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Some people skip the information-gathering step while looking to purchase the best elongated toilet. Unfortunately, this is usually the start of some significant problems. However, we understand that searching for and gathering the said information may be hard. As such, we are looking to lift some of the burdens for future buyers like yourself by collating all the information you need to make this process easier.
Below is a list of eight products, all of which have been vetted carefully by our team. When making the list, we ensured we took the features of each product into account. This was including the type of elongated toilets. Different types work for a variety of installation scenarios. The same can be said of the various sizes available hence why we checked the dimensions of all the options. Also, material construction does influence the durability of the bathroom accessory. Another thing that may shed light on the longevity of the product is the warranty; hence it was added to our features list. The last thing on our checklist was the flushing system. Since we have provided all this data, selecting the best elongated toilet should be much easier for you at the end of this read.
The premier option on our list is a sleekly designed WOODBRIDGE T-0019. So long as the toilet matches the décor of the bathroom, most people will be content with the purchase. Also, if white doesn’t work for your bathroom color scheme, the black option may be the way to go.
Additionally, the tool features porcelain construction. In comparison to most other ceramics, it can be considered a high-quality construction material.
All the same, you will find scratching the tool difficult unless you are doing it on purpose. The toilet is meant to be comfortable for adults. That is why the seat is as high as it is. Consequently, users won’t struggle to sit and stand back up when they need to relieve themselves.
Next, you note the fully glazed flush system. Some of you may have encountered toilets that are loud when flushing, and they can be annoying at times. However, you will hardly hear a squeak when you flush this toilet.
Also, the cleaning of the bathroom is bound to be a regular thing. At the least, people don’t want bathroom accessories that would make their cleaning processes even more difficult. Consequently, the sleek exterior and skirted tramway are quite welcome as they make cleaning the tool quite easy.
The list of benefits doesn’t stop there as we haven’t talked about the quality of the toilet seat. You no doubt, want something soft and comfortable to sit on, and that is what you will get. It is firmly attached to the rest of the toilet. Also, it incorporates a stainless steel hinge allowing you to open and close the seat’s lid at will.
Additionally, it is not difficult to detach the components mentioned above should you need to clean beneath and around the toilet seat. For installation, all accessories have been included in the package, including a hand wrench tool for bolt tightening.
Remember that the warranty for the device is divided into two parts. For the main part of the tool, which is the toilet bowl and the tank, you get five-year coverage. On the other hand, a one-year guarantee is given for the plumbing parts.
What stands out?
Five-year bowl and tank warranty
Easy to clean
All installation accessories are provided
Quiet but powerful flush system
Comfortable seating height
What cons did we manage to find?
The toilet is heavy and may require you to have an extra party to help during installation
It seems that water released when flushing is focused more on the front and hence the back is neglected
More color options are available for the Toto UltraMax II than for any other elongated toilet on today’s list. As such, you can be more intentional with your color scheme, especially if you are revamping or building a new bathroom.
The vitreous china material seems superior in terms of benefits to the ceramic construction mentioned above. As such, you should be impressed with this as well. Since this one-piece toilet doesn’t need to use bolts or gaskets to connect the tank and the bowl, you will not have to deal with leaks.
Additionally, the spaces left behind by the separation of the tank and the bowl often become cleaning nightmares. There are some difficult-to-reach spaces that sometimes people give up on cleaning them altogether. This is not a struggle you can associate with the Toto UltraMax II.
Also worthy of note is the CEFIONTECT glaze layer. Remember that particles on your toilet bowl may lead you to fast track your cleaning schedule. However, if the surface of the bowl is made specifically to prevent such particles from sticking, then you don’t have to worry about constant cleaning. That is precisely what the CEFIONTECT glaze layer does for you.
The tool has also be known to offer a comfortable seating position for a lot of people.
Another impressive aspect of the elongated toilet is the tornado flush system. This system includes dual-nozzles that serve as an inlet for the water into the bowl. Due to the positioning of these nozzles, you end up with a centrifugal washing action hence the tornado flush system name.
Why did it make our list?
A variety of color options are available
Durable and resistant to spills and scratches
Single-piece construction eliminates leaks
What is not ideal about it?
In some cases, you may have to flush a few times to get rid of all particles left behind since the flushing power isn’t all that great
Picking up a small elongated toilet is also not against any rules. If you desire such, the GALBA MU133 is one of two options on the list that you should be keen on. Also, it may be the perfect elongated toilet for a small bathroom.
A dual-flush system is incorporated and will cater to different flush needs. Remember that the gallon output per flush will depend on the button you press. Nevertheless, you have an option of between 0.8 and 1.28 gallons per flush.
