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Are you the type of person that gets disgusted easily when you have to tidy up the inside of your toilet bowl because it does not flush strongly enough?

Then it sounds like maybe you need to purchase a toilet that ejects the contents of its bowl much more forcefully and thoroughly. There are many toilets in the marketplace that will do this. Imagine never having to clean the inside of your toilet bowl with a dirty and nasty brush again. It is totally possible with the right model toilet and we are here to help you find the best flushing toilet on the market.

How will we go about doing that? We will first introduce you to some outstanding flushing toilets through a series of in-depth toilet reviews and then follow that up with some handy buying tips. So read further and you will find out just what it takes for a toilet to flush so strongly it is practically self-cleaning.

Reviews of The Best Toilets That Flush Very Thoroughly

  • 4.9 Customer Rating
  • Toto MS992CUMFG Dual Flush Toilet
  • PRICE $$$$$
  • Water Consumption : 1 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 32.5 x 15.5 x 21.5 inches
  • Material : Ceramic with SanaGloss
  • Seat Height : 17.5”
  • Flushing system : Assisted Siphon jet
  • 5.0 Customer Rating
  • KOHLER K-5401-0 Veil Intelligent Skirted Elongated Dual Flush Toilet
  • PRICE $$$$$
  • Water Consumption : 0.8 or 1.28 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 26.4 x 17.2 x 21.4 inches
  • Material : Vitreous China
  • Seat Height : 17 3/8”
  • Flushing system : Assisted jetted
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Toto MS970CEMFG Washlet with Integrated Toilet
  • PRICE $$$$
  • Water Consumption : 0.9 or 1.28 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 28.5 x 11.8 x 25.2 inches
  • Material : Ceramic/SanaGloss
  • Seat Height : 17.2”
  • Flushing system : Dual Max
  • 4.0 Customer Rating
  • Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT 48 One piece Toilet
  • PRICE $$$
  • Water Consumption : 1.6 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 18.2 x 14.5 x 15.8 inches
  • Material : Porcelain
  • Seat Height : 18 1/4”
  • Flushing system : Forced Gravity flush
  • 4.8 Customer Rating
  • TOTO CST794SF Nexus Elongated Bowl and Tank
  • PRICE $$$
  • Water Consumption : 1.6 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 28 x 17.9 x 32.5 inches
  • Material : Vitreous china
  • Seat Height : 17 ¼”
  • Flushing system : Gravity max

Toto MS992CUMFG#01 Neorest Dual Flush Toilet

About the only way to describe this top end product from Toto is amazing. We had a hard time believing that a toilet can do all the things that this one does. Take a closer look for yourself at what we feel is the top toilet model on our review list.

Special features: Heated drying, spray mist, seat warmer, auto flushing, auto seat control, remote control capability

This toilet does it all. It incorporates water saving features with other advanced toilet technologies to help create the ultimate bathroom experience for anyone that uses it.

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    The force this toilet flushes with is pretty incredible. When you combine that with its SanaGloss finish it rarely if ever leaves any residue in the toilet bowl. There are so many special features on this toilet it’s crazy. We especially liked the fact that it could be remote controlled.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    One area of concern with this product is that it needs an electrical hookup because many of its functions are controlled electronically. A bathroom environment is not a great place for electrically powered products.

–>Keep on reading! Toto Toilet reviews


KOHLER K-5401-0 Veil Elongated Dual Flush Toilet

Here is another intelligent toilet that flushes great and is loaded with several different special functions. Kohler left nothing out with this design. It is definitely the Cadillac of toilets. This toilet will definitely spoil any person that uses it.

Special features: LCD remote, UV sanitized stainless steel bidet wand, Electronic controls, nightlight, deodorizer, auto flushing, auto seat control

This toilet will save you lots of water over its lifetime with its water saving dual flushing system. You will have a hard time finding a toilet with more bells and whistles on it than this one.

