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The Shortest Toilets Revolution (From 25″ Down To 23″)

The battlefield for the smallest and shortest toilets is getting a little crowded. A total of 6 models from 4 companies top the list of the smallest space saving toilets. So now you are really spoilt for choice. From the shortest bowl length to the tallest sitting height, who doesn’t love America, the land of possibilities.

You may have read the previous post; the smallest toilet then is the Galba with a 24.5″ length. That record has since been broken, first by Swiss Madison Sublime II, and now by Carus which is also from the company that sells Galba. And the new Galba is 25-inch long, so it is no longer a club24 member anymore.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase and find out what these 6 tiny gravity flush siphonic toilets are made of and which one is the best for you.

Shall we begin with the smallest first?

Carus – Smallest Among All The Shortest Toilets

23-inch Carus Toilet

The current smallest toilet depth is 23 inches. Yes, you read right, ‘twenty-three inches’, front to back, and it belongs to the Carus. It’s a new toilet model by Luxury Modern Home who brought you the popular Galba. So the next natural thing you will ask is, how does it perform compare to Galba?

Fair enough. As usual, let’s go through the specs and compare the differences between the two and see if you can spot any advantage or disadvantage on Carus. And you can treat this as a Carus toilet review if you like. Or, if you haven’t heard about the Galba toilet before, here’s the review.

So here’s the Specification Comparison.

Carus Versus Galba (Specifications)

SpecificationCarus thumbnail 160x160

Carus

Galba Thumbnail 160x160

Galba (New Version)

DesignElonagted, one-piece
and skirted
Elonagted, one-piece
and skirted
Flushing SystemG-Max SiphonVorTex Flush
Flushing CapacityDual Flush
1.6 GPF / 0.8 GPF
Dual Flush
1.6 GPF / 0.8 GPF
Bowl RimConventional rim holes design
(closed rim)
Open rim with dual jet hole
GlazeSelf-cleaning glazed surface,
would not scratch, rust,
fade, or discolor
Self-cleaning glazed surface,
would not scratch, rust,
fade, or discolor
Flush valve diameterUnknown (3-inch?)3″
Trapway SizeUnknown (2-inch?)2″ fully glazed
Water Surface Size18cm x 10cm?6″ x 4″
Seat Height16.5″16.5″
Bowl Width13.25″13.375″
Overall Height27.5″28.375″
Overall Length23″25″
Rough-in12″12″
PricePrice on AmazonPrice on Amazon


What Can the Specification Tell You About Little Carus?

At the time of writing this post, there are no reviews anywhere you can rely on to know more about Carus. Not even on Amazon. So, performance wise, will it be as good as the proven Galba or better? Are you going to take the leap and be the first to experience it and come back to tell your Carus story?

You sure have a long list of questions that need answers. Let’s use the specification to deal with all the doubts you may have before hitting the buy button.

Apparently, the Carus toilet is adopting the G-Max flushing system of the previous Galba version. However, there is no information on Luxury Modern Home website about its flush valve size, trapway diameter, and a questionable water surface area. Those are important components that make up the entire flushing system.

But since they call it the G-Max system, you can presume it is similar to the old Galba specification*, except maybe for the water surface.

*The new Galba flushing system is called the VorTex Flush. An improved flushing system over the G-Max. You will read about it in a while.

So with Carus having a shorter bowl, will the water surface size be smaller or still maintain at 6″ x 4″ like Galba?

That will be a decent water surface for Carus considering its smaller size. And it is highly likely that the water surface is maintained at 6″ x 4″ on little Carus. If you compare the bowl capacity, that is the internal bowl dimension (image 3); it is pretty close to the new Galba.

Carus vs Galba - Bowl Dimension

Image 3 – Carus vs Galba – Bowl Dimension

Carus Water Surface

Image 4 (Source: LuxuryModernHome.com)

But on Luxury Modern Home website, the water surface is shown as 10cm x 18cm (3-15/16″ x 7-1/6″). That’s a very odd size, and it doesn’t quite match the shape shown on the image (Image 4) which was taken from the LMH site. The width is closer to Galba’s so it could be a mistake on the length (7-1/6″) here. Therefore, a 6″ x 4″ water surface is more likely the case.

