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Low level toilets consist of a floor standing ceramic toilet pan and an exposed ceramic cistern, connected by a metal flush pipe. The cistern is installed at a mid to low height on the wall with decorative brackets and the flush is operated by a handle. They are similar in style to high level toilets but the cistern is not fitted as high on the wall. This means that bathrooms with a lower ceiling height can use a low level toilet to achieve that lovely Victorian or Edwardian bathroom look.
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Low level toilets consist of a pottery pan and exposed pottery cistern, connected via an exposed metal flush pipe, the cistern is set to a mid to low height, not to be confused with a close coupled toilet which doesn’t have an exposed flush pipe, some estate agents will refer to close coupled toilets as low level incorrectly.
A selection of Imperial Bathrooms Low Level Toilets, handmade in the UK to the highest standards
As the low level or mid-level toilet is installed outside the wall very little concealed work is required, making this traditional style toilet installation quick and simple for your installer. Prepare the soil pipe position to accommodate the pan or if your soil pipe is fixed in the case of listed renovations most manufacturers such as Imperial and Burlington make toilet pan connectors to aid tricky installation.
The video above displays the care and attention that go into the crafting of Imperial Bathrooms ceramics
Fitting instructions will vary per manufacturer and brand, but in general all low level and mid-level Victorian toilets will require the cistern part fixing to a wall or reinforced stud wall. These often fix via brackets, which can be ornate or plain in design. Strong fixing bolts and a secure wall (which is reinforced where required) will ensure the cistern stays affixed to the wall securely on installation but importantly over time.
Which part is the flush pipe? The flush pipe is the metal pipe that carriers clean water from the cistern into the toilet pan, flushing the toilet. Not to be confused with the soil pipe, the flush pipe is the part that distinguishes a low level or mid-level toilet from a close coupled pan which does not have this part on display.
In addition to a wide selection of Victorian inspired low level toilets we also offer Edwardian styles, and other traditional style toilets to fit into various interior design schemes such as art deco, classical or even more prestigious styles such as the Burlington wooden throne seats which are very ornate and traditional in style, having a large area of wood on display in an unusual but charmingly antiquated square shape, overlapping the toilet pan area.
The image above features low level toilets by British manufacturer Imperial Bathrooms
You may be considering which kind of traditional toilet to go for, there are pro’sand cons for each type, the advantages of a low or mid-level traditional toilet is mainly cistern access from a practical point of view. Access to the cistern is simple as it is at a reachable height, the lid is simply removed, for those cisterns with a push button the button is often unscrewed then the lid can be removed, certainly in the case of Villeroy and Boch, Ideal Standard and Vitra toilets. Another advantage is that the flush pipe allows for a more decorative design, the flush pipe itself can be ordered in polished chrome, gold or nickel to add luxurious metallic appeal but in addition the fixing brackets are decorative on some models by Burlington and Imperial.