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    This may just be the most sanitary toilet ever made. It features such things as a bidet wand that is sanitized for use by both UV light and electrolyzed water.  You can wash and dry both your front and back private areas with it too.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    Once again we are concerned with being able to properly seal up electronic based products installed in a bathroom. There are also some small longevity concerns with the bidet wand.

–>Keep on reading! You may also want to check out our list of the other top-rated Kohler models: Kohler Wellworth Toilets and Kohler Cimarron Toilets

Toto MS970CEMFG#01 Integrated Dual Flush Toilet G500

Here is another fine integrated toilet from the reputable manufacturer Toto. This is another toilet that is considered an electronic do-it-all style model. It combines many exotic features that are rarely found in any toilet.

Special features: 2 people programmable, seat warmer, auto flushing, auto seat up/down, remote control ready, front and back warm water washing

This is an amazing intelligent toilet that Toto has outfitted with just about any creature comfort that you can think of to add to a bathroom toilet.

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    All the fancy controls on this model toilet are nice but it’s the flushing system on it that is most impressive. It is so forceful that it leaves absolutely nothing behind on the inside of the toilet bowl.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    The biggest problem with this toilet is that it is very difficult to install so you will need someone with experience in these types of toilets to hook it up for you. This model is also a little harder to figure out how to run than the other intelligent toilets that we reviewed.

Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT 48 One-piece Toilet with Macerator

This is a very interesting option when it comes to toilets that easily and completely clean the toilet bowl when they flush. This is what is known as a macerating toilet. That means it’s a toilet that uses a cutting blade to reduce solid waste in a toilet bowl to fine slurry. This fine slurry can then be easily jettisoned out of the toilet when it’s flushed.

Special features: Vertical flushing up to 9’, horizontal flushing up to 100’, can have a sink drain into it, very compact to fit in tight spaces.

This is a definite space saving toilet that works well even under unusual plumbing conditions.

–>Keep on reading! Check out our guide here to learn more about space saving options: Compact & smallest toilets or Corner toilets

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    We really liked the fact that this toilet can be plumbed below the sewer line and still flush. That is because it has a pressurized flushing system that can even push toilet waste upwards through a pipe. This toilet is also excellent if you only have a small space to fit a toilet.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    This toilet can only handle human waste and toilet paper. Anything else that goes into the bowl will clog it up. It is also very noisy when it flushes.

–>Keep on reading! Saniflo Macerating Toilet Review!

TOTO CST794SF#11 Nexus Elongated Dual Flush Toilet

When a company has three of the first five items on a top review list you know they make a good flushing toilet product. This model toilet is no exception. It features a very distinct flush and some smooth working parts.

Special features: 3-inch tank valve, multi rough cut options, large water surface in bowl for complete cleaning, computer designed trap to prevent clogging

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    This model toilet has a very powerful flush to it. We think it’s because it has a 3-inch tank opening as opposed to just the standard 2-inch tank opening. It really is powerful as it flushes the water from the toilet tank and into the bowl.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    Some of us did not like the somewhat odd shape of this toilet and tank but that is not a deal breaker with us because of how good this toilet works.

  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • TOTO MS604114CEFG Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet
  • PRICE $$
  • Water Consumption : 1.28 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 28.3 x 16.6 x 28.8 inches
  • Material : China/ CeFiONtect™ Glaze
  • Seat Height : 16.125”
  • Flushing system : Tornado dual jet
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • American Standard Baby Devoro Round Front Toilet
  • PRICE $$
  • Water Consumption : 1.28 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 25 x 17.2 x 24 inches
  • Material : Vitreous china
  • Seat Height : 10”
  • Flushing system : Siphon jet
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa Elongated 1.28 GPF Toilet
  • PRICE $$
  • Water Consumption : 1.28 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 31 x 20.8 x 29 inches
  • Material : Vitreous China
  • Seat Height : 17 1/2’”
  • Flushing system : AquaPiston/Gravity
  • 4.5 Customer Rating
  • TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake 2-Piece Ada Toilet with Elongated Bowl
  • PRICE $$
  • Water Consumption : 1.6 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 28 x 19.5 x 30.5 inches
  • Material : Vitreous china
  • Seat Height : 17 5/8”
  • Flushing system : Gravity Max
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • American Standard H2Optimum Siphonic Round Front Toilet
  • PRICE $
  • Water Consumption : 1.1 GPF
  • Product Dimensions : 15 x 27.8 x 30 inches
  • Material : Vitreous china
  • Seat Height : 16”
  • Flushing system : Siphon jet

TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II Dual Flush Toilet

This is a really nice looking and good working one-piece toilet design from Toto. It cleans the bowl nicely with every flush and saves water while in the process too. It is a welcome addition to any bathroom.

Special features: Dual jet flush, easy to clean Cefiontect™ glaze finish, single piece construction, extremely low gallons per flush rate

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    We love the fact that this is a one-piece toilet. That means it will be much easier to clean than conventional toilets because they are not so many areas where residue can hide on the outside of it.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    We only have a few minor complaints with this model. It is hard to clean on the flat portion near the front of the drain and the toilet tank cover is not perfectly flat so you can’t easily store things on it.

–>Keep on reading! Toto Ultramax II

American Standard 2315.228.020 Dual Flush Toilet

This is a very small person friendly toilet that flushes very well. It is great for such things as potty training your young child or making toilet use easier for elderly people who have lost some of their strength or mobility.

Special features: Child-friendly seat height, siphon jet flushing, low gallons per flush rate, glazed trapway to help prevent clogs

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    Of course, the best thing about this low profile toilet is the low seat height that makes it a very accessible toilet. But don’t overlook its great siphon jet flushing system either.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    This toilet cannot be used in every type of bathroom setting. Also, not everyone will benefit from or be comfortable using a toilet whose seat is only 10 inches off the ground.

–>Keep on reading! If you’re curious about American Standard toilet models, you can click here to check out American Standard Cadet 3American Standard Champion 4

KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa Elongated Dual Flush Toilet

This is a very nicely designed one-piece toilet from the reputable toilet manufacturer Kohler. It is not as fancy as some of the other toilets on the list but if you want a good looking toilet that flushes great you need to take a serious look at it.

Special features: One piece design, strong AquaPiston flushing technology, comfort height design, light touch flush activation

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    This toilet has a very strong flush thanks to its AquaPiston design. It’s a design that floods the bowl from many different directions so the bowl is filled and emptied faster and with more force than with most gravity flush toilet models.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    We saw just a few issues with this model toilet. For one, the toilet seat that comes with it does not work great because you really need a soft close type seat with it. Some taller users will also find the comfort height seat way too low for their liking.

–>Keep on reading! Kohler Santa Rosa Review

TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake 2-Piece Ada Dual Flush Toilet

This is another Toto toilet that is quality made and has great flushing power. It floods the bowl quickly and empties quickly to accomplish that. This high profile toilet not only flushes well but it also looks great and saves water too.

Special features: 2-piece construction, G-Max siphon jet flushing system, wide 3” tank drain, chrome flush handle

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    It is hard to believe with the power of the flush on this toilet it is only dispensing 1.6 gallons at a time when flushed. That low amount of water that exits the system when flushing makes this toilet fully ADA compliant as far as their strict water-saving standards go.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    There is one big drawback with 2-piece toilet construction and that is they can be very hard to clean the areas where the tank and bowl connect to each other. This area tends to really build up scum and residue over time if you don’t clean it thoroughly on a regular basis.

–>Keep on reading! Toto Drake II

American Standard 288DA114.020 H2Optimum Toilet

This is another fine American standard toilet that flushes very well, has water saving features and is very affordable. There is simply much to like about this ultra-high efficiency model toilet. It is one of the better conventional 2-piece toilet designs you will find.

