It’s not the most glamorous part of any house, but it’s something we all use multiple times a day, so why shouldn’t you give your toilet as much love and attention as the rest of your bathroom?
The toilet is an absolute essential, so here’s some quick information to bear in mind next time you’re buying a new one, including different types and what kind of budget you should be looking at.
Types of Toilet
There are three main types of toilet, which are:
- Close coupled
- Back to wall
You’re most likely to have come across close coupled toilets in the past, with a cistern directly attached to the toilet pan itself and they’re usually a bit taller than other types.
The back to wall toilets have both the cistern and bowl attached to the wall, which means that all of the pipes and inner workings are concealed, making them ideal if you’re working in a small space.
Finally, a wall-hung toilet, as the name suggests, is mounted to the wall, with the cistern concealed behind a unit. You’ll also have to buy a mounting frame for one of these toilets, but they can be adjusted to whatever height you might want.
Which toilet is right for you will largely come down to how much space you have available and you can read more about the different types in this post from The Spruce.
According to one of the UK’s leading bathroom retailers, UK Bathroom Store: “On the whole, toilets aren’t that expensive, considering how long they last and you can even pick one up for as little as £30, although for such an important fixture, you probably want to spend a little more.
“A decent toilet generally costs about £150-£250 and if you want to go really high-end, you could end up spending as much as £500.”
While you don’t want to skimp on a toilet, be wary of spending too much too. As long as it seems durable, functional and it fits in with the desired look of your bathroom, then it should be ok.
Admittedly, style isn’t a word you’d associate with toilets and it’s never going to be the centrepiece of the bathroom, but that doesn’t mean it has to be ugly!
Modern toilets are usually split between those which are more traditional, with a rounder bowl, while more contemporary ones will have much sharper edges, with some featuring an almost rectangular bowl, so it all depends what kind of overall look you’re going for with the bathroom.
You don’t really need to worry too much about colour as pretty much all toilets are white, which is super-easy to match with the rest of your bathroom fittings
If you do want to inject a bit of colour, you could do this with a colourful seat or perhaps with the toilet unit that’s being used to hide away all the pipes.
Every house needs a toilet, so don’t overlook it when you’re planning a new bathroom refit. For a more in-depth look into the things you need to bear in mind when buying a toilet, check out this buying guide from Consumer Reports.