The 7 Best Flushing Toilets – Don’t Flush Twice Again!

Last Updated on August 15, 2023 by toilethaven

What is the Most Powerful Flushing Toilet?

People often ask me, “What is the best flushing toilet.” Or “What toilet do plumbers recommend”? These are really intelligent questions if you want to buy a good toilet.

A toilet is a long-term investment, and you want to make sure that you buy one that will serve you diligently for many years. While even weak flushing can last for many years, you will need to live your entire life flushing twice or thrice.

The truth is that some toilets flush better than others. Toilets with a larger flush valve, larger trapway, and a modern good flushing system will flush better than ordinary toilets, using even less water. A strong flushing system rarely clogs.

The one thing that makes a toilet flush stronger than others is the flushing system. A good flushing system will deliver water from the tank to the bowl quickly, resulting in a stronger siphon, meaning waste is forcefully removed from the bowl.

The objective of writing this post is to inform you what, in my opinion, are the best flushing toilets. By best flushing toilet, you will only need to flush once without clogs. Buying such a toilet means you are ready and willing to drive plunger manufacturers out of business.

What Makes a Toilet Flush Stronger/Better?

A car that consumes more fuel has more power than one which consumes less fuel. Does this logic also apply to toilets? The answer is a big NO! While you can’t flush a toilet by simply spitting on the bowl, some modifications have been made to enable low-flow toilets to flush more powerfully than 3.5 gallons per flush.

These modifications include:

1. A bigger flush valve.

A flush valve is the opening at the bottom of the toilet tank through which water leaves the tank and enters the bowl during flushing. Most toilets have a 2-inch flush valve. A few of the modern toilets have a 3 or 4-inch flush. As a result, water flows from the tank to the bowl fast and forcefully, which creates more force and, therefore, stronger flushing.

2. An extra-large trapway

A trapway is the S-bend at the bottom of the toilet bowl that carries waste from the bowl and empties it to the drainpipe. A great way of improving toilet flushing power is having a large, fully glazed trapway. A large trapway goes hand in hand with a bigger flush valve.

3. Sideways-facing rim jets

It matters how water is delivered in the bowl. Water enters the bowl through the rim jets and the siphon jet. Old toilets used to have rim jets directing water in the bowl in a straight line. Modern, powerful flushing toilets have the rim jets facing sideways. This orientation creates a vortex as the water enters the bowl, which is an effective way of scrubbing and rinsing the bowl.

Toto’s Tornado flush system

4. Pressure-Assisted Flushing.

Pressure-assisted toilets use compressed air to pressurize the water in the toilet tank. When you flush the toilet, the water under high pressure is powerfully ejected from the tank and forcefully flushes the bowl.

If you struggle with chronically clogged toilets, then a pressure-assisted toilet might be what you need. We have reviewed one pressure-assisted toilet in this article, so check out its features.

Now let us look at the list of the best flushing toilets.

The 7 Best Flushing Toilets are:

1. Toto UltraMax II

Toto MS604114CEFG#01 UltraMax II One-Piece...
  • Cannot be shipped to California

The Toto MS604114CEFG#01 UltraMax II is a single flush one-piece elongated toilet with a comfortable height. It is available in cotton white, colonial white, ebony, Sedona beige, and bone.

If there is anything Toto toilets are known for is their powerful flushing capabilities, and this one is among the best of them. It uses the revolutionary Toto’s Tornado flush system.

What exactly is a Tornado flush system? Unlike most toilets, this toilet does not have rim holes. Instead, it has two nozzles on each side of the bowl, which face sideways. When you flush it, water comes out of the nozzles and hits the bowl hard, forming a vortex.

This creates a powerful centrifugal cleaning action which is very effective in rinsing the bowl. Another advantage of the tornado flush is that it eliminates the need for so many rim holes and the staining associated with them.

The UltraMax II is coated with CEFIONTECT glaze, a smooth mirror-like substance that inhibits dirt and debris from adhering to the surface of the toilet. It also makes it easier to clean it without having to use harsh chemicals.

