What Is A Link Suite Toilet? | Everything Explained

If you’ve ever been in an old-fashioned hotel bathroom and seen a toilet with a separate pan and cistern, you’ve likely come across a link suite toilet.

In this post, I’ll explain what a link suite toilet is as well as its pros and cons. Quick and Easy!

Let’s dive in!

what is a link suite toilet?

A link suite toilet (sometimes called a connector toilet suite) has a separate pan and cistern linked by a flush pipe. The pipe can either be hidden by a plastic link piece (in the diagram below) or exposed as a connecting pipe.

The cistern (toilet tank) is often fixed to the wall and the pan can be positioned in front, off the wall to suit the plumbing situation. Most commonly to suit an existing soil pipe location.

In traditional settings, the cisterns are sometimes fixed quite high above the pan with a longer connecting pipe. You’ll often see these with a longer pull chain flush.

Link Suite Toilet Diagram

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  • Flexibility for Renovations: The pipe linking the pan and cistern can be adjustable so that the pan can be positioned and installed above the existing pipework (soil pipe) in the floor. Giving more flexibility and saving on moving any pipework when it comes to replacing an existing toilet.

  • Traditional Look: The traditional look of a link suite toilet can be very appealing for some. Especially those that have a period-style home and may want to keep an existing style toilet.


  • Not for Modern Home: This style of toilet is very old-fashioned. While it may appear to some, for most, it is an outdated look.

  • Takes up Extra Space: Having a separate pan and cistern can mean that the overall projection of the toilet is more than a standard close-coupled toilet. (Depending on how you install it).

  • Cost: Vintage connector toilet suites will often cost more than your standard close-coupled toilet.

  • Limited Choice: The link suite toilet has fallen out of popularity over the years. And as such, there is quite a limited choice on the market these days for this style of toilet.

Link suite toilet connector toilet
Connector toilet suite with raised cistern (sometimes called ‘High-Level Toilet’)

What Is The Difference Between A Link Suite And A Close Coupled Toilet?

A link suite toilet has a separate pan and cistern with a ‘link’ or ‘connector’ pipe connecting them. Whereas a close-coupled toilet will have the pan and cistern connected (close and coupled) to one another to form one complete unit and won’t have an additional connector pipe.

Final Thoughts…

There you have it! Quick and easy! Everything you need to know about link suite toilets.

A traditional (or vintage) toilet option that can look great in period homes or old-fashioned hotels. However, they will often cost more and can take up more room than your standard close-coupled toilet. Combine this with a limited choice on the market and you can see why most homes will opt for a standard loo.


Michael R

Michael is a KBB designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom installations for over eight years now, and before that, he was an electrician and part of a KBB fitting team. He created The Bathroom Blueprint in early 2020.