When we consider our homes, the bathroom is a space that we spend a large amount of time in, but is not always the largest space. If, like us, your bathroom is of a smaller size, finding bathroom fixtures small enough to suit smaller rooms can be a challenge.
With most standard toilets measuring around 30 inches, and the need for additional surrounding space for comfort, it is no surprise that finding compact toilets for small rooms is not a straightforward process.
Not only is it imperative for your bathroom to be fully functional, you will also require your bathroom fixtures to be stylish, and to fit into the dynamic of your home.
But with such a large variety of toilets on the market, which one to choose can be a daunting task. We all know the main purpose of a toilet! But have you ever had to consider how its functionality and design will impact your bathroom?
Do you require a one piece or two piece toilet? Do you require a higher than standard toilet seat?
Luckily, we have combed through the best toilets out there and compiled a list of the top 5 for small bathrooms so you don’t have to!
OUR TOP PICK
This modern and compact Horow one piece toilet has been specially designed to fit in even the tightest of spaces. Measuring at just over a foot wide, and 2 inches shorter than your average toilet, the Horow HWMT-8733 is a perfect choice for small bathrooms whilst still providing comfort and a stylish design.
This toilet also boasts a dual flush system to help preserve water and avoid unnecessary wastage. The dual-flush feature also promises to be super quiet, but powerful and leak-proof, with no clogs.
The sleek finish on this Horow model with its fully glazed surface and chrome covered buttons, enables this toilet to be easily maintained and kept clean. The one piece design also prevents stubborn bacteria spots from sticking around.
It is also worth noting, that whilst this tiny toilet is much smaller than a standard design, Horow have covered all bases in ensuring that it is not difficult to install.
Full instructions are included, along with a soft closing toilet lid, pre-installed flush valve, floor bolts, and a high quality wax ring. There are also large installation access points on both sides which enables a straightforward and hassle-free installation.
- Modern Design — Sleek finish and design to compliment contemporary bathrooms
- Size — This Horow toilet is both narrower and shorter than your standard toilet so is perfect for smaller spaces
- Easy installation — Everything provided to plumb in one installation
- Eco-Friendly — Dual flush feature conserves water
- Very small — May look out of place in large bathrooms
Next up we have this very compact DeerValley small toilet which has all the features of a regular toilet with the added benefits of being able to fit in the smallest of bathrooms.
The seamless design of this toilet with its skirted design makes cleaning much easier. Furthermore, the quick release matte chrome hinges will enable you to unlatch the toilet seat completely away from the toilet for added hygiene.
This DeerValley toilet has a single flush design system and an ultra-thin, soft-close toilet seat. This solid material toilet seat is also wider than a standard toilet seat. So whilst you have saved yourself some space, you have not sacrificed comfort.
This toilet has also been designed to support easy installation and comes with a pre-installed toilet seat and water fitting. There are also large installation access points for easy plumbing.
- Width — Wider than a standard toilet seat for added comfort
- Solid Materials — These toilets have been designed using ceramic and plastic to allow durability
- Easy clean — Glazed surfaces and removable toilet seat to allow seamless and easy cleaning
- Not dual flush — As a single flush toilet this does not conserve as much water as a dual flush toilet
Now we come to the smallest toilet on the market, measuring in at only 15 inches wide and 24.5 inches long. The Galba Small Toilet is so compact it will fit into the tiniest of bathrooms.
Designed as a one piece, the Galba fixture is made to be stylish and durable. The glazed design protects the toilet from water and waste exposure. The smooth surface also limits the risk of stubborn bacteria sticking around and provides an easy to clean surface.
This also applies to the exterior of the toilet where seamless lines and plastic covered floor bolts mean cleaning is not problematic. Another bonus of this self glazed surface is that it will not scratch, fade, rust or discolor.
Whilst this Galba toilet might be small, it is also mighty in its performance. Using approximately 1.6 gallons of water for a full flush, the small water tank does not substitute power with its dual siphonic flushing system.
Another point worth noting is the elongated design of this compact toilet, allowing for added comfort and support as you sit. It is also a great choice for anyone with mobility issues due to its heightened design.
- Compact — The Galba Small Toilet is the most compact toilet on the market
- Dual Siphonic Flush — A very powerful flush without needing a large water tank
- Durability — Strong materials used to prevent discoloration and prevent damage
- Installation — It is the customer’s responsibility to check that rough-ins are at least 12” to fit. If you need to return, you will be liable for shipping costs both ways and a 10% restocking fee
This extremely stylish toilet has been designed to look elegant and classic in either a modern or traditional bathroom.
The porcelain body of this toilet will compliment a range of different colors and styles, and match seamlessly to other fixtures and appliances. Porcelain is also one of the most durable materials for toilets, so it is designed to go the distance.
This heavy-duty exterior will also prevent scratching and discolorations, and allow stains to be wiped away with ease.
The slimline width of this toilet and its compact bowl makes this model ideal for tight spaces. However, this doesn’t stop this Swiss Madison from being perfectly functional.
With a dual flush feature which offers low flushing at only 0.8 gallons, and 1.28 gallons on a full flush, this model is much more environmentally friendly than alternative toilets.
This may not sound like much, but in reality, this compact toilet uses around 20% less water per flush than its counterparts.
- Design – Sleek and timeless, the Swiss Madison looks great in all bathrooms
- Water usage – Extremely environmentally friendly with its water conservation flush system
- Durability – Porcelain exterior to minimize wear and tear
- Installation – Due to its slimline design, this toilet is difficult to plumb and install
And last but by no means least we have the Kohler K-3999-0 Highline. As its name suggests, the real selling point of this toilet is its elongated design to match the height of a standard chair at 17 inches tall.
