Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

created at: 09/26/2011

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost prohibitive. Especially when, like mine, the old thrones are in working order. You can imagine my delight, then, when I spotting th HydroRighte Drop-in Dual Flush Converter at Amazon for a schmeezily 20 bucks. Although the majority of the reviews are positive, some people do have issues. I'd suggest checking out Mad Max's review (which readers have deemed (the most helpful critical review) to put them all in perspective. 

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bl3nd3r on Sep 29, 2011:

I just installed one of these in our upstairs bathroom. The cost of the project was a little higher than $20 for me as I had a ballcock which had to be replaced by a vertical fill valve (another $10). I am also located in Canada and found that Home Depot had a significantly better price on these units than other stores.

So far this product has been excellent! It took me a few minutes and flushes to set the levels so it would flush properly, but the adjustments were very simple to make. It flushes great and uses much less water than the traditional mechanism I had installed.

DesigningMom on Sep 27, 2011:

Thanks Maven. I'll show this to my hubby tonight for him to fix. This time of year with allergies, and the meds needed to survive them, I have no brain power to understand stuff like this.

DIY Maven on Sep 27, 2011:

Hey DM. I fixed the link. Mad Max addresses that low flush/not enough water problem in his review. 

DesigningMom on Sep 27, 2011:

Count me in with those that don't like it. In my opinion it's...Not worth it.

We did this in our half bathroom, which gets the most use in our home, to see if we wanted to install them in our other three bathrooms. After a few days of trying to get the right push method down we decided against it. Had we kept the old hardware we'd have changed it back already.

For one thing it's inpossible for our almost four year old grandson to flush. No biggie, he calls for help when he uses that bathroom. Far more important is that you have the hold the mini flush button in for a few seconds in order for enough water to be used to flush even when using no toilet paper. I tested. And those little dots that tell you which flush is which are not comfy on the finger tips. No biggie there either, but still, I miss the good old fashioned flush.

So as an add on I would not recommend this product.  At all. Sorry.


FYI the last link didn't work for me.

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