The Best Toilet for Your Home | A Plumber’s Review of the Best Toilet Brands

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The Grumpy Plumber

The Grumpy Plumber

4 жыл бұрын

What is the best flushing toilet on the market? That is an excellent question as buying the right toilet is something you will have to live with daily. Jim has a strong opinion on the best toilet for your home.
First, buy a 17.5” high (ADA) toilet, you won’t regret the extra high seat.
There are three main toilet manufacturers for toilets: Kohler, American Standard, and Toto. For example, Home Depot’s Glacier Bay is a Kohler toilet.
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The Grumpy Plumber breaks down what to look for when buying a toilet and his opinion on the best toilet on the market:
How a toilet works (2:20 mins)
This Plumber’s favorite toilet (3:06 mins)
Buy an ADA toilet, a higher toilet (4:11 mins)
Cost for the best toilet (5:04 mins)
Where to buy the best toilet on the market (5:29 min)
How long should a top-of-the-line toilet work (6:20 min)
Toilet styles that never get old (7:33 mins)
The Grumpy Plumber’s favorite toilets in order:
1. Toto
2. Kohler
3. American Standard
Save yourself some money with these plumbing tips from Jim.
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@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
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@user-kj1iq3cs9b 4 ай бұрын
I am a licensed master plumber in 3 states owned my plumbing business for 30 years .First off 95% of customers don't want to spend $600 on a Toto toilet, Most people don't want to spend no more than $300 on a toilet. Also you can buy a cheap toilet and still get powerful flush. The flush valve size is what determines your flushing power. 3" or 4" flush valve will have plenty enough flushing valve. The bigger the flush valve opening the faster the water goes down. Gerber toilets have the 3" flush valve and very powerful for around $250 for the toilet. The reason your dad is grumpy is because he lived in Michigan, Michigan people are never happy. I lived in Port Huron for 10 years and opened my plumbing business up there originally after I completed the 5 year plumbing and pipe fitting union. Then ventured to 3 other states . But point is any toilet will last because they are all porcelain. The flush valve style and fill valve is what makes the toilet. Stay away from canister style flush valve toilets, stay away from fluidmaster period. I buy the american standard champion max 4 for $179 and remove the junk gill valve and replace it with a $10 korky pro fill valve that doesn't have the float , then I remove the garbage flush valve and install a 4" korky flapper chlorine resistant fir $15 , So I know have about $210 invested in the toilet which last forever,also it's chair height and slow closing lid , Korky makes way better flappers and fill valves, yeah it takes me about an additional 25 minutes to remove the brand new parts in a brand new toilet and replace them with premium parts but now the customer has a good toilet at low cost that will out last a Toto 100% . Your paying high dollar for toto because you paying for the name, I can't tell you how many calls I get on toto and many other brands out there because of the toilet running because of cheap factory parts. Toto has cheap factory parts as well . Look at the guts in a $600 Toto and look in the guts in a $150 glacier Bay. They both have exact same fluidmaster flapper and fill valve. So point is it don't matter if you buy a $1,000 dollar toilet or a $150 toilet, the factory always installs those fluidmaster fill valves and flappers so you have to remove those and install premium fill valves and premium flappers and trust me fluidmaster is not premium like most people think.
@ryanriggs2282 22 күн бұрын
Which specific Gerber are you referring to? Just tell me what to buy! Thanks, Ryan
@chrishingson3064 15 күн бұрын
Could you please explain why you say to avoid a bladder toilet like my son has it and it flush like no tomorrow so tell me the downside it's probably expensive to fix when it goes out as my guess
@VicInCommentSection 2 жыл бұрын
I'm a first-time homeowner and appreciate you sharing your experience and knowledge. Also, I think it's very cool that the information is also included in the description as a quick summary.
@jimtownsend7899 Жыл бұрын
I first saw Totos when I was in Japan. The most clever plumbing appliance I've ever seen was a Toto. Over there, they don't have a lot of room. So in a bar or restaurant rest room, the sink was the top of the toilet tank, and the gray water drained into the toilet tank, and was used to flush the toilet. Not only did that eliminate the need for two fixtures in the room, but it cut down on water usage and waste. It made perfect sense to me.
@pipscooter9201 2 ай бұрын
@@karlwithak. 18 gallons is insane
@mattjacobson5123 3 жыл бұрын
Dad, Son relationship - that's awesome, men! Just the way it's supposed to be yet so many don't enjoy. I was one of the blessed ones - just buried my Great Dad. Really enjoyed seeing the two of you interact. Keep it up. Plumbing is important but a good, respectful, close, honoring relationship is far more important! Cheers!
@ThinkSimply 2 жыл бұрын
Me too. Sorry for your loss man
@wavewatcheri1613 Жыл бұрын
Loved your comment. It actually made me feel better about my own! I didn't focus on the plumbing either. I'm sorry for your loss. It's a bit late, but no less heartfelt, I just got here. Happy Father's Day to you. I have a feeling that someone wanted to reach out to you and I happen to be the very privileged and humble way that was found. What a special day!
