The standard tilt is the bar that runs vertically down the center of the shutter panel. This bar is attached to each louver with an interlocking staple system. This feature is standard in the price of your shutter and is a classic look. Your second option is a hidden tilt - meaning no vertical center bar. Instead, this is a system attached to the back of the louver to one side and is virtually invisible when looking at your shutter.
The advantages of the standard tilt are the classic look and the fact that the price is built in as a standard feature to your shutter. The disadvantages to the standard tilt bar are that you are adding another element to your window - otherwise breaking up the look. The vertical bar interferes with ease of cleaning and dusting your shutters, and the staples do create a point on your shutter where an occasional staple can work itself free - creating the need for repair.
The advantages of the hidden tilt are the clean modern look. It is a less busy look. It makes the louvers super easy to clean and there are no staples to fail as a result of accidental misuse. The disadvantages are the added cost and abandonment of the classic plantation shutter look.
Bottom line - consider your decor - modern or classic. Consider your view - open or more segmented. Consider your budget - tight or some wiggle room. Consider your cleaning and maintenance requirements - Simple or slightly more involved. With these points you can make an informed decision what type of tilt option is best for your plantation shutter project.
We would love to assist you with your project. For a quick cost estimate, which includes the opportunity to compare standard tilt and hidden tilt, visit our plantation shutter cost calculator.