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Toilet Buying Guide

Purchasing a toilet is an investment that you'll want to get right the first time. Let our handy guide help you determine the proper toilet for your bathroom and lifestyle needs.

Types of Toilets

Types of Toilets

Despite the fact that toilets are configured in either one piece or two pieces, each model has its own unique look. But it's how the toilet functions that is all-important -- because dealing with the consequences of a malfunction is uniquely unpleasant. Choosing a new toilet might not be your favorite task, but getting one that is right for your needs saves you time and trouble down the line.

One-Piece or Two-Piece Toilets

A one-piece toilet is seamless; it has no crevices between the tank and bowl to collect dirt and odors. A two-piece toilet has a separate bowl and tank that are bolted together. Some two-piece models have a "sanitary dam," a raised area at the back of the bowl where material can be cleaned off rather than accumulating. Two-piece toilets are the most common installation.

Floor-Mount or Wall-Mount Toilets

By far the majority of toilets are plumbed through the floor. Wall-mount toilets are plumbed through the wall, which must be thicker than normal to hold the toilet's weight. Maintenance on a wall-mount toilet might require opening the wall where the tank is housed. These toilets, however, are easy to clean under and provide a sleek, dramatic look for your bathroom.

Pressure-Assisted or Gravity-Feed Toilets

In a pressure-assisted toilet, water displaces air within the tank and creates pressure that pushes waste out through the bowl. This type works well but can be a bit noisy. In a gravity-feed toilet, water drops from the tank into the bowl to move waste down the drain. This type also works well and flushes more quietly.

Round-Front or Elongated Toilets

Round-front toilets are compact, ideal for smaller rooms. Elongated toilets have extra room in the front, which adds a comfort factor for adults.

Traditional-Height or Tall Toilets

A standard toilet-bowl rim height is 15 inches from the floor; taller bowl heights of about 16-1/2 inches are gaining in popularity because the added height makes it easier to stand up.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Toilets represent 30 percent of residential water use. To reduce this figure, the U.S. government mandated that toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. So when you choose your new toilet, you'll want to check not only on its flushing power, but on its water efficiency as well. We've outlined some things to think about before you make your purchase.

WaterSense Certification

High-efficiency toilets with a WaterSense label use 1.28 gallons or less per flush, and most flush just as well as the 1.6-gallon models.

Dual-Flush Option

Some toilets offer a partial flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste, allowing you to save water whenever possible.

Rough-In Dimensions

Toilets come in a variety of sizes, so check the width, depth, and height of the space your toilet will occupy. Most (but not all) toilets bolt to the floor 12 inches from the wall. If you're using existing plumbing, make sure the toilet model you buy fits the existing specifications.

Surface Treatments

Some manufacturers apply a glaze with antimicrobial properties to the toilet's surfaces, making it easier to keep clean.

Color

Toilets are available in an array of colors, but 85 percent of homeowners choose white. Why? It ages well and doesn't date the look of your bath as some colors might.

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American Standard
$325.65 $501.00
at Hayneedle

Low water consumption of 1.6 GPF. PowerWash flushing completely clears the bowl. Floor mounted installation. Fully glazed inner tr...apway for smoother flushes. Available in your choice of color. Dimensions: 19.38W x 34D x 32.07H in.. Add a contemporary touch to your modern bath décor with the American Standard Triangle Cadet Pro Toilet. Out-performing older toilets, this durable toilet is constructed of porcelain which features an EverClean surface that is extremely easy to keep clean, including under the bowl rim. With every flush, this high-efficiency toilet utilizes 20% less water using a low consumption of 1.6 GPF. This two-piece toilet is less cumbersome than a one-piece design, making it easier to lift, carry, and install. Its fully-glazed inner trapway and three-inch flush valve ensure smoother flushes and prevents clogs. This floor mounted toilet comes with your choice of color and includes Ez-install tools with matching bowl caps.About American Standard It all begins with an unmatched legacy of quality and innovation for more than 130 years. This tradition has put American Standard in three out of five homes in America; plus countless hotels, airports, and stadiums. They provide the style and performance that fit perfectly into your life; wherever that may be. Color: White,Bone,Linen. read more

American Standard Triangle Cadet Pro Toilet
American Standard
$276.90 $426.00
at Hayneedle

