Whilst it may not seem like the most important of decisions, your choice of toilet flush button can help give stylistic direction to your entire bathroom.

If, like me, you’re of a certain age, you’ll no doubt remember a time when all toilets came with a simple handle flush—most of which you had to give a good yank to get things moving! Nowadays, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we no longer need to put as much effort into it. The push button flush is now commonplace, proving neater and easier to operate.

And, whilst it may not be top of your bathroom planning list, toilet flush buttons come in range of different designs that can help to complement the style of your bathroom. In this article, we’ll help you choose a toilet flush button that’s really im-press-ive!

Mode Ellis close coupled toilet with soft close seat


Toilet flush buttons vs. handles

Virtually all modern close coupled toilets come with a toilet flush button built into the cistern, so there is no need to purchase separately. In most cases, the button is split into 2, offering the option of a shorter flush with a smaller volume of water for liquid waste, and a longer one for solid matter. This is often known as an eco flush, as it helps to save water in your bathroom, following guidelines as set out by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS).

However, not all close coupled toilets come with this option. Traditional toilet designs commonly feature a handle flush or, in the case of a classic high level cistern toilet, a Victorian style chain pull. There is usually no dual option with this type of flush.

Judging by the numbers of toilets we sell, the push button flush is much more popular these days.

The Bath Co. Dulwich close coupled toilet with soft close wooden toilet seat white


What about back to wall and wall hung toilets?

Increasingly, homeowners are moving away from the common close coupled toilet and switching to more modern designs like back to wall or wall hung toilets.

For either of these options, you will need to buy a concealed cistern which can sit either within a back to wall furniture unit (only with back to wall toilets) or a cavity wall. This will give you the freedom to choose both the position and style of your toilet flush button. And, perhaps surprisingly, there are plenty of options! Here are just some of our more popular designs.

Macdee Wirquin compact concealed toilet cistern with side water inlet

One of the most popular choices, the Macdee Wirquin conealed cistern (above) comes complete with a simple, unobtrusive chrome-plated toilet flush button and dual flush option.

Grohe Rapid SL Set 3 in 1 wall mounting frame with round push button Nova Cosmopolitan flush plate 0.82m

If you’re looking for something a little more designer, this circular Nova Cosmopolitan toilet flush button from Grohe (above) is especially suited to round-shaped bathroom suites.

Ideal Standard concealed toilet cistern with top inlet and chrome flush plate

Another contemporary design, this time from Ideal Standard, this rectangular shaped toilet flush button can be positioned in a portrait or landscape orientation, depending on your needs.


Is there a more high tech toilet flush button I can choose?

With the advent of the smart bathroom, toilet technology has moved on too and you’ll be pleased to discover a range of futuristic toilet flush button options.

One of the most significant innovations in recent years has been the motion sensor flush button. Increasingly found in public or commercial toilets, this type of toilet flush button offers a no-touch solution which is both hygienic and simple to use. Plus, for those with restricted mobility and elderly people, it means no awkward twisting, bending or pressing. When the toilet user moves away from the toilet, the motion sensor detects this and automatically begins the flush process.

Macdee Wirquin universal wall hung toilet frame and cistern with motion sensor flush plate

Motion sensor toilet flush buttons offer a more hygienic, hands-free option

Bidet toilets, variously known as Electronic or Japanese toilets, are an increasingly popular option in the UK. As well as an automatic flush, they also come with such high-tech features as personal and self-cleaning options, plus an automated heated seat.

All of these products are available as part of our Independent Living range of accessible bathrooms.


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