I need a new toilet… where should I start?

 

 

In any bathroom, big or small, a toilet is an absolute essential. If you are buying a new toilet, there are a lot of things to consider before deciding which one, and this can be quite a daunting prospect. This quick guide should give you all the vital information, from what kinds of toilet there are, to how much you could spend. Hopefully, this will help you find the perfect choice for your bathroom suite

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What kinds of toilets are there?

Most toilets available fall into three categories: close coupled toilet suite, back to wall, and wall-hung.

Close coupled toilets tend to be the most popular ones, in which the cistern is directly attached to the toilet pan. These are typically taller toilets than either wall-hung or back to wall ones, usually measuring around 80cm in height.

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Back to wall toilets have both the cistern and the bowl itself fixed to the wall at the back. These make for a compact option, since the pipes and such are concealed between the toilet itself and the wall. In terms of size, these measure around 40cm tall.

The alternative option is a wall-hung toilet. With these, the cistern is typically concealed behind a toilet unit, so that only the bowl itself is exposed. Wall-hung toilets need to be purchased along with a mounting frame, which will securely attach the toilet to the wall, and this too can be hidden behind the toilet unit. The benefit of the wall-mounted style is that it can be adjusted exactly to the height you need it, making it ideal for a user with limited mobility.

 

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How much you can expect to spend

Toilets do not have to cost a fortune. It is, of course, worth investing in a good quality model, since they can last a lifetime, but even these can be relatively low-cost. All BelBagno toilets come with a 15 Years guarantee, so you can be sure of their high quality.

A standard price range that you can expect for a toilet is around £350-500, with the top-end ones costing up to roughly $700-800. The more expensive toilets tend to be close coupled and rimless design, but these are also available at the lower end of the price spectrum.

 

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How your toilet can look

Let’s face it, you don’t often walk into a bathroom and say “wow, what a gorgeous toilet you have there!”. Hardly anyone thinks of it as the most attractive bathroom item, not when such elegant roll-top baths and sleek, waterfall showers are available, but this doesn’t mean your toilet has to be unsightly! Far from it – BelBagno  has a number of models which are stylish and will fit neatly into the overall look of your bathroom.

Toilets – like most bathroom fixtures – can fall into two main categories, in terms of how they look: traditional and contemporary. Traditional models are more likely to have a curvier shape, with a rounded bowl and perhaps a distinctive shaping in the cistern. More contemporary toilets can have sharper edges, sometimes with an almost rectangular bowl. These can look great paired with angular basins and bath tubs.

All BelBagno’s toilets are made from vitreous china, which is a very durable and stain resistant material. Toilets are almost always white, which makes them very easy to match up with other bathroom fixtures, like baths or basins, as well as furniture. For example, if you are having a toilet unit fitted, you can pretty much guarantee that whichever unit you get will match white.

Toilet seats from BelBagno all soft-closing, too, which means that you will never have to worry about the seat slamming down and making a racket. Seats are also made from durable UF material(more durable that plastic) and stainless still hinges. All BelBagno seat cover going with the innovative “easy install” system.

Toilet units can be a great way of making your toilet look very neat and tidy. These will help keep it tucked away into the furniture of the room, ensuring all pipework is hidden from view. If you have a lot of furniture fitted in your bathroom, a toilet unit can be a great extension of this, matching up in terms of style.

Every bathroom needs a toilet, and with so many options to choose from, you can be sure to find one to suit your needs perfectly. Whether you want to show off the whole toilet, or conceal parts of it behind furniture units, you can find a model that fits nicely into the style of your bathroom and performs its duty whilst still looking sleek.

When choosing a new toilet for your bathroom suite, you have the option of three different styles. The differences largely involve how the toilet is fitted within the room and how much space it takes up. Here at bathstore, all three are typically made from a similar material – vitreous china – and you can be sure of their high quality and durability, irrespective of style. They are also all available in a range of aesthetic styles from modern and angular to elegant and curved. This short guide should take you through all the key features of each style, helping you choose which one is best for your bathroom.