Special features: 5-year warranty, low gallon per flush rate, affordable price point, EverClean surface coating, siphon jet flushing technology

  • What we really liked about this model toilet
    Needing only 1.1 gallons of water to do a flush is absolutely amazing. That will save you thousands of gallons a year on your water bill if you live in a normal size household. It is one of the lowest per-gallon flush rates you will ever see on a toilet model.
  • Areas on this toilet product that could be a concern or need improvement
    This toilet does not always flush perfectly when there is a large amount of solid matter in the toilet bowl. It can clog on you if you are not careful about this or you may also need to flush it a second time.

Toilet Buying Guide: How To Buy A Toilet?

flushing toilet reviewsBuying a toilet is like buying a car sometimes. There is many to choose from and certain models just have so many different options that they offer. It can really challenge your thinking during your toilet buying process. That is why we decided to do a helpful buying guide on great flushing toilets that includes a list of the key features that many of them have and some tricks to make finding the right toilet for you easier.

9 Helpful Toilet Shopping Tips To Consider

Here are some important toilet characteristics and some helpful toilet shopping tips to consider when you are out in the plumbing marketplace looking to buy a new toilet:

  1. Price

    There is a huge variety in pricing when it comes to toilets. As you start your toilet buying search you will find you have thousands of different toilets to choose from. This can even be a little bit overwhelming in terms of time and the sheer number of products. That is why the very first thing you should do is set a toilet shopping budget for yourself.Why is setting a toilet shopping budget so helpful? That is because it will save you time in your new toilet search. You won’t waste time looking at toilet models you will never buy in the first place. It makes no sense to look at $2000 intelligent toilets if you have decided not to spend over $500 on a new toilet. This may seem like simple common sense but toilet shoppers fail to do it all the time.

  2. Surface material

    This is a lot more important than you may think because the ability of the surface to shed the solid matter that gets on it is very important when you flush your toilet. An ultra-smooth surface lets the flush water flow across it with more force and does not catch debris as easily. That results in more thorough flushing and a toilet bowl that is much easier to clean. Some toilet bowl surfaces even have antimicrobial properties.You can usually tell how well a surface material will assist in flushing by how shiny it is. Preferred toilet bowl coatings are such materials as smooth vitreous china and ceramic toilet bowls that have a high gloss surface coating on them (an example of this is Toto’s SanaGloss finish). So look for an ultra-smooth toilet surface material that won’t allow solid matter to cling to it or stain it easily.

  3. Bowl Shape

    round or elongated

    There are several different toilet bowl shapes that you will need to consider when you are shopping for a new toilet too. Here is an overview of the main toilet shapes:

    1. Elongated: This is currently the most popular toilet shape in production. It uses a toilet bowl that is oval in shape and approximately 18 – 19 inches long. This makes it very comfortable for even bigger size adults to use.
    2. Round front: This is the oldest and most time-tested toilet bowl shape. These are toilet bowls that are approximately 16 – 17 inches in bowl length. They are often used when the lack of space in a bathroom is a consideration.
    3. Compact elongated: These types of toilet bowls are the exact same length as round front toilet bowls and are designed to save space and give the increased comfort that elongated bowl shapes offer.
    4. Custom: If you can think of a shape there is probably a toilet out there somewhere in the plumbing marketplace that has it or someone who can make it. Expect to pay a premium to have a toilet that is custom shaped.
  4. Seat Height

    Many toilet shoppers fail to consider seat height when shopping for a toilet and this can be a big mistake. You certainly don’t want to do things like putting a standard height toilet in your young child’s bathroom or in your elderly parent’s bathroom. Here are some of the most common toilet seat heights that you will find in the plumbing marketplace:

    • Standard height – usually around 17”
    • Chair height (also known as ‘comfort height’) – 15 ½”
    • Low – 10”
    • Custom height – This can be any height on a toilet and these types of toilets are designed for special purposes. An example of this would be a tall person wanting a seat height higher than the standard 17” height.

    For the latest reviews, check out the comfort height toilets buying guide!

