Types of toilets
While there are many types of toilets currently on the market, as a general rule of thumb, toilets can be broken up into three main groups, namely:
Close-coupled toilets: Close-coupled toilets consist of an exposed cistern that is conveniently attached to the bowl of the toilet making the bowl and cistern of the toilet one complete unit. The pipes of the toilet are usually concealed in the casing of the whole unit, making for a very neat and streamlined aesthetic, as well as allowing for easy, fuss-free installation. This type of toilet is also usually
Fresh air for everyone Second in the bathroom – tough luck! Not anymore, with Geberit’s DuoFresh unit which extracts the smell straight from the toilet bowl. DuoFresh brings a whole new freshness to the bathroom as it extracts nasty odours from the bathroom without you even knowing it is there, as it’s cleverly concealed within the cistern behind the wall. Even a bathroom that is poorly ventilated will be left with pure fresh air, as active carbon filters clean the air and resupply it to the room. Rather than simply masking an odour with air freshener, any lingering unpleasant smells are dealt with directly in the toilet bowl, where clean air is gently expelled as soon as the push-button on the flush plate is activated. The energy-saving odour extraction unit is activated by a touch of the button located on the upper edge of the Sigma40 flush plate and switches off automatically after 10 minutes or you can switch it off yourself. The unit boasts an LED display which indicates when the carbon filter needs to be changed. The DuoFresh is easy to install and as with all Geberit cisterns, is compatible with a wide selection of wall hung ceramic toilet bowls. quite affordable, and will fit right up against the wall, making for simple cleaning. Back-to-wall toilets: These types of toilets are fast gaining popularity for their slick aesthetic and space saving design. Back-to-wall toilets consist of a separate bowl and cistern, where the cistern is often installed within a piece of furniture or more popularly in the actual wall behind the toilet bowl. This allows for a toilet that takes up a small amount of space and looks very modern and slick. In-wall cisterns also boast quite a few benefits, while obviously being a space saving option, they also make for a quieter flush.
Wall-hung toilets: Wall hung toilets are a very similar concept to back-to-wall toilets in that they also contain a hidden cistern, but instead of the bowl being installed on the floor, the bowl of a wall-hung toilet is mounted directly on to the wall. This mounting creates a “floating effect”, which visually maximises space as the floor below the toilet is open. Looking modern and stylish isn’t the only perk that this sort of toilet has, it is also one of the easiest types of toilets to clean around, as it doesn’t obstruct the bathroom floor at all.
A very important component of toilets is the flushing mechanism. While the most commonly known flushing device is the toilet handle, flush plates are fast gaining popularity. A flush plate is a wall-mounted flushing mechanism most commonly used with toilets that have hidden cisterns. Flush plates are very modern and unobtrusive in design. They are generally installed onto the wall above the toilet bowl. All the actuator or flushing plates boast a dual-flush mechanism, which is water-saving – for a single flush, four litres is used for liquid waste, and for a double flush, six litres is used to flush away solid waste. Due to their rising popularity flush plates are available in many different styles, so finding a style that suits your bathroom won’t be a difficult task.
While the concept of luxury toilets is still quite foreign to us, this Japanese-founded trend is slowly gaining momentum in the West as well. Luxury toilets merge the idea of technology, luxury, hygiene and classic toilet design, with the aim of making the toilet-using experience as easy and comfortable as possible. Some features that are very popular in luxury toilet design include water jets with adjustable temperatures, warm air-dryer fans, heated seats, and toilet seats that open and close at the touch of a button.
While the classic toilet is by far the most common fixture in modern residential bathrooms, there are two other complementing fixtures that are also worth a mention:
Urinals: Urinals usually come in the form of a wall hung, porcelain bathroom fitting. Urinals are used for male urination, and can often make for a faster and easier bathroom use for men.
Bidets: Bidets, while not common in South Africa, are extremely popular in many European and Asian countries. Bidets look like toilet bowls without a lid and a small tap at one end, and they are used for personal hygiene after one uses the loo. Bidets are popular for their improvement of personal hygiene, as well as being an easy method of after-toilet hygiene for everyone, especially injured or old people.
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