In these times of public healthcare uncertainty and looming economic insecurity, not the dog, but the toilet has become one’s best friend. If you find it hard to believe it, just remember that we’ve recently stocked up so much toilet paper that the supplies are likely to last well past the COVID 19 pandemic.
Your toilet is where you sit to come to terms with the pangs and throes of obstinate constipation, or the relentless cramps of sudden diarrhea. Alternatively, you can enjoy a few pages of your favorite book while responding to the call of nature. Having said that, let’s have a look at the best toilets under $200 that you can currently find on Amazon.
The 270DA001.020 Cadet 3 model is American Standard’s best toilet in terms of design within the said price limit. Yet, you have to sit on it to make sure for yourself. If you can’t, just take our word! We’ve tested this toilet thoroughly, and the results have convincingly earned this product the top spot on our list.
First, this is a pretty standard toilet with a twelve-inch rough-in and weighs just under 35 pounds. The toilet bowl itself is made of vitreous china – known for its strength as well as beauty. Having said that, we guarantee that Cadet 3 by American Standard is going to fit many bathroom projects.
Its ingenious design is well complemented by Cadet’s unique flushing system to ensure fewer clogs and maximum comfort. The inner part of the toilet bowl is nine by eight inches and features the manufacturer’s EverClean® surface system that makes it remarkably easy to clean. Bacteria, black mold, microbes, and pungent germs go down the drain with every flush, and that’s exactly where they should be!
The toilet’s 3-inch flush valve with chemical resistant flapper is designed according to the highest water-saving standards. Every flush is going to cost you just 1.6 gallons of water. The trip lever with a stylish chrome finish prevents accidental tank overflow. On the whole, this is a very reliable and easy-to-install product that comes with a 5-year warranty.
- Low water consumption of just 1.6 GPF
- Durable and easy-to-clean inner surface
- Secure, chromed trip lever included in the package
- 5-year warranty
- Toilet seat is not included in the package
- Connecting the tank to the bowl may be tricky
This toilet has earned the second position on our list because of its ability to fit comfortably in small bathrooms. This is a big advantage if you live in megapolises like NYC and Tokyo, where rents are ever rising.
The elongated bowl of this two-piece toilet offers maximum comfort even in the tiniest of bathrooms. Elderly users and there are a lot of them in Tokyo, are certainly going to enjoy the Comfort height option.
This feature is unique for the model and makes sitting on this toilet as easy as sitting on a chair. This also means that elderly users’ joints are going to take less strain when standing up. Our tireless testers have also revealed that Kohler’s K-3977 model is even more economical than American Standard’s Cadet 3 toilet. Our second choice spends just under 1.30 gallons of water with every flushing, compared to Cadet 3’s 1.6 gallons.
Just like our first choice Kohler’s K-3977 toilet comes fitted with a standard chrome-coated trip lever on the left side of the tank. However, the tank itself has got a tiny layer of inner insulation that almost eliminates condensation in humid weather. The tank locks, also included in the start-up package, ensure the tight fit of the toilet’s bowl to the tank.
The manufacturer is a firm with a long tradition in toilet design. This model may be relatively cheap, but Kohler’s designers have found a clever way to use gravity on their side to maximize the siphoning effect during flushing. This makes this toilet very suitable for users who are allergic to detergents.
- Fits in small bathrooms like a glove
- K-3977’s ergonomic design maximizes flushing power
- Very economical
- Fittings may break if overtightened
If you have just $200 to spend on a toilet, the Entrada model by TOTO probably is your best choice This is an elongated two-piece model, whose close-coupled design fits equally well in large and small bathrooms.
Furthermore, it takes only a couple of minutes to clean the toilet. The manufacturer warns against using too aggressive detergents. Also, the chrome-coated lever on the left side of the tank should only be cleaned with appropriate dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth.
The Entrada model features TOTO’s revolutionary E-Max flushing system which delivers a mighty flush with just 1.28 gallons of water. The E-Max system is more economical than its predecessor, the G-Max thanks to its bigger flush valve.
This toilet has got a large trapway and an equally large siphon that guarantee efficient waste disposal with a relatively small amount of water. At the same time, the fill valve is so designed to facilitate quiet fill-in and flush.
That said, Toto entrada is probably the quietest toilet for less than 200 dollars. The valve’s unique design guarantees a clean shut-off at any water pressure. Last but not least, the toilet’s elongated bowl is quite comfortable to sit on.
The only downside with this model is that you’ll have to purchase a toilet seat, which will increase the toilet’s total cost. The good news regarding installation is that you won’t need any batteries. We’ve established that Entrada is far easier to install compared to the two models above.
