American Standard is one of the most popular brands when it comes to great bathroom hardware. In particular, if you are looking for a high-quality, modern-looking toilet, you should check out the Colony collection by American Standard. This collection is known for being minimalistic and sleek but also quite practical and simple. Further, although the toilets are the most popular part of this collection, American Standard offers a full suite of Colony appliance designs for the whole bathroom.
Let’s go into more detail around the American Standard Colony toilets in particular.
- American Standard Colony Models
- Choosing the Ideal Colony Model
- American Standard Colony vs. American Standard Cadet 3
- Final Verdict: Our Top Choices
American Standard Colony Models
There are a couple of different models in the Colony collection to choose from, five of which we’ll outline below. Of all these great options, we’ll start with the most space and water-efficient model.
1. American Standard Colony 751AA101.020
The 751AA101.020 is very similar to the previous model. However, the biggest difference between these two models is the shape.
Unlike the previous model, which is more space-efficient, this option has an elongated bowl and is thus considered to be much more comfortable.
It is also available in both bone and white colors and weighs 85 pounds. Because of the elongated-bowl, however, this toilet will take up more space in your bathroom.
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2. American Standard Colony 751AA001.020
If you’re looking for a more powerful and comfortable option, this model is the right choice.
This toilet consumes 1.6 gallons per flush, but also has a more forceful flush compared to the previous two options.
Additionally, because it offers the right-height feature and has an elongated-shaped bowl, it is considered to be one of the most comfortable toilets in the collection.
3. American Standard Colony 751DA001.020
This model is durably made from vitreous china and features a standard 12-inch rough-in for easy installation. It also comes with a color matched seat and even includes a 2-year limited warranty in case there are any issues. Similar to the model above, it also consumes 1.6 gallons per flush and features both a 2-inch trapway and a 2-inch flush valve to avoid any clogging issues. Thanks to this careful design, this model is a great choice to deliver on strong performance and highly effective flushing in particular.
4. American Standard Colony Fairfield 2862056.020
The Fairfield Colony toilet is similar to the previous model in several ways. In particular, it has a fully glazed 2-inch trapway and a 3-inch flush valve that create a very powerful flush while consuming only 1.6 gallons of water.
Further, although it has a standard height seat, it is very comfortable due to the elongated shape.
In the end, the main difference between this model and the previous ones is the overall construction. The Fairfield is a one-piece toilet and is thus more simple to clean and maintain compared to the previous choice, although it may be harder to install initially.
Read the full review of the American Standard Fairfield
Choosing the Ideal Colony Model
As the Colony collection has multiple models it can be a bit tricky to choose the right one for you. While we’ve discussed some of the differences in water consumption, shape, and other features above, ultimately you’ll want to pick the best option for you based on your specific needs and preferences. Below, we will show you all the details to consider when selecting the model that will best suit your needs.
Here are six different factors in choosing the right American Standard Colony model for your bathroom.
#1. Floor Space
One of the common problems with most bathrooms nowadays is the lack of space. If you have a large bathroom with a lot of floor space, you don’t have to pay as much attention to the product dimensions. However, if space is limited in your bathroom, you should always make sure that the toilet you are planning to buy is going to fit in by checking the toilet measurements and measuring your available space. You can also look for round toilets and even compact models to find a smaller model option.
#2. EverClean Surface
Common to many American Standard toilets, EverClean surface is a coating used on the toilet itself that prevents the growth and development of any kind of mildew, mold, or bacteria. With this finish, the mirror-like surface of your toilet stays clean and free from any stains or odor. EverClean also makes maintenance way easier, because your toilet stays cleaner on its own and will require less work to keep it clean. If you want to minimize time spent on cleaning and maintenance, be sure to select a model that features the EverClean surface option.
#3. Bowl Shape
Some models from the Colony collection have round bowls, while others are elongated. The round models like the American Standard Colony 751DA101.020 are better if you want to save up some space in your bathroom. However, there is a very similar model with an elongated-shaped bowl called American Standard Colony 751AA101.020. This model is a better option if you like the features of both toilets but want or need a more comfortable toilet. However, elongated bowls will take up more space in your bathroom, so there is a trade off for the added comfort.
