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Updated June 4, 2024

Toilets have come a long way—since their inception as holes under a bush, obviously, but even in just the last few years, they’ve grown increasingly high-tech. Caroline Danielson, director of showrooms at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, tells us that she used to have to ask all kinds of questions about flushing capabilities and mechanisms, “But now, a lot of them have the same flushing capabilities, so we get to ask the fun questions! There are lots of things that we can talk about specific to a homeowner that allow us to guide them to the right toilet—both aesthetically and functionally—that don’t depend on flushing capability.”

If you haven’t shopped for a toilet recently, you’ve probably missed many of the advancements the industry has made with technology and design. When I recently remodeled my bathroom, I discovered that even picking out a toilet was a huge decision. There are so many options, even including smart toilets. If you’re in the market for a new toilet and are as overwhelmed as I was, this guide is for you. Let’s lift the lid on our guide to the best toilets out there.

Our picks for the best toilets

Best budget-friendly toilet: American Standard H2Option Round Two-Piece Dual Flush Toilet

Best budget-friendly toilet
American Standard H2Option Round Two-Piece Dual Flush Toilet

American Standard H2Option Round Two-Piece Dual Flush Toilet

“This is a budget-friendly, space-efficient choice,” says Danielson. It offers advanced features like dual flush technology and an EverClean surface that inhibits bacterial growth. Made from easy-to-clean vitreous china, it boasts a PowerWash rim for effective cleaning and a top-mounted dual-button actuator for easy operation. Seat and wax ring kit not included.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: 2-piece
  • Seat Height: 15 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Round, elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Flush valve
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.92 GPF for liquids; 1.28 GPF for solids
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $281.36

What we like

  • Budget-friendly price
  • Antimicrobial surface
  • Water efficient

What we don't like

  • No toilet seat included

The bottom line:

Budget friendly, two-piece, round, dual flush basic toilet made from a sturdy vitreous china.

Best one-piece toilet: Toto Nexus Elongated 1.28 GPF One-Piece Universal Height Toilet

Best one-piece toilet
Toto Nexus Elongated 1.28 GPF One-Piece Universal Height Toilet

Toto Nexus Elongated 1.28 GPF One-Piece Universal Height Toilet

I renovated the outdated bathroom in my 1909 New York city co-op apartment in 2022, and this is the toilet I bought. At first, I thought that $900 was a bit steep for a toilet (I had yet to learn there were also $10,000 models on the market), but I liked the sleek, easy-to-clean, skirted one-piece design (no nooks and crannies like my old toilet) and comfort height. I'm happy with my decision—I only wish that there were a black matte option for the handle to match my other bathroom fixtures.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: One-piece
  • Seat Height: 17.5 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Gravity tornado flush
  • Gallons per Flush: 1.28
  • Rough-In: 12 inches (can be adapted for 14 inches)
  • Price on publish: $893.19

What we like

  • Sleek one-piece design
  • Soft close seat included
  • Smooth glaze that helps keep the ceramic clean

What we don't like

  • Handles only comes in white or chrome

The bottom line:

Sleek, modern, one-piece toilet from Toto, with seat included, offers a great updated option at a relatively reasonable price.

Best two-piece toilet: Kohler Corbelle 2-piece Elongated Toilet

Best two-piece toilet
Kohler Corbelle 2-piece Elongated Toilet

Kohler Corbelle 2-piece Elongated Toilet

From a well-known, reliable brand, the Corbelle toilet from Kohler stands out as one of the best basic two-piece toilets on the market. It has a powerful swirling 360° flush and a skirted, modern design that complements a variety of styles. And, it's available in five different colors (including black) to suit a range of decors.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: Two-piece skirted
  • Seat Height: 16.5 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Revolution 360°
  • Gallons per Flush: 1.28
  • Rough-In: 10, 12, and 14 inches
  • Price on publish: $630.71

What we like

  • Water-efficient
  • Reliable brand
  • Available in five colors

What we don't like

  • Design has crevices that make cleaning more difficult

The bottom line:

Two-piece toilet with skirted design, elongated bowl, and comfort seat height from a reputable brand.

