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What is a rimless toilet? The pros and cons

What is a rimless toilet? The pros and cons

If you're just starting the process of bathroom renovation, you might have come across rimless toilets during your research. As one of the newer types of toilets, you may have asked yourself ‘what is a rimless toilet?’. We reveal all including their pros and cons and whether they are the right choice for you.

Words by Yohei Guy

The rimless toilet is a relatively recent innovation in toilet design and one that is starting to catch on in numbers. The advantages of rimless toilets cover important aspects around hygiene, cleanliness and environmental impact but there are a few other considerations you should take into account too before making your final decision.

Milady Wall Faced Rimless Toilet Pan from Studio Bagno

What is a rimless toilet?

A rimless toilet is, quite simply, a toilet without a rim. Its design is one where the inside of the toilet pan reaches up to the top in a seamless way. The flushing system dispenses water from the back which works to cover the entire surface of the bowl with water in circular motions.

On standard toilets, there's a gap between the inside rim and the outer edge of the toilet that shoots water downwards. While the difference between the two may seem subtle, it does have a fairly significant impact on the characteristics and qualities between the two.

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Reach II Back to Wall Rimless Toilet Suite from Kohler Australia

The pros of rimless toilets

1. More hygienic

A rimmed toilet can be a breeding ground for germs. This is due to the flush technique and the challenge presented when cleaning.

First, the flushing system on a rimmed toilet allows the entire pan to be washed with water every time. This inhibits the rapid build-up of bacteria that most traditional models suffer from with areas water never reaches.

Secondly, the rimless design is easier to clean. That's because, without a rim, you’re left with a smooth and seamless pan to brush or wipe. Rimmed toilets have areas under the room that are almost impossible to get to which allows germs to build and linger.

2. Water efficient

A traditional toilet uses about 6 litres of water with every full flush. In comparison, most rimless toilets only use 4.5L with every full flush.

The design of the rimless models and their circular flushing mechanism for water means less of it is needed. Not only does this reduction of water help the environment, but it could save you money on your water bill over time.

Manhattan Rimless Wall Faced Toilet from Studio Bagno

3. Simple installation

Upgrading doesn't need to be an ordeal. When you purchase a new rimless toilet suite for your bathroom, installation is often fast and easy meaning your bill from your plumber will be less too.

Of course, there are other factors that may influence the price of toilet installation services including your location, the type e.g. wall hung toilet and the experience and reputation of the contractor. But for a skilled professional, installing a rimless toilet shouldn’t provide any challenges at all.

4. Variety of styles and designs

You want your bathroom to look good and thankfully there is a wide range of rimless toilets so you can get all the benefits while still achieving the aesthetic you want.

There are different designs, such as wall toilet pans or floor-mounted seats. There are also a variety of colours and materials as well as brands with their own unique features and characteristics.

ModernLife Wall-Faced Rimless Toilet from Kohler Australia

The cons of rimless toilets

1. Powerful flush and splash

Because there isn't a protection rim, some rimless toilets have more of a splash. However, with correct installation, this shouldn't typically be an issue.

And considering that we should all put down the seat when flushing anyway this issue is lessened even more. The easy way in which you can clean the toilet also means they’ll be much more sanitary on a day-to-day basis with any splashes quickly wiped up.

2. Potentially higher cost

Sometimes, when compared directly to traditional models, the equivalent rimless model of a toilet may be more expensive. However, rimless toilets come in at all price points which means there is usually something for everyone. When you consider how much you'll be saving money with lower water bills over the years, a slightly higher upfront cost will pay itself off relatively quickly.

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Manhattan Rimless Toilet Suite from Studio Bagno

Choose a rimless toilet that is right for you

After learning the basics of a rimless toilet, you should hopefully have some idea of whether it's the right choice for you. If you’ve decided that it is, let your plumber know and focus on the look, design and style of toilet you’d like, which is undoubtedly the fun part with so many fantastic options to choose from.

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