#4. Toilet Design
Design is something a lot of people tend to forget about and yet, it plays a very important role in both installation and maintenance of your toilet. In general, the two most common types of toilet designs are the two-piece and one-piece models. Two-piece models have a bowl separated from the tank while the one-piece models don’t, and are instead one standalone unit. The two-piece toilets such as American Standard Colony 751AA101.020 are more traditional and are sometimes considered more trustworthy. They’re also easier to transport, install, and can be cheaper to replace if you only need to replace one part.
In comparison, one-piece models are very simple to maintain due to their design. They have no nooks or seams where bacteria can attach or develop, so it takes less effort to keep the toilet clean. However, sometimes the one-piece models can be more expensive than their two-piece counterparts, and they’re also typically heavier and thus harder to install. The Fairfield toilet is one of the best toilets from the Colony collection and is an ideal option if you need a one-piece model that is long-lasting, powerful, and reliable.
Not everyone’s plumbing is going to be the same. Therefore, you need to find out what rough-in you have in your bathroom. The standard and the most common rough-in is a 12-inch option. However, there is also a smaller 10-inch version as well as the bigger 14-inch rough-in. If you are not sure which one you have, make sure to measure it properly first before finalizing your toilet choice. Be sure to pick a model with a matching rough-in so you can successfully install your new toilet.
#6. Water Consumption
The amount of water your toilet consumes per flush is a very important factor to consider. Although it may not seem like a big deal, buying a toilet that is water-efficient will save you a lot of money over the years. Most toilets nowadays consume either 1.28 or 1.6 gallons per flush. There are even dual flush models that allow you to choose between a partial and full flush. If you’re looking to save on your water bill, or decrease your water consumption for environmental reasons, look for a model with minimal water consumption. You can also look for models that are EPA WaterSense certified to be fully confident you’re using the most water efficient model available.
American Standard Colony vs. American Standard Cadet 3
If you have already spent some time searching for a new toilet, you may have already seen the Cadet 3 by American Standard. Also known for its longevity, water-efficiency, and sleek design, how does the Cadet 3 toilet compare to the toilets from the Colony collection?
To start, both of these American Standard options have a lot of similarities:
- Water Efficiency – The Cadet 3 is a water efficient toilet that consumes only 1.28 gallons per flush, like some toilets from the Colony collection. It is also EPA WaterSense certified, and even CALGreen and CEC certified
- Toilet Accessibility and Comfort – The Cadet 3 is also a highly accessible toilet, with ADA-compliance, and similar to several of the Colony collection models, it comes with an elongated bowl for true comfort
- Easy Maintenance – Finally, the Cadet 3 also includes the EverClean Surface to reduce cleaning needs
However, there are some notable differences:
- Toilet Color – In comparison to the Colony models only available in bone and white, it’s possible to find a black Cadet 3. However, most of the models online are only available in a white color, so be prepared to search further for a black option
- Design Aesthetic – As a bonus for the Colony collection, the Colony toilet has a better-looking design compared to the Cadet 3
- Slow-Close Toilet Seat – Finally, the Cadet 3 has a slow-close feature that prevents the toilet cover and seat from suddenly slamming. This small detail can make a big difference during the user experience, but you can also purchase a slow-close toilet seat separately and install it with your Colony toilet.
You may be interested in our full review guide of the American Standard Cadet 3
Final Verdict: Our Top Choices
The American Standard Colony collection offers several different models each with their distinct features and benefits. If you are looking for the most water and space-efficient model, the American Standard Colony 751DA101.020 is the right choice as it consumes only 1.28 gallons per flush and takes up very little space. It is also great-looking and available in two different colors, allowing it to fit in with any type of bathroom decor.
On the other hand, if you want something bigger, more comfortable and more powerful, the Fairfield is the perfect choice. It is quite sturdy and long-lasting. Further, its construction allows you to clean and maintain the toilet with ease. The elongated shaped bowl enhances overall comfort when using the Fairfield, and it offers a powerful flush while only consuming 1.6 gallons per flush.
Ultimately, we hope this guide helped you understand the different details for each of the American Standard Colony collection’s different toilet models.