@malouteopaco9305 Жыл бұрын
Hello there, every time i sit on the toilet or get up, there is a sound, i feel like the tank is loose where do i tighten it Sir? Thank you, God’s blessing to you two!
@Garga0 Жыл бұрын
Yes, a great comment. I wished it for myself but my dad tried not to have this relationship between us. It seems he wanted me to be out in the world with my own something, but also he was a little too much worried about my well-being and bothered with my relationship with others.
@emgong6169 3 жыл бұрын
I don't know, but your dad reminds me of my college math teacher- so thorough, knowledgeable , n easy to understand.
@Debbie-fj3jl 2 жыл бұрын
I LOVE you guys!!! I have NEVER left a review on a youtube video, but you guys are AMAZING. NO BS and right to the point! Easiest research I have ever had to do.
@mariannerollins6144 3 жыл бұрын
Keep your honest informative videos coming. It’s a pleasure to watch.
@asingleton8295 2 жыл бұрын
Your dad's a great storyteller and makes the industry sound glamourous. Thanks for sharing him with us.
@neelimatravel Жыл бұрын
But when we have an issue we run for their services 😂
@waterheaterservices Жыл бұрын
I became a toilet technician just for the prestige and status.
@ianmacdonald1310 3 жыл бұрын
Great stuff. I’m a plumber just getting ready for work and I enjoyed listening to the grumpy plumber. There’s no substitute for experience! I’m on board and I’m looking forward to watching more!
@shaffer4220 3 жыл бұрын
Interesting. I actually bought two Totos for our home sometime around 2000(or so?) and they worked THE best! Never had an issue. Thanks for your informative video.
@foghornleghorn8536 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you and your dad for sharing his knowledge it's very much appreciated.
@timbober1 11 ай бұрын
I repacked an old water hog with a Toto, now I’m replacing an American Standard with a Toto, the latest one I’m replacing is a low end standard height with a round bowl. If it is more money, as Jim said it’s going to be around forever, if you amortize the expense over its life it amounts to pennies. Thank you for the advice.
@wavewatcheri1613 Жыл бұрын
You guys are the best! Thank you! I was my father's apprentice my whole life. He could fix ANYTHING! Replace a car engine, rebuild a transmission, put on a new roof, replace the heating system, put together your bike and fix your favorite toy! At about 8 years old, I was watching him out a 2nd floor window on a scaffold painting the house. I said, "I can help you paiint." After telling me a few times that it was too dangerous on a scaffold for me, he finally gave in and I climbed out the window and onto the scaffold where I sat happily painting the window trim until my mother came into the room and saw her daughter outside on the scaffold and had a fit, saying, "Frank, what is she doing on a 2nd floor scaffold?!?!" That was the end of my painting the window trim, but I loved it! I never knew what a repairman was until I moved away from home. As he got older and was on dialysis my father felt useless, so I would call and ask him to help me with whatever job I could find to do. He would tell me that he couldn't do the job, and I would reply that he knew HOW to do it and he could guide me through the job and we could do it together. (I knew how to do them, but didn't tell him.) He would come and they were special times spent together talking while doing the job. My fatherr passed away in 2008. A few years later, my home was hit by Superstorm Sandy. The first floor of my townhouse was damaged. My next door neighbor's fatherr was there every day helping fix her place up. I mourned the loss of my father more during that time than when he passed away. He, too, would have been here every day, and we would have done the jobs together. Ironically, today is Father's Day and I feel so privileged to have had him until he was 83. It's not a sad day, but a day of happy memories. Gentlemen, thank you for this video in which a son honors his father so much. Sir, you are not "grumpy". You are perfect and remind me so much of my father. A very Happy Father's Day to both of you, and thank you for providing this forum, on this day, that I randomly found and had the opportunity to remember my father. Happy Father's Day, Pop. I love you and miss you. ❤ To any other readers on this site, sorry for taking up so much room and going on a tangent. It's funny the way the heavens reach out to us. Be open to it. Some very wonderful things may lie ahead for you, too. Be well everyone and Happy Father's Day to all.
@TheGrumpyPlumber Жыл бұрын
Wavewatcher I, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tribute to your dad and the very special relationship you both had. You sound like an amazing person yourself. You made Mrs. Grumpy Plumber cry as I read it. Jim feels so fortunate to have this opportunity to share his plumbing knowledge with so many people and in turn, help them solve problems. Your thoughtful comments made his Father’s Day extra special. Thank you! All the best to you.
@MarkSmith-js2pu 2 жыл бұрын
As an insurance adjuster, I came across a great plumber. I sent him to many homes. When it was my turn to replace, he installed Totos. I had never heard of them. He said they were the best and so far I have to agree wholeheartedly.
