If you have a small bathroom, you may not have the space for a full size elongated or round toilet. Even if you can use a standard toilet, it may make your bathroom feel cramped. Buying a compact toilet made for small bathrooms can give you more space and also give the room a more spacious feeling.
Continue reading below to see our buying guide on what to consider when buying a small toilet. After reviewing the available options we’ve chosen the Kohler Santa Rosa but you can also click here to jump to our detailed reviews and see our other top picks for best compact toilet for small spaces in 2018 (Article Updated May 2018)
Buyer’s Guide to Compact Toilets
A small bathroom still needs to be complete. One of the essentials is obviously the toilet. It’s also one of the bathroom fixtures that can take up the most of your precious space. Buying a smaller toilet (along with a narrow single vanity and sink) can save you a lot of space and transform your cramped space into a much more spacious looking and feeling bathroom. Here’s a simple guide on how to choose one for your small bathroom and we will look at the top toilets in the market.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a large house. One of the first rooms to be sacrificed to space concerns is the bathroom. A small bathroom still needs essential components like plumbing and toilets. This is why you’ll need a compact toilet for small spaces. A bathroom isn’t complete without a toilet and it should be one of your priorities.
Fortunately, there are a lot of choices available on the market. The problem is making a choice from among them. If you’re looking for a toilet for your small bathroom, here is a simple guide on what to look for, and then a look at some of the top toilets on the market right now.
Small toilet designs
When you’re faced with a small bathroom, one of the best ways to save space is with the toilet.
One design is the compact elongated bowl toilets. This focuses on bowl length, while reducing the width. The usual bowl width of such toilets is around 14-15”. That’s quite a reduction from a regular bowl size. As for length, the largest that a compact toilet can be is around 28”.
Another popular design to save on toilet space is the rounded toilet bowl. This usually has a smaller width and length than other toilets. Besides being smaller, it works well with square bathrooms, giving it curves that are pleasing to the eye.
The next popular way to reduce the space used by toilets is to use a tankless toilet. The traditional toilet design has a water tank that slowly fills up between each flushing. The tank is usually used to create water pressure for the flush. However, tankless designs create that pressure by using a pump and piped-in water. The problem is that it requires electricity to operate, while also having a high price tag. Though, if you have the budget, this can be a good solution for a small bathroom space.
Another way to keep the water tanks from taking up precious space is to put them in the wall of your bathroom. Wall-hung toilets do this and have the toilet bowl being supported by the wall so it needs to be able to anchor deep and be a weight bearing wall. Your main concern is that the wall needs to be able to support your body weight. With this design, you can save up to a foot of space in your bathroom. Note that you will often have to buy a separate carrier when using this particular design of toilet.
The next toilet design that will save you a lot of space is the corner toiler design. This is similar to the wall-hung toilet design in its creative use of space.
But with these toilets, the tank is shaped like a triangle—which makes it a perfect fit in the corner of your square bathroom.
The main trouble with it is that you just can’t take your old toilet out and replace it with this one. You will need a complete remodeling of your toilet, or it needs to be purposely built to accommodate it since it requires a special plumbing design.
Finally, there is the macerating toilet or also known as an up-flush toilet. This particular toilet design is similar to the tankless toilet design since it also does not have a water tank. However, instead of using an electric pump, the macerating toilet chops up the waste into a slurry and then discharges it into the main sewer line. The water for flushing is provided by the water line so you only need a pipe connection and less space.
What you should be looking for
Besides these space-saving designs, you should also focus on how the toilet functions. A compact toilet may be small enough to fit in any space that you want, however, you’ll also want it to meet certain requirements when it comes to a toilet. Here are some of the main factors to consider when you’re looking for a toilet.
Size is pretty important, not just for space-saving purposes. When you sit on your toilet, you need to be comfortable. If you are over 6 foot or a heavy person, a toilet that is too small toilet can make your bathroom experience very uncomfortable. It is not just the size of the bowl that you need to consider, but also the height of the toilet. You want to sit down comfortably and not be hunched up. Choose a bowl that most or all of the family can sit on it with ease. There are newer “comfort height” toilets that have the rim at a height of 17-19″ (compared to the traditional fifteen inch height.
The next thing to consider is how the toilet flushes and how much water it uses with each flush. A dual flush gives the option with two buttons (or a double push option) that allows you to choose between a full flush (where the entire tank is emptied, using all the water stored in the tank, or a half or partial flush for instances where you do not need to use as much water.
All toilets flush, even those without tanks; it is the primary way to get rid of the waste inside it, and it uses a large amount of water. A single flush may seem like an insignificant amount of water, but added up over the days and months, you’re going to be concerned about how much water you are using in the long run and the water bill at the end of the month!
This is why you should check out the flush rating of the toilet and compare it against others. Aim for high-performance toilets that only use around 1.28 gallons for every flush. This can annually save you over 4,000 gallons of water on average. Considering that most toilets will function for decades, you can see a lot of savings in that amount. You may even be able to get rebates depending on your local water company.
