For most of history, the two piece toilet has been the traditional fixture in the bathroom. It’s a traditional look that stands the test of time; providing a familiar silhouette while performing reliably. They are easy to install, simple to repair, and require almost no maintenance. The best two piece toilet is likely the one you already have!
There are generally only two reasons why you would need to replace such a workhorse; either your existing toilet is leaking/in need of repair, or a renovation is in the works and a newer, more modern model will replace it.
Best Two Piece Toilet
- TOTO Drake II 2-Piece Toilet – a low flow flush with superior performance
- KOHLER Cimarron Comfort Height – classic design by a well known, and trusted, brand
- American Standard Cadet 3 – the best value for a high performance toilet
- American Standard Cadet 3 – a powerful flushing toilet that uses less water
If you’re just looking to replace the existing toilet with the best two piece toilet you can find, then check out our top picks below. If a renovation is in your future and you’re looking for something more modern, stylish, or smart, then check out our best one piece or best wall hung toilet articles for some great ideas.
ABSOLUTE BEST: TOTO Drake II
Things to Like:
- Tornado flush means a powerful low flow flush
- Cefiontect glaze
- Variable flushing
- Quick refill
- Easy to install – comes with hardware and instructions
The one thing that a toilet is designed to do is flush away the waste. This two piece toilet gets the job done with a low flow flush that is powerful enough to quickly and efficiently remove all the waste in the bowl. The ‘tornado flush’ technology relies on two nozzles that propel the water around the bowl rather than relying on gravity feed; meaning the water has more speed, and therefore is more effective at cleaning. The Cefiontect glaze also plays a role, providing an ultra smooth surface so that waste doesn’t stick to the bowl and so is more easily rinsed away.
The TOTO Drake II does come with hardware to construct the toilet – gaskets and bolts to hold the pieces together – but not to install it. The wax ring/seal, and bolts for attaching to the floor are not included – be sure to pick these up as you prepare to install.
NAME BRAND: KOHLER Cimarron Comfort Height
Things to Like:
- Classic design by a well known brand
- Comfort height seating
- Econo-flush uses less water
- Powerful Aquapiston flushing action
Kohler is one of the standards in the plumbing industry. Combining reliable functionality with great design, Kohler has stood the test of time in North America.
Most households these days are trying to reduce water consumption and using a lower flow toilet such as this one is a great step towards this goal. The EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) guideline for flushing is 1.6 GPF – this model manages to better that by 20% with no reduction in effectiveness through use of their Aquapiston technology to increase the power of the flush.
BEST VALUE: American Standard Cadet 3
Things to Like:
- Best price
- EverClean antimicrobial surface
- 3″ Flush Valve
- Comfortable seat height
Best Value for us here at Bargain Bathroom means a great product at a price that fits . When it comes to choosing a toilet it’s all about the best performance for a reasonable price and we think this one does just that.
Flushing performance is enhance with the 3″ flushing valve that manages to use only 1.28 GPF – making it better than EPA standards. The antimicrobial surface makes cleaning easier with less worry of bacterial contamination.
RUNNER UP: American Standard Cadet Pressure Assisted
Things to Like:
- Simplified Installation
- Pressurized flush to use even less water
- EverClean surface
- Meets ADA height requirements
The flushing power of this model is increased thanks to the use of a pressurized flushing system. This makes the toilet a wee bit noisier when flushed but, compared to earlier pressurized flushing systems, it is hardly noticeable. It is this, though, that allows the toilet to use considerably less water than other toilets. Better flushing performance while using less water = win!
Installation is also easy using the tank/bowl coupling mechanism so you don’t have to fumble around getting the pieces to align. The only caveat to this model is that it doesn’t come with a seat/lid – you’ll need to be sure to order one separately.
Features to Consider
There’s a lot more to a toilet than a tank and a bowl; which means there is more to consider when selecting a toilet. From style options that will affect how your bathroom looks, to functional options that will affect how the toilet works – here are some things to consider when choosing:
- Style. While we don’t think of a toilet as a decor item necessarily, it does hold a prominent spot in the bathroom so how it looks should definitely be considered. While two-piece toilets are the traditional choice, many people are now opting for the more modern stylings of one-piece toilets with their sleek design and shaping. Wall hung toilets are an ultra modern choice but usually require some construction that may be beyond a basic bathroom refresh.
- Flushing Action. How well does the toilet actually work at doing it’s #1 job? A single flush toilet uses the same volume of water for every flush, regardless of whether it’s liquid or solid waste. Does a good job, but not great from a water conservation perspective. Dual flush models allow the user to choose to use less water for a liquid waste flush or more for a solid waste flush. Toilets that use pressure assisted flush are even more powerful and use even less water.
- Shape. Thought that toilets were just shaped like toilets? Nope. They are usually either round or oval/elongated. While this doesn’t make much of a different to the look of the toilet, it does make a difference to how it feels to sit on it. Make sure you understand the difference, and what your preference is.
- Base. Traditionally no-one cared what the base of their toilet looked like. They all pretty much looked the same – a narrower bottom that showed the shape of the internal plumbing along with the bolt covers that hold the toile to the floor. These days many models are ‘skirted’ – essentially hiding this plumbing detail making the toilet not only look better, but also easier to clean. No more cleaning all those nooks and crannies!
Best One Piece Toilet
This article has focused on two piece toilets; those that have a separate tank and bowl. If you’re interested in a more modern, sleek design then check out our Best One Piece Toilet article.