TOTO Toilet Buyer’s Guide
|October 12, 2012||Posted by Rachael under Buyer Guides|
TOTO Ltd. started in Kitakyushu, Japan in 1917 and they are now the world’s largest manufacturer of toilets. You can be confident that any TOTO product has been repetitively tested, ensuring they have been perfected once they are placed in a business or home.
Getting Started: Measuring Your Toilet Rough In
Before selecting a toilet, you need to know your rough in measurement. The rough in is the distance between the wall behind your existing toilet and the bolt caps of the toilet. Without including baseboards or molding, use a tape measure or ruler to find the distance from the wall to the bolt caps of the existing toilet. It’s that simple.
Click the following link see a video on How to Measure Your Toilet Rough In
Things to Consider When Choosing Your Toilet:
1. Round vs. Elongated Bowls
TOTO toilets with elongated bowls are more comfortable, making them a preferable option for most consumers. The majority of toilets in the US have elongated bowls. Round bowls, while they save space and are ideal in a small bathroom, are much less common, making it harder to find toilet seats that fit.
2. 1 Piece vs. 2 Piece Toilets
While the look and flushing systems of these styles are similar, price is the primary differentiating factor. One piece toilets are more expensive, but they are easier to clean and usually include a toilet seat. Two piece toilets are easier to install and cheaper to repair, but are slightly harder to clean as there is a seam between the tank and bowl. Seats for two piece TOTO toilets are not included and must be purchased separately.
Click here for further demonstration on the difference between 1 and 2 piece toilets, plus advice on our best sellers.
3. Comfort Height vs. Standard Height
TOTO toilets are available in two different heights. Universal Height, also called Comfort Height or ADA Compliant Height, measures between 17 and 18 inches from the floor to the top of the toilet seat. Government regulations require public restrooms (essentially any outside of the home) must be ADA Compliant height.
The Standard Height toilet is almost 15 inches from the ground to the top of the seat. ADA Compliant Height toilets are becoming very popular in homes as they are comfortable and favored by the elderly.
4. Choose the Style That’s Right for You
Those looking for a reliable, standard toilet can’t go wrong with the one piece TOTO Ultramax II or two piece TOTO Drake II. Fans of the modern aesthetic will be attracted to toilets in the Aquia and Nexus collections. The Neorest is the most luxurious toilet on the market. Popular amongst celebrities and CEOs alike, the Neorest provides a truly unique bathroom experience.
Choose the Flushing System and Water Usage That’s Best For You
Each toilet is measured by how many gallons of water are used per flush (aka gpf). Federal guidelines mandate new toilets must not use more than 1.6 gpf, though several states are have their own regulations of 1.28 gpf with more to follow.
TOTO toilets are available in three flushing systems, each using a different gpf.
- The GMax Flushing System uses 1.6 gpf
- The EMax Flushing System uses 1.28 gpf
- The Dual Flush System allows users to choose between 0.9 gpf and 1.6 gpf with each use
If you’re interested, click the following link to Learn More about the Engineering behind TOTO’s Flushing Systems.
The Washlet is an electronic bidet toilet seat that includes a water wand, nightlight, dryer, and is even heated. Combining the Washlet with a traditional two piece toilet gives you essentially the same features as the TOTO Neorest for less!
The Soft Close toilet seat does just that, slows the raising and lowering of the toilet seat with specialty hinges to avoid “toilet seat slam”. These seats are beneficial in high traffic bathrooms and homes seeking peace and quiet.
After reviewing the above, we hope you feel more informed about TOTO toilets and are confident in your choice of toilet. If you still have questions or would like to place a large order, feel free to call our in-house customer support team at 866-355-0310.