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The Best Toilet Paper Holders for Your Bathroom

a chrome toiler paper holder with one open end, holding a half-used roll of toilet paper and mounted on a modern gray bathroom wall

Your toilet paper holder or toilet paper dispenser probably isn’t a piece of home décor that you’ve given a lot of thought to, even though you use one every day. They’re not particularly elaborate or complex items, after all, even if they serve a small but crucial function. Most are just a single axle of metal attached horizontally to your bathroom wall or cabinet. However, in this day and age, you’ve got a wider variety of style, storage, and decorative options than ever before. While there is certainly nothing wrong with a classic toilet paper holder, many modern designs offer even greater convenience. Some provide bonus storage space for spare rolls of toilet paper not in use, which can be extremely handy if you have limited cabinet space in your bathroom; plus, they will ensure you always have a fresh roll on hand. Some come with built-in shelves so that you have a spot for items like air fresheners or a safe place to rest your cell phone when you go to the bathroom. There are even novelty or more unique toilet paper holders that can add a little more personality or decoration to your bathroom’s interior design. If you’re looking for a new toilet paper roll holder for your home, here are a few we recommend.

What to Consider in Toilet Paper Holders

Here are a few things to think about before buying a toilet paper holder:

  • Type: There are more types of toilet paper holders than you might think. There are classic single-axle models, of course. These can be screwed into your bathroom wall or cabinet or stuck on by an adhesive. Both ends may be attached to the wall/cabinet with a pop-out axle for when the time comes to change rolls, or only one end is attached so that you can slide the toilet paper rolls on and off the other end. Other options include freestanding models, where you stack several rolls on top of each other inside some sort of metal or wire cage or slide them onto a single metal pole. These may or may not have their own axle attached for dispensing. There are also metal, wood, or wicker baskets for holding toilet paper. Some of these can either be mounted, though most are meant to rest beside or on top of the toilet. Another (rarer) option is a mounted or freestanding shelf-like model with special slots designed to hold toilet paper.
  • Size: When considering a toilet paper holder’s size, you’ll want to consider both its physical size and its capacity. Most are designed to hold and dispense standard-sized rolls of toilet paper. So if you’re someone who uses extra-large rolls, keep an eye out for a toilet paper holder that mentions being compatible with them. If you opt for any sort of freestanding model, make sure it’s not too tall or too short for your needs and that it’ll fit properly in the space you have available. If you decide to buy any model that isn’t a standard axle toilet paper holder, also be sure to consider how many rolls it can hold at once. Two or three is fairly standard in most models, but there are higher capacity models available, too. Some axle toilet paper holders may have a dual capacity, though they’re not as common as classic single models.
  • Extra Storage: A toilet paper holder with an extra shelf can be an extremely useful addition to your home. If you don’t have a lot of sink or counter space in your bathroom, this additional shelf makes for a handy place to perch items like air fresheners, tissues, or extra wipes. If you don’t need the extra storage, you may still want the additional little shelf to add a plant or other small decoration. Some are specifically designed as a place to set your phone as you’re using the bathroom so that it won’t get dirty, wet, lost, or fall onto the floor or (heaven forbid) into the toilet itself. Both classic axle models and freestanding toilet paper holders can come with a shelf attached.

Best Classic Design: YIGII Adhesive Toilet Paper Holder for Bathroom

classic chrome single bar toilet paper holder with one open end, supporting a standard roll of toilet paper

You can’t go wrong with a classic toilet paper holder. They’re simple yet effective and low maintenance. This stainless steel model is open on one side, making it easier to slide rolls of toilet paper on and off as needed. You won’t have to pop the center bar off and then reinsert it every time you need a new roll. And this particular model is much easier to mount to the wall or sink or cabinet than most.

Most bar-style toilet paper rolls require screws, tools, and some sort of drilling or nailing in order to be installed in the desired spot. This one, however, doesn’t require any lengthy installation process or special tools or screws, thanks to its adhesive tape backing. Just peel off the film from the adhesive pad, stick it onto the smooth surface of your choosing, press down for several seconds, and you’re good to go. (Keep in mind that it shouldn’t be mounted to a painted wall or wallpaper, and if you let it rest for 24 hours before sliding on any toilet paper, the adhesive will stick that much better.) The stainless steel body is anti-rust and easy to clean to boot. And the upward bend of the open end ensures that your toilet paper won’t slide or fall off and roll onto the floor at any given point.

Best Classic Design

YIGII Adhesive Toilet Paper Holder - MST001 Self Adhesive Toilet Roll Holder for Bathroom Kitchen Stick on Wall Stainless Steel Brushed

A classic bar-style toilet paper holder that is easy to install and holds your TP securely in place.

Best Stackable: mDesign Standing Toilet Paper Stand

a floor-standing cylindrical, open, wired chrome toilet paper holder with two stacked roll of toilet paper inside

As handy as classic wall-mounted toilet paper holders can be, they aren’t your only option. A freestanding toilet paper holder is a perfectly viable and handy option as well. While they will obviously take up more floor space than a traditional model, the tradeoff is extra storage space for more rolls. You’ll be able to stack several rolls of toilet paper on top of one another, ensuring you’ll have extra right on hand when the current one runs out, and you won’t have to waste bathroom cabinet or under-the-sink storage space on spare toilet paper. A standing toilet paper holder can also be used in tandem with a wall-mounted toilet paper holder if you so desire.

