Best Flushing Toilets

Last updated: October 19, 2018

We spent 22 hours analyzing 39 toilets from brands such as Toto, American Standard and Kohler that are available on the market at the moment. We believe that one of the best flushing toilets in the higher price range is the TOTO Aimes because it features attractive one-piece design, offers a powerful Double Cyclone flushing system and because it only consumes 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it certified by WaterSense and CalGREEN.

We also like the Woodbridge T-0001 which we believe is the best looking toilet we have managed to review while surprisingly its price is on the lower side. It features stylish and elegant one-piece design with fully skirted trapway, and comes with highly efficient dual flushing system.

Best flushing toilets - Comparison chart

Here’s a list of the top 10 toilets that managed to get into our list of recommendations. We ranked them according to price, flushing system, design, and efficiency. Be aware that we only included toilets that we believe are appropriate for average homeowners who don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a single toilet.

If your budget allows it and you are looking for toilets in the highest price range, check out our expensive toilet list where you will find some of the most advanced toilets on the market which come with remote controllers and other goodies. Check out the comparison chart below or skip to our buyer’s guide.

ToiletStyleBowlEfficiencyFlushing system
TOTO Aimes (Editor’s pick)One pieceElongated1.28 GPFDouble cyclone
American Standard TownsendOne pieceElongated1.28 GPFVormax
Woodbridge T-0001 (Best design)One pieceElongated1.28 GPFDual flush
Kohler WellworthTwo pieceElongated1.28 GPFClass Five
TOTO Drake (Budget pick)Two pieceRound1.6 GPFG-Max
TOTO Vespin IITwo pieceElongated1.28 GPFDouble cyclone
TOTO UltramaxOne pieceElongated1.28 GPFDouble cyclone

1. TOTO Aimes – Our top pick B004IYWPBG

The Toto Ltd was founded over 100 years ago in Japan and is officially the largest toilet manufacturer in the world as of 2018. They own a number of patented flushing technologies and they have a lot of different toilets in all price ranges on the market.

We picked the Aimes because it’s a medium-priced one-piece toilet that looks more expensive than it actually is, and because it comes with quite a few advanced features that could easily push it into the higher price range. But let’s talk about the design first because this is the area where the Aimes starts to shine.

Design

If you are not into standard white bathroom fixtures, you will appreciate the fact that the Aimes comes in several color designs to choose from; colonial white, cotton white, bone, and sedona beige just to name a few. Consumers will traditional bathrooms will most likely opt for the cotton white which has similar shade than most traditional bathroom fixtures while consumers with more colorful bathrooms will probably choose bone or sedona beige.

We believe that the whole appearance of the Toto Aimes is a thing of the art. The trapway is fully concealed which makes its appearance more elegant because it also makes it look wider than it actually is.

Flushing system

The Aimes uses Toto’s Double cyclone flushing system which is one of the most highly praised gravity flushing systems on the market. Instead of using rim holes to flush the water from behind the rim edges, the Aimes uses two nozzles that spray the water through a single hole on the side of the bowl. This produces centrifugal force that flushes down the waste and cleans up the surface of the bowl with more force and less water required.

Speaking about efficiency, the Aimes uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it not only WaterSense certified (maximum of 1.6 GPF), but also CalGreen compliant (maximum of 1.28 GPF).

Another huge advantage of the Aimes (and all toilets with Double Cyclone system) is that they require less cleaning. We all know that the corners and edges under the rim can get very dirty through time and they are often hard and disgusting to clean.

The double cyclone toilets don’t even have a rim. Instead, there’s a single opening on the side of the toilet where the water comes through, so you will never have to worry about waste and mineral buildups behind the edges of the rim.

Pros

  • Low water consumption – 1.28 GPF
  • SanaGloss finish
  • Comfort height
  • Requires much less cleaning than an average toilet
  • Fully concealed trapway

Cons

  • Above average price

2. American Standard Townsend Vormax

The Townsend is another high efficiency toilet that uses 20% less water than the current industry standard. It’s equipped with powerful Vormax flushing system and has an elongated bowl for enhanced level of comfort.

