A Game of Porcelain Thrones: What’s the Best Toilet for Your Home?
For something that we spend 92 days of our lives sitting on, we bet you haven’t given much thought to your toilet. On average, you can expect to spend close to two hours on here every week, so it’s worth investing in the best toilet for your needs.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of shopping for a new toilet before, you might be surprised by how many types there are. We’ve compiled a list of all the different types of toilets so you can be as merciless as Cersei Lannister herself when it comes time to pick out your new toilet suite.
The Different Types of Toilet Bowls
Who even knew there were different types of toilet bowls? You’ll most commonly find two types – round and elongated. Each has its own merits, and it’s up to what you value and what is suitable for your bathroom space.
If comfort is your top priority, then an elongated bowl is your best bet. The elongated shape is simply better suited for the shape of your caboose.
If you’ve switched from an elongated bowl to the less comfortable round bowl shape, you’ll notice the difference when you’re parked on the toilet for a while and you start getting sore a lot earlier than usual.
If space is an issue, a round bowl shape will give you a few extra centimetres of breathing room. Sure, it might not be as comfy as an elongated bowl shape, but we think most people would prefer the extra space a round bowl can give you and sacrifice a little bit of comfort.
Different Types of Toilet Flush
The humble flushing toilet has come a long way since it was first designed in 1596. We’re now spoiled for choice when it comes to the types of toilet flushes. Here are some of the main flush types available on the market today.
Just as the name implies, a gravity-feed toilet relies on gravity to flush waste away. They can work effectively with only moderate water pressure and are quieter than many other types of toilet flushes.
Gravity-feed toilets are available in a range of prices to suit any budget too. Their only downside is that they’re not the most effective at flushing waste away, and can sometimes require a second flush to fully clear the toilet pan.
For those of you with a large family, a pressure-assisted toilet flush is likely the best type for you. These use compressed air in a sealed tank to forcefully flush waste out and away from your toilet.
These have no problem flushing the mounds of toilet paper your little one who hasn’t yet grasped the idea of using just enough TP as is necessary. A powerful flush from a pressure-assisted toilet unfortunately comes at a greater cost and is considerably noisier than other flush types.
For those of us who are conscious of water efficiency, a dual-flush type of toilet is one of the best options. These let you choose between a full or partial flush depending on what you’re emptying from the toilet.
Modern dual-flush toilets typically use 4.5 litres of water on a full flush and a mere 3 litres for a partial flush. This means you’re saving water and saving money!
These types of toilets can, unfortunately, be more difficult to install and require more frequent cleaning when using the partial flush.
Unique Toilet Designs to Suit Your Bathroom
Beyond the bowl shape and flush type, there is also a range of toilet designs to pick from. When picking out a new toilet, this is where you can start to consider your bathroom’s overall style and aesthetic.
A link or connector toilet suite is one of the most common types in Australian homes. This is where the cistern and toilet pan comes in two parts that are connected by a pipe.
These are easy to install and some come with covers to conceal the connecting pipe. Their major downside is the amount of surface area you need to clean with these toilets.
Similar to a link or connector toilet suite, a close coupled type of toilet comes in two parts. The point of difference here, however, is that the cistern is mounted flush to the pan and so there is no connector pipe, giving it a more streamlined look.
Back to Wall
Moving up a step in terms of budget is back to wall toilets. The main thing going for this type of toilet is that all the pipeware is concealed within the toilet itself. This means there’s no visible trap pipeware behind a back to wall toilet that just sits there collecting dust and making your weekly cleaning duties even longer.
As far as budget goes, concealed cistern toilets are considerably more pricey than the other types of toilets we’ve listed. This is because in order to conceal the cistern, installation is noticeably more complex.
The flush buttons are typically located on the wall above the toilet, but can be placed some distance away, allowing for greater design flexibility. To add to the flexibility of concealed cistern toilets, you can mount the toilet pan to the floor, or even have it mounted to the wall so it appears to be floating above the ground.
Many people fear that they’ll be up for expensive wall repair costs if a plumber ever needs to access their cistern. This isn’t the case, however, as access panels are installed which allow for a plumber to repair the cistern, without having to break your wall.
When you purchase a concealed cistern toilet, you will typically need to purchase the toilet pan and cistern separately. This is where you might run into trouble, as you need to ensure the cistern you purchase matches the toilet pan.
There’s more to picking out a toilet than just picking the style and flush that suits your home. Above all else, it needs to fit in your existing toilet space, or you need to be willing to change your plumbing to fit the toilet.
You’ll need to make sure you accurately measure the set-out distance. This can differ from toilet to toilet and between the type of trap pipeware it has. If you get this distance wrong, your new toilet won’t fit the drain!
Then there are all the extra features that come with toilets now too, including:
- Bidet attachments and features
- Smart toilet technology
- Soft-close toilet seat lids
Have you considered a rimless toilet? These toilets have removed that annoying rim from the toilet pan, making it much easier to clean.
What about water efficiency? Every toilet has a WELS (water efficiency labelling standard) star rating that lets you quickly compare efficiency between models. Depending on whether your bathroom is a renovation or part of a new build, there are regulations you need to meet in regards to water efficiency.
When you need a new toilet installed and you’re not sure what is best for your home, contact Metropolitan. Our team of experts can help you pick the best toilet for your home and family’s needs.
Published: 18 Jun, 2021