And notice the clearance space between the bolt holes and the tank (Image 3), that’s is where part of the toilet length is being shaved. On the Carus, the clearance gap looks a bit narrow for a bidet seat. There is no information on the gap distance, so if you intend to also get a bidet seat for Carus, please check with Luxury Modern Home. The minimum clearance is 1.5-inch for most bidet toilet seats.

Verdict – To Buy Or Not To Buy Carus?

With everything else except for the smaller dimension, Carus has the shadow of previous Galba model. And judging from the bowl design, it is almost identical to good old Galba. Only its shape is less squarish and getting a seat replacement shouldn’t be much of a hassle.

The G-Max Siphon flush system has worked well for previous Galba model. So the flushing power and efficiency of little Carus should be of the same level. The only concern is the narrow gap clearance between the bolt holes and the tank. So if you need a bidet seat, please check for compatibility with the respective manufacturers before ordering this 23″ toilet.

However, if you are good with just a bidet attachment, then there is no issue with the clearance. And Bio Bidet or Brondell will have a good range for your consideration.

So yes, this tiny little Carus may well be THE super space saving toilet for you if you have an extremely small area. Otherwise, please consider remodeling your bath or powder room for more space.

Any shorter you might end up with a toilet for kids.

Buy Carus on Amazon

What Happened To Galba?

First of all, our apologies. This Galba toilet update is long overdue. But never too late when there are now more 24 inches toilets getting into the marketplace. So it’s a great opportunity to also talk about how Galba is coping with the competition and why it has ‘grown’ longer.

(First time hearing about Galba? Highly recommend that you read the previous review first to understand this discussion better.)

So What Has Changed?

Classy Galba has upgraded its look and flushing system.

New and Old Galba

On the exterior, the new Galba has less contrasting angles and lines on the side. Giving it a smoother feel and look. And of course, it is now 25 inches in length which is a mere half an inch longer than its previous construct. For most users, it doesn’t affect their plan a wee bit. So let’s not bother with more investigative work only to justify a change of negligible fraction.

Instead, you would want to know more about the new VorTex Flush, and how it is a better flushing system than the G-Max. Agree?

The new VorTex flushing system yields better performance and offers ease of upkeeping because of the open bowl rim. Unlike the G-Max system which has rim holes lined along the entire rim, the VorTex Flush uses 2 large jet holes to stream water down to rinse the bowl with a sweeping vortex. (Image 5)

Galba Rimless Bowl

Image 5 (Adapted from original image on Luxury Modern Home)

Now, looking at the image above, does TOTO’s signature Tornado Flushing System come to mind? Well, not implying there’s a plagiarism attempt here, if there is then Galba is definitely not the first and alone. American Standard has done it with its Vormax toilets, and KOHLER Corbelle is the new kid on the block and a whole host of many others. So what’s new?

It’s a global trend now, and you may have noticed even the Europeans are now going rimless as well with their traditional washdown toilets. It’s pretty commonplace these days for any modern toilet to adopt such a flushing system.

That’s because it flushes cleaner and better than the conventional rim-holed design. And water is used more efficiently during a flush. But the biggest takeaway is the ease of upkeep. No more scrubbing or waterjet-ing underneath the rim to clear blockages. That’s definitely one huge improvement made on Galba.

Other than a slightly longer length, better looking, and a more powerful and efficient flushing system, it is still the same Galba quality that has served many users well.

So, you like the New Galba? Click here for its latest pricing on Amazon.

Buy Galba on Amazon

Or you have heard or found something else that has similar specs and features as Galba but at only half the price? What is it?

What’s The Difference Between Galba And Horow?

Horow small toilet, or more precisely, Horow HWMT-8733 has been giving Galba a run for its owner’s money. Primarily due to its resemblance to Galba in terms of size and specifications or features. But are they really the same?

Let’s put them side by side once and for all and see how close they are in specification and features.

Galba Versus Horow – Specs Comparison

SpecificationHorow Thumbnail 160x160

Horow

Galba Thumbnail 160x160

Galba (New Version)

DesignElonagted, one-piece
and skirted
Elonagted, one-piece
and skirted
Flushing SystemSimilar to VorTex FlushVorTex Flush
Flushing CapacityDual Flush
1.6 GPF / 1.28 GPF
Dual Flush
1.6 GPF / 0.8 GPF
Bowl RimOpen rim (Single jet hole?*) Open rim with dual jet hole
GlazeSelf-cleaning glazed surface* Self-cleaning glazed surface,
would not scratch, rust,
fade, or discolor
Flush valve diameterUnknown (but flush valve looks similar to Galba)* 3″
Trapway SizeUnknown (55mm?)* 55mm fully glazed
Water Surface SizeUnknown* 6″ x 4″
Seat Height16.5″16.5″
Bowl Width13.375″13.375″
Overall Height28.375″28.375″
Overall Length25″25″
Rough-in12″12″
PricePrice on AmazonPrice on Amazon

See explanation below.


