There are many different ways in which toilets can be categorized. For example, gravity feed or pressure assisted two pieces or one piece. But the idea here is to not confuse you. It is to help you pick one that best works for you. So we will only focus on the most common toilet descriptions that you are most likely to hear when you go commode shopping.
Close coupled toilet: Undoubtedly, the most popular and most commonly used variety of toilets, these contain a separate toilet pan and a cistern, which is typically mounted right above it. The cistern may have dual-flush options or may incorporate a lever mechanism. Close coupled toilets are the most basic, cost effective and easily available toilets that you can buy.
But why should you choose this type of toilet over others? Here are some pros and cons.
- Cost effective
- Huge variety of designs, shapes and colors to choose from
- Cheapest to install with uncomplicated plumbing
- You have the option to run the soil pipe in just about any direction
- With the cistern mounted just above it, there will be a gap in between the toilet and the wall which can quickly turn into a germ and mold magnet. It will demand frequent cleaning
Back-to-wall toilets: Hate messy looking pipes and leaky cisterns? A back-to-wall toilet is what you need. This is a sleek and stylish type of toilet that is perfect to create an organized or minimalistic look in your bathroom. The pan is attached to the surface of the wall (no gap to clean) and the cistern is neatly hidden away concealed inside the wall. There is an access panel that can be blended with other bathroom furniture or it can be via a flush plate which is fitted on the wall.
- Sleek, stylish and concealed
- Perfect for smaller bathroom spaces
- Easy to clean
- Plumbing may be expensive
Wall Hung Toilet: These are the latest addition to the market and feature a toilet pan that is mounted on the wall, lifted a few inches off the ground. The cistern is concealed, similar to that of a back-to-wall toilet. If you are looking for something that’s stylish and easy to clean, this is what you need.
- Is installed above the floor. So, you can easily clean the space under the toilet
- Can be mounted on any wall
- The wall bracket can easily support up to 450 lbs. of weight
- Looks extremely stylish
- More expensive than the other two
- Plumbing can be more expensive too
Other than these, you may also come across comfort height toilets which are typically installed in homes with elderly or very tall people who find it difficult or uncomfortable to sit on normal sized toilets.
If those were the three types of toilets, next up is the types of toilet seat you choose. Oh yes, round is no longer the only option for the toilet seat.