Black toilets

After analyzing 48 toilets that are currently available on the market, we think that the KOHLER K-76301-7 Highline is the best black toilet for medium budgets. It features attractive two-piece design, offers a powerful “Class five” flushing action, and comes with 1 year limited warranty.

We also like the Toto Eco Soiree which is a high-end toilet that comes with one of the most highly praised gravity-fed flushing systems on the market (the Double Cyclone) and features attractive one-piece design.

If you are just thinking of buying a black toilet, you are probably asking yourself at least one of these questions.

  • Are black toilets harder or easier to clean?
  • Will a black toilet improve the appearance of my bathroom?
  • Are black toilets more expensive?

Before we get on with answering these questions, take a look at the comparison chart of what we believe are the most interesting black toilets on the market right now. We spent 17 hours talking to plumbers and interior designers who helped us rank these toilets based on price, design, flushing system, water consumption, and several other criteria.

Black toilets – our top picks

ToiletStyleEfficiencyFlushing
1. KOHLER K-76301-7 Highline Two piece 1.28 GPF Class Five
2. TOTO Eco Soiree One piece 1.28 GPF Double Cyclone
3. KOHLER 3810-7 Santa Rosa One piece 1.28 GPF AquaPiston
4. TOTO CST743S#51 Drake Two piece 1.6 GPF G-Max
5. KOHLER K-4007-7 San Souci One piece 1.28 GPF AquaPiston

Why would you buy a black toilet?

It’s safe to say that over 95% of residential toilets are white. Bowls are made of porcelain which is white by default. Painting it to another color increases manufacturing costs and that’s one of the reasons why many manufacturers didn’t decide to experiment with different color designs.

When something is the same for long period of time it gets boring and the same goes with toilets. White toilets have become somewhat boring from the design aspect and having a black toilets can be a powerful breath of fresh air. A black toilet can make your bathroom look contemporary, stylish and invigorating at the same time, as long as it matches with the style of other fixtures.

White vs. black toilet – pros and cons

black and white toilet

  • Black toilets have a single advantage over white ones; design. And even design is a matter of personal preference, so it’s not necessarily an advantage at all.

When it comes to disadvantages, black toilets have a few of them that are impossible to overlook.

  • Black toilets require more cleaning. The transparent mineral buildups on the surface of the bowl are much easier to spot on the black surface which means that a black bowl requires more cleaning to look clean. The same goes with dust.
  • Porcelain is white by default. Painting it to another color increases manufacturing costs and often makes black toilets more expensive.
  • Replacing an old toilet with a black one often means that you will need to redesign a few things around the bathroom.

Which one to buy?

If you are still convinced that advantages of black toilets outweigh disadvantages, here are a couple of our recommendations when it comes to black toilets.

1. KOHLER K-76301-7 Highline – Our top pick

Features
  • Style: Two piece
  • Color: Black
  • Flushing System: Class Five
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Comfort
  • Bowl: Elongated

OUR RATING: 9.7 / 10

Kohler is a company that was founded almost 150 years ago and it’s safe to say that it’s one of the oldest toilet manufacturers in the world. They have several black toilets on the market right now, and we decided to pick the K-76301-7 Highline as the most interesting one considering its price, design, flushing system, and efficiency.

Design

Despite the fact that the K-76301-7 is a two-piece toilet, it looks almost the same as it was made of a single piece of material because black finish makes the area between the tank and the bowl less visible than on a white toilet.

The elongated bowl combined with comfort height seat provides an extra level of comfort and makes sitting down and standing up easier for most adults.

Flushing system

The flushing technology behind the K-76301-7 Highline is called “Class Five” which is Kohler’s second most advanced gravity flushing system. The only difference between Class five and Class six is that the Class six creates more flushing action at the sides of the bowl.

With that said, the K-76301-7 Highline uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which makes it certified by Watersense standards. To put this into perspective, the Highline saves several thousand gallons of water per year compared to an old toilet that uses 3 gallon of water per flush or more.

  • Attractive and sleek design
  • Comfort height
  • Class Five flushing technology
  • Three-bolt installation
  • Low water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • It’s not the most affordable black toilet we have managed to review
  • The seat is not included in the package

2. TOTO MS964214CEF#51 Eco Soiree

Features
  • Style: One piece
  • Color: Black
  • Flushing System: Double Cyclone
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Comfort
  • Bowl: Elongated

OUR RATING: 9.5 / 10

The next toilet in our list of recommendations the TOTO Eco Soiree. It’s a high-end one-piece toilet that comes with Double Cyclone flushing system.