As you can see they are almost identical; however, due to the lack of information on 6 of the listed attributes, you can only make your best guess. What are they?

Flushing Capacity
The listed flushing capacity on Horow’s page in Amazon shows “Dual-Flush 6lpf/4.8lpf (1.6gpf/1.28gpf)”. Now, that’s not what you will see very often because usually the light-flush or partial-flush capacity is anything from 0.8 GPF up to 1.0 GPF. So this could be a mistake, whatever it is.

You might want to verify with Horow if you are from the state of California, or States that regulate 1.28 GPF as the maximum capacity for a toilet.

If there is no error, which is very strange from any angle you look at it, it’s like having two full-flushes in one toilet. That being the case, then this will probably be the only apparent difference between Galba and Horow.
⤴ back to comparison table

Bowl Rim

Horow Toilet Vortex Flush

Image 6 (Source: Amazon.com)

If the image (Image 6 – taken from Horow’s product description on Amazon) genuinely depicts how the water flow is like during a flush, then the Horow HWMT-8733 will have an open rim just like Galba. And a vortex-like flush.

But, it is strange that the waterjet outlet is on the right. It’ll make more sense if it’s on the left instead because that’s where the water flow is the strongest. So please take it as just an illustration the vendor has put up to show a cyclone-like flush. But it sure feels like a quick photoshop job by someone who knows little about toilet flush.

And is it just one rim jet outlet? Again, if you want an answer to this, please ask Horow either on Amazon or their official website.
⤴ back to comparison table

Glaze
Again on Amazon, the Seller Warranty Description says,

“5 years limited warranty on porcelain parts against fading/staining of the glaze.”

This part of the warranty has a similar meaning to Galba’s “Self-cleaning glazed surface, would not scratch, rust, fade, or discolor”. Except maybe the ‘scratching’ part isn’t included in the warranty. So be careful not to scrub the bowl surface with any abrasive stuff, even on Galba.
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Flush Valve Diameter
Though the entire flushing mechanism looks similar to Galba, it does not necessarily mean they are the same. Since Horow doesn’t show any information on this, you can only assume they have met the minimum requirement. Either the industry minimum of 2 inches or ANSI’s 1.5 inches in diameter.

Would you want to believe they are the same? Why assume when you can call or email them to confirm.
⤴ back to comparison table

Trapway Size
In another Horow listing* on Amazon, it clearly shows (image 7) the trapway diameter as 55mm (2 3/16″). So, does that mean the Horow HWMT-8733 will have the same trapway diameter? And coincidentally, Luxury Modern Home also has the same image on its Galba product page.

*Just in case the page is no longer accessible, here’s the full-page screenshot.

Galba and Horow Trapway Compare

Image 7

On Horow’s Amazon page under the Customer questions & answers section, Horow confirms the other listed model, MY-2133-US and the Horow HWMT-8733 are the same toilet. So that must be true unless the Horow customer service had generalized everything in his/her reply.

Horow Reply on Amazon

You may want to follow the Customer questions and answers for the latest updates.

Again, please confirm this information with Horow if it’s important enough for you.
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Water Surface Size
When all the dimensions are similar on both toilets, you can presume the water surface size is the same as Galba’s 6″ x 4″. That’s assuming they are from the same mold (same factory).

But are they really made by the same factory?

Only The Almighty, Horow, Luxury Modern Home, and those with inside knowledge will know.
⤴ back to comparison table

Make Up Your Mind, Galba Or Horow?

galba-toilet-thumb

GALBA 25-inch Short Toilet
  • One-Piece and Skirted Design
  • Dual Flush 1.6gpf / 0.8gpf
  • Overall Length 25-inch
  • 12-inch Rough-in

horow-hwmt-8733-thumb

HOROW HWMT-8733 25-inch Short Toilet
  • One-Piece and Skirted Design
  • Dual Flush 1.6gpf / *1.28gpf
  • Overall Length 25-inch
  • 12-inch Rough-in


*1.28gpfSee explanation above.


