Choosing a new toilet can be overwhelming. There are so many options and features available today, you might feel like just picking one at random, but it’s important to consider the differences. Things like water consumption, bowl and tank style, lid type, color, height, flushing mechanism, flushing power, location, ease of cleaning, and budget can be the difference between just having a toilet, and genuinely enjoying your bathroom. Fortunately, there are several models available with various combinations of desired features, so everyone can find what they’re looking for. In this guide, we will review the top ten toilets of 2018 that offer the most sought-after features at reasonable prices.
- Table of the Best Two-Piece Toilets:
- #1. TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake II 2-Piece Toilet with Elongated Bowl and Sanagloss,1.28 GPF, Cotton White
- #2. TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake 2-Piece Ada Toilet with Elongated Bowl, Cotton White
- #3. American Standard 288AA114.020 H2Optimum Siphonic Right Height Elongated Toilet
- #4. American Standard 2889216.020 H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Round Front Toilet, White, 2-Piece
- #5. Kohler K-3658-0 Highline Classic Class Five Comfort Height Toilet with Left-Hand Trip Lever
- #6. Kohler K-3977-47 Wellworth Two-Piece Round Toilet Less Seat with 12″ Rough-In 1.6 GPF Almond
- #7. KOHLER K-3987-96 Wellworth Two-Piece Round-Front Dual-Flush Toilet with Class Five Flush System and Left-Hand Trip Lever, Biscuit
- #8. American Standard Heritage Vormax 1.28 GPF Elongated Toilet 2 Piece
- #9. Zurn Z5575 Round Front Pressure Assist, 1.6 GPF, Two-Piece Toilet
- #10. Duravit 2126010000 Darling Two-Piece Toilet, White
- Features to Consider
Table of the Best Two-Piece Toilets:
#1. TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake II 2-Piece Toilet with Elongated Bowl and Sanagloss,1.28 GPF, Cotton White
This Best-Selling, dual flush model is a great choice for those who need a quiet, water-conserving toilet. It saves 20% of water over 1.6 GPF toilets. Featuring Toto’s bowl-cleaning Double Cyclone Technology and a wide trap way, this unit guarantees a quiet flush. It’s available in Bone, Colonial White, Cotton White.
#2. TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake 2-Piece Ada Toilet with Elongated Bowl, Cotton White
Our next model is also a Best Seller. It comes in Bone, Colonial White, Cotton White, Sedona Beige, and Ebony, with an elongated bowl. The G-Max flushing system helps to conserve water. A rating of 4.6 stars and a one-year warranty assure that you’re still getting quality for this low price.
#3. American Standard 288AA114.020 H2Optimum Siphonic Right Height Elongated Toilet
Look no further for reliable function and easy cleaning. This model features pressure assisted siphon jet action in the elongated bowl, and an EverClean surface that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria.
#4. American Standard 2889216.020 H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Round Front Toilet, White, 2-Piece
If you’re looking for water conservation in a high-efficiency toilet, you’ll find it with this WaterSense-certified model. Utilizing a dual flush feature for low consumption, and siphon action for high efficiency.
#5. Kohler K-3658-0 Highline Classic Class Five Comfort Height Toilet with Left-Hand Trip Lever
The 16.5″ bowl height of the Highline Comfort Height toilet bowl is the same height as a standard chair to provide maximum comfort. This model features the Class Five(R) flushing system with an elongated toilet bowl design. Kohler’s canister flush valve packs a powerful punch to eliminate clogs without wasting water.
#6. Kohler K-3977-47 Wellworth Two-Piece Round Toilet Less Seat with 12″ Rough-In 1.6 GPF Almond
This five-star round model and it comes with three pre-installed tank bolts for easy installation. It features Class Five bulk waste flushing performance and Best in Class bowl cleanliness.
