Toto Ultramax product review, comments & pictures

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  1. Reader Review

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    Toto Ultramax, Made in USA

    Just a short followup to my April 2005 review. I’ve had the Toto Ultramax a year now. I have no regrets that I selected this toilet over others. It gets the job done on the first flush and has never clogged. I’m always amazed how little water it uses. In addition, it’s a beautiful addition to the bathroom. I can honestly say it was worth the extra money to move up to a TOTO!


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  2. Reader Review

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    toto ultramax vs Kohler Cimarron

    Terry, Purchased both one month ago and installed at he same time. No sweat for either though the one piece Toto was quicker. After a couple years of plunging some old '93 model Kohler Wellworths something had to be done. Both work very well and we have had not even a suggestion of a plunger need. These toilets are deadly with solid waste, no "victory lap" around the bowl. You simply say "brown buddy you're going down" and that's that. Thanks for the helpful site. JH

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    I just had a Toto Ultramax round installed last night after reading all of these reviews and doing research on what made the best sense for me. Thanks for taking all the confusion out of this process. Seems like a great toilet so far!


    J Segal
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  4. Reader Review

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    After doing extensive toilet research (by far the best of which is on your web site!), we installed our Toto Ultramax Round toilet yesterday. Wow! What an impressive flush! I also love how quickly the tank refills (doesn't hurt that this changes things from a 3.5 gal to 1.6 gal fill up!). I only wish we had purchased an elongated bowl instead of the round. The soft close seat on the round seems to have a smaller opening that "regular" toilet seats. For our next toilet, I think we'll get the elongated ADA height either Ultramax or Drake. That MAP report really made for interesting reading! Thanks so much for having this informative site and forum! K from Poughkeepsie, NY
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    I suffered the nightmare of two American Standard low water toilets. They simply didn’t work. Horrible in every way – nightmares. Probably stopped up every 8 uses or so and once clogged, impossible to clear without a plumber’s snake. Three years ago I bought an Ultramax. Not a problem since. Strong flushing action. Good water level. Clean – no odors. No problems and that’s way it’s supposed to be. I will need to replace another toilet soon - in the downstairs half bath. I’ll be buying another Ultramax.
    B. Gauthier
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  6. Reader Review

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    Toto Ultramax ADA

    Since I've had my Toto Ultramax ADA (model MS854114SL) toilet for about five months now, I think that it is time give back to your very helpful web site and offer my review of this model. You may post this to your web site this if you wish.

    Installation was no trouble in my fairly new condo. Since it is a one piece model, there was nothing more to do then remove the (worthless) unnamed model, replace the wax ring, tighten the floor bolts and connect the water supply. Single-handedly carrying it up a flight of stairs was a pretty good workout.

    Use has been flawless. No double flushes required. Never a clog.
    Stays very clean. I was surprised by the speed and quietness of the flush. Flush, boom and everything is gone. Anyone need my old, now lonely, plunger?

    I've received a couple of comments that my toilet looks good. I never had that experience before...

    Summary (AKA the bottom line): I consider this one of the best consumer product investments that I ever made. Depending on your favored scale of contentment, I'd rate this Toto a 10, five stars, excellent, thumbs up, etc. It has been a very worthwhile purchase.

    Beaverton, OR
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    Ultramax with Sanagloss

    Good Morning:

    We just got our toilets yesterday, they are great, we do not have to flush three times any more.
    Your worker Ben was polite, efficient, pleasant, great attitude plus represents your company well.
    Thank you.
    K. and M. White
  8. Reader Review

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    Let me explain briefly why the Toto is so simply amazing.


    I am a civil engineer (water, sewer, flooding, paving). At my office the landlord recently installed a Toto toilet, and I am effusive about it! I don't know which model it is, but it is amazing, and in inspecting it, I can see it has a double siphon below the bowl. The only thing I can't understand is why there aren't more double siphon toilets around, unless Toto has a patent on the double-siphon concept.

    Let me explain briefly why the Toto is so simply amazing. Most toilets have a single siphon below the bowl that gets started when you dump water into the bowl (by flushing it the normal way or with a bucket) and then stops when the siphon gets broken either 1) by running out of water in the bowl and letting some air in the top (making that end-of-flush gurgle) or (and this is the catch) 2) by slowing down to the point that water dribbles away and lets air enter from the sewer and break the siphon. But Toto toilets have a second siphon near the floor that doesn't let the first siphon break until the flush is done and water runs out in the bowl. This forms what Toto calls a Power Gravity Flush. You get the vacuum effect of the entire height from the bowl down to the floor pulling the water and solids out of the bowl. Very ingenious. I've sketched it below.

    Tom Haws, P.E.
    Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors
  9. v_phillips

    v_phillips New Member

    Thanks for that post, Mr. Haws. You have just enabled me to comprehend something about toilet technology that I have been pondering. Without quite understanding what I was talking about, I commented on the efficiency of different trapway designs not too long ago.

