Renovating your bathroom requires planning, especially when you have a small bathroom. You have three main considerations – the shower, sink, and toilet. By choosing compact toilets for small bathrooms, you have more room to work with.
Every inch matters, when you are planning your bathroom renovations. So, if your bathroom feels a little snug, then you may want to start your remodeling plans by choosing a space saving toilet.
Businesses have additional considerations. This includes ADA legislation and the layout of multiple stalls and partitions. Maximizing the comfort of your guests while ensuring ADA compliance is essential.
Whether you are planning a home bathroom renovation or an update to your business facilities, make sure that you find the right toilet for your small space project.
Space Saving Toilets for Small Bathrooms Comparison Chart
|Toilet GALBA - Small One Piece||KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa |
Comfort Height Elongated
|American Standard |
Concealed Trapway Cadet 3
|TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake|
II 2-Piece Toilet
|Size||24-1/2 L x 14 W x 27 H inches||27-3/4 L x 18-3/4 W x 28-3/16 H||28-1/4 L x 15-3/4 W x 30-3/4 H inches||28-1/2 L x 17-1/4 x 30 H inches|
|Type||One Piece||One Piece||Two Piece||Two Piece|
|Flush Type||Push Button - Dual Flush||Lever||Lever||Lever|
|Gallons per Flush||0.8 Gallons - 1.6 Gallons||1.28 Gallons||1.28 Gallons||1.28 Gallons|
|Rough in||12 inches||12 inches||12 inches||12 inches|
|Height to top of Bowl||15.5 inches (not including seat)||16.5 inches (not including seat)||16.5 inches (not including seat)||16.25 inches (not including seat)|
|Seat Included||Yes - Soft Close||Yes - Soft Close||Yes - Soft Close||No|
GALBA Small One Piece Short Compact Bathroom Toilet.
The Galba small toilet is a modern looking, well made product that is ideal for any small bathroom. The footprint of the Galba is the smallest out of all the toilets reviewed, although, this is in no way a negative, in fact the toilet is very comfortable and high enough (16.5 inches from the floor to the top of seat) to get on and off easily.
The Galba comes complete with a soft close, elongated seat that has a quick release, top mount design for easy cleaning. The seat is not one of the flimsy, cheap giveaways that some manufacturers bundle with their toilets, it is a high quality product that feels like it will take some serious sitting punishment.
With a 3 inch flush valve diameter (instead of a standard 2 inch) the toilet provides a low consumption 1.6 gallon flush that is both powerful and quiet. The Galba also passes maximum performance testing and is UPC and cUPC approved.
The bottom line:
Overall, with its reduced footprint, the Galba is an excellent toilet for any small space bathroom. If you take a look at the Amazon reviews, you will see why we are happy to highly recommend the Galba.
KOHLER 3810-0 Santa Rosa Comfort Height Elongated
The KOHLER one piece toilet is a very sleek looking product that would blend-in with most types of toilet décor. The small footprint combined with a slim, elongated bowl enables the Santa Rosa to fit into narrow spaces, which is ideal if you have a limited space bathroom.
The comfort height seat (From the floor to the actual seat with Lid up is 17 3/4″) makes using the toilet a more relaxing and enjoyable experience. The seat that comes with the toilet is a standard close design and not soft close.
Inside the KOHLER is a device called the AquaPiston, which replaces the standard flapper valve and delivers a more powerful and effective 360 degree flush. The AquaPiston also has the added advantage of having 90% less exposed materials, which lessens the likelihood of leaks. The 1.28 gallon flush is initiated by the chrome side handle.
The KOHLER Santa Rosa comes in a range of colors including; Almond, Biscuit, Dune, Ice Grey, Sandbar, White and black
The AquaPiston system really does blast the water around the bowl and does seem to be an improvement over the standard flapper. Overall, this a quality toilet, manufactured by a reputable company. It is certainly one to consider, even in black!
