What Is A Kohler Self-Cleaning Toilet?

Sep 30, 2022 | Plumbing

Although a self-cleaning toilet seems like something from a sci-fi movie, they are actually becoming quite popular. If you’re in the market for a new toilet and want to know what all the fuss is about, then read on. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at self-cleaning toilets and what makes them so special. So, whether you’re considering a purchase or just curious about a Kohler self-cleaning toilet, keep reading!

What Is A Self-Cleaning Toilet?

What Is A Self-Cleaning Toilet?

A self-cleaning toilet is, quite simply, a toilet that cleans itself. Most models have a built-in cleansing system that uses UV light to break down and eliminate bacteria and waste. Some self-cleaning toilets also have a deodorizing feature that helps to keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean.

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After all those years of cleaning your toilet by hand, a self-cleaning model that ensures regular toilet cleanliness may seem like a dream come true. Especially if you have a large family or live in a multi-story home, the thought of never having to clean your toilet again is sure to be appealing!

Features Of Kohler Self-cleaning ToiletsA self cleaning toilet


You may be wondering about the features and benefits of Kohler’s self-cleaning toilets. Here are some of the most popular:

Specialized Toilet Bowl Design

Seats and bowls of toilets usually have many divots, which make them difficult to clean. Over time, these areas become caked with waste and leave behind unpleasant stains- especially if the toilet is not regularly cleaned. Kohler avoids this problem by having fewer ridges where waste can accumulate. It also possesses a non-porous finish glaze to keep waste from sticking around.

Specialized Cleaners And Coating Materials

Kohler toilets contain specialized agents for cleaning and disinfecting. These materials often coat the toilet bowl to prevent waste buildup. In addition, the Kohler self-cleaning toilet automatically dispenses cleaning solution with each flush to keep the bowl cleaner between flushes.

Higher Water Pressure

Some self-cleaning toilets produce somewhat higher water pressure during the flush. Human waste that may adhere to the porcelain bowl in regular toilets is removed with the increased water pressure on the specifically designed bowl.

ContinuousClean Technology

Kohler’s ContinuousClean technology is a feature that comes with its self-cleaning toilets. ContinuousClean technology comes factory installed in the toilet tank and acts as a reservoir system.

By bypassing and protecting internal tank components, you’re able to place any puck-style cleaning tablet into the reservoir. Once done, the system keeps your toilet clean by evenly mixing fresh water with a cleaning agent and dispensing cleaning solution into each flush via the rim jet. This results. in a bowl that stays cleaner 5x long that a conventional flush!

Advanced Cleaning Elements

UV Lights are an example of sophisticated cleaning and disinfecting features in modern toilets. Underneath the toilet seat lid, a tiny UV light is installed. When switched on, the UV light interacts with the cleaning chemicals in the water and the photocatalytic ceramic cast in order to produce a thorough clean at the submolecular level following each flush.

Heated Seats

Yes, most self-cleaning toilets like Kohler come with a heated seat to keep you comfortable while using the toilet.

Automatic Open And Close Technology

For individuals who don’t like opening and shutting the toilet lid, Kohler self-cleaning toilets include sensors that raise and lower the toilet seat for them. Though this may seem useless, it might be useful for families with individuals who consistently forget to lower the toilet seat. It will also help keep germs out of clean seats!

Automatic Flushing

In many cases, self-cleaning toilets feature automatic flushing as part of their self-cleaning technology. The Kohler K-5401-PA-0 is an example of a toilet with an integrated self-flushing wand and a sensor that automatically flushes waste once it has been detected.


Not only do Kohler self-cleaning toilets clean themselves, but they also deodorize automatically after each flush.

Battery Or Electricity

If you want a self-cleaning toilet, you will have to decide between battery-operated or electric toilets. Most of the “smart” or “intelligent” toilets need an electrical connection independent from the batteries that run other devices in your home. The less complex designs of some self-cleaning toilets only use batteries; most of those types require four double-A batteries to function.

Are Kohler Self-Cleaning Toilets Healthy?

Are Kohler Self-Cleaning Toilets Healthy? 