    For most of my life, I never had any interest in the fine points of toilet design, but after a little research and working with them while remodeling a couple of bathrooms, I realized how interesting their engineering is, especially in those that most fully utilize the potential of fluid dynamics.

    Thanks again for your diagram and explanation on the efficiency of the Toto trapway.
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  10. Reader Review

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    Toilet review, Toto Ultramax

    My house was built in 1978 as an energy efficient model and the main
    bathroom had a French made low-volume toilet. (It used more water than the
    Toto, but was low volume in the 70's.) My 1/2 bath had a full volume unit
    that would plug occasionally... and this got worse when I replaced it with a
    medium range American Standard. That unit does have features going for it...
    it's comfortable, attractive and can be double flushed... but a double flush
    was necessary for solids... which used as much water as the unit it

    I began remodeling the 1/2 bath, decided to do some research, and came
    across your website. I was doubtful of the claims for the Toto Ultramax. I
    bought it because it fit the new decor and moved the AS to the main
    bathroom. Was I shocked!

    The AS does well in this bath, but the real winner is the Toto in the
    problem bathroom! When my dogs spill water, I'll walk to the back of the
    house and use the new toilet... because it can handle 6 paper towels in a
    single flush, as if it were nothing!

    I was originally concerned because the tank on the Ultramax is so tiny. What
    was not mentioned is how fast this unit flushes and fills. Previously I had
    the water valve partially closed due to the noise of the previous toilets
    when filling. I replaced the faucet valve with a lever type. It's quiet
    enough that the valve can be wide open and the unit cycles (flush to full)
    in a mere 15-16 seconds! So, even if a double flush were needed, it's faster
    than the average toilet.

    BTW, this has also made a difference in removing clutter in my bathrooms.
    With the new arrangements, the plunger has been relegated to the garage,
    where it belongs, instead of being a necessary accessory.

    Thank you so much for posting this information. Not only did I find the
    perfect toilet, but your low prices saved me $223 over the cost of the same
    toilet purchased locally.
  11. kereynolds

    kereynolds Engineer & handyman

    San Diego, CA
    Toto Ultramax Toilet

    After reading Terry's review and other customer comments and talking to my plumber friend about the Ultramax, I decided to purchase and install one a couple of weeks ago. Like the Toto Drake model, but much more stylish, the Ultramax works great. I did not get the Sani-gloss option with it, but I think that it would be worth considering.
  12. bjdevil

    bjdevil New Member

    My review of the Ultramax (w/Sanagloss - MS854114SG)

    I bought a new house and the generic toilets they installed were terrible (you kept a plunger on call). After several months, I'd had enough and did some online research. I ended up buying 2 non-ADA, elongated, Sanagloss Ultramax toilets (MS854114SG) last summer based on the glowing reviews here (and after a local plumber's suggestion). My thoughts:

    Pros: 1) They flush like champs! Between both toilets, I've had two clogs total, one of which was on the day I installed it, pushing the limits of what it could flush with some crazy food/beans/TP tests. (It does have a limit, and when it finally clogs the bowl fills in a HURRY, so watch out... :)). Based on this point alone, these were a good buy. 2) Low water usage. It doesn't appear to use much water. 3) Fairly quiet flush and quick tank fill. From pushing the lever to the tank shutting off it is about 20-25 seconds (we have average water pressure here). Note on flushing noise levels: I have found that the drain in your floor makes a difference on how loud (and well) the toilet flushes, so saying this toilet will flush really quietly everywhere isn't 100% true to say. One toilet flushes really quietly (and notably has never clogged) while the other one flushes more like an average toilet (somewhat louder - clogged once). 4) Mostly easy to clean (see below for cleaning flaw under the lid base). 5) The install was fast and easy. It was a little heavy, but it's no heavier than a whole, regular toilet (the combined bowl and tank). It's nothing an average guy can't handle. (Note to all ceramic tile installers - be really careful how level your tile is where your toilet will be installed. If you don't, you may have to use door frame shims to level your toilet properly.) 6) Looks nice - they're sleek. When I opened the box, I thought, "Man - these are small!"

    Cons: 1) Very expensive. 2) the tank's lid is smaller and slightly sloped towards the bowl. Don't plan on putting too much on the lid (i.e. magazines, larger toilet paper holders, etc.) - it won't stay on. 3) The bowl wash (especially in the back) is lacking. Residue will collect in the bowl and it will have to be cleaned more periodically than you'd hoped with the Sanagloss surface. In other words, don't buy the Sanagloss thinking you'll never have to clean your toilet again (as my wife had hoped :)). 4) The soft close lid you sit on is a little different in shape. It's not as flat as you might be used to - you feel kind of feel like you need to be a smaller person to fit properly (I'm not huge - 6', 200 lbs). It took a while for me to get used to (admittedly, I don't think about it now). 5) The soft close lid does its job (you can't slam it easily), but it feels a little like cheap plastic. It's hard to quantify, but I guess I expected more. 6) Urine can collect between the soft close lid's and the bowl where the soft lid attaches to the bowl (the base). It is almost impossible to clean out w/o a spray bottle of some kind. A seat that has a gap between the seat base and the bowl would've been a better design for cleaning.

