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The pros and cons of different types of toilets

The pros and cons of different types of toilets

When planning for a new bathroom, choosing the toilet is one of the most important decisions to be made. With so many types of toilets in the market today, picking one out is often easier said than done.

Words by Yohei Guy

Choosing the right type of toilet is about selecting one that will work for the household and look great in your new bathroom. Knowing what the options are as well as their advantages and disadvantages will put you in the best position to pick the perfect toilet for you.

The Perrin & Rowe Art Deco toilet from The English Tapware Company

Two piece toilet

The two piece toilet is the most common type of toilet and possibly the simplest, consisting of a bowl and a tank. They exist as both single flush toilets and dual flush toilets.

Pros: Many people choose them as they are often a cheap and efficient solution. This doesn’t mean they can’t and don’t look stylish as you can find them in a wide range of designs.

Installation is also very easy as the two parts involved can be quickly connected. This makes it far easier to lift the toilet into position especially in tight areas or through thin doorways. You can even assemble the toilet before installing it.

Another advantage of the two piece toilet is that if one part breaks you can simply replace the broken section with another, without having to replace the entire toilet. This makes maintaining the toilet over a long period of time very easy.

Cons: The downside to these toilets is that they need regular deep cleaning. Sections between them and the connectors can attract dirt that builds up quickly. If the area around the rubber gasket breaks it can also end up in a leak and be tricky to replace.

Close coupled toilet

Close coupled toilets are another common type of toilet. Unlike the two piece, they have no gap between the toilet bowl and cistern. This hides the flush pipe joining them.

Pros: Like two piece toilets, they are quick and easy to install. The toilet’s flush control is housed on the back of the cistern making them easy to use. You don't need to alter plumbing to fit them, bringing installation time and costs down significantly.

Cons: Close coupled toilets can look a little plain compared to some other models. The sections joining the back and base can also easily accumulate dirt and be hard to clean. However, there are some products like the Kohler Parliament that manage to combine a close couple design with a sleek, modern look.

Reach Back To Wall Toilet Suite from Kohler Australia

Wall hung toilet

This style of toilet is popular with modern designers, who like the floating appearance. Being very small, they occupy little space for a minimalist look. The bowl floats above the ground, attached to the wall with the cistern completely out of sight in the wall itself.

Pros: One of the biggest advantages of wall hung toilets is that they can sit at any required height. This is useful for people who may have mobility issues or trouble getting up and down. As the toilet bowl floats, it is also easier to clean underneath.

The look of the toilet is also much more minimalist. Having the cistern in the wall makes it very quiet to use, even on a full flush. They are excellent options to save space making them very good for small bathrooms. The Milady Wall Hung is a great example of an excellent wall hung toilet.

Cons: Wall hung toilets are a little more pricey compared to other options. As you have to place the cistern within a wall, they also require more design work, planning and labour with respect to installation.

Wall toilet

A wall toilet is very similar to a wall hung toilet, sharing many of the same characteristics. It has an in-wall cistern and takes up little space. The only difference is that it sits straight on the floor and does not hover in the air like a wall hung toilet.

Pros: They are extremely quiet and easy to keep clean. As they have an s trap system they can be installed in place of most standard toilets.

Cons: The only issue with wall toilets is that it can be hard to access the internal system so repairs can be troublesome and more costly.

The Manhattan Rimless Wall Faced Toilet from Studio Bagno

Composting toilet

A composting toilet turns solid human waste into compost. An environment rich in oxygen is provided, meaning aerobic bacteria can break the waste down quickly and easily. This is done by getting the right moisture levels, carbon to nitrogen balance, and temperature.

Pros: There are two types of composting toilets. The first is very small and is a great solution for caravans, boats and small holiday homes. The larger versions are central or remote toilets. Waste is directed to a central composter somewhere on a property, usually a compost pile or septic tank. This allows multiple toilets to be connected in this way. The main attraction to composting toilets is that it creates compost that can be used in non-edible garden soils either on your property or elsewhere. They are also tankless toilets in the main, requiring no water to be used.

Cons: Small versions need to be emptied by hand which is not a task that is appealing to all. Both versions do typically require a bit more maintenance than other types of toilets. If they are poorly maintained, you can have problems with odour which can attract unwanted pests and insects.

Smart toilet

Smart toilets use a range of technological advances to offer the ultimate in comfort and control. They go above and beyond, providing a huge range of features with electronic controls.

Pros: Built-in water jets for easy cleaning, heated seats, hands free-flushing, pressure assisted toilets are just some of the features are typically offered. They also often have many choices of flush so they use just the right amount of water for excellent water efficiency. This also means you’ll have a lower water bill as a result. The Veil Wall Intelligent model is a great example of a smart toilet.

Cons: These toilets do require electricity to operate. You can wire them to the mains or have them battery-powered though this makes them a bit harder to install.

Veil Wall Faced Intelligent Toilet from Kohler Australia

Choose the right type of toilet for your home

As you can see, there is a great range of toilet designs to choose from in Australia from state-of-the-art smart toilets to environmentally-friendly composting toilets. Whether you’re looking for a toilet for a new bathroom renovation or an upgrade for a campervan, you’ll be able to easily find a solution that best suits your needs.

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