This is also a pretty water-efficient toilet. It uses only 1.28 gallons per flush. It is, therefore, WaterSense certified and can be sold anywhere within the United States.

The distance from the bottom of the toilet to the bowl rim is 16. 125 inches. This is, therefore, a comfortable height toilet, and although it is not the highest, you are guaranteed to be sitting at a height of 17.25 inches once you install the seat. That is pretty decent. On top of that, it comes with a soft close toilet seat which fits perfectly on the elongated bowl.

This toilet is really well designed and flushes as advertised, and that is why it is our best flushing toilet. You will, however, need to buy a wax ring and toilet mounting bolts separately since they are not included.

Its dimensions are:

  • Depth: 28.375 inches.
  • Width: 16.625 inches.
  • Height: 28. 75 inches.
  • Rough-in: 12 inches.

It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

2. American Standard Champion 4

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American Standard Champion 4 is a one-piece single flush elongated toilet and probably the best toilet made by American Standard. It is available in white, linen, and bone.

One of the things that makes this a unique toilet is the 4-inch flush valve. This allows water to be dumped from the tank to the bowl very fast and forcefully, resulting in a powerful clog-free flush. A glazed extra-large trapway (2-3/8 inches) also helps to move the waste fast enough from the bowl to the drainpipe.

The Champion 4 is a beautifully designed one-piece toilet with a comfortable height. The height of the bowl rim from the floor is 16.5 inches. If you add the extra height from the seat, the height increases to 17.5 inches. If, on the other hand, you prefer a standard-height toilet, that option is also available with the bowl rim 15 inches from the floor.

The elongated toilet bowl will further enhance your comfort. Unlike most new toilets, a soft-close toilet seat is also included when you purchase this toilet. If you are irritated by the sound of a toilet seat ramming on a toilet like me, then this is the toilet for you.

The Surface of the Champion 4 is coated with American Standard’s EverClean additive. This coating inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria. It, therefore, means that cleaning your toilet will be a really easy and quick task.

Although this toilet flushes powerfully, there are a few things that you may not like. The first thing is about the slow-close toilet seat. For the amount of money that you will pay for the toilet, you would expect a better quality seat, but this one feels a little flimsy. Be ready to buy a better slow-close seat from a third party.

The Champion 4 uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. This means it cannot be sold in some states like California because it exceeds the 1.28 gallons per flush requirement.

Another thing is that you will need to buy a wax ring and toilet bolts separately. The good thing is that they give you 2 color-matched toilet bolt caps.

Other than that, this toilet is one of the best pieces you can ever buy. Here are some of its important dimensions:

  • Rough-in: 12 inches.
  • Depth: 29.75 inches.
  • Width: 17.75 inches.
  • Height: 29.5 inches.

It comes with a 10-year warranty.

3. Kohler Highline Classic

Kohler K-3493-0 Highline Classic Pressure Lite...
  • Two piece toilet
  • Elongated bowl offers added room and comfort
  • Pressure Assist flushing system

Kohler K-3493-96 Highline Classic Pressure Lite is a single flush two-piece elongated pressure-assisted toilet. It is available in white, almond, black, and biscuit.

A pressure-assisted toilet works a little differently from a gravity flush toilet. A gravity flush toilet depends 100% on gravity to move the water from the tank to the bowl and flush the toilet. A pressure-assisted toilet has a secondary tank in the toilet tank that is called a pressure vessel.

When water flows into the tank, it is forced into the pressure vessel, where it compresses the air inside, and as a result, the water is stored under pressure. When you flush the toilet, the pressurized water forcefully flows down the flush valve, further assisted by gravity to deliver a powerful flush. This is how the Kohler Highline Classic Pressure Lite works.

If you have a toilet that has been constantly clogged, then this is the toilet to replace it with. The pressure-assisted feature has more force to push the waste forcefully through the toilet trap and down to the drainpipe. The amazing thing is that it uses only 1.6 gallons per flush.

If you love a comfortable height toilet, then you will fall in love with this one too. The bowl rim is at a height of 17.125 inches from the bottom. When you add the extra height from the seat, you should be sitting at a height of 18.25 inches. That height, combined with an elongated bowl, is really worth every penny.

