The 7 Best Toto Toilets – For Superior Flushing
There are hundreds of Toto toilet models and choosing the right one for your bathroom can be a daunting task. A toilet, being a long term investment you want to be sure that you buy the very best.
Toto is the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. It was founded in the year 1917 by the Japanese inventor Kazuchika Okura.
His motivation to start the company came about in 1908 after he visited Europe and was fascinated by the white porcelain flush toilets. At the time, Japanese were using the old-fashioned squat toilets.
He went back home to try and replicate the “European” toilets back home. In 1914 he released his first flush-toilet and founded the Toyo Toki Company in 1917. The company was later renamed to Toto in 1970.
In the year 1964, American Arnold Cohen invented the electronic bidet seat and patented it. His invention was however not embraced in North America. He travelled east and licensed his patent to Toto.
Toto improved Cohen’s design and came up with their electronic bidet toilet seat commonly known as a washlet. The washlet was an instant hit in Japan.
Instead of installing both a toilet and a stand-alone bidet, people would just install the toilet and mount a Toto washlet at the top. Washlets also offered more features than stand-alone bidets and hence Toto sold lots of them.
Toto toilets are now sold all over the world and are some of the best toilets you can ever buy. So, of all these models, what are some of the best Toto toilets?
In this post, we will go through 7 of the top rated Toto toilets and see what makes them a worthwhile investment over other models.
The 7 Best Toto Toilets are:
|Toilet||Style||Flush Rate||Reason to Buy|
|1. Toto Ultramax II||One-piece||1.28 GPF||Best overall|
|2. Toto 700H Neorest||One-piece||0.8/1 GPF||Best high-end|
|3. Toto CST744SL Drake||Two-piece||1.6 GPF||Best mid-range|
|4. Toto Carlyle II||One-piece||1.28 GPF||Best skirted|
|5. Toto Aquia IV||Two-piece||0.8/1.28 GPF||Best dual flush|
|6. Toto Entrada||Two-piece||1.28 GPF||Best budget|
|7. Toto Aquia Wall-Hung Toilet||Two-piece||0.9/1.6 GPF||Best wall-hung|
1. Toto Ultramax II
Toto Ultramax II is in my opinion the best Toto toilet and also overall best compared to other toilet brands. It is a single flush two-piece elongated toilet with a comfort/universal height. The colors available are cotton white, colonial white, Sedona beige, bone and ebony.
Toto Ultramax II is an improved model of the initial Toto Ultramax. Toto Ultramax uses the G max flushing system while the Toto Ultramax II uses the Toto tornado flushing.
Toto’s G max flushing system uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush while the Tornado flush uses 1.28 gallons per flush. As a result, the Toto Ultramax II is certified by the EPA’s WaterSense and can therefore be sold all over the United States including California and Texas.
The way the tornado flush system works is by eliminating the need for rim holes and only use 2 powerful nozzles on each side of the bowl. This nozzles have a sideways orientation which is by design rather than design.
As the water flows from the tank to the bowl, it is forced out through this nozzles. The nozzles create a centrifugal cyclonic force which causes the water to swirl about in the bowl. This actions creates a powerful scrubbing and rinsing action, which is also very effective in waste elimination.
I really love the one-piece low profile design of the Toto Ultramax II. Unlike in two-piece toilets where there is a clear gap between the tank and the bowl, this toilet’s design is so seamless which makes it look elegant and stylish. Cleaning it is also so easy and quick.
If you are easily irritated by the slamming sound as the toilet seat hits hard on the bowl after each toilet use, you will be happy to know that the Toto Ultramax II comes with a soft closing seat and lid. If you would like to take your comfort a notch higher you can invest in the toilet bidet combo where the Toto Ultramax II comes with a Toto washlet.
Although cotton white and colonial white are the 2 most famous Toto toilet colors, the black (ebony) Toto Ultramax II is an absolute beauty. If you would like to experiment with a black toilet I would not hesitate recommending it.
Apart from having a powerful flush and looking amazing, the Toto Ultramax II is also a comfort height toilet. It has a seat height of 17.25 inches which is really comfortable for the tall and seniors to sit and stand up from.
The other Toto Ultramax II dimensions are:
- Depth: 28.375 inches
- Width: 16.625 inches
- Height: 28.75 inches
- Rough-in: 12 inches
As you can see, the Ultramax is quite a compact toilet despite having an elongated bowl. It will therefore save you valuable bathroom space.
