With such a range of styles and designs available, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing a toilet.
This guide will explain the options available to you, and tell you everything you need to know, so you can find the perfect toilet for your bathroom.
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What types of toilet are there?
There are all sorts of toilet designs available, each suiting different types of bathroom. To simplify things, we’ve categorised them into 3 main styles.
Close coupled toilets
These are the most traditional types of toilet, with a floor standing unit and a visible cistern behind the seat. They are called ‘close coupled’ because the cistern and bowl are closely coupled together, as opposed to the old-fashioned style where the cistern was set high above the toilet, as with some of more traditional suites.
Flush mechanisms vary, from the traditional handle, to the modern chrome button, and some may even provide options to adjust the flow of water.
A close coupled toilet can suit any sort of bathroom thanks to the wide range of shapes and styles available, from sleek and simplistic modern toilets, to classic elegance for a traditional bathroom.
- Find out more about this type of toilet in our close coupled toilet buying guide.
One of our most popular close coupled toilets, the Oakley
Back to wall toilets
A more modern option, back to wall toilets are similar to close coupled toilets except that the cistern is concealed with the wall or a unit. This style of toilet is great for a contemporary bathroom, and can provide space saving options in a smaller en suite or cloakroom.
A back to wall toilet can look especially sleek and stylish when the cistern is completely hidden within the wall, but you could also opt for a closed toilet unit in a range of finishes to match your bathroom furniture.
When choosing a back to wall toilet, always check to see if the hidden cistern is included, as you may need to purchase it separately.
- For a more in-depth look at this type of toilet, see our back to wall toilet buying guide
- Find out more about concealed cisterns in our latest blog post.
The Arte back to wall toilet, seen here with the Planet white back to wall unit, will bring designer, contemporary style to your bathroom
Wall hung toilets
The ultimate in modern function and design, wall hung toilets appear to float above the floor, with no visible cistern or pedestal. This is the perfect style of toilet for designer bathrooms, with clean and simple lines that make great use of space.
Our wall hung toilets feature soft closing seats, and are made from high quality materials for reliability. With this design, you will also need a concealed cistern and wall mounting unit to install it in your bathroom.
For true minimalist style, our Verso wall hung toilet is a great choice
Whether you’re aiming to create a classic or contemporary feel in your bathroom, VictoriaPlum.com has a toilet to suit. As well as the main styles of toilet, we have all sorts of other options and designs to make it easy for you to create the perfect bathroom
As well as the style of the unit itself, you may also need to think about your choice of toilet seat. Most of our toilets include seats, using the simple and convenient quick release design for easy fitting. We also have soft closing seats, which allow you to release and close the lid without any sudden bangs, reducing wear and tear.
Depending on the style of toilet, you may also have a choice of colour or finish on the seat, such as solid oak, walnut effect, or the classic white. Seats come in various other materials too, including Thermoplastic, which has a quality hard-wearing finish and is easy to maintain. Seats are also available in Thermoset, a deluxe polymer material which is UV resistant and colourfast, providing an anti-scratch, durable surface.
- Are toilet seats a standard size? Find out now
Toilet and basin units
If you want to create a more seamless look in your bathroom, you could go for a combined toilet and vanity unit. This is a great option for bathrooms where space is at a premium, but also helps to create a stylish and unified look.
- Find out more about our stylish and space-saving range of MySpace toilet and basin units
- For a more in-depth look at this type of option, check out our toilet and basin unit buying guide
Installing a toilet
Size and position
When buying a toilet, it’s important to consider how and where it will fit, particularly if it’s going in an en suite or cloakroom. Measure the space in your bathroom to see what the maximum dimensions of a toilet could be, taking into account how far it will project from the wall, and allowing enough space in front of it. It’s always worth drawing up a scaled plan of your bathroom and arranging things before committing to a purchase.
Another important aspect to consider is the type of plumbing connection you will need to install your toilet, which will depend on the type of toilet you have chosen. If you have a back to wall toilet, you may need to buy a separate concealed cistern, and if you have a wall mounted toilet, you may also need a wall mounting unit.
Soil pipe direction
The soil pipe is the outlet through which toilet waste is flushed, and needs to be connected to the soil stack, which is the outflow pipe for your sewage. The type of toilet dictates how this connection can be made. For example, a close coupled toilet can be connected horizontally, vertically, or to the left or right, whereas a back to wall toilet can only be connected to the soil stack horizontally or vertically. You should check the position of your soil stack in relation to the desired position of your toilet so you know which units you can choose.
- For more detailed instructions, see our How to fit a toilet DIY guide.
- Always seek help from a professional when undertaking any plumbing work or installing toilets.
- Match your choice of fittings and accessories to your choice of toilet unit for a seamless and harmonious look.