Today’s toilet suites have certainly stepped up in terms of style, shape, comfort and water efficiency. Caroma’s range is no exception. To make your decision-making easier, it pays to know what you want to spend as well as have an understanding of the water efficiency star ratings. You should also be clear about the style you prefer. Then it’s a matter of selecting one that complements your other fittings.
Here is an overview of the suite types available to you:
Invisi concealed toilets - The cistern (or tank) is hidden inside the wall cavity, ceiling or under counter - leaving only the toilet pan to be seen. This style of toilet is very modern in design and takes up little space in your bathroom - perfect if you are working with a smaller bathroom.
Wall faced toilet suites - The back of the pan sits flush against the wall, meaning there are no gaps between the toilet and the wall at all. This is a solid unit and creates a bold look in your bathroom. Due to no gaps between the toilet and the wall, it is easier to clean.
Close coupled toilets - The pan and cistern are joined together so you cannot see the flush pipe. This type of toilet suite is a very traditional look and suits all types of bathrooms.
Connector toilet suites - This toilet suite is the most traditional looking toilet with the cistern joined to the pan by a plastic flush pipe and connector plate. It provides the greatest amount of flexibility for installation.
Choosing the type of toilet pan to suit your bathroom set-out
After selecting your style of toilet, it is important to choose the correct pan option to suit your set-out and plumbing requirements. In Australia, there are normally four trap versions of each pan model - S-trap, P-trap, skew trap or universal trap (can be installed as either an S or P trap).
Caroma 4.5/3 litre pans are manufactured in vitreous china to comply with Australian Standard AS 1172.0-1993 and are of the wash down type which is more water efficient than vitreous types of pans used in some other parts of the world. Wash down pans are the normal type of pans used in Australia and throughout Europe.
S-trap Toilet Pans
S-trap version pans account for the majority of pan installations in Australia. The pan is easily identified with the toilet spigot of the trap connecting directly into the floor-mounted pan collar.
P-trap Toilet Pans
P-trap version pans have either a horizontal or angled outlet spigot which connects directly into a pan collar mounted on the wall.
Skew trap toilet pans
Skew trap version pans are available in left and right hand models with a horizontal or angled outlet spigot which is offset at 90° and connects directly into a pan collar mounted on a side wall. The range of Caroma skew trap pans is limited to the Concorde pan and the Profile skew close coupled pan. Identification of whether a left or right hand skew is determined when facing the pan from the front.
If you want to freshen up your bathroom a little and don’t necessarily want to change the toilet, you might prefer to replace the toilet seat only. Simply updating the seat (and the toilet roll holder, ideally) can work wonders!