A compact solution for the modern WC space, our range of back to wall model toilet pans not only save space with their concealed cistern arrangement, but bring a streamlined quality to the interior in a cool, continental style.
A wall hung toilet is an iconic statement piece of the twenty-first century, adding an element of light and air to the interior and when coupled with a concealed cistern, and are a key ingredient in the sleek, modern bathroom.
Origins Curve Wall Hung ToiletFrom £250.80 inc.VATRRP: £399.90 (Save 37%)Can be bought as a toilet only or as a package including frame and flush plate
Timeless and iconic, the classic appearance of our traditional toilets are the ideal fit in the English country home or town house, with options for models with wall mounted, high cisterns and wooden seats for that authentic look.
Available in both modern and traditional guises, the bathroom bidet is an often overlooked unit, capable of adding a whole new level of functionality to the bathroom space while complementing its surrounding sanitary ware.
We're often amazed at UK Bathrooms by the range of bathroom essentials now available, and that even extends to the humble toilet. Whether you are looking to complete a luxurious new bathroom, or a tiny cloakroom under the stairs, we'll have the ideal pan to suit your scheme at a price you'll find hard to beat. The bathroom design will often evolve around the toilet, mainly due to the larger waste pipe requirements, so consideration should always be given to the type and style of toilet required at an early stage of bathroom planning.
General guide to toilets
There are a vast number of toilet designs on offer in the bathroom market today, from the very minimal and sleek architect’s choice such as the Laufen pro, through to reproduction styles that would be perfect for more historically-sympathetic renovation of a more traditional property, for example by brands such as Imperial and Burlington.
Please see our beginner’s buyer’s guide below for a basic overview on choosing your new toilet. While there is variation in style, all toilets are made up of the same basic 3 components: a Cistern, Toilet Pan (Bowl), and the Toilet Seat. The cistern is the tank at the top of your toilet, it holds the water ready to be flushed into the toilet pan, on actuation the water from your cistern washes down the ‘flush pipe’ and into: The bowl or pan. The Pan is the main section of the toilet. Finally the seat and cover, which serves the evident function of providing a comfortable sitting area and a neat cover to conceal the pan when not in use.
An easy way to get a basic understanding of the different types of toilets is to initially split them into 2 groups: 1: either a toilet with a cistern that is hidden in some way (concealed in a wall or in furniture) Or 2: a toilet with an exposed cistern (think traditional pottery cistern you can see). You can split these into 2 further sub groups: The hidden cistern types can either be ‘Floor Standing’ toilets, or ‘Wall Hung’ toilets. Floor standing toilets physically stand on the floor, sometimes also called ‘Back to Wall Pans’ they work with concealed cisterns. Mostly sold separately, the concealed cistern and associated kit (flush plates and fixings) can either be concealed into furniture or hidden behind a stud wall. You will not require a framed cistern pack for floor standing toilets, as by their very nature the weight of the pan is supported by the flooring surface it is installed onto.
The toilets with ‘exposed’ cisterns are the most recognisable when thinking of a standard toilet set up, most people will be familiar with this design. They often come as a complete pack with the toilet pan unlike concealed cisterns which are sold separately. Exposed cistern type toilets come in the form of, Close Coupled, Low Level, Medium and High Level.
Wall Hung Toilets
Although first developed in Germany in the 1970’s, wall hanging toilets are a relatively new concept in the grand scheme of the History of Interior Design. Becoming increasingly popular and evolving greatly in the last 2 decades, they hang neatly on the wall making no contact with the floor. This allows for very easy-cleaning underneath and around the underside of the pan, much more hygienic than some past designs with hard to reach areas that trapped dirt. They also allow for a much more minimal and clean aesthetic, as the cistern area and workings are hidden. You could match the toilet to the same design range as your basin for a coordinated look, most manufacturers will offer this option with a range of matching ceramic ware in the same design series. For example one of our favourites is the Villeroy and Boch Subway 2.0 series: Wall mounted units leave the floor area clear - it makes the room feel larger, can generally aid in fitting bathrooms in smaller areas and it's more convenient too, helping with ease of maintenance and cleaning.
