On your journey to finding the perfect toilet for you, you’ll notice there are two main types of toilet bowls: round and elongated. While this may seem arbitrary, there’s actually real-life implications of each bowl-design.
The experts at Toiletable are here to teach you everything you need to know in your toilet shopping journey, whether you’re a beginner or a life-long hardware enthusiast.
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Differences – Round vs. Elongated
Take a look at our full guide of differences here.
Comparison of Top-Rated Toilets with a Round Bowl
Reviews of the 5 Best Round Toilets on the Market (UPDATED)
Our team gathered facts and reviewed the top elongated toilets and ranked each of them.
“If you know Kohler, then you know the Wellworth. This exceptional model is our editor’s choice because of its flushing power, design, and affordable price!”
Kohler is a leading brand in the toilet industry.
The Wellworth utilizes Kohler’s Class Five technology, which harnesses high-speed water flow to ensure reliable performance.
The system, along with the toilet’s large flush valve, successfully removes bulk waste, significantly reducing chances of clogs.
The toilet uses the power of gravity, in addition to its precision-engineered tank, bowl, and trap way, to significantly increase suction strength; this means waste is effortlessly removed in a matter of seconds, leaving behind no streaks or stains!
The Wellworth does most of the clean-up for you so you don’t have to worry about daily bowl scrub-downs.
This Wellworth model has a dual-flush mechanism that saves you thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars per year.
The dual-mechanism gives you the option between 1.1 and 1.6 gallons.
We love dual-flush mechanisms because not all waste loads are created equal! Sometimes you only need a little bit of water to remove the surface level waste away.
The Wellworth has a very cool tank that starts off narrower and becomes wider at the top. This is great because the tank’s flat top surface is a perfect place to stock up on extra toilet paper rolls or to put a candle.
The tank’s skirted trap way also pairs well with the tank as both elements require little to no cleaning on a weekly basis.
The toilet’s round bowl is space-saving, making it a perfect fit for smaller bathrooms.
The toilet’s nested lever is located on the toilet’s left-hand side. You probably will not need professional help in installing your toilet as the Wellworth only requires three-bolt installation (which means no drilling).
The Wellworth comes with a bolt cap accessory pack, bowl, tank, tank cover, and trip lever. A seat is not included. The toilet is available in white, biscuit, almond, and black black.
Pros and Cons
- Affordable price
- Dual flush 1.1/1.6 gpf
- Three-bolt installation
- Nice color selection
- No seat included
- K-5589 Purefresh™ Deodorizing round-front toilet seat
- K-76923 Puretide™ Quiet-Close™ round-front toilet seat with antimicrobial agent
Our Final Take
First and foremost, users love the toilet’s price. Many reviews that the Wellworth is one of the best-priced high-quality units currently on the market (we agree).
Users also love that the toilet has such strong suction power that never results in clogs or leaks. Positive reviews also compliment the toilet’s easygoing and sleek exterior.
The most common complaint is that the toilet is not ADA-compliant, thus making it inaccessible to those with mobility issues.
“Folks, you don’t see this often. The Troyt Compact is a CORNER toilet that fits into your bathroom’s corner to refresh your bathroom layout without overthinking.”
Though we don’t see them often, we love a good high-quality corner toilet.
Right off the bat, we can tell you that we are obsessed with the Troyt’s dual-flushing mechanism.
The push button on top of the toilet gives you the option between .8 and 1.6 gallons per flush, depending on your waste level.
These options allow you to save up to 25,000 gallons and hundreds of dollars per year!
The Troyt uses gravity-fed flushing technology to remove waste in just seconds. No stains or streaks are left behind!
The toilet is ANSI and WaterSense compliant, surpassing all EPA water conservation guidelines.
Obviously, the Troyt is unique because of its corner build, but let’s zoom out for a second. We love that the toilet gives a classic, sleek feel that can fit amidst any bathroom vibe.
The crown molding esque lining of the toilet’s tank pulls this whole unit together, as does the skirted trap way.
Good design both looks great and is functional. The Troyt is exactly that. While it’s a two-piece toilet, the Troyt is still easy to clean because of its skirted trap way. With no nooks or crannies to remove dirt from, all you need to do is give the toilet’s exterior a nice wipe-down every once in a while.
The toilet’s porcelain is durable and relatively lightweight, as the toilet comes in at a bit under 39 pounds. The Troyt’s round toilet bowl is coated with a stain-resistant protective Reno-Gloss Finish – further cutting down on your cleaning time!
The toilet’s seat height is a bit lower than standard toilets, at 14 ⅞.” This toilet is not suitable for users with mobility issues and taller individuals may also have difficulties sitting and standing up from the unit.
