What Are The Best Kohler Toilets of 2017? Review & Buying Guide

The Best Kohler Toilet – 2017 Review

It’s happening again.

The stiff competition in the bathroom industry has complicated things when choosing the right toilet. The variety of brands in the market can puzzle even expert plumbers when shopping.

That’s why today, we are going to focus on another of the world’s most trusted and leading manufacturers in bathroom fixtures, Kohler.

These guys are one of the brands I highly trust and endorse, but in no way affiliated with them. Just a simple guy in love with their toilets, as weird as that sounds…

Anyways, I am going to guide you guys to finding the best Kohler toilet for you.

2017's Review of The Best Kohler Toilet

In no particular order, here are the 6 best Kohler toilet out on the market for 2017.

Product

Features

Details

Santa Rosa

  • Compact design
  • Water-efficient toilet: 1.28 GPF
  • Powerful flushing
  • Tank refills quickly
  • Seat and lid included

Type: One Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 1.28 GPF

Cimarron

  • Quiet and refills quickly
  • Powerful flushing capacity - AquaPiston technology
  • Water-efficient toilet: 1.28 GPF
  • Tank refills quickly
  • Seat and lid included

Type: Two Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 1.28 GPF

Wellworth

  • Round bowl -  Save room space
  • Dual flush toilet

Type: Two Piece

Bowl Type: Round

Water Use: 1.1 or 1.6 GPF

Memoirs

  • Comfort height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • Powerful flushing capacity
  • Water efficient toilet: 1.28 GPF

Type: Two Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 1.6 GPF

Tresham 

  • Comfort height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • WaterSense certified - Low water usage (1.28 GPF)
  • Powerful flush - AquaPiston canister
  • Leak free performance - 90% less exposed seal material

Type: Two Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 1.28 GPF

Memoirs Stately

  • Low water usage of 1.28 GPF
  • Comfortable seat height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • Insulated cistern – minimizes condensation
  • AquaPiston canister - enhances the efficiency and the power of the flush

Type: Two Piece

Bowl Type: Elongated

Water Use: 1.28 GPF

1. Kohler K-3810 Santa Rosa Toilet

First up is the medium priced Santa Rosa, a toilet aimed for users more interested in comfort than in power and features.

The easy to clean one piece toilet is designed at comfort height - the seating height caters for all users of different age and size - feel comfortable while pooping!

Most adults and especially the elderly and the ones with knee problems will find that it’s comfortable to sit on it when relieving themselves.

Even though it’s an elongated toilet it occupies a space of the same size as a round bowl, so buyers get the benefit of a bigger toilet but without using any extra space. Elongated bowl and seat offer lots of sitting room for thighs to rest on and as such provides comfort to anyone sitting down. Additionally, it also offers a larger opening for boys and men to shoot their urine on target.

A water efficient toilet with a powerful flush without the extra water usage - uses only 1.28 GPF. Even though it's a single flush toilet, it can be used as a dual-flush toilet by pushing down the lever half way and letting it go - uses 0.5 GPF

Minimal cleaning is needed within the bowl due to the AquaPiston canister, allowing a free flow of water in the bowl from all sides. There is a guarantee of no leaks by the canister design that has more coverage area than standard toilets.

What We Like:

  • Compact design - ideal for most bathrooms, big or small
  • Water-efficient toilet - 1.28 GPF
  • Powerful flushing
  • Tank refills quickly
  • Seat and lid included

What We Don't Like:

  • Does not come with a wax ring - purchase it separately before installing it.
  • Narrow tank lid - not much room to put additional toiletries on top, e.g. toilet paper

2. Kohler K-3609 Cimarron Toilet

In an astonishing turn, Kohler proposes this low priced Cimarron, a toilet with very many qualities of top-tier brands however without the large price tag.

Minimal back pain is encountered during when you are upstanding or down sitting due to the design of the comfort height.

A water efficient toilet that only uses 1.28 GPF - saving up to 16.5k gallons of water per year. With such a lower water usage, it makes this toilet waterSense certified.

Power is not sacrificed due to less water use due to AquaPiston technology - powerful flushing capacity - say goodbye to your 1 kg of poo.

Buyers should note that this is a two-piece model and not a one-piece. Even so, it is easy to count it as the best two-piece model on the list. There are much better two-piece models that put off the Cimarron away in the category of the design; nonetheless, for general function and sturdiness, this is the greatest you can get in a two-piece.

Clients that go for looks will purchase other specific products of Kohler on the list, however, if it’s all about just about acquiring the top product that is not only cost effective and gets the job done, then this model will fit you best.

What We Like:

  • Flushes fairly quiet and refills quickly
  • Powerful flushing capacity - AquaPiston technology
  • Water-efficient toilet (1.28 GPF) - WaterSense certified
  • Tank refills quickly
  • Seat and lid included

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat not included
  • Short people will find it uncomfortable to sit on and get off
  • Not ideal for small bathrooms with limited space

3. Kohler K-3987 Wellworth

The seat is not included, but it is a round bowl for those that are interested. This offers a lot of opportunities for customers to place their preferred soft or wooden bowl on the toilet instead of opting for the version of the manufacturer.

The toilet is a little smaller than the standard, and but does a good job of still being comfortable to sit on by full grown adults of all sizes.

An advantage here is that it also functions well in a smaller bathroom or a half bathroom.

What makes this product stand out from the normal two-piece toilet is that the left-hand trip lever gives the user the option of either 1.1 or 1.6 gallons per flush. A water efficient two-piece is hard to find, and one that also offers a power option alongside that efficiency is also rare.

