KOHLER Products & Water Safety Standards

KOHLER is committed to developing high-quality bathroom products which improve the lives of kiwis, and customers around the world.

Concern and awareness of heavy metals (including lead) in household water supply is growing as water networks age, and consumers demand higher quality.

Our products are independently tested to ensure they meet or exceed international standards.

Product testing

All KOHLER kitchen & basin mixers sold in New Zealand are independently tested, Watermark certified, and comply with the following standards:

  • AS/NZS 3718-2005 Water supply – Tapware
  • AS/NZS 4020-2018 Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water
  • AS 2345-2006 Dezincification resistance of copper alloys
  • AS/NZS 3499-2006 Water supply – Flexible hose assemblies
  • AS/NZS 6400-2016 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling

AS/NZS 4020-2018 is of particular relevance as it specifies a maximum allowable lead concentration of 10 µg/L.

The only exception to this testing schedule above is our new KOHLER Malleco Touchless Kitchen Mixer, which complies with the following standards:

  • GB 18145-2014 Ceramic Cartridge Faucets
  • AS/NZS 6400-2016 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling

GB 18145-2014 specifies a maximum allowable lead concentration of 5 µg/L. This is the same as US standards, and is more stringent than New Zealand’s standard (AS/NZS 4020-2018).

Live with Confidence

Kiwis can be confident that KOHLER tapware exceeds New Zealand’s water safety standards.

KOHLER has a strong commitment to water quality and water conservation, in addition to the independent testing, KOHLER has received multiple awards for water conservation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

Precious metals in the bathroom …

Referencing vintage hand pumps and precious metals PURIST, from global tapware specialist Kohler, is the essence of simplicity and authenticity. Brushed Bronze, Rose Gold, Polished Gold and Brushed Nickel are the beautiful finishes set to steal the limelight in a bathroom or powder room near you!

Purist PVD

Hero of the range is the single lever mixer in both standard and tall – a single column topped with a slender cylindrical lever it is the epitome of intuitive functionality. Simply lift and turn the lever to adjust flow and temperature. The design taps into our ever-growing love for unadorned simplicity and effortless use, without the obsessive need to over-design and innovate.

Purist PVD
Other models within the range, offering choice in terms of handle design (while maintaining the same mantra of purism and integrity), are the three-piece basin mixer sets with lever handles plus a wall-mounted option.

Purist PVD

All basin taps are five star WELS rated using less than 6 litres of water a minute. There are also bath spouts and bath/shower mixers with and without diverter.

Purist PVD

All of the Kohler tapware ‘precious’ metal finishes – Brushed Bronze, Polished Gold, Rose Gold and Brushed Nickel – are achieved by virtue of PVD technology (Physical Vapour Deposition). This is a customised finish system that vaporises the finish and molecularly bonds it to the chrome surface. This produces a finish that is both tarnish and corrosion resistant – in fact all Kohler finishes twice exceed the industry standard and carry a 15-year warranty.

Matching wastes, bottle traps and accessories available shortly which will include towel bars and ring, soap dish, tumbler and holder, robe hook and toilet tissue holder.

Style and ingenuity converge in a cleansing shower

Converge – it’s the very latest in showering technology!  This piece of ingenuity sees sleek design converge with space-saving smarts to create a truly multifunctional showerhead that features a cleverly integrated hand shower.

Kohler Converge

The 152mm diameter flat-faced showerhead is wall mounted and at first glance appears to be a simple, large format showerhead – but its exterior rim almost magically detaches from the magnetic docking station and becomes a very convenient, separate hand shower!

Kohler Converge

Converge, with its advanced spray engine, provides three powerful spray patterns while using only 9 litres of water a minute (WELS 3 star rated).  The showerhead literally sculpts water!

Choose from the dense, luxurious Silk spray; or Infinity – three spray experiences in one (complete cleanse, refreshing massage and delicate rinse); or Full Coverage for a drenching, all-encompassing spray.

In sleek polished chrome, Converge features an easy clean spray face that simply wipes clean with a damp cloth, without any build-up of minerals.  It also has Kohler’s premium finish to retain a long, enduring and unblemished polished chrome surface.

