12 Types of Toilets – Different types of Toilet

Types of toilets

Types of Toilets listed out below, We will cover all 10 types of toilets available around the world.Like every other inventions on this earth, toilets are also invented and modernized by humans. Human created different types of toilets according to his needs. The types used varied from place to place. Here we listed types of toilets according to the shape and function of the toilets. All type of toilets will have two holes one for Inlet another one for outlet. Inlet will be connected to water line to flush the water to bowl. Outlet will be connected to drainage. Outlet will flush out the waste from the bowl to drainage.
Here is the List of Different types of toilets:

According to the user sitting position we can classify toilets into two types:

  1. European or Western Waters closet also known as WC/EWC (Toilet designed to sit).
  2. Squatting pan (Toilet is designed to squat).

WC Health:

WC health is a unique design by guralvit, a turkey sanitaryware manufacturing company. The WC is designed by combining Water closet comfort and Squatting pan health benefit. This design won red dot design award-2012. The weight of this product is around 40 Kgs. The sitting height from ground is around 22CM to 25 CM. It is nearly half of the normal height from the ground when compared to normal European water closet. Normal EWC sitting height will be around 50 CM to 56 CM from the ground. This product is coated with anti bacterial glaze.

This WC health is a type of water closet but you have to squat in this toilet. And also this is a type of one piece toilet.

European or Western Water Closet:

This WC or EWC are designed to sit in toilet. This kind of toilets comes with seat & cover. When flushing Cover need to be closed. A Western Style toilet will be attached with a flush tank for flushing after usage. Flush Tank may be plastic or ceramic one. Small amount of water will be trapped inside the toilet itself by water seal, normally this water seal height will be 50MM. Normal water closet are open rim because the flushing tanks are high in position so flushing will be effective. The height of European water closets are around 500 to 550 MM. The weight of WC will vary from 12 KG to 20 KG according to the design. All water closet must with stand a minimum of 400 Kgs without breaking.


Types of Water Closet Toilets:

The Standard Water closet can be classified according to the Trap design (Types of water closet):

  1. S Trap types of Water Closet (EWC).
  2. P Trap types of Water Closet (EWC).

Choosing between ‘S’ or ‘P’ trap water closet:
Trap design is important when installing a toilet. Normally S tarp will be used in ground floor installations as piping can be done below ground level. Normally P trap will be installed in top floors because installation of pipe line under the toilet will be difficult.

This water closet can be classified according to the Mounting system (Type of water closet):

  1. Floor mounts types of toilets.
  2. Wall Hung Types of toilets.

If the toilet can be installed in floor then it is know as floor mount water closet. Floor fixing hole is provided in this kind of floor mount toilets.

Wall Hung toilets will be fixed in wall by fixing hole in the toilet. Normally floor mount toilet will come in both ‘P’ and ‘S’ Trap, but Wall mount model Toilet will come with ‘P’ Trap.

Seat Cover used in water closet toilet can be classified into two types, one is hard close and another one is soft close.If the falling of seat cover is hard with sound then the seat cover is know as hard close seat cover.If the seat cover falls slow with out any noise then it is know as soft close seat cover. Learn about all types of toilet seat covers here.


Another way to classify the water closet is the visibility of trap way:

  1. Concealed trap way type of toilet.
  2. Visible Trap way types of toilets.

In concealed type of toilets the trap will not be visible it will be covered by the design itself. The cost of concealed trap toilet will be higher cost than the visible Trapway toilet.
According to the bowl design toilets can be classified around 4 types:

  1. Round bowl toilet.
  2. Square bowl toilet.
  3. Elongated Bowl toilet.
  4. Rectangular bowl toilet.

Two piece Toilet:

Other types of toilets are two piece toilets. Normal EWC toilet is extended to fit a ceramic tank in toilet itself. The name came from the design. Because a piece toilet bowl and a ceramic tank and it are coupled using bolts, so it is called as two piece toilet. Two piece toilets are also called as coupled closet because of design. Weight of the two Piece toilet will be around 25Kgs to 45 Kgs and it depends upon the design of the product. Coupled closet are designed in closed rim method to pressurize the water during flushing. By this closed rim method the required flushing is achieved.


Same like the Normal water closet two piece WC also will be available in ‘S’ & ‘P’ trap and also floor mount as well as wall mount.

The cost of coupled closet or two piece toilets is in between cost of normal water closet and cost of one piece toilet.

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One piece toilet:

This type of toilets does not need a separate flush tank. Flush tank is attached with the body of EWC itself. The tank and body both are produced by ceramic material and fused together. So the problem of leakage is minimized. This toilet also called as single piece toilet as bowl and tank is one product.


One piece toilet normally comes in only floor mount type model. AS the weight of toilet will be more so normally single piece toilet will not be made in wall hung methods. The weight of the one piece toilet will be around 38Kgs to 50Kgs.