Unfortunately, this toilet does not have a toilet seat, mounting bolts, wax ring, or water supply line. These are things you need to replace a toilet, so the price will go up slightly after purchasing them. I recommend the Kohler Cachet toilet seat if you decide to buy this toilet. It is a well-made and comfortable seat.

Another thing you should know is that this toilet and any other pressure-assisted toilet have a louder flush than a normal gravity flush toilet. If you are irritated by that, then you should choose another quieter toilet.

The dimensions of the Kohler Highline Classic are:

  • Depth: 30.56 inches.
  • Width: 21.25 inches.
  • Height: 31.25 inches.
  • Rough-in: 12 inches.

It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

4. Toto Drake II

TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake Bathroom-Hardware, Cotton...
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Double Cyclone Technology.does not come with a seat, it is just a bowl C454CUFG#01) and a tank (ST454E#01).
  • Powerful, quiet flush every time

The Toto Drake series toilets are, in my opinion, the most popular toilets in the market, and that’s because they have consistently performed exceptionally well over the years. Toto Drake II is, however, the best of them all.

It is a high-profile single flush two-piece elongated comfort height toilet. The colors available are cotton white, colonial white, Sedona beige, bone, and ebony.

Toto CST454CEFG#01 Drake II, unlike other toilets in the Drake series, has the E-Max flushing technology, which utilizes the double-cyclone flushing technology. In this toilet, therefore, like the Toto Ultramax II, water jets out through 2 nozzles on each side of the bowl, forming a strong whirlpool that cleanses and rinses the bowl.

Most people don’t understand the difference between Toto Flushing systems, especially G-Max and E-Max. The E-Max flushing technology is the new version of the old G-Max flushing technology. Toto toilets with the E-Max flushing system use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush instead of the 1.6 gallons for toilets with the G-Max system but still flush powerfully.

The Toto Drake II is, however, a bit costly compared to other Toto Drake toilets. If you want a more budget-friendly but still good flushing option, check out the Toto CST744S#01 Drake. It uses the G-Max flushing system and 1.6 gallons of water per flush. You cannot buy the toilet if you are in California or other strict states.

When you buy the Drake II, you will notice that cleaning it will be super easy. This is partly due to the double cyclone cleaning action and the Cefiontect glaze, which is so smooth and prevents dirt from sticking to it. I should, however, mention that the black model has no Cefiontect glaze.

The bowl rim height is 16.125 inches. This means that you will be sitting at a height of 17.25 inches when you install the toilet seat. It is, therefore, an easy toilet to sit and stand from. The elongated bowl makes this an even more comfortable toilet.

The Drake II does not, however, come with a toilet seat; you will need to buy one separately. Apart from the seat, you will also need to buy a wax ring, mounting bolts, and the water supply line.

The dimensions of this toilet are:

  • Depth: 28.5 inches.
  • Width: 17.25 inches.
  • Height: 30 inches.
  • Rough-in: 12 inches.

It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

5 Kohler Cimarron

KOHLER K-3589-47 Cimarron Comfort Height Elongated...
  • Comfort Height offers chair-height seating that makes sitting down and standing up easier.
  • Compact elongated bowl offers added comfort while occupying the same space as a round-front bowl.
  • AquaPiston canister allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides, creating a more powerful & effective flush.

The Kohler K-3589-47 Cimarron is a single flush two-piece elongated comfort height toilet. It is available in white, ice grey, dune, sandbar, almond, black, and biscuit.

The flushing system of the Kohler Cimarron and other modern Kohler toilets is a little different from other flushing systems. Instead of a flapper-type flush valve, it uses the Kohler patented AquaPiston canister flush valve.

So how is the canister flush valve different from the flapper flush valve? A flapper is normally hinged on one side to the flush valve. When you push the flush handle down, a lift chain lifts the flapper vertically, allowing water to flow down to the bowl via the flush valve.

In a canister toilet flapper like the one used by Kohler Cimarron, once you push the handle down. The canister lifts off wholly. This design allows water to flow into the flush valve from a 360 degrees angle.

