Disclosure: I received a Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit in order to facilitate this review. All opinions in this post are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
When you come to my house next time, you won’t have to flush the toilet – at least in the normal sense of the term.
- No more touching the little handle (which at my house only actually flushed the toilet once out of every three times you tried anyway).
- No more wondering what my little guys had on their hands before they flushed (as a parent, I know what ends up on their hands – and I am pretty sure you don’t want that information).
We’ve gone touchless!
In public restrooms, I have mixed emotions about touchless toilets. On one hand, I am relieved that I won’t have to risk putting my foot in the toilet when I flush because there is NO WAY I am touching that handle with my hand. On the other hand, the sensors in the automatic toilets seem to have a mind of their own and either prematurely flush or won’t activate when you are ready resulting in frantic waving at the sensor.
I’ll admit, I was worried that a touchless flush toilet in our home would have the same issues. But, I also have these three little guys to keep healthy, which can be hard when they come home with germs from school and outings.
We decided to try to retrofit our existing toilet in the main level powder room with a Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit given that Fall is here – and with the colder weather comes more germs to pass around.
I want to first acknowledge that I was completely wrong when I thought that a touchless home toilet would have the same problems as the automatic toilets in public restrooms. They are two totally different systems, and the home model has none of the same problems.
We received a kit from Kohler with the following components:
Looks a little overwhelming, right? It wasn’t.
The Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit took less than 15 minutes to install. The tank under our toilet lid before installing the new system looked like this:
There was something wrong with the connection between the flush handle and the chain, so the toilet never really flushed right.
You can see that when we used the Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit to upgrade our current toilet, we removed the handle chain and all of the components in between, and added a black, battery-powered box that attached to the chain instead:
The kit comes with a plug for where the handle used to go, and a small icon to place on the toilet lid so visitors can figure out how to flush your toilet.
It is easy enough that my 3 year old can do it with ease, and I personally am thrilled not to have to use the same toilet handle that the boys use.
The video below shows the toilet in action. But beware, I am pretty sure you are going to want to change over your toilets after you see this! We are starting bathroom renovations in our two upstairs bathrooms in the next few weeks, and I imagine we’ll buy two more kits to make those toilets touchless as well. Find out if your toilet is compatible with the touchless kit!