How to Buy The Best Toilet


If your home is your castle, we all know where the throne room is, right? And every king or queen should feel comfortable on their throne.

Toilets aren’t too complicated but there are a few things to know that will help you learn how to buy the best toilet. Check out what you need to know here!

The Toilet Suite

Toilets are fancy enough that the basic design is referred to as a “suite.” It consists of two parts, the cistern and the toilet bowl or pan.

The cistern holds water, ready to flush away the waste. The toilet bowl or pan is the throne part where you sit so regally.

Set Out Options

There are three set out options — or how the waste exits the toilet.

The first type is the S trap, which is by far the most common in Australia. In this design, the waste exits the bottom of the toilet and goes through the floor.

The P trap is used to take the waste out the back of the toilet. This is useful for wall-hung toilets that don’t rest on the floor.

Uncommonly, you’ll see a skew trap that takes waste out one side or the other of the toilet pan.

Back or Bottom Inlets

There are typically two designs used to get water into the toilet. A bottom inlet can be found under the cistern. The plumbing is typically visible and installation is easier.

Back inlets are hidden behind the cistern but can be difficult to install. You may need to call your local plumber for assistance.

Modern Toilet Designs

Modern toilets give us four basic designs to choose from. Each one varies in price, elegance, and versatility. The one you choose is based on the existing toilet you’re replacing (if applicable), your budget, and the bathroom’s layout.

Link (or connector) toilets have a pipe connecting the cistern to the toilet pan. They are simple to install and usually the cheapest option.

Close-coupled toilets bring the cistern and the toilet pan together. This looks nicer but still has exposed parts you’ll need to clean.

Back to wall toilets are more expensive, but are flush against the wall. You don’t have to worry about cleaning back there and it looks more refined.

Concealed cistern toilets remove the cistern from sight completely. It’s still there but hidden behind a wall or cabinet.

Toilet Seats

Have you ever been startled awake by the bang of the toilet seat in the middle of the night? Newer soft-closing toilet seats eliminate this irritant as well as help avoid damage to the toilet pan from the lid being slammed down all the time.

Smart Toilets and Smart Streams

Are you still using toilet paper? The environmentally conscious are looking for ways to cut down on this waste and bidets are becoming more common. You can have one added to an existing toilet.

Smart toilets allow you to control the temperature and pressure of the water stream. Plus, you can have your toilet seat toasty warm on cold winter nights.

Enjoy Your Perfect Throne!

Though toilets seem simple enough, the right toilet makes a difference. Don’t hesitate to ask an expert for help when deciding on a new toilet. You want your throne to be perfect!