The flush valve is also designed in such a way that the water entry is wider than the water exit by a ratio of 3:2. This creates a narrow section where the water exits the flush valve and enters the bowl. The result is that the water builds up more pressure and can enter the bowl fast and forcefully. This, in return, creates a very powerful flush.

Another thing that Kohler excels in is designing toilets in many colors. The Kohler Cimarron is arguably one of the best black toilets. If you are therefore looking for a powerful flushing black toilet, the Kohler Cimarron will be worth your while.

This is also a comfortable height and elongated toilet. The toilet bowl rim is at a height of 16.5 inches from the bottom of the toilet. You will therefore be sitting at a height of 17.5 inches once you install an equally elongated toilet seat.

Unlike other toilet models where the tank has bolt mounting holes, The Kohler Cimarron’s tank has no bolt holes. Instead, the tank has a bracket at the bottom where the bolts come pre-installed. All you have to do is lift the tank and mount it on the bowl. This is a very easy installation procedure that also prevents water leaks between the tank and the bowl. It’s called the Kohler DryLock installation system.

I don’t like that this toilet also does not have a toilet seat. You will therefore need to buy one separately as well as toilet bolts, wax ring, and water supply line. I would also not hesitate to recommend the Kohler Cachet toilet seat for this toilet.

The Kohler Cimarron dimensions are:

  • Depth: 28.75 inches.
  • Width: 17.625 inches.
  • Height: 30.75 inches.
  • Rough-in: 12 inches.

It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

6. Woodbridge T-0001

WOODBRIDGE T-0001, Dual Flush Elongated One Piece...
  • ✅ [LUXURIOUS MODERN DESIGN]: Luxurious Modern Design one piece toilet , Clean, sleek look and compliment with different styles like modern , craftsman , traditional and etc.
  • ✅ [EASIEST TO CLEAN TOILET]: WOODBRIDGE toilets are the easiest to clean on the market, with a completely smooth, easy to wipe down surface. With our fully concealed trap-way, there are no bends or...
  • ✅ [QUITE AND POWERFUL FLUSHING]: Siphon Flushing one piece toilet, Fully glazed flush system , bringing a super quiet and powerful flushing - NO clogs, NO leaks, and NO problem

The Woodbridge T-0001 is a sleek and beautifully designed toilet. As hard as it is to talk about beauty in relation to a toilet, this is a nice one and will, without a doubt, complement any bathroom design.

It is a one-piece dual flush elongated comfort height toilet with a concealed trapway. This toilet is only available in white.

Although Woodbridge is not a big brand compared to Toto, Kohler, or American Standard, this toilet flushing power compares impressively to the Big 3. The dual flush mechanism allows you to use two different quantities of water.

After flushing the toilet, water enters the bowl through 2 channels. The first channel is the siphon jet at the bottom of the bowl facing directly at the trap. This increases the force and, therefore, the suction in the trap.

The other channel is the rim holes. This water is responsible for cleaning and rinsing the bowl. The fully glazed flush system allows for a quiet and strong flush.

The Woodbridge T-0001 consumes 1 or 1.6 gallons per flush, depending on the button you push. It has a rectangular chrome button at the top of the tank where you can comfortably select whether to use the half flush for liquids or the full flush for solids. You, therefore, get to conserve water since people mostly use a toilet to flush liquids more than solids.

The skirted one-piece design of this toilet removes the nooks and crannies found in most toilets, leaving a smooth, seamless outline. It is, therefore, really easy to clean this toilet since there are no places for debris and dirt to hide.

A slow-close toilet seat is also included in this toilet, which comes pre-installed. Be ready to forget the annoying sound of a slamming toilet seat once you install this toilet. This is an added convenience to the comfort height of 16.5 inches bowl rim height and elongated bowl.

One thing that you will realize is that installing a skirted toilet is a little harder than installing a non-skirted toilet. Woodbridge makes the process easy for you by giving you a very easy-to-follow manual. You also get a special wrench to help you tighten the toilet bolts. They also give you a wax ring and mounting bolts.

