There’s no getting around it, toilets are a vital piece of bathroom furniture and therefore finding the perfect one for your ensuite or cloakroom is essential. Read our following guide to help find the right toilet for your home:
What type of toilet should I buy?
There are various different types of toilets to consider for your lavatory or bathroom. Here’s a breakdown of the most common types:
Close Coupled ToiletsClose coupled toilets are made up of two separate ceramic pieces, where the cistern is mounted directly onto the pan. Available in a wide range of shapes and styles, they are a great choice for affordability and ease of installation.
Back to Wall ToiletsBack to wall toilets are a tidy and minimalist option with a concealed cistern. Either a wall, built in box or furniture featuring hidden access can be used to store the cistern, and the finish is neat and subtle.
Wall Hung ToiletsWall hung toilets offer a similar solution to back to wall toilets, minus the base. These toilets are mounted to the wall and have an appealing “floating” design that can look stylish and add a sense of space to bathrooms.
Corner ToiletsCorner toilets are an ergonomic solution for smaller bathrooms. With a compact cistern designed to fit into corners, these can be tucked snugly out of the way and make ideal cloakroom or lavatory toilets.
Traditional High Level Cistern ToiletsTraditional high level cistern toilets or Victorian style toilets, are an elegant style option where the cistern is separated from the pan and mounted high above with a pull chain to flush.
What size toilet should I get?
Choosing the right toilet isn’t just a matter of style - it can be a very technical business, so here are the various measurements to tick off your loo list:
- Height: Whether you opt for a wall hung toilet or a close coupled toilet, its height will affect its comfort. Toilets lower to the ground can be uncomfortable, particularly for taller or elderly users, who may prefer a comfort height toilet.
- Width: It’s important to be able to move around the toilet and access other fixtures, so if space is limited, a narrow design might be necessary. Back to wall toilets with slim bases and corner toilets could save you some floor space in a small bathroom, lavatory or cloakroom.
- Projection: How far a toilet projects out from the wall obviously impacts space. The round or square bowl of modern toilets are designed to have a shorter projection to suit smaller bathrooms, whereas traditional toilets are typically more slimline and elongated and may integrate well into the classic decor of period bathrooms.
- ’Rough in’: This relates to the plumbing, and it’s particularly important when replacing an old toilet to make sure the new rough in matches the old.
What style toilet should I opt for?
We need toilets to carry out their purpose discreetly and hygienically, so as well as functioning properly a toilet should integrate into the decor of a bathroom. In your main family bathroom, buying coordinated bathroom suites with a matching toilet, bath and sink is a good way to ensure a cohesive style, or if you are inclined towards a more personal touch, individual components such as coloured or patterned toilet seats can be used to stylise your WC. For a downstairs toilet style statement, why not opt for a traditional high level cistern or even a vintage porcelain toilet cistern, and complement your toilet with an elegant bidet, a stylish toilet roll holder and coordinating toilet accessories
and bathroom accessories
. For your ensuite, consider your toilet seat choice carefully, as a soft close toilet seat can be important to avoid disturbing other bedroom occupants.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a close coupled, wall hung, comfort level, porcelain toilet or something else entirely, Houzz is sure to have the perfect toilet for your home.