How to select a toilet

Whether you’re buying a toilet as one of the individual elements of a new bathroom scheme, or replacing an old WC, you’ll need to decide which type is best. For a cloakroom, en suite or small bathroom, a corner toilet can be a space-saving option. If the size of your room isn’t an issue, you can choose from close-coupled toilets, which are floorstanding, and have a cistern at the back of the toilet bowl; back to wall toilets, which also sit on the floor, but have a concealed cistern and pipework; and wall hung toilets, which are mounted above floor level and also have a hidden cistern and pipework. You can buy toilets from the same range as your basin and bath to make putting together a new scheme simple, or mix and match with different basin and bath options for a bespoke finish.

Pick a new toilet

You will need: tape measure, app, squared paper, pencil

  • Decide on the position of the toilet. Bear in mind that most toilets have a P-trap, and need to exit through the back wall. Check out the existing waste outlet if you’re fitting a new toilet in the same place as the old so you can buy a compatible toilet. If you’re changing the layout, remember that the toilet needs to be connected to the soil pipe. Take professional advice as necessary – you can also contact our customer service team.
  • Consider whether you need a classic or contemporary design for the toilet, and whether you’d like floorstanding, or wall hung, and if you want the pipework and cistern to be hidden.
  • Look at the seat height of any toilet you’re considering. A lower seat is a good choice if you have young children, and a higher seat can make life easier for more elderly people.
  • Think about the shape of the toilet seat. Rounder designs won’t project as far so may fit your room better, but an oval may make for improved comfort if you have the floor space.
  • Factor in the accessories you may need to buy, including floor fixing kits, cisterns for back to wall and wall hung toilets, and frames for wall hung toilets.
  • Use the app to visualise the new toilet. If necessary, try alternative designs until you are happy with the look before you place your order.
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