Toilet. The Loo. WC.
It’s one of the most used items in our homes so it’s not surprising that it’s called so many different things.
But along with the different names and nicknames, did you know that there are actually different types of toilet?
Here is a quick rundown of the four main ones:
Close Coupled Toilet
This is your bog standard (sorry!) toilet where the cistern sits directly above the pan. The cistern is mounted to the wall while the pan is fixed to floor. The name close coupled comes from the cistern being closer to the pan than old type toilets where the cistern was mounted high on the wall above the pan and connected with a long pipe.
Wall hung toilets are ideal for small spaces, and great for creating a contemporary look in your bathroom. This type of toilet hangs from the wall thanks to a sturdy metal frame, which along with the cistern, is hidden away in the wall. Being elevated it makes floor cleaning easier – plus there’s no pipes to catch dust.
Back To Wall
Also known as a fully shrouded toilet, with a back to wall toilet the cistern is hidden away (or fully shrouded) either within the toilet itself or in a furniture unit so that the back of the toilet sits flush to the wall. This makes for a neater finish with no plumbing on show, and like the wall hung toilet, it’s easier to clean as there are no external pipes to gather dust.
Comfort Height Toilet
A comfort height toilet is slightly higher (4cm – 5cm) than standard. This extra height reduces pressure on knees and lower body joints, making getting up and sitting down easier. Ideal for those less mobile. A comfort height toilet is included in our Doc M Pack..
Along with the different types of toilet, there are a number of different features that toilets have to enhance comfort, hygiene and style.
If you are concerned about hygiene (or just want to make your life a little bit easier), look out for rimless toilets. These type of toilets have been designed without the traditional rim, making cleaning much easier and giving germs and nasties no place to hide.
Many toilets nowadays have been designed with water saving in mind. Dual Flush toilets have two different flush volumes – meaning that you can choose when to use more or less water for your flush.
High Level / Low Level Toilet
High Level: This is a traditional, old style toilet with a pull chain flush. The cistern is wall mounted high above the pan and connected with a long pipe.
Low Level: This has the same traditional look as a High Level toilet, but with a shorter pipe connecting the cistern and pan.
Still unsure of which toilet type will be right for you? Don’t worry, our trained advisors are on hand to help out with any questions that you have. Visit us in-store or call us on 053 9383700.