If you’re in the process of establishing a traditional theme to your bathroom, instead of opting for the usual close-coupled toilets, why not go for something a little different? High level toilets offer a fantastic way to upgrade your sanitaryware, and the excellent styling featured on them takes clear inspiration from vintage aesthetics dating back to Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian eras.

Combining traditional styling with modern components gives you the best of both worlds, as you get all the benefits the latest technology brings while still retaining gorgeous period styling. High level toilets will transform your period bathroom into a more bespoke looking place to be. Their regal appearance will enhance even the smartest looking traditional theme.

What exactly is a high level toilet?

Like close-coupled toilets, high level toilets comprise of a pan and cistern. However, the cistern is situated much higher up the wall than usual, supported by brackets which are often intricate and ornate in their appearance, and connected by a flush pipe. In order to flush the toilet, a pull chain is mounted to the cistern, allowing for ease of use.

Pros and Cons of installing a high level toilet


Of course the main advantage you get when you install a high level toilet is having a fantastic looking piece of vintage inspired styling adorning your bathroom. These toilets are a great investment as they add a degree of charm and character to period settings. They can also be customised for a genuine bespoke feel. You can change items such as flush handles and cistern brackets, and toilet seats can be upgraded for throne versions which look smart.

If you’d like to create a more original looking bathroom, you can even have custom inscribed cisterns with a message of your choosing on them for the ultimate tailored effect.


Sadly all good things can have their down sides, and high level toilets are no exception, although the negatives are not too major. They can be a little expensive, depending on what you go for, but you should be able to find a setup that suits your budget. Also, you may struggle trying to integrate one into a smaller bathroom or one with a low ceiling due to the height of the cistern, however there are many sizes available so there are ways around this problem so you can have the toilet you want.


Opting to have a high level toilet in your bathroom will show others you’re passionate about authentic period styling. The wonderful designs these units feature will make for a great centrepiece that you can be proud of.

It’s a good idea to take your time and do some research prior to deciding on a high level toilet, factoring in things such as your budget and any practicality issues that may arise. This way you’re going to avoid any nasty surprises when it comes to installation.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to high level toilets. What do you think about them? Are they the epitome of period style or are they maybe just a little too flash for your tastes? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thanks for reading.

Rob, Victorian Plumbing