Whether you’re looking for a brand new toilet for your new home, or merely replacing an old and tired model, no doubt you will have already seen the American Standard brand.
American Standard is an incredibly popular choice in today’s marketplace, and there are a wide array of models available depending on your individual requirements.
Having a choice is good, but it can often be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a clear idea of what it is you are looking for.
In our review today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the most popular models American Standard offers, the Champion 4.
But before we get into the details, let’s take a brief look at American Standard and understand what makes them such a popular choice amongst homeowners.
American Standard Champion 4 – Best Toilet for Those With a Low Budget
American Standard: A Brief History
American Standard has an impressive 140-year history of manufacturing and supplying plumbing fixtures and fittings. They are such a popular choice that you have probably seen their products in many washrooms around the world.
With a focus on living responsibly, but beautifully, American Standard manufacture and sell some of the best looking toilets your money can buy.
One of the best-selling toilets in American Standard’s catalogue is the Champion 4, which many praise for its comfort, design and price.
Keep reading for our full test report of the Champion 4, and find out whether we think this is a good investment of your money.
One thing that immediately catches your eye on the Champion 4 is its classic and timeless silhouette. This is a toilet which has been designed with tradition in mind. Despite this, we have seen this particular model installed in contemporary bathrooms to great effect.
We love American Standard for always designing their products with their customer in mind. The Champion 4 model is built at a ‘normal height’, which means it is the height of a usual dining room chair. The Comfort 4 sits at an ideal 16-1/2″ rim height.
At the height of a regular seat, it makes use much more easier to use. This is particularly useful if you, or one of your family, experiences mobility issues.
To double down on the comfort, the elongated bowl works to distribute your weight evenly across the toilet bowl, again making use more pleasant.
At the same time, it creates a slimline model which is an excellent choice for the smaller bathrooms, or those with unconventional layouts.
|Item Weight||118 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.75 x 29.75 x 28.5 inches|
|Item model number||2004314.020|
|Installation Method||Floor Mounted|
|Water Consumption||1.6 GPF|
|Certification||Watersense, Certified frustration-free|
|Included Components||Complete Toilet^color matched bolt caps(2)|
|Warranty||Limited 10-Year Warranty|
As with most toilets, the Champion 4 is made from vitreous china. Vitreous china is a protective glaze applied to the toilet to create a durable and easy to clean surface.
The vitreous china works by creating a glossy and non-stick surface which prevents the build-up of dirt and grime.
The benefit of this is that cleaning is much more straightforward. In our busy lives, the last thing we want to do after coming home from a busy day at work is to spend time cleaning.
The chrome flushing handle is a classy addition to the Champion 4 which complements the white of the model itself.
We already touched on the classy feel of the Champion 4, but pictures don’t do this toilet justice. If you get a chance to go to a showroom to view it in person, make sure you take the opportunity.
A particular feature we love is the elongated bowl, which creates a slim and sleek design, perfect for bathrooms with capacity constraints.
The Champion 4 comes in 3 primary colours, white, linen and bone.
White is the most traditional choice for bathrooms for a good reason. White is timeless and classic, not to mention sophisticated. If you’re looking to sell your home at some point in the future, stick to white as white bathrooms sell much easier than those using other colours.
Linen is creamier, off white colour which lends itself to more traditional bathrooms. If you’re looking to inject a bit of warmth into your space, Linen is a good option.
Bone is deeper and richer cream colour, with a hint of yellow. Bone again works well in traditional bathrooms and is an excellent alternative to white.
We believe you can’t go wrong with a white toilet. White is such a classic and timeless colour that you won’t run the risk of it going out of fashion or becoming undesirable. Still, the other two colours are welcome alternatives for those that prefer to inject a bit of colour.
The Champion 4 uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush, which will help to save you water with each use. There are better performing systems on the market, so if water consumption is a concern, take a look at some of the other toilets we have reviewed.
American Standard claims that the flush on the Champion 4 can move up to 70% more than other models, and guarantee it’s ‘clog-free’ performance.
If you take a look at all the reviews online, the Champion 4 is heavily praised for its powerful flush, so you can be confident in the fact you’ll be getting a toilet that can do its job properly.
Maintenance and Cleaning
As a one-piece model, cleaning is much more comfortable.
Dirt and grime can build up easily between the tank and bowl, in two-piece systems. This can be taken care of, with a regular cleaning schedule.
The benefit of having a one-piece toilet installed is that cleaning is just a simple wipe down.
Unique to American Standard toilets is the patented ‘EverClean’ coating.
EverClean works by reducing the build-up dirt and grime by creating a non-stick, glossy surface. When combined with the powerful flush, the time required for cleaning is really minimised.
As American Standard is such a popular choice in the toilet market, spare parts are easy to obtain, should anything go wrong. Most plumbers are also familiar with the models and how they work, so should you need any professional assistance, it should be a quick job.
American Standard boast about the low water consumption of the Champion 4. While this is true, there are models on the market that far outperform the Champion 4 in terms of efficiency.
Ease of Installation
Customers praise the Champion 4 for its ease of installation. In our tests, the process was straightforward, although we are professionals!
The one-piece model really allows quick and straightforward installation, as you don’t need to worry about messing around with two different pieces and ensuring they align.
The model comes with a full set of instructions to guide you through self-installation. Alternatively, if you would prefer to rely on a professional, a plumber should be able to install this model with relative ease.
With 140 years of experience in the industry, American Standard is a household name with a solid reputation. You can be confident when buying an American Standard system that you are buying something of quality.
Keep in mind that when cleaning, you ensure to use appropriate cleaning solutions to protect the EverClean coating.
You can check the manufacturers’ guidance for their recommended products, as well as any chemicals you should avoid.
American Standard offers one of the longest warranties in the industry. The Champion 4 comes with an incredible 10-year warranty, which is outstanding.
The Champion 4 is incredibly well priced for its performance, so if you’re working with a limited budget, this model is a fantastic choice.
The Champion 4 combines incredible efficiency, low maintenance and stylish aesthetic, all wrapped up in one model.
For the price point, you can’t go wrong with the Champion 4.
If you’re still undecided, check out some of our other reviews before you make your final decision.
- Easy installation
- EverClean surface for ease of cleaning
- Comfortable to use
- Effective waste disposal through powerful flush
- Outstanding 10-year warranty
- Water efficiency could be improved