Toilets 101: The Different Types of Toilets
Chances are you’re already familiar with this type of toilet because you might have one at home or at your workplace. As the name suggests, this type of toilet consists of two parts: the bowl and the water tank or cistern. The whole unit is bulky, and it takes up a lot of space in your bathroom.
Because it is bulky, it is not ideal for homes or commercial establishments with smaller bathrooms. Installing a two-piece toilet can be a bit of a challenge because of its weight. Plus, let’s face it, you’re going to deal with both the tank and the bowl, so that can add up to the challenge.
But the good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money when you choose this type of toilet. Two-piece toilets are relatively inexpensive, and installation is quite affordable for many households and businesses. Plus, it’s easier to find and replace parts of two-piece toilets.
One-piece toilets are a lot less common than two-piece toilets, but the concept is basically the same. It has a water tank and a standard round or elongated bowl. But instead of two separate units, you have one integrated and seamless toilet in one package.
This type of toilet is easy to install and clean. One-piece toilets are known for their durability, and many models take up less space than their two-piece counterparts. Keep in mind, however, that one-piece toilets are more expensive than two-piece ones.
Wall-Mounted or Wall-Hung Toilets
If you fancy something more modern or if you want something that matches the minimalist theme of your home, then a wall-mounted (or wall-hung) tankless toilet might just be perfect for you.
The name pretty much explains it all. Unlike one-piece or two-piece toilets, this toilet’s water tank is concealed inside the wall behind it. The only visible parts are the bowl and the flush plate or flush valve.
We’re going to talk more about this type of toilet in the succeeding sections. Plus, we have a handy guide on the best tankless toilets and the best wall-hung toilet brands below.
Intelligent or Smart Toilets
If you’ve ever been to Japan, chances are you’ve come across intelligent toilets (also known as smart toilets). Japan is the primary market for this type of toilet, but the popularity of smart toilets have been slowly gaining ground in the rest of Asia, North America, and Europe.
This type of toilet has a myriad of features. Standard smart toilets are equipped with a bidet to help you cleanse the genital and anal areas. They have a dual-flush system and heated seats. Others intelligent toilets can blast a gust of warm air to dry your front and rear areas after using the bidet.
Some are equipped with a deodorizer, as well as motion-activated lighting. Some smart toilets can play music to mask the sound of you doing number two in the bathroom. But keep in mind that all these high-tech features come at a hefty price.
Check out this video, and take a look at what a smart toilet can do.
Wall-Mounted Toilets Pros and Cons
It’s a space-saver
The bowl is the only part of a wall-mounted toilet that is visible (well, apart from the flush plate). The bulky cistern or water tank is concealed inside the wall, making this type of toilet ideal for smaller bathrooms.
Wall-mounted toilets are easy to clean
Because the cistern is hidden in the wall, you only have to make sure that the bowl and the surrounding area are clean. You don’t need to deal with cleaning the base or worry about a dirty caulk or grout as the bowl is suspended above the floor.
The best wall-mounted toilets are nice to look at
Toilets are anything but pretty. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be nice to look at once in a while. Wall-mounted toilets, it seems, are the only exception because the bulky and often unsightly tank is hidden inside the wall. If you don’t like clutter and you want that complete minimalist feel in your bathroom, then the best wall-hung toilets might just be the thing for you.
You need a professional plumber to install it
If you’ve been DIYing projects for many years and you consider yourself a decent plumber, then installing a regular one-piece or two-piece toilet can be a piece of cake. But installing a wall-mount toilet is another beast entirely.
Residential or commercial property owners who wish to remodel their bathrooms have to have a professional install this type of toilet. When installing a wall-hung toilet, you need to open the bathroom wall, assemble the support bars, and adjust the waste pipe and water supply.
Then you have to install the flush mechanism, cover the cistern, install the bowl, and install the actuator panel. Then onto filling it with water and putting some finishing touches.
It’s easy to bungle a project like this if you haven’t done it before. My advice is to call a professional instead to install your wall-mount toilet.
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In my opinion, the best wall-hung toilet on the list is the Toto Aquia Wall-Hung Dual-Flush Toilet. It is perfect for homeowners who want to conserve water and save on water bills thanks to its Dual-Max flushing system. The height is perfect for different members of the family—from your preschool kid to the tallest members of your family.
The elongated bowl is a boon for men and women who need all that extra space. Plus, it has Toto’s Cefiontect glaze that makes it easier to maintain and clean.
Toto is easily one of the best wall hung toilet brands. This toilet is made with Japanese expertise and technology, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some shortcomings.
The toilet’s low water level can be frustrating especially if debris is left behind on the bowl’s surface even after you flush. Plus, you’ll need to buy the water tank system and seat as these are sold separately. The added cost makes this Toto toilet one of the least affordable options on the list.