There is no shortage of factors to show why the Toto Ultramax is one of the best Toto toilets. You would not go wrong with it.
2. Toto Neorest 700H
If you are looking for absolute luxury then the Toto Neorest 700H is the toilet for you. It is a dual flush one-piece elongated toilet that features a state of the art Toto washlet. This is in my opinion the best bidet toilet combo in and out of Toto.
The Toto Neorest 700H will give you a complete hands-free experience. When you enter the bathroom, a sensor in the toilet will note your presence and immediately prompt the lid to open automatically.
As soon as you’re are done doing your business, you can choose to flush using the wireless remote control or you can walk away and let the toilet flush on its own. The toilet lid will also automatically close softly when you walk away.
What is even more interesting is that you will not need to use a toilet paper while using this toilet. A nozzle will appear from the back end of the seat and completely clean your posterior as well as feminine parts using warm water.
The nozzle position can be adjusted forwards and backwards to make sure that it is hitting all the desired spots as well as accommodate people of different sizes. Its warm water temperature and pressure can be adjusted to each user’s preferences.
2 cleansing features that you will absolutely love is the pulsating and oscillating washes. The oscillating wash is when the nozzle moves back and forth rapidly to cleaner over a wider surface area. A pulsating wash involves the use of warm water with alternating strong and soft streams which creates a massaging sensation.
After you are thoroughly cleaned, a warm air drier which also has 5 adjustable temperature levels will blow warm air all over you leaving you fully dried. To take care of any lingering odor, an air deodorizer automatically kicks in making the room smell fresh throughout.
A heated toilet seat makes sure that you do not have to freeze on the toilet especially during cold winters. And in case you want to use the toilet during the night, you do not have to turn on the bright bathroom lights. A blue LED nightlight illuminating the bowl will help you navigate your way to the toilet.
Toto Neorest 700h uses Toto’s revolutionary Ewater+ which is basically electrolyzed water to sterilize the nozzle before each use. The same water is also sprayed on the bowl which makes it wet. The resultant effect is that waste does not stick on the bowl which helps in the flushing action and also reducing the cleaning frequency.
Neorest 700H is also very water efficient. Being a dual flush toilet, it only uses 0.8 gallons of water to flush liquids and only 1 gallon to flush solids. It uses the Toto tornado flushing system.
The toilet’s seat height is 17.25 inches. It is therefore compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Its other dimensions are:
- Depth: 31.44 inches
- Width: 17.625 inches
- Height: 20.75 inches
- Rough-in: 12 inches
The Toto Neorest is clearly one of the most stylish toilet in the market. The only downside to it is that it is quite pricey.
3. Toto CST744SL Drake
Toto Drake is probably one of the most famous Toto toilet model and it is for good reason. It is both a powerful flushing toilet and also budget-friendly.
If you are therefore looking for a powerful flushing Toto toilet but don’t want to spend a lot of money then the Toto CST744SL Drake is the toilet for you. It is a single flush one-piece elongated and comfort height toilet.
Toto Drake uses the Toto’s G Max flushing system. The G Max flushing system is well known for powerful flushing as a result of using a 3-inch wide flush valve and 1.6 gallons of water per flush. This means that the toilet is able to push more water using less time which is what creates the strong flush.
Unfortunately, due to its water consumption which is more than the prerequisite 1.28 gallons per flush, Toto Drake does not meet the requirements of WaterSense as well as the California Energy Commission (CEC). It therefore cannot be sold in states such as California and Texas which have some of the stringiest water conservation laws.
The Drake’s bowl rim height is 16.5 inches which increases to a seat height of 17.5 inches after installing a seat. It is therefore an ADA-compliant toilet which is very comfortable as well as helpful for the tall, seniors and disabled.
Another thing to note is that the Toto Drake does not come with a toilet seat. That means you will need to buy one separately. You may opt to buy an ordinary toilet seat or go with a Toto washlet.
The dimensions of the Toto CST744SL Drake are:
- Depth: 28.625 inches
- Width: 19.5 inches
- Height: 30.75 inches
- Rough-in: 12 inches
For its flushing power and price, The Toto Drake elongated bowl and tank is a toilet you should really consider especially if you are on a budget.
Toto Drake vs Toto Drake II
Toto Drake II is an model of the Toto Drake. It is still a two-piece elongated toilet but high profile, which also looks nicer than the Toto Drake.
The major difference between the Toto Drake and the Drake II is in their water consumption. While the Toto Drake uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush, the Toto Drake II uses only 1.28 gallons per flush.
