Last Updated: September 16, 2020
If you haven’t shopped for toilets lately, you might be surprised at just how expensive some of them can get. But that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune to have a nice place to pass…the time. We wanted to see what was available in the way of budget toilets, so we went looking for the best toilets under $150.
We found compact toilets that are great for applications with limited space like bathrooms in RVs and travel trailers. We also found budget toilets that work just fine in any standard bathroom, but won’t cost as much as some of the other options on the market.
To save you the trouble of researching and testing all these toilets, we’ve compiled all of our findings into the following five reviews. Now you can hear our thoughts after getting some good hands-on use from each of these popular low-cost toilets.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Thetford 31671 Aqua-Magic RV||
|Best Value||American Standard 288DA114.020||
|Dometic 300 Series||
|Thetford 42169 Aqua-Magic||
|American Standard 221CA104.020 Colony||
The 5 Best Toilets under $150 — Reviews 2020
1. Thetford 31671 Aqua-Magic RV Toilet– Best Overall
Available in two colors in both high and low profile options, the Thetford Aqua-Magic RV Toilet was our favorite toilet under $150. While many low-cost toilets don’t actually feel like real toilets, this one does, thanks in part to its tall height of 18½ inches. It’s best suited for RVs, camper vans, and other places where you’re trying to save space since it’s a very compact design with no external tank.
When it’s time to flush, you don’t need to use your hands at all. This toilet is equipped with a foot pedal that adds water to the bowl if you push it halfway and performs a full flush when pressed all the way down.
What we liked most about this toilet was how comfortable it was to sit on. It felt very similar to a regular toilet, except for the shallow bowl. It does take some getting used to since it offers very little space.
If you’re concerned about longevity, this Thetford toilet is protected by a three-year warranty that guarantees it’ll be around for many morning reading sessions.
2. American Standard 288DA114.020 Toilet– Best Value
The American Standard 288DA114.020 was the closest to a regular toilet of the cheap toilets we tested. For a residential toilet, it’s very water-efficient, using only 1.1 gallons per flush. To help keep the bowl clean, this toilet is equipped with a powerwash rim. This helps keep the toilet looking fresh and gives you more time between cleanings.
Another feature of this American Standard toilet that we liked is the Everclean surface. This special coating ensures that bacteria, mold, and mildew can’t grow on the toilet. It’s just another layer of protection that helps to keep your toilet clean and presentable.
We do wish that a seat was included with this toilet. Some of the other toilets we tested that were priced similarly included seats. But those toilets are mostly plastic and this one is made of more robust ceramic. Altogether, we think it’s one of the best toilets under $150 for the money, so we can pick a seat out separately.
3. Dometic 300 Series Standard Height Toilet
The Dometic 300 toilet is a compact, space-saving toilet with no external tank. It’s designed to feel like a regular toilet while fitting in places that no regular toilet would fit. And it uses a full-sized residential toilet seat to keep you comfortable and give you the feeling of using a regular toilet.
In RVs and other similar spaces where this toilet really shines, its incredible water conservation becomes a very useful feature. This toilet uses just one pint of water per flush, making it very economical. It utilizes a gravity flush with triple jet bowl rinse that helps ensure the bowl always looks clean and nothing sticks to it.
Though there’s plenty we liked about this toilet, we also had several complaints. It’s a very thin and flimsy toilet. Granted, that helps keep it nice and lightweight, but it never felt sturdy to sit on. The seat lid was the worst part. It was so thin and flimsy that actually broke after just a few weeks of use, which is why this toilet didn’t earn a top recommendation from us.
4. Thetford 42169 Aqua-Magic Residence RV Toilet
Though it’s made to squeeze into tight bathrooms that don’t have space to spare, the Thetford 42169 Aqua-Magic Residence RV Toilet works hard to try to feel like a regular toilet. It’s got a full-sized residential seat that’s more comfortable to sit on then the seats that come on smaller toilets.
To ensure it stays clean, the seat is anti-microbial. This inhibits mold, mildew, and other growths. If you want to keep it even cleaner, there’s also an optional hand sprayer available that lets you clean the bowl more thoroughly after each use.
