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More Info On Toilets

Toilets are a prominent part of our everyday life, but too often beauty and efficiency are overlooked. We take pride in presenting a great range of toilets that combine form for every taste with superior function that will last for years.

There isn't any doubt that having a good toilet system is critical in modern life.  Comfort and efficiency are imperative. While toilets are certainly utilitarian, that doesn't mean they can't be attractive, and certainly there are those that are more efficient than others.

Whether your goal is to save money or to create a sumptuously comfortable room, we can help.

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Whether you are looking for water saving cisterns, heritage or modern design, wall facing, close coupled or superior in-wall units, we have a stunning range with something for everyone.

Before we start, some technical stuff

When buying a toilet, you need to be able to answer the following questions:

  • Do I need an S-Trap or a P-Trap?
  • What is the setout?
  • Will I need a rear or bottom entry?
  • S Trap or P Trap, what's the difference?

The ""trap"" is the bend in the pipe where the waste goes out of the toilet. It retains some water after flushing causing a seal and preventing sewer gases from entering the building.

An S-trap exits at the bottom of the toilet and is designed to outlet directly through the floor.

A P-trap exits at the back of the toilet and is designed to outlet through a wall.

Setout

The Setout refers to the distance to the centre of the waste outlet.  For an S-Trap, the setout is the measurement from the finished wall to the centre of the waste pipe in the floor (modern standards are between 140mm and 165mm). For a P-Trap, the setout is the measurement from the finished floor to the centre of the waste outlet in the wall (the standard is 185mm).

If you are replacing an existing toilet and do not want to change the plumbing, you will need to ensure that your new toilet will fit the existing plumbing.

If you have a P Trap toilet you should not be too restricted as most P Traps have a standard set out. However, if you have an S trap toilet, you will need to make sure that you have the measurement from the wall to the centre of the trap before you purchase a replacement toilet.

Rear Entry and Bottom Entry (Cisterns)

(Rear/Back or Bottom Entry Inlet)

The entry (or inlet) is where the water enters the toilet cistern. A bottom entry toilet has a tap on the wall under the cistern, on either the right or left hand side of the toilet, and it connects to the bottom of the cistern. A rear entry toilet connects inside the cistern.

As a general rule, changing the location of the inlet is not as difficult as changing the location of the trap. Bathroomware House recommends that you check your individual situation with your qualified plumber before purchasing your toilet.

Toilet Suites

There are hundreds of toilet suites available in the market. Other than looks, factors such as size, inlet position, how well it functions and water efficiency should play into your decision.

When choosing a toilet suite for your bathroom, you must ensure that it carries a W.E.L.S. rating to comply with government regulations. For more information about W.E.L.S. rating you can visit the Australian government website:

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

All that said, if you are remodelling your bathroom here are the different toilet types you can consider.

Wall Facing Toilet Suites

Wall Facing toilets sit flush against the wall, with the cistern directly on the pan. Wall faced toilets appear as a complete unit, eliminating hard to reach nooks or crevices behind and under the suite. Boasting a combination of contemporary design and practicality, these stylish, clean-lined suites are ideal for bathroom renovations and make cleaning a breeze.

Back to Wall Toilet Pans

Back to wall pans are a clever way to maximise space in the bathroom by concealing the cistern within a piece of furniture or stud wall.  The toilet type offers a simple uncluttered bathroom finish that is easy to maintain for residential or commercial use.

Wall Hung Toilet Suites

Wall hung pans are a perfect option for a minimal, modern and space saving toilet solution. Ideal for bathrooms large or small, these sleek styles perfectly complement other bathroom furniture and are also water efficient. Like back to wall suites, these wall hung toilet pans also house a concealed cistern, while the pan hovers off the ground creating a sense of space and luxury.  Wall Hung Pans require a structural elements inside the wall they are mounted on in the form of a frame or purpose made bracket.

Close Coupled Toilet Suites

Close coupled toilet suites deliver modern looks and easy-clean style at an affordable price. Most commonly made from quality vitreous china, Close Coupled Suites' are similar in appearance to Wall Facing suites, but the pan does not sit back flush to the wall. The cistern sits directly on the pan, appearing as a complete unit with no visible pipes connecting them. The suite incorporates leading water-saving technology and is suitable for in-floor or in-wall waste outlets.

Link Toilet Suites

Link Suites are similar in appearance to close coupled suites but are mounted separately, joined by a ""link"" concealing the pipework. Designed for flexibility, link toilet suites allow the distance from the cistern to the pan to be adjusted during installation, are affordable and add a stylish touch to any bathroom. Most suites come with adjustable link and seat, floor waste outlet and feature a dual flush system for maximum water economy.

Heritage Toilet Suites

These traditionally styled toilet suites incorporate authentic Period or Traditional design and are styled as either close coupled concealed trap or as a link toilet suite. These toilet suites are perfect for those wanting to carry the traditional look into their bathroom.

