Best Skirted Toilet for Guest Bath? Nexus, Maris or Aquia?
We are remodeling and our guest bath will need a new toilet. The old toilet had a 5 gallon tank. I know the newer toilets will be totally different so our expectations have to be reasonable. We have narrowed our choices to the Nexus, Maris and Aquia. I have heard the eco versions do pretty good compared to their 1.6 counterparts. I can go either way as long as it does the job. Besides it needing to be a skirted toilet, my next criteria would have to be good bowl wash. I am a little nervous when I hear about streaking as this will be a guest bath. There is not a lot of information about the Meris floor model. I only knew of it when I visited the Toto showroom today and didn't recognize it as one I'd seen on the Toto website. The search on the Toto website doesn't even include it when you choose "skirted" as one of the search criteria. I believe it just came out the fall of 2012. There isn't a lot of real life experience documented for the Maris. I know the Maris has the dual flush and the Sanagloss. The Nexus and Aquia don't. Does Sanaglass make THAT much of a difference? Will parts be that hard or expensive to get for the Maris compared to the other two?
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More questions... water line specs, loudness, water spot, odor?
Thank you very much for your detailed description. I had looked at the Vespin II and Carlyle II before. They ARE great toilets but for my guest bathroom I prefer the look of the FULL skirt over the bowl in addition to the concealed trap. The other skirted choices are over my budget and I don't like the thickness of the base as I have a small guest bath or they are too ornate. I do plan to buy the Vespin II for our boys bathroom when we get to that remodel.
I was looking at the specs for all 3 of my narrowed down choices and realized the final choice may have already been made for me due to the suggested installation measurements unless there is a way to get around these suggestions without moving the water supply line.
Our water supply line is 6 inches high and 6 inches away from the center of the drain for the waste. It sticks out 3.75 inches.
The Maris will not fit as it suggests 6 inches high and 8 inches from center. The base is wider too at 10 5/8.
Both the Aquia CST412MF and the Aquia II CST416M won't fit either, they each suggests 6 inches high and 7 3/4 inches from center. Is there any reason why the Aquia just can't be a little closer to the line since the base is 10"?
That brings my choices to:
The Aquia MS654114MF one piece will fit as it suggests 6 inches high and 6 inches from center. The base is widest of all of them at 11 5/8 but it appears that the water supply is behind the back. Is that right? However my husband prefers the 2 piece in case the bowl or tank need to be replaced you only have to replace 1/2 the toilet.
The Eco Nexus CST794EF and Nexus CST794SF they both suggest the water line be 4.5 high and 4 inches from center. Will there be a problem that ours is 6 inches high? I couldn't find the base measurement on the spec sheet and would love to know since the 4 inch measurement seems really small to me and wondering if it is accurate?
Finally, I am glad to hear Sanagloss is not THAT big of a difference from a person who has real life experience to compare with and without!
Another thing I heard is that the Aquia has a much louder flush than the Nexus. One reviewer says she and her husband even have a no flush rule at night! Although it's not in a bedroom, just how loud is loud?
Another point was the water spot:
Nexus has a water surface 10-1/4" x 8-1/4"
Aquia's is only 6" x 4-1/2"
I know the odor of #2 is less when #2 is under water! Any thoughts on this...it is a guest bathroom and near the living room. I can leave some air freshener out but wanted to know if the smaller water spot increases the smell? :confused:
Julie, another consumer who has learned MORE about toilets then I ever thought I would!