Ultra-low water consumption of 1.28 GPF. PowerWash flushing completely clears the bowl. Robust metal trip lever and metal shank fi...ll valve. Fully glazed inner trapway for smoother flushes. Available in your choice of color. Dimensions: 18.13W x 26.25D x 30.38H in.. The simple design of the American Standard Cadet Pro Right Height Round Rough-In Toilet provides just the right amount of space for small household or office bathrooms. The high-efficiency, ultra-low water consumption (1.28 GPF) of this toilet utilizes 20% less water with every flush. Constructed of vitreous china, the long-lasting durability and beauty of this toilet fits any style of décor. The quiet yet powerful performance of this toilet is driven by an oversized three-inch flush valve and fully-glazed trapway for effective, powerful flushes that prevent clogging. stain- and microbe-resistant, keeping this toilet cleaner, longer is its Everclean surface and inside PowerWash rim that scrubs the bowl with each flush. Ideal for smaller bathrooms, this toilet offers a comfortable height that makes sitting down and standing up easier for most adults. Includes a robust metal trip lever and metal shank fill valve, Ez-install tools, and matching bowl caps.About American Standard It all begins with an unmatched legacy of quality and innovation for more than 130 years. This tradition has put American Standard in three out of five homes in America; plus countless hotels, airports, and stadiums. They provide the style and performance that fit perfectly into your life; wherever that may be. Color: White,Bone,Linen. read more

American Standard Cadet Pro Right Height Round Rough-In Toilet
American Standard
$87.75 $175.50
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Coordinating Complete Toilets:2002.014 - Complete toilet with left-hand tank lever and 12 rough-in2002.804 - Complete toilet with ...right-hand tank lever and 12 rough-inProduct Features:Fully covered under a 10 year warranty - 10 times the industry standardQuick, quiet flushing - American Standard toilets are famously efficient and hushedIndustry-leading flushing system out-performs older toilets while using less than 1/2 the waterEverClean porcelain surface is extremely easy to keep clean, including inside the bowlSanitary bar on bowl prevents liquids from traveling under the tankElongated bowl shape - more comfortable than a round bowlChair-height bowl - easier to sit and stand; appropriate for adults and the elderlyPerfected porcelain casting process and adjustable tank anchors eliminate tank wobblesStraight-forward installation instructions are included with each toilet100% factory flush tested - guaranteed to performToilet seat is not included - when adding to cart, options that fit this toilet will be presentedWax ring kit (for installation) is not included - when adding to cart, this inexpensive item will be presentedChampion 4 Flushing:Accelerator 4” flush valve – The flush starts with a piston action flush valve that lifts straight up, allowing water to pour into 4” valve opening from all directions. 1.6 gallons of water enters the bowl in less than a second - three times faster than standard 2” flush valves, and twice as fast as even performance 3” flush valves. The flush is quiet, too.360 degree cleaning – Water entering the bowl does so in a sweeping 360-degree motion. This is designed to help completely clear the bowl, e read more

3225.016.020 White Champion Champion 4 Elongated Toilet Bowl Only with EverClean Surface and Right Height Bowl 3225.016
American Standard
$69.55 $139.10
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Coordinating Complete Toilets:2886.216 - Complete toilet with left-hand tank lever and 12 rough-in2886.516 - Complete toilet with ...left-hand tank lever and 12 rough-inProduct Features:Fully covered under a 5 year warranty - 5 times the industry standardQuick, quiet flushing - American Standard toilets are famously efficient and hushedIndustry-leading flushing system out-performs older toilets while using less than 1/2 the waterEverClean porcelain surface is extremely easy to keep clean, including inside the bowlPowerWash flushing completely clears the bowl, including under the bowl rimSanitary bar on bowl prevents liquids from traveling under the tankElongated bowl shape - more comfortable than a round bowlChair-height bowl - easier to sit and stand; appropriate for adults and the elderlyPerfected porcelain casting process and adjustable tank anchors eliminate tank wobblesStraight-forward installation instructions are included with each toilet100% factory flush tested - guaranteed to performToilet seat is not included - when adding to cart, options that fit this toilet will be presentedWax ring kit (for installation) is not included - when adding to cart, this inexpensive item will be presentedAS 2 Flushing:2” flush valve – The flush starts with a flushing system that employs a standard 2” valve opening. Controlled by a flapper that is engineered to be chemical-resistant, American Standard flushing systems are highly regarded for their durability.360 degree cleaning – Water entering the bowl does so in a sweeping 360-degree motion. This is designed to help completely clear the bowl, even while using less water.Powerful read more

