Your Guide To Buying A Toilet
Choosing a toilet for your upcoming renovation should be a quick and easy decision, right?! Well, not exactly, these days there are so many different considerations to take into account and we're here to help you understand the differences and what you need to consider when choosing your perfect toilet suite.
There are four main styles of toilets to consider for your upcoming renovation; here's a quick style guide to get you started.
Invisi Concealed Toilets - This is where you can only see the toilet pan and the button on the wall. The cistern is neatly hidden behind the wall, in the ceiling, or under a counter. This style of toilet is very modern and perfect for smaller bathrooms as it takes up less space. Best suited to new builds of complete renovations as you will need to place the cistern in the wall cavity, re-sheet and re-tile.
Wall Faced Toilets - The most popular choice is the wall faced toilet suites. The back of the pan sits flush against the wall so there are no gaps between the toilet and the wall at all. Creating a bold look in the bathroom and making it easier to clean with less places for dust to hide.
Close Coupled Toilets - Perfect for a retro-fit solution, the close coupled toilet is more of a traditional looking toilet with the pan and cistern joined together to hide the flush pipe.
Connector Toilets - Providing the greatest amount of flexibility for installation, the connector toilet has the cistern joined to the pan via a plastic flush pipe and connector plate. We don't see this style of toilet chosen often, but it's great for retro-fit solutions in older bathrooms.
An inlet is where the fresh water supply enters and fills up your cistern.
Bottom Entry - A bottom entry is where the inlet location is through the side of the toilet pan. You will easily be able to identify a bottom inlet is there is a tap on the wall with hose going to the side of the toilet.
Back Inlet - A back inlet is where the inlet location is concealed behind the top of the cistern, giving a sleek and modern look.
An outlet is where the waste from your toilet travels to.
S Trap - Very popular in Australia, S trap pans have the toilet trap connecting directly into the floor.
P Trap - P trap pans have the toilet trap connecting directly into the wall.
Universal Trap - This means it can be installed as an S or a P trap.
It is always important to look at the measurements of your new toilet to ensure it is suited to your space.
Projection - This means how far your pan projects out from the wall. It is important to measure the projection of the toilet to make sure it fits comfortably in your space and won't obstruct anything.
Height - The toilet height as a standard us usually around 395mm, however there are 'easy-height' toilets available to make getting on and off the toilet easier.
What is Rimless?
Rimless toilets are the latest in toilet design. Traditionally toilet have what we call a boxed rim. With rimless, or Cleanflush toilets, the rim of the pan has been removed for a more hygienic whole bowl clean. Plus, there's now nowhere for germs to hide.