The 8 Best Toilets to Buy in 2018

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American Standard 2988-101-020
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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Toto Ms604114CEFG#0 UltraMax II at Amazon

“Sleek in design, comfortably tall and efficient in its water use and flushing capabilities...packed with features.”

Best Budget: American Standard 2988-101-020 at Amazon

“Water-efficient, tall, and one of the best in the mid-range price.”

Best for Seniors: Kohler K-3609-0 Cimarron at Amazon

“The extra inches allow for longer sitting without cramping or teetering and give a bit of an added assist in rising from the throne.”

Best for Small Bathrooms: Saniflo 023 Sanicompact 48 at Amazon

“Small in stature, it is big on features, including an elongated bowl for narrow spaces.”

Easiest to Clean: American Standard ActiClean at Lowe’s

“The battery-powered self-cleaning latrine removes stains and cleans the bowl at the press of a chrome button.”

Best High-End: Kohler K-4007-0 San Souci at Amazon

“Compact design, powerful flushing technology, self-cleaning capabilities, and easy installation.”

Best Noiseless: Kohler K-3978-0 Wellworth at Amazon

“Quiet with even and efficient water flow from its Class Five flushing capabilities.”

Best Dual Flush: Toto Aquia at Amazon

“It offers options that can save water and money in a well-designed privy.”

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Toto Ms604114CEFG#01 UltraMax II

    Sleek in design, comfortably tall and efficient in its water use and flushing capabilities, the Toto UltraMax II is packed with features. Reviewers raved about many aspects of this specific model of Toto toilet. It is powerful, pretty, taller than most toilets and comes in one piece, which makes it easier to install. The efficient flushing also helps to keep the bowl clean longer between thorough brushings.

    The 1.28-gallon toilet is equipped with Toto’s Tornado Flush system and is labeled Water Sense certified for its high-efficiency and conservation. Unlike many other toilets on the market, the Toto comes with a SoftClose seat. Toto’s universal height and elongated bowl design are ADA compliant and make for a more comfortable seat over a longer period than other commodes. The double cyclone flushing action allows for less cleaning maintenance and quick removal of significant amounts of waste in the bowl. 

  • 02 of 08

    Best Budget: American Standard 2988-101-020

    American Standard 2988-101-020
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    Water efficient, tall, and one of the best in the mid-range price, the American Standard is known for its reliability, cleanliness, and quiet yet powerful flushing technology. The latest single-flush models to flood the market use 1.28 gallons of water per flush, significantly less than the 4 to 5 gallons of toilets from 20 years ago. The American Standard 2988-101-020 outperformed dual-flush models that can use up to 1.8 gallons. The siphon action jetted bowl is layered with EverClean, which stops mold and bacteria from staining the bowl between deep cleanings. The Cadet 3 system can handle 1,000 grams of bulky waste in a single flush. The bowl is power washed by the pressurized rim after each flush, a favorite feature among reviewers. A concealed, smooth-sided trap way in the bowl is larger than most so the toilet doesn’t clog easily.

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    Best for Seniors: Kohler K-3609-0 Cimarron Comfort Height

    Water-smart with a fast and powerful flush and elevated in size and style, the Kohler Cimarron is a tidy package for those looking for a comfortable yet efficient toilet. It includes a tall toilet design, Kohler’s Class Five flushing technology is powerful, swirling water quickly around the bowl to clean it with each push of the handle. Kohler’s Comfort Height is roughly as tall as a dining chair, which makes it easier on knees and hips when spending time on the elongated bowl. The Kohler measures 28.75" x 17.62" x 30.75" before the seat is installed, which is not included. A padded toilet seat can bring the height up to 4" taller than standard commodes. The extra inches allow for longer sitting without cramping or teetering and give a bit of an added assist in rising from the throne.

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    Best for Small Bathrooms: Saniflo 023 Sanicompact 48

    If you are looking to maximize the space in your bathroom, adding a compact commode rather than a traditional hulking toilet can open needed space without sacrificing any of the important features. Stylish, functional and powerful, the Saniflo 023 Sanicompact has a high-functioning macerator that cuts down on clogging. It is 1.6 GPF and uses a mere gallon of water with each flush. It is relatively quiet and has no tank like larger, old-style toilets built for restricted rooms.

