Rimless Toilets: What's All The Flush About?

Replacing the toilet in your bathroom is (for most) a very rare occurrence, thankfully, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have been keeping up to date with the latest in toilet design. But don’t fear though, for we are here to guide you through the world of the newest toilet on the block… the rimless toilet.


What is a Rimless Toilet?

Let’s start with the obvious question: what is a rimless toilet? Well, you might be a little disappointed to find out that it’s exactly what it sounds like; it’s a toilet without a rim at the top of the bowl. Whilst this doesn’t sound particularly exciting, as we’ll soon discover it can make a huge difference in your bathroom.

Here at Tap Warehouse, we only starting selling rimless toilets a few months ago, and our collection consisted of a measly 3 toilets, but that has already grown well into double figures, and we expect many more to be added in the coming year as more manufacturers make the switch to rimless. The popularity of rimless toilets amongst bathroom manufacturers and the general public has lead us to predict that within 5 years all new toilets sold here at Tap Warehouse will be rimless toilets. It’s a bold claim, but as we’ll discover, there are many advantages to rimless toilets and very few, if any, drawbacks. (Spoiler alert!)

Why Does Removing the Rim Make a Difference?

Inside a rimless toilet showing no rim

From the outside, a rimless toilet looks just like any toilet you’ve ever seen, but open the lid and peer inside and you’ll notice something different. It’s almost as though something is missing, and you’d be right - it is. By removing the rim, you not only creating a cleaner looking toilet in the artistic sense of the word, but a cleaner toilet in terms of hygiene as well.

Think about when you clean your toilet. Cleaning the outside of the pan is straightforward enough, but it’s when you get inside that it gets tricky. And why is it tricky? Because of that annoying rim at the top of the bowl where bacteria, limescale and grime build up. It’s always too small for you get any kind of sponge or brush in to wipe properly as well. Sure, you can use a toothbrush, but it never feels like you’re doing a particularly thorough job, and then you can’t even see the results of your labour once you’ve finished. Once you’ve done that, bleach is normally squirted in, but again you can’t really see what you’re doing and it feels more like you’re just papering over the cracks rather than properly cleaning.

Think about how much easier it would be to clean if there was no rim. You could simply wipe in one smooth motion. There would be no need for any brushes and you can see exactly where you’ve cleaned. There’s not really much more to say. We wouldn’t go as far as to say that it makes cleaning the toilet enjoyable, but it’s certainly much less dreaded and takes a significantly less amount of time.

What Other Advantages Are There?

We’ve already covered how much easier it is for you to clean a rimless toilet, but did you know that a rimless toilet keeps itself cleaner to begin with? Most rimless toilets use a direct flush technique that more evenly and more effectively cleans the entire pan. And of course, any bacteria or limescale simply gets washed down the pan instead of getting caught under the rim.

Another advantage of rimless toilets is their price. When a new technology comes to the market, it’s commonplace that until it becomes accepted and widely used by the public, the price is too far out of reach for most people. Look at HD televisions; when they first came onto the market, you would pay thousands for one. Then the popularity increases and the prices start to drop. The same is happening with electric cars. Unfortunately, some technologies - no matter how good they are - don’t take-off and their high prices never come down which ends up being their downfall. Google Glass springs to mind; a great idea but massively overpriced for the general public.

So how does this relate to rimless toilets? Well, despite the newness of the technology, rimless toilet prices are broadly similar to the current prices of our mid-range toilets, making them financially viable for almost everyone. We wouldn’t be surprised if the prices dropped further when they become more popular.

Are There Any Disadvantages?

Quite simply, no. Not for you at least. We’re obviously very sceptical about any new product that comes out, especially when the design is completely different to what we’ve been used our whole lives, but so far we haven’t seen or heard a single negative thing about rimless toilets. Customer feedback is very important to us and so far it’s all been positive. The only people who might take exception to rimless toilets are the manufacturers of the small nozzles on bleach bottles that allow you to squirt it under the rim, as these will now be obsolete.

Is There Anything Else to Take Into Consideration?

Not really. There’s nothing different when installing a rimless toilet and they still come in the same styles as ‘traditional’ toilets, with close-coupled, back-to-wall and wall hung designs all available. All of our close-coupled rimless toilets come with a dual flush cistern, whereas with our wall hung and back-to-wall rimless toilets, these will need to be bought separately. A soft close seat is almost always included as well.

So there it is, all you need to know about the next big thing in toilet design - a sentence I’m sure you thought you wouldn’t be reading when you woke up this morning. As ever, feel free to leave us any comments or questions down below, or contact our customer service team at help@tapwarehouse.com or 01202 55 66 55 and they will be happy to help.

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