The Troyt does not come with a seat lid, floor bolts, bolt covers, or wax ring.”
Pros and Cons
- Wonderful corner-design
- Eco-friendly dual-flush mechanism
- High-quality porcelain build
- Scratch-resistant gloss
- Seat lid not included
- Not ADA-compliant
Our Final Take
Users rave about the toilet’s easy fit into any bathroom and inexpensive price tag. Many users note that they had difficulties finding an adaptable corner toilet and after months of searching they stumbled upon this gem.
Users also love that the toilet looks traditional and classic, as it compliments every bathroom aesthetic. The most common complaint about the toilet is about the toilet’s included seat.
Some users report not liking the plastic feel. The good news is that the Troyt is compatible with many toilet seats that can be purchased separately.
“If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, the Edgemere has you covered with reliable performance and a comfortable build.”
Another American Standard great, the Edgemere over-delivers.
This toilet uses a dual-flush mechanism of 1.1/1.6 gallons per flush, using 31% less water than single-flush traditional 1.6 gpf units.
Less water means less of a bill to pay! The toilet meets all EPA WaterSense criteria. The toilet has the best MaP flush score of over 1,000 grams.
The toilet’s reduced water usage does not impact its cleanliness or flushing efficacy.
The toilet has a PowerWash rim that removes waste with every flush activation.
No more annoying lingering stains or streaks. This, along with the fully-glazed trap way makes every flush as smooth as can be, without clogs or leaks.
The Edgemere is a simple unit with a curvy tank and a wide flat top. The toilet’s lever is located on the tank top, but there’s still space to put another roll of toilet paper there as well.
The toilet comes with EZ-Installation tools so you don’t need to call back-up when installing this beaut. Besides installation, the toilet’s maintenance is easy too. Thanks to the toilet’s EverClean surface glaze, you won’t be seeing any stains or bacterial growth on your unit’s exterior.
The Edgemere has a comfortable height of 16.5,” making it accessible to those with disabilities.
For a more cohesive bathroom feel, check out the American Standard’s Edgemere collection for similar-looking fixtures.
Pros and Cons
- 1.1/1.6 gpf dual-flush
- PowerWash rim
- 16.5” height
- Seat not included
Our Final Take
Users love the Edgemere first and foremost because of the price. Many reviews say that it’s tough to find a good unit for under $300 but that the Edgemere has proved them wrong.
Reviews also mention that the Edgemere has a beautiful classic look that is simple yet elegant. The most common complaint is about the toilet’s lack of seat. Luckily there are many fantastic seats that you can purchase separately from American Standard.
“Why mess with simple? The TOTO Drake is a classic model that withstands the test of time.”
TOTO is another toilet industry great, that we at Toiletable adore.
The TOTO Drake collection is equipped with the all-powerful TOTO Tornado flushing system. The toilet’s two powerful nozzles create an ultra-strong centrifugal force that takes care of business without leaving any remnants or streaks behind.
The powerful nozzles are used instead of traditional rim holes to efficiently clean out the bowl with every flush.
This model uses the standard of 1.6 gallons per flush and has the highest MaP score of 1,000 grams.
The TOTO Drake has a universal height of 16 ⅛” and is ADA compliant when trip lever is installed on the approach side. The chrome plated trip lever is available in all the same colors available for the toilet itself.
A fantastic feature of the TOTO Drake is that its extremely easy to clean. The toilet comes with TOTO’s patented CEFIONTECT glaze that is antibacterial and leaves a glossy finish.
Instead of scrubbing down the unit each week for it to sparkle, you’ll notice that your unit will only need the occasional wipe down with warm water and mild soap.
Of course you can also purchase the toilet without CEFIONTECT but we think that’s a waste.
The TOTO Drake has a nice flat top where you can place extra toilet paper or other items on. The toilet is available in cotton, bone, colonial white, sedona beige, and ebony (without CEFIONTECT glaze). A seat is not included. There is a one year limited warranty.
You can also upgrade your user experience by purchasing the additional TOTO WASHLET electronic bidet seat. We highly recommend purchasing the bidet seat as the two-piece elongated unit is exceptionally well-priced. Might as well splurge a little and get the upgrade of a lifetime!
Pros and Cons
- Tornado Flush system
- Great color selection
- CEFIONTECT glaze
- ADA-compliant if lever installed on approach side
- Seat not included
Our Final Take
Users love that the toilet is so easy on the eyes and that it delivers reliable performance with each flush. Positive reviews also rave about the toilet’s comfortable height. Because the toilet can be made ADA-compliant, users find it more inclusive and accessible to all kinds of guests that visit their homes.