The next factor you should consider is how easy it is to clean the toilet. Since you will be cleaning it as part of your weekly maintenance of your bathroom, it is to your advantage to have a toilet that is simple to clean up. One-piece toilets are easier to clean than the standard two-piece models since they have no nooks and crannies to worry about. The simplest to clean are the wall-mounted ones.
You will also need to consider how the toilet will be installed into your bathroom. Different toilet designs have differing requirements when it comes to installation. This includes a source of water, the plumbing, and even the size of the tank.
For example, wall-mounted toilets require a solid wall to support the weight of the toilet and the person sitting on it. It also should be a thick wall, since it will contain all of the necessary plumbing for the toilet. The process of installation should also be considered. Some toilets will require a full remodeling, while others, like a macerating or up-flush toilet, merely need a water pipe and an exit pipe.
Besides the basic functionality that is provided by the toilet, you may be looking for additional features. For example, there are double-flush toilets available.
This allows you to choose which flush option to use depending on liquid or solid waste. This determines the amount of water that will be used in the process.
Some toilets even include bidets attachments to help with the washing process. It’s up to you which features you think will be required when you buy a toilet. For people that like a bidet, using one of these compact attachments can be a compromise between giving it up and having a full size bidet. Complete bidets take up a lot of space, size-wise it’s basically like having another toilet bowl right next to the toilet. If you are looking to remodel a small bathroom or designing the layout of a compact bathroom, you’ll most likely want to eliminate the bidet, and if needed go with the attachments that fit right on to your toilet bowl for a 2-1 solution.
Besides functionality, you may also wish to buy a toilet in terms of how well it looks compared to the other toilets on the market. Check out your bathroom and determine what will fit best with its current design and tiles. Some toilets look a lot better than their counterparts, with sleeker curves and better construction. Decide what would be appropriate with your bathroom features so that your toilet is not the odd one out when it comes to your bathroom.
There is also the price of the toilet to be factored in; you don’t want a toilet that breaks the bank. A lot of good toilets can be hand for well below $500. However, if you really want a luxury model, some toilets can almost reach the $1,000 mark. Since most of these toilets will work for decades, that’s a good investment.
With these factors to consider, you should carefully weigh which ones are important to you so that you can get the right toiler for your situation.
Best Compact Toilets
Here’s a brief look at some of the top compact toilets out there. There are others on the market, but these five deserve some extra attention. Let’s see what each has to offer.
GALBA Small Toilet Review (24.5″ 24″ 25″ Inch)
This is an quality toilet from GALBA, with a contemporary design. As an Italian brand, the European origin shows thru with this modern sleek design. The toilet is made of one piece, making is very easy to clean and gives your bathroom a touch of luxury feeling.
Made of vitreous china, it manages to look great in whatever setting. The bowl width is less than 10”, while the elongated bowl design makes it stretch only to a little over 2’. This is a compact size for your small bathroom and is even at a comfortable height.
As for flushing efficiency, this particular toilet is a champion. It has double-flush capacity so it can either do a half-flush or a full flush. A full flush is well-within American efficiency standards at 1.68 gallons; this will help you conserve water, especially if you use half-flushes for liquid waste.
Owners will also find that this toilet is very easy to clean. The glazed surface of the toilet discourages the growth of mildew, bacteria, and mold. It also helps that it protects it from scratches and minor damage. Overall, a single wipe should be enough to clear away the dirt and grime that accumulates on the toilet.
The one-piece design makes it pretty easy to install. Still, you may want to get a professional to do it, since it avoids any problems in the long run.
It also helps with some of the minor fixes that need to be done for products that are damaged during delivery like tightening a bolt or seal. It also happens to be pretty expensive so that’s another downside.
- The glazed surface makes it easy to clean
- It is highly water efficient
- It looks great and is very compact
- It is a bit on the pricy side
- It can be a bit difficult to repair due to its one-piece design and small size
Saniflo SANICOMPACT 48 One piece Toilet Review (023)
The Saniflo brand is an interesting one as they specialize in macerating toilets as their main product and the SANICOMPACT 48 is one of their best products for a small toilet.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it is pretty small. It has a width of around 14” and a length of around 18”. The height is actually pretty good concerning since it stands at around 15”, but that may be too low for some people.
Besides the height, the toilet is very efficient when it comes to consuming water. As a macerating toilet, it depends on an active water line and a pump to give flushing power. However, it only consumes around 1.3 gallons of water per flush, which is a lot lower than the American standard of 1.68 gallons.
As for cleaning it, you’ll find it pretty easy. As a single piece toilet without a tank, you can wipe it in a single go. It helps that it uses vitreous china, stainless steel, and neoprene to present a clean exterior.