Another difference is the flushing system. The Toto Drake uses the G Max flushing system while Toto Drake II uses the Tornado flush system. This is also called the E Max flushing system which is an improvement to the older G max flushing system.
The Toto Drake II is therefore compliant with EPA’s WaterSense requirements. Apart from that, it is complies with the standards of California Green Building Standard Code (CalGreen). Its sale in California is therefore not restricted.
The surface of the Toto Drake II is coated using Cefiontect, which is Toto’s Sana gloss. Cefiontect glaze inhibits the adherence of dirt on the toilet which makes it easier to clean and also makes it look shinny. Toto Drake does not have the Cefiontect glaze.
Drake II’s bowl rim is slightly shorter than that of the Toto Drake. While the Toto Drake has a rim height of 16.5 inches, the Toto Drake II has a rim height of 16.125 inches. Both of them are therefore ADA compliant toilets.
The other dimensions of the Toto Drake II are:
- Depth: 28.5 inches
- Width: 17.25 inches
- Height: 30 inches
- Rough-in: 12 inches
Although Toto Drake II is slightly more expensive than the Toto Drake, it is such an elegant toilet which I would recommend to anyone willing to spend a little more money.
4. Toto Carlyle II
Toto makes a few skirted toilets Toto Carlyle II being one of them. A skirted toilet is a toilet with a concealed trapway, which is a very modern and cool design.
A skirted trapway eliminates all nooks and crannies for instance the toilet bolts and caps section leaving the toilet looking smooth and seamless. It is even better if the toilet has a one-piece design. Apart from just looking elegant, it is very easy to also clean and maintain the toilet’s hygiene.
The Toto Carlyle II is a single flush one-piece elongated skirted toilet which also features a comfort height. It is the skirted version of the Toto Ultramax II. Apart from the skirted design, the Toto Carlyle II and Toto Ultramax II are completely similar including all their other features.
Unlike other toilet manufacturers, Toto does not make 10 and 14-inch rough-in toilets but only toilets with a rough-in of 12 inches. It therefore becomes difficult if you have an old toilet with a rough-in of either 10 or 14 that you need to replace with a modern Toto Toilet.
And that is where the Toto Carlyle II and other skirted Toto toilets come in. Although these toilets are made with a rough-in of 12 inches, you can adjust them into either 10 or 14-inch rough-in toilets using Toto’s unifit adapter.
The Toto unifit adapter is only compatible with the Toto skirted toilet models only. Using other models, you can replace a 14-inch rough-in toilet with a 12-inch rough-in toilet but a 2 inch gap will be left between the toilet and the wall. A toilet with a rough-in of 10 cannot be replaced with a 12-inch rough in toilet.
Toto Carlyle II vs Toto Vespin II
Toto Vespin II is a single flush two-piece elongated and skirted toilet with a comfort height. It is the skirted version of the Toto Drake II.
If you like the Toto Drake II but would like the skirted version of it then the Toto Vespin II is the toilet for you. It has a rough-in of 12 inches but it can be converted to either a 10 or a 14-inch rough-in toilet using the Toto unifit adapter.
The major difference between the Toto Carlyle and the Toto Vespin is that the Toto Carlyle II is a one-piece toilet while the Toto Vespin II is a two-piece toilet.
When it comes to the toilet design, I don’t think there is a superior one than the other. The decision to buy either a one-piece or a two-piece toilet comes downs to one’s own preference.
Please note that while the Toto Carlyle II comes with a soft close toilet seat, the Vespin II comes without a seat. You will therefore need to buy one separately. Other than that these 2 toilets are almost similar.
Toto Carlyle II is however more expensive than the Toto Vespin II the same way the Ultramax II is more expensive than the Toto Drake II.
Below is an image of the elegant Toto Vespin II
5. Toto Aquia IV
There are several models of the Toto Aquia toilet but the Toto Aquia IV is in my opinion the best of them all. Toto Aquia toilets models are different from other Toto toilets in that they are fully skirted and are also dual flush.
Toto Aquia IV is a dual flush two-piece elongated standard height skirted toilet. It is an improved version of the famous Toto Aquia II.
Let us look at the features and specifications of the Toto Aquia IV and then compare them with those of the Toto Aquia II. That way you will be able to know what model is the best for you to buy.
Aquia IV uses Toto’s Tornado flush system. In this model, the flushing system utilizes the extra-large 3-inch flush valve, 2 powerful nozzles and a fully glazed trapway. As a result the Aquia IV is powerful flushing toilet with a quieter flush than most of the other Toto toilets.
