ISSUE 15  |  Shades of Pastel

10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Toilets

April 16, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Janet Hall

Demure, space saving, and easy to clean, the wall-hung toilet is a long-time fixture in European bathrooms that’s getting more attention from remodelers in the US. The design is well worth considering.

The advantages? Foremost is that wall-hung toilets are space savers: their water tanks are concealed behind the wall in the standard space between studs, so the toilets takes up far less real estate in the bathroom. The tank, meanwhile, is easily accessed for service through the flush plate opening. The toilet height is adjustable at installation, enabling the owner to fit it to their needs. And it doesn’t touch the floor, offering easier cleaning and a more open sense of space. 

What’s not to like? Replacing a standard toilet throne with a wall-hung model takes some doing because the tank installation requires removal of drywall. (As an option, Geberit, the premier in-wall tank company, offers the Monolith Tank Module, a thin rectangular backing with a concealed tank that can replace an existing standard toilet with a wall-hung model–scroll to the end for details.) In general, installation of wall-hung models is best considered when undertaking a new build or a remodel. 

Our selections are made of vitreous china or high-performance ceramics. Most, but not all, are WaterSense certified by the EPA and CalGreen compliant; check the manufacturer for details. Note that some of the wall-mounted toilets are available as a full system (with the in-wall tank, carrier, toilet bowl and seat), while others are sold as toilet bowl only, requiring you to gather the other items. Here’s a roundup of 10 worth considering: 

Above: A modern classic from the extensive line of Duravit wall-hung toilets, the Duravit Happy D Wall-Mounted Toilet, shown paired with a Happy D sink, is WaterSense certified; $881.25 for the full set (toilet, in-wall tank, seat, and actuator plate) at eFaucets.

Above: Featuring rectangular forms with rounded edges, the Duravit D-Code Wall-Mounted Toilet is modeled on the classic washbasin shape; $175.33 (for the bowl only) from Wayfair. The matching Duravit D-Code Toilet Seat and Cover are $120.

Above: Designed by Philippe Starck, the Duravit Starck 3 Wall-Mounted Toilet is WaterSense certified and offered in a regular (shown) as well as compact model; $791.25 for the full set, including toilet bowl, toilet seat/cover, Geberit in-wall system, and Samba dual-flush actuator, at eFaucets.

Above: From Blu Bathworks of Vancouver, the Blu Bathworks Metrix Wall-Mounted Dual-Flush Toilet is decidedly modern in form and function. The toilet bowl is $438.75 at Quality Plumbing. The corresponding Duroplast soft closing quick-release seat is $97.50. 

Above: From Japanese company Toto, known for being on the vanguard of toilet technology, the Toto Aquia Wall-Hung Toilet and In-Wall Tank System features dual-max flushing system for low water consumption. It’s made of white vitreous china; $651 for the system (seat sold separately) at Home Perfect.


Above: The Toto Maris Wall-Hung Toilet and In-Wall Tank System offers a clean skirted look and the technology Toto is known for, such as the water-saving dual-max flushing system and a “Sani-gloss glaze” that requires less water to clean. Available in white vitreous china, its $849 for the system (seat not included) through Amazon. Consider topping the wall-mounted toilet with Toto’s High-Tech Washlet Toilet Seat.


Above: From VitrA, a company with a long tradition of ceramics and bath products inspired by Turkish hammam culture, the Vitra Sunrise Collection Wall-Hung Toilet has a rounded basin and seat; $420 (for the toilet and seat only) at Bathroom Outlet.  


Above: The VitrA Shift Wall-Hung Toilet features a soft square profile; $588 for the toilet and seat at Bathroom Outlet. 



Above: Featuring a one-piece configuration, the Kohler Veil Wall-Hung Toilet (K-6303) includes an insulated in-wall tank and dual flush plate. WaterSense certified (meaning it uses 20-percent less water than the current standard), it’s $846.90 at Faucet Direct.  


Above: Wall-hung toilets aren’t just for the contemporary bathroom. The Duravit 1930 Series Wall-Hung Toilet combines modern technology with a classic octagonal shape from the 1930’s; $971.25 for the bowl only at eFaucets. The corresponding Duravit 1930 Series Toilet Seat and Cover is $97.50.


Above: To accompany wall-hung toilets sold as a bowl only, most manufacturers recommend the Geberit In-Wall Tank and Carrier (for walls with 2 x 6 studs); it’s $277 for dual-flush toilets, and the Geberit In-Wall Tank and Carrier (for walls with 2 x 4 studs) is $325 through Amazon. Geberit’s wall-mounted flush plates, also known as actuator plates, come in several styles, including the Geberit Samba Dual Flush Actuator Plate, available in white, polished chrome, and matte chrome; $97.50 and up via Amazon. Image courtesy of Geberit.

Click here to view a gallery of our favorite bathroom designs. Focusing on conservation? See our earlier feature, 5 Favorites: The Best Water Conserving Toilets. For some standout bathroom accessories, go to Crisis in the Commode: Powder Room Edition on Gardenista.