Best toilets for small bathrooms: Renovator’s Supply Dual Flush Corner Toilet

Best toilets for small bathrooms
Renovator’s Supply Dual Flush Corner Toilet

Renovator’s Supply Dual Flush Corner Toilet

Designed with a tank shape that fits into a corner, this dual flush toilet from Renovator’s Supply offers the perfect solution for a small bathroom. It comes with a protective, stain-resistant gloss finish, push-button dual-flush mechanism, and slow-closing seat.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: 2-piece
  • Seat Height: 15 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Round
  • Flush Mechanism: Gravity flush
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.8 and 1.6
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $399.99

What we like

  • Slow-closing, wiggle-proof seat included
  • Fits into a corner
  • Stain resistant finish

What we don't like

  • Included plastic seat feels a bit flimsy

The bottom line:

Dual flush 2-piece toilet with a tank designed to fit neatly into a corner, requiring minimal real estate in space challenged bathrooms.

Best dual flush toilet: Toto Aquia lV Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

Best dual flush toilet
Toto Aquia lV Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

Toto Aquia lV Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

Another wonderful toilet from Toto, this one features a dual flush with the company’s Tornado flushing technology. It’s coated with a ceramic glaze that prevents dirt and mold from sticking and has a cleaner-friendly skirted silhouette. The minimalist design means it complements a variety of aesthetics.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: One piece
  • Seat Height: 17 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Tornado gravity
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.8 and 1.28
  • Rough-In: 10, 12, or 14 inches
  • Price on publish: $795.16

What we like

  • Chair height
  • Skirted design for easy cleaning
  • Great value

What we don't like

  • Only available in white

The bottom line:

One-piece, dual-flush toilet from Toto with skirted design for easy cleaning.

Best high-efficiency toilet: American Standard Cadet 3 FlowWise 2-piece Toilet

Best high-efficiency toilet
American Standard Cadet 3 FlowWise 2-piece Toilet

American Standard Cadet 3 FlowWise 2-piece Toilet

Featuring a classic design with a rounded front, this high-efficiency toilet from American Standard delivers style and optimal water conservation. It's WaterSense-certified, meaning you’re helping to save both the environment and your wallet from excess expenditures. The EverClean surface prevents bacteria and mold from growing and the skirted, concealed trap prevents you from having to spend too much time cleaning it.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: 2-piece
  • Seat Height: 16.5 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Round
  • Flush Mechanism: Siphonic jet
  • Gallons per Flush: 1.28
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $375.00

What we like

  • Excellent price
  • Classic design
  • Water efficient

What we don't like

  • Connection to water supply can be difficult

The bottom line:

Excellent price for a water efficient, two-piece toilet from American Standard with a skirted design.

Best modern design toilet: Kohler Numi Toilet

Best modern design toilet
Kohler Numi Toilet

Though this toilet’s been on the market a few years, Danielson says that, “They continue to improve on the model’s technology, establishing it as a pinnacle of luxury in smart toilets.” It features a modern, sleek, rectangular design coupled with advanced technology like ambient lighting, voice control, and wireless connectivity to Alexa, as well as a heated, completely hands-free seat that’s motion-activated.

“The integrated stainless-steel wand includes adjustable cleansing options, UV and electrolyzed water self-cleaning systems, and energy-efficient features like a power-save mode and dual-flush system,” said Danielson. This is the kind of toilet you’d expect to find in a modern, high-tech space.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: One-piece
  • Seat Height: 16.125 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Pressure assisted
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.8 or 1.0
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $9,937.50

What we like

  • Modern, sleek look
  • Comes in black and white
  • All the tech features you’d ever want

What we don't like

  • Extremely expensive

The bottom line:

High-end, modern, rectangular toilet from Kohler with the latest technology including ambient lighting, voice control, and motion activated, self-closing seat.

