Toto is a Japanese brand that has been making toilets since 1917, becoming a global industry leader. Cefiontect / SanaGloss is among its most popular features. This inner and outer ceramic glaze protects your toilet against stains, streaks, algae, mold, and other bathroom-variety dirt.
Toto is also known for its EPA and ADA compliant designs. There are hundreds to choose from though, so it’s easy to feel flooded for choice. Look through our carefully curated list and we’ll help you narrow down your choices. Our criteria include both beauty and (flushing) brawn.
Many toilet brands use GPF to differentiate their models, but this can be puzzling for buyers. To make it easier, Toto gives each GPF its own name. So, for example, if you see UltraMax in the toilet name, you automatically know it uses 1.28 gallons for every flush.
This UltraMax unit is a one-piece, which means the lid is included. This particular model has universal height (17.25 inches from seat-top to floor) and a soft-closing toilet lid. The effect seems like the toilet is closing in slow-motion, and it prevents noisy lid banging.
At a glance, the narrow, curved toilet tank seems made for tight spaces. It’s a nice aesthetic touch, though the 12-inch rough-in is a safer sizing factor. The toilet flushes efficiently, thanks to its double cyclone tornado flush. The rim has no holes, just nozzles, and a groove.
The absence of holes means there are no rust marks and muddy streaks leaking from the cistern. Instead, water is spun through the dual nozzles into a powerful tornado that flushes away all waste and toilet paper. The bowl is glazed to reduce streaks and stains even further.
The cutely-shaped flush lever is coated in chrome, so it looks good and lasts longer despite years of flushing. The toilet seat is elongated, offering a nice sitting position. The bowl is elongated too, providing a larger flushing surface and enhancing momentum.
A few Toto toilets have a siphon, but this one doesn’t. It does have an unusually shaped trap. Meaning if you do get a clog, it can be tough to clear. Your toilet plunger can’t quite get its suction going. Plus, the trap itself is multiple grooves, so there are more dust bunnies to clean.
At 1.28 GPF, it meets WaterSense requirements throughout the US.
Its soft-close lid prevents injuries from slammed toilets.
Its front-curving cistern is a nice aesthetic touch.
The textured trap is exposed, so that’s extra cleaning work. Also, the elongated curl of the trap can make it tougher to break up clogs.
We’re all drawn to shiny things, whether it’s a metallic-colored car or a kitchen sink. But when it comes to Toto toilets, the glossy coat isn’t purely aesthetic. It’s a lubricant that improves hygiene and minimizes smells and harmful microbes. Other reasons endear this toilet.
It has an elongated seat, but its overall length is extended as well. This gives it a streamlined look. However, that length may be unsuitable for smaller bathrooms. The 12-inch rough-in will fit fine, but the bulky toilet size might dwarf your floor space. The toilet is also unusually tall.
Its high-profile tank is almost as long as the toilet itself. The 14-inch tank sits atop a 16-inch bowl. The taller tank is a good feature because this is a gravity-flush toilet, so the higher the tank, the better your flushing pressure. Also, this a two-piece, so the seat is sold separately.
Depending on the type of seat you buy, you’ll add two or three inches to the rim height. You could even skip the seat altogether and buy a Washlet bidet instead. It’s fully compatible and will fit without making any adjustments to your Drake Two-Piece.
The toilet’s Gmax flushing power is sufficiently impressive though, with its 1.6-gallon usage. It has a siphon jet, and it’s slightly enlarged 2.375-inch trap increases water speed and pressure. To prevent the toilet from overflowing, it has a trip lever made of chrome.
And because the bowl is longer and wider, the water surface is broader too. This enlarges your drop zone. Whether you sit solidly in the center or perch at the edge of the bowl, it reduces streaks and enhances your aim. That way, your Number 2s are less likely to graze the bowl.
Even if they do, the Cefiontect lubricating glaze prevents waste from clinging to it. And since scrubbing is the nastiest part of toilet hygiene, these features make the toilet worth buying.
This toilet increases standard flush valve dimensions by 125%.
Its widened trap and siphon jet assist its gravity flushing system.
Its lubricating glaze makes toilet cleaning effortless.
Its one-year warranty is on the shorter side, and you’ll have to spend some time finding the perfect toilet seat.
In some places, water is scarce. To survive, home-owners skimp on their flushing habits. They might ‘forget’ to flush after Number 1s. Instead, they’ll use diffusers and deodorizers to mask the pee smell. This unorthodox method is unpleasant, unhealthy, and unnecessary.