Self-cleaning toilets are marketed as a means to keep your house cleaner and more sanitary. However, they can also result in poor indoor air quality. Some self-cleaning toilets with deodorizers are most likely polluting the air in your home with volatile organic compounds(VOCs). They may also introduce hazardous chemicals into your home that you would not have used before, which is another reason to avoid using them.

Health Risks Of Air Fresheners

The usage of air fresheners has been linked to an increased incidence of asthma. According to studies, air fresheners, even those labeled as green or organic, can emit potentially hazardous chemicals that may trigger allergy symptoms

Chemical Use

Consumers may be concerned about the potential health effects associated with using harsh chemicals in cleaning cartridges. Many self-cleaning toilets employ liquid cleaning cartridges placed within the toilet tank lid. These cartridges, like standard toilet cleansers you apply manually, are most likely made of sodium hypochlorite, hydrochloric acid, or bleach.

Hydrochloric acid is corrosive not only to the eyes and skin but also to mucous membranes. If humans were to breathe in large amounts of this gas over a short period of time, it could lead to eye, nose, and respiratory problems like irritation, and inflammation, specifically in the lungs, known as pulmonary edema.

Every time the cleaning mechanism is engaged, these chemicals circulate in the tank and bowl for a specific length of time. It’s worth noting that these chemicals aren’t unique to self-cleaning toilets; they’re also used in other toilet cleaners.

To work properly, self-cleaning toilets require proprietary manufacturer cartridges. As a result, most homeowners will find that they cannot use more healthy and natural cleaning solutions. Cleaning your toilet with the press of a button will also most likely lead to increased chemical usage.

Do Smart Self-Cleaning Toilets Exist?

A self cleaning toilet

Yes, they do. Even though smart self-cleaning toilets don’t always connect to your home Wi-Fi network, they include sensors and other technologies. Some smart toilets, for example, contain sensors that trigger flushing when a person has left the bowl. Other smart devices include sensors that automatically raise and lower the toilet lid and touch displays positioned adjacent to the toilet to allow you to control functions such as the bidet washer and seat warmer.

How Much Are Kohler Self-Cleaning Toilets?

A top-of-the-line, self-cleaning toilet from Kohler costs $5,500. However, Kohler’s website offers several less expensive choices with self-cleaning technology, starting at $560.25.

Is A Kohler Self-Cleaning Toilet Worth The Investment?

The answer to this question depends on your needs and budget. Self-cleaning toilets are more expensive than traditional toilets, but they offer many benefits that may be worth the investment. If you have a busy family or live in a multi-story home, a self-cleaning toilet may be a great choice for you.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Self-Cleaning Toilets?

A self cleaning toilet

There are a few disadvantages to self-cleaning toilets that you should be aware of before making your purchase.


As mentioned above, self-cleaning toilets are more expensive than traditional toilets. If you’re on a budget, a self-cleaning toilet may not be your best choice.

Chemical Use

All self-cleaning toilets use specialized chemicals to clean and protect the bowl. These chemicals can be harmful if used improperly.


Self-cleaning toilets require regular maintenance to keep them functioning properly. This includes replacing the UV light bulb and cleaning the bowl of debris.

Can You Buy A Dual Flush Self-Cleaning Toilet?

With all of the bells and whistles available on today’s market for self-cleaning toilets, from heated seats to touch screen remotes that give you access to the toilet’s “features,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of these products also come with dual-flush options. For example, The Kohler highline combines water savings with powerful flush performance. An innovative two-tone flush lever offers the choice of 1.1 or 1.6 gallons per flush

How Long Do Self-Cleaning Toilets Last?

A self cleaning toilet

Although self-cleaning toilets reduce the time you spend cleaning them, they still require ongoing maintenance. You will have to replace cartridges or batteries regularly, and though they should last as long as a regular toilet, there is generally no extra warranty protection. The Kohl Veil® Comfort Height® self-cleaning toilet costs $4500 and only comes with a one-year limited warranty.


Kohler self-cleaning toilets offer luxuries that standard toilets don’t, but they also come at a cost. We hope this overview helped you learn more about what these toilets have to offer and whether or not they’re worth the investment for your home.

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