Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Broadly speaking, there are three main types of toilet:
Most people will choose from the first two options while macerator toilets are mainly used when there are specific requirements to fulfil.
Close coupled toilets are the most popular type of toilet. Found in most bathrooms, these units are hygienic, comfortable and easy to install. They consist of the following components:
The pan connector may be designed to feed through a wall or directly into the floor. Most modern toilets feature a horizontal pan connector that passes through a wall to the waste pipe. It is possible to have a through-floor soil pipe but this is no longer very common.
Wall hung toilets are more attractive, hygienic and quieter than close coupled models. A perfect match for modern bathrooms, wall hung toilets are usually connected to a wall hung toilet frame while the cistern is concealed discreetly behind a wall. The one disadvantage of these toilets is that they require more work to install than close coupled toilets.
Macerator toilets differ from standard toilets in that they do not require a conventional pan connector. If you want to install a toilet in an unconventional location (such as the basement, a loft conversion or even a bedroom) these are the best toilets to choose. They are also a good option for portable use; for example, in camper vans or static caravans.
There are, nonetheless, some disadvantages to macerator toilets. These units work using an electric motor which means they are not independent in terms of energy. This can be very inconvenient at times – especially during a power cut when no electricity will mean no toilet! Furthermore, the noise these toilets produce might be disruptive, particularly if you are living in close proximity to others. However, some more recent models come with quieter mechanisms.
The bottom line is that macerator toilets will generally be installed in cases of necessity – people don't tend to choose them otherwise! Therefore, your choice will come down to where you need to fit your toilet.
Close coupled toilets can be installed easily and they are usually the cheapest option available. This is an important factor to consider if your budget is tight or if you're working to a time limit. Wall hung toilets offer the perfect mix of elegance and practicality. They are usually superior in terms of quality but are trickier to install. They are often installed during home renovations or in the construction of new builds. When compared to other models, macerator toilets tend to be less appealing but sometimes needs must!
Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 235 guides
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