to the one-piece design). No more stain and odor causing bacteria. Even after years of use, the toilet will still maintain its clean sharp look.

What We Like:

  • 4 inch flush valve - Powerful flushing capacity
  • EverClean surface - minimal cleaning!
  • 10 year warranty

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat not included
  • Pricey - well worth it

7. Best American Standard Toilet: AS 2887.216 ​H2Option

With a H2O to its name, you know this throne will be a water-saving yet powerful product.

It features a dual flush system - 1 GPF “light” flush for liquids and a 1.6 GPF “heavy” flush for solids. Dual flush system allows 25 percent less water than conventional toilet per flush. This is why it has earned itself the WaterSense badge.

One customer said, “It really is amazing how quickly and quietly this thing spirits away. Now if we can only get one large enough to fit Congress into... and see them flushed with pride…”

The seat is of comfort height - 16.5 inches tall, 2 inches higher than normal make standing and sitting on the bow easier. The natural height is perfect for the average adult and elderly - making it ADA compliant.

Installation is super simple. It features a speed connect system, cutting the installation time by 30%. However, if you still find it difficult, take the easy way out and get your local plumber.

With EverClean surface, it inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and stain and odor causing bacteria making cleaning time spent in the bathroom reduced.

What We Like:

  • Dual Flush System (1 GPF or 1.6 GPF) - WaterSense certified
  • Flushes fast and quiet
  • Refills quickly
  • Speed connect
  • Great price

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat not included
  • May not be ideal for short people

Who's The Winner?

You have to think before you make such an important decision:

  • Clog and overflows
  • Constant running
  • Poor flush (or the dreaded no flush)
  • Leaks
  • Hissing sounds in the tank

This is why I often get asked, “Tim, what is the best of the best?”

Okay, so I am a little biased because I own the toilet myself, but I definitely think the TOTO G500 is the best toilet out there. If you can get past the price, you will love it. However, I will focus on the average person.

TOTO DRAKE II IS OUR #1 OVERALL TOILET CHOICE 

When it comes to an overall toilet, the TOTO Drake II is easily our #1 choice.

  • Reliable - Less clogs, leaks, and repairs
  • Comfortable - universal height and elongated bowl
  • Powerful - G-Max flushing system & Double-Cyclone technology
  • Low water usage - 1.28 GPF
  • Price Friendly - Cheap for what you're getting

Buy it from the trusted Amazon store - you can never go wrong with these guys.

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Good luck. Be clean. Stay white.