What is a close coupled toilet?

close coupled toiletIf you’ve been going through some bathroom design magazines and have noticed the term ‘close coupled toilet,’ you may be wondering exactly what it is, if you’ve got one, and what other types of toilet are available. Well, the close coupled toilet is more than likely what you do have – it’s simply the modern type of toilet where the cistern is attached to the toilet bowl at the back.

There are many attractive close coupled toilet designs these days, including some that maintain a traditional appearance, while hiding a very modern flushing system. You can choose your close coupled toilet in almost any shape, from hexagonal to circular to square, to fit with any bathroom. Nowadays, they often come as standard with soft close seats (the type of seat that doesn’t slam down after you let it go, but floats down gradually).

This type of toilet replaced the traditional high level toilet which you will perhaps have seen in some old fashioned public conveniences. This is the type of toilet where the cistern sits high above the actual toilet seat, with the flush hanging down on a chain. Like free standing roll top baths, the high level toilet does have a very appealing vintage cool to it, but practically it is perhaps not the best design. The high level cistern had a habit of dripping onto the head of the person sitting on the toilet, which was why they began to be replaced in the first place. If you don’t mind this, they are still available today from many suppliers (but there aren’t as many available as there are the close coupled toilet).

Nowadays, there are a few contemporary alternatives to the close coupled toilet. One is the wall hung toilet – where, as you can imagine, the cistern is embedded into the actual wall, and the seat then appears to ‘hover’ attached to the wall. In fact, it is attached to the inner cistern with metal fixtures. While it does have a very chic finished appearance, the wall hung toilet is quite difficult to achieve (you must have a strengthened wall to hold the weight of people sitting on it) and involves major redesign.

The other alternative is to have a back to wall toilet, which is similar to a wall hung toilet, except that the cistern is not actually fitted inside the wall. Instead, it is placed within a specially designed vanity unit or set of shelves, onto which the toilet seat is then fitted. This is a far easier effect to achieve than the wall hung toilet, and means that a cheaper cistern than be used on the inside.

However, the close coupled toilet is still the standard choice for most new bathrooms these days and because of this, there are a wide variety of colours and styles available. For those who embrace all things traditional – there are brand new close coupled toilets that are designed to look Edwardian or Victorian. For lovers of contemporary form and function, there are some wonderfully sleek, modernist close coupled toilets. Whatever your taste, there is sure to be a close coupled toilet to suit you.

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