American Standard Champion 4 Review

American Standard Champion 4 ReviewThe American Standard 2034.014.222 Champion 4 is a one-piece, elongated, Right Height toilet that is getting a lot of positive reviews.  There are many toilets with similar looks, features and measurements available online, so what makes the Champion 4 worth considering?  In one word, it is its ‘Flush’.  The Champion 4 has one of the most powerful and effective flushing systems in the business.  Before we get to the flushing system, lets have a quick look at this model’s design and specifications.

American Standard Champion 4

Design

The American Standard Champion 4 is a lovely looking toilet that is sleek and modern.

It is a one-piece toilet, which for me looks that little bit more impressive in appearance, compared to a two-piece.  It just looks that little bit more solid and stylish.  A one-piece toilet is also a lot easier to clean, compared to a two-piece.  As you can see, there is no gap between the tank and bowl, therefore no easy area for dirt and bacteria to grow.  A wipe with a damp cloth will clean this area in seconds.

This model is also a Right Height toilet.  A Right Height toilet is also known as a Comfort Height toilet and is a little bit taller than a standard height model.  A standard height toilet will measure roughly 15″ from floor to seat.  This size toilet is fine for many people, however if you are taller than average, then a taller seat may be more comfortable.
Right Height toilets measure over 17″ from floor to seat and are ADA Compliant.  The Champion 4 measures 16 1/2″ from floor to rim, so with a seat installed it should measure around 17 1/2″.  This seating height will be ideal for taller people but will also benefit the elderly, disabled or anyone finding it difficult to sit down or stand up.

A Right Height toilet, also known as a Comfort Height toilet, will measure over 17″ from floor to seat.  This is over 2″ taller than a standard height toilet and will be similar in height to a standard kitchen chair.

This model is also elongated in shape.  An elongated toilet bowl will measure around 2″ longer than a standard round bowl.  Many people find this extra length to be more comfortable because it is a little more spacious. Whether you like a round bowl or an elongated bowl is your own preference.  However, an elongated bowl will suit most adults better, while a round bowl may be more suitable for smaller individuals and children.  An elongated bowl will also take up that little bit extra room in a bathroom.

The seat is not included with this toilet, so will have to be bought separately.

specifications

  • Colors: White, Linen
  • Dimensions: 29-1/2″ Height x 16-3/4″ Width x 29-3/4″ Depth
  • Seat Height: 16-1/2″ (floor to rim)
  • Shape: Elongated
  • Weight: 119 lbs
  • Flush: 1.6 GPF
  • Handle: Left-side
  • Rough-in: 12″
  • Certification: ADA Compliant

Flushing System

After seeing American Standard’s golf ball flushing video, it is easy to see why this model is so popular.  American Standard are a leading brand and have a wide range of high quality toilets, however, the Champion 4 is surely one of their top performing models.  Make sure to check out the video below to see how amazing this flush really is.  So what makes this flushing system top of the class?  Lets see.

Well first of all, it has a 4″ Accelerator Flush Valve.  This 4″ piston action accelerator flush valve is a lot more effective at pushing water into the bowl, compared to other toilets. 

In fact, the 4″ flush valve is three times faster than a standard 2″ flush valve, two times faster than a 3″ flush valve, and one-third times faster than a 3-1/4″ flush valve.
This extra speed allows the Champion 4 to flush water into the entire bowl in less that one second.  That is pretty quick!

Secondly, it has a Fully Glazed 2 3/8″ Trapway.  This is the largest trapway in the business.

The standard measurement for trapways is 2″ and this is why the Champion 4 is able to move 70% larger mass per flush.  Even compared to a 2 1/8″ trapway, the Champion 4 can move 40% larger mass.

Finally, after rigorous factory testing, the Champion 4’s performance was outstanding.  It got the highest rating of 1,000 grams, passing the Maximum Performance (MaP) test with flying colors.

Not to mention the EverClean antimicrobial glaze finish that prevents stains and bacteria from sticking to the surface.  This of course will help the toilet stay newer looking for longer and reduce cleaning time and the need to use harsh chemicals.

Are there any downsides to this flushing system?  Well, maybe one.  It is not a WaterSense Certified toilet.  This Champion 4 model uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush.  This is still a water conserving flush, however to meet WaterSense requirements, a toilet will need to use 1.28 GPF or less.  1.6 GPF is fine for most bathrooms, however some states require the use of WaterSense Certified toilets.

If you are interested in seeing the famous ‘Golf Ball Flush Test’, then make sure to check out this short video.  You will never need to flush golf balls down your toilet, however it is an amazing demonstration of the Champion 4’s flushing performance and ability.(Viewing time 2 mins)

Golf Ball Flush Test Video

Installation

I have attached a video below where American Standard demonstrate a toilet installation.  It is a short video and worth watching to see how easy it is to install a toilet.  There is one difference between this model and the toilet in the video.  The video has a two-piece model, where as the Champion 4 is a one-piece.  The main difference here is that the Champion 4 weighs roughly 120 lbs.  It will require lifting into place and will be heavier than a two-piece. However if you feel like you can do that, then there shouldn’t be any other problems with the rest of the installation.

