Gone are the days when a toilet was just a functional item in the smallest room in the house. Now they are a fashion item. They come in a myriad of different designs and colours, they can be old fashioned or ultra modern, wall hung or with a concealed cistern to hide all of the plumbing. Traditional designs, with high or low level cisterns, are popular with people in period houses, who wish to refit something ‘in keeping’ with the house (i.e. what was probably there before someone ripped it out and put that Avocado one there in the 70’s). Traditional suites are also usually available in a more modern close-coupled design, where the pan and cistern are bolted together. When it comes to modern designs, the trend is for hiding all of the plumbing into units, which can be continuous with basin and other storage units. This is where the back-to-wall and wall hung toilets are used. Both are specially designed to fit flush against a unit (or a wall if you can get the cistern in or behind the wall), which, apart from concealing the plumbing, means there are no dirt traps round the back of the pan. Don’t be alarmed at the idea of a wall hung pan, they are actually supported on a steel support frame, which will hold a considerable weight and because the pan is off the floor, it is easier to clean the floor and gives a feeling of more space. Your old toilet on a full flush, probably uses 9 Litres of water (about 2 gallons), modern British toilets use 7.5 Litres and continental ones use 6 Litres. The continental style push-button flush is also more direct and therefor more likely to clear the bowl first time than the British one. They do not have an external overflow because it is built into the cistern and replacing the washers is something that anyone can do (no expensive plumbers). Whichever style you want try to choose one with strong brass or stainless steel hinges on the toilet seat.