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Which close coupled toilet to buy?

Buying a toilet? Close coupled toilets give a neat finish to a bathroom, but what do you need to know before you shop? Find out here:


What is a close-coupled toilet?

There are lots of different toilet types to choose from, including back-to-wall toilets, wall-hung toilets, toilets with separate cisterns, cloakroom and disabled toilets. A close-coupled toilet has a separate cistern that sits on the back of the toilet bowl and flushes directly through the connecting point. It is the most common type and often most cost-effective of toilets, and looks great matched with a pedestal basin, but is the ideal choice for most bathrooms.

What to consider before you buy your toilet

One piece or two?

Close-coupled toilets come in two different designs: as one, single piece or as two separate but joined pieces. Single-piece toilets look more compact and contemporary than two-pieces and tend to be easier to clean because there’s no gap between the cistern and the bowl. However, they can be more expensive than the more traditional two-piece close-coupled toilets.

Which toilet shape?

Toilet bowls – and therefore seats – come in round or elongated shapes. What you choose might depend on the available space because elongated seats tend to be around 5cm longer than round ones. Elongated seats are slightly more comfortable than round seats.

Which toilet height?

Before you buy, check the toilet’s height. Lower toilets will be more suitable for smaller rooms or if you have young children. Higher toilets will suit older users and will look better matched with, for example, a tall freestanding bath.

Which flush?

Residential loos tend to use a gravity flush system, which means they rely on the cistern’s water pressure to flush. Dual-flush toilets are designed to help save water, offering half and full flushes to allow you to adjust the amount of water, depending on what you’re flushing.

Consider the size of your new loo’s trapway (the waste’s exit route from the bowl), too. The larger it is, the less likely you’ll have to deal with blockages.

Will it fit?

If you’re installing a toilet into a new position within the bathroom – or in a room that wasn’t a bathroom before – ensure it will fit comfortably. When taking measurements from the back wall, build in the distance between the wall and the drain line opening to ensure the room has enough depth to take the toilet. Equally, if the loo is going into a narrow space, ensure there’s enough elbow room either side – the area needs to be at least a metre wide to be viable.

Buying toilet accessories

Don’t forget that not all toilets are sold with a full range of toilet accessories – whether toilet seats, cistern mechanisms or floor fixing kits – so check you have everything you need before you finish shopping.

Check, too, which toilet seat options are on offer – some models come with a soft-close seat, ideal if you’ve got a house full of boys!


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