Kohler Converge

Converge, with its innovative 2-in-1 space-saving design is an exciting development for all those who love a luxurious, ultra-responsive shower but may have less space than they wish!  The release of this product coincides with Kohler’s 145th anniversary – 145 years of ongoing revolutionary design and innovation for the bathroom.

Converge, with a recommended retail price of $199, is available nationally from major plumbing retailers.    The shower arm is available separately at $79.

High calibre tapware from KOHLER enters the first home

Global bathroom designer, Kohler, has released a high calibre range of tapware that brings quality and design within the reach of first home buyers and cash-strapped renovators.

Taut features classic, streamlined design and high quality polished chrome finish – but it’s what is not visible that sets this tap apart.

Kohler Taut Tapware

Kohler uses the highest quality materials in its state-of-the-art factories that each have a global sustainability goal of net zero by 2035. Each basin and kitchen mixer features durable ceramic valves that have been tested to 1,000,000 on/off cycles – the equivalent of 50 years of domestic use. All hoses are of flexible stainless steel. And the polished chrome finish resists scratching, corrosion and wear to a level that is twice the industry standard.

Taut Basin Mixer

The Taut collection features a choice of regular and tall basin mixers, each with a user-friendly flat-tab lever, plus a wall mount mixer. Each has a WELS rating of Five stars (less than six litres per minute).

Taut Basin Mixers

These are supported by shower/bath mixers with and without diverter plus a choice of regular Trim kit or Slim Trims together with a wall mount bath spout.
The collection also has a kitchen mixer featuring the same classically simple, clean lines, goose neck spout and Five star WELS rating (less than 6 litres per minute).

Taut Shower Mixers

Artifacts tapware – turning to the past for bathroom inspiration

Taking its cue from the world’s rapidly growing ‘love of vintage’, Kohler has introduced a range of bathroom tapware that references the form and ornamentation of the Edwardian period – and introduces new, deep, rich textures such as oil-rubbed and vibrant brushed bronze!

Artifacts tapware

Artifacts is a standout range of tapware that features detailed turnings and finials, elegant spouts and swing-lever handles in a choice of three finishes – oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.

Artifacts Tapware

Each piece in the collection is distinct in terms of form and ornamentation but, while the aesthetics are vintage, the range’s performance is full of innovation.

Artifacts Tapware

Basin taps are Five Star WELS rated, using less than six litres of water a minute; engineered ceramic discs resist deterioration and mineral build-up; and the polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze and vibrant brushed bronze finishes feature the Kohler patented corrosion and tarnish-resistant surface.

The range comprises single and twin-handle basin sets, shower/bath mixers with and without diverter, two handle deck-mount bath set plus a wall mount bath spout – all in a choice of oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.

Artifacts Tapware

Artifacts Tapware

KOHLER’s New Slim Trims gives wider choice

If there is one key trend for bathrooms in 2018 it would be CHOICE. While one person opts for sleek and white, another will crush on personality and patina. Global suppliers such as Kohler have seen the signs and are extending their ranges to ensure we can all stamp our style and character on our interiors.

Loure Slim Shower Trim

Just as Kohler was one of the forerunners in creating precious metal finishes to its tapware – rose gold, titanium and brushed nickel for example – it has also taken the lead in developing a choice of trims for bath and shower mixers.

With its introduction of new Slim Trims consumers can now choose between the traditional sized mixers to match their favourite tap and slimmer, sleeker versions. They also have the option of a shower mixer plate with or without diverter.

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

The new Cuff Slim Shower Trim – with and without diverter

The Slim Trims have been designed to match some of Kohler’s best- selling polished chrome tapware ranges – Purist, Loure, Aleo, Strayt, Toobi, Kumin and Cuff.

 

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Aleo Slim Shower Trim – without diverter

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Strayt Slim Shower Mixer – without diverter

In most cases the width of the mixer plate, without diverter, has been reduced by at least 25 per cent – and in the case of the Purist and Cuff mixers these are now a neat 100mm diameter circle.

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Purist Slim Shower Trim

The aesthetic advantage of the Slim Trims is that the peripheral hardware no longer dominates – which allows the true heroes, such as the showerhead and surface finishes, to shine!

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Purist Bath Filler with Loure Slim Shower Mixer

All of Kohler’s tapware features its unique tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome finish.