American Standard 2988.101.020 Concealed Trapway Cadet 3
The most striking feature of the Cadet 3 is the concealed trap-way, which not only looks aesthetically pleasing, it also means the toilet surround is easy to clean and collects very little dust. The model shown is a round front bowl, alternatively, there is an elongated bowl model available here.
The American Standard Cadet 3 is a two piece, compact toilet that has a surprisingly powerful 1.28 gallon flush system. The combination of a 3 inch flush valve and uniquely designed bowl deliver an 80% faster water flow than most standard 2 inch valve toilets. In MaP testing the Cadet 3 achieved the highest achievable rating, removing 1,000 grams of waste in a single flush.
Although not well documented, the Cadet 3 does have a dual flush. Push and release the handle for a short flush, and for a long flush hold the handle down.
With a 16.5 inch bowl height the Cadet 3 is a very comfortable height, especially for those that have normally have difficulty siting and standing.
A soft close seat is included with the toilet. The seat is a quick release, top mount design that can be removed by pushing a button and re-fitted by pushing it back onto the two retaining pins, making it very easy to take off and clean around the hinge pins.
Some reviewers have mentioned that changing the seat is impossible after the toilet is fitted due to the limited access at the rear. This is true to an extent, however, if you use the original bolts from your old seat (you may have to use a washer or modify the new seat) this should not present a problem. Alternatively, seats are available with the top mount, quick release design that are a straight exchange, one of the best is the “Royale Premium Toilet Seat Round” or the elongated version “Bath Royale Premium Elongated Toilet Seat”. (check size before ordering)
Not only does the Cadet 3 look good, it also incorporates a highly effective flushing system. The comfortable height and small footprint make this one of the best toilets for a half bathroom or indeed any small space bathroom project.
The round model measures 30-3/4 by 15-3/4 by 28-1/4 inches (H x W x D). The elongated model measures 30-3/4 by 15-3/4 by 30-1/4 inches. Both have a 12-inch rough-in.
TOTO CST454CEFG01 Drake 2
The Toto Drake 2 is a two piece, elongated toilet that has some nice features. The double cyclone flush system delivers 1.28 Gallons per flush, and when combined with the 3 inch flush valve and a large 2-1/8 inch glazed trap-way, it delivers incredible force that ensures consistent results.
The chrome side lever initiates a part-flush when pushed down and released, a full flush requires holding the handle down for a few seconds.
The Drake 2 does not come with a seat, however, the fittings are standard size and as long as you measure the bowl, acquiring a seat shouldn’t prove a problem.
The toilet is available in a range of colors including; Bone, Colonial White, Sedona Beige and Cotton White
The Toto Drake 2 is a nice looking toilet that delivers a very powerful flush. Even though a seat must be purchased separately it is still god value for money.
Tips for Choosing the Best Toilets for Small Bathrooms
Learn more about the types of toilets, want you should look for, and how to pick the best toilets for small bathrooms. Here is your complete small toilet buying guide:
Types of Space Saving Toilets
First, you should look at the types of space saver toilets that are available. You have quite a few options, including:
- Corner toilets
- Space saver toilets
- Gravity or pressure assisted toilets
Corner toilets, as the name suggests, are designed to fit into the corner of the bathroom. If you need toilets for small bathrooms, these are a great option.
By placing the toilet in the corner, it may be easier to make room for a larger vanity, sink, or shower.
For your home bathroom, a corner toilet can help you create a more original layout. Though, if you want to make your bathroom suitable for handicapped guests, a corner toilet may not be the best solution, as you still need to leave room for grab bars.
Space Saver Toilets
Space saver toilets are simply toilets that are designed to take up as little space as possible. The design of these toilets will vary. You will need to look at the shape and size of the toilet.
You can find designs that have a smaller tank on the back, which can help the toilet take up less floor space. There are also designs with a slimmer profile.
