Toilet suites are not something we think about in our day-to-day life, unless of course we need to pay an urgent visit, and the room is occupied. Fortunately, most of us have the luxury of more than one toilet in our home to avoid any queues outside the little room.
Something else we may not have thought about in a while, is what our toilets look like. A daggy, old toilet can bring the look of the whole bathroom down.
A simple replacement can do wonders to the overall feel of your bathroom, but there are so many to choose from, which toilet should you get?
Some handy tips on choosing the best, new toilet suites for your home makeover
The design of the humble toilet has come a long way over the last 100 years, and now it’s almost become a feature item. The range of styles is quite astounding. It can also be a little daunting wondering which one to get when it comes time to replacing your old toilet.
There are many different choices to consider, such as colour, design, water saving features, and cost, including the cost of installation.
The very first thing to determine is whether you will keep the existing plumbing or change the position of the toilet. If you are moving it to a new position in the bathroom, then the choice of toilets opens right up. However, you'll need to factor in the additional plumbing costs.
Altering a bathroom plan can be quite expensive. If it lends itself to a much better use of space, it could be well worth it in the long run.
If you are keeping the existing plumbing configuration, then replacing same for same is the next step. Are your toilets S trap, P trap or skew trap?
How do I know if my toilet is S trap, P trap or skew trap?
Even though the terms sound quite odd, it's pretty easy to tell which is which. When you stand at one side of your toilet and look down at the outlet at the back, does it go horizontally into the wall, or does it snake around vertically into the floor?
If it goes horizontally into the wall this is known as a P trap toilet.
If it curls around like the letter S down into the floor, then you have an S trap toilet.
There are also toilets where the outlet goes off to the side of the toilet pan at an angle, this is called a skew trap. These are less common.
Whichever design you have, you will need to choose a new toilet that is the same type, if you're keeping the plumbing configuration.
A few other features of your old toilet you may need to know about
There are a few other aspects to make note of when replacing your old toilet with a new one.
You will need to know:
- The distance it sits from the wall
- How far your toilet projects into the room
- How high the toilet sits from the floor
Take some measurements, take a few photos from the side and front-on, and then compare them with the toilets you're looking at.
One important factor to consider when choosing new toilet suites is the water efficiency
Your water usage bill should be top of mind when purchasing a new toilet.
In 2005, the Australian Government introduced a water efficiency labelling standard (WELS), to identify the water efficiency of toilets on the market. These star ratings are based on the amount of litres used during flushes.
When you are doing a new build or a major a renovation, you need to adhere to minimum star rating requirements.
Currently these are:
- Minimum 4 stars for new homes
- Minimum 3 stars for a renovation
The higher the star rating, the more water efficient it is which is better for your bottom line.
Here are some of the fantastic features of modern toilets that lift the loo experience
Today’s new toilet suites come with comprehensive features, making them more comfortable to use, and easier to clean.
Here are some of those features and benefits:
- Rimless technology. Easier to clean, more powerful flush and no splashing
- Raised height pan. Less pressure on your knees
- Soft close seat. Quiet, gentle operation
- In-wall cisterns. Less to clean, with minimalist look
- Smart toilet bidets. Luxurious loo experience combined with comprehensive posterior self-clean
With the range of new toilet suites available, your bathroom will look better than ever.
New smart toilet bidets provide the ultimate toilet experience, including a hygienic posterior clean
There is a range of smart toilet bidets out on the market which in a word, are fabulous! In fact, you'll be lost for words when you discover the amazing features of these designer toilet bidets.
Here are some of the features:
- No cistern required
- Anti-bacterial, heated seat
- Automatic oscillating spray arm for a thorough posterior wash
- Carbon feature that deodorises and neutralises
- Auto flush after use
- App intelligent remote control or side button
Smart toilet bidets offer the ultimate luxury loo experience, if you have the budget.
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