  5. Flush Mechanism

    Flushing Options

    Here is a part of your toilet buying decision that involves a lot more than meets the eye. It’s things like this that make toilet shopping such a time-consuming process. Even how your toilet flushes must be considered in the buying process in order to get your new toilet purchase right.These are the most common types of flushing mechanisms found on toilets:

    • Handle: If you want to use a traditional handle to flush your toilet you will still have to decide which side of your toilet you want it mounted on.
    • Top Mounted push button: This is a button located in the center of the top of your toilet tank that you press to flush your toilet.
    • Wall mount: This will be some type of switch mounted on a wall near the toilet that you will activate in order to flush the toilet.
    • Automatic (touchless): These types of toilets have a sensor in them that tells them when somebody is standing in front of the toilet or sitting on it. Once that person leaves that area the toilet senses that too and will then flush on its own.
    • Remote control: Some people have a hard time believing this one but yes some toilets you can actually activate them to flush by using a remote control. The first few toilets on our review list are what is known as ‘intelligent’ toilets and have this capability.
  6. Flushing System

    flushing mechanism

    There are also several different technologies that help a toilet flush as strong as possible. Here are some of the more popular ones:

    • Single gravity: This is the type of flushing you get with most conventional toilets. The water rushing from the top storage tank into the toilet bowl provides the flushing action.
    • Dual gravity: This flushing system works exactly the same way as a single gravity flushing system with one exception. You have two choices in the amount of water you dispense into the toilet bowl when flushing. This is designed to save water when no solid matter needs to be flushed from the bowl.
    • Gravity max: This is a toilet flushing system that creates extra flushing power by using a bigger drain opening in the top toilet storage tank. This creates extra flushing power by allowing more water to get into and out of the toilet bowl faster.
    • Siphon jet: These types of toilet flushing systems have a small extra hole in the bottom of the toilet bowl. When the toilet is flushed water can escape through the toilet siphon drain faster and with more force because this small hole actually creates a vacuum type action.
    • Pressurized: This type of flushing system is used on toilets that cannot you natural gravity to help them flush. This is usually because the toilet is installed level with or below the sewer line. Water pressure pushes the waste in the toilet where it needs to go. This type of toilet needs to liquefy solid waste (maceration) in order for it to work properly.
    • Assisted: These are toilets that have an electrical hookup going to them. Somewhere in the makeup of the toilet will be a pump or some other device that is used to help create more water force when the toilet is flushed.
  7. Toilet Trapways

    A toilets trapway is the S-shaped type of plumbing that you see coming off the drain at the bottom of your toilet bowl. When your toilet bowl is filled the top portion of the s-shaped trapway is also filled with water. When the toilet has flushed the water in the bowl overcomes the natural pressure of the water in the trapway and allows the contents of the toilet bowl to exit through it.In the old days, these were always visible on toilets but that is usually not the case with modern designs. They are usually hidden in such contemporary toilet designs as those that use one-piece toilet construction. At the very least nowadays they are covered by some sort of skirting material so they are not visible. So consider the look you want with your trapway when you are shopping for your new toilet.

  8. Water-Saving Technologies

    This is a key component in any household toilet these days and it is even truer if you are a person that is trying to make their house as green as possible. A high-efficiency toilet is one that uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less. Many toilets on our review list use less than 1.3 gallons of water per flush. These types of toilets will save you a lot of money on your water bill each year and help conserve a precious resource too. Dual flush toilets will save even more water too. They are usually push button style toilets that have two flush selections. By depressing the button only partially you will get a flush that uses about half the water a normal flush does. This is ideal when only urine needs to be removed from the toilet bowl.

    Check out composting toilets, if you are looking for a greener choice!