Vormax flushing system

Vormax is American Standard’s answer to increasingly popular Double cyclone flushing system by Toto. It’s been said that the American Standard brand was purchased by Inax, one of Toto’s biggest rivals in Japan, so we could see a lot of similarities happen in the future.

Both Vormax and Double cyclone are very similar. The most notable difference is that the Vormax uses a single jet instead of two used by the Double cyclone system. However, this isn’t necessarily a downside because both Vormax and Double cyclone performed similarly in several tests.

The Vormax uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which is the same as the TOTO Aimes and a bunch of other high efficient toilets.

Design

The Townsend comes in one-piece design which means that it’s made of a single piece of material. The tank and the bowl are connected through seamless design which makes the whole appearance of the toilet more elegant and sleek.

The trapway is exposed which makes the toilet look smaller and narrower compared to toilets with fully concealed trapways.

10-year limited warranty

The American Standard Townsend also comes with 10-year limited warranty which is way more than industry standard. Just be aware that you need to keep the original receipt and register your warranty on the official American Standard website.

Pros

  • Low water consumption – 1.28 GPF
  • EverClean surface
  • Comfort height
  • Elongated bowl
  • VorMax flushing technology

Cons

  • Above average price

3. Woodbridge T-0001

One-piece toilets with fully concealed trapways are usually much more expensive than toilets with exposed trapway. The Woodbridge T-0001 is one of the rare exceptions that don’t cost a fortune, but still have a lot to offer.

Design

The design is where the T-0001 shines. It has a fully concealed skirted trapway and there are almost zero edges around it which gives it an elegant and sleek design and makes it easier to clean. The flushing button is rectangular in shape and is located at the top of the tank which even further enhances its looks.

Of course the design is just a matter of personal preference, but we strongly believe that the T-0001 is one of the best looking toilets we have reviewed so far.

Flushing system

The T-0001 has a fully glazed dual flush system that brings a powerful, but quiet flushing. It uses 1.0 or 1.6 gallons of water per flush which makes it vertified by Watersense.

Pros

  • Dual flush system – 1.28 GPF
  • Comes with a soft closing seat with stainless steel seat hinge
  • Comfort height
  • Elongated bowl
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Above average price

4. Kohler K-3948-0 Wellworth

The Kohler Wellworth is a budget friendly toilet that includes K-4841 14” Rough-in tank and K-4198 elongated toilet bowl. Unfortunately it doesn’t include a toilet seat which has to be purchased separately and that’s one of the reasons we didn’t rank it higher.

Design

Despite the fact that two-piece toilet that shouldn’t look as elegant as one-piece toilets, the Wellworth doesn’t lag much behind because the space between the bowl and the tank is barely visible when the toilet seat is open.

Flushing system

The Wellworth’s flushing system is called the Class Five which is a name Kohler gave to their second most powerful line of flushing systems. It has a larger flush valve and trapway than industry standard which provides efficient and powerful flushing action.

The Wellworth consumes 1.28 gallons of water per flush and it’s fully certified by Watersense.

Pros

  • Class five flushing action
  • Comfort height
  • Elongated bowl
  • Watersense certified

Cons

  • Comes with a single year limited warranty
  • Doesn’t include a toilet seat

5. TOTO Vespin II

The Vespin II CST474CEFGNo.01 is a two-piece toilet with double cyclone flushing system, elongated bowl and modern design. It is one of the most affordable toilets from the Vespin II series and we believe that it has a lot to offer for the money.

Design

The first thing that most people probably note on the Vespin II is the skirted trapway and high profile design. The concealed trapway makes it look bigger than it actually is which makes the whole design quite unique. We believe that it looks quite futuristic, but the design is just a matter of personal preference.