Disability Toilet Suites

Flaunting a contemporary style, the disability toilet suites are designed to provide a raised seat for people with impaired mobility or in wheelchairs. The pan features a concealed trap to facilitate easy cleaning. The versatility of the toilet suite makes it ideal for use by both the ambulant people with disabilities and wheel-chair users.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are bidets sanitary?

Yes – bidets (whether attachments, standalone, automatic/electric or manual), draw water from your bathroom tap’s water source.

Another question to consider is, “Are bidets clean?” but this is more a question of good maintenance. Like anything used often enough (and daily on a daily basis), it can get dirty if not properly cleaned and maintained. Regular general cleaning to uphold general household hygiene standards (every home is different) plus a deep clean once every one to two weeks (some bidets have a self-cleaning deep clean mechanism) will ensure your bidet toilet or bidet toilet seat attachment remains nice and clean.

Think of it just like cleaning the kitchen, bedroom, shower or the toilet itself – if left too long without a good clean, a build-up of dirt, dust, grime and other unpleasantries will occur. Think about those dusty books on a bookshelf that are never read – even without use, dust will accumulate from everything going on around.

In summary, bidet toilets and bidet toilet seat attachments are sanitary – with good maintenance and a proper clean, they will continue to be.

Are bidets better than toilet paper?

A common misconception about bidets is that they are unsanitary, or more unsanitary than using toilet paper.

According to Dr. Evan Goldstein, a rectal surgeon from the US - using a bidet is a great way to maintain backside hygiene after toilet use. Dr. Goldstein told Insider “…all these brands have done a great job making us think that toilet paper is hygienic. It's not."

When actually thinking about how toilet paper works, you effectively wipe, swear, dab (whichever movement or motion you prefer) faecal matter until no visible sight is left. As we know, germs and microbes are tiny and cannot be seen with the human eye – so does toilet paper actually “clean” the area? Bidet advocates don’t believe so.

Think about the unfortunate instance of accidentally stepping on dog poop, wiping the poop off your shoe will remove most of it, but it would still smell and be full of germs until you actually wash the poop away with water and/or other cleaning materials.

Do you wipe after bidet?

At the end of the day, this all comes down to personal preference. Using toilet paper to gently tab any excess water remaining is never a bad thing (especially with European-style bidets which are a separate unit featured in a bathroom or a hose bidet attachment separate to the toilet seat).

Bathroom Warehouse stocks modern “Japanese—style” bidets which are built-in to the toilet seat or even the toilet itself – so there’s no need to switch seats or worry about where to mount a separate hose attachment. Some of the top-tier range of bidet toilets and best toilet bowls we’ve seen (and stocked) feature an integrated “dryer” function (similar to a hand dryer but not as intense) which substitutes the need for toilet paper and wiping (also being more eco-friendly that flushing copious amounts of toilet paper into our sewage systems).

Ultimately, we say “Yes – it’s a good idea to wipe after using a bidet”, especially if it doesn’t have a built-in dryer, but the choice is all up to you.

Do all toilet seats fit all toilets?

Toilet seats come in a number of sizes and designs, from various brands and are made of different materials. For more luxurious or designer styles, there is typically no “one size fits all”. If you want to ensure the seat sits flush (no pun intended) when replacing or upgrading a toilet seat or to, getting the measurements right in the first instance will make the toilet seat replacement process a whole lot easier.

To correctly measure the dimensions of a toilet seat, start with measuring the distance between connection points of the screws which connect the toilet seat to the toilet bowl.

Next, at its widest point (the outer edges), calculate the width of the pan/toilet seat. Then, measure from the inside front of the rim to the inner rear of the rim.

Whether you decide to shop online instore, use these dimensions when searching for your new toilet seat to ensure a perfect fit.

What are the best toilet seats made of?

Toilet seats are made from a variety of materials, all of which have their pros and cons. Below are a few of the more common materials which toilet seats are regularly made of:

Lightweight Plastic
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to clean, medium resistance to chipping and peeling.

Cons: Yellowing and discolouration can occur over time. May need replacement more often than other materials.

Polymer/Durable Thermoplastic a.k.a. “Duroplast”
Pros: Premium designs, easy to clean, more resistant to chipping and peeling than lightweight plastic, less susceptible to discolouration from cleaning chemicals, heavyweight and durable (hence the name).

Cons: More expensive than lightweight plastic and some timber/wood options, non-eco friendly compared to other materials).

What are the best toilets to buy?

Bathroom Warehouse source the best toilets from Australia and around the world – shop our ranges of back to wall toilet suites, smart toilets, wall hung pans, and in-wall toilet packages for a modern take on the modern-day toilet.

Can I install a toilet myself?

We always recommend using licensed trades people. Self installation will void warranty.

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