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Kohler Forté K-10282-CP

Est. $40
Reviewed
November 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Kohler Forté K-10282-CP

Pros
  • Generous coverage
  • Easy to install
  • Inexpensive for a rain shower
Cons
  • Only one setting
  • Stream is too weak for some users

Bottom line

The Kohler Forté K-10282-CP is not marketed as a rain shower head, but reviewers say it delivers the rain shower experience for a relatively low price. Its 5.5-inch head provides plenty of coverage and is easy to install. The main downside is that it has only one stream setting, and some users find it too weak, especially when household water pressure is low.

Performance

Gentle but generous. The Kohler Forté K-10282-CP uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm) to produces what most users say is a good combination of water pressure and coverage. A Buzzillions.com review says the stream is "broad and warm without being dribbly." Most owners agree, but a few complain that it's unacceptably weak, like "standing under a garden watering can." One Amazon.com reviewer says the shower head probably won't work well for people with low household water pressure. Also, while professional testers say the Forté keeps hot water hot, some consumers (especially shorter ones) say it feels tepid to them.

Ease of use

Very simple. Most reviewers find the Kohler Forté K-10282-CP very easy to install. Installation instructions are online. A few owners say they removed the flow restrictor to increase the water pressure, but it can be a tricky process. Once installed, the shower head is very simple to use; since it has only one setting, there's nothing to adjust. Users also say it's easy to clean. However, a couple of reviewers find the large shower head a bit awkward. It can spray outside the tub if not angled properly, and it may hang too low for a tall user to stand upright under it.

Design

Modern styling. The Kohler Forté K-10282-CP looks and feels like a luxury shower head, say most homeowners. One Amazon.com reviewer calls it "a high-end product that I would expect to find in a 4-star hotel." Several reviews at Buzzillions.com describe the shower head's looks as "stylish" and "modern," and one says it "really updates the look of the bathroom." Kohler's limited lifetime warranty is another good indication of this shower head's quality. The only complaint we saw was at Amazon.com; that owner says the silicone nozzles give the water a "chemical smell" that persists for weeks.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Male and female staffers at ConsumerReports.org test 18 different shower heads, including the Kohler Forté K-10282-CP, over an eight-week period. They measure flow rate and water temperature and evaluate each shower head based on the feel of the water flow and the ease of adjustment.

Review: Showerheads, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

2. Amazon.com

The Kohler Forté K-10282-CP has more than 150 reviews from owners at Amazon.com, earning 4.6 stars out of 5 overall. Most owners say it's easy to install and offers good coverage, with a strong but gentle stream. However, some find the flow too weak, especially with low water pressure.

Review: Kohler K-10282-CP Forte Single-Function Showerhead, Polished Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013

3. HomeDepot.com

There are about 30 reviews for the Kohler Forté K-10282-CP at HomeDepot.com. The shower head gets an impressive overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5, with 4.8 stars for quality, 4.7 for value and 4.8 for ease of installation. Not one single reviewer fails to recommend this shower head.

Review: Kohler Forte Single Spray 5-1/2 in. Raincan Showerhead in Polished Chrome, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of December 2013

4. Buzzillions.com

We found about 30 reviews for the Kohler Forté K-10282-CP at Buzzillions.com, gathered from various online faucet retailers. Owners say it's very easy to install and use, and most say it delivers good water pressure. However, a few are disappointed that it only has one stream setting.

Review: Kohler Forte Single-Function 5-1/2 in. Showerhead in Polished Chrome 10282-CP, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2013

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