The 3 Best Rear Discharge Toilets
What is a Rear Discharge Toilet?
A rear discharge toilet which is also known as a rear outlet or a back outlet toilet is a toilet that discharges its waste through from its back and through the wall. Other toilets discharge their wastes from their bottom and through the floor.
Rear discharge toilets are especially great for high-rise apartments. This is because they do not need through-the-floor plumbing so the floor does not need to be thick. This enables many floor units to be constructed than would be the case with floor outlet toilets.
Rear discharge toilets are also a great option if your house or the bathroom is located far from the sewer lines. They provide a way to easily link up the waste from the toilet to the sewer lines.
Another benefit of installing a rear discharge toilet is that they are cheaper to install than floor outlet toilets in a bathroom where there is no drainage system. With a floor outlet toilet, you would need to tear up the entire bathroom floor in order install the plumbing. A rear discharge toilets will only require you to make a hole through the wall which is way easier and cheaper.
Rear Discharge Toilets Flushing Systems
Here is the thing. If you know how toilet works, you then know that they depend on gravity to move the water from the tank to the bowl for flushing to occur. This is why they are called gravity flush toilets.
The siphon effect, which is the suction of the waste from the bowl to the drainpipe happens at the toilet trap. The trap is the S-bend at the bottom of the toilet. This is however a little problematic for rear discharge toilets since the trap is not complete like in floor outlet toilets.
Manual gravity flush on its own can therefore not produce great flushing power in rear discharge toilets. To take care of that problems, rear flush toilets uses either the wash-down flushing system or the pressure-assisted flushing system.
Wash-down rear discharge toilets do not rely so much on the siphon effect. They are designed with a large flush valve and an extra-large trapway. What this does is allow water to be released from the tank to the bowl very fast, which creates more force and exits through the large trapway just as fast, resulting in a strong flush.
Pressure-assisted rear discharge toilets on the other hand have a secondary tank inside the main toilet tank called a pressure vessel. Inside the pressure vessel, compressed air mixes with the incoming water from the supply line and therefore pressurizing the vessel. When you flush the toilet, water is ejected out of the tank forcefully which in turn creates a powerful flush. Pressure-assisted toilets are therefore louder than other toilets.
What is the Best Rear Discharge Toilet?
Getting a decent rear discharge toilet can be a lot harder than a floor outlet toilet. There is no enough information on this topic which is the motivation behind writing this post.
I have heavily researched on this topic and compared different toilet models in a bid to establish which of them would be a great buy. I ended up picking 3 models which I believe are the best in the market today.
The best rear discharge toilets are:
1. American Standard Yorkville
American Standard Yorkville is a two-piece single flush elongated and standard height toilet. It is available in white, bone and linen. Some of its features and specifications include:
- Fully glazed 2-1/8 inch trapway.
- 10 X 12 inch water surface area.
- Chrome metal trip lever.
- 25-80 psi recommended working pressure.
- Depth: 29.75 inches.
- Width: 20.5 inches.
- Height: 29.25.
- Bowl Height: 15 inches.
- Flush Rate: 1.6 GPF.
- Rough-in: 4 inches.
The Yorkville is a pressure-assisted toilet and you can therefore be sure that its flushing is very strong. From the ones I have seen installed, I am yet to see any that has clogged. This being a pressure-assisted toilet, it is a bit noisy and will take some time to get used to it if it is your first pressure-assisted toilet.
I really like the design of this toilet. Unlike other rear discharge toilets where the outlet pipe is clear visible from the bathroom, this toilet is designed in such a way that the rear of the toilet is in slammed on the bathroom wall and therefore no exposed pipes.
Just like other modern toilets from American Standard, the Yorkville is coated with their patented EverClean surface additive. This coating inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria. It is therefore easy and fast to clean this toilet and to maintain it in that condition for longer.
This toilet is a standard height toilet. The bowl rim height is 15 inches. It is therefore not ADA-compliant. If you were looking for a comfort height rear discharge toilet then this one would be a bit of a disappointment for you.