Wall mounted pans will require a concealed cistern with a flush plate. The cistern can be concealed in a wall or service boxing. This ensures the fluidity of the design of the bathroom and creates a void to hide those unwanted waste pipes. Most competent plumbers will prefer this type of design. The frames, supplied with the cisterns, are easily installed and can take loads of over 400kg and so are perfectly adequate for the job. The cistern is fitted at first fix stage of the installation in general. The tiled finish is applied and then the push plate is added to finish the room at second fix. Many different types of push plate are available. A standard push plate will be chrome plated (other finishes are available) plastic. They are very durable and cost effective. However, if something more designer led is required then most suppliers will provided glass plates or solid brass plate finished in many different colours and finishes, or even bespoke plates finished in different materials. Care must be taken that the push plate is from the same manufacturer as they are not compatible if not. If choosing a Geberit cistern you must choose a Geberit push plate from the correct range. This is similar with Grohe cisterns and other manufacturers. The idea of the push plate is not only to act as a push button for flushing the w.c, but also to provide access for maintenance. The push plate can be removed easily from the front of the cistern, without damaging any of the tiled surround. All of the cistern innards are then designed to be removed, if required, through the plate and then replacement parts can be fitted. It has to be said that in many years of supplying these types of cistern there is very little that can go wrong. From time to time you may require a replacement washer. These are easily fitted without the need to call a plumber in most cases. Most push plates now are dual flush and have a button for a small flush and one for the larger flush. Single flush plates are available but not as common. If you've seen Infra Red or touch flush controls in smart hotels and restaurants and fancy something similar then talk to us. Infra red and touch controls provide the ultimate luxury and ease of use but they can get more expensive and the installation needs to be carefully thought about.
You can be assured that if someone has thought of an innovation in bathrooms, it won't be long before UKBathrooms are offering it at a great price. Many bathroom furniture manufacturers are also following the trend for wall hung toilets. The cistern and frame are either supplied with the furniture or can be supplied separately, but the idea is that the system provides a continuous aesthetic and design.
Floor mounted back to the wall toilets
A similar look and feel can also be achieved with a floor mounted toilet. The cistern is still concealed in the same manor, but no mounting frame is required as the toilet is mounted on the bathroom floor. This is generally a slightly less expensive way to conceal the services. Of course a fully back to the wall toilet will not be quite as easy to clean as the wall mounted version. It can suit a more traditional style when traditional furniture is used. Often in these cases a push button is used rather that a push plate. A push button is simpler than a plate, but separate access to the cistern will always be required for maintenance. When bathroom fitted furniture is used the floor mounted toilet is still the most common application, offering the simplicity of design and installation with the neat furniture option.
Close Coupled Toilets
Regarding close coupled cisterns, you can sometimes be presented with an option for water inlet connection position. This is simply the entry point on the cistern for the incoming (clean) water. This is usually specified as rear/side inlet, or bottom inlet. We prefer a rear inlet as this can be hidden from site and generally enters the back of the cistern and so is covered by the cistern itself. This is a neater option as the pipework of the finished product is not exposed. Simply refer to the products specification sheet (on the product page), or give us a call for technical help on these, but don’t worry in most cases you won’t need to specify this option, as standard most cisterns have a concealed back inlet you won’t be able to see once everything is installed neatly and finished off. If you are replacing a standard toilet you may want to specify a bottom feed or side inlet so that the existing pipework does not have to be altered but it is more common now to hide the inlet pipe. In terms of the closed coupled toilet pan part (the bottom section) you may sometimes be presented with the option for “open back” or “closed back” (sometimes referred to as fully back to wall). This refers to the area at the bottom back area of the pan where the waste pipe connection is (where dirty water leaves the pan). Open back is a design that allows for the waste pipe to bend out to either side 90 degrees horizontally, if you are unsure which you need it is always best to opt for an open back as standard, as open back toilet pans give more flexibility they will suit a wider range of installation conditions. Closed back pans or fully back to wall pans as they are sometimes known, fit flush up to the wall or furniture, concealing the connection between the pan and the waste pipe area within the pottery. These are much neater and easier to keep clean and tidy, however if your waste soil pipe needs to come out to the sides you may not be able to use this style. It would be best to check with your installation professional or plumber to see if s/he can help you adapt the soil pipe fitting in any way to accommodate. There is a part often called a swan neck adaptor you can obtain from most plumbers merchants or most good DIY shops that will adjust your soil pipe connection angle.
