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    Question Inexpensive low end toliet needed

    I need to put a toliet in my detached garage I've just had built. It has a tiny bathroom with a small shower stall. The bathroom will not be used that much so I don't really feel like I need to put in a highend toliet.

    Any recommendations for a lower end model? I understand that it will not work as well as the better units but I just don't think the bathroom warrants an expensive model. I certainly want one that works pretty well. I've read the American Standard Cadet 3 is a good unit although certainly not a low end unit.

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    The Cadet 3 is a low end unit you could use.
    I mean, how low do you want to go?

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    I mean, how low do you want to go?
    As low as possible. Basically I put the bathroom in the garage just in case I ever want to convert it to a living space for a live in maid, or for a relative. I call it a detached garage but it is heated and air conditioned and has 200 amp service. I really only need a toliet that works halfway decently. If I ever have someone living in there I will reconfigure the bathoom and put in a proper toliet like the Toto Ultramax I put in the master bedroom suite I just had built.

    It's not that I have to save cash on a toliet; it's just that I don't want to waste money on something I don't need.

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    By low-end I'm assuming you mean around $100 or less? Well since you have a tiny bathroom go with a round bowl. You may want to consider an American Standard Space Saver, Mansfield Alto, Lamosa, Crane Toilet-to-Go. They're all fair at best but get the job done as long as you don't stuff them with excess paper. Out of what I mentioned I'd say the Alto is the best. But of course the Cadet 3 is great for a higher low-end model.
    Last edited by Terry; 12-25-2008 at 08:50 AM.

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    For the low price range I would probably go with a AS Cadet 3. A round front standard height should be well under $200. I don't know if there is anything else in that price range that I would trust. It is not the cheapest, but it is a good compromise between price and performance. Based on the experience of others, you might want to open the box and inspect the toilet for defects before you cart it home.

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    I can understand not wanting to spend a lot of money for a utility room toilet, but at the same time, you should not be downplaying the value of a toilet that functions as we all want a toilet to do. You can buy cheap-o builder specials at a Big Box store, but it's likely you'll need a good plunger to go with it. Even though this toilet may not be used extensively, you won't be happy with clogs when it is used. I think the American Standard Cadet 3 would probably be an acceptable choice, not the cheapest, but it does seem to perform well.

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    And you can buy a white AS Cadet 3 at the orange big-box store.

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    Put in the American Standard Cadet 3 DO IT NOW!

    You got 6 people all telling you the same thing.


    Either that or go buy that Toilet-to-go american standard plebe so you can plunge it every time you use it. You want cheap, you get cheap; $89
    Last edited by Terry; 12-25-2008 at 08:50 AM.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Keep this in mind. None of us are trying to sell you anything. You're getting free advice, and you're free to take it or leave it. To be sure, we all have various degrees of experience, and we all have personal biases, but when all or at least most of us give you the same advise, that should be a clue that just maybe the advise is pretty sound. No one has tried to steer you to a $500 or more toilet, and no one has even suggested a Toto which is somewhat unusual for this forum where there is a great deal of support for Toto. Rather, I believe we have made a genuine effort to point you toward a toilet that will be trouble free and still not cost a premium price.

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    But a Toto "would" be nice.

    Ha Ha, sorry to spoil it.

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    Cadet 3!!!

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    Thanks to all.

    I'm going with the American Standard Cadet 3.

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    Ron_in_sc, here is a link to my Cadet 3 on youtube. You can see for yourself how well it flushes before you decide on buying it. http://youtube.com/watch?v=hzCGZh7AK2U

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    The big box stores in my area have the Cadet 3 standard height white RF for $130, not much past your target price.

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    Talking Eljer patriot

    they have Eljer toilets for about 89 dollars at
    Home dep.


    they are probably made in china ,
    but they seem to flush

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