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Looking for a brilliant make of toilet

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Mitchdafish Wed 04-Jun-14 09:08:02

I'll be putting in a downstairs loo and want a pan and cistern that will flush well in spite of water saving regulations. Local bathroom store says they don't get feedback on flushing, but they sell a lot more loo brushes nowadays...
Do you have a newish toilet that you would recommend?

Tabithasgran Wed 04-Jun-14 10:17:21

Shame they don't do symphonic loos anymore. never had a problem with one of them. they just sucked everything down no problem. watching with interest. er the thread, not stuff going down the pan!

BumWad Wed 04-Jun-14 18:30:43


wowfudge Wed 04-Jun-14 19:07:16

Symphonic?! Syphonic - no music involved grin

kinkytoes Wed 04-Jun-14 19:09:50

We had one from bathstore and won't be making that mistake again. No toilet seats fit properly on it even the bathstore one. The holes must be wrong and so the hinges on the seats break after a while.

ShoeWhore Wed 04-Jun-14 20:24:33

The really cheap one I bought from B&Q is doing well so far grin It was £52 iirc - I should possibly have upgraded to the posher seat but honestly it's ok. The plumber commented on it being a really good little toilet. It's only been in a couple of months so couldn't comment on its long term performance smile

CuthbertDibble Wed 04-Jun-14 20:56:32

I second the Roca suggestion.

Mocker Wed 04-Jun-14 22:23:15

Ha. Can I third Roca?

Mitchdafish Wed 04-Jun-14 22:33:36

Love 'a really good little toilet'! Hmm, will investigate Roca. Thanks.

Mitchdafish Wed 04-Jun-14 22:37:06

The Roca ones come in all sorts of shapes. If you have a modern shape, do you suppose a replacement seat would be a nightmare?

charlieandlola Wed 04-Jun-14 22:53:23

Another Roca fan here too

PigletJohn Wed 04-Jun-14 22:58:42

I find a flapper valve, rather than a syphon, gives the most forceful flush any particular cistern and pan are capable of.

I hate cisterns with two buttons on the lid, almost as much as cisterns that are boxed in and tiled over for maximum inaccessibility.

PigletJohn Wed 04-Jun-14 23:01:22


I agree on syphonic WCs. When I bought and modernised my first house, the syphonic WC cost more than the rest of the bathroom suite, including taps, put together.

Very occasionally you see them on ebay, but they are usually Harvest Gold or Aubergine.

wonkylegs Wed 04-Jun-14 23:07:55

We never had a problem with our duravit one, nice solid seat too. We had it for 10yrs before moving house. I'm getting the same one for this house in the bathroom refit.

Mitchdafish Thu 05-Jun-14 13:42:16

I dislike the push buttons too. I am also cross about being beholden to building regs and hence not being able to use a second hand WC, without fitting it after approval.
I am nursing a lot of anger over this whole toilet thing.
However going to learn about syphonic and flappers next, thanks!

Mitchdafish Thu 05-Jun-14 13:45:01

Loving Duravit who have a range called Starck, very Game of Thrones grin

PigletJohn Thu 05-Jun-14 13:56:17

syphonic WCs are AFAIK no longer made, and were always rare as expensive.

If you had a white one, in used but unchipped condition, it would fetch £hundreds. Not least from me.

PigletJohn Thu 05-Jun-14 14:23:42

the Fluidmaster Flapper Valve looks like this

Imagine a big hole at the bottom of the cistern, with a round trapdoor over it. When you lightly press the handle, the hatch opens, and water gushes straight down the hole with no impediment. The flapper floats, so it stays open until all the water has passed through, then it flops down again to seal the hole.

It is incredibly simple, with hardly any working parts, and, when open, allows the water to gush through with no obstruction or complex path.

I have used no other since I first came across them.

I noticed today that it is no longer listed by Screwfix, perhaps the makers are trying to guide us towards their more complex fittings.

Mitchdafish Thu 05-Jun-14 18:31:23

Thanks, I'm happy to join the Save the Flapper brigade.

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