Being a homeowner or renter sometimes means having to fix issues around your abode on your own. One of the rooms that can pose a big challenge is the bathroom. Unless you’re a plumber, do you know why your pipes are clogged? Can you lay new tile? Where does the vent above the shower even go? For such a small room, a lot can go wrong in the bathroom and the area that takes the most abuse is the toilet. With toilets as the hot destination in any household, they’re prime for issues like running water and leaks. That can mean big bucks in terms of water bills and hiring a plumber.
The good thing about issues with your toilet is that in the grand scheme of household items, the toilet is a relatively simple item. That means that even the most clueless homeowner can find success with fixing their running, leaking toilet. And no one wants a broken toilet. Outhouses went out of fashion for a reason.
If you’re ready to finally stop your toilet from running and get back to the business, you need a toilet repair kit. We’ve rounded up the best kits available online that will finally give you back your throne.
1. Fluidmaster Universal Complete Toilet Tank Repair Kit
Don’t buy a new toilet because of leaks, broken valves or missing caskets. Fluidmaster Universal Complete Toilet Tank Repair Kit has literally everything you need to rebuild your toilet from the tank out. Designed for a standard 1.6-gallon tank, the Fluidmaster fits two- and three-bolt tanks and comes with a flush valve that includes an Adapt-A-Flapper, as well as a 400A fill valve, a Sure-Fit chrome tank lever, three bolts and a gasket that will fit almost any toilet manufactured in the past 30 years. We also like that all the parts included in the Fluidmaster set have a five-year warranty.
Pros: Not only does the Fluidmaster come with everything you need to fix a broken toilet, but it also can be used on a regularly functioning toilet to improve efficiency.
Cons: The Fluidmaster may come with more parts than are required for simple fixes.
2. NEXT BY DANCO HyrdroRight Universal Water-Saving Toilet Repair Kit
Make an investment in your home by purchasing the NEXT BY DANCO HyrdroRight Universal Water-Saving Toilet Repair Kit. The HyrdroRight turns any standard toilet into a two-button, dual flush toilet, enabling users to choose between a regular and light level when flushing, which means using up to 70% less water for liquid and paper flushes, in turn saving you money on your water bill. Plus, decreasing the use of water per flush is eco-friendly. The HyrdroRight decreases the threat of a toilet leak from a worn-out handle or flapper chain, with the system also featuring smart tech that signals if a leak is found. The HyrdroRight is designed with a light touch button and uses jets to clean the tanks and HyrdroRight parts after every flush, which are chlorine and chemical resistant and won’t warp.
Pros: The HyrdroRight can be installed in less than 10 minutes, it doesn’t require any tools and the toilet tank doesn’t have to be removed for installation.
Cons: The HyrdroRight does not work with Mansfield toilets and requires 10 inches minimum of clearance above the highest point of the flush valve to the inside of the tank lid.
3. Korky Universal Complete Toilet Repair
Is your noisy toilet forcing you to turn up the TV or lose sleep? We get it. We also suggest the Korky Universal Complete Toilet Repair, which can help fix just about any issue with your toilet, including noise level, with the Korky including a QuietFILL Toilet Fill Valve that produces less noise than the average valve. The Korky comes with everything you need to improve your leaking, running and noisy toilet, including a fill valve, flush valve, flapper, and tank-to-bowl hardware. The kit also features an Easy-Adjust two-inch flush valve that can be fully adjusted without the use of a hacksaw.
Pros: Korky makes its flapper using its own long-lasting rubber that is resistant to chlorine, bacteria, city-treated water, hard water and well water.
Cons: Korky sells three-inch flush valves, but they must be purchased with a different kit.
4. Fluidmaster Universal Toilet Fill Valve and Flapper Repair Kit
Whether your toilet has a cracked fill valve or is constantly running, the Fluidmaster Universal Toilet Fill Valve and Flapper Repair Kit has the pieces to fix both common toilet issues. The Fluidmaster Valve and Flapper Repair Kit comes with everything you need, including a 501 flapper that is designed to fit two-inch flush-valve toilets and a 400A fill valve that adjusts between 9 inches and 14 inches. The easy-to-install pieces address noisy toilets and can be installed on any three-and-a-half gallon or bigger toilet in under 10 minutes.
Pros: Like all Fluidmaster kits, the Fluidmaster Universal Toilet Fill Valve and Flapper Repair Kit is backed by a five-year warranty.
Cons: Like the Korky, the Fluidmaster Valve and Flapper Repair Kit only works with two-inch flush valves. For three-inch flush valves, users will have to buy the full Fluidmaster kit listed above.
5. DANCO Universal Toilet Tank Repair Kit
If you’ve got issues with your ball float, we recommend the DANCO Universal Toilet Tank Repair Kit. The kit comes with a universal flapper with an adapter, a spring, and a float with a rod. The fill valve measures approximately eight-and-a-half inches installed and the float rod is approximately eight inches in length. Each piece in the Danco kit is made to be able to withstand constant use and designed for most standard toilets.
Pros: The DANCO is a great option if only one part of the toilet needs to be fixed and users don’t want to spend money on full-sized kits with items they don’t require.
Cons: The DANCO instructions are somewhat unclear and may require addition know-how and further research.
6. Korky QuietFILL Universal Toilet Fill Valve and Premium Flapper
If you’ve ever lived with a noisy toilet, you know how annoying it can be. That’s why we like the Korky QuietFILL Universal Toilet Fill Valve and Premium Flapper, which not only fixes toilets with no or slow fills and issues with constant running but also reduces noise pollution. Universally designed to fit almost all one-inch and two-inch-valve toilets, the Korky QuietFILL comes with a fill valve, a flapper, a refill tube, a metal refill-tube clip, a mounting nut, a cone washer, a coupling nut, and a tamper-proof key.
Pros: The Korky QuietFILL is the most affordable kit on our list.
Cons: The Korky does not work with Kohler toilets.
7. Fluidmaster 3-Inch Complete Adjustable Toilet Flush Valve Repair Kit
For users with a three-inch-valve toilet, this is the kit for you. The Fluidmaster three-Inch Complete Adjustable Toilet Flush Valve Repair Kit has everything you need to fix your three-inch-valve toilet, a less common size among universal toilets. The kit also includes an adjustable flapper that helps to cut down on unnecessary water use, which in turn saves money. Also included in the kit are bolts, nuts and gaskets designed for two-piece toilets. Like all Fluidmaster products, this kit comes with a five-year warranty.
Pros: The overflow tube included in the kit is adjustable from five-and-a-half inches to eight inches, eliminating the need to use tools to cut it down to size. The tube can be easily adjusted to OEM specifications.
Cons: The kit does not work with two-inch-valve toilets.