Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 20
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Homeowner Hairline cracks
I have an old house and this sink fit the style.
The sink began to develop two or three cracks behind the drain and leading up to the overflow holes within 2-3 years of being installed in 2004. Within the past year (nine years later) it's now up to a dozen hairline cracks. I suspect it has to do with the shape of the basin, which has a D-shaped profile instead of either a consistently oval or consistently squared-off shape. All the cracks in the basin run front-to-back along the one edge that forms a sharp right angle nearest the back (the straight side of the "D"), closest to the faucet handles. I expect the three gradually rounded sides of the basin distribute expansion and contraction of the porcelain from hot water better than the right angle along the flat side of the "D." So probably an engineering fail on Kohler's part that may have nothing to do with the quality of the materials used.
I installed a Jacuzzi sink in 2006 where the basin has a consistently symmetrical oval basin and it has none of these cracks. I will avoid any sinks with a basin that has a D-shape (or any other shape that's not symmetrical) in the future.
I'm not down on Kohler in general. I have Kohler faucets on all three sinks in my home. The Fairfax faucet on this Memoirs sink and Coralais in the kitchen which receive the most use both had to have valves replaced within 6-8 years, however I'm told by local plumbing supply that's unfortunately typical with the heavy calcium and deposits in the water here, using any newer faucet valves manufactured in the last 10-15 years.
Plus for Kohler: my Kohler faucets can be fixed by replacing parts, unlike my parents' experience with an equally expensive Moen pullout kitchen faucet that had to be totally replaced after just 6-8 years just because some valve failed. Planned obsolescence on Moen's part. Kohler also replaced the hose on my Coralais pull-out faucet with an improved version of the hose under the limited lifetime warranty, six years after I bought the sink. That kind of service is part of what you're paying for. So I definitely wouldn't steer you away from Kohler in general, just definitely recommend you don't buy sinks from ANY manufacturer that don't have a symmetrical shape.
November 10, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Smartenough Search Google about hairline cracks before buying
I have installed two of these sinks and toilet. In under six years all have developed hairline cracks. This shouldn't happen.
July 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by surfgood Nice, lots of room
Have small bathrooms, bought this instead of another vanity to give the feeling of increased space on bottom. Was very concerned that users would have enough room to put things like toothpaste, shaving cream, etc so I bought this based on picture as I saw wide rims. Sure enough, stylish and all, but more importantly, nice wide edges for user, nice wide area around faucet. Also liked the color of the white, richer somehow, maybe a tiny bit pearlier, I guess that's Kohler quality,
November 13, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 Bad Crazing
The sink works fine, but is covered with fine hairline cracks that have gradually developed over 10 years. An American Standard pedestal installed at the same time has none and looks like new.
July 11, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by dc8527 cracked in a warm house
The boxes were delivered this afternoon, sitting outside my front door in about 30 degrees for 3 hours before I came home. I carefully pulled the pedestal and the sink out of the boxes, set them on the packing materials. They looked perfect, just a bit moist in the warm house. So I had dinner, started to read the instruction booklet and looked at the sink again. What? A fine crack of about 4" curve appeared on the top rear right side and then another on the top rear left side!! Really, was it my eyes? I felt them with my fingures and the cracks grew more apparent as I was doing this. By the time I returned them to a local Home Depot, the custermer service guy didn't even need to look at them in the boxes. He just touched one crack with his fingure. I got a refund rigth away. Made of "Fireclay for durability"!? It must have not been Fired at enough temperature or time in Mexico, or the clay wasn't mixed well. Kohler, maybe you should try making some hard-acrylic sinks. Why? I saw another cracked Kohler sink in the store!
December 1, 2011