Best smart toilet: Toto Neorest

Best smart toilet
Toto Neorest

The Toto Neorest allows you to program settings for two different users, one of its best features, along with its self-cleaning technologies and self-flushing capabilities. It’s equipped with Tornado flush technology, a heated seat, a pre-mist to help eliminate waste, bidet, remote control, and sleek design, all which make it one of the best luxury smart toilets out there.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: One piece
  • Seat Height: 16 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Tornado gravity flush
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.8 and 1.0
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $9,183

What we like

  • Customizable for 2 users
  • Integrated bidet
  • Back up manual flush

What we don't like

  • Only comes in one color
  • Very expensive

The bottom line:

High-end, electronic smart toilet from Toto with customizable settings, self-cleaning and flushing abilities, heated seat, and remote control.

Best toilet with built-in bidet: DXV SpaLet Floor Mounted Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet–Seat Included

Best toilet with built-in bidet
DXV SpaLet Floor Mounted Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet–Seat Included

DXV SpaLet Floor Mounted Integrated Electronic Bidet Toilet–Seat Included

With room refresh and air shield deodorizer, heated seat, warm air dryer, a night light, and advanced cleansing features, this toilet with a built-in bidet from DXV elevates your home bathroom to spa level. Made from durable and corrosion resistant vitreous china, it includes a power steam flush and Hyper Clean Surface technology. One recent reviewer had this to say: “You actually feel fresh and light on your feet the whole day after using this somehow.” If that’s not a compelling endorsement, I don’t know what is.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: One-piece electronic
  • Seat Height: 15.75 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Double vortex with siphon jet
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.92 and 1.32
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $5,241.95

What we like

  • Heated seat
  • Self-cleaning water sprays
  • Modern design

What we don't like

  • Only comes in one color
  • Expensive

The bottom line:

Integrated electronic one-piece, modern bidet toilet featuring all the latest technology including heated seat, deodorizers, adjustable automatic flush settings, and warm air.

Best wall-mounted toilet: Duravit Happy D.2 Wall Mounted Elongated Toilet

Best wall-mounted toilet
Duravit Happy D.2 Wall Mounted Elongated Toilet

Duravit Happy D.2 Wall Mounted Elongated Toilet

“Wall-mounted toilets are trending,” says Danielson. “Like the floating vanity, the wall-mounted toilet was once only seen in modern design. However, homeowners are increasingly adopting the design for their space savings and easy cleaning.” Duravit’s comes in three colors and features a WonderGliss coating to prevent dirt and limescale from gaining a secure foothold. It also boasts an antibacterial glaze. Be aware, though, that wall-mounted toilets require an in-wall tank and carrier (sold separately, pushing the full price up to close to $1,000) and a wall-mounted flush actuator plate.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: Bowl only
  • Seat Height: 15.75 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Gravity flush
  • Gallons per Flush: 0.8 and 1.6
  • Rough-In: Wall mount
  • Price on publish: $490.75

What we like

  • Minimalist design
  • Easy to clean
  • Space saving

What we don't like

  • Wall tank not included

The bottom line:

Modern, sleek, water efficient, dual flush wall mounted toilet from German company, Duravit, known for its quality and innovation.

Best round toilet: Toto UltraMax 1-piece Single Flush Round Toilet

Best round toilet
Toto UltraMax 1-piece Single Flush Round Toilet

Toto UltraMax 1-piece Single Flush Round Toilet

With a round bowl to save space and an excellent price-to-value ratio, this one-piece, single-flush toilet from Toto works well in small bathrooms. Toto’s E-Max flushing system includes a three-inch flush valve, siphon jet, and large trap way to provide an efficient, reliable flush. Includes a soft-close lid and chrome handle.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: One-piece
  • Seat Height: 15 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Round
  • Flush Mechanism: Flush valve and siphon jet
  • Gallons per Flush: 1.28
  • Rough-In: 12 inches
  • Price on publish: $435.91

What we like

  • Soft close seat included
  • Sleek one-piece design
  • Great price-to-value ratio

What we don't like

  • Non-skirted design

The bottom line:

One-piece, single-flush round-seat toilet from Toto with an efficient, powerful flush.

