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Kohler Elliston Toilet Review: Pros, Cons & Verdict

Kohler Elliston Toilet Review
Review Summary
  • Editor Rating: 4.6/5
  • Build Quality: 4.5/5
  • Power: 4.7/5
  • Features: 4.7/5
  • Price: 4.7/5

The Kohler Elliston Toilet is a two-piece unit with an elongated seat and comfort-height seating, making it easier to stand and sit. The toilet uses contemporary lines and a classic shape to offer a toilet design that will work in modern or traditional bathrooms. It includes a left-hand polished chrome trip flush lever to operate the 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF) flush system.

Although its 1.28 GPF flush does mean that the Elliston has been awarded the High Efficiency Toilet (HET) mark from WaterSense, it can struggle to get rid of stubborn and heavy toilet contents and may require a double flush to empty the pan.

The Kohler seat incorporates quick release technology, which means that it can be easily added and removed. This makes it easier to swap the seat out for a new one, but it also means that it can be removed for easy cleaning.

The model is quite basic, and it will appeal to those operating on a budget that want a good quality toilet. It is also a nice choice for owners looking for chair-height seating. However, if you want a strong flush or a toilet with unique lines and design, the Kohler isn’t the best choice.

Kohler Elliston Toilet – A Quick Look

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Specifications
  • Brand name: Kohler
  • Model: Elliston
  • Toilet Style: 2-piece
  • Height: 30.5”
  • Depth: 30”
  • Bowl Style: Elongated
  • Flush Type: Gravity
  • Flush Power: 1.28 GPF
  • Seat Included: Yes
  • Seat Fixing: Quick Release
  • Flush Mechanism: Lever
  • Flush Side: Left
  • WaterSense: Yes
Pros
  • Fairly cheap
  • Quick-release toilet seat
  • WaterSense certified for water efficiency
  • Chair-height seating
  • Elongated bowl
Cons
  • Fairly basic design
  • Flush is a bit weak
  • Some quality control issues

WaterSense Rated for Efficiency

The Kohler Elliston Toilet has been awarded the WaterSense mark by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. To achieve this rating, the toilet must be at least 20% more efficient than the average in the industry, which uses a 1.6 GPF flush. They must also perform as well as the less efficient designs.

The WaterSense mark means that Kohler toilets use less water than standard flushes. This can prove financially beneficial to metered water users, and it means that owners can help do their bit for the environment by using less water when they flush.

The mark also means that this model of Kohler toilet has been independently judged to have a similar power of flush compared to other models.

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Chair-Height, Comfortable Design

Another useful feature of the Kohler Elliston toilet is its chair-height design. This is one of several ergonomic additions to the unit. Chair-height seating makes it easier to stand and sit down. It requires less effort and causes less strain on the legs, back, and other joints. The height of the toilet, with a seat, is judged to be at least the same height as a standard dining chair.

The elongated bowl also offers greater comfort and gives more room to push up and lower oneself down.

1-Year Limited Warranty Included

Virtually all Kohler toilets include the company’s 1-year limited warranty. The brand is well known for manufacturing toilets and other items of bathroom furniture, and its warranty does serve to ensure that you are confident with your purchase.

Single Flush Could Be More Powerful

Although the WaterSense mark indicates that the flush is 20% more efficient than more powerful flushes, and should mean that the flush is equally as effective, there are some complaints that the flush simply does not do as good a job of removing waste as it should. This means that solids may remain on the side of the bowl, while the lack of a short flush means that you will have to use a full tank for liquid waste.

Dual flush toilets are preferred by some owners. They allow a short flush for liquids and a long flush for solids. With a standard, single flush, you have to flush twice for stubborn contents.


 

FAQ

Does this toilet come with a slow-close lid?

Although the Kohler Elliston toilet does come with a toilet seat, it is not a slow-close lid, it is the Brevia 4774-0 toilet seat.

Is the seat quick release?

The 4774-0 Brevia toilet lid does have a quick-release system. This makes it easier to remove the lid for replacement purposes, or for general cleaning and to make it easier to wipe the lid and surrounding area.

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Is comfort-height taller than chair-height?

A standard toilet seat is 15 inches from the ground. In contrast, a chair sits approximately 17 inches from the ground. A chair-height toilet usually gives the extra 2 inches, but there are no exact guidelines that must be met. A comfort-height toilet meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for toilet height. These guidelines state that the seat must be 17-19 inches off the ground.

What the Users Say

We’ve taken a look at other reviews, and at reviews and ratings left by other buyers to see what people say about the Kohler Elliston toilet.

In general, buyers have been impressed by the price of the toilet, as well as the fact that it includes a toilet seat and additional items like wax rings, because these are not always included when you do buy a toilet.

However, there is some criticism over the strength of the flush, although this is a common complaint with toilets that incorporate a 1.28 GPF flush, rather than a more powerful 1.6 GPF model.


Conclusion

The Kohler Elliston is a modestly priced, two-piece toilet. It has a modern design but would also look suitable in a traditional bathroom. It is WaterSense certified and has a 1.28 GPF flush, which buyers either love for its water efficiency or dislike for its lack of power. The set comes with its own seat, has an elongated bowl and seat, and includes a 1-year limited warranty.

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