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Guide to choosing the right toilet for your bathroom

There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best toilet for your bathroom. If you’ve not had to buy a toilet before, the difference in style and the benefits of each type may not be clear. So, we’ve put together this handy guide to make the process of buying a toilet as simple and stress free as possible. 

Close Coupled Toilets

It’s only right that we start off with the most common toilet style, the close coupled toilet. Close coupled toilets are named as such because the cistern and the toilet pan sit attached together to form the whole unit. With close coupled toilets, all pipework is completely enclosed and because the cistern sits directly on top of the pan it is straightforward to clean.

The close coupled toilet is a classic style and here at Soakology, we have lots of traditional and contemporary options to choose from. If you’re looking for something traditional, a close coupled toilet from Burlington is an excellent choice. All of Burlington’s toilets are influenced by Edwardian design and the close coupled toilets all come with the option of a traditional lever flush handle. 

For a more modern take on this toilet style we have a diverse collection from contemporary brands such as Geberit and Britton whose designs place emphasis on clean lines. 


Back To Wall Toilets

If you’re wanting to achieve a minimal, clean finish, a back to wall toilet may be the solution for you. Unlike the close coupled toilet, a back to wall toilet features only the toilet pan which sits, you guessed it, back to the wall. The pipework and flush mechanism sit completely concealed behind either a wall or unit, with a flush button on the exterior above the toilet. In most instances, when buying a back to wall toilet you will need to purchase these parts separately. 

Back To Wall Toilets

When installing a back to wall toilet to a wall, it’s important that the cistern and pipework are easily accessible in case they need to be looked at by a plumber later on. When this is not possible in your bathroom, a toilet unit might be the better option. We have a variety of modern and traditional toilet units available in different colours to suit many bathroom styles. Our Britton and Burlington toilet units can also be fitted with a worktop to add a decorative and durable surface for you to place accessories on. 

Wall Hung Toilets

Similarly to a back to wall toilet, wall hung toilets consist of a pan fixed to the wall, but they are elevated off the ground, creating a floating effect. The wall hung toilet is arguably the most minimal in design and due to it being a more recently established style, a large proportion of the wall hung toilets available are contemporary in their finish.

Wall Hung Toilets

Whether you choose a close coupled, back to wall or wall hung toilet, you will need to think about how it will fit in with the rest of your bathroom scheme and if there are any additional features you would like it to have. If this is the first time you are buying a toilet, you might be surprised by how much you can tailor it to your personal requirements, so here we’ll cover a few of the ways you can tailor the toilet to suit yours and your families needs. 

The best toilets for small bathrooms 

Whether you’re limited on space in your main bathroom or you’re renovating a cloakroom, we have a selection of specially designed toilets to suit small rooms. Many of our brands offer a toilet solution for small bathrooms; with models that are narrower and/or shorter. If you’d like a classic close coupled toilet, we would recommend something like the Britton Fine Close Coupled Toilet or the Burlington Slimline if you’re looking for a more traditional finish