Best Toilets Buying Guide (Reviews One & Two-Piece Flushing Toilets)

Best Modern Toilets Reviews – Brands and Price List

A lot of thought goes into every home renovation project. But the more ornate parts of the home like the kitchen counter and the backs plashget most of the attention. One of the most important utility features of the home, the toilet, is often put on the back burner. ‘Hey honey, do you want to check out the cheap & best modern toilets for our bathroom?’

Does that sound like a discussion straight from your home?

You are not alone. A lot of people don’t think that buying the toilet deserves a second thought from a functional or an aesthetic point of view. How different can a toilet be?The fact is, that it does. A lot.

Buying a toilet is not merely about adding an essential to a home. It is about selecting a very specialized receptacle that can be aesthetically pleasing, blend into the rest of your bathroom décor, save water, come in a variety of shapes, be comfortable and also incorporate some fancy tech these days.

Anyone heard about glow in the dark toilets?

While that’s yet to make it to homes in America, you can certainly ensure that you choose the best toilet for your bathroom renovation.

If the last time you bought a toilet for your home was in the 1980’s then get ready to be as confused as a cow on AstroTurf if you go to a store today. You will be bewildered at the number of choices and options you have. But in all probability, you will get swayed by a fancy sales pitch and end up buying one that is an overkill or plain uncomfortable to sit on.

To get the best toilet for your home, you need to keep your claws sharp and be armed with all the information you need. Thankfully, we have you covered. Here’s our small guide to the various types of toilets that you will come across when you venture out to shop.

What are the types of toilets that you can buy?

There are many different ways in which toilets can be categorized. For example, gravity feed or pressure assisted, two piece or one piece. But the idea here is to not confuse you. It is to help you pick one that best works for you. So we will only focus on the most common toilet descriptions that you are most likely to hear when you go commode shopping.

Close coupled toilet: Undoubtedly, the most popular and most commonly used variety of toilets, these contain a separate toilet pan and a cistern, which is typically mounted right above it. The cistern may have dual-flush options or may incorporate a lever mechanism. Close coupled toilets are the most basic, cost effective and easily available toilets that you can buy.

But why should you choose this type of toilet over others? Here are some pros and cons.

Pros

  • Cost effective
  • Huge variety of designs, shapes and colors to choose from
  • Cheapest to install with uncomplicated plumbing
  • You have the option to run the soil pipe in just about any direction

Cons

  • With the cistern mounted just above it, there will be a gap in between the toilet and the wall which can quickly turn into a germ and mold magnet. It will demand frequent cleaning

Back-to-wall toilet: Hate messy looking pipes and leaky cisterns? A back-to-wall toilet is what you need. This is a sleek and stylish type of toilet that is perfect to create an organized or minimalistic look in your bathroom. The pan is attached to the surface of the wall (no gap to clean) and the cistern is neatly hidden away concealed inside the wall. There is an access panel that can be blended with other bathroom furniture or it can be via a flush plate which is fitted on the wall.Back-to-wall toilet

Pros

  • Sleek, stylish and concealed
  • Perfect for smaller bathroom spaces
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Plumbing may be expensive

Wall Hung Toilet: These are the latest addition to the market and feature a toilet pan that is mounted on the wall, lifted a few inches off the ground. The cistern is concealed, similar to that of a back-to-wall toilet. If you are looking for something that’s stylish and easy to clean, this is what you need.

Wall Hung Toilet

Pros

  • Is installed above the floor. So, you can easily clean the space under the toilet
  • Can be mounted on any wall
  • ​The wall bracket can easily support up to 450 lbs. of weight
  • Looks extremely stylish

Cons

  • More expensive than the other two
  • Plumbing can be more expensive too

Other than these, you may also come across comfort height toilets which are typically installed in homes with elderly or very tall people who find it difficult or uncomfortable to sit on normal sized toilets.

If those were the three types of toilets, next up is the type of toilet seat you choose. Oh yes, round is no longer the only option for the toilet seat.

