Kohler and Other Power Assisted Toilets - The Pros and Cons

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Power assisted toilets are another way that toilet technology is providing for a water saving flush. The power assisted toilets are not to be confused with the pressure assisted toilets. In the pressure assisted toilets, normal main water pressure is used to build up an internal pressure within a plastic vessicle in the water tank, The pressure helps to expel water more powerfully during the flush. The power assisted toilets power the flush via a .2 horse power motor, which delivers a consistent high pressure flush every time.

As with the high pressure assisted toilets, the power assisted toilets are an improvement on Mother Nature and the power of gravity. Electric generated water flow reaches a speed and force that gravity can't produce and therefore clears the bowl more efficiently. The increased force allows the pump to empty the toilet with 1.0 or 1.4 gallons for liquid or solid waste flushes, respectively.

The Kohler power flush toilet, called the power-lite toilet features, a special double seal on the pump system that reduces the toilet noise, electronic selector buttons to determine the flush volume. At this time, the Kohler power flush toilet is one of the few electric flush toilets receiving attention for its power assist toilet.

Although the power flush toilets appear to be a great deal, it is still not well known today, and there are almost no consumer opinions about it posted on the web. Consumer Search,  a well known consumer site simply noted, in passing, that the power flush toilets are more expensive to operate. If the only concern is the cost, than undoubtedly there will be a market for the toilet among people willing to spend more for a superior flush.

Efforts to clarify consumer response to the power-assisted toilets are still confused by the fact that many authors of blog and Internet articles  confuse the pressure assisted toilet with the power assisted toilet. While both devices cut down on water usage by delivering a high pressure water flow into the bowl, the power assisted toilets rely on electricity and not the water main pressure to build up their higher pressure.

The one conclusion we can draw, at this time, is that the toilet does effectively conserve water. While the traditional 1.6 gallon toilet will deliver a full 1.6 gallons on the solid waste flush, and somewhat less on the liquid flush, the power assisted toilet starts at 1.4 gallons for the solid flush and 1.0 for the liquid flush. Presumably, there is less of a problem with bowl streaking, as well, because the increased force of the incoming water more effectively cleans the bowl. 

If there is consumer dissatisfaction with the power assisted toilets, such as with the noise or with upkeep or increased use of electricity, we will have to wait until consumer opinion about the toilet is made public.

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