Toilets and Basins – How to Choose the Right Type

When shopping for a new toilet and sink, you’ll notice there’s a surprising choice of styles and designs available.

This can make choosing the right type a little challenging; especially if you’re not clued up on the various types.

So, to make things easier for you, we’ve uncovered all there is to know about toilets and basins, from what kinds there are, to how much you can expect to spend.

So read on to discover more…

Milano Ballam - Modern Close Coupled Toilet and Pedestal Basin Set

What to consider before choosing a new basin and toilet

Modern or traditional?

Before choosing a new sink and toilet for your bathroom, it’s important to consider the overall style of the space – is it modern or traditional?

Determining this will give you a good starting point to work from.

Toilets and basins are available in an array of designs ranging from the sleek and modern to the elegant and traditional so you can easily create a look that’s right for you.

How much space do you have?

Measuring the available space accurately is another important step in choosing the best toilet and sink.

If you have a small bathroom there are many compact designs to choose from, but if you have plenty of space you could create a luxury look by fitting two basins.

Where should you position your new basin & toilet?

If you’re creating a new bathroom from scratch, you will need to decide on the best position for your new basin and toilet.

But if you’re simply replacing an old sink and loo, then it makes sense to install the new fixtures in the same position, which will also help keep installation costs low if you are hiring a professional plumber, as no new pipework will be needed.

For those who are experienced at DIY, make sure to check out our how-to guides on how to install a toilet and how to install a basin.

modern basin and toilet space with shower

How much can I expect to spend?

The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune on a new toilet and basin to create a look you’ll love.

At Big Bathroom Shop there are toilets that start from as little as £130, while basins start from just £55, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding something suitable if you are on a budget.

All our toilets are supplied with a seat, and close coupled designs include a cistern.

If you are choosing a back to wall or a wall hung toilet, then you will need to budget for a concealed cistern.

Basins include a full or semi pedestal, while wall mounted designs may require a bottle trap to complete the installation.

Milano Lurus - Concrete Grey Modern Select Toilet and Basin Combination Unit - 500mm x 890mm

Toilets and sinks for small bathrooms

Sinks and toilets for small bathrooms have been specially designed with compact dimensions to help maximise space.

A wall mounted sink and toilet is a great option for a small bathroom or downstairs loo or cloakroom.

This type of basin and toilet appears to float above the floor to create the illusion of more space.

A popular option for small en-suites and cloakrooms, corner toilets and sinks help to make use of what could otherwise be wasted space.

For a tiny downstairs loo, you could fit a 2-in-1 toilet and basin combination unit.

This cleverly combines a toilet and basin into one space saving unit, which conceals the cistern and all unsightly pipework from view to ensure a neater finish.

Units is available in a choice of finishes including white gloss, concrete grey and oak.

Milano Santo - Black Washstand with Woodstone Grey Countertop and 280mm Round Bas

How to choose the best basin for a bathroom

Consider the style of your bathroom and the available space before buying a new basin.

A basin with a full pedestal is the most popular option as it’s easy to install and available in many shapes and sizes.

Angular shaped basins with clean lines are great for creating a contemporary look, while more elaborate designs are well suited to traditional bathrooms.

There are also basins with a semi-pedestal, which enhance a sense of space.

Countertops sinks are the ideal choice if you want to add a chic, hotel-spa touch to your bathroom.

Available in a range of shapes, this type of sink has been designed to be fitted on top of a vanity shelf or unit, and is usually teamed with a wall mounted tap or a high rise tap if the basin does not have any tap holes.

There’s also vanity basin units, which combine a sink and storage into one handy unit. Available in a wide range of sizes and styles, a vanity basin unit makes a stylish and practical addition to any bathroom. They provide plenty of space for keeping toiletries and beauty products hidden away so your bathroom remains calm, clutter free and organised.

Take a look at our buyer’s guide to bathroom basins for more help and advice on choosing the best type.

Milano Richmond hig rise toilet

How to choose the best toilet for your bathroom

From close coupled to back to wall and wall hung, bathroom toilets come in a surprising choice of styles.

When designing your new bathroom, the toilet may not be the first thing you think of, but choose the right one and it can really make all the difference to how the space looks.

Close coupled toilets are a popular option as they are easy to install and come in modern and traditional designs. A close coupled toilet is where the cistern is fitted directly on top of the pan. They are supplied with a seat and cistern.

Some feature a fully flush to wall design to conceal pipework from view ensuring a neater finish and easier cleaning. If you have a small bathroom you may want to opt for a corner toilet to save space.

Back to wall toilets are similar to a close coupled design, except the cistern is hidden in a unit or the wall. They make minimal use of floor space and create a fitted look.

Designer toilets are great for making a statement, and for adding contemporary style to any modern bathroom.

A wall hung toilet will also create a designer look, and is ideal for a small bathroom or en-suite, as it appears to float above the floor enhancing a sense of space. A wall hung toilet has been designed to be fitted with a concealed cistern in the wall behind or a furniture unit.

If you have a traditional bathroom, you may want to opt for a high level toilet. Perfect for creating an authentic traditional look, this style of toilet features a cistern that’s fitted high up on the wall and is connected to the pan by a long flush pipe.

Take a look at our buyer’s guide to toilets for more help and advice on choosing the best type.

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