If not for the huge difference in cost, this Galba-Horow comparison would have been pointless. Though there is enough evidence to prove their similarity, they are still sold by 2 independent companies. So do you think you should also consider the aftersale and replacement parts support?

That’s entirely up to you, and it’s understandable if you pick the one with a much lower cost. Who wouldn’t, given the significant savings. But is it too good to be true? What’s the catch? Can they sustain their business with low-profit margins? What if the company folded where should you go to get support on parts and service?

Don’t stress yourself with all those questions. Nobody has the answers for you. And why should you even bother when you still have two other choices at your disposal.

You see, back then when Galba is the only floor-mounted gravity flush toilet with the shortest length (24.5″), you simply don’t have a choice. If you need it for your small bath or powder room, you just have to suck it up and pay the price. That’s not the case anymore.

Today, you have more options to consider, and they are the 24-inch-ers with a price that’s about Horow’s or even lower. So let’s move on to the next section and see if they are better alternatives to Horow or Galba.

24-Inch Depth Toilets

24-inch Short Length ToiletsThere are two new contenders in the shortest toilets arena. Well, one of them is not exactly new. It made its debut even before Horow starts tailgating on Galba’s popularity. It wasn’t listed on Amazon in the beginning, so not many have heard about its 24-inch compact toilet. If you are a regular visitor to Houzz.com, then you might have seen it when the toilet was first launched. The brand/model is Swiss Madison Sublime II.

The other is WoodbridgeBath T-0031 or Woodbridge T-0031 by the company of the same name, Woodbridge Bath, based in Cerritos, CA. They are the newest in the marketplace for short toilets. And probably towards the end of 2018, its T-0031 compact toilet began to gain traction as a strong contender for Galba, Horow, and Swiss Madison.

Finally, Julius 24″ small toilet. Another short length toilet by Luxury Modern Home, who brought you the Galba and Carus. You will find the familiarity in its features and specs, which is like a cross between Galba and Carus. But how is it priced? Get the details in the review below.

Swiss Madison Sublime II Review

Among all the small depth toilets mentioned in this review, this is the only one with a 1.28 GPF/0.8 GPF flushing capacity. Great if you are looking to save more than just spaces. The overall front-to-back length of this water and space saving toilet is 24 inches.

Swiss Madison Sublime II

Since there isn’t any information on its bowl design, flush valve and trapway size, it’s hard to form an expectation that the flushing is at least decent. A look around the web for clues of its flushing prowess returns nothing, only praises of its good looks and “a nice fit” are all you will read.

Installation wise can be a challenge as with most skirted toilets. But if you follow the installation manual to the letter, and with a template provided it is not difficult at all. Just make sure you have the right tool for tightening the bolt. And you will need to drill holes on your flooring for the mounting brackets. An experienced plumber will breeze through the entire installation.

And the takeaway is its price. It isn’t anywhere near Galba or Carus, and with its beautiful exterior, are you tempted to give it a try?

Buy Swiss Madison Sublime II on Amazon


Woodbridge T-0031 Review

If cost is a major consideration, this Woodbridge T-0031 is the most economical 24-inch compact toilet. The length is only a fraction over 24 inches. Nice appearance and much easier to install than the Swiss Madison Sublime II.

No drilling of holes is required as the mounting brackets are bolted to the flange bolts. Just make sure you mark the location of the bracket so that it’s easier for you to align the bolt holes on the side of the toilet to the brackets when mounting onto the flange. This is also to minimize the adjustment, so you don’t shift the wax ring too much.

Woodbridge T-0031

Like the Swiss Madison model, there isn’t any information on the flush valve and trapway size. The bowl is of the closed-rim design with holes lined along the rim for bowl rinsing. All you can say is, it’s a conventional design that meets the Standard (ANSI) minimum required of its flush valve and trapway dimension.

If you are one who habitually relies on Amazon reviews to make your purchase decision, be careful with this one. There are 2 listings on Amazon. One has an over 4-star rating and more than 200 user reviews (last seen).

But not all reviews are for this Woodbridge T-0031 toilet. It’s a combined review of 4 different toilet models and almost impossible to sieve out the actual percentage of positive and negative reviews for this 24 inches Woodbridge compact toilet.

The other listing only has this Woodbridge T-0031 and no reviews (yet).

But that may change if the company decides to list the various toilets individually. If anything that goes, you are more likely to go for it because of its price.

