There are a plethora of functionalities that is incorporated into a toilet these days. Features like a heated seat, temperature regulated water jets (specialized bidets), an air dryer and a full-fledged control panel on the wall, which were once considered as luxury add-ons are slowly becoming commonplace. But assuming that your idea of a best rated toilet is not one out of Star Trek, we are going to focus on the most important ones that cover the essentials and give you a few extra bells and whistles that you can be proud of.

Flushing System: We have placed the flushing system on the top of the features to consider because it is undoubtedly becoming one of the most debated features of a toilet in recent times. It is estimated that 24% of the water used in an average American household is used in the toilet. If a reduced ecological footprint is among the features you seek from your commode, then you must look for a water-efficient flushing system that does not use more than 1.28 gallons per flush.

Otherwise, you have a few different choices including a tried and tested gravity fed flush, a pressure assisted flush; power assisted flushing system and dual-flush options. The kind of flushing system you can install will also depend on the pressure in your water lines.

Budget: Goes without saying that you will have a budget for your bathroom remodel. Of this, there will be a percentage that goes towards the toilet. This will determine what kind and what style of toilet you can afford. While it is possible to get a very durable and long lasting but basic toilet for a budget price, if you are looking for high end features in a low price, there are bound to be tradeoffs. So stick to the old ‘what you pay for is what you get’ adage here. P.S. Do not go over budget.

Comfort: Comfort is a relative term. What you find comfortable may not match your partner’s definition of comfort. You may want soft-seats with the most advanced automated bidet system installed while your partner may want a simple wall-mounted elongated toilet. Keep your budget in mind and then choose the essentials first. If you have some spare cash after that, go for add-ons as much as you’d want to. After all, nothing likes a bit of indulgence in the bathroom.