5 Good-Quality Budget Toilets

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    Affordable Two-Piece Toilets

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    If you are thinking about replacing a toilet and are on a budget, comparing brands and models can be tricky. These five two-piece toilets are all relatively inexpensive and all use parts that are readily available at most home improvement or hardware stores if the unit ever need servicing.

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    Jacuzzi Lindsay

    Though is surprises some people, Jacuzzi is a toilet brand as well as a maker of whirlpool tubs. The toilets in the Lindsay product line all sell for under $200 at major home improvement centers, and they all exceed industry standards for efficiency and flushing performance. 

    These toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush, comparable to the most efficient models, with a standard 2-inch trapway size. The trap is glazed to enhance smooth flushing. Lindsay toilets have a chair-height, elongated seat perfect for older users or those with disabilities, and is available in both a standard 12-inch or a compact 10-inch rough-in size. It comes complete with wax ring and seat. 

    Mechanical Details

    The 3-inch flapper is a standard variety that easily found if you need to replace it. The fill valve is a non-name-brand quiet-flow model, but it can easily be changed out to any universal fill valve. The toilet handle is neo-angle, meaning it comes out on the angle between the front and left side of the toilet. This type of handle is a little harder to match up by the angle, but it is generally easy enough to find replacements at your local home improvement store.

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    American Standard Mainstream

    This a very competitive name brand toilet priced right for most anyone on a budget, usually available for under $150 at big-box home improvement centers. This toilet uses only 1.28 gallons per flush but has plenty of flushing power. The trapway size is the average 2 inches. The mainstream toilet comes complete in a box with a plastic toilet seat and wax ring seal. This is a tall toilet that is ADA compliant. The Mainstream is a round-front toilet for those people who do not have the room for an elongated design or who don't like an elongated seat. It has a standard 12-inch rough-in size. 

    Mechanical Details

    This toilet uses a standard size flapper which is very easy to find. The fill valve is very basic, and universal replacements are widely available and easy to install. The handle on the American Standard Mainstream is neo-angle, similar to the Jacuzzi, and can be replaced easily. 

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    Kohler Cimarron

    The Cimarron by Kohler is a very good toilet with a level of quality that is on the higher end for low-cost two-piece toilets. It can usually be found for $200 to $300 at major home improvement centers. The Cimarron line comes in a 1.6 gallons-per-flush model, and also a 1.28 gallon-per-flush model that provides great water savings. The Cimarron comes in a round-front regular height and a taller elongated version. The trapway size for the Cimarron is 2 1/8 inches—an above-average dimension that helps prevent blockages.

    Mechanical Details

    The Kohler Cimarron toilet uses a dry lock system. This means that no bolts go through the tank to hold it to the bowl, so there will be no leaking down the road. The bolts actually clip into a bracket that is attached to the bottom of the tank; from there you use the nuts to attach the tank to the bowl.

    The toilet comes with a high-quality Fluidmaster fill valve. Instead of a flapper, this toilet has a canister that lifts up when you press on the handle, which Kohler redesigned to provide extra flushing power. Replacing it requires a model specified for the Cimarron. The handle is a neo-angle design that is easy to replace. 

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    Kohler Wellworth

    The Wellworth is Kohler's most basic toilet, available in both a 1.6 gallon-per-flush model, as well as a water-saving 1.1 gallon model. It's a standard height toilet with a round front toilet seat. Selling for $150 to $200 at major home improvement centers, this is a great toilet for anyone who does not like a taller toilet or elongated seat. The Kohler Wellworth comes complete in a kit with a high-quality plastic seat and wax ring. The trapway size on the Wellworth is 2 1/8 inches, larger than the standard 2-inch trapway. Kohler makes toilets that flush very well, and even this basic toilet line offers very efficient operation.  

    Mechanical Details

    This toilet comes with a quality Fluidmaster fill valve. The tank is bolted to the bowl with a three-bolt system for added support. The Wellworth toilet has the canister system flush valve, allowing for a quick 360-degree spray of water to empty the bowl. This is almost the same system as the Cimmaron (above) but it uses older technology and is not quite as refined. The handle is a neo-angle design. Overall this is a great-quality inexpensive toilet, inside and out.

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    American Standard Champion 4

    The American Standard Champion 4 has amazing flushing power yet is quite affordable. This toilet often costs a little more than other economy toilets, but you can almost guarantee that this toilet will not clog, thanks to an extra-large trapway (2 3/8 inches) and powerful flush valve. It is said to move 70% more solid waste than an average 1.6 gallons-per-flush toilet. American Standard also coats the porcelain to deter the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria. 

    The Champion 4 toilet is a chair height, elongated seat toilet that is ADA compliant. It comes  with a high-quality plastic seat and wax ring in the box. The suggested retail price for this toilet is well over $400, but you can sometimes find it available for around $200 at home centers. At such a discounted price, it is a very good bargain, since this is one of the best toilets available. 

    Mechanical Details

    This toilet uses a standard Fluidmaster fill valve, which is long-lasting and easy to repair or replace, if necessary. Two standard bolts anchor the tank to the bowl. The flapper is special; it is a 4-inch round flat disc that is fairly easy to replace. The handle is neo-angle; it's not standard, so you may need to hunt a bit should you ever need to replace it.