The Woodbridge T-0001 dimensions are:

  • Depth: 28.5 inches.
  • Width: 14.5 inches.
  • Height: 27.5 inches.
  • Rough-in: 12 inches.

It comes with a 5-year limited warranty against porcelain fading and a 1-year warranty on the flushing mechanism and soft close toilet seat. See more Woodbridge toilets in this post.

7. American Standard H2 Option

American Standard 2886518.020 H2 Option Siphonic...
  • Dual flush 0.92/1.28 gpf H2 option
  • High efficiency, low consumption, and water sense certified
  • EverClean surface; 12 inch rough-in

The American Standard 2887.216.222 H2 Option is a two-piece dual flush elongated standard height toilet. It is available in white, linen, and bone.

You won’t go wrong with this one if you are looking for a dual-flushing and powerful flushing toilet. Everything will be flushed down whether you are utilizing the half flush or full flush. It’s a great way to save water and have a powerful flush. The half flush only uses 1 gallon of water per flush, while the full flush uses 1.6 gallons per flush.

The H2Option Siphonic powerful flushing action is manifested by its 1000 grams MaP rating for the full flush and 400 grams for the half flush. You can be sure that this toilet will be more than sufficient to flush your waste.

This toilet also features the America Standard’s PowerWash rims technology. Water flows from the tank to the rim chamber, where it compresses the air and therefore pressurizes the chamber.

The pressurized water is then ejected through the rim holes, configured at an angle to create a very effective vortex in scrubbing and rinsing the bowl.

To make it easy to clean the toilet and help it last longer, looking like it’s still new, this toilet is coated with America Standard’s Everclean surface additive. This substance prevents the adherence of dirt and inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria that leave a bad odor in the toilet.

The H2Option is, however, a standard-height toilet. Although comfort-height toilets are great for most people, standard-height toilets are still a great option for others. The distance from the floor to the bowl rim is 15 inches. An elongated toilet bowl will give you more surface to sit on and, therefore, more comfort.

Like many others, this toilet does not have a toilet seat. You will therefore need to buy one separately. Apart from the seat, you will also need to buy a wax ring, mounting bolts, and a water supply line. You will, however, receive two color-matched bolt caps.

Its dimensions are:

  • Depth: 29.75 inches.
  • Width: 15 inches.
  • Height: 29.5 inches.
  • Rough-in: 12 inches.

It comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

The Best Flushing Toilets Comparison Table

Toilet Style Consumption (GPF) Bowl Rim Height (Inches) Toilet Dimensions (DXWXH) Inches
1. Toto Ultramax II One-piece 1.28 16-125 28.375 X 16.625 X 28.75
2. American Standard Champion 4 one-piece 1.6 16.5 29.75 X 17.75 X 29.5
3. Kohler Highline Classic Two-piece 1.6 17.125 30.56 X 21.25 X 31.25
4. Toto Drake II Two-piece 1.28 16.125 28.5 X 17.25 X 30
5. Kohler Cimarron Two-piece 1.6 16.5 28.75 X 17.625 X 30.75
6. Woodbridge T-0001 One-piece 1/1.6 16.5 28.5 X 14.5 X 27.5
7. American Standard H2 Option Two-piece 1/1.6 15 29.75 X 15 X 29.5

Best Flushing Toilet Buying Guide


Before deciding to buy a certain toilet, there are a few things that you should consider. Toilets are made with different features and specifications to suit different people’s needs. What may work well for someone else may not be the best option for you.

Therefore, you must be meticulous while picking a toilet since that is a long-term investment, and if you buy the wrong one, you will be stuck with it forever. In the list of the best flushing toilets, I gave you a few options to limit the chance of you making the wrong choice.

I have no doubt that if you buy any of the toilets on this list, you will enjoy your trips to the bathroom more. To help you further in your choice, these are some factors to consider before buying a toilet.

1. Toilet Dimensions


Toilet dimensions are critical, especially if you have a small bathroom. It is also a concern even if you have a big bathroom but only need the toilet to fit in a certain spot. In this review, I made sure that I gave you the precise dimensions of each toilet while assembled.