How will the best modern toilet look?

After much deliberation, if you have managed to narrow down on one of the above mentioned three types of toilets for your home, then your conundrum has not ended yet. One more very important decision remains. Do you wish to choose a conventional styled toilet or one with a more contemporary appearance?

Let us simplify it for you.

The Round bowl: Think of it like the classic toilet that you see in an old apartment with the curvy appearance and round bowl. These are noticeably more compact and are perfect for bathrooms where square footage is a luxury. The other place where these will fit just perfectly is a kiddie bathroom. Due to their petite form factor, they are ideal for use by kids. The obvious advantage of round bowl toilets is that they are cheaper. The approximate length is 16 ½ inches and the width at the top is around 5 ½ inches.

Difference-between-elongated-round

The Elongated bowl: If you have a contemporary styled themed bathroom, then the elongated bowl with its straight edges and boxy design will be a perfect fit. These have risen in popularity over the past few years due to their slight advantage in length. An elongated bowl is typically 18 ½ inches long. This extra length makes them a good fit for large and spacious bathrooms where they cannot block furniture. It is also more suited for adults since it gives them an extra couple of inches to sit away from the flushing cistern. For the best modern toilet, a wall mounted elongated one will be a great choice.

Thankfully, that sums up what you need to know about the various styles and the look of the toilet. Now it’s time to venture into more serious turf, the functionality.

Things to Consider while buying the best toilet

There are a plethora of functionalities that is incorporated into a toilet these days. Features like a heated seat, temperature regulated water jets (specialized bidets), an air dryer and a full-fledged control panel on the wall, which were once considered as luxury add-ons are slowly becoming commonplace. But assuming that your idea of a toilet is not one out of Star Trek, we are going to focus on the most important ones that cover the essentials and give you a few extra bells and whistles that you can be proud of.

Flushing System: We have placed the flushing system on the top of the features to consider because it is undoubtedly becoming one of the most debated features of a toilet in recent times. It is estimated that 24% of the water used in an average American household is used in the toilet. If a reduced ecological footprint is among the features you seek from your commode, then you must look for a water-efficient flushing system that does not use more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Otherwise, you have a few different choices including a tried and tested gravity fed flush, a pressure assisted flush, power assisted flushing system and dual-flush options. The kind of flushing system you can install will also depend on the pressure in your water lines.

Budget: Goes without saying that you will have a budget for your bathroom remodel. Of this, there will be a percentage that goes towards the toilet. This will determine what kind and what style of toilet you can afford. While it is possible to get a very durable and long lasting but basic toilet for a budget price, if you are looking for high end features in a low price, there are bound to be tradeoffs. So stick to the old ‘what you pay for is what you get’ adage here. P.S. Do not go over budget.

Comfort: Comfort is a relative term. What you find comfortable may not match your partner’s definition of comfort. You may want soft-seats with the most advanced automated bidet system installed while your partner may want a simple wall-mounted elongated toilet. Keep your budget in mind and then choose the essentials first. If you have some spare cash after that, go for add-ons as much as you’d want to. After all, nothing like a bit of indulgence in the bathroom.

Did that help you understand what to expect when you venture out to shop for your toilet? Here’s a little something that makes your task even better. We have handpicked a list of the best toilets in the market currently on the basis of their features, their customer ratings and their popularity. These may not be the only choices you have, but these certainly are at the forefront of your options, if you are only looking for the best.

#1 – American Standard 2887.216.021 H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Elongated Two-Piece Toilet, Bone

As an ode to the business that has been a household name in America for the past several decades, we start off with this Elongated Two piece Toilet from American Standard in an attractive Bone China color. This is a ground mounted round bowl toilet that has aseparate tank, which features an extremely powerful flushing system to lower your green footprint.

It is a standard sized elongated toilet (35 x 35 x 22 inches) and should fit an average sized bathroom perfectly without seeming out of place or interrupting with your utilities. The construction is solid as always and the seating is comfortable. The elongated height also allows you to stand up easier.