When you sit on this toilet, though the seat is full-sized, it’s not at all stable. It slides around underneath you, and the whole toilet feels like it may collapse. Then, when you flush, if you made the mistake of leaving the lid open, you’ll have a mess of water and worse spraying out all over the bathroom. While we appreciate the attempts at trying to feel like a full-sized toilet, we can’t overlook the blunders that were made along the way.
5. American Standard 221CA104.020 2-Piece Elongated Toilet
The American Standard 2-Piece Elongated Toilet barely makes it in under our $150 price limit. It’s a porcelain toilet that feels like any regular residential toilet. It’s available in three colors; white, linen, and bone.
Though it’s one of the most expensive toilets we tested under $150, this one doesn’t include a seat. We had to get one separately, but we can live with that. It’s supposed to be a high-efficiency but ultra-low consumption toilet, meaning it uses very little water. But at 1.28 gallons per flush, it actually wastes more water than any other toilet on our list!
After using this toiler for a few days, we noticed a flaw in how it flushes. Several areas of the bowl don’t get hit by the stream of water, so they don’t get cleaned. This means that the bowl gets dirty quicker than other toilets because a lot of the mess inside isn’t flushed down.
It may feel like a real toilet underneath us, but the American Standard 2-Piece Elongated Toilet has too many major flaws for us to recommend.
Now you’ve read a bit about each of these budget toilets, but how do you choose the right one for your situation? After testing so many cheap toilets, we think we know enough about them to help you narrow down the decision by focusing in on just a few important factors.
Where Are You Using This Toilet?
The first question to ask when figuring out which toilet is best for you, is where is this toilet going to go? Is it going in the guest bathroom in your home? Or is it meant for the RV bathroom?
In the RV, you don’t want a heavy ceramic toilet. Plus, that big tank is going to take up too much space in a tiny bathroom.
On the other hand, you may not want a flimsy feeling plastic toilet with a manual foot-pedal flush valve in your guest bathroom.
For this reason, it’s important to pick a toilet that fits the area you plan to use it. For use in homes, we suggest a full-size ceramic toilet with an external tank.
For RVs, tiny homes, travel trailers, and other spaces that aren’t big enough for a traditional toilet, go for the plastic toilets that don’t have an external tank. They’re much lighter and they don’t take up anywhere near as much space.
How Much Water Does It Use?
Some of the more economical toilets we tested for this list used only one pint of water per flush. Granted, they were intended for use in an RV where water may be limited, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
In residential homes, some toilets have very low water use, but the lowest we saw in this price range was just over a gallon per flush. If you’re living in a home, that may be a negligible amount that doesn’t mean anything. In an RV, or anywhere that water is limited, that’s going to be a lot of water wasted each time you go to the bathroom.
Some of our favorite low-cost toilets came with anti-microbial treatments. This is very useful for helping keep the toilet clean. An anti-microbial covering or treatment can help prevent bacteria, mold, fungus, mildew, and more from growing on your toilet. This helps keep the toilet area clean and sanitary with much less work.
How Well Does It Flush?
It’s something you won’t think about until the toilet is already installed and it’s too late to do much about it. But if your toilet doesn’t flush well, it can be a real pain in the rear for you.
Some of the toilets we tested had spots in the bowl that didn’t get hit by the water stream when the toilet was flushed. This meant that waste would stick there and not be cleaned without us having to manually clean it off. Unless you want to put the gloves on and get a bit dirty pretty often, we’d recommend finding a toilet with a thorough flush.
We were surprised to see just how many different toilets were available for under $150. From lightweight plastic toilets with no tank that are perfect for RVs, travel trailers, and other small bathrooms with limited space to full-size ceramic toilets at budget prices, there’s no shortage of toilets to choose from in this price range.
After reading our reviews, you should have a good idea of which toilet sounds right for you. Though we tested quite a few of them, only two stood out as clear-cut winners.
For us, the best toilet under $150 was the Thetford Aqua-Magic RV Toilet. You can choose between high and low profile options, depending on how much space you have. Either way, it’s very comfortable to sit on and light enough for a single person to carry and install with ease. It’s also got a three-year warranty so you can trust that it will be protected if anything should happen.
The American Standard 288DA114.020 Toilet was the toilet that we thought offered the best value. It’s a residential toilet, made from ceramic instead of plastic like other cheap toilets we tried. Plus, the Everclean surface prevents bacteria, mold, mildew, and more from growing.
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