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TOTO UltraMax II Toilet Review (Collection Guide 2019)

Our Toto reviews cover some of the most popular product ranges among consumers. The UltraMax II collection is one of them. We seek to discover the pros and cons of owning one over conventional toilets, paying close attention to its flushing performance, user friendliness, and design features.

As the MS604114CEFG#01 made our best overall list, you can compare it side by side against other market leaders in the bathroom industry on our home page.

Our pick

TOTO UltraMax II MS604114CEFG#01

The MS604114CEFG#01 comes equipped with a number of features that enable it to stand out from the competition. What we're dealing with here is an eco friendly, ADA compliant unit, that has a stylish one piece design.

If one of your aims is to modernize the theme of your bathroom, it could be a suitable choice. It has a beautifully crafted, curved tank, coated in a nice and bright cotton white color, and a chrome trip lever on the side.

The bowl is accessible and ADA compatible with a universal height seat that is at least 17 inches tall with the seating attached.

Readers who like doing their bit for the environment will appreciate the built in low flow mechanism that meets not just WaterSense standards, but also CALGreen, and CEC. To put it into numbers, this model utilizes just 1.28 gallons of water each flush. Compared to standard models, which can consume up to 1.6 gallons, it makes quite a difference.

Once the trip lever is pulled, the tornado flush system is activated, which has two nozzles that send a centrifugal washing action through the bowl, achieving a more effective, cleaner rinse that hits the difficult to get to spots and clears out any lingering dirt and bacteria in doing so. It doesn't score the highest on the MaP scale, which is understandable given the water efficiency, but it still falls within the recommended product range.

If you want a unit with respectable flushing performance that's economically friendly and comfortable, the MS604114CEFG#01 could be a great match. It also comes with a soft close seat, which many manufacturers leave to the consumer to purchase separately.

Other things to consider

Other collections - This may well be an option that meets all your personal preferences, but have you looked at all the resources available to you in order to come to a fair and unbiased decision? The Clayton, Drake II, Entrada, Promenade, and Soiree are all worth your consideration.

Rough in - There are two routes you can go down when it comes to picking a product which fits a specific rough in. Option one is you choose something specifically designed for a 10 inch, 12 inch, or 14 inch rough. Option two, you pick something compatible with all of them through the UniFit adapter. However, this is only compatible with a few product ranges. So make sure you pick one which is compatible.

Bowl - The shape, dimensions, height, and glazing are all important and should all be looked at in detail. Readers should be looking at the needs and type of people living in the household and decide the size and shape of the bowl required. For example, a household with taller than average people living in it will want a comfort height bowl. Then you need to ensure the bowl is coated in ceramic glazing, which is a protective layer that stops the built up of dirt and waste, leaving a cleaner environment for the next user.

Water use - Aim for a toilet that uses less water. That's not just the smart move environmentally, but also economically. Over the lifetime of the product, the amount saved on your bills can be in the thousands depending on the amount of people living with you. So there is incentive to switch to something more efficient.

Water spot - The water spot is an important feature. The larger it is, the more effective it becomes in preventing odors from rising back up the bowl. However, there does come a stage where too big is too much. At some point, the spot will sit higher in the bowl, too close to the user, which will be problematic when it comes to splashing. To avoid this, readers should stick to models that have a water level from the rim distance of at least 5 inches.

Consumer feedback - The advantages of browsing through the consumer reports online is that they are usually from honest and unbiased sources who have first hand experiences with the product. Check out the number of positive and negative comments, average them out, and try to better understand consumer sentiment. This can help weed out units of poor quality early.

Conclusion

We have a set criteria of things to help us identify a product that is of a higher quality than its counterparts. This includes looking at what the tank, bowl, flush, and external design has to offer.

Now everything within its spec list has been looked at, we believe the UltraMax II toilet is one of top units on the market. It's got a modern design, it doesn't consume too much water, and it meets accessibility requirements which could be ideal for senior citizens or even tall people. It could be a excellent upgrade for your bathroom.