All he wants for Christmas is a 'full-flush, half-flush' toilet

Consumer Reports News: December 23, 2011 01:13 PM

Four-year-old Dustin Kruse doesn’t want the latest Lego set or Nerf gun for Christmas. And he’s not leaping for a LeapPad tablet or rocking to Let’s Rock Elmo. No, Dustin wants something more substantial—a dual-flush toilet. Fortunately, Dustin’s family lives within driving distance of Kohler, a toilet manufacturer based in Wisconsin. After a trip to their show room and a letter from Mom, Dustin got his wish.

“Dustin first visited the Kohler Design Center when he was three,” said his mother Michele Kruse in a Kohler press release. She recalled Dustin checking out all the toilets on display and learning about bidets and dual-flush technology from the in-house designers. “He even took it upon himself to explain how to use a dual-flush toilet to fellow visitors,” Michele said. On the way home, Dustin said, “For Christmas, I’m asking Santa for a full-flush half-flush toilet.”

While Santa may have struggled getting a bulky toilet down the chimney, a Kohler truck delivered a Persuade Dual Flush toilet wrapped in a big red ribbon to the Kruse’s home and had it installed, much to Dustin’s delight. The list price on the Kohler website is $498.

While we’re happy that Dustin got his wish, that particular toilet wouldn’t have been our first choice. In fact in Consumer Reports tests of dual-flush toilets, the Kohler Persuade K-3654 scored a 46 out of 100, coming in behind five other models. While it was very good at solid waste removal, it was poor at removing liquid waste and at bowl cleaning. Our testers preferred the Gerber Ultra Dual-Flush DF-21-318, which scored a 77, was excellent at solid waste removal and bowl cleaning and good at removing liquid waste.

The Kohler, however, was more water efficient, using only 8-tenths of a gallon for a liquid flush compared to Gerber’s 1.1 gallon. Both use 1.6 gallons for a full flush. So not only did Dustin's “dreams come true,” as his Mom said, but the family is saving water as well.

Mary H.J. Farrell

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