I'm going to replace our toilets soon. I want to get the new higher
ones for my wife's comfort. Seems that both Kohler and American
Standard make highly rated ones and I think I have it narrowed down to
AS Cadet 4 1.6
Kohler Cimmeron 1.6
Both of these are in the $300 range, but I see other only $230 and
some up to $450. Aside from a few obvious style differences, what do
you get for more money? We are going to live with these for many
years so I don't want to get anything less than excellent in
More important, anything I should avoid?
We've been quite happy with Costco's captive housebrand, Waterridge.
They're got two models - one is a separate tank and bowl (which
you join together) for about $90, the other is a single piece
unit for about $140.
We have the former.
It's pretty rare that we get a jam needing plunging, and that's
(warning, TMI...) after a hefty dump with lots and lots of
toilet paper... flushing before using all the paper works..
- the nice thing about them is that... they're "dual flush"
with a choice of a 1 gallon (for liquids) and 1.6 gallon
(for solids..). So you can save more water that way.
- The only reason I'd have opted for one of the other
available units was to get one with a higher ("ADA speced")
seat. These are standard height.
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
On Sun, 12 May 2013 19:14:55 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein
OTOH, my brother's a physician and makes a very good living and bought
some fancy house on a fancy street and the fancy toilets had some
fancy French name and every time I used one, it need cleaning
afterwards because the water level wasn't high enough to stop it from
getting dirty. I know how to adjust the water level in the tank, for
flushing, but I don't think the water level in the bowl is adjustable.
I don't know if my brother had remodeled or an owner before him put
them in, but i'll bet either way there was no feedback about how bad
the toilets were. I'm sure they were a lot more money than my Elgin
toilets that work just fine. He's sold the house now so I can't
recover the name and check their ratings.
Have you chgecked Consumer Reports, I know they have done toilets not
too long ago.. What always amazes me is that our local Menards has
more than 40 different toilets on display. I could see maybe 15 - 20,
to cover various styles, tank shapes, and seat heights, but beyond
that just blows my mind!!!
We have 2 Cimmerons and they are probably the best that I have ever had.
They are now about 4 years old and have never needed plunging,
however, there are only 2 adults here. The slow, smooth seat drop is
really nice, however, you get so used to just flipping the seat cover,
that when you visit a friend's house, BANG ... Oops. You can hold the
flush lever for a little more water, but I've never even done that. On
one of them, I did have some black "deposits" at the water line in the
bowl. I called Kohler and their excellent customer service person told
me to put vinegar in the tank and leave it soak for a while. Completely
eliminated the problem.
Previously, I had 3 - 1 piece American Standard 1.6 units. They were
horrible. They would get plugged from pee! ... Just kidding a bit,
but they would plug with a few pieces of TP sitting just the right (or
wrong) way. I'm sure they've made improvements now as that was 10 - 15
I was looking and decided kohler, one model that seemed to have positive
I was going to change present toilet, then found I needed the OLD spacing
from wall. That narrowed down the selection. I put the old American
standard back in.
Way to many models. My old American standard needed rebuilt for a leak,
otherwise it works well, is only partly water saving. Many of the water
savers work like shit, or leave shit. Read the reviews.
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