Bathroom Renovations

Choosing the Right Toilet

July 27, 2023

Choosing the Right Toilet: Back to Wall vs. In-Wall vs. Smart Toilets

Back to Wall Toilet

A back to wall toilet is a type of toilet fixture that is installed directly on the bathroom floor. It consists of a bowl, a cistern, and a flushing mechanism. The cistern, which holds the water for flushing, is located behind or above the pan and is connected to it by a pipe, which is usually concealed into the pan. Back to wall toilets can also have the rimless pan choice making cleaning easy. The flushing mechanism is typically activated by a button on top of the cistern. Most flush buttons now come in a range of different finishes to suit tapware choices. Back to wall toilets are considered a standard toilet suite for its classic look, ease of installation, and affordability.

In-Wall Toilet

An in-wall toilet is a type of toilet fixture that is designed to sit on the floor, flush against the bathroom wall. Unlike a traditional back to wall toilet, an in-wall wall toilet has its cistern concealed within the wall, and the toilet pan is fixed directly onto the wall. This design provides a modern, streamlined look as there are no visible pipes or cisterns. It is often easier to clean as there are no awkward gaps or crevices behind the toilet bowl where dust and dirt can accumulate. In-wall wall toilets are available in a variety of styles and sizes to suit different bathroom designs and preferences. Not all walls are suitable to install an in-wall cistern, so discuss this with your tradesmen if you are considering this option.

Smart Toilet

A smart toilet is a high-tech bathroom fixture that incorporates modern and advanced features. It is available as a back to wall or in-wall cistern and has rimless pan designs. Some of the features smart toilets offer are:

  1. Bidet functionality: A smart toilet may include a built-in bidet that sprays water to clean the user after using the toilet. The temperature, pressure, and positioning of the bidet spray can be customized for each user’s preferences.
  2. Heated seat
  3. Automatic flushing
  4. Automatic seat opening and closing
  5. Drying features

Keep in mind that installation of a smart toilet will require electrical works as well as plumbing.