Toilets come in many shapes and sizes. They also come in front or back-pouring, brass or plastic rimmed, one- or two-piece, and so on. While there are a lot of configurations, there are a few types. In this article, we are going to look at the different types of toilets available.
Types of Toilets
Pressure assisted Toilets
This is another type of toilet which is also very common, most manufacturers offer pressure-assisted toilets for greater convenience. The pressure-assisted toilets use an internal tank that holds more water, so this type of toilet relies on the secondary tank to create air pressure to assist the water in moving waste away.
As the name suggests these toilets don’t use any water to get rid of human waste they rely on the composting process to break down the waste. These toilets don’t use water. This type of toilet requires some sunlight and wind for the waste to break down. They are also known as composting toilets or dry toilets.
These are the most common type of toilets. With a simple and straightforward mechanism, they flush water to wash away the waste. Using gravity, freshwater flows into a flooded bowl from an inlet valve at the bottom of the tank, while the waste is flushed out through a hole at the bottom center of the bowl.
As the bowl fills up with water, gravity pulls down on a chain attached to an overhead flapper. The flapper opens and allows for waste to flow into an attached toilet tank where it will be stored until you flush again.
These types of toilets are very common, they are an alternative to a normal flush toilet, usually, this toilet has two buttons, one that activates the flush mechanism and another that activates a second flushing mechanism (usually an auto-flush mechanism) which flushes a smaller amount of water.
These buttons help save water because each one has its own function one button can be used to flush small wastes like liquids, while the other button can be used to get rid of solid wastes.
Another type of toilet comes with the upflush toilet. This type of toilet uses a siphon-like action to send water from the bottom of the tank to wash waste into a receptacle. This results in an extremely quiet flush and higher capacity toilets. This type of toilet is becoming more popular because it is very efficient and environment friendly.
Double Cyclone Flush
A different type of flush is available for the toilets too. The double Cyclone flush makes sure that no water goes to waste. It uses a dual tank design to separate liquids from solids and use them separately, based on the necessity. The liquid tank collects waste, which is then flushed out into the sewer. The solid waste is taken back in to be broken down for use by microorganisms.
Finally, portable toilets are on the list of types of toilets. These are made for temporary usage. They are easily transportable, lightweight, and offer easy storage. They are very common in rural areas where there aren’t any toilet facilities. Portable toilets are popular because they do not need any sort of infrastructure. They can be easily carried in hampers, plastic bags, and so on.
Wall hung toilet
Wall-hung toilets are very unique because they are installed in the walls of a room so that they need no septic tank. They replace the conventional toilet that is connected to the septic tank by way of a sewerage connection. The wall-hung toilets come with a drain system attached to the toilet’s pan. This drain system provides a solution to the problem of sewer smells, as it allows air to circulate so that no unpleasant odor can occur.
Low-Level toilets are similar to wall-hung toilets, but they come without a separate drain system and the toilet pan is filled directly by the “S” pipe. Which is connected to the sewage system. Low-level toilets are easy to clean as they do not require much space.
Close-coupled toilets are toilets that come with the cistern, bowl, and pedestal at one end. These have a couple of advantages over conventional toilets in that they save space, can be loaded more easily, and are lighter in weight.
Rimless toilets don’t have the traditional toilet rim, instead, they have a water trap. A rimless toilet is easier to clean than a traditional one because there is no gap between the bowl and the pan. It also looks neater.
What is the difference between the modern toilet and the traditional toilet?
In modern toilets, there is a flushing system inside the toilet bowl and the waste gets flushed into the sewage system. Whereas, in traditional toilets, there is no such flushing system; it empties into the septic tank. The toilet pans of the toilets of today are designed in a way to help prevent the splashing of waste out of the pan. You can find a variety of toilet designs depending on your need and requirement.
Arthur C. Jackson is the resident handyman and toilet expert for BestToiletGuides.com. Drawing from his experience, he tends to focus on how he can help the consumer.