Love your loo with our comfortable and stylish selection. When updating or refitting your bathroom or cloakroom, it’s a lot easier to get excited about basins, baths and showers than it is about a new WC. But as the second most used item in the bathroom (after the basin) it’s important to pay attention to the humble loo.
Choose from our range and find something that will suit the size and style of your space as well as your budget. We’ll also help you understand a bit about your plumbing and how to make a choice that’s good for the environment as well as your water meter.
Before you begin
Whether you’re just updating your current toilet or replacing the whole system as part of a re-fit, it’s good to know a bit about your plumbing before you choose your new toilet. Here are a few things to think about.
Connecting your soil pipe and spigot
The spigot is the round outlet at the back of your toilet pan that connects it to the soil pipe. All UK toilets have spigots that are parallel to the floor, and, depending on the toilet, can either be connected to the soil pipe vertically, or to the left or right. The soil pipe is connected to the outflow pipe so that waste will then flow into the sewers.
The type of toilet you choose defines how this connection can be made, so you should check the height, diameter (of both the spigot and the soil pipe) and position of soil pipes in order that you can choose a toilet that will work with it.
If your spigot and soil pipe are different heights, you can use a flexible connector to join them – again you’ll need the diameter to choose the right one for you.
Replacing an internal overflow toilet
Before 2000, older toilets had a separate overflow system – this meant they had to have an overflow pipe that led outside to drain away excess water. Most modern toilets have this built into the cistern, with water running down the syphon and into the toilet pan without the need for any additional pipes.
If you’re replacing an older toilet with a new one, you can remove the overflow pipe and cover up the hole. Depending on how good you are at DIY, you can just cover the internal hole and the leave the outside pipe, or remove it completely and fill all the way through – seek help from a professional for advice.