Best value toilet: Signature Hardware Bradenton Two-Piece Toilet

Best value toilet
Signature Hardware Bradenton Two-Piece Toilet

Signature Hardware Bradenton Two-Piece Toilet

This toilet from Signature Hardware is another best-selling, budget-friendly option, says Danielson. Crafted from gloss-enameled porcelain, it features a 21-inch tall bowl for comfort and an elongated design. It also includes a standard seat with a soft-close mechanism and a chrome side handle. It comes with Signature Hardware’s 25-year limited warranty.

Specifications:

  • Toilet Style: Two-piece floor mounted
  • Seat Height: 21 inches
  • Bowl Shape: Elongated
  • Flush Mechanism: Gravity flush
  • Gallons per Flush: 1.28
  • Rough-In: 12 inches

What we like

  • Excellent value
  • Standard seat included
  • Versatile

What we don't like

  • Only comes in one color

The bottom line:

Two-piece toilet with an elongated bowl and 21-inch comfort height from Signature Hardware, backed by its 25-year limited warranty.

What to consider when buying toilets

Rough-in size

The rough-in is the drain opening in the floor of your bathroom where your toilet is. The age of your home can determine the size of the rough-in, says Danielson. “A standard rough-in is 12 inches, but maybe you're doing a renovation on a historic home where rough-ins can be anywhere from 10 to 14 inches,” she explains. If you’re not sure what size your rough-in is, you may need to consult a plumber.

One-piece or two-piece

Older residential toilets were predominantly two-piece models consisting of a bowl and tank. “These are a lot easier to bring inside,” says Danielson, “Especially on a second-floor level, because you're actually physically carrying the tank and the bowl separately.” They're easier to ship because they're in two separate containers, and they offer flexibility if you want a different tank style, as some manufacturers offer collections with varying options.

One-piece toilets, on the other hand, are often more compact and easier to clean. “It's one continuous piece of porcelain or vitreous China you can just simply wipe down, there's no groove to get stuff stuck in,” explains Danielson. They also offer more options for concealed trap ways. The downside is they tend to be more expensive than two-piece toilets and, of course, heavier. “The installation is a little bit different because it's all concealed in one piece. So, the drain has to be normal for a one piece to work,” she adds.

Technology

Modern toilets come with features like ambient lighting, heated seats, automatic flushing sensors, and self-closing lids. Many can even be controlled via an app or your Smart Home System (Alexa or Google). Obviously, these models cost significantly more than their non-smart counterparts.

“There's one that's $10,000,” said Danielson. “It has a foot warmer and music if you're a sensitive pottier–maybe you have anxiety about going and people hearing you. It has its own symphony that's been orchestrated for it. It has a remote control. There are some crazy bonkers toilets out there that are up into the thousands!”

Toilet seat height

Many newer toilets offer a “comfort height” akin to that of your average chair. A standard seat height is considered to be 14 to 15 inches and usually works well for people with a smaller stature. Taller folks may find a height of at least 17 inches more comfortable.

Aesthetics

Danielson sees a lot of customers who want a specific looking toilet—something minimal or traditional or maybe even a wall-hung option for a contemporary space. “This helps guide us to the right manufacturer,” she says.

She adds that many people want a very specific color of toilet, saying that, “We're seeing a lot of color trends come back into play.” Some manufacturers are known for offering a color array: Kohler has reintroduced its heritage colors, for example. (Remember those pinks and greens from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s?) There are also cool black toilets available, as well as matte finishes. “Our consultants can help guide a customer based on the aesthetics of their space,” she explains.

How we selected the best toilets

I come from a handy family: My grandfather was a plumber and my dad performed all home improvement tasks in the family home and small businesses (restaurants) himself. I’ve installed a few toilets and recently renovated my outdated bathroom in a pre-war NYC apartment (the latter not by myself, as co-op rules dictate the need for professionals with proper insurance coverage). I combined my experience with the expertise, advice, and recommendations of an industry professional, as well as the opinions of numerous online reviewers to come up with best toilet choices for a range of styles and budgets.

If you found this guide helpful, consider also checking out our guides to the best bath towels, and the best bathroom exhaust fans.

Best place to buy toilets

You can buy toilets at a variety of online retailers, most of whom also have showrooms or physical storefronts. These include Ferguson, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, among others. If you know what brand of toilet you want, manufacturers like Kohler and American Standard also sell direct to consumers.

