Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 135
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AIRJOCK I LOVE My Toilet!!!
Didn't know much about toilets until forced to go to low flow due to CA drought. Did a lot of research on different types/brands and bought an expensive one for front bath because of color requirements but decided to take a chance on this toilet for two others baths in my house. Didn't see how it could be very good for this price but boy was I wrong! It's a 1.2 gal rating but NEVER misses a flush and seems to use thimbles of water instead of gallons. It can also serve as a dual flush, actually better than a dual flush, if you want. I'll tell you how later. Installation was a breeze and no leaks even though I used the wax that came with the unit.
1. A note hear, my floor rings were slightly elevated above floor level. This provides plenty of "squeeze" to properly seal the toilet to the drain. If your ring(s) is below the floor line it might be wise to get a thicker seal.
2. Sealing the tank to the bowl is a little tricky. There is a thick rubber washer that goes over the plastic threads on the underside ot the tank and when the tank is set on top of the bowl it sits real high. Even though the instructions warn you not to tighten the wing nuts too tight, the nuts must be drawn down until the tank sits firmly on front and rear raised ridges protruding up from the bowl about a half inch. Being that they're wing nuts, it would seem you should be able to finger tighten them but, unless you'r a monster with steel tipped fingers, forget it. I'm at least of average strength and I couldn't come close to getting enough draw, mainly because of how much it hurt my fingers as the ends of the wings dug in. Use a simple pair of pliers and carefully draw the tank down, alternating the pliers from right to left until the tank is setting on the ridges. This is where you MUST be careful. Don't continue to tighten after the tank has made contact with BOTH ridges or you'll crack the porcelain. The tank should be firm with no wiggle in any direction when you've done it correctly.
MAKING IT A DUAL FLUSH: For this tip I'm going to create two terms, FULL FLUSH for a regular flush of 1.2 gals. and QUICK FLUSH for a flush of considerably less water.
1. For a FULL FLUSH you'll need to hold down the flush handle for 2-3 seconds. This keeps the flapper valve up long enough for the tank to fully drain. A FULL FLUSH should only be used for large deposits of solids, although I swear I have never needed to use it even with a man size deposit.
2. For a QUICK FLUSH let up on the flush handle in about 1 second. The flapper valve will drop down sealing the drain hole thereby trapping a sizeable amount of water in the tank. I just eyeballed it but it seemed to be more than .3 of a gallon that remained which means you're saving more than a dual flush. One thing about this method, the water line in the tank doesn't come up as high as a FULL FLUSH which is fine for #1s. If that bothers you for #2s you can easily remedy it. Before using it for a #2 job, very gently and carefully push down on the flush handle for a second or two which slowly releases water into the bowl, until the water line has risen.
That does it. Hope you enjoy your toilet as much as I do. I literally get a thrill every time I flus thinking about saving about 5 gallons of precious water.
P.S. As many have said, the toilet seats are cheap.
August 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Design Flaw, bowl leave marks after flushing!
6 months ago I bought this one which works FINE! Where 3 days ago I picked up another one and its a COMPLETE JUNK! The bowl redesigned to narrow canal, and doesnt hold enough water to flush right, so ALWAYS left with SKID marks around the bowl, DESIGN FLAW, SO AVOID BUYING....
September 18, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JoethePlumber Great Toilet, but Which One?
There are two different toilets with the exact same model number! Other reviewers have stated this and I absolutely confirm it - I just bought two - one each at different HD stores 200 miles apart, and the bowls are very different. I have carefully examined the boxes and there is absolutely no difference in any item or number on the labels, so there is NO way to tell which one you are getting without taking the bowl out of the box! I have no idea if this is a design change and there are just still some "old" design items in the supply chain, or if they constantly make two different versions without caring for us to know.
Here is how to tell the difference: The first one I bought I will call "Smooth Bowl" - the internal surface of the bowl is completely smooth all the way to the bottom; no ridges or contour changes of any kind. The second one I bought a week later in a smaller town I will call "Ridged Bowl". In this one, the internal surface of the bowl is broken by a slight depression down around where you would expect the water level to be - it is very obvious when you look at it. I am not attaching pictures because others have already done that - look through the reviews and you will see the difference. On both models, the tank and internal parts seem identical.
Now, the big question is "Should you care which one?" I honestly do not yet know.