Double cyclone flushing system

The Vespin II uses double cyclone flushing system which means rimless design, and a lot of flushing power. It uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it Watersense certified.

Other features

Like most high-end TOTO toilets, the Vespin II bowl is finished with SanaGloss. This prevents mold and debris from sticking to ceramic surfaces which means that it doesn’t require as much cleaning as an average toilet.

Pros

  • Highly efficient – 1.28 GPF
  • SanaGloss finish
  • Skirted design

Cons

  • The toilet seat is not included
  • Unique design that might turn some people off

6. TOTO CST743S#03 Drake B001KAFKT0

Most toilets manufactured by TOTO cost above $400, but the CST743S#03 Drake is one of rare exceptions that doesn’t break the bank. It’s a solution for consumers who want to experience Toto technology on a budget.

Design

The TOTO Drake looks contemporary and comes in several designs to choose from. It has a round bowl which means that it takes less space than a toilet with elongated bowl, but offers less comfort.

Flushing system

The Drake features G-Max flushing system. While it isn’t as powerful and efficient as Toto’s double cyclone system, it’s still powerful enough for residential or commercial use.

The secret of the G-Max system is in large 3-inch flushing valve that is about 125% larger than conventional 2-inch valves. This allows more water to get through the bowl at once which allows water to create more force needed for flushing down the waste.

The TOTO Drake consumes 1.6 gallons of water per flush which means that it’s efficient enough for most consumers although it uses about 50% more water than some of the most efficient toilets on the market.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • SanaGloss finish
  • Skirted design

Cons

  • The toilet seat is not included
  • Unique design that might turn some people off

7. TOTO Ultramax II

The TOTO Ultramax II is one of the latest toilets in the quite popular Ultramax series. The previous Ultramax toilets were becoming a little bit outdated, but the latest models feature more elegant design and come equipped with the Double cyclone flushing system.

Design

The Ultramax II features simple one-piece design that’s full of curves. The trapway is not fully skirted which gives a certain level of sharpness into the design.

Flushing system

The Ultramax II features Toto’s Double cyclone flushing system. It uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it certified by WaterSense.

Pros

  • Double cyclone flushing system (1.28 GPF)
  • SanaGloss finish
  • Universal height
  • Comes with SoftClose seat

Cons

  • Above average price

8. Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT

The 023 Sanicompact is one of the most compact toilets that still offer enough comfort you will find on the market. It was designed to be as small as possible, so it can be installed into half bathrooms, garages, or almost any tight spots where conventional toilets can’t fit.

Design

If you took a closer look at the image above, you were probably asking yourself where’s the toilet tank. Well, the Sanicompact is self-contained, so it doesn’t even have a tank, but more about that later.

It measures 18.2×14.5×15.8 inches which makes it one of the smallest “normal height” toilets on the market.

Flushing action

As said, the Sanicompact doesn’t have an external toilet tank because the flushing system is electric and built-in.

The system can pump sewage up to 9 feet vertically or up to 120 feet to a soil stack.

Pros

  • Compact and self-contained
  • Low water consumption
  • Can be connected to a sink to discharge the sink’s wastewater

Cons

  • Above average price
  • Unless you really need a compact toilet, it’s not a necessity.

Before you rush forward with buying a new toilet, there are a few things you should take into consideration. After all, a new toilet is an investment that will last for decades and the last thing you want is to buy a toilet that won’t suit your needs and budget.

But, it’s just a toilet, isn’t it?

Some toilets are easier to clean than others, some flush more waste down the drain and some are more comfortable to sit on than others. The last thing you want is to buy a toilet that is hard to clean and not comfortable enough.

Flushing systems

If you are buying a new toilet, the first thing you should ask yourself is what type of flushing system do you need. There are several different flushing systems on the market. Some of them are more efficient than others and some are more expensive than others.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular flushing systems on the market right now.

