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In this guide, we’ll be going some of the top toilet flanges on the market – but first, let’s talk about the toilet flange. If you are not sure what in the world that is, read ahead, we’ve not only given a summary of what it is and what it does, we have included our picks for the best toilet flange available on the market!
If you are interested in other toilet related repairs we also have guides on the best toilet augers, and the best toilet fill valves.
Table Of Contents
- Top 3 Toilet Flange Reviews and Comparisons
- Features to Consider for Toilet Flange
- What Is a Toilet Flange?
- Final Thoughts on Toilet Seals
Top 3 Toilet Flange Reviews and Comparisons
Because there are quite a few different toilet flanges on the marketplace, and each one may have specific toilets/sizes it can use, I have decided to review my 3 favorite toilet flanges that are extremely durable and will easily get the job done!
Oatey 43539 Toilet Flange
The first flange on this list is the Oatey 43539! Overall I would say this is the best toilet flange on the market currently because of its durability and its ease of installation.
The one thing that we loved about-about the Oatey 43539 is that it is easy to install – for most of the other models in the market, it requires a lot of Googling and looking through the installation guide but for the Oatey 43539, what we found is that you can simply slip the toilet flange in and tighten 3 bolts and seal the connection, and you are good to go!
Most of the users loved the fact that instead of calling a plumber to fix old iron flanges, they simply bought Oatey 43539 and replaced their old flanges with it. They not only saved hundreds of dollars this way but they made sure that they were replacing and old unit with a new one.
One thing that we admired about the Oatey 43539 is the fact that it is made here in the United States – that’s right, its not made overseas which means that you can expect a better overall quality. That being said, one that thing absolutely stands out with this toilet flange is its durability. It is made of PVC cast iron which makes it extremely durable, and I have owned these flanges for years and they have outlasted a few past flanges I have installed.
The only downside we could find with the Oatey 43539 is that it is a bit pricier than its peers on the market, but we feel that it is well worth it. You are not only getting a great product but the fact that it is so effortless and straightforward to install means that you are not only saving money but also time!
Next by Danco 9D0010672X
My next choice on this list is the Next by Danco 9D0010672X – if you need a solid pick, get the Danco today!
One thing that we love about the Danco is the fact that it is easy to install and easy to use – we were looking for a product that even novices could pick up.
The price of the Danco is a few bucks lower than our main pick, so if you want to save, then you might consider pickup up this model instead. Even more so if you are looking to replace your toilet, then you are looking upwards of thousands for a replacement, so you’re best next alternative is to replace it yourself and save tons of money.
The only downside we could find with the Danco is that it only has around a 3-inch diameter so if you need something bigger you could getting our main pick or looking for something else in the market.
Overall if you are looking for a solid product that is easy to install for an affordable price, then this Danco is a great option!
PASCO 21013 Toilet Flange
If you need a low-price alternative, take a look at our affordable pick the PASCO 21013 – this will not break the bank if you need something to replace the flange that you currently have.
The only thing that we disliked about the PASCO 21013 is that it might have two extra tabs on top that you may not need – this is not a big deal in fact what most people do is they just grind off the tabs if they find that it interferes with the seating of the toilet.
Now installing the PASCO 21013 is not as easy as some of the other models on this list but it certainly is not rocket science either. To be honest with you, the hardest part of installing the PASCO 21013 is drilling holes in the bathroom floor – you may need to pull out your driller or else you will have a rough time.
The metal on the PASCO 21013 is not as thick as some of the other models on this list but for the price that it is set at – its still pretty good. If you do need something that it more heavy duty, then something else on the market may better suit you needs.
All in all, if you are looking to save yourself form an expensive plumbing bill then you should be in good hands if you purchase the PASCO 21013 – this not only is an inexpensive toilet flange but its straightforward to use!
FlexOn Toilet Flange
FlexOn Toilet Flange is one of the pricier options on this list. However, this product comes with a full kit.
The whole product includes the toilet flange, 8 spacers, and a toilet seal gauge. The gauge is used to identify if the seal is made before the toilet was set above the flange. The unit is the right height for screwing in the toilet.
The flange is compatible with 4-inch PVC/ABS, cast iron, or lead pipes. It also features additional seals on the sleeve to seal it to any of the pipes. The seal ensures there will be no leaks or return of odors.
The upper part also has a seal. It attaches to the toilet horn without requiring any wax. This is designed to be a strong airtight seal to ensure there’s no leakage.
It also corrects about 1-inch offsets on the toilet. It also remains intact even under small toilet movements.
Oatey ABS Cast Iron Closet Flange
The Oatey ABS Cast Iron Closet Flange is a lightweight toilet flange. This toilet flange fits easily in 4-inch cast iron and plastic pipes. The rubber seals the position correctly against the wall of the tube.
This product comes with 3-inch stainless steel bolts. Their main purpose is to lock the flange to your pipe from the floor. The flange is secured and stable with enough tightening. What’s great about this flange is you can avoid doing caulking because it can resist water penetration.
The compression joint allows you to adjust the riser for about 3 inches. A pretty versatile option for you.
Some toilet flanges require you to tear down the bathroom floor for installation. The Oatey ABS Cast Iron Closet Flange doesn’t need you to break the surface for installation.