I have had the "Smooth Bowl" installed for about a week, and we are very happy with it. It has a powerful and quiet flush, and we have so far had zero problems with stool marks on the bowl or incomplete flushing that are noted often by others. This version is a bit shorter than the other one, with the top of the bowl (not the seat) at 16 3/4" above the floor.
Just installed the "Ridged Bowl" yesterday. So far it seems to work as well as the first one, but the flush strikes us as being a bit louder (not obvious, so cannot be sure). The bowl on this one is definitely taller at 17 3/8" above the floor.
The two biggest complaints other reviews have noted are the small water volume in the bowl and a problem with bowl cleaning that leaves stool marks on the porcelain. Here are my thoughts on that. First, the water level in the bowl on both of these is much lower than most other toilets - almost strikingly so when you first see it. But on closer examination, the water is actually fairly deep, and there is a good volume of open space at the vary bottom. This is important, since it allows a relatively large amount of solid waste to remain fully submerged in the water - even more so than my experience with most other toilets that have high levels of water in the bowl. And the position of the solid waste clear down at the bottom contributes to the excellent flush performance.
Now, about bowl cleaning - this is a bit more difficult to discuss delicately... But here goes. I think that is potentially a big issue with these toilets DEPENDING ON HOW YOU POSITION YOURSELF on the seat. It is not a problem for us at all. I do not make a point of trying to sit in any particular way or position, but for me the wast always drops directly into the small pool of water. I am over 6' tall and average weight. My wife is a bit under 5 1/2' tall and average weight, and she also has no problem at all with being positioned properly while sitting. the problem would be with someone who sits forward on the seat, especially like a small child. In these elongated bowls there is a large expanse of dry porcelain in front of the small pool of water in the bottom, and if any waste falls in this area instead of directly into the water, you ABSOLUTELY will have problems with leaving marks after the flush - just no way that can be avoided.
February 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Flush1flush2 SKID MARKS
I installed a Kohler 1.28 gal last year that is fine. Sales rep told me that this Glacier Bay was equivalent at half the price. So a toilet is a toilet? WRONG!
I immediately noticed that the amount of water in the bowl did not seem sufficient , I have not measured volume but it seems like less that a quart versus a half gallon in the Kohler.
Sure enough, it does flush solids but it leaves skid marks leading to either a brush and flush; or just a second flush. Either adds another 1.28 gal. So where the saving?
I would return it but I can't imagine carting a used toilet bowl into a store.
January 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ron It does not remove solid waste very well
I'm returning this model. It does not completely remove solid waste. I have to clean the bowl every time solid waste is flushed. I had a professional home depot installation, and had them come back. The strange thing is that it is highly rated by Consumer Reports. That's why I bought it. So, I imagine the manufacturer has a quality control problems. I read somewhere that it is made in Mexico. So, back I go to home depot to get an american made replacement. I hope they don't charge for another
June 21, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Annoyed Poor quality control. Don't be lured by low price.
Bought and installed two of the same model. One was okay. The tank lid on the other one wasn't molded to fit on top of the tank properly, so it left almost a one inch gap. Since it was already installed, we took just the tank and lid back to store to exchange. It didn't fit the bowl, even though it was the same model and SKU# was the same. Had to remove entire toilet and exchange for another one. Pieces fit properly, but the design of toilet was different from the other one. Model# and SKU# on boxes were the same. Low price of product is not worth the inconvenience of several trips and labor costs for installer to do over twice! I would not buy this product again.
April 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Doc43 Works well enough, can't beat the price.
Was very easy to install and gives a good flush. Only complaint I have is that not enough water sits in bowl. There is a curve in the bowl where I feel the water level should come to and it stays about an inch below that. Have tried to adjust the amount of water in the bowl but was not able to. Other than that works great and has enough flush power.
January 28, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Thispartneedsfixing Feels like a grab bag purchase.
The tank top on this toilet had a glazing defect and a return to the store and a search of the remaining two units only uncovered a lesser defect. New units arriving a few days later had a different tank design so I was basically left with the option of removing the toilet and returning it or living with the defect which is only noticeable when looking for it. I also found that the style deviated from the picture on the box. There is simply too much variation in this actual product with the same model numbers to make me feel comfortable in buying this brand again.
May 12, 2015