#7. KOHLER K-3987-96 Wellworth Two-Piece Round-Front Dual-Flush Toilet with Class Five Flush System and Left-Hand Trip Lever, Biscuit
As part of the Wellworth Collection, this toilet has a round bowl – great for smaller rooms – available in Almond, Biscuit, Black, and White. The dual flush feature allows for water conservation.
#8. American Standard Heritage Vormax 1.28 GPF Elongated Toilet 2 Piece
This five-star piece and has a CleanCurve rim to eliminate the hidden area where dirt and buildup usually hide. It has a siphon action, elongated, jetted bowl made of vitreous china. This high efficiency model utilizes 20% less water than regular low-consumption toilets and meets EPA WaterSense criteria.
#9. Zurn Z5575 Round Front Pressure Assist, 1.6 GPF, Two-Piece Toilet
For simplicity, look no further than the Zurn. This round model comes in white and utilizes Front Pressure Assist for a powerful flush and low water consumption. Made of vitreous china.
#10. Duravit 2126010000 Darling Two-Piece Toilet, White
This ultra-modern, tankless design was made for those with designer taste. This elongated bowl is suitable for SensoWash Starck. It features siphon bowl action and low water consumption and suitable price.
Features to Consider
Toilets come with so many options and features now days, it can be a bit intimidating when you set out to purchase one. If you take these features one-by-one, you can narrow your search and find the perfect toilet for your bathroom. Try starting with what’s most important to you.
The first and most important consideration is measurement. You might find the perfect toilet, but if it doesn’t fit, you’ll have to pick something else. You’ll need to know the rough-in, which is the distance from the finished wall to the bolts. You’ll also need to examine your bathroom. Is your space too small for a chair-height, elongated bowl? Once you know what you need, you can start looking for what you want.
If your number one concern is budget, start with prices. You can find plenty of decent toilets for $200 to $300, or you can look for specialty design pieces that get up towards $1,000.
If you’re more worried about the color scheme or design of your bathroom, start with design options. Many designs come in a variety of off-white shades, or even black, for a bold look.
Dual flush toilets have a low-flow option for liquids, and some high efficiency toilets meet WaterSense standards for water conservation. The usual GPF (Gallons Per Flush) for a low consumption toilet is 1.6, but you can find units that get down to 1.28 GPF.
Many brands have recently begun coating their toilet surfaces in glazes that prevent sticking and rinse clean. There are also new designs that eliminate the need for the hidden places in the rim where debris builds up.
Believe it or not, not all flushes are created equal. There are low-flow, quiet flushes, and there are power flushes with wide trap ways that inhibit clogging and backup. Assess your needs and choose a flush that suits you.
Most toilets are below chair height, which can make sitting and standing difficult for some of us. Chair height toilets offer a bit more mobility. For those of us who can sit and stand easily with a standard-height toilet, the lower stature might offer more comfort, with further bending of the knees.
Consider where your toilet will be. Some are made to sit in the shower or outdoors, in a private garden. Most are made for the bathroom, but you could choose to save space with a corner toilet or have it “flush” against the wall.
If you’d rather not touch the germy lid before and after your bathroom visits, take a look at the automatic lid options. There are also no-slam lids and lids with raised slots for your fingers.
Bowls come in basically two shapes: round and elongated. The elongated seat is generally thought to be more comfortable, and the round seat is more stylish and fits nicely in most bathroom spaces.
Dual flush toilets are usually operated by a split button on top of the tank. One side of the button is for low flow, and the other is for a stronger flush. For a single flush lever, you can choose location between right and left side of the tank.
When selecting a toilet, be careful not to rush into choosing one that you won’t be happy with in the long run. Use this guide to go step by step through common features, and bring home a two-piece model that will complete your bathroom look, and fit nicely with your lifestyle. Make a list of what you need and want before shopping. That way, you can avoid being drawn in by something that doesn’t meet all of your needs. Consider both comfort and function, as well as the space in which your new toilet will reside. This guide can help you keep in mind all of the necessary considerations, so that you can be proud of your purchase.