What is a Close Coupled Toilet?

What is a Close Coupled Toilet?

Posted by Francine Flanagan 1st Sep 2015

There are so many different styles of toilets these days that our customers often get a bit overwhelmed. Sure it’s easy for us, because we work with these products every day and it’s our job to know them inside out, but that doesn’t mean you have to. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide that will explain exactly what a close coupled toilet is as well as a Q & A of the style too, to help you make the right choice for you and your new bathroom. Ready? Let’s go…

What is a close coupled toilet?

Why is it called a close coupled toilet?

It’s called a close coupled toilet because the bowl and cistern are closely coupled together, unlike the old fashioned edition in which the cistern was suspended overhead, often a few feet from the bowl. A close coupled toilet is a modern take on the traditional form and has been adapted to look modern or traditional to suit your style and bathroom theme.

How does a close coupled toilet work?

The toilet bowl and cistern are connected together allowing the water to evacuate from the cistern into the bowl using either a flush button or handle. Most models will have the option of either a 3 litre or 6 litre flush, which puts you in control of your home’s water consumption.

How popular is a close coupled toilet?

A close coupled toilet is one of our bestselling styles. They are easy to install, low cost, durable and hard wearing, most come with a dual flush button, they’re available in short projections which is ideal in a small bathroom or en-suite and they’re immune from water damage.

Is a close coupled toilet old fashioned?

Only if you want it to be. We have a huge range of close coupled toilets to choose from with highly modern designs or classic traditional designs depending on the look you want to achieve.

Benefits of a close coupled toilet

The benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks with this toilet. Here’s a quick rundown…

  • Hardwearing
  • Fashionable
  • Modern or traditional styles available
  • 3 or 6 litre flush available on most models
  • Easy to install
  • Creates a minimalist look
  • Low cost
  • Short projections available for small bathrooms or en-suites
  • Immune from water damage
  • Some styles are available in a comfort height option

Drawbacks of a close coupled toilet

There aren’t many to list, but here’s what we’ve found…

  • Doesn’t conceal plumbing as well as a wc unit unless you go for a fully back to wall close coupled toilet (see photo below).
  • Could crack or chip over time

Fully back to wall close coupled toilet 

Why choose a close coupled toilet?

You’ll want to opt for a close coupled toilet if you’re looking for a timeless style. This design won’t go out of fashion any time soon and is a practical and functional choice for any new bathroom. Modern and traditional options give you the opportunity to completely customise your new bathroom design and you can also add a basin and bath in a matching design if desired. This style is so quick and easy to install and will provide your home with an attractive, low cost solution that will look good for years to come.

Key points to remember when choosing a close coupled toilet

  • It’s easy to get carried away but please remember that your new toilet will need to have the same (or similar) waste direction as the old one to allow an easy connection to your soil stack.
  • Choose a size that will help maximise space in your bathroom, not minimise. Opt for a smaller, compact design in a small bathroom to help your bathroom look spacious.
  • If you don’t want to see any pipes whatsoever, then a close coupled toilet isn’t for you. Opt for a back to wall toilet with a wc unit to neatly conceal every pipe.

Should I choose a different style?

It really just depends on what you’re looking to create. If you don’t like the sound of what I’ve talked about above, then perhaps it would be a good idea to explore other options. You can also choose from back to wall toilets, modern toilets and traditional toilets, so take your time and make an informed decision to help you on your way to creating your dream bathroom. 

If you need further advice why not pop into our Glasgow based showroom located here, or give us a call on 0844 809 4249. Catch you all next week!