Round bowl toilets, the more traditional toilet shape, can be a great option in a bathroom where space is at a premium. Smaller bathrooms do great with round bowl toilets, saving up to 3 inches from the wall in some cases.

round toilet vs. elongated toilet

Round bowl toilets can also be less intimidating for smaller children who are learning to use the toilet vs. a larger, elongated bowl toilet.

According to most experts, there is no performance advantage or disadvantage to a round bowl toilet – they’re just different. One thing you will notice when shopping at stores like Walmart and Home Depot is the fact that there is a much better selection of round bowl toilet seats, and the prices are usually mush less too.

While there are literally hundreds of round bowl toilets on the market, we’ve listed a few of the most popular round bowl toilets that are still budget priced for your consideration. These are our top picks for round bowl toilets for 2019!

American Standard Round Bowl Toilet – 2889518.020

American Standard 2889218.020Despite its very low cost, the American Standard Round Bowl Toilet 2889218.020 comes with a lot of standard features.

Dual flush 0.92/1.28 GPF H2Option

The H2Option lets you control your flush! You can choose between a .92 gallon flush (for increased water savings) or a 1.28 gallon flush (for better solids removal).

High efficiency, low consumption, and WaterSense certified

Some ultra-high efficient toilets just don’t have the performance – but not so the American Standard Round Bowl Toilet – 2889518.020. With a .92 gallon flush, and WaterSense certification by the US EPA, this round bowl toilet is anything but low performance.

EverClean™ surface

The EverClean™ bowl surface is not just a finish, it’s a system designed to keep itself cleaner, longer. The EverClean™ system has a permanent glaze additive that’s built right into the circulation piping that’s designed to protect the surfaces from mold, mildew, fungus and algae that can cause deterioration or staining of the finished surfaces.This radical, but effective surface technology is built-in and is designed to keep your toilet easier to clean and better looking for years to come.

Siphon jet bowl technology with PowerWash rim

The Siphon jet bowl technology is a classically simple but devastatingly effective adaptation on the old-fashioned P-trap drain pipe. As used in the American Standard Round Bowl Toilet – 2889518.020, this technology easily prevents sewer gasses from entering your home while letting wastes easily flush down the drain. The PowerWash rim incorporates many high-pressure water jets under the edge of the bowl that cleans and rinses with every flush.

Constructed with durable vitreous China for cleaner, long-lasting use

Vitreous China used in construction of the American Standard Round Bowl Toilet – 2889518.020 is a proven and high-quality construction material for only the best toilets in the business. Rest assured that this toilet will stand up to years of use and abuse, all the while looking great from flush to flush.

Chrome plated top mounted push button actuator

Here’s something you don’t see in a lower price-point toilet – push button controls! No levers to come unattached, no chains to break, our positive-function push button flush control provides years of worry-free use and even looks great! Friends and neighbors will really think you spent a lot for this toilet – but only you know the truth!

Limited 5-year warranty

Our famous 5-year limited warranty means that you’ll never have to worry about your toilet breaking or malfunctioning. As someone who knows toilets, your American Standard toilet will give you years of reliable service without the need for repairs. That’s true way beyond the 5 year warranty.


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Toto Eco Drake CST743E#01

This Toto Eco Drake toilet is our pick for a low-cost round-bowl toilet.

It’s a 2-piece design which helps keep the purchase price low, while deducting nothing from performance or longevity.

The Toto Eco Drake CST743E#01 comes in 5 great colors – 4 lighter colors and a dark gloss black. A couple of off-whites, beige, light blue and a dark gloss black that can match any decor.

Toto Eco Drake

The Toto Eco Drake CST743E#01 also has some great features, features that you won’t find on any other toilet!

  • E-Max Flushing System

Toto E-Max Flushing System

Toto E-Max Flushing System

The E-Max Flushing System is a unique design feature that, according to Toto’s own website “provides a consistent and powerful flush using a combination of a wide 3” valve and an extra-large siphon jet. The innovative system is quiet and simple and uses only 1.28 gallons per flush. This amounts to a considerable water savings every day.

This all means that you can be assured of a great flush at a very low water usage – only 1.28 gallons per flush!

  • Round Bowl

round toilet vs. elongated toilet

The round bowl toilet does have some advantages.

It’s more “traditional.” The round toilet bowl will never look out of place in an older home.

The round seat options are many. You can always fine many more round toilet bowl seat options. Whether you’re shopping at Walmart or Home Depot or even, you can always find more (and cheaper) seats for this toilet.

The round bowl toilet is a little smaller than an elongated toilet. It sticks out less – by up to 2 inches. This is the toilet to use if you have a small bathroom.

  • Computer Designed, Fully Glazed Trapway

The trapway is the part of the toilet that keeps sewer gasses out of your bathroom while allowing an easy flush of wastes down the drain. In Toto’s case, they’ve used a computer to really optimize the trapway’s design. You know you’ll get great flushes all the time!

12″ Rough-in

The 12″ Rough-in means your toilet’s drain needs to be only 12 inches away from the wall. As we discussed above, this is a great feature and a great toilet for small bathrooms!

The KOHLER K-3987-0 Wellworth round bowl toilet is a classic two-piece design with a great low price but lots of features.

Kohler K-3987Rather than unconventional buttons on the top of the tank, this toilet features an innovative two-position flush. You get the choice of a 1.1 or a 1.6 gallon fluch, making this KOHLER toilet one of the most efficient toilets on the market today.

According to the KOHLER website, the 30 per cent water savings of a 1.1 gallon flush vs. a 1.6 gallon flush can save up to 4,000 gallons per toilet, per year! That’s a lot of water, and you will never see any degraded performance!


  • Two-piece Construction

The KOHLER K-3987-0 Wellworth is a traditional two-piece toilet, comprising of a base and a tank. Both pieces are joined with a positive bolted design featuring a proprietary rubber gasket system designed to provide years of leak-free performance.

  • Round Bowl Design Saves Space

The round bowl design offers a more conventional appearance than an elongated toilet bowl. The round bowl design is great for smaller bathrooms where every inch counts. In fact, you could save up to two inches over some of the bigger elongated toilet models.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, round bowl toilet seats are a LOT more common than their elongated cousins. And they’re cheaper, too!

2-1/8″ Trapway For Easy Performance

The large 2-1/8″ Trapway means that you’ll never have to worry about flushing problems. Plenty of space means that the chances of solids clogging this KOHLER toilet are practically non-existent!

  • Dual-Flush Technology Means Water Savings

KOHLER’S proven lever-activated dual-flush technology offers two flush modes. 1.1 gallons for liquid wastes and a 1.6 gallon flush mode for solids. 

  • 3-Bolt Installation

The unique KOHLER 3-bolt installation means simpler and easier installation in your bathroom.

  • Conserves Water & Eligible For Rebates

The KOHLER K-3987-0 Wellworth is an EPA WaterSense® rated toilet. This toilet may be eligible for rebates in some municipalities. Check with your local government to be sure. 

This Kohler toilet meets water savings requirements for Colorado SB 14-103.