No home is complete without a homely, comfortable bathroom. Your bathroom needs to have a toilet that is not only the right height but is also comfortable and easy to maintain.
There are a plethora of options available in the market that offer a variety of different features. Some have EverClean surfaces that allow you to clean your toilet more efficiently and some also have oversized flush valves that help you conserve more water.
But, how do you which toilet is worth your money and will be the right fit in your powder room or bathroom?
The following is a brief buying guide and product review of some of the best toilets American Standard has to offer.
Considerations Before Making a Purchase
Before you set out to buy anything, naturally, you need to go through a checklist to see if the product truly meets your expectations. The following are a few factors you may want to consider before buying a new American Standard toilet:
Not just for a toilet, when you set out to buy anything, you need to have a budget in mind. After all, you cannot go around splurging without taking stock of how much you can spend.
Toilets are available in a variety of price ranges from builder's quality to luxury models. American Standard has a wide price range within which its products fit. It is up to you to decide what your budget range is so you can narrow down to the appropriate American Standard product that fits within it.
What is the style of toilet you are looking for? There are a variety of different styles you can pick from— right height bowls, normal height bowls, elongated siphon action bowls, etc. Some offer PowerWash technology, while some have larger flush valves.
There are also different colors and styles that you can pick from so you can match your new toilet to the décor of your bathroom.
At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide which features and styles you absolutely require, which would be nice but not necessary, and which also fit into your budget.
What are people saying about the product in the market? The manufacturers will naturally speak well of their product. But, the real feedback will be from users.
Take a look at user reviews on different websites and forums. Ask among friends and acquaintances to see which products they have had a good experience with. When you go to a physical shop, ask all the questions that come to your mind so that everything is clarified beforehand.
Reviews of Our Top Picks
The following are some of the best options for currently available American Standard toilets. They have all been measured in accordance with the buying guide described above. Each product is accompanied by a description of the product, along with the features, the pros and the cons of each:
The Champion 4
The Champion 4 is not just one of American Standard's most popular models, it's one the the most popular models flat out. It features a one-piece design that also includes their EverClean surface which is easy to clean and also stays clean for longer.
The flush is quieter than the other standard toilets available in the market. It also delivers a clog-free performance and is also faster, more powerful and can move 70% larger masses than other toilets.
The rim height is a comfortable 16 and 1/2 inches so you can use it with ease and comfort. The seat is also an innovative, slow-close toilet seat so you don't have to worry about waking up your family should nature call during the night.
The following are some of the major features the product has to offer:
- slow-close toilet seat included in purchase
- American Standard's EverClean surface keeps the toilet cleaner longer and is easy to wipe down
- low water consumption technology helps minimize water usage (1.6 gallons per flush)
- built to have a powerful flush that is surprisingly quiet
- the extra height makes it comfortable for people of all shapes and sizes
f you're looking for a classic looking option with a powerful flush, this is a solid choice. Overall, user sentiment is very positive with only a few minor unhappy buyers citing less than expected performance.
The Cadet 3
It's very possible to argue that the Cadet 3 offers a higher performance than all of its similarly priced counterparts in the market. This series is a bit customizable too.
You can choose a one-piece or two-piece model, the bowl shape such as rounded or elongated, and right height or compact versions. No matter what option you settle on, you will get great efficiency as well as a good look all in one package.
For the sake of this review, we focused on the round-front two-piece toilet. The following are some of the major features the Cadet 3 has to offer:
- takes advantage of the antimicrobial EverClean surface
- like the Champion 4, it uses a fairly low amount of water at 1.6GPF
- lower profile floor to rim model measuring at 15 inches for those who don't want something too high off the floor
- great value at its respective price point
- includes all necessary parts for installation
As a true bang-for-your buck model, you cannot really beat the Cadet 3. The biggest drawback is that like some other budget toilet options, you need to purchase the seat separately. In reality this isn't a big deal as many people like to use a different seat than the one manufacturers supply anyway.
The Town Square
This offering from American Standard has a bit of an unusual name for a toilet, the Town Square. But, after you look at it, the name makes a little more sense.
Though the bowl is rounded like other toilets (technically it's considered elongated), the base is makes use of straight lines and angles to give it quite the unique appearance. Don't let the design foo you though, you still get the high quality performance you expect out of something from American Standard.
The following are some of the major features that the Town Square has to offer:
- utilizes FloWise technology which helps conserve water (1.28 GPF) meeting EPA's WaterSense criteria
- can handle 1,000 grams or 2.2 pounds of solid waste in a single flush
- easy to keep clean due to the EverClean surface applied both inside and outside the bowl and tank
- the PowerWash rim technology ensures every inch of the bowl is rinsed out every flush
- includes a Duroplast slow-close toilet seat
While not even close to a budget model, you still get great value out of the Town Square as it is truly feature rich. It is generally well spoken about by previous buyers, with most critiques being based on personal tastes such as not finding the seat comfortable.
If you want something that is efficient, powerful, and looks a bit different than your average toilet, this is a very good option.
The Fairfield is another toilet that breaks away from that traditional appearance. It's uses a low-profile, one-piece design with an elongated siphon action bowl.
The manufacturer says it was designed for those that prefer minimalist décor in their bathrooms or restrooms. They did a great job as this model functions incredibly well while still looking sleek in a small package.
It's much more than just an innovative design though. Here some of the major features that the Fairfield has to offer:
- matches most modern toilets with fairly low water usage at 1.6 gallons per flush
- refills quickly and quietly after flushing, which is also quiet
- perfect for small spaces where a standard design might not fit
- design makes it extremely easy to clean and limits areas where bacteria can hide
- toilet seat and cover are included in the purchase
While this style of toilet isn't for everyone, it does target a certain buyer. If you are that buyer, one look at the Fairfield and you know it's for you.
The biggest drawback is that this particular toilet is not for sale in California or Texas, so residents of those states are out of luck. Otherwise, if this is your choice, you're good to go.
The products mentioned above are some of the best American Standard has to offer. They cover a range of features and styles and also come in at various price points. While the most powerful and least experimental as far as design is concerned is the Champion 4, the other models have their own unique benefits that might appeal to you.