@asht7899 7 ай бұрын
Which toto?
@gregorymorris8343 3 жыл бұрын
Always special to interview your dad thanks for sharing your experience. Which is the best teacher.
@nathanielcarreon5634 Ай бұрын
Long time home owner and Glacier Bay proved the best for me.
@kathleenmathews6096 10 ай бұрын
We put toto toilets on our home years ago and they are great. We’ve moved and will be replacing these toilets with Totos. Yes, the price has gone up but still a good deal. Thank you for sharing your experience.
@KarenCurr 3 жыл бұрын
Hello!!! We want to THANK YOU for doing this video and the interview with "the Grumpy Plumber"!! We were going to get a different toilet (and bidet) for our current remodel for 2 new bathrooms (we had only one toilet in our house from 1950 which flushed every time like a dream!). We were told toilets are toilets etc... but after living in a newer house that we purchased we knew it wasn't true and hated the newer low-flow toilet systems. As I did my research I found your video, and have been thankful ever since. Long story short, we purchased the Toto brand toilet (and the Toto bidet seats from our local Costco) for both bathroom remodels. Yes it was kind of pricey but if anyone has spent a night (or days) unclogging a toilet will know how much that is worth too. We love both of them- the Toto toilet and the bidet!! The toilets flush perfectly each time, no clogs. And of course maybe it is true that too much toilet paper clogs the system- but no need to worry about that now with the bidet. Thank you so much for publishing this video!!! I have subscribed, liked, and told everyone that I know about you guys! THANKS AGAIN!!!
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Karen, we can tell you are so excited because of your new Washlet toilet seat! Thanks for the testimony and positive review. You made this Grumpy Plumber’s day.
@KarenCurr 3 жыл бұрын
@@TheGrumpyPlumber Yay!! Glad to hear that you read and liked my review, I hope that the Grumpy Plumber isn't grumpy today and is smiling because he did good. Heck, he did fantastic. We are sooo thrilled! Haha!!
@kharris4694 2 жыл бұрын
Really enjoyed listening to the Grumpy Plumber. Learned a lot I didn’t know before. Thanks much.
@veronicagray3486 2 жыл бұрын
Thank MR. Grumpy you gave some really helpful advice. I appreciate you doing this for us the people.
@magooracing 3 жыл бұрын
Got our first Toto back around 2004, was amazed at how well it flushed. 2010 got a second Toto for the other bathroom. Great product.
@asht7899 7 ай бұрын
Which toto?
@muth7813 Жыл бұрын
I love everything you've shared in this video. Thank you! I did want to comment on seat height. ADA toilets are a godsend for certain people but a nightmare for others. That's why the Squatty Potty is so popular. That said, if my next toilet happens to be perfect in every way except for the height, I guess I'll invest a few more bucks in a Squatty Potty, lol. Thanks again for your helpful information.
@robertdelaplante7326 2 жыл бұрын
A pleasure to listen to you. Full of info...nice did a great job raising him to be respectful...learned a lot from you...not just plumbing 😊
@kianekeo4644 3 жыл бұрын
your dad is so adorable...thank you for the awesome tips. gonna to purchase my new 🚽 today
@marktactay9764 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you for sharing your experience and recommended brand. I see it commercially installed especially at airports and casinos though not many in residential homes. Plan to ADA upgrade also.
@mechellebass2845 3 жыл бұрын
I renovated two bathrooms. I put American Standard's "Clean" model in both, one year apart, ada height. With the first one, my plumber said "oh, you got one of those" . My heart sank, thinking I had bought something sub par. He went on to explain that his sister got one and he told her he would never put one of those in again. It was because they are made in one piece, therefore heavier and a little awkward to handle. He manage it with a lot of grunting and sweating, but I absolutely love it. It operates perfectly and the sides on the bottom are smooth making it easy to clean. There's no condensation for it to collect hair, etc. A year later when it came time to install the second one, he politely turned me down. I got to hear another plumber, who was younger, grunt and sweat and swear, as he installed it.
@mcolasante91 Жыл бұрын
Your videos have been a big help. Just subscribed today. Your Dad is a great man! 👍 Thanks
@lioness5953 Жыл бұрын
Omg I'm so glad I found this channel. Love you guys ❤️🥰
@marygibbs9497 2 жыл бұрын
Great listening to you!! Thank you.... my eyes hurt from looking at all the toilets on the internet. I have an AS from 1953 and it still does the trick for my family. I appreciate your knowledge and advice of sticking to "what works" as opposed to " what's new". Now I am off to look at Toto's and see what they offer. Again..Thank you.
@TheGrumpyPlumber 2 жыл бұрын
Mary Gibbs, when I buy a good quality product and I know I will have it for a long time, it’s worth the price.
