Bathroom Expert Reveals What You Pay For When Buying a New Toilet Suite
Melbourne, Australia – Alana Gray, from Bathware Direct, has found over the years that people are generally confused about what makes one toilet $99 and another $1,500. She points out that bathroom products are no different to cars, clothes or cosmetics where the brand and the quality determine the price. Gray has outlined a number of features and benefits that differentiate a cheap toilet suite from an expensive toilet suite.
Most toilet suites have plastic seats but not all plastic seats are the same quality.
“If you lift the toilet seat you can usually tell how strong it is with the cheapest units having seats that are almost ‘floppy’. The other determinant of the durability of a toilet suite is the hinges. Many cheaper units have plastic hinges rather than the stainless steel hinges that are standard in more expensive models” explains Gray.
More and more toilets are now available with soft close seats as well. Soft close seats won’t slam and are easy to close with a simple tap making it more likely that the seat will actually be closed.
The ease of cleaning is another important factor that is now coming into being with the busy lifestyle that many people have. Toilet suite manufacturers are constantly looking at ways to make cleaning the toilet easier and features that are now available in some toilets include a ‘boxed rim’, a wall faced pan and smooth sides of the pan.
“A boxed rim helps distribute the water evenly around the pan making for a cleaner flush. When you are looking at buying a toilet suite you can run your hand along the underside of the base of the toilet pan to check whether there are holes around the rim – please do this in the showroom on a toilet that has never been used!” Gray says.
Wall Faced Pans have the pan running all the way to the wall so there is nowhere for dust to collect on the floor behind the unit and the inclusion of smooth sides (as opposed to molded sides with ‘dust collecting’ ledges) make cleaning a lot easier. The most expensive toilets even include a dirt repellent coating on the inside of the pan, similar to Teflon.
Gray cautions that the most important and sometimes more confusing aspect of buying a new toilet can be the plumbing.
“There is a lot of confusing jargon relating to different types of plumbing in toilets and it is important to be 100% correct, particularly if you are replacing an existing toilet. Check with your plumber whether you have any plumbing requirements and tell the salesperson what these requirements are upfront. Typically these issues relate to the plumbing outlet and water inlet: Do you need a P Trap or S Trap toilet?, What is the setout measurement?, and Do you need a back or bottom inlet?”
Whilst toilets may not be as ‘sexy’ as other products it is important to select the right one. Bathware Direct have been in business for over 50 years and are well placed to share knowledge on all manner of bathroom products. They are part of a bathroom supplies business with stores along the east coast of Australia and can be found on the internet at www.bathwaredirect.com.au.
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