Ken's Guide to Choosing a Toilet for Your Bathroom

Choosing the right toilet should be a seemingly easy decision in the planning process of your bathroom reno right? Well, no not exactly, with so many options and variables to take into account, picking one can be quite an arduous task without the help of a professional. So, below is a quick guide to help you understand the differences and what you’ll need to consider when purchasing the right toilet for your bathroom renovation.

Style 

There are four main styles of toilets you’ll bump into that you’ll have to consider; here’s a quick style guide to get you in the know.

Concealed Toilets - A concealed cistern is simply a toilet cistern (tank) that is neatly hidden in some way. It is usually hidden inside or behind a wall, or in the ceiling or inside cabinetry or under a counter. This is a very modern style and is perfect for smaller bathrooms with less space. For a full renovation or complete rebuild, this style is perfect as cisterns can be placed in the wall cavity, re-sheet and re-tile.

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Wall Faced Toilets - Wall faced toilets are the most common toilets that we deal with at Bathrooms R Us. The back of the pan sits by the wall so there are no gaps between the wall and the toilet. Wall faced toilets are easy to clean and are a reliable style. 

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Close Coupled Toilets - Less common, but a very good choice if you’re looking to go for a retro bathroom, the Close Coupled Toilets are a traditional style with the cistern and pan joined together to hide the flush pipes.

Connector Toilets - Connector toilets are another reliable look for older bathrooms and provide the greatest amount of flexibility for installation and are great for replacements. The connector toilet has the cistern joined to the pan via a plastic flush pipe and connector plate.

Inlet 

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 as 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. 

Outlet 

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. 

Measurements 

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. 

And that’s all there is too it folks, if you need anymore advice or would like to enquire about a bathroom renovation – call in the experts at Bathrooms R Us. We will ensure that the whole renovation process is seamless, from the initial design and planning stage (including the choice of a new toilet), through to handover of the beautiful finished product.