Gravity

Gravity-feed toilets use the force of gravity to flush down the waste. The tank gets filled with water and once you press on the flush, the water is dropped into the bowl. This type of flushing system has been around for as long as the flushing toilets exist and it’s the most affordable flushing system on the market.

Pressure-assisted toilets

Unlike gravity toilets, pressure assisted-toilets use pressurized air to force the waste through the bowl. This results in a much more powerful flushing action that is capable of pushing more waste down the drain.

Although pressure-assisted toilets have numerous benefits and offer superior flushing performance, they were never quite as popular as standard toilets with gravity flush because like all good things, they have a few downsides. They are more expensive right at the start and when something starts malfunctioning, it’s likely that the replacement parts will cost more than just a few bolts and seals. Another disadvantage is that they are much noisier than gravity toilets.

Dual flush

It’s not long ago since toilets with dual flushing system were invented, but they are getting more popular each day and they have already overtaken toilets with pressure-assisted flushing systems.

A dual flush toilet offers the option of using partial flush instead full flush when needed. The idea is that you don’t always need the maximum flushing power to flush down the waste and you could save a lot of water by using partial flush for liquid waste and full flush for solid waste when you really need it.

Partial flush usually uses about a gallon of water per flush while the full flush uses about 1.6 gallons, depending on the model of the toilet. Such a small difference doesn’t mean much, but it definitely shaves a few numbers off the water bills every month.

Double cyclone

A company named TOTO invented double cyclone flushing system a while ago and they have been pushing it heavily with their toilets. The secret of Double cyclone flushing system is that it uses two nozzles instead of rim holes. This creates centrifugal force that forces water to move around the bowl at high speeds while scrubbing the waste off the surface of the bowl.

Because Double cyclone system generates more force than standard gravity flush, it uses less water for the same effect which is about 1.28 gallons.

One-piece vs. two-piece toilets

One piece toilets are made of single piece of material. The tank and the bowl are fitted together in seamless design which allows the toilet to be a little bit shorter in length compared to two-piece toilets.

There are three main advantages of one piece toilets:

  • Because the tank and the bowl are already fitted together, one piece toilets are slightly easier to install.
  • The lack of space between the tank and the bowl enhances the design and eliminates the need of cleaning the area between the bowl and the tank.
  • Because the area between the tank and the bowl has no edges, the whole appearance of the toilet looks more elegant and sleek.

The downside of one piece toilets is the price. They are about 25% more expensive on average and if something starts malfunctioning, you will often have to replace the whole toilet instead of just replacing smaller parts such as leaky tank or broken bowl.

What about two piece toilets?

Two piece toilets have the bowl and the tank separated and mounted together with fittings. They are easier to make which makes them more affordable in general and they are often easier to maintain.

  • They are cheaper than one piece toilets in general
  • Most parts are easier to replace

The downside of two piece toilet is that they are often longer in length and require more cleaning than one piece toilets.

Bowl shapes

There are two main shapes of toilet bowls. Each of them comes with unique sets of advantages and disadvantages.

Round bowl is round in shape. It measures approximately 16 and a half inches from the center front of the bowl to center of the hinge post holes. It takes less space than toilets with elongated bowl which makes it more appropriate for smaller bathrooms, but makes the toilet less comfortable to sit on.

Elongated bowl makes the whole toilet larger which means that it takes more space in the bathroom. An average elongated toilet measures about 18 and a half inches from the center of the hinge post holes to center front of the bowl. These extra two inches make the toilet more comfortable to sit on, but take more space in the bathroom.

Types of toilet seats

A great toilet needs a great toilet seat. That being said, there are two main types of toilet seats. They are either made of wood or plastic.

The plastic seat is easier to clean and they last longer. The downside is that they aren’t as resistant to heat. They might get too cold during the winter and too hot during the summer.

Toilet seat made of wood often looks more elegant and are resistant to heat. This means that they will get less cold during the winter and not too hot during the summer.

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