Single jet flush toilet
The VorMax toilet from American Standard eliminates conventional rim holes and rim in favor of a single opening that releases a jet of water at the top of the bowl. The manufacturer contends that this concentrated burst is more effective at sweeping away detritus clinging to the bowl than the multiple rim holes found on most household toilets. It’s an approach similar to that used in Toto’s Double Cyclone flush system, which was introduced a few years ago, though the VorMax employs one jet rather than two. Using only 1.28 gal. per flush, the VorMax is certified under the EPA’s WaterSense program. It’s available in four models, sold by different retailers. The Optum is at Home Depot ($288), the Estate (shown) and the Heritage are sold at Ferguson bath showrooms ($499 to $625), and the Esteem is at Lowe’s ($358). All have elongated bowls, a 16-1⁄2-in.-high seat, and an antimicrobial surface to inhibit bacterial growth.