What sets it apart from other toilets at this price point is the siphonic dual flush technology which reduces water usage while ensuring that the waste is flushed down in one single flush. The sturdy construction prevents clogs or leaks and gives you years of trouble-free performance.

Conventionally, the two piece design is slightly more cumbersome to maintain. But the EverCleansurface on this durable toilet thwarts bacteria and mold from growing and it will, at best take just an occasional wipe to stay sparkling clean as ever.

The Best Features

  • Stylish elongated design
  • Attractive bone color
  • ​Siphonic dual flush technology
  • Durable and leak free
  • Ever clean surface for reduced maintenance

Verdict: The Classic! Go for it. You cannot go wrong with American Standard


#2 – American Standard 2034.014.020 Champion-4 Right Height One-Piece Elongated Toilet, White

For people who prefer a single piece toilet that’s easier to install and move, here’s one from American Standard that boasts of all the standard features with a new nifty additions that make this a no-brainer choice. For starters, there are three color options to choose from. Personally, we love the white. But the Bone, looks equally dapper.

The Champion-4 is an ADA (American Disabilities Act) compatible floor-mounted toilet. So, if you have elders or a family member with a disability, then the elongated height (16 ½ inches with a seat which must be purchased separately) allows them comfortable access. The bowl is designed ergonomically for comfortable sitting and standing.

It is constructed from sturdy vitreous china and has an EverClean surface, which is a technology from American Standard that prevents microbial growth, stains and mold on the surface. This translates into less cleaning time.

The flushing system as always, is top-notch. The Champion 4 retains the patent-pending siphon-jet flush with a 4-inch piston action accelerator valve that minimizes water use and ensures that the waste is flushed down in a single flush.

The trapway on the Champion-4 is an extra wide 2-3/8-inches. Does not clog, leak or break for years.

Best Features

  • Elongated ADA compliant toilet
  • All-inclusive one piece design
  • ​Siphon-jet flushing system
  • ​2 3/8 inch wide trapway
  • ​EverClean surface
  • 10 year warranty

Verdict: The No-brainer. This does not even warrant a second thought if you are looking for an American Standard Elongated toilet. You’ve just found it.


#3 – American Standard 2888.216.020 H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Right Height Round Front Two-Piece Toilet, White

Enough of elongated bowls. The third one on our list is a classic that refuses to go out of style. This is a round bowl, two piece (separate pan and flushing cistern) toilet from American Standard, who are one of the most reputed names in bathroom fixtures.

Perfect for homes with small to medium sized bathrooms, this unassuming looking toilet features a compact flushing cistern with a patent-pending siphonic actionsiphonic dual flush technology. There are dual flushing actuators in place of conventional levers, with the option to use a light flush for liquids, which will release 1 gallon of water and a heavy flush for solids which will release 1.6 gallon.

This saves at least 25% of water as compared to what is used in a conventional flush of the same size.

Further, it features a series of pressurized rim holes and a jetted bowl which ensures complete waste removal without the water spilling out or the drains getting clogged. What goes down, stays down. You won’t need to double flush either.

This round flush toilet is easy to install, clean and maintain. For the color conscious, there are three options to pick from.

Best Features

  • Budget priced classic round bowl
  • ADA Right Height design
  • ​Works with any water supply irrespective of the water pressure
  • ​Water conserving cistern
  • Efficient flush and waste disposal
  • Complete kit needed for installation

Verdict: Classic Styling with a reliable performance.

#4 – TOTO CST744SG#01 Drake 2-Piece Toilet with Elongated Bowl and Sanagloss,1.6 GPF, Glazed Cotton White

After 3 durable and stylish toilets from American Standard, the next one in our list of best toilets is the Toto Drake 2-piece.