How to add a bidet seat to your current toilet

Danielson says they’ve seen a huge rise in interest for bidet seats, especially when Covid hit. During that time, their bidet seat sales were incredible and this continues to be the case. “You can buy a reasonably priced toilet that works great and add bidet functionality to it by getting a bidet seat that goes on a normal toilet,” she says. When she started in the industry, the norm was to sell a separate bidet and toilet, but today, the retrofit ability to put a seat on a toilet is easy.

Start by purchasing a bidet seat with the same shape as your current toilet. To connect the bidet seat, first turn off the water supply to your toilet, then disconnect the flexible hose/supply line from the tank. The bidet kit should include a tank adapter, which is simply a t-connector that allows you to hook up two flexible hoses to the tank. Use the bottom connector for the line coming from the home water supply, and the one on the side to connect the hose that leads to your new bidet seat.

Next, attach the bidet seat base plate (after you’ve removed your current seat) using the two bolt holes in your bowl. After the plate is secure, slide the seat itself into place, connect the water hose and plug in. “You may have to have an electrician put an electric outlet close to your toilet so it can plug in,” Danielson says, but otherwise, this is something most people can do on their own.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How much should I pay for a good toilet?

Danielson says to expect to pay somewhere between $350 to $600, depending on if you want a two- or one-piece toilet. “If you're looking for a specific color, you might want to add a little bit more, but I think you can get a great toilet at that price point that works beautifully,” she says.

What is a pressure-assisted toilet?

A pressure-assisted toilet has a mechanism inside the tank that helps it flush faster and quicker, explains Danielson. She says they’re not as common in residential applications as they are in commercial settings–toilets in places like the airport, for example, often have a wall carrier equipped with a pressurized assist that pushes into the toilet basin and down. “It's an additional mechanism that sits inside the tank and physically forces water down, instead of letting gravity do its part,” she says.

What toilets do plumbers like?

If asked this question 15 years ago, Danielson would’ve said most plumbers like Toto toilets, but that’s no longer the case. Preference is also determined by region, she adds. “Lots of people suggest they have to get a Kohler, American Standard, Toto, or Signature Hardware–it’s very regional for that, so I won't say that there's one specific toilet.” She does say that plumber recommendations are fewer and farther between than they were five to 10 years ago, when flushing was a huge topic.

The reason Toto had such great name recognition previously, Danielson explains, was because they figured out flushing technology early. The great news is that while Toto makes a great toilet, there are lots of other brands today that make beautiful, amazing toilets with the same flushing capacity and capabilities. “The cool thing is that as far as that technology goes, everybody's on a level playing field these days,” she says.

What is the most reliable brand of toilet?

“If you would've asked me 20 or 15 years ago, I would've said there are ones with a stronger flush, but today all the brands we sell are highly reputable,” says Danielson. There’s a flushing test, she shares, where they actually flush toilets with a certain compound that looks like a certain something, and all of them have a great rating with that. “I would say for the normal consumer, anything that fits your style aesthetic with a normal flushing capacity would be what we recommend.”

What brand of toilet has the strongest flush?

The ones with two options are great, says Danielson. A smaller flush would be for liquids versus a larger for solids, usually something like a 0.8 gallons per plush (GPF) versus a 1.28. (most flushing today is at about 1.28 GPF). Manufacturers also use a lot of rim-jet technology, which helps it feel like it's that old big tank three-gallon flush, she adds, explaining that toilets have internal technology in the tank, in the bowl, or a flapper size to mimic that larger flushing capacity while having water-saving technology that a lot of states require.

Which toilets are least likely to clog?

The insides of all toilets are really the same, Danielson says. They all have a p-trap, so clogging has to do with the gravity, which is what pushes the flapper (in the tank) back down. “Most toilets that have great flushing capacity have a jet that sits in the bottom of the p-trap that helps push the paper and solid waste back,” she explains. Most toilets these days have that because they're all trying to compete with each other as far as the right flushing capabilities and mechanisms.

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