Duravit and TOTO are popular toilet brands. Both companies offer reliable, durable products and top-notch designs. Whether you’re looking for a modern toilet or something more traditional, you will find plenty of options at various price points from each brand.
A German company that started out manufacturing earthenware items, Duravit is committed to responsible sourcing and manufacturing methods. This eco-friendly mentality trickles down to the products, which save water with every flush.
The founder of TOTO created the first Japanese toilet with a western-style flush mechanism. The technology took off in the 1980s, when TOTO developed the Washlet, a toilet-bidet combination that is now a standard fixture in Japanese hotel bathrooms.
But TOTO also makes standard toilets, and Duravit makes shower-toilets, which function like the Washlet. Whether you’re looking for a smart or standard toilet, one of the TOTO or Duravit models should suit your needs and budget.
Duravit vs. TOTO Toilets Features Comparison
Material and Durability
A toilet’s durability comes down to the quality of its material and the effectiveness of its flush. TOTO and Duravit toilets are both made from high-quality porcelain, which is a mixture of clay and minerals that is fired at high temperatures to make it strong, water-resistant and durable.
The porcelain that’s used for toilets is strong across the board. Most floor-mounted toilets support about 1,000 pounds, which means that neither TOTO nor Duravit toilets will crack under pressure. Wall-mounted toilets generally support up to 500 pounds, but some TOTO Washlet wall-hung models support up to 880 pounds.
While the toilet’s bulk may support just about anyone, its seat may not. Still, both TOTO and Duravit make seats that are designed for their toilet models. The fit eliminates the slipping and sliding that weakens the hinges. Moreover, the seats and lids are made of thick, resilient plastic with sturdy hinges that should last longer than universal toilet seats.
Both companies also add a glaze to the porcelain surface before firing it. This produces a glossy, enamel-like finish that resists stains and allows waste to be wiped or washed away easily. TOTO uses a few finishes depending on the model, including Sanagloss and CEFIONTECT.
Duravit refers to its glaze as Wondergliss or HygieneGlaze and claims that it’s an antibacterial product that remains effective throughout the toilet’s life. You can order toilets with or without this finish from Duravit.
TOTO and Duravit make several toilet models. All of them save water compared to older toilets that other brands manufacture.
TOTO’s Tornado Flush technology sounds as powerful as it is. It shoots water out of two nozzles to swipe waste off of the sides of the bowls while minimizing water usage. TOTO’s toilets with Tornado Flush use as little as one gallon per flush, or 1.0 GPF. Some have dual-flush capability, bringing the water usage for liquid waste to 0.8 GPF.
Not all of TOTO’s toilets feature Tornado Flush technology. Some use E-Max or G-Max flushing systems. E-Max technology takes advantage of a wide valve and extra-large siphon jet to push waste down with 1.28 GPF. The G-Max flushing system uses 1.6 GPF.
Both toilets feature glazing technology that produces a smooth, glassy surface on the interior and exterior of the toilet. With no texture to capture particles, these toilets allow dirt and grime to be whisked away. This technology reduces the use of chemical cleaners and harsh abrasives. In most cases, you can simply wipe these toilets clean.
But this is nothing new; most toilet brands feature a proprietary glaze that reduces buildup and improves cleanliness. TOTO and Duravit offer even more advanced technology to minimize the time that you spend cleaning your bathroom.
Many of TOTO’S models mist EWATER+ onto the bidet wand and bowl before and after you use the toilet. This electrolyzed water is a powerful cleaning agent that keeps your toilet fresh and minimizes microscopic particle buildup.
Duravit offers rimless models, which pair cyclonic flushing action with a geometrically ideal bowl shape to maximize the flow of low water volumes. This action reduces the time that you’ll spend cleaning the toilet and saves water.
Toilet and Bowl Types
Both brands offer several types of toilets and bowls, including the following:
Some of the standout features of the Duravit SensoWash shower-toilets and the TOTO Washlets include:
- Front and rear washing capabilities
- Adjustable water temperature
- Rimless bowl
- Air dryer
- Heated seat
- Odor extraction/deodorization
The Duravit SensoWash also contains a night light and automatic lid opening and closing functions. You can control its features with a smartphone app.
