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Choosing The Right Toilet Suite For Your Home

25 November

There are various factors to consider when buying a toilet suite. Most of us know how to use a toilet, but not what to look for when it comes to buying one. We need to consider the colour, design, and water usage. The entire selection process can get quite challenging.

Let’s face it; most of us take our toilets for granted. That’s until we break it or build a new bathroom. And that’s when we realise that the plumbing language is quite a mess.

We have this informative guide to explain the various types of toilets in the market and what to look for when choosing a new one.

By the end of this guide, you will be able to choose the right toilet suite for your home.

So, let’s get straight to the good stuff!

Understanding A Conventional Toilet Suite

There are two major components in a toilet:

1. The Toilet Pan

The toilet pan is the part of the toilet on which you sit. We are all familiar with it.

2. The Cistern

The cistern is the part that holds the water for the flush. When you trigger the flush, the water is released into the toilet pan to flush away the waste to the sewer line.

Main Types of Toilet

There are four main types of toilets

1. In-wall Cistern Toilets

The in-wall cistern toilet or the hidden cistern toilet comes with a concealed cistern behind the wall. In this type of toilet, the pan is mounted on the wall or the floor. It sports a button plate on the front, using which you can access the cistern for maintenance or activate the flush.

Most people believe it to be an expensive option for a toilet suite, but that is not the case. You might be surprised to know that they are more affordable than back to wall toilets. But, installation is a bit trickier, which is where it might end up costing you more.In Wall Cistern Toilet

Pros

  • Repairs can be easily done by removing the button plate
  • Doesn’t require much maintenance
  • Offers quiet performance and is easy to clean
  • A popular choice

Cons

  • Major repairs can prove to be costly

2. Wall-hung Toilets

Wall-hung toilets are one of the most popular types of toilets. Over the years, it has become an absolute must for modern toilet suites in Australian homes. This is because of their classy, spacious and elegant look and top-notch versatility.

These toilets are mounted to the wall and are elevated off the floor. This provides an illusion of extra space. As such, these toilets are ideal for powder rooms and small bathrooms.

Wall Hung Toilet

Pros

  • Offers quiet performance
  • Easy to mop and sweep beneath the toilet
  • An ideal choice for people with disabilities.
  • Feels more spacious

Cons

  • Requires planning before installation

3. Back To Wall Toilets

As far as the back to wall toilets are concerned, they sit right against the bathroom wall, leaving no gap in between the wall and the back of the pan. A major advantage of using this toilet is that it’s easier to maintain and clean since no grime or dust can form behind the pan.

These toilets can come in a pan-only option with a hidden cistern, providing a more streamlined look or a close-coupled design.

Back To Wall Toilet

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Sports a stylish and sleek body
  • Easy to maintain

Cons

  • A bit on the expensive side

4. Close Coupled Toilets

Close-coupled toilets are undoubtedly the most commonly used toilets out there. The cistern is mounted to the top of the toilet pan/bowl as an entire unit. As for the flush button, it is placed on the cistern’s top. Unlike older models, there are no visible pipes connecting the pan to the cistern.

Close Coupled Toilets

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Cost-effective
  • Ideal for those who have fixed plumbing

Cons

  • Tends to accumulate dust
  • Doesn’t offer much in terms of style

Measurement Requirements

When buying a toilet, you’ll need these measurements

1. Height

The Height of the toilet is crucial for those taller than average or those with disabilities. More often than not, toilets are installed at 39.5 cm height, while ambulant toilets are installed between 46 and 48 cm, which make them easier to use for such people.

2. Projection

This is the amount of room your toilet takes up. If you replace a toilet with one that extends too far, it may obstruct a door, cabinet, or shower. After you’ve installed it, it’s difficult to fix. So, be a little careful when it comes to projection.

3. Set-out

It’s the distance between the waste outlet’s centre and the wall for an S trap. For a P trap, it’s the distance between the outlet and the floor. Ensure that you take note of the location of the inlet as well.

Other Important Factors To Consider

Here are a few other factors that you need to keep in mind when buying a toilet.

1. Plumbing

First and foremost, ensure whether you will need to replace your existing plumbing or not, especially if you are going with an in-wall cistern toilet. Keep in mind that installing this type of cistern can be quite challenging in terms of space and more expensive as well.

Therefore, it’s best to get in touch with a plumbing expert, so that you are well-informed about your options for the right toilet suite for your home.

2. The Seat

It only makes sense to choose soft-closing toilet seats, which are a quiet and practical alternative to conventional toilet seats in this age.

Soft-closing seats offer a functional and modern design, making them close slowly in a controlled manner without any effort. The main advantage of using these seats is that they create minimal noise and are safer for children. Not to mention, they are easier to maintain and often feature a quick-release function that allows you to remove the seat completely without any hassle.

3. Ease Of Cleaning

Most people do not enjoy cleaning the toilet suites. But today, many brands offer hygienic and innovative features that allow us to easily clean our toilets. For instance, many new brands are incorporating cutting-edge flushing techniques, which are aimed at increasing water efficiency and flushing power.

The nano glaze coating is also a great feature to look out for in modern toilets. It is nothing but a coating placed inside the toilet pan, which prevents bacteria and grime build-up, making cleaning a breeze.

4. Water Saving Features

Ensure that your toilet has WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme) star rating and that it displays the amount of water used per flush. It is a must-have for all toilets sold in Australia.

Installing Your Toilet

We recommend contacting your trusted plumbing company to install your new toilet suite. Here is an example of a new toilet we installed at a Gold Coast home.

Finding The Right Toilet Suite For Your Home

With that, we have come to the end of this guide. We hope it helped you gain valuable information about choosing the right toilet suite for your home. Before we sign off, here’s our last word of advice: Make sure to get in touch with a trustworthy plumbing company because only they can install your toilet correctly.

And it’s a wrap. See you soon!