The average UK bathroom accounts for nearly 75 percent of the water consumed by your household, and your toilet alone uses 40 percent of the entire water footprint used by your home! For this reason, the toilet is one of the most important fixtures in your home today, so it’s really important to make sure it’s as efficient as possible.
You’ll find that if your toilet was installed more than 10 years ago, it won’t be as effective or as eco-friendly as it should be, not to mention it will be noisy in comparison to newer models. Replacing your old toilet will automatically cut your entire water consumption by 25 percent or even more depending on the model! New technology will save you water and will actually improve your toilet’s performance. Most modern toilets come with a dual flush system, which allows you to choose between a 3 litre and 6 litre flush to help your household save water.
Choosing a new toilet can get a bit confusing these days, if you don’t work in the industry it can be a bit of a minefield to distinguish between a close coupled, back to wall and wall hung toilet and with the average toilet being flushed 2,000 times a year, you need to make your toilet selection carefully. Your new toilet needs to look at home as well as suit your needs, so let’s take a detailed look into these three modern styles to help you make an informed decision next time round…
Close Coupled Toilets
A close coupled toilet is usually in two pieces; the bowl and the cistern. The cistern is mounted above the bowl, so the toilet appears as one complete unit. Modern close coupled toilets feature a dual flush system usually mounted on the top or on the front of the cistern – offering a 3 litre & 6 litre flush. Close coupled toilets are a very popular toilet choice because they are extremely easy to fit and are ideal for small spaces. This style of toilet is easy to keep clean because there are very few nooks and crannies to try and keep fresh, a quick spray and wipe will keep your new close coupled toilet looking its best at all times.
Back to Wall Toilets
A back to wall toilet is usually in two pieces; the pan and the cistern. In a bathroom setting, you only see the pan because the cistern is hidden inside a modern furniture unit or behind a stud wall for a minimalist look. This clever design creates a useful shelf behind the pan which can be used to store bathroom products. This ultra-modern toilet features a dual flush system with the same 3 litre and 6 litre flush options which is usually mounted on the front of the wc unit. This style of unit is an extremely popular choice because it creates a stunning fitted look and can be combined with a basin unit to create a designer bathroom look. A closed design is very easy to keep clean, just a quick dust and wipe down will keep your fitted bathroom in tip top condition.
Wall Hung Toilets
A wall hung toilet is named so because it literally hangs off the wall. Usually in three pieces, the pan itself and the cistern and frame which need to be hidden behind the wall. Depending on the style you like, you can have a shelf behind the pan or get your installer to build the entire wall out for a stylish look (see images below to compare). This stunning style is popular with design enthusiasts and creates an ultra-modern minimalist feel in your new bathroom. This toilet hovers several inches off the ground which creates an elegant look and provides excellent access for cleaning. A wall hung toilet is a great solution if you need to save space, it can be installed really close to other fixtures and they typically have a very short projection. We’re often asked ‘will it hold my weight?’ well the answer is yes! A well installed wall hung pan will hold around 200kg (over 30 stone) so there’s no need for concern.
Choosing a new toilet can be tricky, but I hope this guide has explained the different styles to help you make the right decision for you and your household. Identifying the design you like as well as if you need to save space or if you would like a seamless fitted look can help you choose the perfect toilet that will serve your bathroom for years to come.