The only color available for the seat is white. Nonetheless, most people have only ever encountered white toilets in their lives. Consequently, it isn’t such a big deal.
Like the other elongated toilets on the list, it features a glazed finish, and that complements its ceramic construction. It should be self-cleaning, and so long as you flush and scrub it regularly, you shouldn’t encounter fading, discoloration, and rust. Also, a slow closing plastic toilet seat is included.
What makes it special?
Easy to clean
What cons did we find?
Installation is not easy
The toilet seat doesn’t seem to be stable for a lot of users
Seeing as though this is a Toto device, you would expect the same color options as the Toto UltraMax II, and you would get them. The vitreous construction is another similarity.
One significant disparity between the two toilets is that this consists of two attachable pieces, while the other Toto bathroom accessory is a one-piece option. Once you receive the toilet, you will notice that a seat is not provided. However, if you are willing to add more money, there are some toilet seat options available.
All elongated toilets that incorporate the use of a lever for flushing instead of buttons are single flush models. The TOTO CST744SL#01 Drake is no different. Another pro of buying and owning this elongated toilet is the G-Max flush system. If the flow of water into the bowl is increased, you find that particles are dislodged more easily. Additionally, this water is drawn out of the toilet more forcefully. This helps guarantee that almost nothing is left behind.
What are its best features?
Effective flushing due to the G-Max flush technology
Durable vitreous china construction
Electric toilet seat options
What could be improved?
You will have to pay more for the toilet seat
The two-piece makes some sections of the elongated toilet harder to clean
Another high-quality and impressive elongated toilet you can find on Amazon is the Kohler K-3999-0. The fact that it features full vitreous china construction is one of the positive things you hear about this device.
The flash system is impressive in that it saves on water. However, this has no adverse effects on the tool’s ability to keep a clean toilet bowl. While you can thank the flushing system for this, vitreous china finishing helps.
Seat height is as well something that a lot of you look into to help you decide if this is a toilet you want to buy or not. It should be at about 18” from the floor and thus is almost the same as most chairs. Consequently, a lot of people will find sitting on this toilet to be quite comfortable, especially when compared to other smaller toilets. However, this applies mostly to adults.
Also, spending hours figuring out how to install the toilet may be a waste of time for some of you. As such, the three-bolt installation of the toilet that is time-saving and makes installation easier is quite a welcome inclusion. Lastly, the manufacturer insists that you use a 45-degree double wye fitting for the best installation of the toilet.
Why did it make our list?
Meets EPA flushing guidelines
Comfortable seat height
Cleaning the bowl is relatively easy
Relatively easy installation
What is not ideal about it?
The two-piece construction makes it difficult to reach some sections of the toilet for cleaning
Seemingly this Kohler K-3493-0 and the Kohler K-3999-0 look almost identical. However, the 3493-0 option does not come with a toilet seat, which may be an inconvenience for some of you. Another thing that you will need to purchase separately is a supply line.
There are different color finishes available, which also happen to come at varying prices. The cheapest option available is the white one, while the ‘biscuit’ finish is the most costly.
The elongated toilet is designed with the average adult in mind; hence you shouldn’t struggle with sitting and standing up from the toilet. Also, there is a pressure-assist flushing system. You activate this by using the lever on the left-hand side of the bathroom accessory.
Why are we impressed?
Comfortable seating height
Various finishes available
Relatively easy to install
What negatives must you be aware of?
You need to purchase the toilet seat and a supply line separately
The Swiss Madison Ivy SM-WT450 is the only wall-mounted elongated toilet on the list. Since it comes in a seamless one-piece design, the cleaning of the toilet should be a cinch. Of course, with the toilet is wall-mounted, the tank needs to be concealed behind the wall.
After installation, it should look as though it is suspended on a wall. This makes it easy for you to select the installation height you want. Consequently, this can help you achieve maximum sitting comfort.
Also, there is a limit as to how much weight you can place on the toilet if you want it to last. Nonetheless, since the limit is relatively high, you probably won’t need to worry about breaking the toilet.
Buying bolts and screws for installation should as well be stricken off your to-do list. The manufacturer has provided these components along with the purchase.
If at some point, you need to clean the toilet seat, the push of a button will be enough to dislodge it from the rest of the toilet. Being able to clean under the toilet bowl is something you won’t be able to do with other elongated toilets. However, the Swiss Madison Ivy SM-WT450 is an exception.
What stands out?
Easy to install
Easy to clean
With a bit of planning, you can install the toilet at the height that is ideal for you
What cons did we manage to find?
The flush seems to be a little weaker than most other options
With a 0.8 GPF, the Niagara 77001WHCO1 isn’t the highest-rated. Nonetheless, it does use a gravity system to ensure everything gets flushed. The EPA WaterSense label should as well tell you that the toilet aims to help you conserve water. A side benefit of the flushing system is that it is quiet.