Its flush buttons are installed on the lid at the top of the toilet. The bigger button is for a full flush which is basically for flushing solids while the smaller button is for half a flush used to flush down liquids.
For every flush, the toilet will use either 1.28 or 0.8 gallons of water which is very efficient. The Aquia IV is therefore WaterSense and CalGreen compliant meaning it can be sold all over the United States without restrictions.
Another advantage of the Aquia IV is that even though it has a rough-in of 12 inches, it can be also installed in bathrooms with a 10 or 14-inch rough-in. You will only need to buy the Toto unifit adapter.
The dimensions of the Toto Aquia IV are:
- Depth: 27.56 inches
- Width: 15.5 inches
- Height: 29.25 inches
- Seat height: 17 inches
The one thing you can notice here is that the Aquia IV has a shorter depth than most Toto toilets or any other toilet for that matter. For people who want to save every bathroom inch then this might be a great choice for them.
Now let us compare the Toto Aquia IV to Toto Aquia II
Toto Aquia IV vs Toto Aquia II
The first difference between these 2 toilets is in their water consumption. Toto Aquia IV use 1.28/0.8 gallons per flush while Toto Aquia II uses 1.6/0.9 gallons per flush. Aquia IV is therefore more water efficient than the Aquia II.
Another thing to remember is that while the Aquia IV comes with a soft close toilet seat, the Aquia II does not come with a seat. One must buy a seat separately.
Toto Aquia IV is also coated with the Cefiontect glaze which inhibits dirt and mold from sticking on the toilet making it very easy to clean.
Being the latest model of the Toto Aquia toilets, the Aquia IV is without a doubt the best of them all. It is also slightly more expensive than the Toto Aquia II.
6. Toto Entrada
Toto Entrada is a single flush two-piece elongated and comfort height toilet. It is only available in cotton white and Sedona beige finishes. A model with a round toilet bowl is also available.
The Toto Entrada is a fantastic toilet from Toto which I wouldn’t hesitate recommending to anyone. What are some of the factors which make Toto Entrada a decent toilet to buy?
- Superior flushing
- Budget friendly
- Water efficient
- Comfort height
- Elongated/round bowl
Toto Entrada uses Toto’s E Max flushing system which is known for its water efficiency. For every flush, this toilet uses only 1.28 gallons of water.
As a result, the Entrada is certified by both the EPA’s WaterSense and CalGreen. This means it can be sold in every corner of the United States. The great thing is that despite its low water consumption this toilet has such a powerful flush, you would hardly ever need to flush twice.
The distance from the floor to the top of the seat is 17.25 inches, meaning it is compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seniors, tall people and people with limited mobility will find this toilet really easy to use compared to a standard height toilet.
Unfortunately, the Toto Entrada does not come with a seat and you will therefore need to buy one separately. It also does not have Cefiontect glaze so you will have to clean it more often than other modern Toto toilets.
Toto Entrada’s dimensions are:
- Depth: 28.625 inches
- Width: 15.25 inches
- Height: 30 inches
- Rough-in: 12 inches
Given its price and flushing performance, Toto Entrada is a decent toilet to buy. It also looks great.
7. Toto Aquia Wall-Hung Toilet
Toto Aquia wall-hung toilet is dual flush two-piece elongated toilet with an adjustable bowl rim height. It is only available in a white color finish.
Wall-hung toilets are toilets that are mounted on the bathroom wall. They are more popular in Europe than in North American but are catching up.
Wall-mounted toilets are stylish and more modern than floor-mounted toilets. They are two-piece toilets whereby the tank is concealed in the bathroom wall meaning that only the bowl is visible.
To install a wall-hung toilet, you need to also a buy a frame called a carrier. This is where the tank is housed. The carrier is also used to support the weight of the bowl and that of the toilet user.
In order to conceal the carrier and the tank, a secondary wall is erected in the bathroom. This is one of the reasons why it is not easy to replace a floor-mounted toilet with a wall-hung toilet.
Even though wall-hung toilets are not expensive, the cost of the carrier coupled with the installation cost makes the total cost to be very high. You will also need to involve a professional to help you with the installation unlike in floor mounted toilets which can comfortably install on your own.
The Toto Aquia wall-hung toilet uses Toto’s dual max flushing system. For every flush, it will either use 1.6 gallons of water per flush or 0.9 gallons. Basically the 1.6 gallons if for flushing solids while the 0.9 gallons is for flushing liquids.
