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Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ChuckH A lot of money for a lot of plastic
This is a high margin product for Kohler, cost to manufacture this is a fraction of the cost. Obviously, they feel people will just pay for the Kohler name, because this has no long term durability. Plastic: The handle arm, the faceplate, showerhead, arm flange (goes on the arm next to the wall). The handle color doesn't match 100% to the faceplate. I'm updating a shower built in 1966 right now and all the parts were still in working condition. I wouldn't trust this Kohler to look good in a decade. This is going back to the store. I found a different model from a different manufacturer that uses (mostly) metal.
$180 I expect metal.
December 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MattyMattMatt Mostly plastic trim work.
Just be aware that most of the trim work is brushed chrome plated plastic, which doesn't seem like it will hold up to much cleaning with any cleaners like Comet. The entire shower head is plastic. So is the faucet handle trim except the turn handle itself and the tub spout which are metal. It seem to function fine. No flow control to speak of unless cold only. Also the shower head sprays very wide and drips for several minutes after turning off water.
January 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Autobroker Very nice bathroom shower/tub set
This shower/tub faucet has a great look and feel. The Kohler valve was easy to install and has a smooth operation. The water pressure is good and the shower head has a nice spray pattern.
The tub spout has a nice design and feels like it's well made.
The finish on the parts is great. The handle turns smoothly. The shower head feels great. The tub spout has a nice feel also.
This set makes our shower looks so much better. Our old show set was original with the house (built in 1992). The quality was good, but it looked dated and was chrome plated. This new Kohler Linwood set has a modern look with a great brushed nickel finish. Our shower looks so good now.
June 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Looks great, but best for new installations
The looks of this shower/tub combo are truly where it shines. It has the feel of a very high-end bathroom to it. The challenge, as other reviews have noted, is in the installation. I got this unit on-line, and so all i had to go by was what was summarized on Home Depot's site. Getting the actual box in hand, there is a LOT more information on the packaging. Most importantly, that if you are not replacing an existing Kohler handle assembly, you will need access to THE BACK OF THE WALL! Turns out, unfortunately for me, that my existing shower handle was in fact a different brand. So i could not install the handle assembly.
However, replacing the shower head and tub spout was a snap. The brushed nickel of these two items matched with the existing brushed nickel and it all flowed nicely. The shower head is large, but it is flow-restricted, so it doesn't dump out an obscene amount of water. That is a good thing!
Overall, i would recommend this mainly for new installations in a shower/bath to avoid worrying about compatibility, and to get the most bang for your buck.
July 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SouthernUtahBoy Great looks, very good temperature control.
After having this professionally installed in my bathroom, I must say I am very pleased with this set. The materials are well built, the brushed nickel matches the other metallic finished accents in my bathroom. The rite-temp valve is nice because it really does a great job maintaining the temperature you set it at, if someone else in the house opens a faucet. The temperature adjustment is also very smooth, it doesn't get too hot or too cold with just a slight bump which I found annoying with my last shower valve. The shower spray is not adjustable, but it does put out a nice even spray that will suit most people's needs. I would purchase this again.
July 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by pmike C'mon Kohler
Thirty years ago, this faucet would never have had the Kohler name on it. There is nothing "above average" about this faucet, and, at one time, Kohler was nothing less than above average. So lets get into it!
First, the valve body was included with my faucet. Other reviewers that had only trim in the box should contact Kohler or Home Depot because this should be a complete faucet. The valve is a top quality solid brass valve with male NPT threads for hot, cold, shower, and tub spout. But where's the mounting hole(s) in the valve body?! If you're using CU or Galv. pipe this should not present a problem. But if your supply lines are CPVC or PEX, you better secure this valve with CU clamps all the way around! Make sure your wall blocking is secure and then clamp the faucet to the blocking. Otherwise the valve will tend to move in the wall causing problems in the future.
The shower arm is all metal, and is the standard design with 1/2" male NPT threads on both ends, nothing special here. Your drop ear elbow int the wall should be secured before attempting to screw the arm in tightly. The shower head is all metal with the exception of the face plate, the part that collects the lime and calcium build up from water. It should be ok if you don't use abrasive cleaning agents, Just soak the head in a plastic bag with vinegar as long as needed, and the deposits will wipe right off. The real issue with the shower head is the internal water restrictor. I have not figured out how to defeat (i.e. remove) it without damaging the shower head. This is the limiting factor in enjoying the nicely designed "rain shower" style head. In Kohler's defense, this is all EPA regulated so they have to do what they have to do. Here in south Louisiana, water supply is not an issue.
And now, the face plate/handle assembly! The face plate is 100% plastic with some type of nickel plating. This could not be any cheaper in quality. And the handle, while a beautiful solid cast, heavy metal, is attached to a plastic nickel plated base. For $179 Kohler should have all these parts made from heavy cast metal. This type of construction is typical for faucets in the $100 range, and under no conditions should this ever have the Kohler name on it!
The "bright light" in this faucet is the spout. It is of the highest quality casting and plating! It is heavy and beautiful, warranting everything associated with the Kohler name. Make sure this spout is mounted with copper (CU) pipe or a galvanized nipple. Plastic pipe won't support it properly.
One more note: this faucet is not meant to be a replacement trim kit for existing faucets. Unless you're involved in new construction, or you're retrofitting your bathroom and will have an exposed tub/shower wall to reroute pipes, this faucet is not for you.
So, in summary, a major disappointment for me with the Kohler name. This is not a bad faucet. The function is smooth and it looks really nice. This faucet can "hang" with the best of them in the $100 class, store brand faucets. It's just not a Kohler!
August 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AverageDude Nice finish, easy install
This was a replacement for a builder grade unit. Once the old walls were removed and taking the old plumbing out was not a problem. Easy to install and good quality materials. Nice finish on the visable materials, no leaks and solid feel to the valve.
October 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reshida Looks Great!
This shower/tub faucet was used for a bathroom remodel. I can only comment on the aesthetics and usage, as the unit was installed by a professional. Looks and performs wonderfully... afterall, it is a Kohler! I have noticed, however, that althought the raincan showerhead is large, it doesn't give a great-deal of water pressure (perhaps this is a water conservation feature?). The pressure on my my old showerhead was excellent, therefore I miss having this. At any rate, i'm happy overall. Please be advised, you will need to purchase a rough-in valve if you are either installing on new construction or remodeling.
July 15, 2014