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Customer Reviews for KOHLER Rite-Temp Pressure-Balancing Valve and Cartridge Kit

Internet #301988836

Model #K-8304-K-NA

Store SKU #1003930383

  • 3 step install: first the valve body, then the cartridge and trim
  • Includes valve body, cartridge, rough-in guide, and mud guard
  • 5.0 gpm maximum flow rate at 45 psi

Customer Reviews

  • 4.6
    out of 55 reviews
  • 92% recommend this product
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by HomeDepotFan
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This is a nice mixing valve and was installed quickly by my plumber. Problem with the Cartridge n...
This is a nice mixing valve and was installed quickly by my plumber. Problem with the Cartridge not turning the water completely off. Ordered a second one and that cartridge worked fine. All is good now. Home Depot does have very good Customer service for returns. Both in their Corporate Customer Care and at my local Store. That is why I do business with them!!
by Wolford
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Holds temp no mater what happens to water pressure...
Holds temp no mater what happens to water pressure
by bp
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Easy to install...
Easy to install
by Darren
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1 person found this helpful
RITE-TEMP PRESSURE-BALANCING VALVE AND CARTRIDGE KIT We are very happy with this valve. It defin...
RITE-TEMP PRESSURE-BALANCING VALVE AND CARTRIDGE KIT We are very happy with this valve. It definitely gives us the correct pressure we are looking for. It is very easy to use. And it was very easy to install. I can’t believe how nice and balanced this valve is. My wife and I are so glad we got this product and we believe it will last us a lifetime
by Ken50
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long time arriving. At last I've got a prewire box to work with. Other units have a separate orde...
long time arriving. At last I've got a prewire box to work with. Other units have a separate orderable box that's needed to mount the water mixer. This Kohler mixing valve has a box to hang the unit into/. Other mixing valves don't supply the box to mount the valve into. The unit looks strong with the input fixtures mounted on the sides and has the tub outlet out of the bottom as well as the shower head out of the top. I also noticed the instructions to purchase the Kohler waterproof face plate in the box. A definite improvement on other products
by DEERHUNTER
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While it did take me a little while to figure out the exact procedure for installing this replace...
While it did take me a little while to figure out the exact procedure for installing this replacement, once I did everything went smoothly and everything operates as it should. I'm not a professional and can't speak to the durability, but the unit seemed to be well made so it will hopefully work well for many years to come. All-in-all and A+ experience.
by ChrisV
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This is a review for my new Kohler Rite Temp Pressure Balancing Valve and Cartridge kit. Kohler d...
This is a review for my new Kohler Rite Temp Pressure Balancing Valve and Cartridge kit. Kohler designed this valve with quality in mind. The valve is solid brass and has a fully removable cartridge - can solder without damage to the internals. The cartridge is a one piece set up, with pressure balancing to keep the temperature stable. There's an antiscald function to protect the user from overheated water. There are no stops on this valve - I read that they do sell a version with stops. I personally like the stops, so I can turn the water on and off at that valve and leave the rest of the house with water - during installation and maintenance in the future. Installation - this valve has ports for both shower and tub, but it can have the tub capped, so it's a shower only valve. There's a mud guard to protect the valve when installing the wonderboard/drywall. And best of all, the instructions are clear on how deep to install the valve. Read the instructions! Operation - this valve turns smoothly. The pressure-balancing works great. Temperature is constant, even when other water is used in the house. No leaks and I believe this valve will last a lifetime! Note: This is a valve only. There is no handle, escutcheon plate, shower head, tub spout, etc. You buy them separately - the good thing is that you can remodel easily. Just change the outer parts and you have a nice new look!
by Autobroker
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Glad Kohler is making a mixing valve which the body can be separated from the softer and more eas...
Glad Kohler is making a mixing valve which the body can be separated from the softer and more easily damaged temperature balancing parts during installation. For this reason many people choose to use compression fittings which can start to leak after being installed and may not start until the wall has been closed up. Solder, in my opinion, is always the more recommended method as it will not start to leak later when correctly done. This valve body seems to be of good quality brass and I look forward to laying some heat to it for my connections. Do wish it had stops so I could manage water flow more easily at point of use during the install and for future maintenance. The balancing part of the mixing valve is separate and seems of good quality. There is a test cap which can be purchased separately (K-8300) which I suggest as I always like to pressure test (since no stops) and bleed out the lines of any foreign material from cutting open and installing the new valve. This mixing valve mates to a number of finishes for the trim which mine is going to be the Devonshire single handle in brushed nickel to match the rest of our fixtures.
by James
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1 person found this helpful
Great build and solid performance so far from the couple weeks it's been in use. It has been pr...
Great build and solid performance so far from the couple weeks it's been in use. It has been problem-free. Pretty easy to adjust the water temp max limit too. The directions were very clear, and if your a little green in the plumbing field, and wanting to install one of these I don't think you would have any issues at all. It's not super fancy or anything, but everything you need is in the box. Would recommend this product to friends and family.
by Jackislost
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Product was missing a few pieces so I could not install the product . The directions are a littl...
Product was missing a few pieces so I could not install the product . The directions are a little confusing since the valve is suppose to be installed in 2 steps. But if you have installed other shower valves you will be fine. The problem is that the item was missing 2 screws and the outer plastic cutout. The cutout is not a big deal but the screws is what hold the cartridge in place and with only 2 screws will leak. I did not notice they where missing until the old shower piece was removed. I will contact the company to ship the screws. The overall quality of the item is exceptional but the quality control at the factory should have caught the missing items. The item is well packaged I am sure that after the screws arrive that the unit will function as intended.
by Larry
