Toilet looks sharp and flushes well. There is zero instruction on connecting the 2 parts of the toilet. It's really important that you get the 3 nuts onto the bolts and then tighten all 3 at the same time. Do not tighten one all the way and then do number 2 and 3.
This it's hard to describe but the inner pieces that hold the side bolts that anchor the toilet are prone to fall off. When I was installing the toilet the inner pieces fell out of their holders twice meaning I had to lift the toilet off so I could reinsert them and reattach the bolts.
Jessica and Sarah at Kohler; I would be happy to come up there and do a proper video that you guys could post on YouTube to help people property install toilets like this because the video you have is missing quite a bit of information. I've installed quite a few toilets in my day but this one was one of the most challenging but based upon the look and the performance I think it was worth it.
Like it so much that I replaced all three toilets in the house with the Kohler Valiant. I was a little uncertain at first because it was new with a unique installation mechanism and bowl design. It had all of the other features I wanted though at a good price compared to the other skirted toilets.
I didn’t want pressure assisted flushing because they are noisier and people commonly report it can splash out droplets. I have little kids that like to watch it flush and the thought of those droplets getting on them disuaded me from a pressure boosted mechanism.
Pros: easy installation (see tips below);
Toilet seat: included; easily removed for deep cleaning; comfortable; feels very secure doesn’t move around (my kids often climb on the toilet seat to reach things in the vanity cabinet like their toothbrush, etc. the old seat would slide around despite my efforts to tighten it and we’ve had a few falls when the seat would suddenly slip sideways-no problems now!)
Tank: front mounted handle (easier for young kids to reach; flat top for holding tissue box, etc; it is narrow and tall taking advantage of physics to give more potential energy to the stored water which results in greater exit forces
Bowl: fully glazed under the rim with only a single hole in the bowl up top which is big enough to clean with a brush if ever needed (the traditional bowls that have a bunch of little holes under the rim always bothered me because if the toilet backs up, or splashes during plunging or with forcible “deposits” (diarrhea), the debris can get up into the holes and can’t be effectively cleaned)
Base: installation mechanism allows for clear visual of proper seal and also removal of toilet in the future without disturbing the wax ring;
CONS: make sure your water supply line isn’t too close since skirted toilets are wide in the back; I wish the cream colored one wasn’t so much more expensive;
TIPS: the instructions are caveman level and leave a lot to be desired - watch the install videos available online; they also provide a few extra bits of hardware that aren’t in the instructions and aren’t used; the tool to tighten the tank to the base is just a nut setter, you’ll need to do a little additional tightening with a wrench to really get it secure (unless you have ridiculously strong fingers) beware of over tightening but the tank shouldn’t wobble if it’s installed properly.
Response to negative reviews: I noticed most are from people who had a plumber install it - not sure if the plumbers aren’t following the directions or what; the other is about poo sticking to the bowl - eat more fiber!; the handle feels cheap/flimsy - you’ll need to tighten the white plastic anchor nut on the inside of the tank, I assume they don’t tighten it fully at the factory to prevent it from snapping if jostled or hit during shipping or install, then adjust the chain several links so there is only a very small amount of slack. When it’s all snugged up like that it feels plenty sturdy and of good quality; Enjoy!!!
I "over-analyzed" reviews on many toilets before choosing this one,...
September 03, 2019
I "over-analyzed" reviews on many toilets before choosing this one, and I'm glad I did. Have only had it installed for a couple weeks, but it flushes great (finally... a toilet with a real swoosh!). My ex installed it, and I heard several cuss words during the process. But overall, I love it.
The toilet is easy to install, the flush design helps keep the bowl clean, and I really like the ...
July 03, 2018
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The toilet is easy to install, the flush design helps keep the bowl clean, and I really like the smooth side look. It comes with everything needed to install the toilet. The only problem I ran into was my water supply line valve needed to be modified as it hit the rear of the toilet. This is because of the smooth side/enclosed design of the toilet, the valve hit the back side and needed to be moved to fit properly.
Just installed this toilet. Haven’t had it very long so I can’t tell you all the negatives yet.
Flush seems good. Fine for what I need. I am not a plumber and I was able to get it installed.
I did not use the wax ring it came with. I bought one of the non wax rings at Home Depot and I fed recommend that. I think this made the install a little easier.
This toilet was a little weird for the install due to the design. You mount the inside pieces on the flange and than set the toilet on top of it. I was a little worried because there’s no way to know if you really have it on right until you turn the water on. I mean when you set the unit on top of it you can fill it slide in but I had a hard time not being able to visually see that it was set right.
The instructions are terrible though! The install too longer than it should have.
I also wasn’t sure how hard the install would be with the sides and the bolts but this was actually the easiest part. No issues with it.
I wasn’t sure how much I would actually like the side walls just because your so used to the look of a normal toilet. But I really do like it. The store lights don’t do the look justice. I am looking forward to the ease of cleaning.
Side not make sure you have enough distance from your water line. I was lucky. I moved my water line from the floor to come out of the wall and it was still a pretty tight fit.
The bolt system to mount the water tank was a pain in the but! And I wasn’t sure how tight to make it and the website and instructions were ZERO help. I finally got on kohler a website and looked at the picture and compared it to mine so I could see how big the gap was between the two pieces.
Overall so far I’m happy w the purchase and love the look.
No issues installing unit. 12" from wall to mounting bolts is perfect for installation even thoug...
March 22, 2019
No issues installing unit. 12" from wall to mounting bolts is perfect for installation even though one reviewer said differently. Like most newer toilets you need to hold the flush handle down for 3 seconds or so for solids to have it fully flush, quickly pushing the lever only flushes with about 2/3 of the water in the tank, good for clearing liquids but not solids. Installation is different from what I am used to, but I think i like the mounting system. Istalation went smoothly looks and works great.