@MaMa-qh4dy 3 жыл бұрын
You are making GREAT video memories with your Dad. Someday, you will be very glad you did this!
@saraemmerich 3 жыл бұрын
I 1000% agree.
@timothyjohnson4285 2 жыл бұрын
BINGO!! Brief n Sweet....THANKS! Answered my main question pretty quick. Nuttin better for wise advice than a hands-on guy, that's been there and done that ! Gotta love a good plumber. EVENTUALLY, We'll ALL NEED YOUR SERVICES!!
@KhuBear Жыл бұрын
Omg, I’ve watched your Hawaii travel videos! We’re doing some home renovations… never did I ever think I’d stumble upon a video by you about toilets.
@davidwoods607 3 жыл бұрын
Straight talk .not afraid to name names I like that first time I saw your video .subscribe
@maktub305 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you 🙏 so much for this video and the sincere and unbiased opinion. I’ve been researching toilets and TOTO was at the bottom of the list... not anymore. Nothing like hearing it from a profesional and grumpy plumber😉 Heading out right now to replace an old stained gray toilet. (By the way the last 3 seconds made me laughed all the way to the store.) You just earned a subscriber👍
@ruthdiaz28 2 жыл бұрын
Thank you for the advise. I’m redecorating my bathroom and your video came just in time 😁
@green5sing 2 жыл бұрын
Loved this video. So much knowledge! Thank you for sharing.
@davidszakacs6888 3 жыл бұрын
I put an AS in my basement bathroom and it developed tiny almost imperceptible cracks in the back side, leaking enough to ruin the laminate flooring. I contacted AS and they asked for a picture and the codes inside the tank. They sent me a new bowl for free! It flushes perfectly. It’s the one they show flushing golf balls.
@jasonorgan499 3 жыл бұрын
Very good. Frank to the point! Love it.
@jw6180 2 жыл бұрын
Thank you!! I’m researching for a new toilet and leaning toward the Toto Drake with washlet. New subscriber. Happy New Year! 🎊
@MrRocksteady77 Жыл бұрын
Appreciate being part of the conversation. Thanks for posting. Felt like I was sitting in with my Dad.
@TheManzoormd 3 жыл бұрын
Sir you got a very good son, very respectful to dad.
@SciSciToys 3 жыл бұрын
I hope my son can be like this when he grows up.
@saraemmerich 3 жыл бұрын
Oh Man, I love this. My dad passed away 5 years ago and I would give anything to get some advice from him. I've been struggling with some piddly stupid repair and even though this didn't answer my question, I appreciate the no nonsense advice. I ❤️ the grumpy plumber. Reminds me of my dad and I needed that on this lonely Christmas Eve. Thanks. ❤️
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Dear Sara, you made this Grumpy plumber’s day with your kind comment. Could I help you with your piddly repair problem? I would be happy to give it a shot. Sorry for your loss.....holidays can be hard.
@ILikeFireify 3 жыл бұрын
Hi Sara, I lost my mom just before Christmas a year ago, it won't always be as hard as it is now. Blessings to you and don't be afraid to reach out to family and friends. One of the best places to make friends is at your local church. Go there to BE a friend and people will gravitate to you. Of course let The Lord be your comfort too.
@babbs128 3 жыл бұрын
While watching this video I was thinking how pleasant this feels because it reminds me of getting advice from my own Dad about house stuff, since he was in the building industry all my life. (Lost both within weeks five years ago So, yeah...sigh). Now if I could just figure out how to vent the dryer in my, hopefully someday reno'ed bath/laundry room. To all who read this, Peace be with you : }
@saraemmerich 3 жыл бұрын
@@babbs128 My dad was a builder too and I grew up on construction sites. I feel you. ❤️
@saraemmerich 3 жыл бұрын
@@TheGrumpyPlumber I don't check the email associated with this account often so sorry for my delay in response. Thank you so much for your kind offer. I ended up replacing the fill valve assembly and flapper and it fixed my problem, but I may take you up on your offer if another issue presents itself. I've probably watched 10 of your videos, just because I enjoy how you and your son converse with each other. ❤️ I don't think you're grumpy. 🙂 I think you are honest and no nonsense and I trust your advice. Thanks again for your offer, your videos and your kind words. Holidays are tough, but they are easier when a complete stranger offers a helping hand. Thank you. ❤️
@freddychacin4227 2 жыл бұрын
Excellent! Thank you for such a simple and honest piece of information.
@Kush333 2 жыл бұрын
Thanks was just doing some research on buying toilets and now will be looking at Toto, based on your dads recommendation. Thanks!
@Blakehx 3 жыл бұрын
Thanks for the info... never had Toto but heard good things! We’ve got a Gerber that’s worked flawlessly for over 20 years and an American Standard that’s been a problem since day 1... IDK why!
@gingerp6631 3 жыл бұрын
Toto toilets are the BEST hands down. Flushes well.
