Toilets: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis review compares 19 single-flush toilets and six dual-flush toilets. Both gravity and pressure-assist models are tested. Five single-flush toilets and two dual-flush toilets are recommended, and another three single-flush toilets are identified as a CR Best Buy. Editors say "the best performers still use the standard 1.6 gallons of water per flush." Blue dye is added to the water to see if it is completely replaced with clear water after flushing. Water height and how well flushing rinses the inside of the bowl are also evaluated. An interesting mixture of 160 plastic balls, two latex cylinders and seven sponges weighted with screws is used in the solid-waste removal test. Noise level without a seat is the final consideration.
Maximum Performance (MaP) Testing of Popular Toilet Models, 15th Edition
by Veritec Consulting, Inc. and Koeller and Company
Our AssessmentAlliance for Water Efficiency is one of the sponsors of this project, which began in 2003. Engineers evaluate more than 1,200 toilet models using "a combination of extruded soybean paste and wads of toilet paper" to accurately mimic real-world demands on a toilet. The toilet must remove waste in a single flush without clogging in at least four out of five tests. The minimum performance standard is removal of 250 grams of solid waste, but many toilets are successfully tested with up to 1,000 grams. The MaP results are organized by manufacturer in a lengthy chart that also includes key features. The report is in PDF format, so it's easy to search by a specific model number.
Terry Love's Consumer Toilet Reports
by Terry Love
Our AssessmentTerry Love is a plumber in Bellevue, Wash., who offers a review of low-flow, water-efficient toilets based on MaP testing, quality control at the factory, ease and cost of repairs, how they sound when flushing, how well the bowl is rinsed and perception of quality. The majority of the toilets reviewed and recommended are made by Toto. Love's favorite is the one-piece Toto UltraMax MS854114S with a 1-inch larger flush valve. Additionally, its "long, sweeping trapway is good prevention against clogging." He notes a few problematic designs: the Briggs Vacuity is a vacuum-assist toilet that "may require a second flush to evacuate everything," and low-flow toilets like the Kohler Rialto don't allow waste to fall below the waterline and can result in an "outhouse smell." The downside is that this site also sells toilets, so recommendations should be compared with the opinions of more objective sources.
Top Flushing Toilet Awards 2009
by Editors of WetHeadMedia.com
Our AssessmentThis blog by a plumber names the Gerber Avalanche 21-824, Toto Drake Toilet and the Gerber Viper Elongated High Performance Toilet as his top three toilet picks for 2009. These models are high-quality, high-performance and efficient toilets.
Best Toilet Bowls 2009
Our AssessmentThis blog is by a plumber who is affiliated with WetHeadMedia.com and has similar picks. His three best picks for 2009 include the Toto Drake II CST454CEFG, Gerber Avalanche-Super Toilet HE-21-818 and Niagara Ecologic Flapperless Toilet N2225E. He doesn't perform testing, but bases his picks on experience as a plumber and plumber feedback on Internet forums. These toilets are "well made and engineered, and can be relied on for a long period of time, while performing well with little or no chance of clogging." He says the taller ADA-approved height is more comfortable and "tend to flush better in the flush testing than standard height toilets."
One- and Two-Piece Toilets
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentThe Home Depot sells over 400 models by Kohler and 250 models by American Brand as well as a few other brands, but they do not sell Toto or Gerber toilets. The site would be easier to use if you could see which toilets had owner-written reviews on the results page and sort by average rating. Instead, users have to select a product to see its rating and reviews, which is more time consuming. The American Standard Champion 4 averages 4.3 stars out of 5 from 21 owners. Most are say it flushes perfectly and has great "swirling action." The main complaint is the "cheap seat."
by Contributors to HomeClick.com
Our AssessmentHomeClick.com is an online retail site featuring products for the home. They sell seven brands of toilets, but the majority is by Toto. Many of the toilets have consumer ratings and reviews, and the site creates a nice summary of the pros and cons. Toto Drake is the highest-rated model, with several models accumulating more than 100 reviews. Owners say it's easy to install and quiet. A few complain about leaky valves or occasionally needing to flush twice to clear the bowl.
by Editors of ToiletsThatWork.com
Our AssessmentToiletsThatWork.com is solely dedicated to Toto toilets. More than 40 models are listed with a graphic showing what the toilet looks like and detailed specifications in an easy-to-read format. You can sort the list by the MaP score, price, height or depth. Consumers post comments regarding a particular model and give it a flush rating, ease of installation rating and overall rating based on a scale of 1 to 10. Approximately 10 models have accumulated more than 30 reviews. The Toto Drake has the highest rating, while the Aquia receives a low average rating of 5.7 on installation. There is also an editor's review of each model, but we found these reviews to be pretty generic; they just list the manufacturer's specifications and release date.