One piece toilet will be available in ‘S’ and ‘P’ Trap model. One piece toilet will be only designed as closed rim only. The water pressure required to flush out the waste will be created by the closed rim model.

Problem of leakage is very less in one piece toilet. Cost of one piece toilet will be higher than the two piece toilet.
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Squatting Pan:

This is the classic type of toilet. Day by day this classic toilet is replaced by modern water closet which gives more comfort and also gives more health complaint. It is proven that squatting pan toilets are much healthier than European water closet.
The squatting pan called in many name as Indian pan, Orissa pan and also Asian pan toilet.
These squatting pans have several designs and varying design country to country.
Squatting pan normally used in Asian countries. Indian, Chinese & Japanese squatting pan greatly difference in design. These types of toilets are comparatively cheaper than the water closet type toilets.


Squatting pan will not be directly connected to the drainage pipe line because the bad order will come in toilets. So squatting pan will be connected to the drain pipe by using an ‘S’ trap or ‘P’ trap. This trap will avoid escape of bad order from drain line by a water seal.

Water seal of the squatting pan will be maintained by the trap. But in water closets the design itself will maintain a water level to seal the bad order escape from the drain pipe line.

Types of squatting Pan Toilets:

  1. Standard squatting pan.
  2. Sleek model squatting Pan.
  3. Squatting Pan without foot rest.
  4. Squatting pan separate foot rest.

Find more about Squatting Pan here,

Anglo- Indian Type Toilet

Anglo – Indian Type toilet is a combination of squatting pan Indian and western water closet style toilets. You can squat or sit in this toilet as you like. These types of toilets are brought when people get confusion about the type of toilet they want to go with the squatting or western one.  This toilet is also called as combination toilet and universal toilet.



Anglo Indian pans are available in ‘S’ and ’P’ trap as well. This type of toilet only available in Floor mount model. This toilet also will come with an plastic seat cover.

You need to attach a plastic tank or a concealed tank for this model of toilets for flushing.

Kid’s toilet:

Kids Toilet is specially designed toilet for kinds. The size of the toilet is smaller so it can be used for especially under the age of 12. Now a days seat covers are coming such a way that even children can sit on normal Water closet.

Types of Kids Toilet:

  • Squatting pan.
  • Water closet.

Elderly toilet:

These types of toilets are designed such a way that elder people can easily sit and rise. the pedestal height of the toilet is higher than the normal water closet. the height of the elderly toilet is around 70CM.

Smart Toilet – An Intelligent type of toilet:

These Toilets are latest in this line. What is smart toilet? A specially designed ceramic toilet is attached with the electronic seat cover. All functionally of the smart toilet are depends upon the seat cover.


It comes with a remote to set functions and parameters. Some of the features of this smart toilet are listed below,

  • Plays pre-set lyrics automatically when someone approaches.
  • Automatic seat cover opening by sensors which sense human approaches near to the toilet. It can even disgust between men and women.
  • It can also automatically open & close and UV cleaning facility.
  • You can set temperature and pressure of the water and position of the water jet.
  • User functionality can be saved.
  • Inbuilt Warm air drier and temperature can be set as per user input.
  • Dual flush option, eco flush or full flush.

Squatty-Potty Toilet:

In general it is not a type of toilet, merely a method of using toilet. Health problem arises when using a European water closet so a ceramic stand will be kept where the leg is placed in water closet. So the angle of sitting will be nearly equal to squatting. So the health problems are reduced.


Rim less Toilet:

Here comes the new model of toilet. This model allows to clean easily. Avoiding Corner in the rim area of toilet. It has been introduced in the wall hung water closet which are on oval or round shape. A small step will be given below the rim to make the flushing effectively. In future we may expect this model in One piece toilet as well as other types of toilets. Many companies trying to introduce this model now. We may expect this kind of model more in market soon.

Tornado Toilet

This is also a new model of water closet. The design will allow the toilet to flush and clean at the same time while flushing. The water will be circled in the water closet that allows to flush and clean the toilet easily. this types of flushing only possible in round shape toilets.


Even though only two types of toilets (Modern and classic) are there, it is further classified according to its functionality, Usability and designs. Now we have seen 10 Types of toilets and understand how these toilets are classified. Feel free to leave a comment below.

61 thoughts on “12 Types of Toilets – Different types of Toilet

  1. Lincoln says:

    Dear sir or madam,

    I just wondering any different between those WC types. Because my wife complains our original wc pack is splashing water on her when she is having stools movement.
    Can any other types wc pack can avoid that splash happening.
    Thanks for your time.
    Yours faithfully,

      • Himansu Banerjee says:

        Thanks Venkat. What an useful collection of information!! I learnt about sanitary ware some 60 years back. But forgot most of it as I specialised in Structural engineering. Now I wish to convert an Indian Style pan to a commode. Problem is the trap and all the other connecting piping to the soil pipe are all embedded in about a foot of concrete!! Can this be done?

