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What is a Close Coupled


Nowadays, there are so many different toilets to choose from. When it comes to traditional-style toilets, there are even more! Today, we’re focusing on a classic, the close-coupled toilet. Also known as a close-coupled wc or a standard toilet. Read on to learn what close-coupled toilets are, how close-coupled toilets work, and what bathrooms are the best for a close-coupled loo. 

What is a Close-Coupled Toilet?

Every toilet will have a toilet pan and a toilet cistern. The name “close-coupled” relates to how both the toilet pan and the toilet cistern are coupled closely together (see image). As the cistern is typically at waist level, you will find the majority either have a flush lever on the front of the cistern or a push-button flush on top of the cistern. Occasionally, you’ll find a unique toilet such as the Thomas Crapper Viceroy Lever Pull Toilet.



Manufactured in both traditional and modern styles, the close-coupled toilet is the most popular toilet in the UK.


How Does a Close-Coupled Toilet Work?

With the toilet pan and cistern being so close together, when a close-coupled toilet is flushed (either by the previously mentioned lever handle or push-button), water is evacuated from the cistern into the toilet pan and then into the waste pipe.  The waste pipe will typically go straight out to the wall (also called a P trap) or go down to the floor (also known as an S trap). Most models, regardless of style, use modern technology to offer options of flushed of different volumes. For example, a push-button flush is typically split into 2 with a smaller button and a larger button. This gives you control over your water consumption. 

Why Choose a Close-Coupled Toilet?


Lower Cost

Close-coupled toilets are less expensive when compared to low and high-level loos. This is due to a number of reasons but as the cistern and pan are connected, you won’t have to be paying for the extra brassware. Also, low and high-level toilets have more expensive options such as cast iron or bespoke timber cistern frames whereas close-coupled loos are usually ceramic.

Easy to Install

Close coupled toilets are much easier to install, even if just replacing a toilet and not completely renovating a bathroom. All plumbers will know how to install a close-coupled loo. Some plumbers may not know how to install high-level toilets, particularly old-fashioned toilets.


Close-coupled toilets are hardwearing due to the toilet pan and cistern being in such close proximity. Made from tough ceramic, they are super sturdy and less prone to damage when compared to high-level cisterns that will require extra support.


Offering a clean yet classic finish – these toilets are versatile and can match both traditional-style and modern-style bathrooms. They are usually available in white so will match most colour schemes. If you’re feeling bold you can always opt for a bespoke colour closed coupled toilet.


Close-coupled toilets are a great option for a number of different bathrooms. They’re sturdy enough for family bathrooms but also an excellent choice for cloakroom bathrooms. Now you understand a little bit about how a close-coupled toilet work, the hardest part is finding one that you love.

Old Fashioned Bathrooms provide a wide range of close-coupled toilets, suitable for all bathroom styles. Browse our stunning range of premium quality close coupled toilets at competitive prices. Not only do we offer size, finish, and flush options – we even offer a price match guarantee!

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