You don’t even need extra tools for installing. All you need is a wrench to make sure the bolts are tightly secured.
Most of its materials are made of plastic. It doesn’t easily corrode because of the plastic components compared to metal toilet flanges. The plastic frame is also surprisingly durable. You can make good use of the flange for a long time.
NEXT BY DANCO HydroSeat Durable Toilet Flange
NEXT BY DANCO HydroSeat Durable Toilet Flange is also a flexible choice that can fit every type of pipe and toilet. It is flexible because of its wax or waxless ring that secures it tightly against the pipe.
This product boasts of its Sure Seal Technology that guarantees a perfect seal and removes gas smells. The technology seems to work fine and we didn’t smell any gas or any leakage. We can’t say for sure if it stays the same in a couple of years though.
Aside from its Sure Seal Technology, it also features a self-centering gasket which ensures a firmer position. The bolts attached to it ensure the seating is comfortable and hassle-free. The HydroSeat is composed of a rubber funnel for better security.
It doesn’t take much time to install. You don’t even need to remove your old flange. Just put the ring on your old one and screw it tightly.
Aside from the toilet flange, the package includes nuts, screws, a rubber funnel, and washers. However, the wax ring needs to be bought separately which is a downer. For its price, it’s reasonable and you even get a lot of necessary components.
The toilet flange is made with powder-coated steel. It’s sturdy and great for long-term use. While it has ample protection against corrosion, steel is still a compound that is prone to it so make sure you pay extra caution.
Features to Consider for Toilet Flange
Toilets can differ in a lot of ways. In fact, there are many types of toilets around the world. Hence, it is important to know more about the features of a toilet flange and how it relates to the type of toilet you own.
Compatibility is essential when you consider the drain pipe size. Drain pipes can come in different sizes. The most common sizes are 3 and 4 inches in diameter.
That’s why you need to check the size of your drain pipe before buying a toilet flange. You have to check if the toilet flange’s sleeve is compatible with the size of your drain pipe.
You also have the option of getting a universal fitting flange that is compatible with all drain pipe sizes. Be wary as it may become loose and not tight since it is universal.
Another essential part of a toilet flange is the seal. A seal can be one of the three main types. They are rubber, wax, or silicone seals.
The common ones are wax and rubber. With wax, you get watertight seals. However, the wax can be affected by temperature. If your bathroom is under extreme heat, the wax can melt and get greasy. During the winter, it might get too cold causing the wax to stiffen.
Hence, it’s usually not recommended to use wax if you live in such extreme climates. Do note also that the wax and seal can be destroyed when under heavy movement like removing the toilet.
Rubber is great for its reusability. You can reset the toilet numerous times without the thought of damages to it. With rubber, you need to make sure it fits snug to the pipe to prevent any leakage.
Silicone is probably the best option. It has the same properties as rubber while at the same time can withstand extreme temperatures.
Toilet flanges are built in different types of materials. Hence, the reason there are different types of toilets. It’s important that you should know what material toilet flange is and how it impacts its use.
- Plastic – the common material used for toilet flanges. They’re inexpensive, durable, and reliable. Most homes use plastic ones to save money.
- Copper – Copper is highly durable and resistant to corrosion. However, you will have to spend more compared to getting a plastic one. Copper can be a great investment for long-term use.
- Cast iron – cast iron is extremely durable. Hence, they are generally used to extend deep down for reaching the drain pipe.
- Aluminum – aluminum is comparable to copper with less weight. It’s easily malleable though so any great pressure might affect its structural integrity.
- Stainless steel – stainless steel is also a great option. It’s highly resistant to oxidation and corrosion. However, they cost a lot more in general.
- Brass – closely similar to stainless steel and is also expensive.
It all comes down to your personal choice. If we were to recommend, getting a metallic toilet flange is the better option in the long run. While they may be expensive, you won’t have to worry about replacement for a long time.
You should also know the depth of the sunk pipe. It’s important to know so you can get the appropriate toilet flange that can extend to the level of depth. It’s better to consult with professionals first if you don’t know how to do it.
What Is a Toilet Flange?
If you are wondering to yourself, “what is a toilet flange”? Then you are in the right place – simply put, if you want a toilet in your house or living place, you will need a toilet flange. These are special devices used to mount a toilet to your house.
These flanges are plastic pieces that essentially fit between the bottom of the toilet and the piping that is built into your floor. This helps to ensure a tight fit between the two, and ensure that there is no leaking possible.
Along with this you will need a toilet seal as well. If you are looking for repairs inside of the toilet instead of the piping, take a look at our toilet flapper reviews guide.
Final Thoughts on Toilet Seals
In conclusion if you need a solid toilet flange look through the list we have compiled – whether it be our main pick the Oatey 43539, or our runner-up the Next by Danco 9D0010672X or even our affordable pick the PASCO 21013, we have no doubt you will be able to find something that will fit your needs.
Just remember purchase something that will not only fit your price point but also your DIY needs – if you need something heavy duty, get something heavy duty otherwise, just find something that’ll fit your toilet and you should be good to go. On another note, if you are looking for some toilet paper that might be better for your allergies, then take a look at our toilet paper allergies page.
Brett E. is the Owner of BarterDesign.co. Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company. After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!