5 Best Skirted Toilets in 2021: Complete Review & Buyer’s Guide

Skirted toilets are a new trend in bathroom design. They both look attractive and are more functional than regular toilets. However, choosing a decent model might become an issue, and the installation costs for such toilets are usually higher than for the regular ones.

That is why I have prepared a selection of the five best-skirted toilets. The article will include both technical details and reviews for each model mentioned.

My top pick is TOTO Aquia IV, as its flushing system is the most effective, but the other listed models are also great.

Product
Top Pick
TOTO AQUIA IV 2PC Connect+ W/ SS124 1.28GPF Cotton
Runner Up
American Standard 2988101.020 Cadet 3 FloWise...
Premium Choice
KOHLER K-6424-96 Memoirs Classic Comfort Height...
Prime
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Pros
Reduced water consumption
5-year warranty on mechanical parts
Premium design with a lot of color options
Top Pick
Product
TOTO AQUIA IV 2PC Connect+ W/ SS124 1.28GPF Cotton
Prime
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Pros
Reduced water consumption
My preview
Runner Up
Product
American Standard 2988101.020 Cadet 3 FloWise...
Prime
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Pros
5-year warranty on mechanical parts
My preview
Premium Choice
Product
KOHLER K-6424-96 Memoirs Classic Comfort Height...
Prime
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Pros
Premium design with a lot of color options
My preview

5 Best Skirted Toilets Reviewed

  1. TOTO Aquia IV – Top Pick
  2. American Standard Cadet 3 FloWise – Runner Up
  3. Kohler Memoirs Classic – Premium Choice
  4. Toto CST474CEFGNo.01 Vespin II Two-Piece Toilet
  5. WOODBRIDGE T-0019

There is only one thing left to outline before we begin. For this list, I have chosen only the models with WaterSense or better as it is a modern industry standard. There are great models without such certifications, but they are fairly less eco-friendly than the ones on the list.

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1. TOTO Aquia IV – Top Pick

dimensions:27.56 x 15.56 x 29.56 inches
comfort height:yes
flush type:dynamax tornado flush
water consumption:0.8 gpf
bowl shape:oblong
rough in:12 inch
material:ceramic
certification:watersense, calgreen, and cec
warranty:1 year

TOTO Aquia IV features a great visual design. Unlike many other models, it is not bulky and has pleasant and smooth forms. Its “skirt” is narrowed, making the toilet look thin and attractive.

The manufacturer utilizes a special technology of ceramic processing, which makes the surface smooth and helps to keep the bowl clean. There is also an ion barrier, reducing the number of chemicals in the environment.

The toilet’s shape is oblong, and the model is available in two height variations of 16-1/8 and 15-1/2 inches from the floor to the rim. The toilet comes with three basic parts: tank, seat, and bowl and with items needed for installation.

Aquia IV features a unique flushing technology, which might become a great choice if you are looking to reduce water consumption. The dual flush reduces water usage by 40% compared to standard 1.6 GPF toilets. This is the best thing I like about this model as it both saves water and cleans the bowl effectively.

The main extra feature of this model is its efficiency. The flushing system utilizes less water than regular toilets do but sends all of the water through the rim, resulting in more efficient cleaning.

The advanced technologies used in production eliminate microscopic gaps, which might be useful if you are worried about hygiene. All the models in the list also comply with WaterSense certification requirements.

The price for the TOTO Aquia IV usually ranges from $600 to $800 for the basic model. There are also several additional options available, such as choosing another material for the push button. The warranty is one year limited.

The installation is pretty standard for this model. All the necessary items for installation are included. From my experience, this toilet is as easy to install as a non-skirted one.

Pros:Cons:
  • Two height options available;
  • Advanced flushing technology;
  • Reduced water consumption;
  • High-quality production.
  • The warranty is one year limited.
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2. American Standard Cadet 3 FloWise – Runner Up

dimensions:28.25 x 15.75 x 30.75 inches
comfort height:yes
flush type:water-saving toilet
water consumption:1.28 gpf
bowl shape:round
rough in:12 inch
material:vitreous china
certification:watersense
warranty:5 years on mechanical parts and 1 year on seat

American Standard Cadet 3 FloWise features a minimalistic design, just like the previous model on the list. However, this toilet is different as the bowl stands out more. The “skirt” is also pretty thin, making the toilet look small.

The material used in production is vitreous china, which makes the surface easier to clean. In fact, it is an enamel coating applied to ceramics. The bowl shape of this model is round, which is the preferred option for many people. The height is 30-3/4″, the width is 15-3/4″, and the depth is 28-1/4″.

