The first question with the bath is the type, freestanding or inset? A freestanding bath is the ‘in’ thing at the moment and can be the most striking feature of your bathroom. They’re generally best for large bathrooms as they can dominate a smaller space. Common materials for freestanding baths are stone composites or acrylic.
Inset baths are set into one wall or of the bathroom. Common materials for inset baths are enamelled steel and acrylic.
There are four styles of toilet you can choose from.
Close coupled – The cistern sits directly on the pan of the toilet so there’s no visible pipe connecting the two. These are generally the cheapest option so are the best choice if you are on a budget.
Back to wall – The pan of the toilet extends back to sit against the wall of the bathroom, hiding all the pipes. As well as giving a neater finish, it also means you don’t have to reach back there to clean.
Wall faced – The pan of the toilet sits on the floor but has a concealed cisterns hidden in the wall or a cabinet behind the toilet. They’re great for creating a sense of space in a bathroom as the toilet is less of a feature.
Wall hung – As the name suggests, these hang off the wall leaving the floor beneath exposed. The cistern is concealed inside the wall. This suits a bathroom that’s going for a very contemporary feel. These are the most expensive option as a bracket needs to be installed inside the wall to support the pan.
With all toilets, you need to consider whether it will fit in with the plumbing layout of your bathroom. Check with your plumber before you buy to see if the one you have your eye on will fit your plumbing layout.
Another feature to consider is the water efficiency rating. This is easily worked out by the star rating similar to those found on electrical appliances.