What Is a Rimless Toilet and Are They Better? - Misc. AU
What Is a Rimless Toilet and Are They Better?

What Is a Rimless Toilet and Are They Better?

With the popularity of Rimless toilets on the rise, we are often asked what the differences are exactly compared to a traditional toilet technology, aka the "Boxed Rim" design which has been a standard in Australian bathrooms for decades.

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What's all this fuss about Rimless Toilets anyway?

With the popularity of Rimless toilets on the rise, we are often asked what the differences are exactly compared to a traditional toilet technology, aka the "Boxed Rim" design which has been a standard in Australian bathrooms for decades.

In this month's bathroom design talk, we delve into everything you need to know about Rimless toilets; What is a Rimless toilet exactly? What are the benefits of installing a Rimless toilet and of course, are they really a better choice?

What is a Rimless Toilet?

Rimless is the term used to describe the latest flushing technology in toilets where the "Rim" has literally been removed. This differs from the traditional "Box Rim" style which borders the top of a toilet bowl to distribute the flush water evenly, in a downward motion.

A rimless toilet on the other hand actually has the whole bowl exposed to the top edge, and propels water in a vortex like motion around the toilet bowl from the rear to achieve the same result.

Are Rimless Toilets Actually Better?

So, what are the benefits of Rimless design? Besides becoming the new standard of toilet technology - Many manufacturers are leaving box rim design in the past.

Are Rimless Toilets More Hygienic?

The clear advantage of a Rimless toilet design is that it is definitely the more hygienic choice. The removal of the rim means that the entire toilet bowl is exposed unlike the box rim design which creates a hard to reach area where bacteria and grime can manifest without concentrated cleaning.

Do Rimless toilets use more or less water?

This depends on the effectiveness of the individual design, so you'll find Rimless toilets have a range of efficiency much like traditional box rim toilets.

If you're opting for a Rimless toilet to replace your existing suite, then we definitely recommend finding a more water efficient solution than your current setup. In Australia the WELS star rating is the best indicator for water efficiency and you can know exactly how much water is being used per flush through this standard system.

Do Rimless toilets cost more?

Rimless toilets are available at every price point to suit your particular project needs, but the general answer is no. You can get a Rimless toilet for the same price you'd expect a traditional box rim to be, so if you're looking at upgrading your toilet, price is not an affecting factor.

Are there a wide variety of Rimless Toilet Designs?

Yes! Rimless toilets are available in a wide variety of design styles meaning you'll be able to find something to suit your desired aesthetic with ease.

Rimless toilets are also available in all types of configurations, from the standard Back to Wall Suite, to Wall Faced toilets and Wall Hung options where the cistern is concealed behind the wall.

What are the cons of Rimless toilet design?

The major considerations you need to be aware of with Rimless toilet technology is the effectiveness of the flush in regards to how well the bowl is cleaned, and the possibility of water splashing now that the Rim has been removed.

While Australian toilets must pass specific testing including splashing, negating the need to rely on a second flush is definitely something to look out for, so seeing a demonstration of how a toilet flushes is a great place to start.

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