@prestonthomas9406 2 жыл бұрын
I have 3 American Standard golf ball toilets and they all leak around the floor. Replaced the seals 3 or 4 times so far with no sign of improvement. What a mess
@marjoriejudge5348 3 жыл бұрын
used to see Eljer in older homes - still have a Universal (from 1957) in one of our bathrooms - thank you so much for all these tips ! !
@zuzuspetals9281 3 жыл бұрын
That's what we have now and were advised to look at replacing but I'd rather not, and after researching I don't think we will.
@rhmayer1 2 жыл бұрын
Yep. Just commented above that my two Eljers, from 1960, are finally being replaced. They started having problems, one just minor, about 5 years ago. The house has been vacant, but now I'm restoring. Getting new flooring and figure now's the time to get a more water-efficient toilet. But yeah, the old Eljer lasted a pretty long time.
@iamthewalkingdudefrank1483 2 жыл бұрын
Reminds me of my old man, “The Grumpy Dock Builder”. Great video. Thanks guys.
@anthonystreeter7217 Жыл бұрын
We needed a new toilet so I went to home depot and pretty much bought the first one I saw. American Standard reliant. It was pretty cheap, just needed something know. Thanks for the knowledge. I'll look for more of your videos if I need more plumbing advice.
@kimoconnor7809 Жыл бұрын
This was more informative than a lot of other slickly produced videos. Thanks so much for educating us!
@shawnsmith5028 Жыл бұрын
Didn't realize how difficult it is to replace a toilet until I bought two American Standard's Champion 4 toilets. This toilet was leaking from the very first install. The home repair guy switched out the screws but it kept leaking. After removing the tank, I suspect the valve flush gasket was leaking. Then I read the reviews which revealed that the tanks and bowls would crack all by themselves over time, so I decided to take a loss (>$500) and dumped both toilets in the garbage. Ready to give Toto a try, this is the second youtube video recommending Toto.
@thebordernow 4 ай бұрын
Great father-and-son bit with good info. Son flashes a great smile at 3:48 (wonder if Richard Gere's dad also looks like "The Grumpy Plumber"), and love the failure explanation of why toilet flappers eventually leak! Thanks, Guys!
@MarvinStroud3 3 жыл бұрын
I just bought a Toto. It flushes just fine. Thanks for the video.
@TheBassfresh 3 жыл бұрын
I'm a grumpy old plumber as well, nice to see the real deal on here!
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Thanks ol buddy!
@peacefrog0521 3 жыл бұрын
In my condo 11 years ago, after long exhaustive research, i decided to spring for a Toto Eco-Drake II. 1.28 gpf, cyclone flushing action, ADA height. Probably overkill as I didn’t have a water bill (part of the association fee) so I didn’t see the water savings directly. But where the original Mansfield 3.5 gpf clogged almost daily, the Toto clogged maybe 5 times in 8 years. It was my only toilet so it was mission-critical. 😀 When I moved and bought my house a few years ago, one of the first things I had done was change out the Kohler for a Toto Entrada. The idiots who put in the Kohler used a 1.6 gpf tank on a 3.5 gpf bowl; it would barely flush my pee. The Entrada was less than $200 on Amazon, plus $125 to install. (The plumber I hired was impressed with my choice of toilet.) It also has a 1.28 gpf and ADA height, but standard (straight down) rather than cyclone flush, so it doesn’t clean the bowl quite as well. But that’s my only regret. If I’d known that I would have spent a bit more for a Drake with ADA height. (I’m actually thinking of getting a Drake to put upstairs and having the Entrada pulled out and moved downstairs, which I don’t use nearly as much.) Last year I bought a cheap plastic $30 bidet attachment, it fits between the seat and the bowl. They are commonly sold in the Middle Eastern markets in my area. I cut my TP usage by about two-thirds (and was laughing while others were hoarding it). It’s a manual cold water bidet but it was easy to install (I did have to tighten the packing nut on the supply valve when it leaked) and it works awesome. BTW I can clearly hear you Dad’s Michigan accent after having lived here for over 17 years.
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
peacefrog521, thanks so much for sharing your experiences with this old Michigan plumber!
@erikvelcoff3124 Жыл бұрын
Wow, so glad I found this video! Very helpful... just subscribed
@Artmaker52 2 жыл бұрын
Love y'all! Buying my new Toto right now! Thank you!
@steve89084 2 жыл бұрын
Thanks for the insights. I went with a Kohler and it works very well compared to the horribly flushing one it replaced.
@090403created Жыл бұрын
May I know which model you bought?
@nickg545 3 жыл бұрын
I agree. In my experience the Totos are the best. They cost more, but they work much better than the two American Standard models I also bought, trying to save a little money.
@monisharmuk 2 жыл бұрын
Loved the video! So succinct and well explained. A quick question about Mansfield brand. How is it? Good bad? Not so good?
