There are over a dozen different toilet styles and designs that are used around the world today, but they all stem from four basic categories which we’ll be having a look at today: two-piece, one-piece, wall-hung and smart toilets.
The two-piece toilet
Like the name suggests, the two-piece toilet is assembled from two pieces – the tank and the bowl.
- Two-piece toilets are the cheapest types around and come in either floor standing or wall mount models.
- Because it is split into two parts, it is easier to carry them separately into the bathroom for assembly. They can be assembled prior to the installation but it is more efficient to do so at the time of installation.
- Because it is two separate pieces, if one piece is damaged then you need only replace that part with the help of our Berwick toilet repair services instead of replacing the entire unit.
- The gap where the two pieces connect is a magnet for grime. The easily dirtied part requires thorough cleaning often and if not tended to can become a very nasty bacteria-ridden area.
- When the rubber gasket seal begins to deteriorate and eventually breaks, it can lead to leakage.
- Two-piece toilets can tend to be a little bulky and large.
- Whilst bringing the two pieces into the bathroom for installation is easier because they’re separated, putting them together and installing the toilet can become tricky when it comes to lifting the tank and securing it on top of the bowl.
The one-piece toilet
The one-piece toilet is similar to the two-piece in a few ways. The main difference is of course that it is one solid, porcelain piece – providing some more pros in comparison to the two-piece.
- Because it is one piece it is a lot easier to clean and maintain. The lack of gap between bowl and tank makes it more hygienic to begin with and it is much less prone to any leakage.
- It’s much more durable because it is a solid piece – typically lasting longer than a two-piece model.
- It has a lightly slimmer profile, making it ideal for saving space in bathrooms and great for smaller bathrooms.
- Typically has a sleeker design – as it is one sculpted piece – making it a great fit for a modern and contemporary bathroom.
- It is harder to transport into a bathroom because it is a solid, heavy piece.
- The installation process can also prove difficult because of the size.
- If any part is damaged, then you’ll need our Berwick toilet repair services to replace the entire toilet – unlike the two-piece.
- They are only available in floor standing units, and cannot be mounted.
- They are a little pricier than two-piece toilets.
Wall-hung toilets are great if you have a very small bathroom as they take up much less space than a one-piece toilet. Wall-hung toilets are essentially just a seat attached to a wall – making the seat and the flushing mechanism the only visible parts of the machine. The tank itself is actually hidden inside the wall.
- Wall-hung toilets are very small and aesthetically pleasing. They are ideal for modern bathrooms or people wanting something a little different.
- It can be installed on any wall (provided it is near a water source).
- It has a nice, clean look as the tank is concealed behind a panel that can blend in with the rest of your wall (alternatively you can turn the panel into a feature or mirror – see our past blog on bathroom décor ideas).
- For installation of a wall-hung toilet you must open up a wall in your bathroom.
- If you’re replacing your old toilet with a wall-hung type, then you must reroute piping and also patch up the tiles where your old toilet used to stand.
- They are expensive units and they may also incur higher installation costs.
- With the tank in the wall, it is recommended you hire Berwick toilet repair professionals to make any repairs as it can be a bit trickier.
- The seat itself can become loose over time due pressure exertion from the wall mount, which will require adjustments eventually.
Easily the most modern of all the toilet types, the smart toilet is an impressive feat and if you’re after something comfortable and functional then maybe the intelligent upgrade is for you.
- Smart toilets boast many attractive features, such as: heated seats, motion-activated lighting, hands-free flushing, built-in bidets, and deodorising seats.
- Features a dual-flushing system which measures just the right amount of water that needs to be used.
- Save on toilet paper and cleaning products thanks to its many features.
- Can be used with batteries or wired to be used with the home electricity.
- The main con of the smart toilet is that it requires more electricity to operate. Its unit and maintenance costs can also be expensive, meaning that this toilet option is the priciest of the four.
If you’re in need of toilet repair in Berwick, or are interested in installing a toilet then please contact JPG Plumbing on 0400 978 442 or through our website here.