Shopping for and installing a new toilet is a big job, and not a fun one. Nobody will ooh and ahh over your new bathroom like they would your new sports car, but when it comes down to it everyone knows a toilet is more important than a sports car.
A good toilet is invaluable for the convenience of your everyday life.
An inefficient toilet brings constant frustration and some stinky situations, while an efficient, reliable, high quality unit makes life easier.
If you want a toilet you know you can depend on, it offered by American Standard might be for you. It comes with a ten year warranty, so you know that American Standard stands behind their toilets.
Cleanliness of the bowl is of utmost importance, and with the Champion’s Ever Clean surface and fully-glazed trapway, you will need to clean the bathroom less often.
American Standard has streamlined water flow for this unit so that it can move much more waste than other models without clogging. There is even a popular video of a Champion toilet flushing golf balls!
Furthermore, since it has a powerful flushing system, including an accelerator flush valve, you can say goodbye to clogs. It can flush more water into the toilet and thus flush out waste quicker and more efficiently than most other models.
Is It Worth Your Money?
While you may spend a little more on the Champion 4 than you would on some other models, you can feel confident that this model will get the job done while keeping clean and preventing clogs.
The combination of vitreous china and an Ever Clean Surface allows for the Champion 4 to stay clean for much longer between cleanings, while the increased water flow enables it to clear just about any clog you face it with.
- EverClean surface inhibits stains from forming and bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing on the bowl
- Vitreous china for an elegant finish and stay clean power
- Bowl and tank combined
- Siphon Action
- 10 year warranty
- Piston action Accelerator flush valve for powerful flush
- Comes in white, linen, bone, or black
- 28-3/8″ x 18-1/4″ x 31-3/8″
- Siphon-action bowl
- 4 in piston-action accelerator valve to allow more water into the bowl for a more powerful flush.
- Glazed trapway
- 110 pounds
- Removes up to 2.2lbs of waste in a single flush.
Ease of Use & Reliability
It takes care of business. You can put your plumber away, because you can rely on this product to move what goes into your toilet out of it without any assistance from you.
Furthermore, since the Champion 4 keeps itself clean you can forget the weekly toilet cleaning routine. It has an EverClean surface to inhibit mold, mildew, and stains.
Installation is very easy, despite the heavy weight of this model. Installation does not require any special tools and American Standard does a good job of providing how to information for homeowners.
icon-check-square EverClean surface so you can clean less often
icon-check-square 10 year warranty for worry free purchasing
icon-check-square 4” high pressure piston for powerful flush
icon-check-square Powerful single flush clears the bowl icon-Icons
Seat not included
icon-exclamation-circle Not as water efficient as some other models
icon-exclamation-circle Tall seat might be too tall for some people
icon-exclamation-circle The handle is very hard to push
icon-exclamation-circle Only comes in elongated bowl
icon-exclamation-circle No color choices
icon-exclamation-circle Doesn’t conserve water as well as some other choices
At just under $600, this is one of the pricier models on the market. American Standard stands behind this cost with their ten year warranty, so although you may be spending more you can spend with confidence. While higher than the cost for some other models, this is still not a very high price for a quality appliance that will last a decade or more, like the Champion.
Who Is This For?
If you don’t want to worry about clogs and a dirty bowl, and are willing to pay a little more for the security of knowing you have a long warranty to protect your investment, the American Standard may be a good choice for you.
American Standard gives you the ability to easily install the Champion 4, then forget about cleaning and don’t worry about clogs. The EverClean bowl will prevent mold, mildew, and stains for much longer than other models. The powerful flush and siphon of this model makes clogs extremely unlikely, so you can put away your plunger.
The American Standard Champion 4 offers some of the most flushing power on the market, making us confident that the plunger can be put away for the long term with this toilet. It stays clean with its Ever Clean surface.
While the price of this model is a lot to swallow compared to some of the other models, the 10 year warranty backing the Champion makes the price more tolerable. Furthermore, for those who have suffered with clogs in the past, it offers meaningful relief.
Other Options Worth Looking At
If you are bothered by the difficulty of pushing the handle on the Champion, the Santa Rosa by Kohler, with its easy to operate handle, may be worth your consideration.
If you want a cheaper option than this model but are not willing to skimp too much on quality, the Toto Drake offers powerful flushing similar to that offered by the Champion, due to its G-Max flushing system and wider than standard flush valves. Like this model, the Drake can move water in and out of the bowl powerfully and efficiently, making the plunger a rarely used tool.
The Drake is offered at a much more affordable price, but is not backed by a 10 year warranty. If you value customization and color choices, choose one of Kohler’s models for increased color choices.
While this model has a quiet flush, if a very quiet flush is more important to you than some other features, the Toto Entrada promises silent flushing for a lower price than this model.