When it comes to the best toilets, you can’t go wrong with American Standard. Thanks to the immense improvement in toilet technology in the past few decades, they offer a wide range of water-saving, stylish and ultra-comfortable models that leave you with the cleanest toilet possible.
So, what makes it a leading brand in this competitive market? What are the technologies that people rave about so much?
- American Standard – Innovative Technology
- American Standard Toilet Comparisons
- 12 Models Reviewed
- 1. American Standard Champion 4
- 2. American Standard Cadet 3
- 3. American Standard H2Option Round Front
- 4. American Standard Tropic
- 5. American Standard Town Square
- 6. American Standard Townsend
- 7. American Standard Colony One-Piece
- 8. American Standard Edgemere Toilet
- 9. American Standard Colony Two-Piece
- 10. American Standard Madera EverClean Toilet
- 11. American Standard Cadet Pro
- 12. American Standard H2Option Elongated
- History of the American Standard Company
- Additional Unique Features
- Buyer Consideration Guide
- American Standard Cadet Pro vs. TOTO Drake II
- Our Final Verdict
American Standard – Innovative Technology
American Standard toilets have some special benefits that set them apart from most other units. Their toilets are affordable, and due to their distinctive attributes, they make for an excellent long-term investment. Let’s see what makes this particular brand of toilets so great.
✓ WaterSense Technology
You may have noticed the EPA WaterSense label on American Standard toilets, or heard about it in an ad. But what does it mean? Basically, if a unit has an EPA WaterSense certification, it means that the toilet uses less water, without compromising performance. Most American Standard toilets save around 20% more water when compared to similar units, This can create significant savings on water bills, as well as being good for the environment
✓ VorMax Flushing Technology
The VorMax flush technology has got to be one of the most signature toilet technologies on the market. American Standard has truly flipped the toilet industry on its head with this innovation- literally!
In every toilet, the water used for flushing is divided into two resources- the siphon and the rinse. The siphon, or jetway, water is the water sitting at the bottom of the bowl, that pulls waste down and away. In normal toilets, this accounts for about 70% of the flush’s water. The rinse water swirls down from the rim, pushing any waste that may be clinging to the bowl down. In normal toilets, this rinse water is made up of the other 30% of the flush’s volume.
However, American Standard engineers realized that the part of the flush that is most effective is not the pull of the jetway, it’s the pushing mechanism of water flooding down from the rim. So, they took that 70/30 ratio, and flipped it!
In a VorMax toilet, the jetway only uses 30% of the flush volume, and a whopping 70% of the water goes towards the rinse. By devoting more water to rinsing the bowl, American Standard has created a flush system that essentially scrubs the bowl for you, and is highly efficient at removing waste.
✓ EverClean Finish
One huge advantage of choosing an American Standard toilet is their patented EverClean finish. This is an additive that is baked directly into the porcelain or ceramic material of your toilet, which produces a final product with a smooth, mirror-like shine.
Alongside being pretty to look at, the EverClean finish lives up to its name by preventing the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria on surfaces.
Besides cutting down on cleaning time, this also fights against stains and odors caused by bacteria build-ups. You’ll find EverClean on the surface of toilet bowls, tanks, seats, and even in the trapway piping, as well as on the surfaces of American Standard’s bathtubs and whirlpools.
We listed three additional unique features further down the article.
American Standard Toilet Comparisons
12 Models Reviewed
Only a handful of brands such as TOTO, Kohler and American Standard have ruled the world of bathroom toilets. Flushing toilets from American Standard are testimony to their dedication and innovative technology.
These 12 American Standard models offer almost all the typical features most people seek in a premium toilet.
1. American Standard Champion 4
The Champion 4 is one of the most popular models and is truly a champion among high-performance toilets.
This unit features a 2 3/8 inch trap way and a 4-inch flush valve, widely used in most flushing toilets. You aren’t likely to face clogging issues with this model.
