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I need a new toilet... where should I start?

In any bathroom, big or small, a toilet is an absolute essential. If you are buying a new toilet, there are a lot of things to consider before deciding which one, and this can be quite a daunting prospect. This quick guide should give you all the vital information, from what kinds of toilet there are, to how much you could spend. Hopefully, this will help you find the perfect choice for your bathroom suite.

What kinds of toilets are there?

Most toilets available fall into three categories: close coupled, back to wall, and wall-hung.

Close coupled toilets tend to be the most popular ones, in which the cistern is directly attached to the toilet pan. These are typically taller toilets than either wall-hung or back to wall ones, usually measuring around 80cm in height.

Back to wall toilets have both the cistern and the bowl itself fixed to the wall at the back. These make for a compact option, since the pipes and such are concealed between the toilet itself and the wall. In terms of size, these measure around 40cm tall.

The alternative option is a wall-hung toilet. With these, the cistern is typically concealed behind a toilet unit, so that only the bowl itself is exposed. Wall-hung toilets need to be purchased along with a mounting frame, which will securely attach the toilet to the wall, and this too can be hidden behind the toilet unit. The benefit of the wall-mounted style is that it can be adjusted exactly to the height you need it, making it ideal for a user with limited mobility.

For more information about the three main styles of toilet, you can check out our handy guide here.

The above options refer to the style of the toilet, but there is also variation in terms of size. Some toilets are made with smaller spaces in mind, and are often either designed to fit into a corner – like this one – or to take up as little space as possible. These space-saving units are often called ‘cloakroom’ toilets, and are ideal for smaller bathrooms, or bathrooms which prefer to make a feature of other items, such as a bath.

If you want to learn more about corner or cloakroom toilets, you can find more information here and here.

How much you can expect to spend

Toilets do not have to cost a fortune. It is, of course, worth investing in a good quality model, since they can last a lifetime, but even these can be relatively low-cost. All bathstore toilets come with at least a ten year, up to a lifetime, guarantee, so you can be sure of their high quality, and some are available for as little as £30.

A standard price range that you can expect for a toilet is around £150-250, with the top-end ones costing up to roughly £500. The more expensive toilets tend to be close coupled, but these are also available at the lower end of the price spectrum. Some models don’t come with a seat, so this may be an added cost on top of the toilet itself, but you can spend as little as £15 without compromising on quality.

A quality toilet from a reputable retailer should be durable, and can also look stylish, fitting neatly into your bathroom suite.

How your toilet can look

Let’s face it, you don’t often walk into a bathroom and say “wow, what a gorgeous toilet you have there!”. Hardly anyone thinks of it as the most attractive bathroom item, not when such elegant roll-top baths and sleek, waterfall showers are available, but this doesn’t mean your toilet has to be unsightly! Far from it – bathstore has a number of models which are stylish and will fit neatly into the overall look of your bathroom.

Toilets – like most bathroom fixtures – can fall into two main categories, in terms of how they look: traditional and contemporary. Traditional models are more likely to have a curvier shape, with a rounded bowl and perhaps a distinctive shaping in the cistern. More contemporary toilets can have sharper edges, sometimes with an almost rectangular bowl. These can look great paired with angular basins and bath tubs.

All toilets from bathstore are made from vitreous china, which is a very durable and stain resistant material. Toilets are almost always white, which makes them very easy to match up with other bathroom fixtures, like baths or basins, as well as furniture. For example, if you are having a toilet unit fitted, you can pretty much guarantee that whichever unit you get will match white.

Toilet seats from bathstore are typically soft-closing, too, which means that you will never have to worry about the seat slamming down and making a racket. Seats are often available in colours other than white, so if you want to inject a bit of colour, this could be your perfect solution!

Toilet units can be a great way of making your toilet look very neat and tidy. These will help keep it tucked away into the furniture of the room, ensuring all pipework is hidden from view. If you have a lot of furniture fitted in your bathroom, a toilet unit can be a great extension of this, matching up in terms of style.

They are available in a number of wooden tones and bolder colours, so they can fit neatly into the overall look of the suite. If you want to find out a bit more about toilet units, check out our hints and tips in the bathroom furniture buyer’s guide.

Every bathroom needs a toilet, and with so many options to choose from, you can be sure to find one to suit your needs perfectly. Whether you want to show off the whole toilet, or conceal parts of it behind furniture units, you can find a model that fits nicely into the style of your bathroom and performs its duty whilst still looking sleek.

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