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5 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Toilet

5 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Toilet



When it comes to style, comfort, and water efficiency, toilet designs have come a long way. However, there are a few factors to consider before making a decision. How much you want to spend as well as how the water efficiency star ratings work will make your decision easier.
You should also be clear about your prefered style. 

We've put up a few pointers to assist you in selecting the correct toilet for your bathroom.

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1. Check The Plumbing
The plumbing in your current bathroom will be fitted up for your exact layout. This layout and your bathroom size will limit your toilet options and choices.
If you want to adjust the plumbing to accommodate the toilet you truly want, consult a plumber to see if the extra cost is worth it. 

If you're building a bathroom from sratch, you can pretty much pick any toilet you want and customise your plumbing to fit it.

2. Determine The Type Of Toilet Pan
S-trap, P-trap, and Skew trap are the three most frequent pan types in Australia. The trap is the bend in the toilet pipe that expels the waste.

S-trap: This pan is easily identified as it has a waste pipe that’s connected to the floor.

P-trap: Have either a horizontal or angled outlet which connects directly into a pan collar mounted on the wall.

Skew trap: Available in left and right hand models with a horizontal or angled outlet spigot which is offset at 90° and connects directly into a pan collar mounted on a side wall. 

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3. Measure The Set-out
Before you choose a toilet, you must first determine the ‘set-out' you require. For an S-trap, this is the distance from the wall to the waste outlet's centre, and for a P-trap, this is the distance from the floor to the waste outlet's centre.
Because toilet layouts differ, make sure your have those dimensions whilst shopping for a toilet.


4. Think About Water Efficency
Choosing a toilet with a high Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) star rating is a great way to reduce your water consumption, helping you save money and lowering your environmental impact.

For a full flush, a 3-star rating uses six litres, and for a half flush, three litres. A 4-star rating indicates that a full flush will use four and a half litres and a half flush will use three litres. The more stars, the more water-efficient.

If you're building a new house or renovating an existing bathroom, check with your local council to see if there's a minimum WELS star rating toilet you're required to install.  (Link to water wells)


5. Toilet Style
Toilet designs include back to wall, close coupled, wall faced and wall hung. 
When choosing a toilet style take into account your budget and consult with your plumber to determine which option will work best with your current bathroom layout. Also consider comfort and toilet height when making a purchase. Taller users, for example, are likely to find a taller toilet easier to use. 

Back-To-Wall: Back-to-wall pans are attached directly to the bathroom wall, which allows the pipes to be hidden. They're ideal for modern bathrooms because they're sleek, stylish, and simple to clean.

Wall Faced: Wall faced pans are similar to back-to-wall toilets except for the fact that they feature a concealed cistern. Cisterns are either installed within the wall or within a cabinet.

Wall Hung: Wall hung pans are similar to wall-faced except they are floating and mounted to the wall. They have space beneath them for a clean, modern look.

Close Coupled:
Close coupled toilets are the most comon, least expensive, and easiest to instal of all the toilet types. They come in a variety of styles to fit any bathroom.
The cistern sits directly on top of the toilet pan, making it fully integrated and easier to clean.

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