This model allows you to hold and stack up to three rolls of toilet paper on top of each other at a time. It’s a great option for parties or any other time you have guests over since it’ll ensure you always have enough toilet paper on hand for them. It’s also nice if your bathroom doesn’t have a wall mount fixture. At 7 inches wide by 14.5 inches high, it can hold even larger rolls of toilet paper and will fit well in most bathrooms, even those in smaller apartments, RVs, or campers. You should be able to tuck it away behind or beside the toilet to take up minimal space. And thanks to the freestanding design, you can move it wherever in the bathroom you want, whenever you want. The slightly raised feet keep the toilet paper off the ground, so it won’t get dirty or wet. It is made of strong steel wire that wipes clean and has a rust-resistant finish for increased durability. It’s available in 10 different colors.

For Extra-Large Rolls: KES Stainless Steel Wall Mount Toilet Paper Holder

a classic black single bar toilet paper holder with one open end

Jumbo rolls of toilet paper can be super handy for big families or for anyone who wants to potentially reduce their household costs. High-capacity jumbo rolls can provide you with the same amount of paper as several regular rolls of toilet paper. However, not all standard toilet paper holders can fit or hold jumbo rolls. If you’re looking to get a new one installed in your bathroom for that reason, this model is a great choice.

This class wall-mounted toilet paper holder is large enough to hold jumbo-sized rolls, with a maximum length of just shy of 5 inches. It can also be installed vertically or horizontally to the right or left, depending on your personal preferences or what best fits your bathroom. The installation process is incredibly easy, and it comes with all the hardware you need to mount it to your wall or cabinet. It can be fixed to any smooth wall, whether tile, painted, or marble, without any assembly required. The mounting screws are designed to be secure, preventing any wobbling or coming loose. The toilet paper holder is made of durable stainless steel that won’t corrode or rust, and it has a large knob on the end to prevent rolls from falling off. It’s available in four different colors and individually or in pairs.

For Extra-Large Rolls

KES Toilet Paper Holder Bathroom Tissue Holder Paper Roll SUS 304 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Matt Black, A2175S12-BK

An anti-rust, anti-corrosion stainless steel toilet paper holder that can be mounted horizontally or vertically.

Best Freestanding: Simple Houseware Toilet Paper Roll Storage Stand

a floor-standing slender chrome toilet paper holder with a bar to hold a roll of toilet paper and a space to stack extra rolls

There are benefits to both wall-mounted and freestanding toilet paper holders. You may have trouble deciding which is the better choice for your bathroom. Fortunately, with this particular toilet paper holder, you don’t have to choose between one or the other, but rather receive the best of both. It combines the convenience of a wall-mounted model with the storage space of a stackable, floor-standing one. The basket at the bottom holds spare rolls of toilet paper, while the tall neck with its attached horizontal mount gives you a place to hold and dispense the roll you’re currently using.

The freestanding design and its 7.25- by 7.25- by 23.5-inch dimensions will fit in just about any bathroom; since it sits right on the floor, you won’t ever have to find a convenient spot to mount it. Since it’s not bolted down or attached to the floor, you can shift it wherever you want in the bathroom at any time, and the three prongs at the base keep your toilet paper off the ground at all times. The basket can hold up to three rolls of spare toilet paper at once so that you, your family, and your guests won’t ever get caught without it, and it saves you the trouble of using storage space to hold extra rolls. This sturdy holder is made of tough, solid steel and can come with a chrome or bronze finish, depending on whichever better suits your bathroom.

Best Freestanding

SimpleHouseware Bathroom Toilet Tissue Paper Roll Storage Holder Stand, Chrome Finish

A toilet paper holder that combines the best of both wall-mounted and freestanding models.

Best Built-In Shelf: TreeLen Toilet Paper Dispenser with Shelf

a floor-standing dark gray toilet paper holder with a bar to holding a roll of toilet paper, a space to stack spare rolls, topped a small shelf holding a pack of wipes

If you live in an apartment or condo or a dorm with its own bathroom, you may find that storage space comes at a premium. This can make it tricky to find a place to stash your extra rolls of toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and other useful bathroom items. Even if your bathroom does have a good amount of storage space, if your toilet is placed far away from your sink or counter, you may not have a convenient and safe place to put your phone, wallet, or other personal items while you’re in the bathroom. This freestanding toilet holder is designed to help solve both these problems as well as its original purpose of holding and dispensing toilet paper.

It is equipped with a basket, a horizontal bar, and a small top shelf. The basket holds up to three extra rolls of toilet paper at once, the horizontal bar dispenses your current roll, and the top shelf can hold or store any number of items either temporarily or permanently; use it to stash tissues, wet wipes, or air freshener and the like, or simply place your phone there for safekeeping while you’re using the bathroom. The extra storage capacity is not the only thing about this toiler paper holder that’s convenient either. The 6.5-inch diameter won’t take up more than its fair share of space, and the flat, weighted base with raised feet keeps the toilet paper off the ground while providing extra stability. Keep two or more backup rolls inside the basket at all times for even further stability and balance. Since this holder is freestanding, it doesn’t need to be mounted and can be moved to any spot in the bathroom at any time. The bronze or gray finish (your choice) ensures the holder is rustproof, anti-peel, and anti-scratch. It’s also easy to clean; all you have to do is wipe it with a dampened cloth. While some assembly is required, it doesn’t require any special tools or drilling.

Best Built-In Shelf

Toilet Paper Holder Stand Tissue Paper Roll Dispenser with Shelf for Bathroom Storage Holds Reserve Mega Rolls-Bronze

A freestanding toiler paper holder with a dispensing bar, small top shelf, and basket for storing spare toilet paper.

Meghan Herlihy Meghan Herlihy
Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »

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