A simpler, safer option is to install a dual flush toilet like the Toto Aquia. It uses 0.9 gallons for liquid flushing and 1.6 gallons for solid flushing. So you can still save water, and you don’t have to drown your bathroom in citrusy pine spray. There are three other ways this toilet saves water.
One, it has a smooth ceramic glaze, so you don’t need extra rinses to keep the bowl clean. Two, the outside of the toilet is glazed too, so you can wipe it with a damp cloth and hardly any soap. No rinsing required. Three, the toilet has a skirted bottom, meaning the trap is concealed.
This design feature makes the sides smooth and flat, so they need less attention and maintenance. This is because there are no folds and swirls where dust can settle and hide. The dual flush mechanism is activated by two chrome buttons at the top of the toilet tank.
The shape of the toilet is stylish and compact, so it’s good for small bathrooms. If yours is extra tiny, you can buy one with a 10-inch rough-in. This snuggles the toilet closer to the wall, creating more leg-room and giving your door space to swing open. The toilet only weighs 5 pounds.
This pretty, lightweight toilet is a two-piece, but its design looks a lot like a one-piece. If you have limited bathroom space and a low water quota, it’s a thrifty purchase.
It combines the convenience of a two-piece with the aesthetics of a one-piece.
Colors include beige, bone, black, and several shades of white.
Its water usage is less than a gallon in light flush.
You’ll have to shell out extra cash for a slow-closing toilet seat and lid.
Some toilet models have added height to maximize their gravity flushing power. This model embraces the ‘smaller is better’ model. It’s a compact one-piece toilet with a compressed toilet tank. Top to toe, it only stands 27 inches, and it’s about 28.685 inches from the wall.
This size deficit doesn’t affect installation though, because it has a standard 12-inch rough-in. Its universal height isn’t affected either – it rises 16.125 inches from floor to rim. It’s a one-piece, so the seat is included, but it’s not your only option. Why? Because this toilet is built for add-ons.
It fits beautifully with Toto bidets, which helps you conserve both water and (toilet) paper. The Toto Nexus works especially well with a T-40 Bidet Washlet. And even if you don’t want to add the bidet, you can install automated flushing systems on this contemporary commode.
Even with a manual single flush system, the Nexus uses an impressive 1.28 GPF, so it’s compatible with federal US law. The trap is slightly enlarged at 2.125 inches. This enhances the ‘push’ of your tornado flush. It’s a heavy toilet though, weighing all of 117 pounds.
Many people who buy this toilet are persuaded to install auto flush. It’s snazzy and convenient, and your salespeople will go on and on about it. You may end up thinking you have to buy it. But the auto flush (and bidet) need electric cords to run, so they’ll raise your power bills.
Also, if you turn the toilet electric, it may be unusable during power outages. So if you do get that power plug installed, ask them for a manual override as well.
It uses a respectable 1.28 gallons, all without dual flushing.
The soft-close seat is included, which cuts your costs.
Its skirted base is both pretty and low-maintenance.
It’s surprisingly heavy for something so small, so watch your back when you lift it during installation.
Lovers of modern chic are drawn towards things that look unconventional. So even when they’re shopping for basic items like toilets and bathtubs, they want a visual ‘wow factor’. The Toto NeoRest delivers with its uniquely designed bidet. It seems squat, but its looks are deceptive.
The NeoRest has a conical skirted bottom and a tank-less tapered top. It lies low, just 15.3 inches including its seat. It installs flush against the wall and is 27.3 inches deep from wall to rim. But it’s 21.5 inches at its widest, so it still offers comfortable seating. It weighs 86 pounds.
This is an electric toilet with a shallow bowl and ultra-efficient water usage. It has a dual flush system with 1 GPF in heavy flush and 0.8 GPF in light flush. And it decides the suitable flushing mode on its own because it’s an auto flushing system. It also employs a 2.125 siphon trap.
The wider trap and siphon jet enhance your toilet’s flushing power, which is essential for such a small toilet bowl. The toilet requires a 120V outlet to operate, and you can run it by remote as well. Its soft-closing lid has automated bidet features for washing and drying yourself after use.
You can choose a front rinse, rear rinse, or soft rinse. The wand nozzles automatically disinfect themselves, so the toilet stays healthy and germ-free. The toilet is coated with SanaGloss, adding to its stain-fighting power. An automated misting effect pre-wets the bowl as well.
