What's The Best 10-inch Rough-in Toilet?
Review & Buyer's Guide

When buying a toilet, it is essential that either you or your plumber measure the rough in distance in order to know what type of toilet to buy since there are two common types of toilets; 10 inch rough in toilets and 12 inch rough in toilets.

The thing is, the sizes are not remotely interchangeable which is the reason behind the importance of taking proper measurements. If you don’t, you are just setting yourself up to fall in a huge crap hole – of course not in the literal sense since that would be ridiculous. It is a more figurative statement.

Like anything, there are several products that are better or more advanced than the others. When it comes to toilets, there are certain factors like; material, design, water consumption and a couple of others that should be taken into consideration when buying a toilet which is why we have come up with this list of our favorite toilets with 10 inch rough in.

Out Top 4 10-inch Rough Toilet Picks




#1 Kohler Highline

Kohler K-38889-0 Highline
  • Class Five(R) - provides tremendous bulk waste flushing performance 
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    Three pre-installed tank bolts save installation time
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    Comfort Height

Type: Two-Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 1.28 GPF

#2 Toto Drake

Toto Drake
  • G-Max flushing system
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    Universal Height
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    Chrome trip lever

Type: Two-Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: ​1.6 GPF

#3 Toto Aquia

Toto Aquia
  • Universal Height
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    Dual-Max flushing system
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    Chrome push-button

Type: Two-Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 0.9 & 1.6 GPF

#4 American Standard Cadet 3

American Standard Cadet 3
  • Durable
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    Easy-to-clean vitreous china construction
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    EverClean antimicrobial surface

Type: Two-Piece

Bowl Type: Round

Water Use: 1.28 GPF

1. Kohler K-3889-0 Highline

It is one of the best 10 inch rough in toilets in the business, well known for the comfort it provides. With 1.28 gallons per flush, it guarantees powerful flushing force and complete riddance of any waste material in the bowl. It also has a familiar elongated design made of China.

It is highly water efficient since the canister flush valve combined with a gravity flushing system are specifically designed to use the smallest amount of water to eliminate as much waste as possible and maintain bowl cleanliness.

The toilet is engineered for comfort since it is designed at the same height of ordinary chairs as opposed to most toilets which are quite lower. It guarantees maximum comfort for anyone; especially people with knee and back problems.

What We Like:

  • Water efficient
  • Extremely comfortable (good seat height)

What We Don't Like:

  • The toilet doesn’t come with a seat so, unfortunately you will have to order one separately.

2. Toto Drake

A lever coated with chrome and a design composed of two pieces make it a highly desired product among the world of 10" rough in toilets. Despite its height being around 16-1/8" from the floor to the rim of the bowl which is not as high as the Kohler Highline mentioned above, it is offers a comfortable, simplistic overall design.

A chrome plated trip lever guarantees it not rusting since chrome does not oxidize and as long as the plating is not penetrated, it will also prevent the oxidization of the steel beneath it.

A G-max flushing system along with a large trapway and wide flush valve contribute to a powerful flush with minimum clogging

What We Like:

  • Chrome plated trip lever
  • Minimal clogging
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    Powerful flushing

What We Don't Like:

  • The height remains an issue because it is the same as most toilets; a problem that will most likely face tall people and people with joint problems.

3. Toto CST412MF.10No.01 Aquia

A double flush 10 inch rough in toilet fitted with a chrome button and a plain design with an appealing simplicity, all with a quite a fitting starting price.

The Dual-Max flushing system is very successful in lowering the overall water consumption level due the fact that it allows you to choose between a full flush which is 1.6 gallons and a half flush which is 0.9 gallons according to the amount of wastes in the bowl.

The creative design of both, trapway and bowl allow water to hit the bowl with a sufficient force that gets rid of all the wastes efficiently so you won’t have to use much water.

What We Like:

  • Water efficient (dual flushing)
  • Powerful flush

What We Don't Like:

  • The product may or may not get shipped in more than one box which increases the chances of misplacement.

4. American Standard Cadet 3

Its conventional outer design offers the perfect camouflage for an innovative inner design. It is quite the efficient two piece 10 inch rough in toilet with its 1.28 gallons per flush combined with a round bowl shape.

An EverClean antimicrobial surface eliminates the growth of microbiotic organisms on the toilet’s surface as an additional protection measurement for your safety.

This toilet is a very well balanced product when it comes to price and quality.

What We Like:

  • EverClean antimicrobial surface
  • Great price to quality ratio

What We Don't Like:

  • The toilet does not come with a seat so, unfortunately you will have to purchase a seat separately.

What is a Toilet ROUGH-IN Size?

By now, you either know what a toilet with 10 inch rough in is or you are just too deep in to ask. Simply, a rough in is the distance from the wall to the middle of the outlet pipe which is marked by a bolt in the ground. There are two rough in distances; the standard is 12” but, in most old houses you are most likely to find 10" rough in toilets and on the off chance, 14” ones.

Factors to consider when buying a 10" rough in toilet:

  • Water consumption: Low water consumption is a thing you should aim for when buying a new toilet. Your best bet would be to buy a double flush toilet.
  • Design: For maximum comfort, it is better to get a high toilet. However, it all comes back to your personal preferences.
  • Price: Limit yourself to a price cap because then, it would be easier to limit your choice to a product that will suit your needs and your budget.
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    Brand: It is usually better to stick to well known brands like; American standard, TOTO, and Kohler. Not only are they tested and trusted, but they also have great warranty policies.

Final Thoughts

In the end, what should be said is that buying a toilet is not an easy decision to make since you will most likely be stuck with it until you change houses or redecorate.

This is why you need to take the aforementioned factors into consideration, along with the qualities of our highest ranking products like the Kohler K-3889-0 Highline, in order to be able to make a good decision and purchase the best 10 inch rough in toilet.

Keep in mind that a wrong decision would end up with you manually unclogging a toilet for as long as that toilet lasts.

Kohler Highline

Our #1 10-inch Rough-in

Toilet Choice

  • Best-in-class bowl cleanliness
  • Comfortable - make sitting down and standing up easier for people of all ages
  • Powerful - provides tremendous bulk waste flushing performance 
  • Low water usage - 1.28 GPF