The Kohler Tresham is a two-piece design that boasts incredible features and enhances the décor of any bathroom. Thanks to its elongated bowl, the toilet seat has extra legroom, making the Tresham one of the most comfortable toilets available on the market today.
As a product manufactured by an outstanding brand, this toilet meets the highest quality standards. Not only durable and high-functioning, the Kohler Tresham is also WaterSense certified to help save on your water bill.
With its elegant design that never goes out of style, this toilet fits perfectly into any bathroom aesthetic. Simple yet attractive and sleek, it’s available in multiple colors and brings décor to the next level.
Constructed out of vitreous china, this toilet receives constant praise for its incredible durability. The elongated shape increases overall comfort, and the Comfort Height further ensures this toilet will feel neither too short nor too tall. Especially for the elderly, those with knee issues, and differently-abled individuals, these features ensure an easy and comfortable experience using this toilet.
Finally, another interesting design element to note is the polished chrome handle. This handle is on the left and, unlike other levers, is actually vertical instead of horizontal.
Efficient Flushing System & Cleaning
The Kohler Tresham K-3950-0 relies on single-flush gravity technology for optimum flushing. Combined with an extraordinary AquaPiston canister, water can flow freely for 360 degrees around the bowl. To further increase its effectiveness and power, this model comes with a 3:2 valve ratio that harnesses the natural force of gravity. This technology is an incredible advantage for the user as it makes cleaning and flushing much easier. On top of it all, the tank uses a seal material featuring an incredible 90% less exposure rate, ensuring leak-free performance.
If you are eco-conscious, you’re going to appreciate the fact that this type only uses 1.28 gallons-per-flush, which saves at least 20% of water compared to higher consumption toilets. Further, given all the attention to detail Kohler dedicated to this particular model, it’s safe to conclude that this toilet provides extremely powerful flushes even while saving water.
This Tresham toilet was designed with efficiency in mind, in every sense of the word. That said, it comes with an architectural-style trim that is not only aesthetically pleasing but promises effortless cleaning and maintenance. Of course, it also features easy-to-clean enamel that will save you the trouble of scrubbing away endlessly at stains or discoloration.
The Kohler Tresham requires a 12-inch rough-in. Since it’s a two-piece style, it is fairly simple to install compared to its one-piece counterparts. If you’re experienced with DIY, you shouldn’t have any trouble installing this particular model. Here are the key steps to follow once you’re ready to install the new toilet – don’t forget to turn the water off before starting!
- First, you’ll install the T-bolts and a new wax ring. Be sure to apply pressure evenly and do not move it after you’ve placed it.
- Second, you’ll have to install the washers and nuts along with the bolt cap. Before installing the bolt cap, there’s a chance that you may need to cut-off the T-bolt. Once you’ve successfully adjusted the tank bolts to level the tank, tighten them so that they’re not loose.
- Finally, connect your new toilet to the supply line, turn on the water, and you’re done! You’ll need to install the seat and tank lid as well, but you’ll have to purchase these separately.
Of course, we tried to explain the process as simply as possible in this Kohler Tresham toilet review, but you can always use the included instruction manual. Or, if you’re a visual type of person, you can see how to install it in the video below. Finally, don’t be afraid to call a professional if you’re unsure or uninterested in installing the toilet directly yourself.
Pros and Cons
Buyer’s Guide – 4 Considerations
Here we list four important buying factors to consider before choosing the Kohler Tresham toilet for your home.
1. Shape of Bowl
Toilet bowl shape is probably the number one factor buyers consider before making a final decision. There are two types of toilet bowls on the market – oval and elongated. Oval toilets are known to take up less space, but are also a less comfortable option. On the other hand, elongated toilets are 2” longer at the front, which brings superior comfort but can also be too big for a smaller bathroom space.
2. Height of Bowl
Another important bowl feature is the height – standard bowl height ranges between 14 to 16 inches. Taller styles, also known as comfort height toilets, are measured at 17 to 19 inches. Given their higher stature, comfort height toilets are known to be easier on the knees and are ADA compliant, making them the most popular choice. However, a standard height toilet may be a better choice for families with children.
3. Design & Styles
How a toilet will fit into your bathroom décor is also an important part of your buying decision. Luckily, whether you’re looking for a timeless design or a modern one, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to picking the best-looking model.
As far as design, you can either pick a one or two-piece style. While one-piece toilets are thought to be easier to clean, they are also cumbersome to install, and chances are you’ll need professional help. Two-piece toilets are significantly easier to install as they come in separate pieces. Look out for toilets that come in multiple colors if you’re looking for a perfect match with your current bathroom as well.
4. Tank Type & Flushing System
Generally, toilets use 1.6 or 1.28 gallons-per-flush, and models that use 1.28 gallons-per-flush or fewer are EPA WaterSense certified. This certification can lead to rebates on water bills, depending on location, so many prefer to seek out these high efficiency toilet options.
As for the flushing system, you can choose from pressure-assisted or gravity-flush systems. Even though pressure-assisted flushing systems reduce the chance of clogs, they are usually more expensive and noisier than those using gravity-flushing.
There are also unique options like dual-flush and waterless systems to consider. Dual flush systems are a novelty on the market and can lead to water savings, as they give you the option between a partial flush or full flush depending on type of waste. Finally, waterless toilets are ideal for areas where plumbing isn’t available, adding flexibility to give you access to a toilet no matter where you are.
The Kohler Tresham K-3950-0 makes the perfect choice for anyone with enough space in their bathroom for an elongated bowl. It boasts superior comfort thanks to its comfort height feature, and is built for hassle-free cleaning. Ultimately, we’d like to wrap up this Kohler Tresham toilet review by giving this particular model a score of 4.8/5, a highly recommended option for your next toilet purchase.