Is there a Sub-Zero of the toilet? According to Consumer Reports, there is. A real estate ad for a West Village townhouse in New York City put a spotlight on the fact that the home features Toto toilets. While Consumer Reports has not rated the high-end Totos that can sell for upwards of $4,000, it has studied others. The much more affordable Toto Drake retails at $370 and the Toto Eco Drake for $380, and both pass Consumer Reports’ toilet tests. Among the criteria are flushing capability, water-saving technology, and comfort height.
Four Kohler models, ranging in price form $250 to $425, made the list as well. The American Standard Champion 4, retailing at $300, and the Gerber Avalanche, at $330, came in first and second place for outstanding and quiet performance. Consumer Reports ranks the Glacier Bay Dual Flush best in its category; it’s available for $100 at Home Depot.
If you’re in the market for one of the most important fixtures in the bathroom, consider choosing a toilet that uses 1.28 gallons or less of water per flush and one that sits several inches higher than a standard toilet. For additional reviews, check out eHow’s 10 Best Toilets.