Depending on the height you are most comfortable with, this toilet’s bowl rim height can be adjusted from 15 to 19 inches during installing. It can therefore be used as a standard height toilet or as a comfort height toilet.
Just like any other modern Toto toilet, Toto Aquia wall-hung toilet is also coated with the Cefiontect glaze. That combined with its skirted design makes it very easy to clean it. The absence of the tank also helps.
The dimensions of the Toto Aquia wall-hung toilet bowl are:
- Depth: 21 inches
- Width: 14.18 inches
- Height: 13.75 inches
Please note that the toilet is sold without a seat meaning you will need to buy one separately. You will also need to buy the carrier separately. While I would recommend that you go with the Toto carrier, you can also use others.
For anyone looking to install a wall-hung toilet, Toto Aquia is the best option. It is not very expensive but looks really great and also works as advertised.
Toto Toilets Buying Guide
What factors should you consider while buying a Toto toilet? The following are some of the factors which I believe should guide you to help you pick the best toilet for your bathroom.
1. Flushing System
Toto toilets have several types of flushing systems. These flushing systems are determined by the amount of water consumed per each flush by the toilet and also by how the water enters the bowl.
The one thing that makes Toto toilets stand out in as far as flushing is concerned is the use of a a 3-inch wide flush valve. The flush valve is the opening at the bottom of the tank through which water enters the bowl from the tank.
Most of the other toilets have a 2-inch flush valve. By using a 3-inch flush valve, water in the tank enters the bowl faster and with more force which in return creates a powerful flushing action.
The most popular Toto flushing systems are:
- G Max flushing system: The G Max flushing system is used in older Toto toilets models and is regarded by many as the most powerful flushing system. It uses 1.6 gallons of water which is currently prohibited in some states like California.
- E Max flushing system: The E Max flushing system is the improved version of the G Max flushing system. It uses only 1.28 gallons per flush.
- Dual Max flushing system: The Toto dual max flushing system is basically found in their dual flush toilets. Toto toilets using the dual max flushing system gives the user the option to use different volumes of water depending on whether they want to flush solids or liquids.
- Tornado flush system: With the tornado flush system, Toto did away with rim holes and introduced 2 powerful nozzles on each side of the bowl. When you flush the toilet, water enters the bowl from each of the nozzle whirling like a cyclone, and hence the name double-cyclone flushing system.
No matter what flushing system you decide to choose, Toto toilets always delivers that strong flush every single time.
2. Toilet Dimensions
It is very important that you check out the toilet’s dimensions before you buy it. This is especially important for people with small bathrooms where every inch counts.
One mistake you want to avoid is taking the listed dimensions online. Most of those dimensions are not precise since some are approximations and others are the shipping dimensions.
What you need to do is to search the specific toilet model on the Toto website. Once on the website, check for the specification sheet. There you can find out every detail you want to know as well as the precise toilet’s assembled dimensions.
Apart from the toilet’s depth, width and height, you should also check out the bowl rim height. A toilet will have either a standard height or a comfort height. Both of this bowl rim heights have their pros and cons. If you would like to read further on that check out this article.
Another thing that may influence the size of the toilet and in this instance its depth is the shape of the bowl. Toilets will either have a round or an elongated bowl.
Round bowls have a length of about 16.5 inches while elongated bowls have a length of about 18.5 inches. Round toilets therefore have a shorter depth and are more appealing for people with tiny bathrooms.
Elongated toilets are however more comfortable as they offer the user more surface area to sit on. To read more on the pros and cons of elongated vs round toilets, check out this post.
3. Toilet Rough-In
A toilet’s rough-in is the distance from its rear finished wall to the center of the drainpipe. The standard toilet rough-in is 12 inches.
Although modern bathrooms are built, with a standard rough-in, some old homes were built with a 10 or 14-inch rough-in. This poses a challenge if the owner wants to replace an old toilet with a modern Toto toilet, since Toto only makes toilet with a standard rough-in.
Before buying a Toto toilet or any other toilet for that matter, it is important to make sure that you measure the rough-in of your existing toilet. That way you will not end up buying a toilet you can’t install.
If you notice that that you have a 10 or 14-inch rough-in, buy a skirted Toto toilet. Those are the only models that are compatible with the Toto unifit adapter.
Toto toilets are in my opinion the best in as far as flushing power is concerned. Although there are other toilet brands that make good toilets too, what makes Toto toilets special is their consistency. Every toilet model they come up with does not disappoint.