Another thing to take note of is that this toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. It is therefore not WaterSense certified and as a result cannot be sold in some areas in the United States like California.
This Yorkville does not come with a seat. Apart from the seat, you will also need to buy the installation hardware separately. You will however receive 4 color-matched toilet bolts caps. It comes with a 1-year warranty.
2. Kohler Barrington
Kohler K-3652-0 Barrington Pressure Lite is a two-piece single flush elongated and standard height toilet. It is available in white, black, almond and biscuit.
If you are looking for a powerful flushing but also water efficient rear discharge toilet then this should be it. It is a pressure-assisted toilet equipped with Sloan’s FLUSHMATE pressure-assist system. If you don’t know much about Sloan, they are the industry leaders in the manufacturing of pressure-assisted toilet systems.
For every flush, the Kohler Barrington uses only 1 gallon of water. It is therefore is approved by the EPA’s WaterSense and California energy commission. This toilet therefore qualifies for the water rebates program and can be sold anywhere in the United States. Some of its features and specifications include:
- Polished chrome trip lever.
- 12 X 10 water surface area.
- 4 inch rough-in.
- 35-80 psi working pressure.
- 2-1/4 inch trapway.
- Depth: 29.25 inches.
- Width: 21.25 inches.
- Height: 31.5 inches.
- Bowl height: 15 inches.
One of the reasons that Kohler toilets are a good choice is because they have a variety of colors to choose from. I personally like their black toilets a lot. For anybody who would like to go with a black toilet then this would be really great. If you wish to go with the usual white you will also not regret it.
This toilet just like the American Standard Yorkville does not have a comfort height. If you are a really tall person or you just prefer a comfort height toilet over a standard height toilet then this will be disappointing. The elongated toilet bowl is however more comfortable than a round one.
Another thing you may not be happy about is the fact that this toilet does not come with a toilet seat, wax ring and water supply line. You will therefore need to separately buy those. If you are looking for a nice seat from Kohler I would not hesitate to recommend the Kohler Cachet slow close toilet seat.
Other than for the above issues, Kohler Barrington is a great rear discharge toilet. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
3. Saniflo 023 Sanicompact
The Saniflo 023 Sanicompact self-contained toilet is an upflush toilet. An upflush toilet is also called a macerating toilet. A macerator is a unit behind the toilet that grinds and mixes the human waste, toilet paper and water into a slurry, then pumped out through the back of the toilet.
If you are looking for a toilet to install in your basement bathroom or in any other bathroom that you don’t want to tear down the floor for a floor outlet toilet then this is the toilet to buy. It has a vertical pumping ability of up to 9 feet and horizontal pumping of 120 feet.
The first time I saw this unit I was like “Where is the tank”? What I didn’t know was that this toilet does not need a tank since the water is supplied from line with high pressure that is sufficient to flush the toilet. This is therefore a tankless, macerating and rear discharge toilet in one.
Some of its features and specifications include:
- One-piece toilet.
- Elongated bowl.
- 1/1.28 GPF dual flush toilet.
- Depth: 19.5 inches.
- Width: 14.25 inches
- Height: 18.25 inches.
- Bowl height: 18.25 inches.
Saniflo Sanicompact toilet although being a rear discharge toilet discharges its waste different from other rear discharge toilets. It does not need a flange to connect the outlet to the wall but rather a small pipe straight from the macerator.
This being a really compact toilet means it can be installed in tight spaces where other toilets cannot fit. Its small size notwithstanding, it has a comfort bowl rim height of 18.25 inches. It is therefore really easy for the elderly and tall people to sit and stand from the toilet. Another interesting addition is the soft close toilet seat which eliminates the irritating seat slamming sound.
For this toilet to work, it will need access to electricity. This is for powering up the macerator pump. If you live in an area without reliable electricity you might therefore not enjoy this toilet very much.
This unit is a great option for people with a small bathroom, but it can also be installed in ordinary bathrooms without a problem. Another great option is the Saniflo SaniAccess 3 upflush and rear discharge toilet. It can pump the waste further than the Saniflo Sanicompact.