The only reason why we didn’t rank the Eco Soiree on the first spot above the Kohler Highline is the price. It is a high-end toilet and it comes with a high-end price which makes it less appropriate for average consumers.

Design

The Eco Soiree is a one-piece toilet which means that the tank and the bowl are made of a single piece of material. This enhances its looks and makes the installation process a little bit easier since the tank is already mounted onto the bowl and you don’t have to do it yourself.

The bowl is elongated and 17-1/4-inches high which provides more comfort than most smaller round toilets on the market. The surface of the bowl is finished with Toto’s SanaGloss ceramic glaze which makes it smoother, less sticky and easier to clean.

Flushing system

The Eco Soiree features the Double Cyclone which is arguably one of the best gravity flushing system on the market right now. Toilets with Double Cyclone system have no rim. Instead of several rim holes that can easily get clogged up, there’s a large opening at the side of the bowl where the flushing water comes out. Once you press on the flush button the water moves it’s way around the bowl like a spiral creating a powerful centrifugal force and efficiently washes the entire bowl.

The Double Cyclone system of the Eco Soiree uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which means that it’s ultra efficient and certified by WaterSense.

  • Attractive one-piece design
  • Double Cyclone flushing system (1.28 GPF)
  • SanaGloss ceramic glaze
  • High-end price

3. KOHLER 3810-7 Santa Rosa

Features
  • Style: One piece
  • Color: Black
  • Flushing System: Aquapiston
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Comfort
  • Bowl: Elongated

OUR RATING: 9.4 / 10

The Kohler Santa Rosa is another black toilet that offers exceptional performance in a small footprint. It comes in one-piece design which makes it look quite elegant and easier to clean.

Design

The Santa Rosa features Comfort Height seat which means that the height is similar to the height of traditional chairs. The trapway is exposed which makes it look narrow at the bottom of the bowl and slightly more challenging to clean because it has more edges than concealed trapway.

Flushing system

This water-saving toilet uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush which is the same as the Toto Eco Soiree and the Kohler Wellworth. The secret is in the AquaPiston canister that allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides which results in a powerful flushing action.

The canister design has about 90% less exposed seal material than traditional toilets, so there’s less chance of something to start leaking any time soon.

Warranty

The Santa Rosa toilet comes with 1-year limited warranty.

  • One-piece design
  • AquaPiston flushing technology (1.28 GPF)
  • Comfort height
  • Above average price

4. TOTO CST743S#51 Drake

Features
  • Style: Two piece
  • Color: Black
  • Flushing System: G-Max
  • Water consumption: 1.6 GPF
  • Height: Comfort
  • Bowl: Round

OUR RATING: 9.1 / 10

The Toto Drake is a series of toilets that are getting upgraded every once in a while. The CST743S#51 is one of the older toilets from the series and it doesn’t feature the latest Toto’s goodies such as the Double cyclone flushing system. However, we believe that it’s still a great buy for average consumers who don’t want to break the bank with buying a new black toilet.

Design

The downside of the Drake II is the round bowl which doesn’t offer as much comfort as an elongated bowl. Round bowls usually make the toilet a little bit shorter and more appropriate for smaller bathrooms, but the Drake is about the same length as the Kohler Wellworth which has an elongated bowl.

Flushing system

The Drake comes with G-Max flushing system. It has a few of the same features as the Toto’s Double cyclone system, but the Double cyclone provides a better rim wash. The G-Max uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush which means that it meets the federal regulations and is still efficient enough for most consumers.

  • Contemporary design
  • G-Max flushing system (1.6 GPF)
  • Round bowl

5. KOHLER K-4007-7 San Souci

Features
  • Style: One piece
  • Color: Black
  • Flushing System: Aquapiston
  • Water consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Height: Universal
  • Bowl: Round

OUR RATING: 9.0 / 10

The last toilet on our list is the K-4007-7 San Souci, a futuristic looking toilet with low-profile design. It’s available in several colors and it features Kohler’s AquaPiston flushing system that uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush.

Design

The San Souci looks very sleek and futuristic. It’s one of those toilets that you either love or hate and there’s no other way. We believe that it looks great, but there are probably many people who disagree with us.

The tank is very short and it blends with the rest of the toilet nicely through one-piece design, making it look smaller than it actually is. If Darth Vader had a toilet, this would probably be it.

  • Unique low profile design
  • AquaPiston flushing system (1.28 GPF)
  • Its unique degisn might be a turnoff for many consumers

Conclusion

Having a black toilet can make the whole bathroom look different. Some consumers love them and some hate them. They don’t have particular advantages and it’s a fact that they require more cleaning. Is that something that will turn you away from buying one?

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