HydroRight Dual Flush Converter....Deal or No Deal?
- Converts standard flush toilet to a dual flush
- 2 button flush design
- Quick flush can use up to 70% less water
- No tools necessary
- No need to remove the tank to install
- Works with most standard flush valves that use a flapper
- Mansfield toilets require installation of a standard flush valve sold separately
- Works on front and side mount levers
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Just My Two Cents
I successfully installed a Hydroright Dual Flush Converter on a 3-year old watersaver 1.6 gallon toilet this weekend, along with a much older (pre-1994) 3 gallon plus gut busting water hog with no issues. It took me about 20 minutes to install the first one and only 10 minutes for the second. In both instances, most of time was spent fine tuning the flush levels. It took me about three flushes each to get the settings where they need to be in my case.
First impressions? The dual flushing toilet mechanism works as advertised! The HydroRights flushing buttons are a little hard to get used to at the beginning, especially those of us (most of us?) who are used to the old standard levers. Small children and the elderly may find it a bit hard to operate at first, but practice makes perfect, so no big worries in my humble opinion.
If you have any issues at all regarding the installation of the dual flush converter, I highly recommend that you check out the manufacturer's dedicated HydroRight website or call their toll free customer service (888-466-5741 ext. 118). Both were very helpful based on my experience.
My only minor complaint......it would be nice if you had to option to fit a handle/flusher mechanism in place of the button, which in a few toilets based on a few reviews that I've read prior to my purchase may hit the bottom edge of the some toilet lids when depressed.
Because dual flush converters don't always fit in every toilet, it would be wise to head the manufacturer's minimum installation requirements before you pull the trigger and hit the "buy" button.
"If you have a Mansfield toilet, you will also have to purchase a standard flush valve. Your toilet tank must have at least 10-Inch height clearance(distance from where the flapper currently seats to lid bottom must be 10-Inch or more) for the Hydroright to fit and work. The Hydroright replaces only standard size flappers, the flush opening from tank to bowl should be 2-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch in diameter(this is the hole the flapper covers: some newer toilets have 3-Inch flush opening, hydroright does not work in 3-Inch flush or larger toilets). If the Hydroright is installed in a toilet with an old ballcock, the arm of the ballcock may hit the hydroright and not work properly. In some cases, the hydroright can be turned to compensate. In other cases, purchasing a hydroclean or other pilot style fill valve may be required."
I suspect the device will pay for itself in less than 6 months based a typical family of 3-4. When compared to the typical price of new dual flush toilets now on this market ($200 and more), theses devices are super economical (less than $25 for most installations).
Bottom line........... the HydroRight Dual Flush Converter is a great product and I would recommend that everyone try it on at least one of their home toilets. Knowing that it was designed and is being manufactured in the USA was an added bonus, especially in these challenging economic times. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Go out there and save some water and money!
AVAILABILITY - WHERE TO BUY?
HydroRight Dual Flush Converters are often carried by big box home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. It's has been my experience, however, that the number that they actually have on hand for sale is hit or miss proposition (e.g. in stock vs. out of stock), largely due to their growing popularity among homeowners. So be sure to call ahead. The lowest prices for these converters are typically found on the internet anyway. At the time of this publication, Amazon offers HydroRight converters for less than $20 bucks vs. 29.99 full retail price. I'm sure prices will fluctuate over time. Either way, its may be worth it for anyone in the market for such a device to at least take peak at the reviews of previous Amazon buyers before deciding to pull the trigger.
Looking For Alternative Opions.
If you have taken the necessary measurements and determine that the HydroRight will not fit your toilet properly, I would suggest going with the arguably the second most popular dual flush toilet retrofit device on the market........One2Flush Dual Flush Retrofit Kit. They sell a number of versions on Amazon.com, starting at $25 bucks and up depending on the accessories included. One major issue that deterred me from purchasing this particular brand was that unlike the HydroRight, One2Flush requires that you remove your water tank from the bowl in order to install the device. If you don't mind the extra work involved, I say go for it. On the positive side, One2Flush utilizes a lever-like device to activate the flushing action vs. HydroRight's button set-up. So, its definitely has a more familiar feel to it as far as what you are used to on standard toilets.