Water-Saving Toilets

You've probably never given it much thought-but you'll flush a toilet more than 140,000 times in your lifetime. Flushing is a big concern to Consumer Reports' testers.

They've just finished evaluating dozens of toilets, including top-selling Kohlers.

Four-year-old Dustin Kruise got a special invitation to Kohler's Design Center.

He loves checking out toilets.

So does Consumer Reports' Bob Markovich. His group sized up Kohlers and dozens of other toilets in its quest for the best.

The tests included dual-flush toilets. They have a lower volume flush for liquid waste.

Another way to spot a water saver-the government's WaterSense label.

Markovich says, "Toilets that use less water can save you more than 90 dollars a year on your utility bills."

To see how well the toilets work, Consumer Reports flushed down a variety of objects, including sponges and plastic balls.

While many Kohlers did well in this test, its Devonshire K-3488 left all this behind!

Markovich says, "As for liquid waste, all the toilets rated excellent. That's a first in our toilet tests."

Testers built a structure to test for noise-another problem with many toilets. A meter measures the sound level.

When all the tests were done, Consumer Reports named two Best Buys for $100. The AquaSource AT1203-00 available at Lowe's and the Glacier Bay Dual Flush N2316, a dual-flush toilet sold at The Home Depot.

A plus-they both have the WaterSense label, so you'll be conserving water and keeping your utility bills down.

Toilets come in two heights these days-the tallest are 17 inches. Companies refer to this as the "comfort height."

Both of the toilets Consumer Reports recommend are about 17 inches high.


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