Standard 3705.216.020 White H2Option H2Option Elongated Toilet Bowl Only with EverClean Surface, PowerWash Rim and Right Height Bowl 3705.216
St. Thomas Creations
$106.40 $133.00
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Shop for Bath at The Home Depot. Part of the Eclipse builder series, the Marathon family of products are engineered for high-perfo...rmance and easy installation read more

Creations Toilet Bowl. Marathon Elongated Toilet Bowl, Only in White
Elizabethan Classics
$178.50 $255.00
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This 1.6 GPF, elongated toilet bowl is offered at a comfort height of 15 1/2 In. This bowl matches the English Turn or the English... Turn Petite pedestal lavatories. It is also available in a round front version. Shown here in bisque it can also be ordered in white. Color: Bisque. read more

Elizabethan Classics ETELBBI English Turn Elongated Toilet Bowl, Bisque
Elizabethan Classics
$204.00 $255.00
at Home Depot

This comfort height toilet bowl, at 15-1/2 in. high, will suit everyone's needs. This toilet matches both the Aberdeen and the Abe...rdeen petite pedestal lavatories. This bowl is also available in a round front model. Shown here in bisque it can also be ordered in white. Color: Bisque. read more

Elizabethan Classics ABELBBI Aberdeen Elongated Toilet, Bisque
Fluidmaster
$1.16 $1.93
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2-1/4 Toilet Bowl Bolts Set of 2 with Nuts and WashersFluidmaster 7110 Features:Includes two 2-1/4 bowl to floor bolts, plus washe...rs and nutsSecures toilet bowl to floor flangeInstalls easilyFits all brandsFluidmaster 7110 Specifications:Length: .950Width: 4.750Height: 4.750Product Weight: 0.114 lb.Fluidmaster was founded in 1957, and continues to grow thanks to innovation and a commitment to the customer. read more

7110 N/A 2-1/4" Toilet Bowl Bolts Set of 2 with Nuts and Washers 7110
American Standard
$239.85 $369.00
at Hayneedle

Ultra-low water consumption of 1.28 GPF. PowerWash flushing completely clears the bowl. Floor mounted installation. Fully glazed i...nner trapway for smoother flushes. Available in your choice of color. Dimensions: 17.38W x 28.32D x 30.38H in.. Ideal for smaller bathroom settings, the American Standard Cadet Pro Compact Rough-In Toilet provides optimum seating and comfort in style. With every flush, this high-efficiency toilet utilizes 20% less water using an ultra-low consumption of 1.28 GPF. Its Everclean surface ensures a stain and microbe resistance, making this toilet quick and easy clean. Inside the toilet’s bowl is a PowerWash rim that scrubs the bowl ensuring debris is cleared with every flush. With a fully-glazed inner trapway and three-inch flush valve, clogged toilets are a thing of the past! This floor mounted toilet provides easy installation with the use of the included Ez-install tools with matching bowl caps.About American Standard It all begins with an unmatched legacy of quality and innovation for more than 130 years. This tradition has put American Standard in three out of five homes in America; plus countless hotels, airports, and stadiums. They provide the style and performance that fit perfectly into your life; wherever that may be. Color: White,Bone,Linen. read more

American Standard Cadet Pro Compact Rough-In Toilet
Toto
$269.50 $402.00
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Strong vitreous china construction. Choose from the available color options. Strong siphon jet flushing action. Elongated bowl sha...pe. Dimensions: 19.5W x 28D x 28.5H in.. With a number of finishes to choose from, the Toto Drake Elongated Toilet is sure to match your home's décor like a glove. This toilet won't be a pain in your rear being made from low-maintenance vitreous china. It even features the strong flushing power of a siphon jet.About TotoToto Ltd was founded in Kitakyushu Japan along with Toto USA in 1917. In almost a century they have grown into an international company with over 60 million plumbing fixtures produced and $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales. Today, Toto is the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world and maintains 60 offices that employ over 23,500 workers worldwide. All Toto products feature elegant designs that are affordable and save as much water as possible. The standard of excellence is so high that Toto is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as a Water Efficiency Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency. Always looking to the future, Toto has three centers devoted solely to research so they can continue to lead the plumbing fixture market for years to come. In fact, that's their motto: People First Innovation. Color: Cotton,Colonial White,Sedona Beige. read more

Toto Drake Elongated Toilet

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