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The 3 Main Toilet Types

Until they are making a purchase, many people don’t realise there are 3 main types of toilet to choose from. But what are they? In this article we explain them all.

A toilet is an essential sanitary item in every household, but many do not consider the options that are available. If you’ve ever wondered which types of toilet are most popular, we go into more detail about the three main styles below. Many people will likely be using a close coupled toilet, which is by far the most common design, but as with any other bathroom fixture, there are alternatives available. Finding the right one can make all the difference to your overall décor and space, so, without further ado, let’s take a look at the three types of toilet that you’re most likely to find in an average bathroom.

Closed Coupled Toilets

The most common type of toilet in Ireland & the UK is the close coupled toilet. These feature the cistern on prominent display, sat on top of the toilet bowl, with a pedestal underneath attached to the floor. There are several different types of flush mechanisms available, depending on the style of the close coupled toilet. This can vary from the more traditional flushing handle to dual flush buttons that can help reduce the amount of water being used.

The Tonique close coupled toilet is a contemporary example of this particular toilet type.

Back To Wall Toilets

Back to wall toilets are a great option for smaller bathrooms as the cistern can be concealed inside the wall or a furniture unit if needed. This is something of a modern style found in homes built more recently, creating a minimalist effect in the space. Whether you conceal the cistern within a unit or inside a wall cavity depends on how you want your room to look and the space available, with additional shelving and storage areas also an option as a result.

The Avanti Black back to wall toilet differs from a close coupled design, as the cistern is concealed in a wall cavity with just the flush button visible.

Wall Hung Toilets

When you look at a wall hung toilet, you will notice it is suspended from the floor, rather than being directly attached to it with a pedestal. They are similar in style to back to wall toilets because the cistern is, again, hidden behind the wall. This is not a traditional style of toilet and has a contemporary feel that is sleek and unobtrusive. They are also a great choice if there is not much space in your toilet or bathroom, and the absence of a pedestal also opens up the space even further. Cleaning is also made easier as brushes and mops can clean underneath and around this style of toilet.

Avanti Wall hung toilet

How to choose the right toilet for your bathroom

When looking at which new toilet to buy, space plays a central role, as it will not only affect the remaining floor space but also your time spent using it.

Smaller bathrooms will likely benefit from rounder bowls as they are more compact compared to elongated seats. If you have children, you may also want to consider setting your toilet at a lower height. Bowls positioned at a higher height will also be more favourable for the elderly or those who are less mobile, as they may be able to use the toilet without assistance.

Also think about how far away from the wall you will be whilst sitting on the toilet. No-one wants to feel crammed in, so try to create around a metre distance if possible. For anyone looking to replace an existing toilet, be sure to take measurements as it will make life much easier.

Toilets with a dual flush will prove to be a more cost-effective option in the long run. They only use the water needed for each flush and could help save money on utility bills, as part of an eco bathroom.

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