2007 Product of the Year
by Scott Siddens
Our AssessmentCSE magazine is an engineer industry publication. Each year manufacturers can nominate their products in categories such as building plumbing, lighting and electrical, and readers vote online to determine the best products. In 2007, the Gerber Ultra Dual Flush toilet was the MVP Product of the Year for receiving the most votes overall.
Update Bulletin No. 631
by James Dulley
Our AssessmentJames Dulley is an engineer, environmentalist and syndicated columnist who in this review discusses very-low-water-usage toilets with unique flushing and non-flushing designs. Toilets are not rated or ranked, but diagrams show how the different toilet types work. Manufacturers represented include American Standard, Biolet, Clivus Multram, Crane, Eljer and Gerber, along with many more. A chart comparing combined water and sewage rates to annual water and sewer cost for toilets is included. Although no toilets receive ratings, the diagrams and explanations in this review are extremely helpful.
High Performance Toilet Guide
by Editors of Lowes.com
Our AssessmentThis home improvement retailer compares nine high-performance toilets in a chart format. Toilets by American Standard, Crane, Jacuzzi and Kohler are not ranked or rated, but information includes bowl shape, rim height, toilet kit inclusion, flush valve, toilet colors, SKU numbers, unique flushing system and other features. The chart offers terrific diagrams of the toilets with a detailed key. Prices are not included but the review is written in both English and Spanish. A few products sold by Lowe's include user reviews and ratings. Like The Home Depot, Lowe's doesn't carry Toto or Gerber toilets.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a few models of toilets and most have accumulated some owner-written reviews. Both the elongated and round versions of the Toto UltraMax receive perfect and near perfect ratings from a handful of owners who say it's powerful and rarely clogs. The American Standard Champion 4 averages 4.4 stars out of 5 from seven owners. A few mention some problems with leaking.
by Contributors to EcoHuddle.com
Our AssessmentThis website provides a forum for members to post comments about eco-friendly products. A few owners have posted comments about single-flush, dual-flush and composting toilets they own. Owners can rank their toilet on a five-point scale in categories such as value, effectiveness, water conservation and ease of installation. Several toilets receive a perfect score in a single review. Although the limited number of opinions don't form a consensus, it's interesting to read what owners have to say.
Toilets & Urinals
by Contributors to AceHardware.com
Our AssessmentAce Hardware primarily sells lower-end toilets by Crane Plumbing and Eljer. A very small number of products have been reviewed by one or two consumers.
Best of Toilets
by Editors of 3Luxe.com
Our AssessmentIt doesn't look like any testing is performed in this review. Rather, editors appear to have chosen three expensive toilets based primarily on design and ease of cleaning. The Kohler Purist Hatbox and Toto Neorest 500 are both tankless designs. The American Standard Savona is a one-piece toilet with an antimicrobial glaze finish to inhibit bacteria growth.
by Editors of American Modern Living
Our AssessmentThis publication has a general review of the American Standard as a brand, rather than specific models. They do, however, say the American Standard FloWise is a "standout" for being one of the first toilets to adhere to California's strict water-efficiency requirements. Editors give American Standard only 3 stars out of 5. The main drawback cited is that "some customers say" the toilets can be difficult to assemble and have leaky seals, but there is no explanation as to how the reviewer knows this information. Oddly, this publication is based in Canada.
Welcome to Composting Toilet World
by Editors of Composting Toilet World
Our AssessmentThis is a site devoted to encouraging the use of composting toilets, and it features many articles and pages related to the benefits of composting toilets. Hundreds of consumers have written testimonials and provided photos of their Envirolet brand compositing toilet, which is the site's sole sponsor.