@monataylor2960 2 жыл бұрын
I'm remodeling our manufactured home and need two toilets. Thanks for the advice. I'll look for an install video on your channel when it comes time for that.
@b2succeed12 3 жыл бұрын
Incredibly thoughtful and informative video - thanks so much for sharing! What are your thoughts on Villeroy & Boch toilets? I went to a plumbing supply store and the salesman tried to pitch their Architectura model but I have never even heard of the brand. Thanks again!
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
That's a good question. They have been around for a long time. They are expensive and I have not seen their new styles, but older styles were hard to work on and parts are expensive. I used to run out of the house if I saw one. I have not seen a new style in a long time, they may be getting made by someone else now. If you want to spend a lot of money on a toilet, get the best Toto. I'd be cautious about buying a V&B.
@b2succeed12 3 жыл бұрын
@@TheGrumpyPlumber Thanks very much for the insightful reply! I will steer clear from the V&B and just go with a Toto. I'm between the Ultramax II and the Nexus - seems to me like the only major difference is that the Nexus is skirted. My wife prefers the skirted options because they're easier to clean but I understand they can be more difficult to install. Any preference there?
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Sorry for this late reply. Your wife is right as they are much easier to keep clean. The only reason they are difficult to install is because they are so heavy. Instructions to install are very easy. Both toilets are very good quality like all Toto’s.
@melindalee4574 2 жыл бұрын
Thank you a bunch very helpful. My husband & I are looking for a taller toilet with a wider bottom. The information you provided was very helpful
@dperreno Жыл бұрын
I can't speak to their current toilet models, but my 20 year old American Standard Champions are amazing! I put a Toto in a prior house in the '90's and it was a great toilet as well. I think that all of today's name-brand toilets work really well (especially compared to 25 years ago when the early lower flow toilets were awful!)
@plumbdrunk 3 жыл бұрын
15 year journeyman, Toto is my favorite.
@karensomes3859 2 жыл бұрын
Great advice. Thanks
@blackrockbrewing5141 2 жыл бұрын
Thank-you. Any specific model?
@noelducran6730 3 жыл бұрын
I had to replace the three toilets which came with our new house twenty years ago,... they did not work!!! Builders grade Universal Rundle....junk !! Replaced them with American Standard Champion 4, elongated ADA height. Perfectly happy with them,....they have never failed to flush! Highly recommend them.!
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Noel, you are right about those Universal Rundle toilets! Those American Standards are good toilets.
@hattiegraves3485 2 жыл бұрын
@@TheGrumpyPlumber my house is 20 years old and I replaced the main bathroom toilet with an as Champion 4 a few months ago. I am in a ranch style and my toilets sit back to back in the main and master baths. Now that I've changed the toilet in the main bath, when either toilet is flushed, the pressure pulls water from the opposite toilet and vice versa. The toilet pipes tie into the same waste pipe. I am told that this is the reason and also because my toilets are not back to back toilets. With this being said, can you suggest some good cost efficient back to back toilets that will no longer cause this issue. I would like something economical that cleans the bowl well and preferably known for no clogging. Any suggestions will help thank you so much.
@TheGrumpyPlumber 2 жыл бұрын
Hattie Graves, if you can find back to back toilets I will also sell you a bridge to nowhere! In all my years I have never heard of back to back toilets. If I was coming to do the work, I would check the vent/ vents to those toilets. If there was one vent, it might be plugged or both could be plugged. Take a garden hose and run water down the vents. The water will back up in the vents are plugged. ( Make sure the water does not run into another fixture and flood the house.) Check that out as it’s easy to do.
@alexdroban4312 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you so much for sharing your many years of experience. 👍🏻
@Heeman5 2 ай бұрын
Great information. I like opinions from experts. Saves me a lot of time in research. Thank you!👍🏼🤙🏼💪🏼
@tamer1773 2 жыл бұрын
I have two Toto's and one Kohler. The Kohler is pretty good, but the Totos are great. The Toto was recommended by my plumber who said it would cost more, but the return on the investment was worth it. After six years with one and five years with the other he was right.
@revmo37 3 жыл бұрын
I enjoyed your video "Grumpy". I also like Toto. But in light of our aging population in Pittsburgh, I use what you call "ADA" toilets. I've been a Master Plumber for 35 years, and a County Plumbing Inspector the last 5 years. I also taught Plumbing school at night for 12 years. Ya know what's funny. The tall toilets were called "Handicapped" toilets in the 90's, Then switched to "ADA", Now because of our overly politically correct society, we are required to call them "Comfort Height" toilets. LOL... I also am a believer, as a single man, with installing a residential urinal with a simple Central Brass 1/2" self closing valve. Saves big on water. But as plumbing brothers sir, I'm inclined to agree with every tip you have just given. Enjoyed the video, you have a new subscriber !