- The E-Max system minimizes water consumption
- The fill-in valve guarantees quiet operation
- Comfortable to sit on and easy to install
- The model sells without a toilet seat
- Weak swirl around the bowl
Of all models discussed in this post, the 300 Series Standard Height model by domestic is the first to be flushed by pushing a pedal on the left side of the toilet’s base. At the same time, the 300 Series has the height and size of a normal residential toilet.
This tankless model uses just one pint of water per flush and relies on the force of gravity for a thorough rinse. This amount of water is just enough for an RV toilet like this one. It is made of durable yet lightweight plastic, which makes it very easy to clean. The manufacturer’s Triple-jet system guarantees a 360-degree cleaning action.
However, users complain that this cleaning action is not very effective to the front of the bowl, where some urine may remain. The hand sprayer installed by the manufacturer resolves part of the issue, but some manual rinse may still be necessary.
With dimensions of just 19.75 x 16 x 18 inches, this toilet will fit in smaller RV and camper bathrooms without any problem. The problem is that installation may require some extra parts and plumbing work. Also, after a year or two, the pedal may need replacement or readjustment.
- Incredibly lightweight
- Added chair height
- Comes with a floor flange for easier installation
- The sprayer can be a bit difficult to use
- The pedal tends to malfunction
- The flush is very noisy
Mansfield Plumbing has been making toilets and sinks for American households since 1929. It is not a wonder, then, that their 135.160.WHT Alto model is probably the most popular toilet in the country within this price range.
This two-piece toilet is made of vitreous china, but the manufacturer has put a one-year limited warranty on it. This means that you should be extra careful during installation. Accidentally dropping the spanner inside the bowl while tightening some bolt will be the end of the game!
Mansfield Plumbing’s Alto model consumes 1.6 gallons of water per flush, scoring around the average mark in terms of water economy. The 12-inch rough-in and 2-inch trap way are also pretty standard.
The trip lever is installed at the front of the tank, which is somehow awkward. You have to stand up to flush the water, but some users prefer to do it beforehand. Although chrome coated, the trip lever is made of plastic.
This means that first, the coating is more likely to peel off soon and, second, that it may break more easily than a metal one. The model comes with bolt caps and a wax ring kit, which is awesome, but the toilet seat must be purchased separately.
- 100% American-made
- The tank is secured to the bowl with three bolts, not just two
- Smart flush technology for better hygiene
- The trip lever is made of plastic, not metal
- Toilet seat not included in the package
- 72 lbs total weight makes it a bit heavy
The situation with Duravit’s 2105010000 model appears to be a bit tricky. Many online dealers, including the manufacturer itself, tend to put a price tag for the bowl only, specifying the type of tank and seat that fits on it.
The toilet bowl is a large one – 30 x 17 x 19 inches, and the 12-inch rough-in minimizes the chance of clogging. The bowl is ceramic with special anti-bacterial coverage. If you order a toilet seat and cover from Duravit, the set will come with stainless steel hinges, which are extremely reliable.
Be careful, though, because the hinges for some models like 610000 are made of plastic. Also, this particular model has an average water consumption of 1.6 GPF, but other models by Duravit, such as Starck 3 212501boast just 1.28 GPF.
If you fail to find an install the seat cover specified by your retailer, it may not cover the entire rim of the toilet bowl. Finally, because this is our budget choice within the price range below $200, you may find some pretty discouraging reviews online.
- Budget-friendly toilet
- Serves its basic purpose relatively well
- Users say it clogs quite often
- The hinges, even the steel ones, are squeaky
In the paragraphs that follow, we shall try to cover all important questions that apply to this particular set of toilets.
1. Gravity-feed vs Pressure-assisted
All of the toilets reviewed above are of the former type. This means that they rely on the force of gravity to take waste down the drain. Pressure-assisted models are mostly used on ships and planes. The ones for home use are quite expensive.
2. Size does matter
How much space have you got in your bathroom? This probably is the most important question one has to answer when choosing a toilet. In the paragraphs above you can find normal size as well as more compact models. You should choose the one that fits into your bathroom and accommodates you nicely.
3. One-Piece or Two-Piece Toilet?
Experts say that two-piece models are more difficult to clean, especially the area between the bowl and the tank. But the grim reality is that single-piece toilets cost way above the 200-dollar mark. That’s why our six contenders are all of the latter type.
4. Noise level
If you can’t stand domestic noise, you should definitely go for the TOTO Entrada toilet, which is the quietest model on our list.
5. Water economy
If your water bills are quite high, then perhaps it’s time to replace your old toilet with one that features a water consumption of just 1.28 GPF
Obviously, the choice of a decent toilet under $200 isn’t that easy. We’ve picked up the six best models that you can currently buy on Amazon. All of them have their advantages and their weaknesses. After all, buying a good toilet for less than $200 is a matter of research as well as luck! We wish you a happy shopping!