For this reason, this toilet provides a comfortable seating option and lends itself particularly useful to those who have mobility issues.
Kohler are especially proud of their unique canister flush valve, which they promise will stop blockages in their tracks and also prevents wasted water.
In fact, Kohler, are committed to ensuring their toilets meet strict EPA flushing guidelines to reduce water usage by at least 20% per cent per flush.
These water sense toilets are made from vitreous china, meaning they are easy to clean and durable against scratches, stains, and discoloration.
The elongated design of these toilets mean they are a stylish and elegant touch to any washroom.
- Environmentally Friendly – Low water usage flush, saving both your pocket and the planet
- Modern Technology – Canister flush valve means you can wave goodbye to your plunger
- Comfort Height – This toilet is the same height as an average chair at 17 inches
- Not Child Friendly – Due to its height, this toilet is not the most accessible for children
Best Toilets For Small Bathrooms Buying Guide
Now we have spent some time looking at these 5 products in depth, these are our top areas to be mindful of when taking the plunge and making your purchase.
When you are looking for a compact toilet to suit a small bathroom, you will need to consider exactly what your requirements are. Is the bathroom itself small or just an unusual space?
Can you make better use of storage space in the room by installing shelving, or including a floating vanity, for instance? If you reach the conclusion that yes, in fact you do still require a non-standard toilet to suit the room, then you will need to consider the following:
Width – How narrow does your compact toilet need to be to make the best use of your space? Will this seat size be adequate and comfortable for all family members? Toilet seat sizes vary in width, so make sure you consider this when making your purchase.
Height – Do you require a standard height toilet, or would you prefer an elongated toilet with a height the same as a standard chair for ease of use? If you have small children, a higher seat could prevent children from using comfortably and safely.
On the other hand, if you have mobility issues, then a higher toilet could be a more suitable option for you.
If looking after the planet is important to you, it will be worth considering the impact your new toilet will have on the environment.
The water usage of toilets can vary significantly from brand to brand and with some using over 20% more water per flush, this is definitely something you should look into prior to purchasing.
From our research, it is worth noting that a dual flush will allow you to have varying levels of water used per flush and save you not only money in doing so, but also lower your carbon footprint on the world.
The materials used to design compact toilets varies from brand to brand and is something you will need to consider before purchasing. If you require a toilet that will be durable, child-friendly (can easily be wiped clean from markers!), and stand the test of time, then a porcelain or china design will be the best choice.
These durable materials are very easy to clean but difficult to scratch or damage, and so do stand the test of time. Likewise, porcelain and china products are not reactive to chemicals and cleaning materials, so will not discolor like their plastic counterparts.
However, these hard-wearing materials will not provide the comfort of a cushioned self close toilet seat so this is something that you will also need to factor in when making a decision.
Depending on the usage of your toilet, you will have different requirements for the flush capabilities of your new toilet. If it will only be used every once in a while, then a dual flush with a lower setting will be ample.
If your toilet will be used regularly, by a range of different people, then a powerful flush might be necessary.
The added thing to take into account here, are your views on your carbon footprint on the world. Dual flush systems are known as water saving toilets and use a significantly lower amount of water per flush than a regular toilet.
If protecting the environment and reducing your water usage is important to you, then a dual flush system is the option for you.
Shape of Bowl
The shape of the toilet bowl can impact the size of the toilet and how much space it will take up in your room. Generally speaking, the majority of standard toilets are circular and therefore are a great choice for saving space.
However, you are also able to purchase toilets with an oval bowl, which are elongated and roughly a few inches longer than a round bowl toilet.
These shaped bowls are most often found in public restrooms or commercial buildings, as they tend to be deemed a more comfortable and durable choice over the traditional round bowl.
With this in mind, it is worth really thinking about how your toilet will be used and who will be using it before deciding on a product.
Prior to purchasing your new toilet, it is worth spending a bit of time thinking about how it will be installed and whether you will be using a professional or installing yourself.
Different toilets have different designs which can make them easier, or more challenging, to install. Take a look to see if your new toilet has installation access points on either side, and how big these access points are, to aid with the installation process.
Many brands also now include pre-installed materials such as pre-installed water fittings, a pre-installed seat, and, in some cases, pre-installed floor bolts.
Any toilet that has elements pre-installed will greatly enhance the ease of installation and can mean that installation can be done without the need of a professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Choose a Compact Toilet for a Small Bathroom?
When you are choosing a toilet for your small bathroom, it is imperative to take a number of things into consideration before making a purchase.
Whilst this small space might not be the room you spend the most time in, it may be the room that is used and visited by guests and all of your household members. It will need to be functional, comfortable, and fit in with the design of your home.
With this in mind, you will need to consider which height toilet will be the best fit for you, how much room you have to play with in your room, and how narrow your toilet needs to be. You will also need to consider which style will suit your space best.
If environmental issues are important to you, the water usage of your toilet could also play an important part in your final decision.
What is the smallest space required for a toilet?
When looking at the design and layout of your bathroom, you will need to consider how much clear space you will need around your toilet for it to be usable.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), you will need to adhere to the following requirements as a minimum space:
- A minimum clearance of at least 21 inches in front of the toilet
- A minimum distance of 15 inches from the centerline of the toilet to the side wall
- A minimum of 30 inches between the centerline of the toilet and any adjacent fixtures
- Floor space necessary for a toilet compartment needs to be at least 30 inches wide and 60 inches long
It is also worth noting that if you are designing an accessible bathroom, extra space will be required, and you will need to refer to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act for an accessible design.