An In-Depth Review of the Top Best American Standard Toilets
Sorting Through the Best American Standard Toilets Buyers Guide and Reviews
Branding should not be the reason why we choose to purchase or pass on a certain product. However, there are those select brands/companies that excel at so much at what they do, that it becomes impossible to ignore them.
Such is the case with American Standard.
The American Standard brand is synonymous with quality in the toilet industry.
Today, we will devote this space to American Standard’s fine collection of toilets. We will look at the characteristics that separate them from the competition.
We will also discuss in-depth some of the best American Standard toilets that are available today.
Let’s now get to the reviews of the American Standard toilets.
The dual flush system is seemingly turning into the standard option for modern toilets. Considering how it can be the more water-efficient option, that trend is a positive one. American Standard is not content to just have their toilets be in line with the industry norm in terms of flushing though.
That is why the 2886.216.020 H2Option Toilet from American Standard features something extra. Instead of the ordinary dual flush, this toilet features the siphonic dual flush system.
In some dual flush toilets, users may encounter problems while trying to get rid of waste because they lack high-end power. That’s not the case with this American Standard offering.
The siphoning action results in the faster and quieter removal of the waste in the toilet. Furthermore, that feature also helps the toilet maintain a higher standing water level. You won’t have to worry as much about stains because of that feature.
Also present on this toilet is the PowerWash Rim. This feature allows the release of pressurized water inside the bowl via holes installed in the rim. The pressurized water effectively cleans the interior of the bowl so that you will have less to do.
If you decide to purchase this toilet, remember to get a toilet seat as well. Also, you should know that flushing is not instantaneous. Sometimes, you may have to press down hard on the buttons to get the flush going.
Beyond those minor nitpicks though, there is nothing else to dislike about this toilet.
Similar to the item listed above, flushing is also the area in which the 2034.014.020 Champion 4 Toilet excels.
This American Toilet also makes use of the siphonic dual flush system. In addition to that, it comes equipped with another component that allows the toilet to execute even more powerful flushes.
The feature in question is the 4-inch Accelerator Flush Valve. It’s larger than the typical flush valve and it works faster as well.
With the Accelerator Valve installed, it almost seems like the dual flush system has been combined with a pressure-assisted system. Over the course of many flushes, I don’t remember any specific time when I’ve had to repeat a flush because there was still waste left in the bowl.
I also want to highlight the larger trapway installed on this toilet. Having a large trapway is crucial to preventing clogging. It is doubly important on this toilet because of all the water that flows in once the flush is activated.
You don’t have to be concerned about the water level not lowering because the trapway will usher the liquid out of the bowl effectively.
Frustratingly, the manufacturers have again decided not to include a toilet seat with this item. You will have to fork over extra money for that essential component of the toilet.
As you’ve probably guessed, the 2889216.020 H2Option Toilet is quite similar to another item we have already reviewed.
They share many of the same strengths. The siphonic dual flush system is prominently featured again. Also returning is the PowerWash Rim that makes cleaning the toilet such a breeze.
The 2889216.020 Toilet is also easy to install relative to many of the alternatives on the market.
However, there are some key differences between this H2Option Toilet and the one we talked about earlier.
The first notable difference is the shape of the bowl. The earlier model has an elongated bowl. In this American Standard offering, the bowl is round. Round toilet bowls have a smaller surface area and they can be more uncomfortable to use for extended periods of time.
The other point of difference is the height of the toilet bowl. This toilet is slightly shorter and just falls outside that comfort height range.
Because of those differences, this item is simply not as comfortable as the H2Option toilet featured previously.
It is worth noting that this toilet is the cheaper option. If you want a more affordable toilet that still excels at getting rid of waste, this option may be what you’re looking for.
We’re continuing with the comparison of toilets from the similar American Standard line by pitting two Champion 4 variants against one another. This time, we’re looking at the 2004.014.020 Champion 4 Toilet.
The performance of the 2004.014.020 variant approaches the level of the previously reviewed Champion 4 offering.
It still has that large 4-inch Accelerator Flush Valve that will add extra pressure and power to your flushes. The big trapway is also present again and it will prevent any clogs from forming inside the toilet bowl. Now, let’s get to how the two Champion 4 toilets differ from one another.
The 2004.014.020 toilet does not feature the siphonic dual flush system. It doesn’t even feature the dual flush system. That’s not necessarily a deal-breaker in my book, but this toilet will use up more water even if it just has to flush liquid waste.
The other dissimilarity between the two Champion 4 variants is that the 2004.014.020 is shorter. For people who struggle with shorter chairs, this toilet is going to present some problems.
You can save quite a bit of money if you decide to get the 2004.014.020 Champion 4 and those savings can go towards purchasing the toilet seat.
Dual flush toilets may be becoming more prevalent, but they are not the only options available. For those homeowners who want a more conventional type of toilet, American Standard is offering the 2989.101.020 Cadet 3.
So, how does the Cadet 3 attempt to provide solid flushing performance without using up too much water?
To get around that issue, the manufacturers have installed a high-performance system that makes use of 1.28 gallons of water per flush.
1.28 gallons per flush is a remarkable rating. You don’t have to be concerned about the partial option of the dual flush system missing because the regular flush is already water-efficient.
The 2 1/8-inch trapway effectively discourages clogs of all kinds. It pairs well with the wide flush valve that allows the new water to enter the bowl faster.
American Standard’s pressurized rim is also featured in the 2989.101.020 Cadet 3 Toilet. It’s a welcome inclusion that significantly cuts down on the amount of time you need to spend cleaning this item.
And by the way, the seat comes bundled together with the Cadet 3.