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Kohler Rite-Temp Pressure-Balancing Valve And Cartridge Kit Is what you need if installing a new ...
Kohler Rite-Temp Pressure-Balancing Valve And Cartridge Kit Is what you need if installing a new shower stall for your new home. It regulates the temperature of the water to reduce scalding. If you are building a new home I suggest you try these for yourself. Easy to follow instructions included. Do not put a shut off device on valve ! Recommend .
by Christmas2
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Because I was having my shower redone I decided to use this Rite-Temp valve. The Rite-Temp valve ...
Because I was having my shower redone I decided to use this Rite-Temp valve. The Rite-Temp valve platform uses the latest pressure-balancing technology to provide anti-scald protection and temperature control for enhanced showering comfort. Should you decide to remodel in the future, simply change out your trim for the latest design without the need to change the valve installation. The new KOHLER Rite-Temp valve system sets new standards for ease of installation, application versatility, and long-term reliability, simplifying your plumbing project and providing maximum flexibility for future changes or upgrades. Again the pressure balancing that this valve provides is exceptional.
by MARCELLUS
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This style of valve is essential for a shower, to avoid sudden changes in water temperature. I wa...
This style of valve is essential for a shower, to avoid sudden changes in water temperature. I was under the impression that they are a requirement under the plumbing code, but could not find any reference to back this up. The valve is provided in two parts, the valve body and the valve proper, and each has its own instruction sheet. Installation is fairly straightforward. However, instructions for installation of the valve body are more than confusing. Do not begin until you thoroughly understand what is called for. I crossed out those steps that were not relevant to my installation, such as step 3 for back-to-back installations, to avoid confusion. The valve body is installed first, then the so-called template, and lastly, the valve itself. If you are unable to make sense of the instructions, consider having the unit professionally installed, or going with a different product. Water connections on the body are 1/2" universal. This allows use of sweated copper tube or PEX adapter fittings, or threaded connections. Water inlets are clearly marked with arrows. For shower-only installations the bottom (bath) outlet needs to be capped. The valve body can be easily reversed to accommodate installations where the hot and cold lines are non-standard. I was disappointed to find that it operates counter-intuitively. That is, the valve turns clockwise to open, unlike every other faucet or shower valve I know.
by Springbok
4 people found this helpful
Seems Great
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I haven't had a chance to install this but the part in appearance seems to be very high quality. I like that you can buy different covers to match your bathroom. Im hoping they have a nice once to compliment mine.
by crohlig
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    Helpful
    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I received this temperature valve kit in exchange for my review. It has been a great help with regulating our water temperature for showers and baths. We get a much more consistent water temperature now.
    by Shron1cl
      • Recommended Product
      Heavy duty and reliable brand name
      [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is a very well made product and although it hasn't been in use for long, I am confident because of the Kohler name that it will work well for a very long time. The instructions were detailed and extremely helpful, unlike some other products.
      by AnnP
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        Just right
        [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Solid build and easy installation are key factors for this product. Well made product from a manufacturer you can trust. Installation was a breeze with this being the first time I used it. Would definitely recommend for your next bathroom renovation or build.
        by 19jojo
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          Nice
          [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I had my free Kohler Universal Rite Temp PB Valve Kit installed to replace the one I had forever. I have better water pressure than I have had in a long time! I didn't even know that I really needed a new one!! Thank You!
          by Mini
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            Good product but difficult to install on my own
            [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I got this product a few weeks ago and I have been excited to use it. Upon receipt, I sat down and went through the instruction manual on how to install the valve. It requires far more work than I anticipated. I’m fairly handy but I found that I’m going to hire a professional to install the product. The concept of the product is great, but it’s costing me more money than I wanted to spend.
            by Natalieadair76
              Easy to install
              [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I was a little intimidated when I first looked at the instructions on how to install this. The more I read it, it was easier to understand. Installing this item was pretty easy considering and it does do as promised. I am so glad i have this.
              by Amanda
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                Valve kit
                [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have not had chance to install this yet, but it looks like it will be a very easy piece to install and should be better than most kits to install. Instructions seem pretty clear. Can't wait to give it a try.
                by CET13
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                  pb valve kit
                  [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] i received this valve kit it was very easy to use. worked great. my husband fixed it for me. he did a great job. it did everything it was suppose to do. i would of never thought of using something like this but im glad i did.
                  by fluffy
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                    Easy to install... Love it!
                    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The directions were very clear, if you were a new person installing one of these I don't think you would have any issues at all. It's not a fancy box or anything that it came in but everything I needed was there. I also think the company is of high quality and when I needed anything in the past they have delivered as they really intend on keeping customers by working with them and getting you spare parts if you need them. Highly recommended!
                    by ravenecw
                      • Recommended Product
                      Purchased Three valves for two bathroom jobs. Easy to install and Homeowner is happy.
                      Purchased Three valves for two bathroom jobs. Easy to install and Homeowner is happy.
                      by Floydbuilders
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                      • Recommended Product
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