How to choose a toilet: A buyer’s guide

Choosing the right toilet as part of your new suite is an important but sometimes overlooked part of planning your dream bathroom. From close coupled toilets to shower toilets, there’s a surprising number of options to consider when selecting a new toilet. This handy guide is designed to help you pick the right one for you.

 

How much space do you have in your bathroom?

Before you decide what type of toilet you want, consider what room it will go into and where it will fit. Is it going into a cloakroom or ensuite where space is limited, or is it going into a larger bathroom with more floor space? Measure your bathroom, including the dimensions of your existing toilet and suite so you know what size toilet will fit. Consider how much space you will need in front of the toilet for easy access and a comfortable experience.

What direction is the soil pipe in?

The soil pipe expels the wastewater from the toilet to the sewage outflow pipe. Check what position this pipe is in for your existing toilet - horizontal, vertical or to the left or right. This can impact where your new toilet can be positioned in the room and what type of toilet will be suitable, as certain toilets can only be installed in a particular position.


If you’re thinking of reconfiguring the layout of your bathroom suite and are considering moving the toilet to a different location, we have a range of macerators which can pump the toilet waste to the nearest outflow pipe. Speak to your installer about whether this is possible for your new bathroom.


Choose a type of toilet

Close-coupled

There are two types of close coupled toilets - open back and closed back. Open back toilets are coupled with a cistern and are the most common type of toilet. They’re also easy to install as the pipework is visible at the back and are incredibly versatile.

We also have a range of comfort height open back toilets with a pan 50mm higher than the standard size, which is great if you have mobility issues.

With closed-back toilets, the pan goes back to the wall, so it hides pipework and is easier to clean. Closed-back toilets are also coupled with a cistern.


Back-to-wall

With back to wall toilets, the cistern is concealed by a furniture unit or behind a wall. This type of toilet is easy to clean and can be a great option for contemporary, modern bathrooms as you can use the furniture unit to bring colour and texture into your space. They’re also a great space-saving solution for smaller bathrooms.


Wall-hung

Similar to back to wall toilets, wall hung toilets have a concealed cistern. Taking up no floor space, these toilets are an ideal solution for smaller bathrooms and for modern, minimalist style bathrooms. As well as looking exceptional, they are also easy to clean. One thing to note is that wall hung toilets require a frame to support them.


Shower toilets

Shower toilets have the functionality of a toilet, with the in-built cleaning properties of a bidet.


Rimless toilets

We have a range of rimless toilets which are even easier to clean. Featuring simple and clean lines, they provide a fresh modern feel to any bathroom.

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