Not all bathrooms are created equal and neither are all toilets.
If you’ve got a sleek and minimalist, design-driven condo, you’ll likely want to make a real statement in the bathroom. Along with a shower and bathtub, your toilet allows you to do just that if you think laterally.
Sidestep the norm and opt for a wall-hung toilet and you can achieve a floating look without going completely over the top.
First, then, what are the prime benefits of a wall-mounted toilet?
5 Principal Benefits of Wall-Mounted Toilets
- Customize The Height Completely
- Simplify Cleaning
- Hidden Tank For a Streamlined Look
- Sleek and Modern Aesthetic
If you need to install a new toilet in a small bathroom with limited space for fixtures, the space-saving nature of a wall-hung model with its hidden tank is a major draw.
Not only does the way it sits flush to the wall free up some precious real estate, the fact the floor below is exposed creates the illusion of more space.
2) Customize The Height Completely
If you’ve been browsing our curated guides to toilets by brand and type, you’ll have noticed that many come with a comfort height seat. This is also often termed chair-height or right-height but what does it mean?
Well, to comply with ADA regulations for accessible design, the top of the seat should sit between 17 and 19 inches high.
With a wall-hung model, you’ll have the freedom to install it exactly where you want it. This is great news if anyone in your family has a disability or mobility issues of any kind. You can get the seat positioned just the way you want it.
3) Simplify Cleaning
The floating design of the toilet makes it much easier to clean all around the WC as well as underneath it.
The clean lines don’t come with all those nooks and crannies for bacteria and debris to accumulate in. Not only does this make wall-mounted toilets more hygienic, they’re also much quicker and easier to clean.
4) Hidden Tank For a Streamlined Look
While you’ll need to make provision for concealing the tank – more on that below – the fact it’s tucked out of sight gives you impeccably clean lines and a very uncluttered look.
The hidden tank also and obviously saves valuable room so makes perfect sense in more compact bathrooms where space is at a premium.
5) Sleek and Modern Aesthetic
If you want to remind yourself on a daily basis of the hotel suites you stay in on vacation, the understated and minimalist appearance of these floating toilets is a great way to achieve that.
A toilet should never, of course, be a case of form sidelining function. With a wall-hung model, though, you can get the best of both worlds.
Wall-Hung Toilet Buying Guide
We’ll briefly highlight now the core elements you should consider when you’re looking for a wall-hung toilet.
- Type and Size of Toilet
- Price vs Performance and Benefits
- Think About Installation
- Flush Mechanism
- Smart Functionality
Type and Size of Toilet
Think firstly about the bowl shape.
A round bowl saves space but you might find this design slightly restrictive. For half-bathrooms, this style of bowl makes a smart bet.
Elongated bowls offer up a more comfortable experience when you’re seated as well as a little more room for your thighs. If you have a larger bathroom, we’d strongly recommend an elongated bowl.
If space really is too tight to mention, some wall-mounted models are also considered corner toilets but these are few and far between.
Price vs Performance and Benefits
As we told you from the onset, a wall-mounted toilet is more expensive than a regular model.
You shouldn’t focus purely on the bottom line, though. Consider the price set against what you want to achieve with the toilet beyond the obvious.
If the benefits we’ve outlined above are valuable, that extra cost could be a worthwhile investment rather than an extra expense. Only you can decide this.
Think About Installation
Installing a wall-hung toilet is much more hassle than installing a standard model.
Here’s a handy guide if you want to think about DIY installation.
The toilet itself is not the issue. That’s easy enough to mount and should present no problem.
The awkwardness arises since you’ll need to conceal the tank behind the wall. This is likely to involve a significant degree of remodeling so it’s not a simple plug-and-play solution.
Again, think about the extra cost of installation before committing to purchase. Ask yourself whether you’re capable of doing all the work yourself. If not, factor in the cost of professional installation so you can get an accurate idea of expenses before buying your toilet of choice.
The flush mechanism is important for more than just the amount of water used which we’ll look at below.
The efficiency of the flush also dictates how well the bowl will be cleaned and this will effect how much manual cleaning you need to carry out.
Most wall-hung toilets will feature oversized, glazed trapways and highly effective flush valves which help out on this front.
A gravity-fed flush is powerful and water-efficient. This is one of the most popular types of flushing system.
Pressure-assisted flushes are even more potent but you’ll end up using much more water which brings us to the next element you should double down on…
To meet EPA WaterSense guidelines, a residential toilet needs to use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush.
With toilets responsible for up to 30% of all the water consumed in your home, any savings you can make are great for your wallet and the environment.
Many wall-hung toilets use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush.
A dual-mechanism gives you the chance to use a partial flush for liquid waste and a full flush with more power when you’re dealing with solid waste.
Look for WaterSense certified toilets for maximum and guaranteed efficiency.
The most important part here is to ensure the model you’re looking at allows for easy access to the in-wall tank.
Make sure there’s a flush plate you can remove when you need to get to the cistern so you can avoid ripping off any tiles or plaster.
Other than that, most wall-mounted models are blissfully maintenance-free.
Think about the importance of extra intelligent features like a remote control, heated seat, bidet spray or automatic flush.
Smart toilets are not cheap so ask yourself which of these functions you actually need rather than falling for the marketing hype.
They can make a great choice but all you need to worry about is whether a smart toilet is the right choice for you.
While buying a wall-hung toilet is by no means essential, there are few ways to make quite such a commanding statement in your bathroom.
If you’re hoping to replicate that hotel suite look at home without bankrupting yourself, wall-mounted toilets are more expensive than a regular model but you can still find some bargains if you look hard enough.
We’re still putting some of these models through their paces so as soon as we’ve finished with testing, we’ll review some of the best wall-hung toilets to make your life easier.
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