@TundraMan Ай бұрын
I bought my first Toto toilet over 15 years ago. 11 years ago I bought a different house. We simultaneously owned both the old and new houses for a few months during the transition, and I loved the Toto so much that I swapped toilets between the two houses so I could keep it. That original Toto is still going strong in our master bathroom.
@jhors7777 2 жыл бұрын
Thank you for posting this helpful video.
@miriamvivo4279 3 жыл бұрын
Just found your video.. Never heard of totos. Will check out. Best wishes
@ryanshannon7703 3 жыл бұрын
Toto don't f*ck around when it comes to toilets. You'll usually see them used in commercial settings (think office restrooms or other high traffic areas where plumbing is largely inaccessible). I mainly checked this video out in case there was something a little price friendlier but maybe similar quality. Nope. Even Toto dual-flushes are kinda expensive, but guess that's what we'll rock in our new bathroom. Like Ron Popeil used to say, "Set it and forget it!"
@conradcanderle3600 3 жыл бұрын
Stands for Tokyo Toilets
@ryanshannon7703 3 жыл бұрын
Didn't know that. Very cool.
@williameason1194 3 жыл бұрын
Main problem in retrofitting in older homes is insufficient venting and tight turns downstream.
@elizabethsuzuki1795 Жыл бұрын
Greetings! Your videos are terrific - very helpful. We have a Toto Drake II 1 gal model CST435CUFG - it's 3 years old and has worked like a champ......until recently! Suddenly it wouldn't flush even one single square of TP down on the first flush, but if we flushed it again immediately after the bowl refilled, it would flush. My husband snaked it with a 6' line. Then I had several conversations with Toto tech line guy and he was helpful until his suggestions didn't work. He decided it was a clogged air vent, which sounded plausible so we took the 25' snake up to the roof and it went straight down unimpeded. Toto tech advice stopped communicating after that. Had a young plumber in and he first raised the water level in the tank and then decided we need the 1.28 gal tank and offered to do that for $621 (not even an entirely new toilet - just the tank). I don't think it's the amount of water in the tank. When flushed the water rises in the bowl but the second flush works like it used to work. A plumber was at the office today and I talked with him and he said he thought it sounded like a clog that needed snaking again. My husband has lost interest in that. BUT when I told him about you he acted like he just might listen to you!! So if you have any suggestions I would really appreciate them! Thank you.
@TheGrumpyPlumber Жыл бұрын
Elizabeth Suzuki, it sounds like you either have one of the information stickers that are on the tank or lid that has gone down into the bowl or a cleaning capsule that went into the bowl. Remove the tank and look into the opening of the bowl and see if you can see anything. I’ve had that happen before. Another thing, get rid of the phone number of that kid who offered to sell you that tank. I’m pretty sure you have something that went into the bowl and is blocking the flush. It’s easy to remove the tank. Remove the water and take the two nuts off under the bowl. Just be careful as the tank is fragile. Hope this is the answer.
@chefbambu9382 2 жыл бұрын
Excellent. My plumber is father & daughter team and wouldn't use any other as I love to see and hear them workout an issue. It's the way America was built, family.
@Iconoclasher Жыл бұрын
After a bathroom remodel 5 years ago I went to Arizona and bought a pair of American Standard Cadet 4 toilets (1.6 gallon) for my home in California. They advertised it would flush 20 golf balls, and I think it would do it! I've never had to do a double flush. Jeffery Dahmer would have loved it!
@olaines9154 Жыл бұрын
@rodbutler4054 Жыл бұрын
And an efficient and quiet flush is a bonus.
@RC51_RB2 Жыл бұрын
Appreciate the honesty in this video. I had a one piece american toilet that never flushed properly. Out of curiosity, on random occasions, I would look to see what brand toilets friends or acquaintances had in their bathroom. Three familes that don't even know each other had Toto toilets in their house. After that stunning revelation, I bought a 1.6 Toto Drake and have never had a problem after eating a big burrito. I see why the big stores like Home Depot and Lowes don't stock them. Once you solve the problem, you lose a customer for life. Big stores need customers from failing and defective products.
@guitarsrcool4922 11 ай бұрын
Lowes has them online.
@mikefox2379 2 жыл бұрын
Darn, i think I am the electrician version of your Pop. I have been at it since 1980. Great show guys, love this.
@SusanSmith-hl3iv 3 жыл бұрын
Love your last line. I wish YOU were my neighbor! No nonsense advice. I’m your newest fan and subscriber.
@stephenzies8867 3 жыл бұрын
Thank You Your Videos Are GREAT
@patrickdavis3409 3 жыл бұрын
44 year plumber here Toto is the best period although you will see some complaints out there I’m not grumpy yet but give me a year or two
@KarenCurr 3 жыл бұрын
I totally agree!! Not about you being grumpy, but about Toto being one of the best. I'm a believer!! lol
@papichulohoy 3 жыл бұрын
How would you compate a toto to a 2003 Eljer Patriot?