Its unique 2-piece design is comprised of a separate tank and an elongated bowl. The shape of the bowl provides extra comfort and hip support. Additionally, the height of the seat is equal to the height of a standard chair to make sitting even more comfy for people of all ages.
Champion 4’s flushing system is the main unique selling point. It utilizes a 4-inch piston action, accelerator flush valve to eliminate solid waste in the blink of an eye. The toilet uses only 1.6 gallons per flush to support the water conservation initiative taken by the government.
Manufacturers have used a premium grade, highly durable vitreous china for an extended lifespan. Champion 4 is a complete kit. The package also includes a trip lever, toilet seat with cover, wax ring, speed connect, coupling kit, and bolt caps for hassle-free installation.
Read the full review of the American Standard Champion 4
2. American Standard Cadet 3
The Cadet 3 is an ADA-compliant toilet, which is indicative of the optimum level of comfort it provides to its users. With a rim height of only 16.5-inches, people of any age enjoy maximum knee support for a satisfactory experience. The toilet bowl surface is comprised of the best quality vitreous china for long-lasting performance. It is also glazed with silver-ion additives to create an anti-bacterial EverClean surface for improved hygiene.
Read here about the American Standard EverClean surface.
There’s nothing worse than skid marks on your toilet bowl. Ordinary flushing toilets aren’t powerful enough to deliver the flushing speed required to rinse tough stains in one flush. But this toilet does the trick.
The American Standard Cadet 3 is known for its ability to wipe off every trace of skid marks from the toilet, leaving you with a clean, hygienic bathroom.
Its one-of-a-kind Cadet 3 flushing system consists of a chemical and distort-resistant 3-inch flush valve for accelerated water volume flow per flush. It’s almost 80% faster than regular 2-inch valves. The fully glazed 2 1/8-inch trapway prevents clogs and evacuates 1000 grams of solid waste with every flush.
Read the full review of the American Standard Cadet 3
3. American Standard H2Option Round Front
American Standard created flushing toilets that use the least amount of water possible to actuate forceful flushing. The H2Option Toilet is the best of them. This top-rated toilet is packed with myriad features to give you unbeatable performance for years to come.
It utilizes PowerWash Rim Technology to create excellent water pressure in the rim chamber. We also see the intelligent use of Siphonic Action Technology to generate immense siphoning power that’ll jet down the residue entirely from the bowl.
The dual-flush system is maneuvered by a top-mounted push-button dual-flush actuator that, in the first mode, eradicates full liquid waste and a small amount of solid waste. The full-flush mode delivers superb flushing force using only 1.28 gallons of water per use.
You may be interested our full review guide of the American Standard H2Option
4. American Standard Tropic
The manufacturer’s latest roll-out is the Tropic collection of ultra-power flushing toilets. This product line by American Standard has better flushing systems and attractive designs. Plus, the models meet the EPA WaterSense criteria. The low-water consumption of 1.28 GPF helps you save 80% on your family’s regular water consumption.
The Tropic is a luxury performance toilet featuring some cool utilities for an excellent user experience. It integrates its trademark PowerWash rim to scrub the bowl clean automatically after each flush. The wide 3-inch flush valve, coupled with a fully-glazed 2-inch trapway ensures that all waste is completely pushed down with a single flush.
Maintaining the toilet is a cakewalk. Its Duroplast slow close seat and cover with accessible lift-off features make toilet-cleaning two times less of a hassle than it usually is.
5. American Standard Town Square
The American Standard Town Square toilet is a one-piece model that comes with an elongated bowl for superior comfort.
Additionally, this toilet also coordinates with the entire bathroom collection of Town Square.
This unit minimizes the chances of dirt and grime buildup because of its one-piece design that has no hidden corners or holes. Plus, the EverClean surface ensures that your toilet stays bacteria-free and prevents the growth of mold and mildew on the surface.
6. American Standard Townsend
The American Standard 2922A104.020 Townsend Vormax toilet is a one-piece toilet that comes with the right height feature to provide optimal comfort to its users. Its elegant design makes it the perfect fit for your bathroom, as well as minimizes the chances of buildup in the corners.