The Saniflo Sanicompact is a great and beautiful toilet that you should definitely consider. To learn more about check the manual and spec sheet here.
Rear Discharge Toilets vs Wall-Hung Toilets
Wall-hung toilets which are also known as wall-mounted toilets are toilets that are mounted on the wall of the bathroom. The bowl is mounted on the wall while the tank is concealed inside the bathroom wall.
Wall-hung toilets look stylish than rear outlet toilets but are more expensive to install. Buying a wall hung toilet is not as expensive as it is to install it. You will need to erect a secondary wall to conceal the tank and also buy the frame. The frame which is called a carrier supports the tank and also anchors the bowl.
If you would like to learn more about wall-hung toilets check out this post.
How to Buy the Best Rear Discharge Toilet.
I know I have only reviewed 3 rear discharge toilets that I consider to be the best but of course you may want to check elsewhere to make sure that you are buying the best toilet for your home. Whether you decide to buy this specific ones or not, there are a few factors to consider before buying a rear discharge toilet.
Here are the things to check before buying a rear discharge toilet:
1. Toilet Dimensions
Toilet dimensions and bathroom clearances are critical. You need to make sure that you buy a toilet that will fit perfectly in your bathroom. It is therefore vital to make sure that you check the specific toilet’s specification sheet and check out the assembled dimensions.
One mistake I see people making is going with the listed dimensions on a product description online. Often those dimensions are normally the package dimensions and not the actual dimensions of the toilet.
In this post I have made sure that I list down the exact toilet dimensions to help you plan in advance before settling on a any toilet. Toilet dimensions are especially important if you have a small bathroom.
2. The Toilet Rough-in
In a rear discharge toilet, the rough-in is the distance between the finished floor and the center of the outlet pipe. I want to insist that the measurement should be taken from the finished floor. Otherwise you will have an erroneous figure.
The rough-in of a rear discharge toilet is different from that of a floor outlet toilet. In a floor outlet toilet we measure the distance from the toilet’s rear finished wall to the center of the drainpipe.
If you are replacing an old rear discharge toilet with a new one please take your time to measure its rough-in so that you can buy another one with an equal rough-in. You only need a measuring tape for this task.
The rough-in of macerating/upflush toilets is sometimes measured the same way as floor outlet toilets although they are rear discharge toilets. This is because they are designed a bit different from other rear discharge toilets.
3. Flushing Power
As earlier stated, rear discharge toilets are unable to fully utilize gravity while flushing. This is the reason why most rear discharge toilets use pressure-assisted flushing systems. I personally hate a toilet that I always need to flush twice in order to clear everything.
The best thing about a pressure-assisted toilet is that your toilet will hardly ever clog because it flushes powerfully. On the downside, pressure-assist toilets are louder than ordinary toilets.
All the rear discharge toilets that I have reviewed in this post are pressure-assisted. You are therefore guaranteed that they will always flush strongly.
Rear Discharge Toilet Installation
The below video shows how to install American standard Yorkville rear discharge toilet. The process is however the same for installing any other rear discharge toilet. Please bear in mind that these toilets are sold without the mounting hardware such the flange and the P-trap connector.
You will therefore need to buy these items separately which needless to say adds up the total cost. If you can manage to install it on your own you will save up the plumber’s charge, which is normally very high.
Rear Discharge Toilets Comparison Table
|1. American Standard Yorkville||1.6 GPF||29.57 X 20.5 X 29.25 inches||4 inches|
|2. Kohler Barrington||1 GPF||29.25 X 21.25 X 31.5 inches||4 inches|
|3. Saniflo 023 Sanicompact||1/1.28 GPF||19.5 X 14.25 X 18.25 inches||12 inches|
Rear discharge toilets are the best option for anyone looking to install a toilet in an area that is far from the sewer lines or in a bathroom that has no floor drainage. They are cheaper and fast to install.
These toilets are normally not in so much demand like floor outlet toilets and as a result there are not many of them in the market. I hope that whichever toilet you choose to buy will work out well for you.