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Best toilets – 2022 Reviews & Buying Guide

Marion Rosenfeld

  • The rule of thumb is that a toilet can last very long, but they are usually replaced every 20 years due to wear, damages and tear.
  • The best toilets feature a powerful flushing action while consuming as little water as possible; less than 1.28 gallons per flush.
  • Replacing an old toilet with a new one with highly efficient flush can save up to 1300 gallons of water per year.
  • The Woodbridge T-0001 is our pick for the best medium priced toilet that comes with a lot of features that could easily put it into a higher price range.

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The best rated toilets in 2022

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Top 10 toilet reviews

Now that you know everything about what to look for when buying a new toilet, here is a list of our suggestions.

1. Woodbridge T-0001

If there’s a toilet that has the best ratio between price, performance and price, it has to be the Woodbridge T-0001; a single-piece toilet with dual flushing system and fully concealed trapway.

When it comes to toilets, there are plenty of players with decades of experience on the market. The California-based Woodbridge is a fairly unknown company compared to giants such as Toto, American Standard, or Kohler, but they have made quite an impact with their medium-priced toilets.

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 first area where the T-0001 shines is the design. It has a fully concealed trapway. 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, especially considering its price.

Flushing system

The T-0001 has a fully glazed dual flush system that delivers a powerful, but quiet flushing action. The partial flush uses 1.0 gallons and the full flush uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The average consumption is 1.27 gallons which makes the T-0001 over 20% more efficient than the current federal standard and makes it certified by Watersense.

We have analyzed over a dozen of dual flush toilets that are available on the market and the T-0001 is on the affordable site compared to most of them.

Warranty

The final area where the T-0001 outperforms most of its competition is the warranty coverage. It comes with 5-year limited warranty on porcelain parts which comes handy if the glaze starts fading or staining. There’s also a 1-year warranty on flushing mechanism and the toilet seat.

  • Pros: Dual flushing system, quiet flushing action, toilet seat included, comfort height, fully concealed trapway
  • Cons: The flush button could be closer

2. TOTO Aimes

We picked the TOTO Aimes because as our second choice 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

  • Style: One piece
  • Flushing System: Double Cyclone
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Universal
  • Bowl: Elongated
  • Weight: 100 lbs

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

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 push the water through a single hole on the side of the bowl. This produces centrifugal force that is able to clean the surface of the bowl more thoroughly while consuming less water.

Speaking about efficiency, the Aimes uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it certified by WaterSense and compliant with CalGreen regulations. 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. Toilets with Double cyclone flushing systems 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

3. American Standard Townsend Vormax

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

  • Style: One piece
  • Flushing System: Vormax
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Universal
  • Bowl: Elongated
  • Weight: 100 lbs

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 similar “battles” happening 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 independent 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: Vormax flushing technology – 1.28 GPF, EverClean antimicrobial finish, comfort height, 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.

  • Style: Two piece
  • Flushing System: Class Five(R)
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Comfort height
  • Bowl: Elongated
  • Weight: 95.5 lbs

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(R) flushing system – 1.28 GPF, standard height
  • Cons: Two-piece design

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.

  • Style: Two piece
  • Flushing System: Double Cyclone
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Universal
  • Bowl: Elongated
  • Weight: 106.5 pounds

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: Double Cyclone flushing system – 1.28 GPF, universal height, modern design, SanaGloss ceramic glaze
  • Cons: The seat is not included, two-piece design

6. TOTO CST743S#03 Drake

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.

  • Style: Two piece
  • Flushing System: Double Cyclone
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Universal
  • Bowl: Elongated
  • Weight: 88 lbs

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: G-Max flushing system – 1.6 GPF, attractive price, SanaGloss finish, skirted design
  • Cons: The toilet seat is not included

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.

  • Style: Two piece
  • Flushing System: Double Cyclone
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Universal
  • Bowl: Elongated
  • Weight: 99 lbs

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

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