Two of the top 10 items that define a civilized culture are access to clean water and effective sanitation. While few of us drink out of the toilet, the wonderful commode that we take for granted places us in the top 1 percent of the civilized world.
Not only do 99.99 percent of the homes in America have a toilet, we have at least three or more. Not only do we have three or more, but our toilets are the smartest, most sophisticated toilets in the world. They come with lids (an important factor if you live with flies that spread dysentery) that open and close themselves, seats that are heated, bidets that take care of the dirty work, and they can even come with stereo surround sound for our added enjoyment.
Our commodes on these lists will also use water as efficiently as possible, give us options about how much water to use, and some toilets can even recycle, sterilize and re-use the water depending on how efficient we want to be.
Best Toilet Overall:
Do you know what appliance uses the most water in your home? The commode. They are responsible for as much as 30 percent of the total water usage over a year, and it's an easy situation to improve. The 1992 laws that limited toilet water usage to 1.6-gallons per flush (GPF) have spawned a whole generation of water efficient toilets that you will find listed below. These "Best Of" commodes will deliver in full without compromising quality. Some of the key features listed here are water usage below 1.6-GPF, and pressurized flushing mechanisms. Some offer a duel mechanism that will allow the user to choose between a light’ flush, and a little stronger heavy’ flush, to allow even more savings. A sealed porcelain or ceramic material is always best as these will reduce mold and bacteria, making cleaning that much easier. There is a standard height, and then there are taller and shorter heights also available, but make sure you choose an elongated bowl as these will always make the user more comfortable.
The innovation that went into Totos double-cyclone flushing system makes the most of the 1.28-GPF flow rate, and provides the dual-nozzle water propulsion system with more power in each flush. Compliant with all green building codes, and the EPAs WaterSense requirements, Totos Eco Guinevere will exceed all your expectations. Read Full Review
This Kohler model is fairly pricey at $3,000 to $4,000, but for those who are on disability, they should get a subsidy, or rebate to help offset the costs. It will also need professional installation on a 120-volt dedicated line, and low voltage wiring for any speakers installed. The remote control is easy to use, and mounted magnetically anywhere you chose, so if you have motion issues, this professional toilet will see that you will have your needs met, in more ways than one. Read Full Review
Beautiful in design, and perfect in function, this toilet will take up much less space than a separate toilet, and separate vanity will use. It will require professional installation, but any licensed plumber will be able to install one is less time than it takes to install a separate toilet and vanity. Easily mounted up off the floor, this unit will allow you to clean underneath it, eliminating that grout line that often develops over time at the standard toilets base. Read Full Review
American Standard leads the way in home sanitation, and this toilet is best used by anyone who wants a fast, clean flush, and quick refill. The high powered evacuation system will leave the bowl cleaner and ready for re-use faster than the average toilet in the market today. The Ever-Clean finish will meet your expectations by truly minimizing mold and bacteria growth making this model a low maintenance and high efficiency commode that is good for every application. Read Full Review
In addition to Totos excellent design in flushing, they have also incorporated a dual-action flush handle that allows the user to select between a 1.6-gallon flush, and a 0.9-gallon flush, to provide even further opportunities to conserve water. This model is ADA Compliant (Americans with Disability Act), as well as WaterSense compliant which means that if you are trying to meet or beat a green building code, the Toto Drake II will bring you up to compliance. Read Full Review
Best Low Flow Toilet:
While we take toilets for granted in the U.S., most countries around the world still dont have them. First established in Greece, with a public water system to take care of unpleasant necessities, the modern commode has evolved greatly over the past few centuries. With it, we would all be living in a diseased and disgusting world that would offer little health. Toilets use more water in the home than any other appliance, consuming up to 38 percent on average in the typical house. The low-flow movement was written into law in 1992, mandating water usage rules to help conserve this valuable resource. Before the 1.6-gallon limit, the average toilet used between three and seven gallons of water to accommodate just one user. In the following list, all these toilets will meet or exceed these water usage guidelines, and come with some sort of energy rebate options that you can redeem for cash, or deduct from your taxes. They will also comply with the Low-Flow requirements to meet the EPAs WaterSense guidelines, and they all have unique flow patterns, that will make using the commode efficient despite the fact that they are using much less water. These toilets are quiet, quick filling, and conserve your water more efficiently than the other ones found in the market. Either way; you win. You will save money on your overall purchase; and save a little more on your water bill each and every month, without sacrificing quality of service.
Unlike other toilets in the market, this model comes with its very own self-closing, soft-close lid eliminating this extra cost of buying one separately. Because this model is made in Europe, it doesnt officially comply with U.S. standards, although it may very well meet or exceed them. If you are sensitive to noise, the siphoning action of the water movement will offer a quick flushing and fast refilling mechanism that will complete its maneuver, before anyone even notices that there is someone in the bathroom. The Eago TB108 rivals anything else in the market for savings and efficiency; and it looks great doing it. Read Full Review
This model by Toto meets all EPA WaterSense requirements to be a low-flow toilet, and is ADA compliant, for those that are looking for effectiveness and functionality. It is made of vitreous china for easy cleaning, and comes with a nationally recognized limited 1-year warranty on parts. Read Full Review
The Koehler name will bring a one year limited warranty, and be available with almost any major retailer across the country. Meeting all EPA and ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) requirements, the Kelston model will be suitable for any person no matter their physical condition, and will deliver superior performance while using about half the water normally used. It is available in a variety of colors so you will be sure to match just about any dcor. Read Full Review
This model is WaterSense Certified, and meets or exceeds the following: ASME A112.19.2 / CSA B45.1 LEED Credits, saving you as much as 37 percent more water over the course of the year. Made from white, vitreous china for easy cleaning, the Niagara is only 16 inches off the ground, making it suitable for children, or the elderly who might find it difficult to use standard height toilets. Read Full Review
American Standard offers a Five year unconditional warranty on everything inside and out of this model, including the factory installed bolts and grommets that come with it. It does, however, not come with a seat, so that is something that you will have to purchase on your own. Available in pastel colors, you can find what you like to match your dcor. The only downside seems to be that it is made in China. This is kind of unbecoming for something with an American Standard label on it. Read Full Review