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Which toilet to buy?


Discover all you need to know when you’re choosing a toilet to suit your bathroom with our great guide

The toilet might not be the bathroom item you focus your attention on in the same way as the bath or the taps, but it’s important to think about the style of your loo if you’re going to get the look you want in your room. It’s vital, too, to consider the plumbing requirements as this will affect the layout of your new bathroom.

Which types of toilet are available?

Close coupled toilets have a separate cistern that sits on the back of the toilet bowl. They’re a cost-effective buy and look great teamed with pedestal basins.

Back to wall toilets sit on the floor. Both the pipework and the cistern are concealed, so the effect is sleek and modern.

Wall hung toilets sit slightly above floor level. Just like back to wall designs, wall hung toilets have hidden pipework and a support frame for a contemporary and streamlined effect. A wall hung design can help make your room look bigger because it hovers above the floor rather than covering it.

Corner toilets are the perfect solution for a small bathroom. With a cistern shaped to fit into the corner, they’ll help you make the most of the space available in your room.

Cloakroom toilets may be close coupled, back to wall or wall hung – or you could pick a corner toilet. What they all have in common is their space-saving design and style credentials.

Which styles of toilet can I choose from?

There are toilet designs available to suit traditional, classic and modern bathrooms.

For a bathroom in a period property or if you like a traditional look whatever the age of your home, close coupled toilets will complement the rest of your fittings perfectly. Pick from the Edwardian, Victorian and Burghley, which all have detail to suit. They’re also great for a modern country scheme.

Find out more about designing a period style bathroom

For a contemporary look, there’s a huge choice of toilets on offer – and you can pick from close coupled, back to wall, wall hung and corner designs. Both more angular designs – such as the Vittone or the Cubitt – and more curvaceous styles – check out our Aalto or Maderno, for example – are available. You can make your choice simple by matching to a basin or bath in the same range, but if you’re mixing ranges, think about sticking to the same lines for style success

Consider shape and size

The shape of your toilet will influence both comfort and how much space it takes up in your bathroom. Elongated seats may have a slight advantage when it comes to comfort, but will project further into the room, so may not suit the size of your room so well. A round seat can save space, allowing you to include the other features you want in your room.

The toilet’s height is worth considering, too. Lower designs can be more practical if you have younger children, while a higher seat can be better for an older user.

Don’t forget that you need to add in elbow room as well as the allowing for the width of the toilet. Plan on around a metre of space.

What do I need to know about plumbing?

Take a look at the waste outlet specification when you’re buying. Most toilets are P-trap in design so they need to exit through the back wall. You’ll want to be sure about this so you can design your new room.

What else should I look for?

For a luxurious modern finish – and a quieter life – some toilet designs have a soft close seat.

You may also want to check out the flush. Designs with water saving eco flushes mean you can opt to use less water if it’s not needed.

Buying toilet accessories

Many toilet designs come with a seat, but do check the specification when you’re buying.

You may also need to purchase a separate cistern, and support frame, depending on the type of toilet.

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