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Kohler Santa Rosa Toilet Review 2023 – Pros, Cons & Verdict

Kohler Santa Rosa Toilet Review

We give the Kohler Santa Rosa Toilet a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Build Quality: 5/5
Power: 4.5/5
Features: 4.5/5
Price: 4/5

The Kohler Company started in 1873 before most homes even had a toilet and have been going strong ever since with several well-known models seen in homes throughout America. The Santa Rosa model features a uniquely modern look and a one-piece design. The Santa Rosa line is known for its comfort-height, which brings the seat higher than standard toilets and the reduced water flush, saving hundreds of gallons of water every year.

 Kohler Santa Rosa – A Quick Look

Kohler Santa Rosa

  • Brand Name: Kohler
  • Model: Santa Rosa K-3811-96
  • Height: 31”
  • Width: 75”
  • Length: 29”
  • Weight: 109 pounds
  • Shape: Oblong
  • Water Consumption: 1.6 GPF
  • 6-gallon flush (GPF)
  • 17” seat height
  • One-piece design
  • Quiet close seat
  • AquaPiston canister flush system
  • Heavy
  • Frequent cleaning

Comfort Height

The traditional toilet has a seat that sits about 15 inches above the floor. The Kohler Santa Rosa increases the seat height another two inches to 17. A 17-inch high toilet seat is much easier to get up from, especially if you have a bad back. It’s also a better height for people above six feet tall as they can sometimes feel uncomfortable on a standard seat.


Traditional toilets use from three to five gallons to create enough suction to evacuate waste. The Kohler Santa Rosa toilet reduces the water used to 1.6 GPF, saving you hundreds of gallons of water each year, especially if several family members use it. In most cases, you will notice a decrease in your water bill.

Kohler Santa Rosa Black

AquaPiston Canister Flush

The AquaPiston Canister Flush provides several benefits to the user. It allows more water to flow into the drain when you initiate the flush than a traditional flapper, so you get a stronger flush. Less of the seals surface area is in contact with the water, so there is less chance of a leak and less maintenance required over time.

Single Piece

The single-piece design of the Kohler Santa Rosa is modern and sleek with no hidden or hard to reach surfaces, so it’s extremely easy to wipe down and keep clean. It’s attractive, available in several colors, and is well suited to minimalist designs.

…but Heavy

One thing about the Kohler Santa Rosa that may not be for everyone is that they are a little heavy due to the one-piece design, especially if you need to install it on a second floor or in an apartment building.

Kohler Santa Rosa top view


Does it come with a slow close toilet seat?

Many models do come with a slow close toilet seat, but there are a few they don’t. The addition of the slow close toilet seat may also be dependent on the seller. However, each model will come with a seat that will allow you to begin using the toilet immediately without any additional purchase.

Some Models Say 1.6 GPF, but others say 1.28, which is correct?

Only the Kohler Santa Rosa model K-3810 features the 1.29 GPF. All other models feature a 1.6-gallon flush.

What is the comfort height in inches?

With the soft close seat attached, the seat is 17.5 inches above the ground.

Is it a quiet flush?

While there is no dB rating on the package giving us a scientific measurement, we found these toilets to be much quieter than other brands that use the canister flushing system but are slightly louder than traditional flaps.

How long is the warranty?

The warranty may vary depending on who is selling it, but in most cases, it’s a one-year limited warranty.

Kohler Santa Rosa white

What the Users Say

We searched the internet to find out what people are saying about the Kohler Santa Rosa, which we found out.

  • Many people say it works well.
  • Many people commented they did not get the soft close lid.
  • Most people found it easy to install.
  • Most people like the price.
  • Some people commented that it has a bigger footprint than the traditional Kohler toilets.
  • Some people commented on its strange, flushing sound.
  • A few people complained the higher tank requires a longer water line to the tank.
  • A few people complained that it requires frequent cleaning.
  • A few people complained that it clogs on occasion.


We hope you have enjoyed reading over our look at the Kohler Santa Rosa linen of toilets and have decided to pick one up for your home. The comfort height is perfect for taller people and those with back problems because it is significantly easier to get up from when you finish using it. If you have been using a traditional toilet, the water savings you will experience in the first year alone will help pay for the toilet.

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