You want to do the right thing and replace your old toilet with a water-wise version to save on your water bill, not to mention, the planet. But you’ve used one at a restaurant… and, it takes at least two flushes to remove the waste! Hey… Where are the water savings in that?
Unfortunately many of low-flush, dual-flush or the ultra-low flush toilets named a “High Efficiency Toilet” (HET) that uses less than 1.28 gallons per flush, seemingly save water only in theory, I guess, if there’s not much going down. And they may have a tendency to clog. Ack!
But there’s good news: Consumer Reports Magazine reported online in August of 2009, “the best performers still use the standard 1.6 gallons of water per flush. But some greener models deliver comparable flushing and save hundreds of gallons per year for the same price or less.”
They rated 25 of the new toilets, and awarded their “CR Best Buy” awarding quality, effectiveness and value to 1.6 gallon toilets, from Mansfield and Gerber and a 1.28 gallon model from Kohler.
These include the Gerber Avalanche 21-817, the Kohler Cimarron K-3609 and the Mansfield Alto 137-160. This Kohler model ranks the highest of the 1.28 gallon models, at #10 of 25 overall.
Consumer Reports’ top five best performing of the tested toilets, with no regard to price, are:
1. American Standard Champion 4, model 2002.014 which retails for approximately $425, and flushes 1.6 gallons;
2. Kohler The Complete Solution Cimarron K-11-456, for around $350, also a 1.6 gallon model;
3. Kohler Highline Comfort Height K-3493, the most expensive of the top five at around $500 but flushes just 1.4 gallons;
4. Gerber’s Avalanche 21-817, flushing 1.6 gallons, is the highest ranking “CR Best Buy” and retails for around just $300; and
5. Gerber’s Ultra Flush 21-318, a 1.6 gallon model priced at approximately $400.
For Consumer Reports’ entire article, visit their info-packed and useful website, however you may need to be a subscriber to view all the information.
Click here for Gerber’s website (they even have a cool coloring book you can print out for the kids!)
Photos, in order of appearance, courtesy of American Standard, Gerber (by way of Consumer Reports website) and Kohler.
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