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Toilets Buying Guide


When it comes to upgrading your bathroom, the toilet is one of the first things you will think about. There are many different variations on the market, and selecting the right one for you is important as it is an item you need to live with on a daily basis. Our guide will explain what to look for, and help you decide which is the best choice for you.

Different types of toilet

Close-coupled : The most commonly found type of toilet. Available in both modern and traditional designs, these items have a universal appeal as they suit practically every bathroom style.

Back to wall : A modern trend, these toilets feature hidden cisterns which are concealed behind the wall for a clean, sleek look.

Wall hung : Similar to back to wall units, these toilets feature hidden cisterns. They also have a unique 'floating' appearance due to being hung on hidden wall mounting brackets.

WC unit : For a crisp, fresh look, these toilets feature smart looking designs that will give your bathroom a plush appearance.

Corner toilets : For saving space a corner toilet is absolutely ideal. The compact nature of these items makes them suitable for smaller bathrooms or cloakroom suites.

Comfort height : For a more accessible toilet that is practical for everyday use for those who are less mobile or who suffer from joint pains, these units are the perfect solution.

High level : If beautifully styled traditional toilets are what you require, it is hard to beat a high level toilet. These items feature an ornate cistern, which is mounted much higher up the wall behind the pan than usual and connected by a flush pipe.

What is toilet cistern capacity?

The cistern capacity of a toilet essentially means how many litres of water it will hold. Different designs will have different capacities depending on their size. The average capacity of a UK cistern is around 6 litres. Changes in regulations mean more eco-friendly options are available, with around 3-4 litres per flush.

What are inlet pipes?

An inlet pipe supplies the cistern with fresh, clean water, replenishing levels after flushing. The pipe can be found on either the right or left side of the toilet.

What are waste pipes?

This part of the toilet is essential as it removes the water from the pan after it has been flushed, preventing the unit from overfilling and blockages being caused. Plumbed into the back of the toilet, they are available in various shapes and sizes in order to accommodate toilet placement in different bathroom areas.

What is included with a toilet?

With the majority of toilets you will receive both the pan and the cistern. A toilet seat normally accompanies these however sometimes these are sold separately.

What is not included with a toilet?

Usually there are several items which are not included when purchasing a toilet, and will need to be bought separately. These items may include waste pipes, inlet pipes, wall mounting brackets and floor fixing kits.

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