Buy Woodbridge T-0031 on Amazon

Julius 24″ Small Toilet Review

This review started with the introduction of Carus, then explained the changes with Galba, and now it has to end with Julius, another small toilet model by Luxury Modern Home. If you feel like this compact toilets roundup is a little biased towards one company, it’s not your fault.

The reality is, the company has the most options now compared to the other 3. You may say it is dominating (sort of) the small toilets marketplace. And it is trying to defend its position by coming up with more short length toilet options.

So how is Julius different, or somewhat similar to Galba and Carus?

Julius 24-inch Toilet

Julius Toilet Bowl

Image 8 (As shown on Luxury Modern Home Site)

First, the bowl looks like Carus which is more rounded than Galba (Image 8). And if you take a closer look, you will notice there are the rim jet holes like those you saw on Galba (Image 5 above). So it’s a rimless or an open rim bowl. And the flushing system is called the NEW and IMPROVED G-Max Siphon flush. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The rest of the features and specifications are identical to Galba.

And for those who want to know if a bidet seat can be fitted onto this little Julius, the answer is, Maybe.



Julius Bowl Dimensions

Image 9 (Taken from Luxry Modern Home Site)
Click on image for full-size view

Have a good look at the image (image 9), and see if you can trust the 1.5″ clearance between the tank and the bolt hole center. (Click the image to enlarge)

The 1.5″ is the minimum clearance required by most of the bidet brands.

*Hint:
Add up the dimensions on the right from top to bottom. There are two sets of size here. One does add up to 24 inches but not the other. So which is the correct one? Can you trust that the 1.5″ clearance is correct since there is an inconsistency? Or is the overall length really 24 inches? Luxury Modern Home needs to clarify on its dimensions.

If the dimension is accurate on the total length (24″) and the 1.5″ clearance, then Julius may be another best selling 24-inch short length toilet, after Galba.

Buy Julius Toilet on Amazon


Common Trait – The Sellers & Their Smallest Toilets

Have you noticed what’s common with all these six compact toilets? They are all one-piece and skirted. And the companies that sell and market them are all family-owned enterprises. Coincidence?

Who cares if they are family or public entities as long as they provide good service and quality products that solve your problems. But the one-piece and skirted design are what you should take note of if you plan on installing the toilet yourself. They can be a pain to install if you have not done one before.

To avoid any potential issues with installation, always get a good grasp of how the work should be carried out, and the tools you need. You will save a lot of time and frustration. The usual mistake is to assume everything is fine only to discover there are missing parts or quality issues at the very moment you are about to do the installation.

So please inspect the toilet thoroughly the same day you received it. And if you are hiring a plumber for the installation, do the checks before you make the appointment.

Remember, this is still one big piece of porcelain even though it is called a small toilet. And its weight is easily about 90 pounds and super fragile. So don’t do the checking alone if you can’t handle the weight, get a helper with strong arms and lots of padding material.

Summary

The main reason you are looking for a small toilet is because of the space constraint you are facing. For sure, any of the 6 space-saving toilets featured here will be able to fit into the tiny area you have allocated for a toilet. Otherwise, you should just scrap the whole idea and consider other space-saving options.

The 23-inch Carus is by far the smallest floor-mounted gravity flush toilet. If you don’t even have the minimum space for it, you are in danger of a wallet-bleeding bathroom remodel. Unless it is necessary, keep your options open with the 24-inch depth toilets, or even 25-inch. You will then have the freedom to fit a bidet toilet seat should you intend to use one later.

As for flushing power and efficiency, all of them are about the same except maybe Galba, Horow and Julius which uses the cyclone-style flushing for a better bowl rinse. They are also easy to clean because of the open-rim bowl design. And if you are still wondering if Horow is a good buy given its price advantage, use your best judgment. They are all legitimate businesses with varying service support.

Finally, if you are feeling a little adventurous, do consider the other two 24-inch short length toilets – Swiss Madison and Woodbridge Bath. Though their reviews aren’t that convincing like Galba and the lack in flushing system information, they are still viable alternatives when cost is your primary consideration.

Do you agree these are all the shortest toilets you can find in the marketplace right now? Or perhaps there more out there that you have seen or heard. If you would like to share your finds, leave a comment below. (Please include brand/model if you can. And only floor-mounted and gravity-flush siphonic toilets please.) Thank you.

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