 

 

Close coupled

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This is perhaps the style of toilet you will most commonly find in the Australia these days. Close coupled toilets have the cistern attached to the toilet bowl, creating one streamlined unit which combines both essential parts. The pipes are hidden within the casings of the toilet and their compact nature means they are perfect for fitting into small or awkward spaces. For example, if there is a minor recess in your bathroom wall, having a close coupled toilet fitted in there may make the most of the space. These toilets are both quick and easy to have installed, making them ideal for any bathroom suite.

In terms of price, these range from as little as $150 up to around $1000 at the higher end of the spectrum. Typically, the most common price range is between $350-550; it is always wise to invest in quality for a product that could last for such a long time.

Because the cistern is not concealed, these toilets are taller than either wall-hung or back to wall, so if you want to fit a close coupled toilet into your bathroom, you want a space that is roughly 80cm tall, 36-38 cm wide and between 61 and 68 cm deep. These measurements can all vary depending on the individual toilet, so check the dimensions thoroughly before deciding which one is perfect for you and your space.

Click here to browse our extensive range of close coupled toilets.

Back to wall

 

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If you’re after a toilet which is both space-saving and contemporary, a back to wall toilet may be perfect. These have the toilet bowl fixed firmly against the wall, while the cistern – usually sold separately – is concealed within either a furniture unit or in the wall itself, accessible through either the unit panels or a flush panel fitted into the wall. The pipes are concealed along with the cistern, making it the ultimate in neat and tidy bathroom fittings. By just having the toilet bowl on show, this creates a real sense of space in the room, leaving the bowl in the ideal position for cleaning and maintenance.

Back to wall toilets do not require any support from a frame – they slot into the corner where the wall meets the floor, fitted firmly against both. This provides the security of a fitted toilet without the added hassle of installing a frame, leaving you with an elegant toilet which is both functional and stylish.

You can expect to pay anything between $300 and  $800 for a back to wall toilet, with the majority falling into the $300-$500 range. As with all BelBagno toilets, you can be sure of their quality and many come with a 15-year guarantee or even for a lifetime. In terms of the space required, these toilets tend to be between 37 and 43 cm tall, 35-41 cm wide and 47-56 cm deep.

Check out our back to wall toilets here.

 

Wall-hung

 

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These are perhaps the ultimate in modern toilets. Wall-hung toilets are exactly as the name suggests – the toilet bowl is mounted onto the wall itself, not on the floor. Like back to wall toilets, the cistern is concealed within the wall, accessible via a flush panel. Because of this compact build and the bowl being suspended off the floor, these toilets are perhaps the easiest to clean, since you can reach all around it as well as underneath it.

This space underneath the toilet will create the illusion of your bathroom suite appearing bigger than it is. For this reason, wall-hung toilets may well be the best solutions for small bathrooms or cloakrooms.

One of the key benefits of a wall-hung toilet is that you can have the height adjusted to suit your needs. This means that wall-hung toilets are a great idea if you are looking to furnish a bathroom for someone with limited mobility or someone who perhaps can’t bend down as low. These toilets require mounting onto a wall frame to keep them secure, but if they are correctly installed, they will be incredibly sturdy, so you needn’t worry about them falling apart – they are built to withstand approximately 200kg!

Because of the concealed cistern and the requirement of a wall frame, wall-hung toilets are perhaps best suited in brand new or remodeled bathroom suites rather than as a replacement for an existing toilet. This is because they need to be installed within the wall itself and therefore need a lot of work on the wall during installation.

However, if fitted correctly, these can look especially dynamic and create a real feature point within your bathroom suite. Wall-hung toilets have grown in popularity in recent years, but are still not as common as close coupled toilets, meaning that they are still a talking point. If you fancy having a toilet that will get your guests talking, this may be the one for you.

Just because a toilet is a very functional part of your bathroom doesn’t mean it can’t look eye-catching. By investing in a good quality toilet that features a concealed cistern, you can create the illusion of room within the suite whereas with a close coupled toilet, you can have a clean, streamlined fixture that will both serve a purpose and look very stylish. Whatever you’re after, there will be a toilet available which can add character to your bathroom.