You really don’t need DIY expertise to install a toilet, therefore I recommend you save on plumber fees and install the Champion 4 yourself.  As with most new toilets, a wax ring is not included, so will have to be purchased separately.

The toilet in this video is the Champion 4 Max, which is a two-piece model.  The Champion 4 is a one-piece toilet, however this short video will give you an idea how easy it is to install a toilet. (Viewing time 2.15 mins)

How To Install An American Standard Champion 4 Toilet
American Standard Champion 4

How Does the American Standard Champion 4 Compare to a Leading Competitor?

The Champion 4 is one of American Standard’s most popular models, therefore it is right to compare it to another leading brand’s most popular toilet.   This is why I chose the highly rated TOTO Ultramax II.

Design

Both of these toilets have a very similar design.  Both are one-piece, elongated toilets that have a trapway design on the sides of the base.  The Ultramax II is a little bit more compact in size and is about one inch shorter in height and length.

Both toilets measure roughly the same in seat height.  They both measure a little over 17″ in height (with a seat) and are therefore ADA Compliant.

Flushing System

Now this one is really tough to choose.  Both of these toilets have wonderful flushing systems and are two of the best in the business.

The Ultramax II has TOTO’s Tornado Flushing System.  This system uses only 1.28 GPF and is WaterSense Certified.  As its name suggests, the flush releases water into the bowl with a tornado like swirling action and reaches 360° of the bowl, clearing everything in its way.

What I really like about this toilet’s design, is its rimless bowl.  Unlike regular toilets, the Ultramax II has two holes, one on each side of the bowl.  Water gushes out of these holes to create a centrifugal action that is very different to regular flushes.

Compare this to the more powerful Champion 4.  One of the main reasons the Champion 4 is more powerful is because it has a larger flush valve.  The Ultramax II has a 3″ flush valve which is still 1″ larger than the industry standard 2″ flush valve.  However, it can’t compete with the Champion 4’s 4″ flush valve, which releases water into the bowl two-times faster than the Ultramax II.

It is also worth noting that the Champion 4 has a a larger siphon trapway.  The Champion 4’s siphon trapway measures 2 3/8″, where as the Ultramax II’s siphon trapway measures 2 1/8″.  This allows the Champion 4 to be an absolute beast, moving 40% more mass than the Ultramax II.

If you are looking for power and ability to flush a large mass, then there is only one winner – the Champion 4.  However, the Ultramax II has a great flushing system also and is very highly rated.  It is also WaterSense Certified, where as the Champion 4 is not.

Price

These two toilets are very similar.  One-piece, elongated models that are both very popular.  Unsurprisingly,  there isn’t much of a difference in price.

However, there is a soft close toilet seat included in the Ultramax II’s price.  The Champion 4 does not have a toilet seat included.

And the Winner is…..

The American Standard Champion 4 and the TOTO Ultramax II are both great looking toilets, that have some of the best flushing systems in the industry.  It would be really hard to choose between the two because they both offer different qualities.

Appearance and price wise, there isn’t much of a difference between the two.  However, if you are looking for a powerful flushing system that will never clog, then I am sure you will be drawn to the Champion 4.  If you need a WaterSense Certified toilet with a highly effective and efficient flushing system, then you won’t go wrong with the Ultramax II.

If you would like to see a more detailed review, with images, videos and the price of the TOTO Ultramax II, then follow the link.

Click Here For The TOTO Ultramax II Review

9.1 Total Score
American Standard Champion 4

The American Standard Champion 4 has one of the most powerful flushing systems in the business. This one-piece elongated model will not only look great in your bathroom but will also have the power and speed to move any waste effectively, efficiently and stay clog free.

Design
9
Flush
9.5
Price
9
Comfort
9
PROS
  • Easy To Clean Design
  • Right Height Seating
  • 4" Flush Valve For Faster Flush
  • 2 3/8" Trapway For Larger Mass Movement
  • EverClean Glaze Finish
  • Vitreous China Material
  • 10 Year Warranty
CONS
  • Not WaterSense Certified
  • Seat Not Included
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Final Thoughts

The American Standard Champion 4 is a smooth, sleek one-piece toilet that will look great in any bathroom.  It has Right Height seating that will make it a little more comfortable for taller users and may also benefit anyone that finds it uncomfortable using a standard height seat.

What really makes the Champion 4 stand out from other toilets is its flushing power.  Its ability to flush large amounts of mass and at such a high speed, makes it hard to beat.

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