A New Throne

A New Throne

It’s time for a new throne in my master bathroom. The fixture in there has been there since the home was built! It’s time for a modern upgrade to match my modern renovations. The toilet in there now is really hard to keep clean. It uses tons of water. It just isn’t as attractive as my throne should be. I have a home to rule. What better to rule it from than a beautiful, functional toilet?

I know I could get a perfectly decent contractor model for under $100. However, I want something with a better quality build, attractive design, and a flush as powerful as I am. I am planning to spend upwards of $500 just on the new toilet for this remodel. I want to choose something that will be as coveted as the iron throne.

My parameters:

No condensation. I will only be looking at toilets with inner water tanks. They don’t sweat because there isn’t water directly on the other side of the porcelain.

Powerful flush. I am looking at both powerful gravity toilets and pressure-assist models.

Easy to clean. Some toilets have special sealants that deter mold and mildew from growing. They also act like Teflon, so you just need to wipe away grime. I am also looking for smooth shapes, without nooks and crannies.

I want something special and unique. On the other hand, I don’t want to deal with unique flush mechanisms or hard to replace custom seats. I want something that uses all of the standard parts with a different look.

Low-flow flushing. With all of the new flush technology out there I am sure I can find something powerful and economical. I am hoping for 1.6 GPF or less.

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Here are the new thrones I found with those parameters in mind!


This throne is great for the environment. I like to use eco-friendly materials and products when I can. I like the expensive look you get for the price! I enjoy that I wouldn’t have to clean any nooks and crannies. It uses a dual flush system. The buttons are labeled aptly, one and two. The solid waste flush uses 1.6 gallons, and the liquid flush only uses .8 gallons of water. That is just amazing!

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It has a three-inch flush valve to compensate for the low water usage. That means you don’t have to worry about flushing twice. The bowl itself is wide, even though the entire unit takes up less square footage than other toilets. The extra water surface area helps cut down odors and cleaning times. That’s important because it is near the bedroom.

The toilet seat and lid are included. This is because it is a soft-close model. That’s another plus for a master bathroom toilet. I won’t have to worry about waking my partner up if I accidentally drop the seat down.

One thing I do worry about is buying replacement parts. You can’t just buy the seat fasteners. Instead, you have to spend the money to buy a whole new seat. Some people have had issues with the water tank leaking, which means they have had to buy a whole new tank.

Toto Ultramax II

While this option does have the porcelain pipe exposed on both sides, it does meet my other requirements. It uses a low 1.28 gallons per flush. Even though it uses such little water, it still has a powerful flush. Toto uses Double Cyclone technology to force everything down where it belongs. The two high-powered nozzles push water around the bowl to help clean and effectively empty its contents.

Even though I dislike cleaning underneath traditional toilet bases like this, Toto used SanaGloss to make that easier. This gloss is smooth and ionized. That keeps the toilet clean longer. It also fights odors, bacteria, and mold. However, you need to be careful about how you clean it. Certain cleaners and scrub brushes will remove the coating.

It also has a soft-close seat. Which is a feature I didn’t even think I wanted before! I also like how high the seat sits off the ground. The 18-inch seat really makes it feel like a throne!   

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In the end, I went with the Toto model. Many people have had this toilet for several years without any issues. It is also much easier to get the parts if something does go wrong. I am very happy with my new throne. I love how the shape of the bowl accents the hard edges of the countertops and other hardware. If you are looking for a new throne, look no further.