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One of America’s oldest – and certainly most iconic – toilets will turn 75 years old in 2011 and for the first time in 25 years has received a rejuvenated design, fortifying the KOHLER Wellworth toilet as a design staple, packed with value, which has literally stood the test of time.

From its initial launch into the marketplace when a first-class postage stamp was 3 cents, the KOHLER Wellworth toilet has long been specified by generations of plumbing contractors and discerning homeowners, and this fresh take on a classic fixture ensures the Wellworth will be stylish for many more years as new generations come to know this home necessity.

“Without question, the Wellworth toilet has come to embody everything that Kohler represents as a leader and innovator in plumbing products,” said Paul Nick, sanitary marketing manager at Kohler Co. “The latest version is our best Wellworth toilet ever. It truly adheres to the Kohler reputation for saving water without sacrificing design or performance. The storied history of the Wellworth toilet is a classic case study of a consumer product with staying power. Over its near century of existence, it has received accolades for design and performance leadership and has earned a reputation as a toilet that consistently offers exceptional performance and exceptional value.”

The KOHLER Wellworth toilet family, with Class Five® flushing technology, now offers a model that will flush just 1.28 gallons. This water-conserving toilet can save a family of four 16,500 gallons of water and is certified to carry EPA’s WaterSense label for using at least 20 percent less water than standard 1.6-gallon toilets while still meeting strict flushing performance guidelines. Users can also specify standard 1.6-gallon Wellworth models.

Contributing to the toilet’s power and virtually plug-free performance is a combination of a precision-designed water delivery system and durable canister flush valve that maximize the efficient flow of water to harness the natural force of gravity. This is achieved by the canister valve’s opening, originating at 3-1/4 inches and tapering down to 2 inches to create additional pressure and a strong flush – all while using water most efficiently.

Adding to the exceptional value of the Wellworth toilet is a new versatile tank design – one that has been updated featuring an elegant flare to complement a wide range of bathroom designs. The Wellworth toilet also relies on a standard three-bolt installation, ideal for adjustments and leveling, as well as a large toilet base to cover existing footprints for replacement applications.

In terms of hygiene, greater than 50 percent more water passes through the bowl rim, optimizing water flow for a long, clean and efficient rinse. And, the Wellworth toilet continues to feature its generous water surface, keeping the bowl clean and reducing odor despite using less water than its predecessor.

The KOHLER Wellworth® toilet is offered as either a 1.6- or 1.28-gpf toilet and in a variety of options, including 10-, 12- and 14-inch rough-ins, round-front or elongated bowl shapes and both standard or Comfort Height® bowl heights. As for the taller height toilet, users must specify the KOHLER Highline® Comfort Height model, enabling them to take advantage of the toilet’s ergonomic features, including the bowl being two inches taller than an average toilet and the same height as standard household chair.

To learn more about the KOHLER Wellworth toilet, individuals can visit the KOHLER.com/Wellworth.

Kohler Wellworth Milestones

  • 1936 Wellworth toilet debuts as a “reverse trap closet”. That same year, other great American events and triumphs occurred – Hoover Dam is completed, LIFE Magazine debuts, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is re-elected President to a second term, and Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at Berlin Summer Olympics.
  • 1974 Wellworth Water-Guard toilet uses 3.5 gallons per flush, a 30 percent savings from conventional toilets using as much as 5 gallons/flush.
  • 1989 Wellworth Lite toilet model introduced and uses 1.5 gallons/flush
  • 1995 Wellworth Eco Lite gravity-fed toilet offering 1.1 or 1.6 gallons/flush
  • 2006 Wellworth Pressure Lite toilet uses pressure-assist technology to offer 1.1 or 1.4 gallons/flush
  • 2010 Wellworth toilet re-designed and re-engineered to flush with 1.28 gallons/flush, earning it EPA
  • WaterSense label for flushing at least 20 percent less than standard 1.6-gallon toilets and meeting strict flushing performance guidelines.

As a global leader in kitchen and bath design, technology and water efficiency, Kohler Co. offers plumbing products under its KOHLER and STERLING brands that are designed to conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular level of quality of performance and design. Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings earn LEED® water-efficiency points, reducing facility operating costs or accommodating the preferences of homeowners, environmentally friendly KOHLER fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of our most precious natural resources. Visit www.SaveWaterAmerica.com for more information about Kohler’s water-saving toilets.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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