Toto has reinvented the wheel here taking a classic design and infusing it with some very useful tech that makes life simpler. At the forefront is the Sana Gloss technology which features an ion barrier that silently glazes the toilet every time you flush it. This ensures that the Drake retains its shine even after years.

On the styling front, the Drake already holds a prime position in the market thanks to its contemporary high profile design and the extreme durability of TOTO’s products.

While retaining the superior styling, Toto ensures that the functionality is not compromised. The flushing system features a 2 inch flush valve and relies on the proven G-max flushing system.

The result is a faster and quieter flush that is miles ahead of the typical flushes one finds on standard toilets. This is a commercial grade flush on a toilet aimed at home use. To top it off, the glazed 2 1/8 inch trapwayensures a clean flush every single time.

Best Features

  • Contemporary styling with a high profile design
  • SanaGloss tech which cleans the toilet after every use
  • ​Large 3 inch flush valve with G-Max flushing system
  • ​Near-flawless customer rating

The Verdict : The proven performer! Toto’s drake is one of the earliest elongated toilets to be sold in the market. It has a proven performance


#5–TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II Het Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet with Sanagloss, Cotton White

TheUltramax 2 is one of Toto’s most popular offerings in the one-piece design range.From a wide range of color choices in bone, colonial white, cotton, cotton white and Sedona beige, to a water-efficient flushing cistern, this all-inclusive single-piece toilet covers all the bases.

The design and tech, is signature Toto. One of the best features of Toto’s entire range is the SanaGloss technology. Having tested the performance of Toto’s toilets over years, we can vouch for this that the toilets will glaze as good as new with minimal maintenance. Stains, scratches or dents, we haven’t seen them on the Toto Ultramax till date.

The flushing system is WaterSense approved and only guzzles 1.28 gallons per flush. That does not mean that you will have to use the plunger. The Toto Ultramax II with its double cyclone flush is as powerful as they come.

Best Features

  • Contemporary styling with multiple color choices
  • WaterSense approved flushing system that uses only 1.28 gallons per flush
  • ​Double Cyclone Flush for perfect and efficient cleaning
  • Quieter as compared to other toilets
  • SanaGloss to keep the toilet free of stains

Verdict: Underrated! With a bevy of new models clamoring for attention, the Ultramax II, which is one of Toto’s oldest models often gets sidelined. Don’t be mistaken. This is one of the best toilets that you can buy.


#6 – KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa Comfort Height Elongated 1.28 GPF Toilet

And as they say, we saved the best for the last. The last one in our list of best toilets is the Kohler Santa Rosa. This is, hands down, the most stylish and efficient one-piece toilets in our list. This is Kohler’s aesthetic friendly design at its best. You can pick from an array of color choices including the normal ones like almond, biscuit, dune and white to more specialized and exotic ones like ice grey, sandbar and black.

Kohler always clubs innovation with flawless design. What might seem like just another mundane feature turns out to be something that makes life easier. For example, the Santa Rosa features comfort height seating, which is a specially designed height that is perfect for ergonomic seating and easily standing up.

Ever got a nasty cramp in your lower back while trying to stand up from the toilet? This is designed to prevent it.

But it’s not mere-eye candy either. The flushing system is equally efficient. The Santa Rosa features an Aqua Piston canister, which is one of the most popular flushing systems thanks to its powerful cleaning without wasting water. If your old toilet was using a universal 3 inch canister that was prone to leaks, you’d be interested to know that the Santa Rosa features concealed seals that are 90% less visible. This ensures that you get leak free performance for years.

The Best Features

  • Kohler’s stunning design in an array of beautiful colors
  • Comfort height seating
  • ​AquaPiston Canister
  • ​Powerful flushing system
  • Leak free performance

VerdictUnparalleled value! Like most products from Kohler, the Santa Rosa impresses you with impeccable styling and backs it up with a flawless performance. This is our best buy!

Conclusion :

That’s it folks. We hope you enjoyed browsing through our list of the best toilets. If you have one to add to this, please do share it in the comments section below with your reasons for recommending it.