  9. Design/Color

    Your toilet not only has to work well but it should look good too. After all, a toilet is a big fixture in a bathroom that is often the first thing that people will notice when they enter your bathroom. You don’t want to have a toilet that is an eyesore as the focus of attention in your bathroom.There are many different styles and colors available in the plumbing marketplace. Try to choose a toilet that compliments the surrounding area of the bathroom and also fits in the typesetting you are trying to create with the other décor in your bathroom. You certainly don’t want to do something like installing an ultra-modern style toilet in a bathroom that is decorated with a classic vintage type theme.

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Take Your Time When Shopping For Your New Bathroom Toilet

Even after you set a budget you are still going to have a lot of different options as far as the different toilets you can buy. That is why probably the best advice we can give you is to take your time when shopping. If you do that and also follow the advice and information in this buying guide, then you stand a great chance of finding a toilet that flushes great and also compliments the looks of your bathroom.

What Are The Different Types Of Toilets?

When many people think of a toilet they imagine just a plain old flushing toilet with a two-piece configuration and a single flushing lever. Yes, many toilets are still like that but now there are also lots of different toilet types out there in the plumbing marketplace too. It might just surprise you what types of toilet styles and technologies are available in the toilet marketplace these days.

5 Of The Most Common Types Of Toilets

Here is an overview of the most common types of toilets and the advantages they each offer to those that purchase them:

toilets one piece two pieces

  1. Two-piece toilets

    These are the most common types of toilet. This type of toilet is found in many different types of homes all over the world. They are easy to set up, operate simply and are fairly easy to repair and maintain also. These toilets are generally the most inexpensive types of toilets to purchase too.They consist of a tank that store up to a few gallons of water (the top portion of the toilet) and a bottom bowl that also includes a drain. The pressure of the flush is created when a lever releases the stored water in the upper tank and it flows quickly into the toilet bowl and then down the drain.

  2. One-piece toilets

    These are a newer style of gravity flush type toilets. They work exactly the same as a two-piece toilet but the tank is molded right into the same piece as the bottom bowl. These types of single piece constructed toilets are becoming more commonplace in homes these days.These single piece toilets tend to be more expensive than their two-piece counterparts and are heavier to move but they offer some nice advantages too. For one thing, they look much more aesthetically pleasing than two-piece toilets do. They also are easier to clean because they have less hard to reach recessed parts and crevices than two-piece toilets too.

  3. Wall-hung toilets

    wall hung toilets
    Wall-hung toilets are the ones you see in most commercial type applications. In most large bathroom settings they are rows of urinals combined with more conventional style toilets placed in individual bathroom stalls for privacy. That does not mean that this type of toilet type is not found in individual homes too. Although that is rare they certainly do have their purpose for home applications too.

    Among the main advantages, a wall-mounted toilet gives you is that they open up the floor space underneath the toilet. This makes a bathroom look bigger and is a huge advantage when it comes to keeping a bathroom clean too. There also is no unsightly plumbing that can be seen going into them, so they can greatly enhance the looks of a bathroom too.

    Wall-mounted toilets are often used in commercial applications to cut down on cost too. That is not usually the same case when wall-mounted toilets are used in a home because they are generally more expensive toilets to purchase and install.

  4. Intelligent toilets

    Many people will laugh a little when it comes to thinking about toilets that include many innovative features and can cost well over $1000 apiece but there are many such toilets in production. They come in styles such as simple ones that just flush automatically to more technical versions that even control the temperature of the toilet seat. Some of these intelligent toilets are pretty amazing with all they can do.Many intelligent toilets include such unique toilet features as:

    • heated and adjustable temperature seats
    • jet assisted flushing
    • automatic/touchless flushing
    • bidets/warm-water front and back rinsing
    • automatic seat controls
    • remote control capability
    • digital controls/programmable settings
    • and more

    These toilets are also the most expensive type toilets and require a dedicated electrical connection too.

    Check out our latest reviews and buyer’s guide for the top bidet toilet seats for this year.

  5. RV, portable, camper toilets

How To Install A New Toilet?

Are you a do it yourself type person that wants to install your new toilet yourself. That is probably not a problem if you are a mechanically inclined type person that possesses a little plumbing know how.