Also, we have already established that vitreous china construction is superior to other ceramic and porcelain options in the market. As such, this may be one reason some of you end up installing the product in your homes.
The tool is made up of two significant pieces, which are the bowl and the water tank. As the user, you may have to put these two together during installation. The apparent lack of a warranty, however, may not sit well with some of you.
Having compared different elongated toilets available, we understand that you can get lost in the options available. After all, most of them look so similar. However, if you pay attention to the small details, you will start to notice the disparities. Of course, these disparities can make or break the experience you have with your elongated toilet.
The buying guide below teaches you to pay particular attention to these details so that when you do make the purchase, you won’t be left complaining.
Elongated toilets vs. round toilets
You may be confused about whether to pick either the round or the elongated toilet option. The correct answer to this question is likely dependent on your needs as an individual. One example is that if your bathroom is small and you want to save as much space as possible, the obvious choice is the round toilet.
Even if you make your deductions from the name “elongated toilets,” you can tell that this option takes up more space. Some people like round toilets because they are inexpensive. However, they are not very comfortable, and in some cases, the flushing mechanisms aren’t as effective as those in the competition.
Elongated toilet manufacturers seem to have mastered the art of making a sleek toilet. Also, the more modern design of such toilets is more comfortable, and most users find these a breeze to clean.
You should know that having a small bathroom disqualifies you from owning such a toilet. Also, be ready to spend more money than you would on a round toilet of the same caliber.
Features to consider when looking for an elongated toilet
You have already determined that you have enough space for an elongated toilet in your bathroom. Additionally, you have put together some funds that should allow you to make the purchase. Now comes the hardest part where you have to select one of many such toilets in the market.
Analyzing the features of these toilets makes up the bulk of the work you have to do to be sure of your selection. Unfortunately, most of you know next to nothing about the said features. This leads to confusion where you can’t tell whether the presence of specific features is a good or a bad thing.
This being the case, we have mentioned all the elongated toilet features you may encounter below. Further, we have explained the details you need to know about the said features. If you have a desire to educate yourself on the same, keep reading.
There are only four different types of elongated toilets that you may encounter in your search. As such, once you have learned about them, it is improbable that you will forget. Even if you do, you can always reference this write-up if you need to.
The first type we will look into is corner toilets. Coincidentally, there isn’t even a single corner toilet mentioned in the list above. Although these corner toilets work the same way as other toilet types, their design is unique. They are meant to fit snugly in a corner, and hence a triangular tank is the most common feature you will encounter.
A more common purchase is the one-piece elongated toilet. Once you come across such a toilet, you will immediately see the relationship between the name and the product.
Most toilets often consist of the tank and the bowl as the main components. As such, one-piece elongated toilets are characterized by having both the tank and the bowl molded into a single device. The image of the WOODBRIDGE T-0019 we have provided above shows you exactly how a one-piece toilet would look like.
Naturally, after one-piece toilets, we would have to look at the two-piece variation. As with the other two mentioned above, the name given to this type of toilets gives a lot of information away about its construction.
Its construction consists of a toilet bowl and a tank as well. However, these two components are separate and independent. Often a connector is needed to facilitate the movement of water from the tank to the bowl when you flush the toilet.
It, however, seems like a lot of manufacturers are moving away from the two-piece design. It has been associated with holding dirt in between the seam of the two connected components. Of course, this area is hard to reach; hence cleaning it is almost impossible.
Also, two-piece toilets are more likely to leak since the connectors and gaskets may get damaged. The last type of elongated toilets available is the wall-mounted one. These are unique in design in that you don’t often see the cistern. What you do see is the bowl suspended from the floor.
Both the purchase and the installation of such toilets will cost you more money. The wall where such a toilet is mounted needs to be thick enough to hold the weight of the bowl. This is in addition to the weight of anybody who sits on it. The Swiss Madison Ivy SM-WT450 has a 500-pound weight limit; hence is a perfect example.
Installation of the tank is done behind the wall. Of course, if any issues arise in the future, you may need to reopen the wall to fix them. However, cleaning these toilets is easier than with all other options.
Noteworthy is that the different types don’t have to be exclusive. An example is that a corner toilet may also be two-piece or a one-piece toilet.
We reiterate that users have to be mindful of the size of the toilet since most people have limited bathroom space. If you purchase a toilet mindlessly and it ends up not fitting your bathroom, you may have to return it to the vendor. This is a costly affair both in terms of time and money.
Some vendors don’t even allow you the option of returning the goods you have bought. You will have to live with your loss in such a case. A more efficient approach is to measure how much space you have in your bathroom. If you compare that with the dimensions we have provided for each model, you will know which one fits and which one doesn’t.
