What is a closed back toilet and should I choose one?

White closed back toilet in contemporary grey bathroom
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If you’re asking yourself ‘What is a closed back toilet?’ you are about to find out. One of the most common toilet styles found in today's home is the close coupled toilet, with a closed back toilet being a type of this kind of toilet.

If you’re looking at fitting a new toilet, a closed back toilet is one of the easiest to install, especially if all the plumbing and pipe work is already in place. It's a job that any competent DIYer will be able to tackle. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.