Although he didn’t invent it, Tomas Crapper was the man who helped make the throne what it is today and would be a good judge for the best toilet around.
Why the toilet?
Among plumbing fixtures the humble toilet probably occupies the lowest niche. Let’s face it, everybody has to have one, for it’s either that or an outhouse, or chamber pot, and neither of those are appealing to the senses. Yet for a subject nobody wants to talk about, it certainly has lots of monikers.
Through the English speaking world, in the bathroom you can have a commode, crapper, throne, toilet, and a myriad of other unmentionable names. For its 150 year existence, the flush commode has changed very little. It is simple design; a tank of water sits upon a bowl with a seat. The water in the tank, through a lever, is pushed through the bowl and waste material is sent to the sewer system.
Style and Design
As the modern bathroom becomes chic and a major part of a home’s worth (a bathroom remodel can add thousands to the home’s value), consideration has begun to be given to the throne as well. After all, that $70 toilet in a box looks a bit cheap in between that $3,000 spa shower and the $1,200 designer vanity with splash bowl. Certainly, it should be one of the best materials!
So the leading manufacturers have been reinventing the wheel to come up with the good toilet. After a few years absence vibrant colors have been replacing the normal white. One piece sets, European style pull flush handles, and push buttons are relative new options. Also makers have strived to be more environmentally friendly with less gallons per flush (GPF) and controlled flush mechanisms to keep less water in the tank.
What is the best one?
Today’s toilet by Federal Law uses only 1.8 gallons per flush and that doesn’t make any of them any more powerful. Yet Consumer Review gave the Japanese the highest marks, the country that experimented with the butt washing stream post business (that didn’t work out). Obsessed with cleanliness and feng shui, the country quite evidently knows how to make toilets.
Their Toto Drake CST744S is a standard two piece toilet that is economical to operate and the owner reviewers were all positive with some of them having twelve years of ownership. Their comments included the fact that older people and those with arthritis would appreciate its height, as it is easy on the knees. Not designer but this toilet would fit nicely in today’s bathroom.
- Five designer colors and related hardware for the homeowner
- Two piece construction for ease of installation and maintenance
- One year comprehensive warranty can even cover damage
- Priced in line with competition
- Patented soft close seats mean less replacements
At $255.00 the Toto Drake CST744S is not the cheapest or the most expensive on the market but several sites name it the best toilet and its low flush system operates well, without the plunging that less water usually means. With the Toto one can get down to business and forget about it once again.