One option is a wall-hung toilet. These toilets have a unique design, as the tank is built into the toilet, instead of being attached to the back. This makes the toilet more compact, but it is harder to install.
Gravity or Pressure Assisted Toilets
While you can choose between corner toilets and space saver toilets, you also need to choose between gravity or pressure assisted designs.
Gravity-feed toilets rely on gravity to flush the toilet. They can work with a smaller tank, as they do not require as much pressure as a pressure-assisted toilet. They tend to be more efficient, but are also more prone to clogging.
If you are worried about the blockage, a pressure-assisted toilet might be a better option. Keep in mind that these toilets are louder and require more water, which often results in a large tank.
Points to Consider When Buying Small Toilets
When choosing compact toilets for small bathrooms, there are a few specific features to pay attention to. Obviously, you will want to consider the small toilet dimensions. But, you also need to think about the price, efficiency, gallon size, and overall design.
Here is a closer look at each of these features:
- Small toilet dimensions
- Overall efficiency
- Design and color
- Price of the toilet
Small Toilet Dimensions
Before you start browsing for toilets based on the types described above, you need to consider your available space. Determine where you are going to place your toilet. Use measuring tape to measure the space that you have available. You will need to consider the footprint of the toilet and the height.
As with every home appliance, modern toilets are more efficient. You can purchase water efficient toilets that will fit within the confines of your small bathroom. Since 1994, the Federal standard for water efficient toilets is 1.6 gallons per flush.
If you want the most efficient toilet, you should start your search with gravity-feed toilets. Look for toilets with ratings of 1.6 GPF or less.
Design and Color
The design and color of the toilet are more of a cosmetic preference. Space saver toilets are available in a wide variety of designs and colors in order to match the décor of your bathroom.
If you are trying to create a specific look, then it will help to choose your toilet, sink, and shower at the same time. Look for appliances that use similar design elements, such as slim profiles.
Price of the Toilet
Set a budget before you start shopping for toilets. You can find compact toilets for less than $200 and state-of-the-art toilets for several thousand dollars. It is easy to allow the costs of your bathroom remodel to skyrocket if you do not set a budget.
You do not want to go too cheap. Generally, when you pay for a higher-quality toilet, you are paying for the power of the flush. A more expensive model will typically have a more powerful flush and is likely to clog.
Do not forget about other costs related to your renovations. If you are planning a complete renovation, you will also need to set aside a portion of your budget for the tub, sink, mirror, and other details – such as walls, flooring, and décor.
Requirements of ADA Legislation
You may have heard of ADA guidelines. This refers to guidelines that are set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Basically, in order for your bathroom to be ADA compliant, it needs to be able to accommodate people with disabilities.
You may need to install grab bars or use specific appliances or hardware. This becomes especially challenging when you have a small bathroom.
If you want to ensure ADA compliance in your workplace or place of business, you should work with a contractor that understands these guidelines. When considering contractors, ask if they are aware of the ADA legislation concerning bathrooms.
Generally, you will need to leave enough space between the wall and the toilet in order for a wheelchair to be parked beside the toilet. Again, a small bathroom can make this difficult. Though, a space saver toilet can make all of the difference.
By saving a few inches, a smaller toilet can help you comply with ADA legislation. Keep this in mind if you are planning on renovating the facilities in your place of business.
Putting all of this information together, you should be able to find the best toilet for your bathroom. Remember to consider small toilet dimensions and the other factors discussed.
Start by measuring the space that you have available for your toilet. Do not forget to consider the space that you need for your shower, sink, and cabinetry. Next, set a budget for your toilet. Make sure that you leave enough in your budget for other items, including labor costs – if you are going to hire a contractor.
Other considerations include the GPF (gallons per flush) rating of the toilet, the actual dimensions, and the overall design of the toilet.
Use these tips as you start shopping for toilets for small bathrooms. Have fun with your bathroom renovation and remember to stick to your budget.