    Small in stature, it is big on features, including an elongated bowl for narrow spaces, a water efficient electric flushing mechanism, chrome hinges and handle. The Saniflo is durable and sturdy made of high-quality materials and porcelain. Reviewers enjoyed its easy installation and how lightweight it is at just over 60 pounds. It has a tiny footprint at 18" x 14.5" x 15.8". The Saniflo works well in slim spaces or next to sinks in half baths that would otherwise just be a powder room without a toilet.

    The one-piece Saniflo toilet comes with a two-year warranty for any clogging or cracking issues that can arise from being in cramped quarters. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Easiest to Clean: American Standard ActiClean

    American Standard ActiClean
    Courtesy of Lowe's

    It is as necessary as it is undesirable to complete week after week. Cleaning the toilet can be a loathsome chore, which is why American Standard created the ActiClean technology for consumers clamoring for cleaner commodes. The battery-powered self-cleaning latrine removes stains and cleans the bowl at the press of a chrome button. The high-efficiency 1.28 GPF VorMax flushing technology keeps the bowl relatively clean after each flush. But every toilet needs some attention to keep the porcelain pristine. The one-minute Quick Clean cycle can give the bowl a fast rinse to loosen any leftover excess that may have adhered to the sides of the basin. A more thorough Deep Clean cycle takes 10 minutes to pull particles and clumps that get stuck in and around the bowl from the rim to the narrow opening at the bottom of the bowl. Reviewers found they used the ActiClean cycles only every few months as the VorMax flush kept it pretty pristine between cleanings.

  • 06 of 08

    Best High-End: Kohler K-4007-0 San Souci

    More expensive isn’t always better. There are many toilets in the high hundreds and thousands that don’t pay off in the power and design features. The Kohler K-4007-0 San Souci has a fan club of users who like its compact design, powerful flushing technology, self-cleaning capabilities, and easy installation. Bottom line, the Kohler is pretty to look at, quiet and comfortable to use. The one-piece toilet has a seamless bowl that is regularly cleaned by the fast flow of the Kohler Class Five flush. The 1.28 GPF toilet is Water Sense certified. The AquaPiston canister is designed for the water to swoosh from 360 degrees around the bowl to powerfully push waste through the lines. The low-profile design and round front bowl are perfect for small spaces. Kohler included a Quiet-Close lid and seat with an overhanging lid that hides the seat for a sleek look. 

  • 07 of 08

    Best Noiseless: Kohler K-3978-0 Wellworth

    The whoosh of a toilet flushing isn’t always a pleasant sound to hear. If you have a bathroom close to the kitchen or dining room, a quiet flusher may be a better buy than a standard toilet. The Kohler K-3978-0 Wellworth is whisper quiet with even and efficient water flow from its Class Five flushing capabilities. Kohler’s class five flushing toilets are designed for powerful pushing performance to swish serious loads effortlessly down the drain. The Wellworth works quickly and quietly to eliminate waste without waking the household. The bowl stays clean due to the powerful flow that also keeps the basin bright and sparkling between regular deep cleanings. The tank fills quickly, which cuts down on the length of time users will hear the toilet fill back up after pushing the handle down to flush.

  • 08 of 08

    Best Dual Flush: Toto Aquia

    A dual flush toilet allows the user to decide how much water to use to flush the toilet. A half flush can remove liquid waste quickly while a full flush will release a more powerful stream of water to loosen bulky waste and swoosh it swiftly away, leaving behind a pristine bowl. The Toto Aquia toilet offers options that can save water and money in a well-designed privy. The two recessed chrome buttons at the top of the tank allow the toilet to flush a wee .9 gallons of water for a quick flush or 1.6 gallons for a full flush. The elongated bowl is beautiful to look at and easy to clean outside and in. The lengthy bowl narrows to the floor so that there aren’t as many nooks and crannies to clean on the exterior. Toto’s turbo flush technology keeps the interior of the bowl from gathering bacteria and forming rings and discoloration between deep cleanings.