Important Parts Of A New Toilet Installation

  1. Measure Your Toilet Rough-In?

    If you are building a new house or addition and are adding a bathroom and want to install a toilet, then you will have to do what is called a toilet rough-in first. A rough-in is best described as the distance from the wall that the back of the toilet will go up against to the exact center of the plumbing drain pipe for your new toilet.

    The most common toilet rough-in size is 12 inches but it is not uncommon to see 10-inch and 14-inch rough-ins too (10 and 14-inch rough-ins are usually found in older homes).

    Check out our top-rated 10-Inch Rough-in Toilet picks!

    How do professionals measure for the size of the rough-in? For one, they make sure they measure the distance from the flat part of the wall and not the molding. Molding can be over an inch thick and if you measure from it then it can really throw the rough-in measurement way off. Many professionals will tell you that the rough-in distance is usually the distance to the two toilet flange bolts also (if your toilet has four flange bolts then measure to the flange bolts closest to the wall).

    The rough-in measurement is not rocket science either, so if you are within a ½ inch of the desired rough-in distance you should be ok to go ahead with your new toilet installation. You can always install a toilet with a smaller rough-in than the one you have but you will have a bigger gap between the back of the toilet and the wall. You cannot install a toilet that needs a bigger rough-in than the one you have in place.

  2. Other ways to ensure your new toilet will fit in the space you want to install it

    Toilet fit is an extremely critical part of buying a new toilet. This is especially true when installing a new toilet in a smaller size bathroom or in an unusually small space such as in a half bath that is located under a stairwell. If you get a toilet that is too large it can make your bathroom hard to use or hold up your project until you get the right size toilet.

    Most toilet manufacturers will make downloadable spec sheets available online. These are schematic drawings that will tell you every measurement that the new toilet you are thinking about buying has. That will you will know your new toilet will fit in every possible way.

    These spec sheets will tell you such things as the toilet seat height, the height and width of your toilet tank and the length from the back of the toilet to the tip of the front bowl edge. Once you have this information you will be able to make sure you buy a toilet that fits comfortably into space where you want to put it.

  3. How to make sure a wall-hung toilet will fit in the space provided in your bathroom

    Wall mounted toilets can be checked for a rough-in the same way that floor mounted toilets do with one big exception. The rough-in for these types of toilets is measured from the floor to the center of the drain pipe on the wall.

    The manufacturers of wall-hung toilets will also normally have a downloadable spec sheet available online too. Make sure you double check all the important toilet measurements found on it to make sure the toilet you are thinking about buying will fit appropriately in the space provided in your bathroom.

Step By Step Replacement Toilet Installation (two-piece toilet)

  1. best toilet brandsIf the floor is rotted near the drain opening then add a new ear-type flange ring around it to reinforce it some.
  2. Replace the old lockdown bolts with new brass ones.
  3. Add a new wax seal directly centered over the flange. Be careful not to cover the toilet lockdown bolts.
  4. Assemble the toilet tank on top of the toilet bowl. Make sure the rubber seal is in place that keeps the toilet tank from leaking once it’s placed in the toilet bowl section.
  5. Now carefully place the assembled toilet over the wax seal and drain hole. Once it’s in place push on it firmly so the wax seal conforms to the shape of the drain opening and the toilet sits flush on the floor.
  6. If the toilet wobbles at all then you will have to place shims under it. You don’t want any wobble when putting weight on the toilet or else the wax seal will come loose over time and the toilet will eventually leak and rot the floor.
  7. Level the toilet. Use more shims where necessary. Placing pennies under the toilet bottom work well for leveling the toilet too.
  8. Next, tighten the nuts on the toilet lockdown bolts. Once tight saw off any excess protrusion on the bolts.
  9. Assemble any additional toilet pieces such as the handle that is not in place already.
  10. Hook up the water fill line
  11. Test the toilet

If you did everything correctly your new toilet should now be ready to use.

What Are The Best Toilet Brands?

