Horow HWMT-8733 review
Horow HWMT-8733 is a popular toilet from a now a well known brand. In fact, the brand is even difficult to find on the internet. A simple Google search of “horow toilet” leads to a lot of irrelevant pages and Google even wonders whether “horror toilets” was meant. A deeper search gave some more information: Horow products are manufactured in China and sold in the USA. It appears to be mainly sold by amazon.com. The toilet is not always available through amazon.com, in the summer of 2020 it had been unavailable for multiple months.
Just like another toilet from a less known brand, a Woodbridge, this toilet directly competes with established companies such as American Standard and Kohler and appears to be an affordable quality toilet. Further in this review we will discuss all characteristics of this toilet and conclude whether buying a toilet from this largely unknown brand is a smart move. We will start with the specifications of the Horow HWMT-8733.
|Product dimensions||13.4W x 25D x 28.4H (inches)|
|Height (with seat)||16.5 inches|
|One- or two piece||One|
|Amazon rating||4.7 stars (>50 reviews)|
Two characteristics of this toilet stand out; 1) the incredibly compact design and 2) the modern design with predominantly square shapes. The toilet would fit well in a modern bathroom.
The toilet is a one-piece, making it easy to clean due to lack of rims. Generally, one-pice toilets are more expensive than two-piece toilets, although this particular toilet is very affordable. As is the case in all one-piece toilets, it is heavy (96 pounds) as you cannot carry the bowl and tank separately.
A pleasant surprise might be that a soft closing toilet seat is included. Visually unappealing might be the large side caps of the toilet, described in the following section.
Installation is very interesting as one has to think about how the toilet will be installed before buying it. This is because there are two almost identical versions of the same toilet, the Horow HWMT-8733 and the HWMT-8733A (exactly the same with with an “A” at the end).
The HWMT-8733A has smaller covers on the sides than the ‘regular’ HWMT-8733. The regular version can be installed with floor bolts and L-bars (so you have a toilet flange and install the L-bars on it, then you place the toilet on it and through the small holes you screw the bolts into the L-bars, fixating the toilet).
The “A” version can be fixed with floor bolts only. That is why the side holes are so big, you need to have working space to tighten the bolts. Both type of installation are well possible and shouldn’t be difficult. The rough-in is 12 inches, which is standard, so replacing an old toilet that had standard dimensions is not a problem. A wax ring is included.
Update November 2020: HWMT-8733A is unavailable through amazon.com! Regular HWMT-8733 remains available.
A practical feature is that during installation the bolts can be accessed from the front and sides, so that in narrow places (which is exactly where you would place a compact toilet such as this one) you can still comfortably install the toilet, you do not need to work on the rear after putting the toilet into place.
The Map score is a reliable and independent score indicating the flushing power of a toilet. For this toilet (and entire brand) it is unfortunately unavailable. A high score combined with good user experience would give trust in the flushing ability of this toilet.
However, the flushing mechanism of this toilet is very appealing. It is a siphonic toilet with a wider siphon than is standard in the industry (normally 1 3/4 inch, this toilet >2 inches) making clogging theoretically less likely. It is actually very similar to the American Standard Champion 4, a reliable well flushing toilet which also has a large diameter valve and a 2 3/8 inch wide siphon. This toilet has been on the market for a long time, perhaps the design of the Horow was even inspired on this all time classic.
Another appealing feature of this toilet is the dual-flush system, making it a water-efficient toilet. The downside of the dual flush is that you have two options, a 1.6 gallon flush or a 1.28 gallon flush. However, most dual-flush toilets have a 1.6 gallon and 1.0 gallon option.
There are many toilets with one button that always flush with 1.28 gallons (a good example: Toto’s Ultramax II). In fact, they are mandatory in states that are regularly hit by drought such as California. Therefore, the added value of the dual-flush function is doubtful in this specific toilet.
What is unique about this site is that we read and summarize all the user reviews, so you don’t have to. We use amazon.com and the manufacturers website. We hope this will give you a fair and balanced opinion of the pros and cons of this specific toilet.
- Flushes very well.
- The toilet is fairly quiet.
- Easy installation (both the regular version and the ‘A’)
- The toilet looks good and is well-made.
- Cheap looking toilet seat (Note: but it is soft closing and included in the price).
- Although definitely not common, there are multiple reports of sporadic clogging of the toilet.
Neutral (“things good to know”)
- The smaller size (approximately 3/4 of a regular toilet) is a space saver for many but could be less comfortable for larger people.
The Horow HWMT-8733 is a great little toilet with an exceptional value for money. This toilet is a very good option when you specifically are looking for a smaller toilet. The downsides are that there is no Map score, so no objective information about the strength of the flush. However, this does not appear to be a problem according to the many people who reviewed the toilet.
One could be wary of a Chinese manufactured toilet of a an unknown brand, but they offer 3 year warranty on the flushing mechanism and even the soft close toilet seat, and 5 years on the bowl itself.
The excessive positive reviews could almost make you wary of fake reviews, but the lack of negative reviews of a well selling toilet indicates this is just a fine toilet and this Horow has just worked its way to a best seller by its extraordinary value for money.
Follow the link to the Horow HWMT-8733 Amazon.com