  2. S Claes says:

    Why are anglo-indian toilets only sold in India? I would like to buy a few but I’m afraid shipping those toilets to Belgium will be a bit expensive…

  3. Raji says:

    Very good work and Very interesting ,Let me know more specifications about An Intelligent type of toilet.

  4. Hemant says:

    Thanks for the info.
    I would like to know if Indian toilets conform to any standards in terms for trap sizes, trap center distance from wall.
    I recently bought a floor mounting Water closet from Hindware and distance of the S-trap hole center from wall is 30 cm whereas older WC had a much shorter distance. I checked other similar products from Hindware and I notice different sizes. This is ridiculous.
    What is the way out in such situation?

    • Venkat Mani
      Venkat Mani says:

      Hello Hemant,

      What you mentioned is right. Products are made in different sizes due to various market requirement. the only way to avoid this problem by checking the cad diagram of the product and then buying it.

  5. Pra says:

    Thanks Venkat for putting together this useful compilation. Can you also add a bit about water saving kind of toilets. I recently came across one in a house which created quite a bit of “pull” suction via a vortex of water, I was curious to know how it works.

  6. R.S.INGRAM says:

    WC’s in hospitals usually have the option of being able to use a water jet instead of the roll of paper.

    Here, in France, I recently saw an advert for this model of WC, but have lost it. Where can one buy this model please?

  7. Deora jitendra says:

    I think red dot design is a combo of orissa pan and western toilet, It is perfect healthy way …. Even why this is absent in indian market ?

    • Venkat Mani
      Venkat Mani says:


      The cost of this product is very high compared to all other models because of the complex design and also the design is patented that is why it is absent in indian market.i think soon it will come to india..

      • M. Ram prakash says:

        Hi Mr Venkat. Do you live in Istanbul Turkey. If yes I am in Istanbul today.
        Can i meet you regarding business.
        Send me your telephone number i will call you

  8. Godfred Kofi Arthur says:

    Nice article, very well understood.
    But I need your advice … I operate an NGO and I have a proposal am writing for a KVIP facility for various communities in my country Ghana. Which type of the above WC’s would you recommend for me. It’s for a commercial purposes thou.
    Thank you.

  9. Nandy says:

    Nice post Venkat. Thanks for the content. Is there any product available to cover squatting pan toilets? Is it a good idea to cover squatting pan?

  10. Baba, D.O says:

    Thx 4 d info. I was looking fwd to know the exact name of WC connected to cistern tank mount to wall surfaces. Pls do u hv any idea Abt it?

  11. Vaishali says:

    Useful information on wc, but I am confused wether wall mounted wc are better or floor mounted are better in terms of durability and comfort level.

  12. ahsan says:

    nice,, our ground floor coomode english type…clogged,used 3 bottles of acid…1 litre of coca cola ..na2hco3 vinegar…but all in vain …rods fron inside ..outside pushing pulling…in vain …mooment it is flushed ..it filled to the top ..then water goes v slowly ..it has become urinal not for ..potty use…what to do …thanks a lot

  13. sunil sheth says:

    what is the importance of closing the seat cover before pressing the flush lever in a “P” or “s” type toilet.
    or causes of improper flushing . I have bought a standard hind ware toilet.

  14. Phani Kumar says:

    Dear Venkat – thank you for the valuable and useful information in a simple and easily understandable language. Awaiting much more articles alike from you which will be useful in day to day life.

  15. Joe says:

    I saw the squatting pan type toilet for the 1st time in Italy. It wasn’t common in the area where we visited, but a local vendor used it for his public restroom. No surprise that most of the toilets encountered were European type given that we were in Europe. A little weird, but it got the job done.

  16. Gopalkrishnan says:

    Hi , I plan to buy Hindware single piece WC Alpine model S220 . I noticed that the drain hole as seen from the top is rather small ( esp as compared to say Model Elba) but it has another smaller hole . Would there be issues in clearing waste matter on flushing.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi, anglo-indian style toilet can be used by kids as well?Also, since you mentioned that this design is not in market now-a-days, could you please provide some store info in bangalore where this can be purchased?

  18. Ketan Shah says:

    Hi Venkat,
    PL. advice if WC health type design is available in india ? I was thinking to install anglo indian pot but then WC health may be better option.

    • Venkat Mani
      Venkat Mani says:

      This model not available in India presently I think so. but I have seen some people importing this WC to India. That is how i came to know this kind of toilet.

  19. Megan says:

    How can you toilet train a 2 year old on a squatting pan…any seat enhancers available or something

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