    Bottom line: Despite a couple of flaws, the two Ultramaxes work great overall, and I'm glad that I bought them. They out-perform any other base-line toilet I've used, and I don't worry it'll clog when I flush. I'd give them a 8.5 out of 10. Don't let the length of the list of my Cons dissuade you - I'm being really picky in order to answer any questions I might have had when reading reviews. Also, you'll see that 3 of the 6 cons were related to the soft close lid, which was disappointing overall. Yes, it doesn't slam, so it does its job in that respect, but again I just expected something different/better/not-so-plasticky. (I can't speak for the Ultramax's "regular lid" for quality comparison).

    If you put a better lid/seat combo on it and put a little more bowl wash in there and you'd just about have perfection.

    Would I buy the Sanagloss coating next time? I'm not sure. With the so-so bowl flush the residue issue could be worse without the Sanagloss, but I don't think it was worth it because I see only a little difference between these Ultramaxes and my old toilets.
  13. Reader Review

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    A "heads-up" for potential UltraMax buyers...
    Toto offers another model called the Ultimate with identical appearance and nearly identical model number as the UltraMax. It's MaP rating is less than half of the UltraMax MaP number.
    The Toto model numbers might easily be confused:
    MS854114S UltraMax elongated bowl
    MS854114 Ultimate elongated bowl
    If not buying from Terry, be careful. A less experienced salesperson might accidentally order (or substitute) the wrong model. It almost happened to me.
    The two specification sheets from have identical photos, drawings, dimensions and specs. Both models apparently use the same porcelain. The only apparent difference between the 2 specification sheets is the flush controller. The UltraMax sheet uses the "G-Max System" for "commercial grade flushing performance". The Ultimate has "Power-Gravity", apparently targeted for less demanding, residential use.
    I looked up MaP (maximum performance) from the latest edition of the toilet fixture tests and found these comparative MaP ratings...
    MS854114S UltraMax ("G-Max System" ) has MaP rating = 700 g
    MS854114 Ultimate ("Power-Gravity") has MaP rating = 325 g
    Less than 250 g doesn't meet plumbing codes or minimum standards.
    The top performance bracket is "500 g and more".
    Within the 250-475 g "acceptable" MaP category, the Ultimate doesn't even hit mid-range!
    Make sure your supplier provides the UltraMax, not the Ultimate. The UltraMax has slightly higher price, but not by much.

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  14. Reader Review

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    I recently visited my parents in Palm Desert California. They needed a new toilet and their plumber recommended the Toto Ultramax, which he installed. It is amazing, flushes like a commercial toilet, really.
    I came home and one of the first things I told my husband about was this fabulous new toilet that my parents had. We will be replacing our 2 toilets right away!
    If you have ever had a flushing issue, go out right away and by a Toto toilet.

    Thank you,
    Linda Walker
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    UPDATE, 5/1/07: After using this toilet for almost two years, I just purchased and installed two more just like it. This is simply a great toilet as far as I'm concerned.

    Fred Klintworth

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  16. stran

    stran New Member

    Me Too

    Just throwing in my two cents if it helps. Bought an Ultramax, now I begin house tours by showing guests the toilet. Looks great, works great, installation was a snap.

    As a tip for the budget minded, the Toto Drake works equally as well for much less. Its a two piece instead of a one piece but that will onyl add about 10 minutes to the installation. We have two Drakes and an Ultramax.
  17. HDFAN1

    HDFAN1 New Member

    Well, I bought my elongated ADA Ultramax last Friday. I havn't installed it yet, still remodeling. Tile guy coming Aug.21, so shortly after that I'll see what all the fuss is about.

    I did unbox it and install the seat/lid (softclose). I have my reservations about the seat, but will wait until after install for final judgement.

    This toilet is very cool looking, I must say. But it sure looks small compared to the 5 gal model it's replacing.
  18. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    New England
    The tank size is smaller...the seat will fit many toilets, and that's the important part!
  19. mlb1

    mlb1 New Member

    Ultramax WORKS

    Thanks, Terry, you were right again! I just had two Toto Ultramax's installed on Sat and they work much better than the Mansfield Altos they replaced. The Altos required plunging every few weeks and were the worst. They also had a poorly glazed trap that required a closet auger as a plunger would not unplug them. Thanks again for this website and your data on the Totos!

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  20. Pimbley

    Pimbley New Member



    Just remodelled my downstairs and put in an Ultramax. Works like a champ.

    Upstairs has a Kohler one-piece. San Rameo, Rialto or something like that. This one constantly clogs. Can not explain why.
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