Additionally, this one-piece toilet features an elongated bowl that adds extra comfort. Its antimicrobial EverClean surface keeps the toilet sanitized and prevents the buildup of bacteria on the toilet surface. The EverClean surface also protects the toilet against stains and odor caused by bacteria.
This best toilet by American Standard includes a robust flushing system that has Vormax technology, and it cleans the toilet two times better than regular toilets with increased efficiency. The flushing system consumes only 1.28 gallons of water per flush to reduce water waste on a bigger scale.
Furthermore, this high-efficiency toilet is EPA WaterSense certified and ADA compliant. It comes with a slow close toilet seat and seat cover for your convenience.
If you’re interested, we created a full American Standard Townsend review.
7. American Standard Colony One-Piece
The American Standard Colony One-Piece toilet is a one-piece toilet that includes an elongated bowl to ensure the maximum comfort of its users by providing more sitting area. It is a compact and space-saving toilet that would give a unique look to your bathroom.
This toilet has a low-profile tank, and its powerful flushing mechanism provides great performance. It only consumes 1.28 gallons per flush to help you save 20% more water in comparison to a regular toilet with a conventional flushing system.
With the right height feature, this best toilet ensures optimal comfort, especially for taller people and people with disabilities. Additionally, it is EPA WaterSense certified, and its one-piece design eliminates the risk of bacteria, mold, and mildew growth in the corners of the toilet.
Finally, this unit requires a 12-inch rough-in for its installation, and it comes with a toilet seat.
8. American Standard Edgemere Toilet
The Edgemere toilet from American Standard’s Edgemere collection is a classic-looking toilet with an elegant design that complements the interior of your bathroom. This two-piece toilet includes a round-front bowl that is equally adequate for smaller and bigger bathrooms.
This high-efficiency toilet ensures the users’ optimal comfort and its right height feature makes it ideal for taller people and people with disabilities as it doesn’t require too much effort to sit on or to get up from. The Edgemere toilet is ADA compliant and EPA WaterSense certified, which makes you eligible for rebates on your water bills in some municipalities.
This Edgemere includes an EverClean surface that minimizes the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew, and stains on the surface of the toilet. Its powerful flushing mechanism ensures effective cleaning and sanitation of the bowl while consuming only 1.28 gallons of water per flush.
The toilet also features the PowerWash rim that scrubs away all the waste from the toilet bowl every time you activate the flush. In addition, this Edgemere toilet comes with a slow close toilet seat that can be color-matched, and it also coordinates with all the products of the Edgemere Collection by American Standard.
Take a look at the full review of the American Standard Edgemere toilet
9. American Standard Colony Two-Piece
The reliable and durable American Standard New Colony Toilet is everything you need. It’s made of durable vitreous china and uses only 1.28 gallons per flush. Combined with a 2-inch flush valve and a 2-inch trap way, you know your flush has the power and effectiveness that it needs.
What makes this toilet great is its unique 2-piece design. This model offers Speed-Connect Tank to Bowl—one click, and it’s all set up.
No need to wonder if water usage will be enough to take away all the waste because this model comes with PowerWash Rim, making the bowl clean and shiny with every flush.
You can’t go wrong with something this easy to set up.
10. American Standard Madera EverClean Toilet
This one-piece elongated floor-mounted toilet is what you need if you’re trying to save space.
The smaller size doesn’t mean it has less flushing power. In fact, this American Standard design has been considered the best industry commercial toilet for more than 137 years.
With less size comes a smaller seat, but the good news is this model offers surprisingly low consumption with high efficiency, operating in the range of 1.1 to 1.6 GPF. Its clean surface will make you feel like you have someone taking care of your toilet every day.
11. American Standard Cadet Pro
This two-piece Cadet PRO elongated toilet is the perfect combination of price, performance, and value. It’s made of long-lasting vitreous china. Even though it has a 1.6 GPF, it has achieved outstanding scores at MaP.
