Best Toilets for $200 or Less

CR tested inexpensive toilets from top brands like Delta and Glacier Bay. Here are top picks from our ratings.

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Shopping for a toilet sometimes seems like it comes down to choosing among design accents and flourishes. Porcelain thrones may look, at least from a distance, more or less the same on the outside, so how different could the insides be? Very, as it turns out.

“When browsing the aisle of any home improvement store, you’re met with a number of toilets made of the same materials and that cost about the same,” says Chris Regan, who oversees toilet testing at Consumer Reports. “But the design of the toilet really matters. We found that there are both great and mediocre toilets in the $200 price range.” In general, our top-rated toilets tend to cost a bit more—from around $250 to about $375. But a couple of budget toilets, both single and dual flush, perform very well in our testing, and most of the rest perform well overall. 

In our labs, we connect each toilet to a specially built plumbing system that measures the volume and flow of water into and out of the toilet.

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In the crucial solid waste removal test, our tester uses a 5-gallon bucket filled about a quarter full with simulated waste: 160 solid polyethylene balls, seven sponges with #10 screws pressed in for realistic weight, and nonlubricated latex condoms filled with water.

If that sounds a bit extreme, it’s meant to be: Because very few toilets can remove the simulated waste in just one flush, we’re able to get differentiating data to score each toilet. Our tester notes how many flushes each toilet requires to finish the job. That data, along with results from other tests, allow us to separate the good toilets from, well, the crappy ones. The best in our tests can do it all in one go; the worst clog with the first flush.

All of the top-rated budget toilets reviewed below earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense certification. For the single-flush toilets this means they have demonstrated that they flush just 1.28 gallons of water on average, 20 percent less than the current federal standards. For the dual-flush toilets, the full flush meets the federal standard, while the partial flush requires just 1.10 gallons of water.

All of the toilets below also feature taller "comfort height" bowls that comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

CR members can read on for reviews of the top toilets that cost $200 or less, models from Delta and the Home Depot house brand Glacier Bay. Members can also see how all the tested models perform in our toilet ratings. For more information as you shop, see our toilet buying guide.

Single-Flush Toilets for $200 or Less

Dual-Flush Toilets for $200 or Less

Two buttons on the tank of a dual-flush toilet allow you to choose a partial flush for liquid waste or a full flush for solid waste.