One mistake toilet buyers make while researching toilets online is to take the shipping dimensions instead of the actual toilet’s assembled dimensions. It is easy to make that mistake and could be very costly.

If, for instance, you are buying a two-piece toilet, it might be shipped in 2 different boxes. The shipping dimensions will therefore be very different from the actual toilet dimensions.

Before buying the toilet, you need, please ensure that you measure your bathroom and especially where you want to install the toilet, then go ahead to buy a toilet that matches those measurements.

Most people concentrate more on depth and width and forget that height also matters. If you are planning to have over-the-toilet storage, the height will also be critical.

2. Comfort


I understand your motivation is to buy the best flushing toilet, but you should not ignore comfort. You need to do your business while being comfortable at the same time.

What does comfort mean in a toilet? I personally look at 3 things. The toilet bowl shape, the bowl rim height, and the toilet seat. I suggest that you also check out these 3 things.

A toilet will have either an elongated or round bowl. You will also find D-shaped or square toilet bowls in most European countries. In the United States, round and elongated bowls are the dominant types.

Each toilet bowl shape has its advantages, as we are going to see later. Elongated toilet bowls are, however, way more comfortable than round bowls. They provide more surface area for you to sit and, therefore, are more comfortable whether you are slender or big-bodied.

The toilet bowl height is another thing I consider in a toilet as far as comfort is concerned. You will need to decide between a standard-height toilet and a comfort-height toilet.

A comfortable-height toilet has a higher bowl rim than a standard-height toilet by 2 or more inches. I, therefore, find comfort height toilets comfortable as I don’t have to bend my knees, and it is also easy to sit and stand.

Another thing to consider is the toilet seat. Some toilets are sold with a toilet seat while others are sold without. It is important that you get yourself a sturdy and comfortable toilet seat that will serve you well for many years. You can go a step further and get a soft close, heated, or bidet toilet seat.

3. Toilet Rough-In

A toilet rough-in is the distance between the toilet’s rear finished wall and the center of the drainpipe. In cases where the toilet is installed and therefore blocks the drainpipe, you should take the center of the drainpipe from the toilet bolts.

It is exceedingly important that you measure your toilet rough-in prior to buying a new toilet. You don’t want to end up with a toilet you can’t install. All toilets do not have a standard rough-in.

Most toilets have a standard rough-in of 12 inches. If you are, however, in an old house, you might have a rough-in of 10 or 14 inches. Getting a powerful flushing 10 or 14-inch rough-in toilet can sometimes be very hard.

If you have an old 10-inch rough-in toilet, you can only replace it with another 10-inch rough-in toilet. If, on the other hand, you have a 14-inch rough-in toilet that you need to replace with a powerful flushing modern toilet, you can replace it with another 14-inch rough-in toilet or a 12-inch rough-in toilet.

The problem with replacing a 14-inch rough-in with a 12-inch rough-in toilet is that a 2-inch gap will be left between the tank and the wall, which is less than perfect for most people.

For this reason, I have written a post on the 7 best 10-inch rough-in toilets. Check it out here. I have also written another article on the 3 best 14-inch rough-in toilets. Check it out here.

Another thing you can do is buy a 12-inch rough-in toilet which can also be converted into a 10 or 14-inch rough-in toilet. If this sounds interesting to you, check out the Toto Vespin II. It is a powerful flushing toilet which is the skirted version of the Toto Drake II.

It comes with a unifit adapter that allows you to convert it to either a 10 or 14-inch rough-in toilet.

4. One-Piece vs Two-Piece Toilets

A one-piece toilet is a type of toilet that is designed with the toilet tank, and bowl joined together as one body. On the other hand, two-piece toilets are designed with the tank and bowl as different pieces and only joined together during installation.

One-piece toilets look a little nice than two-piece toilets due to their seamless and continuous design, which is not interrupted by the tank-to-bowl gap. If you are into aesthetics, then you will favor the one-piece toilets over the two-piece toilets.

It is also easier and faster to clean one-piece toilets than two-piece toilets. The design eliminates the crevices between the tank and the bowl where dirt can get trapped, which we all know is hard to get rid of.

