What is a Close Coupled Toilet?This seems to be a question we hear everyday, so we have taken the time to write a guide and make it easier for people to distinguish between a Close Coupled toilet and a Traditional Toilet. Also we've added a section to advise people what type of toilet is best for them if they plan on attaching a waste pipe to a toilet pan from a left or right position.
Close Coupled means that the cistern sits on the back of the toilet pan and flushes directly through the connecting point i.e close and coupled as opposed to traditional cisterns that are wall hung right above the pan and use gravity to create a strong flush
Typically all modern toilets are close coupled.
Traditional Toilet Standard Modern Toilet
(Not Close Coupled) (Close Coupled)
Which toilet pan is suitable for my waste pipe?
Concealed: This is the much more modern version of a standard pan. The pan will have walls down either side which create a better finish when sitting them against a wall and installing on a vertical or horizontal waste pipe.
Concealed: This is the much more modern version of a standard pan. The pan will have walls down either side which create a better finish when sitting them against a wall when installing on a vertical or horizontal waste pipe. However because of the concealed sides it makes it much more difficult to attach a side entry waste pipe to them as it will push the pan away from the wall. Meaning that a box section will have to be built around the back of the toilet to cover the space created..
Open: An open pan will allow for a side entry waste pipe as no concealed wall is in the way during installation. This means that the toilet can be fitted right up to the wall behind it creating a much cleaner finish. However with no concealed sides this means that the waste and connection can be seen and may not suit the modern look of a bathroom.