The Cadet flushing system boasts a powerful flush. Its robust metal trip lever and metal shank will fill the valve, making it ready for the next flush in a few seconds. Combined with PowerWash, this toilet delivers raw power while maintaining low water usage, saving your water bill.
Additionally, the unit includes an EverClean surface, effectively preventing bacteria and buildup.
Finally, color matching bowl cups that are easy to install will make decorating your bathroom a cinch.
Read our complete review of the American Standard Cadet Pro
12. American Standard H2Option Elongated
This two-piece dual flush toilet brings all in one—comfort and high power, combined with a traditional American toilet design and traditional look. H2Option combines a water-efficient gravity flush with a fantastic response in water savings, meaning it gives you the option of a partial or full flush.
With its right height of 16 1/2 inches, it’s a little higher than a regular American Standard toilet, which provides even greater comfort. Of course, it comes with an EverClean surface together with PowerWash to make the toilet do almost all of the cleaning itself.
The only downside is that seats are sold separately, but this gives you the opportunity to choose the seat design and color you like best.
Look at our full review of the American Standard H2Option toilet
History of the American Standard Company
American Standard started as the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company (SSMC), back in 1895. As one of the first plumbing and fixture manufacturers in the United States, SSMC quickly grew to become a highly influential company. They were at the forefront of advances to modern plumbing such as widespread indoor plumbing, the creation of the one-piece toilet, and combination faucets. In 1967, the company changed its name to American Standard, and then in 2008 American Standard merged with fellow companies Crane Plumbing and Eljer to form the American Standard Brands we know today.
American Standard manufacturers not only toilets, but everything needed for a complete home bathroom, and even some kitchen appliances. This includes showers, tubs, sinks, faucets, soap dispensers, towel bars, toilet paper holders, and of course toilets and toilet seats.
The company’s general design leans towards clean lines, minimal frills, and classic colors. Within those guidelines, they’ve still produced products that fall into one of four distinct design categories; traditional, transitional, modern, and innovative. Collections range from the classically elegant Delancey, which uses traditional materials and subtle ornamentation to inspire a feeling of old-money class, to the ultra-modern Times Square collection featuring sleek lines and blocky, geometric angles.
Additional Unique Features
Below are three additional American Standard unique features these toilets offer.
✓ ActiVate Touchless Flush
ActiVate is American Standard’s proprietary no-touch flush system. This technology provides a safe way to flush the toilet while avoiding contact with one of the germiest parts of the appliance.
In place of a normal flush lever, in ActiVate equipped toilets you’ll find a small sensor. A simple wave of the hand over this sensor, from a distance of about two inches away, is all it takes to flush away your waste.
The system is battery-powered, and has been shown to last up to two years, based on an average flush rate of 12 flushes per day. And if you’re worried about technological failures, don’t be- there’s still a manual flush button, located on the sensor itself, if you ever need a back up. And, if you’d like to be able to clean your toilet without accidentally flushing it 10 times, the sensor can be disabled by the simple press of a button.
The ActiVate touchless flush can be found on a number of American Standard models, including the Devonport, Clean, and Studio.
✓ No Plunge (Clog Free) Toilets
With the Champion flushing system, American Standard has done the impossible: created a no-plunge, clog free toilet. The newest model, the Champion 4, features the industry’s largest trapway, at 2 ⅜” inches, and a 4” flush valve. These technical upgrades allow it to flush the largest of loads with only 1.28 gallons!
Watch for yourself, in the video below.
In this video, we saw how the Champion 4 can flush down anything, even marshmallows, toys, or 20 golf balls! It’s truly impressive.
✓ ADA Compliance
American Standard has made a concentrated effort to design products that meet or exceed the standards recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes Right Height toilets that are more accessible to people in wheelchairs, walk-in bathtubs, and showers with textured bases for better grip.
