There are two options for the toilet pan: back-to-wall or open back. Close-coupled toilets have the cistern placed at the back of the toilet pan, flushing directly through a connecting point. This is different from traditional toilets that use gravity to create a strong flush. A back-to-wall close-coupled toilet has walls down the side of the pan to the floor, concealing a vertical or horizontal waste pipe. This provides a sleek, modern, and efficient look to the toilet.
Many different brands offer close-coupled toilets, each with their own unique take on this popular design. For example, the Ideal Standard I.Life Close Coupled Toilet is one of the latest modlels on the market with a friendly and attractive design with a choice of standard or soft-closing matching seat. The Laufen Pro Contemporary Close Coupled Toilet is also 'back to the wall' and helps save space, with a quick-release catch that enables easy removal of the seat for cleaning.
In contrast, an open-back close-coupled toilet has an exposed section that allows for a side entry waste pipe. This design allows the toilet to be fitted up to the wall since there are no concealed sides to consider. The only drawback is that it may not fit in with a modern-looking bathroom, as the waste connection can be seen from the sides.
There are just as many open-back toilets to choose from, such as the Laufen Pro close-coupled WC, with its sleek and minimal design and water-saving cistern. If you're trying to save space, the Burlington Slimline Close-coupled WC made of vitreous china with a white finish, is designed to match all Burlington styles (Victorian, Edwardian, and Contemporary), and could become the centrepiece and talking point of your bathroom, especially if it's on the smaller side.