The one-piece toilets also have few leaks compared to two-piece toilets. With a two-piece toilet, the tank-to-bowl gasket or the tank bolts deteriorate with time, causing leaks between the tank and the bowl. With a one-piece toilet, you don’t have to worry about such.

Two-piece toilets are also not without their benefits. If, unfortunately, the tank cracks with a two-piece toilet, you will only need to replace the tank. The same is also true if the bowl cracks. With a one-piece toilet, on the other hand, if you have a problem with either the tank or the bowl, you will need to replace the entire toilet.

To read more on one-piece vs. two-piece toilets and their pros and cons, check out this post.

5. Elongated vs Round Toilets


Elongated toilets have an oval-shaped shaped bowl, while round toilets have a circular bowl. The length of an elongated bowl is about 18.5 inches, while that of a round bowl is about 16.5 inches.

Round toilets are more valuable if you have a small bathroom; every inch counts. Due to their shorter bowls, round toilets take up less space than elongated toilets.

Elongated toilets are becoming more popular due to the comfort associated with them. They are longer than round toilets by 2 inches and therefore offer the toilet user more surface area to sit. If space is not a problem, I always encourage people to use elongated toilets.

Toilet manufacturers have become more innovative and are making elongated toilets that take up the same space as a round toilet but are still as comfortable as ordinary elongated toilets. They are called compact elongated toilets.

In this article, I have made sure that I have given you all the toilet dimensions to help you compare and contrast so that you end up with the best option. If you would like to read more on elongated vs. round toilets and their pros and cons, check out this post.

6. Comfort Height vs. Standard Height Toilets

Standard-height toilets have a toilet seat height of about 15 inches, while comfort-height toilets have a seat height of 17 inches or more. Comfort height toilets are also called universal, handicapped, right, chair, or ADA-compliant height toilets.

Standard-height toilets are a great choice for people who are not too tall and children. It is very important to make sure that toilet user has their legs firmly on the floor. Using the toilet while your legs are dangling in the air is a serious health hazard.

Comfort height toilets, on the hand, are a perfect choice for older people, tall, and generally people with limited mobility. It is really easy to sit and stand from a comfortable height toilet without straining your body.

If you would be interested in further reading about comfort height vs standard height toilets and their pros and cons, please check out this post.

7. Water Efficiency

A water-efficient toilet is beneficial to both the environment and your pocket. Before low-flow toilets were a thing, toilets would use 3.5 gallons of water per flush. That is too much water compared to the current consumption of 1.6 gallons per flush or even less.

As we have seen, it is possible to have a powerful flushing toilet that also uses less water. Dual-flush toilets are also another way of saving the amount of water used per flush.

For residents in California and other states in the United States, you cannot buy a toilet with a consumption higher than 1.28 gallons per flush. You should therefore be careful while choosing a specific model to make sure that it is compliant.

8. A Good Flushing System

Most people perhaps only know about the gravity flush toilet, but that’s just about it. If you want to know why Kohler, Toto, and American Standard have powerful flushing toilets, it is because of their toilets’ flushing technology.

Each brand has its own patented flushing system, which has endeared them more to consumers. Although they all use the same concept, simple alterations to the basic flushing system have seen these brands make powerful flushing toilets that consume less water. Here is a summary of each brand’s flushing technology.

  • Toto – Tornado/Double-cyclone flushing system.
  • Kohler – Class Five flushing technology.
  • American Standard – Vormex/ Cadet Flushing system.

If you would like to learn more about the different flushing systems, please check out this post.

How to Install a Toilet

There are two ways to install a toilet. The first way is when you are installing a toilet from scratch, and the second way is when you are replacing an old toilet with a new one.

Installing a toilet from scratch takes a little longer than just replacing a toilet. This is because you will first need to install the shut-off valve, the toilet flange, and then the toilet. I suggest you set an entire afternoon or morning if you intend to do this on your own. Here is a detailed guide on how to install a toilet from scratch.

Replacing a toilet, on the other hand, is a simple and quick task. You will only need to remove the old one and mount the new one. You don’t need to hire a plumber to install it for you. This is a detailed, easy-to-follow guide on how to replace a toilet.