The most common complaint is about the toilet’s lack of included seat. However, TOTO has a good selection of compatible seats to choose from so you’re in good hands!
“Though it might be from a lesser-known brand, the WZ5089 still packs a punch. Take one look at the flushing power and you’ll be sold.”
This WinZo model brings a modern twist to any bathroom setting.
Once again, we have a dual-flush model on the list. The toilet gives you the option between .8 and 1.6 gallons per flush; this evens out to 1.28 gallons per flush – which saves you 20 percent on your annual water bill. Less water usage and less of a bill to pay? Count us in!
The toilet uses double cyclone flushing nozzle holes instead of traditional rim holes to create a 360 degree flushing mechanism. This uses less water to remove more waste from every side of the bowl in just one single flush.
The WinZo has a super large fully glazed trap way with a diameter of 3.15.” Larger trap ways help reduce clogs and speed up flushing.
Right off the bat, the WZ5089 is a beautiful model, as seen its slim, linear build. The toilet is compact but still comfortable with a height of 16.” Because its design for smaller spaces, the toilet is only 23” in length.
Cleaning is easy thanks to the toilet’s quick-release hinges on its seat and fully skirted trap way. Skirted trap ways eliminate time spent on removing pesky grime from different nooks and crannies.
The toilet includes a high-quality soft close seat cover, pre-installed inlet and flush valves, floor bolts, and wax ring, as well as installation instruction. The soft-close seat prevents slamming so your seat can live a longer life.
All of WinZo’s toilets are factory flush tested to ensure optimal performance.
Pros and Cons
- Fresh look
- Averages 1.28 gpf
- Soft-closing seat
- Professional help most likely needed for installation
Our Final Take
With an average rating of 4.5 stars, it’s obvious why this unit was named our best-reviewed model on our list. Users are in love with the toilet’s clean, sleek, and modern aesthetic and that it’s available for such an affordable price; users also rave about the fact that the toilet comes with its own seat.
Positive reviews also find the toilet to be extremely durable and reliable in removing waste. The most common complaint is about toilet’s installation which most of the time requires professional help.
Round Toilet Buyers Tips
Now that you’re well-versed in the toilet bowl world, ask yourself what you want the most out of your toilet. Is it a compact design or a more accessible unit?
If space is an issue, round toilets are here for you.
Advantages of Round Toilets
As we said before, each toilet design decision is made with a lot of thought.
Round toilets tend to be smaller than their elongated counterparts, thus making them better for more compact bathrooms. Round toilets are also slightly cheaper than elongated toilets as they require less material to produce.
Elongated toilets tend to be more comfortable for taller users or those with mobility issues as these bowls disperse user body weight, making sitting in place for longer periods of time easier. Elongated toilets also tend to be a bit easier to clean as there’s less places for dirt to be trapped in.
Overall, round and elongated toilets have very minimal differences. In terms of the behind-the-scenes hardware, these toilets are equipped with the same mechanisms. In fact, for many models you’ll see the option to choose between a round or elongated bow – everything else will stay the same!
Frequently Asked Questions
The only difference between round and elongated toilets is their bowl shape. Flushing power depends on the specific model’s flushing mechanism. If you like a specific unit because of its flushing strength, chances are there will be an option for you to purchase the model with the bowl shape you desire.
Square toilets are less common in the toilet industry, but they still make their mark. We wouldn’t say that round toilets are better or worse than square toilets; instead, we’ll just say they’re different. Round toilets give your bathroom a more classic look while square toilets bring a modern twist.
Square toilets tend to be comfortable but it’s important to keep in mind they take up more space than their elongated and round counterparts. If you’re on this list, choosing a round toilet because of space concerns, we do not recommend looking into square toilets.
Yes, round toilets are better for smaller bathrooms. Their smaller length and width difference makes them easier to place in compact layouts. Overall, round toilets don’t tend to be too different in size from elongated toilets, but if space is a concern, and every inch counts, a round toilet is the way to go.
No, the only difference between round and elongated toilets are their bowl shapes. Other design choices, such as flushing strength and toilet height, will remain the same, even if you have the option to choose between a round or elongated bowl.
We love round toilets. They’re easy on the eyes, comfortable, and space-saving. But in deciding what toilet is best for you, it’s important to make a mental checklist of your priorities.
If you know that many individuals with mobility issues will be using your toilet, you’ll need an ADA-compliant model which typically have elongated bowls. But if your biggest concern is space, the round toilet bowl is an excellent option.