The only issue I ran into with this toilet popped up during installation. You will want to clear out a weekend afternoon if you’re going to install this toilet in your bathroom.
While you’re shopping, there may be times when you’re looking for a specific item and it’s just not available. You could be looking for the 2989.101.020 Cadet 3 Toilet above, but what you may find instead is the 2988.101.020 Cadet 3 variant.
If you happen to find yourself in such a dilemma, should you go ahead and purchase the latter model anyway?
As you would expect, the two Cadet 3 variants do differ from one another. The most notable dissimilarity between the two is their shape. The 2989 model has an elongated toilet bowl, while the 2988 model has a round bowl.
We’ve already pointed out that elongated bowls are more comfortable and provide greater support. The round bowl is still comfortable, but you may find yourself cramping up earlier if you’re using it.
The upside to getting the toilet with the round-shaped bowl is that you are saving a few bucks. If you’re trying to lower your expenses as much as possible, the 2988 Cadet 3 toilet will be a better purchase.
We’re finishing up with one more Cadet 3 Toilet from American Standard and this time, it’s the 2403.128.222 model.
It’s easier to see how this Cadet 3 model varies from the ones reviewed earlier. The body of this toilet is slimmer. Instead of a big block of ceramic forming behind the toilet bowl, the 2403 model just has the trapway and other components there.
They are not hidden from view.
Because of that, you can save some more space and if you really needed to cram this toilet into a small spot, you can do that.
One more thing that I found fascinating about the 2403 Cadet 3 model is that while it’s shorter than the other Cadet 3 variants, its bowl remains comfortable. You can even say that it’s more comfortable because it’s closer to the height of a standard chair.
All of the other notable Cadet 3 features are back such as the powerful yet efficient flushing, the large trapway, and the pressurized rim.
The issue with installation is also back, unfortunately.
Notably, the 2403 model is significantly more expensive than the other Cadet 3 variants. If you have a decent amount of space in your bathroom, going with the other options may be the better move.
Though we’re only looking at American Standard toilets in this article, it’s important to note that they still differ from one another in a few ways. Those differentiating factors are discussed in greater detail below.
The days of toilets being voracious consumers of water are in the past, or at least they should be. If you haven’t replaced your toilet in a long time, you may still have a home fixture that uses way more water than it needs to.
The standard for toilet water usage has improved drastically since 1994. That was the year when low-flow toilets using only 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF) became the standard.
These days, the new toilet you’re getting for your home should, at most, use only 1.6 GPF. Any toilet that uses more water than that is needlessly inefficient.
Some American Standard toilets will even do better than 1.6 GPF. You will be able to spot certain variants that only use 1.28 GPF.
The toilet’s main jobs are to receive and dispose of waste. To do so effectively, it must have a good flushing system onboard.
Different types of flushing systems are being used in toilets today.
The most basic flushing system that is still being featured in toilets is the gravity flush system. The gravity flush system is not as fast as the other options and it’s not as water-efficient as well. However, the gravity flush system still gets the job done on a consistent basis and it’s not as noisy as the alternatives.
Speaking of noise, you can expect to deal with a lot of it if you decide to get a toilet with a pressure-assisted flushing system. As a reward for dealing with that much noise, you’re getting a flushing system that can purge just about any type of waste in the toilet bowl. Even if something is clogging the pipes, this flushing system has the power to get rid of that problem.
The dual flush system is another option. In dual flush toilets, there are partial and full flush choices. The partial flush usually consumes about half as much water as the full flush and it’s designed to get rid of liquid waste. The full flush is meant for solid waste.
Dual flush toilets can be more effective water-savers, but be careful because some models are very weak. Thankfully, that’s not an issue plaguing American Standard’s toilets.
Many shoppers don’t pay attention to the height of the toilet bowl, but this factor can go a long way towards determining how comfortable the fixture will turn out to be.
On average, you will find that most toilet bowls are about 14 to 15 inches tall. That height range is fine, but it can be improved upon.
If you or someone in your family struggles with low seats, you need to find a toilet that is taller than average. In this case, what you’ll want is a toilet bowl that is about 16 to 19 inches off the ground. A toilet bowl within that height range will be as tall as a standard chair.
Toilet Bowl Shape
While we’re on the subject of toilet bowls, let’s discuss their shapes as well. Toilet bowls typically come in one of two standard shapes – round and elongated.
The round toilet bowls are better for saving space, but they can be uncomfortable after a while. They are usually also found on more affordable toilets.
Elongated bowls are friendlier to your body, but they do come at the cost of a few extra bucks.
Toilets can either be one-piece or two-piece fixtures.
The one-piece toilets are great to have around because they are easier to clean. They don’t have those small creases that you will need to squeeze into just to clean them.
A two-piece toilet will require more attention during cleanup time, but you’ll find that they are usually the more affordable options.
Lastly, because the upcoming products are American Standard toilets, you will notice that they feature what is known as the EverClean surface.
If a toilet features the Ever Clean label, that means its surface is double-coated. The two layers of protection are designed not just to keep the toilet free from scratches and other dings. They are also responsible for keeping the toilet clean.
An EverClean surface discourages the growth of bacteria, mildew, mold, and it also protects the toilet better from stains.
Choosing my favorite American Standard toilet from the options included above is no easy task, but after some careful consideration, I’ve decided to go with the 2886.216.020 H2Option Toilet.
This American Standard creation simply has everything I’m looking for in a toilet. It’s comfortable to use, it possesses a good amount of flushing power, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning it thanks to the PowerWash Rim.
It’s even easier to install compared to other American Standard products.
The toilet seat not being included is disappointing, but I’m more than willing to pay that extra price if it means having this quality product working in my home.