Wall-hung toilets are an increasingly common site in Britain's bathrooms. They are so-named because the pan itself literally hangs off the wall, leaving space underneath for easy cleaning access.
They have a number of distinct advantages over a more conventional toilet which we will look at in detail, but as with all the most impressive feats of architecture and design, there are a number of considerations to take into account before diving straight in and purchasing one.
So first of all, why would you want a wall-hung toilet over a more conventional toilet style?
Perhaps the most obvious advantage of the wall-hung pan is the down to the fact it hovers several inches off the floor. This allows you to easily clean around and underneath it. Unlike with a more conventional toilet style, there are no nooks and crannies for dust and dirt to get trapped in, no sealant holding it to the floor to discolour over time, and pretty much no hard-to-reach areas.
Many wall-mounted toilets have smooth sides that are easily wiped clean, and a good quality pan such as the Britton Compact Wall Hung Toilet have a special antibacterial coating for easy cleaning.
Superior Use of Space
Wall-mounted toilets are a great space-saver. Without the extra bulk of a visible cistern sitting on the pan they take up much less space in the bathroom, and can be placed closer to furniture, shower enclosures, or whatever else you are planning for your bathroom.
You do of course have to account for the space needed to conceal the hidden cistern and frame, but clever planning and use of stud walls and the latest compact designs means that overall, wall-mounted toilets are an excellent option for smaller spaces.
And it's not just the physical space they save. The fact that they are not sitting on the floor creates the illusion of a more spacious bathroom, with less clutter taking up floor space.
Wow-Factor & Style
Whilst taste is very much a subjective thing, most people are at the very least intrigued if not impressed by a toilet floating off the wall. They are certainly popular, but not prevalent enough to have become the norm in modern bathrooms, so a stylish wall-mounted toilet combined with a beautiful bathroom design always impresses. This Bauhaus Svelte toilet has a gorgeous platinum finish that also beautifully reflects your floor tiles for an impressive effect.
When our customers are considering installing a wall-mounted toilet, there are typical three main concerns they have: how much do they cost; how can I access the cistern if anything goes wrong; and will it hold my weight(!). These are all very valid points, and it is worth us looking at each of them in turn.
How Much Does a Wall-Mounted Toilet Cost?
If we go back just 5 years or so, wall-mounted toilets were very expensive. In fact, bathrooms in general were more expensive, but in recent times the wall-hung toilet has really dropped in price as the choice and availability has skyrocketed.
Nowadays, a stylish wall-hung toilet can cost as little as £120. The hidden frame and cistern required to support the toilet then adds another £150-£250, depending on whether you opt for a decent quality budget brand, or a fit-and-forget top of the line Geberit model. So the overall cost of the actual parts is a little higher than a standard close-coupled toilet, but certainly not out of reach for those looking to invest in a stylish bathroom they can be proud of for years to come.
Don't forget to take into account the extra cost of installation. If you intend to pick a jack-of-all-trades handyman or install it yourself, you will inevitably run into problems. If you are serious about going wall-hung, make sure you have a good bathroom fitter who has experience installing these toilets. It might be a cliche, but you get what you pay for, and the cheapest installation quote is rarely value-for-money.
If the overall cost is a little too high for you, why not consider a back-to-wall toilet? They create a similar minimalist style, take up just as little space, but don't require a support frame and the extra installation costs that go along with it.
How Do I Access the Hidden Cistern if Anything Goes Wrong?
We've all had a problem with our toilet at some point. Usually, you can lift off the cistern lid and access the internals. But how do you do this with a wall-hung toilet? Do you have to rip off your tiles to get access?
If that was the case, we wouldn't even bother recommending them in the first place. A well-designed bathroom needs to be easy to maintain. This is where the rectangular flush plate comes in. These plates very simply lift off and provide all the access you will ever need to the concealed cistern behind.
This is where it pays to have chosen a Geberit frame in the first place. If anything ever does go wrong, you can pretty much guarantee you will be able to get the spare parts required to fix it, and most good plumbers will have plenty of experience using this brand.
Will a Wall-Hung Toilet Hold My Weight?
People often ask us how much weight will a wall-mounted toilet safely hold. A properly installed frame and toilet combination should comfortably support 200kg or more (over 30 stone). If you're of a stocky build we don't recommend that you 'drop' down on it heavily, but in all our years as a bathroom retailer we have never heard of a wall-hung toilet breaking off from the wall, or pulling down the entire stud wall.
Again, it stands to reason that you be selective with your choice of bathroom installer. An experienced plumber will know exactly how to install the toilet so it safely stands the test of time.
If you were considering a wall-mounted toilet, hopefully this article has helped you make up your mind one way or the other. Ready to start shopping? You'll find our selection of wall-mounted toilets here, and the mounting frames are located here.