Who makes the best toilet? Maybe you are wondering what the best and most popular toilet brands are? We featured a few of them on our top toilet review list. Here is what we feel are toilet brands that you can never go wrong purchasing one of their toilet models. These are in no specific order.

These are all very reputable toilet manufacturers who stand firmly behind the products they sell.

Frequently Asked Questions About Toilets

Here are some of the questions about toilets that we get asked over and over again.

Question: What’s the Best Toilet Height?

Answer: This is really not a question that we can answer because it depends on the situation the toilet is used for and personal preferences. Normal toilet height is considered to be somewhere between 15” -17”. This obviously will be less for children and more for taller people

Question: How else can I upgrade my toilet?

Answer: To start with let’s be perfectly honest. It is hard to upgrade most toilets without buying a whole new toilet. This is especially true if you want a significant upgrade. With that being said there are some small things that can improve how your one or two piece toilet works.

You can do such things as add fill valves that will allow you to use less water per flush, add an improved flushing handle design or install a new flapper valve that lets the water out of the toilet tank faster.

Question: Does a dual flush toilet have a stronger flush than a single flush toilet system?

Answer: Many people get the concept of dual flush toilet systems wrong. They don’t flush any more powerfully than a single flush toilet. What they do give you is two different water use selections. They have a mode that uses very little water to flush urine only out of the bowl and another mode that uses a full flush to get rid of solid waste in the toilet bowl.


PRODUCTPRICEWater ConsumptionProduct DimensionsMaterialSeat HeightFlushing system
Toto MS992CUMFG Dual Flush Toilet
$$$$$1 GPF32.5 x 15.5 x 21.5 inchesCeramic with SanaGloss17.5”Assisted Siphon jet
KOHLER K-5401-0 Veil Intelligent Skirted Elongated Dual Flush Toilet
$$$$$0.8 or 1.28 GPF26.4 x 17.2 x 21.4 inchesVitreous China17 3/8”Assisted jetted
Toto MS970CEMFG Washlet with Integrated Toilet
$$$$0.9 or 1.28 GPF28.5 x 11.8 x 25.2 inchesCeramic/SanaGloss17.2”Dual Max
Saniflo 023 SANICOMPACT 48 One piece Toilet
$$$1.6 GPF18.2 x 14.5 x 15.8 inchesPorcelain18 1/4”Forced Gravity flush
TOTO CST794SF Nexus Elongated Bowl and Tank
$$$1.6 GPF28 x 17.9 x 32.5 inchesVitreous China17 ¼”Gravity max
TOTO MS604114CEFG Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet
$$1.28 GPF28.3 x 16.6 x 28.8 inchesChina/ CeFiONtect™ Glaze16.125”Tornado dual jet
American Standard Baby Devoro Round Front Toilet
$$1.28 GPF25 x 17.2 x 24 inchesVitreous china10”Siphon jet
KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa Elongated 1.28 GPF Toilet
$$1.28 GPF31 x 20.8 x 29 inchesVitreous china17 1/2’”AquaPiston/Gravity
TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake 2-Piece Ada Toilet with Elongated Bowl
$$1.6 GPF28 x 19.5 x 30.5 inchesVitreous china17 5/8”Gravity Max
American Standard H2Optimum Siphonic Round Front Toilet
$1.1 GPF15 x 27.8 x 30 inches
Vitreous china16”Siphon jet

Make The Best Toilet Choice For Your Needs And One THAT Fits Your Budget Too

It really is astounding how many different toilet choices can be found in the plumbing marketplace. That is why it is so important to make a budget for your new toilet before you start shopping and get a good idea of the type of features you want on your new toilet. That will help you start narrowing down your toilet choices right away.

Use the information you learned in this article to your advantage too. You can never go wrong purchasing any model that was part of our best toilet reviews. Make sure you refer to the handy tips and information in the buying guide too. If you use the information provided you will give yourself a better chance of finding the right flushing toilet on the market for your needs.