Almost every design collection offers ADA compliant options. These features are not only necessary for people with disabilities or limited mobility, but many also add convenience or comfort to abled people as well.
Their website also includes a comprehensive article on how to better incorporate ADA-compliant design in your bathroom.
Buyer Consideration Guide
Customizing your home requires taking into consideration lots of details. Toilets are no exception.
Let’s break down the details you need to consider when searching for the perfect American Standard toilet.
#1. Eco-friendly & Economical
With the current change in our climate, it is vital to invest in a toilet that is eco-friendly and doesn’t harm the environment. Eco-friendly toilets consume less water while flushing, helping you reduce your water bills and save thousands of gallons of water every year.
Replacing the old flushing toilet in your house with a new-age model can save you as much as 25% of a home’s daily water usage. According to a law passed in 1995, a toilet can’t use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. If your toilet requires multiple flushes to wipe out all traces of waste, it’s time to switch to a new one.
#2. Toilet Seat
Toilet seats usually don’t come with the toilet, leaving you with the hassle of purchasing one separately. So, before making a purchase, make sure that you read the list of a toilet’s features to determine if it comes with everything you’re looking for, including a seat. Toilet seats come with various features, such as soft-close feature, heating feature, etc. You can choose the seat that meets your preferences to improve your bathroom experience.
#3. Flush Mechanism
Like most toilets, all American Standard toilets come with a flush valve. Single or dual flush is something to consider. A dual flush toilet lets you choose the water usage: either 1.2 or 1.6 GPF. In both cases, power is the same, and efficiency is maintained. Both are eco-friendly.
Designing the inside of your bathroom is something that most homeowners take part in, from customizing the tiles to the paint. But what many forget is the design of the toilet. American Standard toilets come in many different sizes, finishes, and heights, all in different price ranges. They can even come wall- or floor-mounted, whichever you prefer.
#5. Water Usage
As law mandates, all manufactured toilets in the U.S. cannot use more than 1.6 gallons per flush, which led manufacturers to create new technology in toilets that will maintain the same power while using less water. An EverClean surface will help clean everything that comes its way, reducing the number of flushes needed.
They are 27 to 30 inches deep, 21 to 31 inches high, and about 20 inches wide. In most cases, traditional toilet seats are 15 1/2 inches from the ground, which, for decades, had been considered the most comfortable height.
#7. Simple Installation
Compared to traditional units, they offer a much simpler and faster installation. For example, consider the drain assembly and adjustment. Often this is one of the trickiest parts to installing a new toilet. Traditional toilet drains have around 15 parts to assemble, whereas American Standard drains have only 2. As well the seal on their drains are very tight, and the lift rods come pre-adjusted at the correct height.
American Standard Cadet Pro vs. TOTO Drake II
The Cadet Pro comes with all of the special American Standard features we’ve talked about in this article.. It’s EPA WaterSense certified and features the PowerWash flush, which cleans the bowl completely while using 20% less water. r. With the EverClean finish, the shiny and tough elongated bowl surface will always be clean and protected from the growth of bacteria and mold.
On the other hand, the TOTO Drake II comes with TOTO’s Tornado Flush technology, also known as the Dual Cyclone. This system is similar to the American Standard PowerWash method, in that it provides a powerful and water-efficient flush. The Drake II features a CeFiONtect coating that keeps keeps the bowl as clean as possible and reduces maintenance, similar to the EverClean finish
So, which unit is better? Well, it’s almost too close to call. However, we are leaning toward American Standard Cadet Pro. Both toilets are excellent contenders, but the Cadet Pro is slightly quieter than the Drake II. That, combined with a less blocky design that makes it more visually appealing, just barely gives American Standard the edge in this battle.
Our Final Verdict
American Standard is a high-quality, efficient brand, based right here in the United States. We love how they manage to combine classic functionality with ingenintive design and innovation. Everything that American Standard produces, from their most basic toilet model to the most high-tech, is made with beautiful materials and thoughtful craftsmanship.