Installation is also fairly easy. You don’t need to put in multiple pipes or even a big one. All you need is two small pipes, one bringing the flushing water in, and the other to pump the wastewater out.
The real downside of this product is its price tag, it can be as mush as twice the price of other compact toilets with the price you’re paying for this, but you do pay for high quality and the maceration function.
- It is a compact and well-design one-piece macerating toilet
- It is very easy to install, with no need for heavy-duty piping being laid
- You can install this yourself, as long as you have reasonable technical skill
- It has a very high price tag, but that’s understandable because of the macerating function
- Its low height can be a problem for some, especially if you are very tall or have mobility issues
(although you could add a toilet seat seat riser for elderly or others that have problems getting on/off a low toilet seat.
KOHLER Santa Rosa Comfort Height Elongated Toilet Review (1.28 GPF 3810-0)
The KOHLER Santa Rosa one-piece toilet is a great compact toilet that I would highly recommend to anyone. The KOHLER brand is well-known for releasing some of the best products and this is no exception.
It starts with the size. This particular compact toilet measures 20” wide and is 29” long. It is at a comfortable 30” height. It may not seem compact with the numbers alone, but KOHLER designers hit one out of the park with this one. It has the curves in the right places so that it looks familiar enough, but manages to visually look smaller. It’s an impressive effect.
This impressiveness in design is carried over to the flushing. It uses only around 1.28 gallons of water per flush. That’s a lot of water saved in the long run. It is also thanks to the design that the toilet is so easy to clean. Fewer seams and creases on this one-piece design ensure that it can be cleaned with just a single swipe.
What rounds out the package is that it is priced at an affordable level. Overall, it is a very satisfying product.
- This has a affordable price point and is a lot cheaper than the competition
- Highly efficient when it comes to flushing
- It is very easy to clean
- The lid is a frequent source of complaints
- Installation can be a bit complicated, if you are not a DIY person you’ll most likely want to hire a plumber.
American Standard Compact Cadet-3 FloWise One-Piece Toilet (2403.128.020)
The American Standard brand is well-known and has been around for decades. Their products are some of the best on the market and this Compact Cadet 3 is an excellent example of why they’re a solid brand.
First, as a compact toilet, this has a pretty good size. It has a 15” width combined with a 28” length. The height is also a pretty tall 28”, so you won’t be hunching up on the seat. It strikes a nice balance between compact and comfort.
Next, it has a good flushing efficiency. It is rated to flush around 1.28 gallons per flush. That’s a lot of savings in the long run.
It also a has a nice quiet flushing feature that eliminates the noisy flush sounds that you often hear when you flush. It’s good for toilet training kids who don’t have to fear the noise. It also has a larger flush valve, ensuring a quicker and cleaner flush as more water is released into the toilet.
As for cleaning this toilet, American Standard has a the benefit of its EverClean coating. This is a unique surface coating that helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew while also preventing stains. It also ensures that it will retain a mirror-like finish even after years of use.
The installation is the standard for toilets. Though you can easily do it, it is recommended that a professional do it so that you will have no future problems. Combined with an affordable price tag, this is a good choice for a compact replacement toilet.
- Affordable and a good choice for those on a budget
- The quiet flushing feature
- It has an EverClean surface that makes cleaning easier.
- It does look a bit old-fashioned compared to others on the market
- The toilet flushes a bit slowly compared to other models
Euroto Luxury Toilet
The Euroto Luxury Toilet compact/elongated model is interesting. The toilet is a variant of the main Euroto model and looks rather modern. The stylish design makes it a good addition to any home if you want that added European sophistication.
It’s pretty large for a compact model. At a height of 29”, it has a bowl 27” long and 18” wide. This is maybe not as compact as you might want your small toilet to be, but the rounded curves make the toilet an intriguing addition to any bathroom.
As for flushing efficiency, it actually does well. It uses a dual-flush system, which allows for you to choose a half-flush if needed. This is combined with the small water tanks so that you can save as much water as possible.
It uses a dynamic pump jet flush design to increase the pressure of the water so it does a lot more work with less water.
Cleaning it looks to be a standard job. It is a one-piece design so you can do a quick wipe and be done. Installation looks to be a bit complicated though, and he non-standard shape is not doing it any favors. The trouble is that it’s also pretty heavy, so you may want to have a plumber do the job.
The bright side to all of this is that this model is surprisingly affordable. It won’t break the bank to afford this compact toilet for your small space.
- It has a luxurious and stylish appearance that will fit in most bathrooms
- It has an affordable price tag for something looking so impressive
- Dual flush system allows for water saving
- Unconventional design can make it uncomfortable for some users
- It is actually pretty large for a compact model
I would say that the Kohler Santa Rosa model is your best bet if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. It’s got a very good flushing efficiency, while still being at a comfortable size. It is also a one-piece toilet, making cleaning and installation a whole lot easier. Plus, you get all of this at a decent price. It’s a good fit and should meet most people’s needs.