The flushing technology of Cadet 3 FloWise is pretty standard. It does not offer a very low water consumption rate, but 1.28 gallons per flush is still lower than the average.

The main extra feature of this model is the material used in production. Vitreous china is a great choice to keep the toilet clean from both sides. Another good feature about this toilet is the slow close seat, preventing itself from slamming into the bowl.

The best thing I like about this model is its fair price and a good warranty. The price of this model usually ranges between $400 and $600. The manufacturer offers a warranty for 5 years on all mechanical parts and for 1 year on the seat.

This is a two-piece model, which might be a good choice to make the installation easier. All the necessary hardware is included in the package.

Pros:Cons:
  • Good choice of material;
  • Round bowl shape;
  • Comparably low price;
  • 5-year warranty on mechanical parts.
  • 1-year warranty on the seat;
  • Water consumption is lower than the average, but other models perform better.
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3. Kohler Memoirs Classic – Premium Choice

dimensions:27.75 x 18 x 28.25 inches
comfort height:yes
flush type:canister flush
water consumption:1.28 gpf
bowl shape:oblong
rough in:12 inch
material:vitreous china
certification:watersense
warranty:3 years on mechanical parts

The Kohler Memoirs is a premium class model, and it has a corresponding design, which is my favorite point about this model. The bowl is oblong, while the “skirt” falls at a right angle. There is also a wide range of colors available for selection.

The manufacturers used vitreous china in production, just like with the previous model. This material is pretty popular in the segment as it makes the toilet easier to clean. The strict forms of this toilet do not prevent it from being comfortable. Its seat height is 16.5”, and overall product weight is 115.19 lb.

Kohler Memoirs Toilet

The flushing technology of Kohler allows their toilets to make the flush powerful while not using much water. The water consumption is 1.28 gallons per flush, which is lower than average. The right angles of the toilet are also functional. Such a design makes it much easier to clean the toilet as there are fewer nooks and crannies.

The price varies between $1000 and $2000, depending on the color and the additional options you choose. There is a three-year warranty on mechanical parts as well.

K-6424 is a one-piece skirted toilet, which makes the installation process much easier. People looking for a simple installation will definitely appreciate this model.

Pros:Cons:
  • Vitreous china material;
  • Premium design with a lot of color options;
  • Powerful flush with comparably low water consumption;
  • 3-year warranty on mechanical parts.
  • The price is comparably high as it is a premium model.
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4. TOTO Vespin II Skirted Toilet

dimensions:28.5 x 16.5 x 30 inches
comfort height:yes
flush type:water-saving toilet
water consumption:1.28 gpf
bowl shape:oblong
rough in:12 inch
material:ceramic
certification:watersense
warranty:1 year limited

Vespin II features an interesting design as the bowl looks a bit separated from the “skirt”. The form of the “skirt” is also unique, and this might be a good selection if you are looking for an unusual style.

The material used in the production is exactly the same as in our top pick. Ceramic toilets are sustainable and easy to clean. The shape of the bowl of this model is oblong. The height is universal, and a 12-inch rough-in is included in the package.

The toilet has a built-in Double Cyclone flushing system with comparably low water consumption. It needs 1.28 gallons of water for each flush, which once again is lower than on average but not as low as in our top pick. The material of this model is great as it prevents waste from sticking to the surface, making it easy to maintain the toilet clean. The chrome trip lever might also be the reason to select this model as it will perfectly fit some bathroom designs.

The price varies between $400 and $600, depending on the color selected. The warranty is not the best for this model as it only covers one year of use. I like this toilet from Toto as it is a great alternative to the top pick mentioned on the list: its features and price range are almost the same.

Vespin II is a two-piece skirted toilet, so the installation is a bit more complicated than with the previous pick, but it is still comparably easy to install. All the necessary hardware for installation is also included in the package.

Pros:Cons:
  • Ceramic, preventing waste from sticking to the surface;
  • The interesting design of the “skirt”;
  • Comparably low water consumption;
  • Chrome trip lever.
  • Only one year warranty.
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5. WOODBRIDGE T-0019 Skirted – Durable Choice

dimensions:31 x 18 x 28 inches
comfort height:yes
flush type:fully glazed
water consumption:1.6 gpf
bowl shape:oblong
rough in:12 inch
material:porcelain
certification:watersense
warranty:1 year limited

The design of WOODBRIDGE T-0019 offers a clean, sleek look, which is compatible with different bathroom styles. The toilet looks a bit bigger than other models in the selection, but the offset tank makes it look stylish.