Other types of exposed cistern designs: Low, Medium and High level. These styles are more traditional and are essentially a close coupled toilet suite with an extended flush pipe area of varying lengths from low to high. We would recommend Imperial, Silverdale or Burlington for examples of traditional styling, but with modern materials, mechanisms and technology..
New ideas that you just cannot understand why they have never been thought of or introduced before. Most manufacturers have now caught onto the trend or rimless technology in toilets. The duck toilet cleaner can now become redundant. That difficult to clean area under the toilet rim is no longer required. Different manufacturers are doing this in different ways. Villeroy & Boch, for instance leave a ledge at the top of the pan which guards against any overspray from the clean, flushed water. Vitra on the other hand simply curved the top of the pan to throw the water back into the pan so it doesn’t come over the top. Directing the water around the pan to ensure all areas are washed with every flush is also tackled differently with manufacturers. Essentially however the technology provides a much more hygienic pan which is easier to clean. The technology was first brought into wall hung pans but due to the popularity many ranges are now available in close coupled versions and back to the wall pans. The great thing about the rimless pans is that, in general, most manufacturers have introduced these toilets into their ranges at the same price as the old options. Rimless pans should definitely be considered when choosing a new toilet.
The popularity of Bidets slowed when water regulations changed which altered the way bidets functioned and consequently reduced their effectiveness. We still sell bidets but the tap need to be on the top of the bidet to overcome issues of clean water contamination. Should you want to go all the way and fit a bidet too then we have some interesting options including the ultra modern Geberit Aqua Clean range that has the bidet function built into a very special shower toilet seat. Other manufacturers also offer this technology. Simply put it is essentially a paperless toilet. The function of the toilet can wash you, dry you and disinfect the toilet every time it is used. Sounds a little peculiar but from a hygiene point this is far better than using paper. At first only introduced into the care market place these shower toilets are growing in popularity in the home. Once used it is difficult to go back to the use of paper as it provides for a much cleaner finish to your bathroom functions.
Environmental and economic concerns
Waste water’s impact on the environment and inefficient use of water in modern bathrooms and the household as a whole is of a cause increasing concern. The bathroom as we know it was developed from Victorian era plumbing technology of flushing waste away and diluting it, unaware of the longer term impacts we understand today. There are choices we can make to lessen the environmental impact of our bathroom usage. A basic way to lessen the amount of clean water consumed purely for flushing would be to opt for a dual flush toilet where you can use the minimum flush button and opt to use the larger flush only when necessary. The standard flush options with a modern toilet are 6 litres for the larger flush and 3 litres for the smaller flush. Many UK building standards will require less water to be used. As the standards for removing the waste are more stringent a lower flush volume presents problems. Manufacturers must evolve the shape of the pan to ensure all the waste is removed with a lower flush volume. This technology is available but due to, mainly, the lack of production of these units the cost is much higher. The flush volume on many cisterns can be adjusted, but is often factory set to 6 litres and 3 litres. your entire home plumbing system to one that recycles your grey water. ‘Grey water’ is the kind of waste water from showering, bathing and other washing that can be reused to flush toilets or water your garden. A brand we highly recommend and work closely with, Hansgrohe, offer their solution to this: The Hansgrohe Pontos Aqua Cycle. No chemicals are used in this process, the water is cleaned using UV rays. Indeed if you are a chemical free household and have eradicated chemicals from your beauty regime and cleaning products you can be safe in the knowledge that the waste water from your household will be chemical free! Please contact us for pricing and more information on the Hansgrohe Pontos Aqua Cycle.