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The toilet, an acronym of the English "Water Closet", more commonly called "Water", is a vase, usually made of ceramic, resin and sometimes steel, equipped with a seat, connected to a loading pipe through a siphon filled with water, with the function of preventing odours from returning to the surface. Today it is the most used domestic hygiene device, indispensable in any home, it is present in many variations, starting from those with a more classic design to the most innovative models with a futuristic and modern imprint.
Suspended toilet or floor toilet: a matter of style and practicality
Traditionally, the toilet was fixed to the floor. Solid and sturdy, the floor-standing toilet, which now belongs particularly to the category of classic style toilets, is cumbersome and impractical from a cleaning point of view. For this reason, given the modern transformation of the space, the choice falls more and more often on suspended toilets that create in the bathroom an optical effect of lightness and represent a real touch of contemporaneity. Particularly for small bathrooms, the suspension is an excellent choice, as the space remaining between the sanitary ware and the floor creates a perception of more space and usability. With this type of toilet you can say goodbye to visible exhaust pipes, a disturbing element in an environment that is now an integral part of living and furnishing with style.
The style of the toilet: not only functionality
Sanitaryware is the absolute protagonist of the bathroom, which gives a further touch of design to our home. The toilet, not only functional, has been the subject of continuous stylistic experimentation and reinterpretations in a modern key that have led to modern design toilet models that play with formal, chromatic and material combinations. From suspended models to the more classic types to be installed on the floor, the toilet has abandoned the traditional look to propose new shapes and products in innovative materials that fit into the context contributing to the success of the furnishing style. On the contrary: most of the time, the toilet is the real protagonist of the bathroom, decorating it with unusual colours and chrome finishes.
The flush-to-wall toilet alternative
Recently, a new type of sanitary ware has also become popular, representing an intermediate variant between floor-standing and wall-hung toilets: flush-to-wall toilets. The flush wall sanitary fixtures give a touch of elegance to the bathroom: no more unpleasant exposed pipes, but compact and sinuous bodies to hide it all, moreover ergonomic and comfortable to use. Elegant and homogeneous, the flush-to-wall sanitary fixtures, in fact, make it possible to have the flushing systems both mounted on the wall and on the floor, remaining in any case hidden by the body of the toilet itself which adheres completely to the wall, thus avoiding open and difficult to reach spaces where dust and bacteria tend to settle. An essential component for the toilet is the flushing cistern, which can be external or built-in. The box can be external or placed "backpack" behind the backrest, in the case of monobloc vases, or higher up. Recessed is certainly the most widespread solution now, with a view to greater practicality and visual cleanliness.
The innovation of brimless or open-bridged toilets
Element of innovation for bathroom fixtures, is the elimination of the bridging. Open-rim toilets are modern, innovative design products that are increasingly being incorporated into contemporary bathroom furniture projects. The brida is the edge of the toilet, i. e. the groove from which the rinsing water flows and because of its shape is a very difficult point to clean and sanitize. The brida is, in fact, the most annoying element when dealing with toilet cleaning. Toilets without brim (or open brim) ensure easy cleaning and maintenance thanks to the integral rinsing of the inside of the jar: the water is spread in the jar in a symmetrical way, cleaning every part of it; the jets, dosed and powerful, combined with the original shape of the jar, allow a total and uniform cleaning, eliminating the possibility that the jar is a refuge for germs. Moreover, the characteristic structure of these products allows to optimize water consumption, allowing the complete rinsing of the pot with only 3 or 4. 5 litres of water.
Sanitaryware and toilet technology
The technological field also penetrates the bathroom environment. The search for greater practicality, together with comfort and well-being have led and continue to lead to the integration of technology even in a more essential, functional and intimate environment such as the bathroom. Toilets with integrated shredder, for example, make it possible to transform any place into a second bathroom, minimizing the need for masonry work with considerable water savings. In addition to toilets with intimate shower, which combines the functionality of the bidet with the toilet, or lids with slowmotion closure, there are various models of sanitary ware with very innovative options. Among the current most revolutionary features we can find temperature adjustable drying functions, odour elimination systems, remote controls for the setting of different rinsing systems, possibility to adjust the temperature of the water dispensed, massage or oscillating jets. Or, customizable lighting elements, automatic opening mechanisms by sensors that recognize the approach of a person, etc. . In short, there are now many more or less technological options and accessories that are now integrated into such a historic and traditional element as the toilet.
The choice of toilet
As we have seen, there are many types of sanitary ware, but how to choose the right one for our bathroom? The choice must be carefully evaluated and some starting poles must be taken into consideration: the position of the discharge column, as a first thing, is fundamental to understand how far it is possible to move or position the elements: consulting a trusted plumber will be fundamental; considering the right space between toilet and side walls, between toilet and bidet (about 20 cm) and the space in front for the right comfort of movement (about 60 cm); choosing the aesthetics in harmony with the choice of coatings and the stylistic imprint we would like for our bathroom. The choice between suspended, flush with the wall or floor, we have seen that it depends on the conformity and always on the style of the bathroom, but also on the type of hydraulic and masonry changes you want to go against: in the case of renovations, changing from floor to suspended installation will require massive interventions on the position of the drain, while the flush with the wall would allow both types of installation while maintaining the same clean and compact aesthetics. There are also space-saving models that with their reduced depth allow the creation of a bathroom even in the narrowest spaces. Once you have made these choices, you can then take care of the pure technological and aesthetic part: the options, the shape, the material and the colour. More and more widespread are in fact the sanitary wares characterized by particular colors.
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