What is different about American Standard toilets, and why you should get one
American Standard is the real deal when it comes making toilets. Their toilets are made to drastically enhance your bathroom experience. They have a range of flushing toilets to choose from and each has its own specialty that makes it stand out from the others.
For instance, some of their models are designed to be great water savers. They use less than a gallon of water per flush to clear the tiniest bits of poop stain from every inch of the bowl. If flushing power is your top priority, treat yourself to American Standard’s dual flushing models such as the American Standard H2Option.
Additionally, American Standard has the expertise in getting your comfort levels a few notches higher. With models ranging in height, others designed for heavy people, and some with special seats for children, you can get a toilet that perfectly meets your needs.
Their building quality is another positive thing that will see your investment last a lifetime.
With models like Champion 4 carrying an industry-leading 10-year warranty, you certainly have a huge reason to trust this manufacturer.
Features to consider before you buy a toilet
Whether you are shopping online or at a local store, pay attention to the following features:
Type and style
The first choice you have to make is between a one-piece toilet and a two-piece toilet. A one-piece toilet has at most ten individual pieces sculptured into one unit with both a bowl and tank already attached. There are no crevices between the bowl and tank to collect dirt.
In a two-piece configuration, the tank and bowl arrive as different packages, and they are put together during installation. Both types have their pros and cons, which we like to summarize as follows.
| Pros: |
- Sleek design
- Easy to clean
- Compact in height
- Durable design with minimal risk of breaking or leaking
- Quick to install
- Comfort height
- Water-saving options included
| Cons: |
- Usually heavy
- Challenging to ship
- Few rough-in options
The bottom line here is, if you don’t want to spend extra time and efforts installing and then maintaining and cleaning your toilet, the one-piece option is a great fit. However, there are easy-to-install models mong two-peace toilets as well, for example, the American Standard Cadet features the SpeedConnect coupling system to make installation flawless. What else is good and bad in two-piece toilets? Let’s take a look.
| Pros: |
- More options for rough, style and height
- Easy to maneuver the pieces for installation
- Flushing and water saving options available
- Easy to ship
- Impressive mix and match of tank and bowl
| Cons: |
- May be difficult to clean
- Likely to break and leak
- Time-consuming installation
- Less compact
So, if you’re looking for more versatility, be it choosing a perfect toilet from among more options, or matching tank and bowl, a two-piece toilet will deliver.
These come in either small, round-front bowl or long, elongated front bowl. The round-front bowl is an ideal choice for small bathroom spaces. Elongated bowls, on the other hand, have a slightly longer rim and are comfortable for adults. Be sure the space in your bathroom can accommodate an elongated bowl and check the bowl dimensions as well. There have been cases where the doors could not open when an elongated bowl was installed.
American Standard provides different flushing systems, which also differ in functionality and price. Flushing systems are either single or dual.
A single-flush system has one flush mechanism, which means any waste is flushed with the same amount of water, sometimes as much as 5 gallons.
In contrast, dual flush toilets have two buttons instead of a lever, and each button engages a specific flush.
One button is used for urine, and it releases less water, while the other is for flushing poop, using a little more water. The American Standard H2Option is a good example of a dual flush toilet.
This means dual flush systems consume less water than single flush systems, which leads us to the next consideration: gallons per flush.
Gallons per flush
Think of your water bill when selecting a flush system. Not only is water conservation good for the environment but also it can as well save you money on your monthly bill. Standard modern toilets consume 1.6 gpf, which is more than 50% of conventional toilets.
American Standard has a range of High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs), which boast an impressive 1.28 gpf, saving 20% more water than standard counterparts. It doesn’t get better than the American Standard Cadet 3 model.
A warranty is an indication that the manufacturer has confidence in their products and American Standard excels in this area. You must have noticed that the models we’ve covered above have different warranty periods, but that’s okay because they differ in quality and features. The American Standard Champion 4 has arguably the best warranty in the flush toilets market. Product warranty is definitely something to consider because you never know when defects may show up later.
How to install a toilet
While there are no standard toilet installation procedures, American Standard provides installation instructions along with notes on care and maintenance.
You will need a set of tools to get the job done on your own. These include a regular screwdriver, sealant, adjustable wrench, tape measure, putty knife, hacksaw, wax ring, closet bolts, flexible supply tube, and carpenters level.
If this sound too much to have, then you are better off handing the job to professional toilet installers.
Basically, the job is done in two steps:
- Removing your old toilet
- Installing your new American Standard toilet
There are many videos on YouTube that can help you install your toilet as well as several installation resources. This guide should help you install an American Standard toilet.