This pre-misting (combined with SanaGloss) reduces streaking by 80% when compared to dry bowls. After use, the toilet chases your double cyclone tornado flush with an after-mist to get rid of residue. NeoRest is sometimes described as a one-piece tank-less toilet due to its appearance.
In reality, the back portion of the toilet has a rim-level automated cistern, complete with side vents. The tank is filled with disinfected, electrolyzed water. It’s a complete toilet kit, so you don’t have to buy additional parts. And it fits your standard 12-inch rough-in bathroom space.
If you don’t mind the extra electricity consumption, and if you’re committed to sub-gallon water usage, this makes a great purchase. It’ll leave a big dent in your pocket though.
It’s beautifully stylish and contemporary.
It doesn’t take up much vertical or horizontal space.
It uses electrolyzed water so it has extra germ-fighting power.
It’s a pricy piece, and it needs electricity to function.
Most bidets have a tell-tale design. For some users, that’s the point. They want their pricy toilet to look luxurious. Others may want something a little more subtle. Something that – at a cursory glance – could pass for a regular toilet. The Toto Carlyle Washlet does this nicely.
Its outward appearance is closer to convention, with a curvy bowl attached to a vertical cistern. It has a skirted bowl with concealed bolts. Being an electrical toilet, it has a good deal of wiring. You may worry this presents an electrocution hazard, especially with so much water involved.
Fortunately, Toto has you covered, literally. The plugs and cords are looped through the toilet lid bolt and tucked inside the toilet skirt before being discreetly linked to your wall outlet. There are no visible cables, either on the rim or at the back. All cabling is concealed behind a curvy cowl.
In addition to the standard Toto tornado flush and Cefiontect glazing, the Carlyle Washlet takes a few extra steps towards hygiene. It uses electrolyzed water to flush. It also uses eWater to pre-mist before Number 2s, post-mist 25 seconds after flushing, and inter-mist after 8 idle hours.
The ceramic glaze reduces friction, ensuring residue doesn’t stick to the toilet, while misting disinfects the bowl and lubricates it. This combined effect lowers staining potential to less than 20%. Tap water is electrolyzed as it enters the bowl without adding harsh or toxic chemicals.
It only stays electrolyzed for two hours at a time, so there are no side effects. Meanwhile, you can use that eWater for a front and rear wash. You can get the water to spurt or stream, and set it to five temperature options. The heating tech is instant, so it conserves energy without wait times.
Water warms up within the spout, not in the tank, so it uses less electricity to get hot. You can also select your water’s speed and temperature via remote control. The eWater automatically sanitizes your retractable wand when you finish rinsing and drying yourself.
Apart from the warm air dryer, features include a seat warmer, deodorizer, and Wonderwave air bubbles to control wand pressure. All this automated muscle makes the toilet worth buying.
It has three automatic misting options to keep the toilet cleaner for longer.
Wonderwave increases your wand’s pressure for better bodily hygiene.
Concealed wiring lowers the risk of electrical accidents.
Curious kids and guests could easily damage your expensive toilet trinkets.
In the previous model we looked at, you could choose between the 1 GPF or 1.28 GPF models. The Toto Soiree is equally conservative in terms of water use, but it’s a single flush 1.28-gallon model. Its European styling stands out, especially the D-shaped toilet seat.
Luckily, this is a one-piece toilet, so it has its seat included. Otherwise, finding the right size and shape could be a challenge, especially with the current difficulties surrounding import tariffs. The toilet is 17.25 inches tall at the rim and comes with a soft-closing seat.
It has a pretty trapezoid trim at the top of the tank and the bottom of the skirt. But unlike other skirted toilets, the trap is partially visible at the upper part of the bowl. It’s an intriguing style choice, and those tucked curves and corners make the toilet that much harder to clean.
The toilet has a tall cistern to assist its double cyclone gravity-powered flushing. Both the inside and outside of the toilet are coated with germ-fighting SanaGloss glaze. The toilet comes in several colors and has a standard 12-inch rough-in despite its continental seat shape.
The seat is made from tough ergonomic plastic that can withstand corrosion and harsh cleaning chemicals. The rest of the toilet is made of porcelain, while the flush lever is chrome. Being a one-piece, this toilet is easy to install, but its custom components may take time to replace.
If aesthetics are a priority for you, you might consider this model. It’s not rich in extra features, but it’s sufficiently compliant, and its striking looks make it a strong contender.