This is the only model on the list that is made of porcelain. The seat is soft, and it has a stainless steel seat hinge, which makes it durable. I recommend this model for people who find ceramic or vitreous china an unfavorable choice.

The shape of the bowl is oblong, and the tank is a bit offset because of the “skirt” design. The dimensions are 31 x 18 x 28 inches.

The flushing technology is aimed on powerfully cleaning the bowl instead of reducing the water usage. The water consumption is on the average level of 1.6 gallons per flush, which is the highest amount on this list.

The main extra feature is the quiet and powerful flush. Despite it consumes more water than other models on the list do, it is properly preventing clogs and leaks. Another extra feature is the quick release: it is easy to get the seat off if you need to clean it.

The price of this Woodbridge toilet usually varies between $250 and $350, making it the most affordable model on the list. As for the warranty, it only covers one year of use.

T-0019 is a one-piece skirted toilet, which makes the installation process much easier than with other models. The package includes the toilet itself and all the necessary hardware to install it.

Pros:Cons:
  • Unique design with an offset tank;
  • Powerful flush preventing clogs and leaks;
  • Quick-release seat;
  • One-piece design for easier installation;
  • The most affordable model on the list.
  • The warranty covers only one year of use;
  • The water consumption is higher than with the other models on the list.
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Skirted Toilet Buyer’s Guide

WOODBRIDGE T-0019 Toilet

After taking a detailed look on the models, it is only necessary to outline the key things a buyer of a skirted toilet needs to know. This will both help you to choose a model from the list or find a different one yourself.

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Difference between skirted and non-skirted toilets

Skirted toilets are usually easier to clean than non-skirted ones. This happens due to the special form of the tube and the bowl utilized in the skirted models.

The trapways of such models are usually concealed, making the toilets look different. Skirted toilets are generally easier to clean and look more modern than the non-skirted ones.

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How to choose the best-skirted toilet

Choosing the best-skirted toilet might become an issue. There is no universal way to choose the best one, but there are some guidelines you can follow.

First of all, it is necessary to understand your needs. Generally, you have to pay attention to the water consumption level, the bowl shape, and, of course, the design of the toilet.

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Installing a Skirted Toilet

The process of installation of a skirted toilet is a bit more complicated than with the regular one. It differs between the models, but if you are looking for the easiest option to install one, you can pay attention to the one-piece skirted toilets.

  1. Preparation stage: inspect your new model after unpacking it and prepare all the tools necessary. Usually, the installation process requires 2 people, so be sure to get a helping hand before the procedure.
  2. Remove your old toilet.
  3. Prepare the closet flange and install a wax ring.
  4. Install the new toilet.
  5. Connect the toilet’s tank to the water supply line.

As it is a skirted toilet, the installation may require more time. Here is an example of the detailed installation manual for the last model mentioned on the list.

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Skirted Toilet FAQ

Toilet WOODBRIDGE T-0019

We have already taken a close look at the best skirted toilets and covered the most common issues in the guide section. The last part of this article is a FAQ, which is needed to cover the most popular questions on skirted toilets.

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What is a skirted toilet?

A skirted toilet is the one with a “skirt”. The bowl in such toilets does not stand out much, and the trapways are usually concealed, which makes the bottom of the toilet look like a skirt.

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Are skirted toilets easier to clean?

Generally, they are. There are fewer bends and corners in such models than in regular toilets, which leaves less space for the waste to stick.

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One-piece or two-piece – which is better?

Both types of skirted toilets, one-piece, and two-piece, have their advantages and drawbacks. It is much easier to install one-piece models, but it is harder to repair them as you can’t just replace the damaged part.

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Skirted Toilets Are the Future

Skirted toilets are the next stage of industry development. It’s easier to keep them clean, and as it is a modern type of toilet, most models are also effective in terms of water consumption. If you are looking to buy a new toilet, selecting a skirted one might be a good idea for saving your time and money.

In my opinion, the best-skirted toilet available on the market right now is TOTO Aquia IV, thanks to its flushing system. Have you had any experience with this model or other skirted toilets? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

Gerald Carpenter

My name is Gerald Carpenter and I am a professional plumber in the third generation. My father was a plumber, my grandfather was a plumber. I wish I had records on my other ancestors.

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  1. This one by Toto is so smooth, round and nice that it looks way bigger than it is. As for flushing, it takes even less water than most toilets around. So it does when it comes to washing it; I’ll never look at any non-skirted toilet now!

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