Toilets Buying Guide
Toilets Buying Guide
This toilet buying guide is designed to give you all the essential information you’ll ever need to buy a toilet online.
Who says toilets have to be boring and functional? In fact, there are now numerous different styles of toilet available to suit your bathroom’s sense of identity. Whether you’re pushed for space or simply crave a minimalist unit to match the modern lines of your bathroom, there’s a stylish, durable and comfortable option waiting for you.
From traditional Victorian-styled toilets with all the bells and whistles to ultra-modern versions fit for a 5-star hotel, you’re sure to find a loo that’s as individual as you. In this guide to buying a new toilet, we’ll talk you through the practicalities of buying a new toilet and highlight the various options available to you at Bathroom Takeaway.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A TOILET?
When discussing how to choose a toilet, there are a few formalities that we need to mention, which may well affect your decision-making process.
First thing’s first, it’s important to have a grasp of your bathroom’s dimensions. This will enable you to plan what size of toilet you should go for and where you might like to fit it. We recommend sketching out a scale drawing of your bathroom to mark out your measurements and play around with the location of your toilet. A little bit of planning here can save you a great deal of heartache and expense down the line if your toilet of choice didn’t measure up. This is a great approach for en-suite or cloakroom bathrooms in particular, where every inch of space needs to be accounted for.
Once you’re familiar with your bathroom’s measurements, it’s worth considering the type of plumbing connections you’ll need to install your toilet. Where space is at a premium, you might opt for a wall hung toilet or back to wall toilet. We’ll talk about these in greater detail further on in our toilet buying guide. However, both options will require a little more plumbing expertise than a standard toilet. A wall hung toilet will need a toilet frame to be fitted carefully in order to support the weight of the toilet and its users. While a back to wall toilet requires a concealed cistern, which often needs to be bought separately.
Another important consideration is how your toilet will connect to the soil pipe. A soil pipe is the piping through which your toilet’s wastewater travels to the soil stack piping that runs outside to your sewerage. The positioning of your soil stack can have a major influence on which type of toilet you can choose, so it’s worth checking whether your toilet is going to be compatible. For example, a back to wall toilet can only be connected horizontally or vertically. Whereas, a close coupled toilet gives you the freedom to connect your soil pipe vertically, horizontally, or from the left or right.
TYPES OF TOILETS
Let’s take a closer look at all the options available to you when choosing a toilet. Luxurious loos have landed, with a range of contemporary models now available. The three main types of toilet we’re going to cover in detail are: close coupled toilets, back to wall toilets and wall hung toilets.
CLOSE COUPLED TOILETS
For a family-sized bathroom, with room to manoeuvre, close coupled toilets are a firm favourite. So-called because the toilet bowl and cistern are in close proximity (as opposed to retro toilets whose cisterns were hung high above the toilet bowl for a gravity-powered flush), this is the most familiar style of toilet on our list. Whether its modern minimalism or traditional flair you desire, there’s a model to suit. Made from durable glazed vitreous ceramic, most of our close coupled toilets feature water-saving dual-flush cisterns and quiet soft close seats.
BACK TO WALL TOILETS
Back to wall toilets are the next evolutionary step in toilet design. With the cistern neatly hidden behind either a wall or a furniture unit, these types of toilets can add space and grace to any bathroom. Setting your cistern behind the wall gives you an incredibly clean look, which allows your tiling or wallpaper effect to flow naturally. Whereas, back to wall units can be bought in a range of colours, materials and finishes to match your corresponding bathroom suite furniture. You’ll need a concealed cistern to operate your back to wall toilet. We offer toilets and cisterns as separate units or as part of a bundle package for added value and peace of mind.
WALL HUNG TOILETS
If the wall and floor space are both in short supply, then a wall hung toilet could be the answer. These gravity-defying toilets add a touch of class to even the smallest of bathrooms. Some models feature a rimless design – leaving no place for dirt, bacteria or germs to grow – that makes cleaning easier. You’ll also need to purchase a mounting frame with integrated cistern and, in some cases, a flush button plate (we have a variety for you to choose from). You can either buy these separately or as part of a cost-saving package. With our 10-year ‘Fit and Forget’ guarantee across all our toilet products, you can be sure of many years of reliable use.
TOILET AND BASIN COMBINATIONS
Our collection of modern and traditional toilet and basin suites offer unified styling throughout your bathroom. Our range of contemporary furniture suites and cloakroom suites offer big solutions for smaller bathroom spaces. While back to wall toilet units can be matched to built-in basin vanity units, available in a range of colours and materials, for a harmonious feel and somewhere extra to hide away your toiletries. Check out our bathroom suites buying guide for more details.
BUY A TOILET ONLINE AT BATHROOM TAKEAWAY
At Bathroom Takeaway, we believe that a beautiful new bathroom should be within everyone’s reach – no matter what your budget or timescale. In fact, our Everyday Low-Price Promise means that you could take delivery of your dream bathroom sooner and cheaper than you think. Buying your perfect toilet, and other bathroom fittings and accessories, from us, is as easy as 1-2-3.
Simply follow our three-step process:
- One – Browse our amazing selection of more than 200,000 beautiful bathroom products.
- Two – Pick your products and pay for them securely through our Google certified website.
- Three – Sit back, relax and we’ll deliver directly to your door (for free on orders over £349).
At Bathroom Takeaway, we’re all about giving you the best possible bathroom products and services at all times. In the unlikely event that you’re not 100% satisfied with your order, we’ll give you our 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Although, as a Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant, we’re confident that you’ll enjoy a satisfyingly smooth experience whenever you shop online at Bathroom Takeaway.
We hope you’ve found this guide to buying a new toilet a useful source of inspiration. Now that you know what to look for when buying a toilet, why not check out our complete online collection today at bathroomtakeaway.com. For further details about any of our products, feel free to visit us at our Manchester or Birmingham showrooms or give us a call on 0333 305 8200.