Design and Colors
At different times in history, colored toilets have been popular. Today, however, you’ll find that most toilets come in white or off-white shades. This holds true for TOTO and Duravit toilets. TOTO models come in a variety of colors, including white, gray and matte silver. Most Duravit toilets come in some variation of white.
But most people aren’t looking for dramatic toilet colors. However, if you prefer a unique style, you can probably find a stunning silhouette from either manufacturer. Both of these brands offer advanced designs that maximize space while minimizing maintenance. Therefore, they offer sleek lines and shapes that are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
From a shape perspective, TOTO toilets often have a more curvy/round look to them. Duravit, on the other hand, have many straight lines and give off a box-ish shape. This is especially true with some of their wall-hung models (the Viu model is a great example of this).
Both companies feature a wide range of prices. You can find budget models for a few hundred dollars. On the other hand, you can buy a state-of-the-art toilet with all of the available bells and whistles for several thousand dollars.
For example, if you want to go all out, you can pick up the TOTO NEOREST NX2 for under 20K at many online locations…👀
TOTO and Duravit offer excellent warranties on their products, with the following details. It’s also worth noting that TOTO is known to give great after-purchase support as well.
- Porcelain parts and Washlet – one-year limited warranty
- Electronic flush valves – three-year limited warranty
- Neorest toilets – three-year limited warranty
- Ceramic items – five year warranty
- Toilet seats – two-year warranty
- Parts – one-year warranty
As with most brands, how easy/difficult the installation is depends on the individual model itself. Installing a two-piece toilet that’s easy to move, standard rough-in size, etc, is much easier than a smart toilet that needs electricity and the necessary hookups to work.
While TOTO has several smart toilets, Duravit has several wall-mounted models. Both will likely require a professional plumber to install, so we wouldn’t say there’s a clear ‘winner’ in this particular category.
Top Picks for TOTO Toilets
Most Unique Design: TOTO Neorest Wall Hung Toilet
This toilet has all the bells and whistles, far too many to name. However, the highlights alone are impressive.
- eWater+ technology
- Three mode bidet wash
- Air purifying system
- Remote control
This model is truly a full service toilet. But keep in mind, that’s even before you consider the design! The NEOREST EW has a uniquely-shaped square design, which isn’t unique per se, until you factor in that it’s also wall-hung. It’s very rare to find a square-shaped wall-hung toilet. Because of this, and all the awesome bells and whistles, this get our pick for the most unique design!
Best Value for Money: TOTO Entrada
Many times prices are very subjective to the vendors that they’re sold by. In the case of the Entrada, this is still true, but to a much smaller degree than others. For example, most all vendors that sell this model will do so under the $250 mark. Not only is this great for budget buyers, but also for people that was a great toilet.
The Entrada gets top marks when it comes to the MaP flush score (1000), as well as items like ADA and WaterSense compliance, and easier-than-normal installation.
Put all the factors together and you have a recipe for a truly remarkable toilet. There’s a reason it has been one of TOTO’s top residential sellers since it was released.
Top Picks for Duravit Toilets
Most Versatile: DuraStyle
Duravit is more popular in Europe than it is in America. That said, it’s still very popular here, especially in metro areas (they’re huge in NYC, for example).
Because of their worldwide footprint, they have to be flexible in the models they have. European bathrooms are often smaller than their American counterparts, which is a big reason why the company has so many wall-hung models. But it’s also a big reason why they have so many options on their toilets in general. They are generally able to appease to both markets rather well.
There are so many models for the DuraStyle, that almost any household is likely to find one that works for them (design depending).
Duravit vs TOTO: Which Should You Choose?
If you’re looking for a durable toilet with top-of-the-line function and bidet features, it makes sense to look at TOTO and Duravit options. Both offer toilets that clean you and themselves with little effort. Both brands are environmentally conscious, offering water-saving models with efficient flush technology.
Your decision may come down to personal preference. One consideration is whether the toilet will complement the other features in your bathroom. Both brands offer collections that include bathtubs, sinks and accessories.
If you don’t need a fancy toilet, you can buy a traditional model from TOTO or Duravit. TOTO features more traditional toilets at the budget price point. Even the conservative models from Duravit have contemporary flair and minimalistic design.
In sum, TOTO delivers a quality, no-frills budget option with traditional appeal. But if you’re looking for something with advanced technology and modern design, either brand has options.