@patrickdavis3409 3 жыл бұрын
@@papichulohoy I hate eljer
@papichulohoy 3 жыл бұрын
@@patrickdavis3409 Why is that Patrick, please relate your experiences with them. I've never really had a problem with them. I like the rim flush.
@kimkats 3 жыл бұрын
Just had a Toto Drake II installed a couple days ago. WOW. They are amazing. Gonna replace another old American standard with another Toto!
@Homes4CarGuys Жыл бұрын
You guys are awesome … made me miss my handyDad who could fix anything. Keep it up guys
@jameslainio3752 3 жыл бұрын
Just saw your video. Not a plumber but have done plenty of commodes. Last American Standard I was very disappointed, low profile and water area was so small you have to keep a brush next to the unit from all solids sticking to bowl..
@crediblerebel8295 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you for this. I was shopping for a new toilet and got totally overwhelmed. Bought myself a Toto!
@jamesfromholz5804 3 жыл бұрын
You won’t be sorry. Glad you took my wise advice!!
@cara2u 3 жыл бұрын
The best tank flushing toilet hands down is the old school high wall mounted, near ceiling with long pull chain..
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Cara, it will also wash your bottom for you! They are great.
@andrer.boucher1137 3 жыл бұрын
👍Spot on, your dad behaves like me.... says what he thinks and what he means. I was thinking on a Kohler Adair but I will look at Toto to compare. Useful info because you don’t deal with toilet very often. Mine lasted 19 years before I had to replace the flush valve and drain valve. Have a great day grumpy.👍😂
@karenbishop1579 Жыл бұрын
OK, so I was on the fence about Kohler vs Toto. You got me! Toto it is. Love the long white hair...mine matches:) You guys are great together! Best wishes
@jaydrains2247 3 жыл бұрын
In my opinion.. The best flushing toilet is a power flushing toilet, a black tank inside your toilet tank mainly used in commercial bathrooms but some bathrooms with bad pipe pitched toilet pipes.. some cheap brand toilets can be upgraded by changing the parts in the tank
@brensdaman926 Жыл бұрын
I have a Crane Galaxy from 2005. It's the old ballcock & flapper style with a 2.5 gpf. I've never used a plunger on it. I think the older ones were made better
@zingo2664 2 жыл бұрын
We love the grumpy plumber, he is the best !!! 10/10
@uf1978 3 жыл бұрын
Just purchased 2 Kohler air assist toilets. Replaced contractors grade off brand that clogged regularly. These Koehler's would flush an elephant! No way these babies will clog! Hope they last a while at $325 each. Thanks for the video!
@breakinstuffandlikingit6821 3 жыл бұрын
American Standard Quantum; easier to find than Toto and not crazy expensive. 3 of them in my house, 6 years old, no problems, no plunging. Great so far.
@kimkats 3 жыл бұрын
Totos are a lot easier to find now. If I can find ‘em in Lincoln NE you can find them about in any town! 🙂
@BlueSkyOcean 3 жыл бұрын
Good advice thank you so much
@iancharnas 2 жыл бұрын
Really loved this video! Great job gentlemen!
@surfacebend5693 2 жыл бұрын
Love the product reviews! Please do more! Shower valves? Kitchen faucets?
@TheGrumpyPlumber 2 жыл бұрын
Surface Bend, thanks for the suggestion. We’ll work on that.
@marianamunoz6075 3 жыл бұрын
Great video! Thank you for the info. Question: which Toto do you recommend? There are so many. I have teenage boys so I need toilets that can handle their business (okay I need a monster of a toilet; 3 to be exact art a decent price point)
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
I recommend the Toto Drake Elongated with handicap height. Price wise, I have seen them on Amazon around $250. Lowe’s sells them too. Make sure your boys put the seat down after use!
@katnazms8 3 жыл бұрын
@@TheGrumpyPlumber Have to ask... why put the seat down. I do it because I don’t want anything to fall in and then have to fish it out......or worse flush and not know something fell in. So what’s your reason to put seat down !!
@TheGrumpyPlumber 3 жыл бұрын
Kathleen, when a gentleman pees, he puts the seats up so he doesn’t go all over it. When done, he puts the seat back down to be considerate of the next person, especially if it’s a she. Putting the cover down is optional. And please, don’t ever sit on it because it is not made to sit on.
@ScrewballMcAdams 3 жыл бұрын
Listen to your neighbor LOL! Thank you; very helpful.
@steveolto9805 Жыл бұрын
He is absolutely right, most clogs are happening because of the toilet paper. I rip mine in half before throwing it into the bowl Have been doing that for some 3 years now which is when I figured it out on my own. Have not had even one clog since. It works!
@keithmcmahan5649 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you and God bless you all.
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