All toilets perform the same function, so it can be hard to tell them apart. From a consumer perspective, you just need something that flushes well and doesn’t smell. But even if you’re a fan of Toto, you still have to choose from hundreds of models. How will you decide?
Ask the ADA
The American Disabilities Act deals with civil rights, so it seems strange to quote it when shopping for toilets. That said, ADA looks out for elderly users, consumers living with dwarfism, and other special interest groups. It helps them find basic amenities despite their disability.
Some of these users would rather be referred to as ‘differently-abled’ because there’s nothing wrong with them. They’re just … different. And in terms of toilets, they need their seats to be at least 17 to 18 inches tall. This is sometimes described as ‘Right Height’ or ‘Comfort Height’.
Some toilets are 10, 15, or even 19 inches high, while average ‘standard toilets’ are 16 inches high. Check whether your toilet’s stated height is with or without its toilet seat. You should also check if the toilet can accommodate stools, grab bars, or seat risers for a few extra inches.
Then Ask the EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency focuses on environmental conservation. In 1992, they made it illegal for toilets to use more than 1.6 GPF (gallons per flush). Some states prefer 1.28 GPF. Toto toilets maintain these standards through three flushing systems. These are:
Dual Flush, with 0.9 GPF liquid flush and 1.6 GPF solid flush.
Single Flush Emax which uses 1.28 GPF.
Single Flush Gmax which uses 1.6 GPF.
Toto toilets test each model ten times or more, just to be sure. And all their toilets – regardless of tank capacity – use Double Cyclone Tornado flushing technology. Each rim has two inlets that guide water into a cyclonic screw-like spiral for extra momentum and added flushing power.
Another unit of measure is GPM – gallons per minute. This calculates how quickly the cistern refills after every flush. You don’t want to be standing around for ten minutes when that ‘floater’ refuses to go down. Many models match their GPM to GPF, but you should always double-check.
Use your Tape Measure
Toto toilets are either 15 inches high or 17 to 18 inches high. These are their two standard sizes. But there’s an even more important measurement called a rough-in. This is the length from the toilet bolt to the wall. It’s usually 12 inches, but you can find 10-inch and 14-inch models.
This is key because buyers focus more on cistern width or visual size. They might look at the shape and depth of the toilet, trying to judge if it can fit in their bathroom. But even if it looks small enough, the rough-in could stop it from squeezing into your toilet nook.
The wrong rough-in could stop your toilet door from closing. Or you might think your tank-less toilet fits fine, but if the rough-in isn’t right, you’ll have to buy a whole new toilet. You should also measure the length and width of your toilet rim to make sure you buy the right seat size.
Think About Toilet Construction
Toilets can either be one-piece or two-piece. This isn’t about functional components. It’s about the cistern and the bowl. In a one-piece, the tank and bowl are a single unit. This usually costs more, but because it has no seams and joints, it’s easier to clean.
Two-pieces have a separate bowl and tank, bolted together or linked through plumbing pipes. It’s cheaper than a one-piece, but there are more gaps and crevices where dirt can hide. Also, for Toto models, two-piece toilet kits don’t come with a seat. You have to order it separately.
Two-piece toilets also need extra installation time. Shipping is separate, so you may have distinct delivery dates for the bowl, cistern, and seat. Because they come in different boxes and batches, one could be damaged and need replacement. That’s even more time lost.
Consider Extra Features
Your budget is probably the biggest influencer of which toilet you buy. So if you have some extra cash, you might shell out for fancy features and accessories. Toto has a Washlet that can be attached to most of their models, turning it into an instant bidet. Or you could heat your seats.
Some users – especially if they have small kids – may want a slow-closing toilet lid. It reduces the inevitable finger-slam when kids go to the loo alone. Or you may want a colored toilet to spice up your bathroom décor. Looks matter too. You may prefer your toilet curvy or linear.
Other fancy features include WiFi, Bluetooth audio, automated flushers, built-in dryers, LED touch panels, or remote controllers. These features may use more electricity. They might also need batteries or internet connections, so be sure those are easily available before you buy.
Given all our advice and suggestions, which model do we think you should buy? We’d go for the Drake Two-Piece. You can decide whether you want to buy a single flush or dual flush unit. They both meet EPA requirements of 1.6 gallons, but you need the dual flush for 1.28 GPF states.
The toilet comes in multiple colors including white, beige, and black, with either Gmax or Emax for their single flush models. Being a two-piece, you’ll have to buy a separate toilet seat, but you can also install a Washlet bidet if you prefer. And remember to time your deliveries right!
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