Remember also to note down the seat height. If it is too high or too low, you won’t be comfortable as you relieve yourself.
Materials used in the making of toilets include porcelain, ceramic, and vitreous china. When you break these substances down, you realize that they are more or less the same thing. However, due to different manufacturing processes, the resulting material is quite different in its properties.
Ceramics, for instance, are made by heating and cooling certain materials until they can maintain their shape. Porcelain, on the other hand, is very specific on using clay as the raw material. However, it goes through the same heating and cooling process to create a specific shape or form. Consequently, you would be correct in assuming that porcelain is a type of ceramic.
Lastly, vitreous china is porcelain that has undergone an extra step in its development. This step is the addition of glass-based enamel coating. The resulting product is shinier, more durable, and denser.
Encountering a variety of flushing systems is also part and parcel of your toilet shopping experience. A single flushing system is one example. If you live in a relatively older building, it is quite likely that your space has a single flush toilet. Examples of single flush toilets on the list above are the Niagara 77001WHCO1 and the Toto UltraMax II.
With such toilets, the type of waste doesn’t influence the amount of water used. Dual flush systems are different in that you get two flushing buttons. Pressing one button will release less water from the tank than when you press the two buttons simultaneously. Most people will use a single button for urine and dual buttons for solid excrements.
Gravity flushing systems are also standard in a lot of households. You will often see a handle lever on the side of the tank that users can turn. In turning the lever, they lift the flushing valve. This then allows water to flow from the tank and into the toilet bowl.
Lastly, all flushing systems have a standard amount of water they release when flushed. For the elongated toilets mentioned above, it is depicted as GPF, which means gallons per flush.
Toilets are connected to waste outlets that transport your excrements to a sewage collection site at a different location. When you measure the distance from the wall to the center of the waste outlet, you will have found out the size of your rough-in.
Remember that different toilets are made with varying rough-ins in mind. Standard options seem to be 12”, 10” and 14” in size.
Ease of installation
If you have enough money to spare, you can channel it to paying a professional plumber to do the installation for you. If you are not in putting things together, this is the best cause of action. Remember that plumbers have tons of experience installing toilets and, as such, will get the installation done without any hiccups.
On the other hand, wanting to do the installation yourself is perfectly reasonable. You save some of the money you would use to pay the plumber. However, if you do not know what you are doing, you can get the installation wrong. Worse still, you may end up damaging a brand new toilet. As such, do-it-yourself installations are only for those who are confident in their ability to achieve excellent results.
Soft-close toilet seats are unlike traditional seats that fell onto the bowl when closing. These offer controlled and slow closing for the lid. As such, you don’t expect the toilet to make any loud noises when you close it.
Another phenomenon that you might encounter is that of quick-release seats. These give the illusion of being permanently attached to the bowl, but they are not. You push a button, and they come off. If you are cleaning, this can help you reach under the seams of the seat quite easily.
Guarantees provided by toilet manufacturers seem to vary as well. Some are full warranties and will cater to replacements of the toilets as well as repairs. Others are limited warranties. This means that the manufacturer is selective about the elements of the toilet that they can repair.
The timeframe and coverage of these elongated toilet guarantees, of course, vary as well. As such, you may have to compare toilets that have five-year warranties such as the WOODBRIDGE T-0019 with others that have no guarantees at all to see which one you prefer.
As mentioned, space is one of the most significant factors in determining whether you can install an elongated toilet or not. As such, if your bathroom has enough room for installation, it should give you the leeway to replace your old round toilet with a newer elongated model.
The largest round toilet will peak at about 28 inches from the wall. Naturally, elongated toilets have to be longer than that. The largest ones can be about 31 inches. However, this is the size of the whole toilet. When you consider the size of the toilet bowl alone, it should be between 18-19 inches.
A lot of the features of the WOODBRIDGE T-0019 stand out hence why it was our first pick. However, the things that caught our eyes the most are the five-year warranty and the easy-to-clean one-piece design.
Coming in as the second favorite for our team was the Toto UltraMax II. It is again a one-piece toilet with a single flush system. Also, you will find a lot of people, including ourselves, being impressed with the vitreous china construction.
People who’d like to save space in their bathrooms while still getting to use an elongated toilet are as well not left behind. The GALBA MU133 is perfect for them. The slow-closing nesting seat it comes with is top-notch, as is its dual-flush system.
Try not to limit yourself to our three favorite picks in your selection. Remember that we aren’t in your shoes, and as such, we cannot fully comprehend your needs. Also, only when you do understand your needs in relation to the features above can you make the best elongated toilet purchase.