Making use of the Wellworth is a great wonder, and is among the enhanced offerings on this list.

What We Like:

  • Round bowl saves room space
  • Dual flush toilet offering 1.1 GPF or 1.6 GPF

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat not included

4. Kohler K-3819 Memoirs Toilet

This model is a favorite of customers and remains to sell out yearly - a daring design built upon a foundation of a water efficient system.

The Memoirs is a round front bowl toilet that uses a hard to find Stately design, looking just as distinguished as it is functional.

Kohler was able to make the design work and by taking little space, in that manner shoppers can put it in any bathroom setting.

Only using 1.28 GPF, the AquaPiston canister flushes the waste downward and is pulled down by it through the pipes such that there is no chance of it coming back up.

Water flows throughout the bowl a full 360 degrees and offers the best coverage of any toilet on the list when cleaning the bowl.

Like all comfort height products, users will enjoy sitting on this toilet.

The Memoirs is a special breed, though, and has sufficient design quirks to warrant it a notable centerpiece within the bathroom minus being so full of flair. It will be notable just as the designer toilets on the list, and all minus the expert flowers or buds.

What We Like:

  • Comfort height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • Powerful flushing capacity
  • Water efficient toilet (1.28 GPF) - water saving

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat not included
  • Pricey - but worth it

5. Kohler K-3950 Tresham Toilet

The edgy design of the Tresham toilet is a toilet fit for a king. The design the the biggest standout for this toilet - simple, pretty and sleek - it has a craftsman look it.

It is of comfort height, 2 inches higher than your standard toilet seat height - make sitting and standing easier. Great for people with physical disabilities. This coupled with the elongated bowl shape make this super comfortable.

Water efficient toilet that only uses 1.29 GPF, saving 20% water compared to traditional 1.6 GPF toilets. A low water usage make this toilet WaterSense certified

It has really good flushing power due to the AquaPiston canister - allows water to flow into the bowl from all sides, increasing the power and effectiveness of the flush.

With a durable canister design, it has leak-free performance due to 90% less exposed seal material

The Tresham Comfort-Height 2-piece elongated toilet is emphasized by an elegant fit that evokes the architectural molding and provides an eclectic twist on classic Americana traditions. Matches the collection of Tresham in addition to a range of styles from classic to modern.

What We Like:

  • Comfort height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • WaterSense certified - Low water usage (1.28 GPF)
  • Powerful flush - AquaPiston canister
  • Leak free performance - 90% less exposed seal material

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat not included
  • Pricey 
  • Not ideal for short people

6. Kohler K-3817 Memoirs Stately

Behold, and be ready to grace your butt on this beautiful white angel.

It has the Kohler comfort height feature which means that it is of a similar height to a standard chair to make sitting down and standing up easier for most adults.

The flush is triggered through a chrome trip lever. The bowl’s shape, the seat’s height, and the trip lever is Kohler’s manner of saying that it is compliant with ADA.

Spend less on your water bills and more on your booze! The water consumption is at 1.28 gallons per flush, making this toilet WaterSense certified - water efficient toilet! This certification offers rebates on water bills in most areas throughout the country.

The cistern comes with an insuliner lining of the tank which minimizes condensation on the tank during periods of high humidity.

Power is not sacrificed with a less water usage. The 2 1/8” width trapway is completely glazed to help complete flushing at the start increasing the flushing effectiveness.

What We Like:

  • WaterSense certified - Low water usage of 1.28 GPF
  • Comfortable seat height - Ideal for most adults and elderly with weak knees
  • Insulated cistern – minimizes condensation
  • AquaPiston canister - enhances the efficiency and the power of the flush

What We Don't Like:

  • Seat and supply line not included
  • Not ideal for short people

History

The history of Kohler begins in 1873, with a start of many bold business attempts.

29-year-old Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler bought the Sheboygan Union Iron n’ Steel Foundry. The firm got its successful start producing cast iron and steel implements for farmers, castings for the city's furniture factories, and ornamental iron pieces that included cemetery crosses, urns, and settees.

A vital turning point dawned in 1883 when John Michael took hold of another courageous idea to increase the quality of his customers' life. By adding a baked enamel coating to a Kohler horse hog scalder, he had produced the first bath tab of Kohler Company. Kohler was in the plumbing business.

Comparison to Other Brands

Ever wondered what a plumber would put in their own home? It would be none other than a Kohler toilet.

Plumbers have a preference working on Kohler products as well as buying them for their personal home. This is because the mechanics of a Kohler toilet are a lot simpler than other toilets on the market. This includes their two piece and one piece models.

The Kohler Company does not go for the easy way when constructing their toilets, so it’s rare to have a faulty product. And if it’s that time you need to call a plumber, they will be pleased to find out that it is a Kohler.

  • A number of Kohler products are compliant with American Disability Act (ADA)
  • The models are infamous for cleaning the bowls inside without needing a double flush, and this is because the great gravity flush methods they have created over the years
  • Efficiency of a Kohler toilet models use from 0.6-1.6 GPF. The company is committed to delivering toilets that do not increase the water bill

Final Thoughts - The Winner?

So there we have it, 6 of the best Kohler toilet for 2017.

As alway, I get people asking me, “but Tim, even though these toilets are the best, what’s the best of the best?”

It’s hard to say since everyone is different, but if I had to answer, then the best kohler toilet would be...

SANTA ROSA IS OUR #1 KOHLER TOILET CHOICE 

Small compact design, stylish, and strong. Comfort and efficiency at ago. Remarkable flushing performance in a small footprint. Easy to clean and at a great affordable price.

This baby has it all.

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Good luck. Be clean. Stay white.​