American Standard Champion 4 Review

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.

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American Standard Champion 4 - Best Toilet for Those With a Low Budget (table)

American Standard Champion 4

Best Toilet for Those With a Low Budget

  • Fantastically Priced
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • Low water consumption
  • Comfort focused design
  • Incredibly powerful flush

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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.

Design

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.

An added benefit is that the model comes in just one-piece. This creates a sleek and stylish aesthetic which is often missing on two-piece models. Not to mention it makes cleaning and installation that much more straightforward, but we will cover that later.

American Standard Champion 4 - DesignWe 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.

Technical Details

Manufacturer American Standard
Item Weight 118 pounds
Product Dimensions17.75 x 29.75 x 28.5 inches
Item model number2004314.020
SizeNormal Height
Style Elongated
MaterialVitreous China
ShapeElongated/Round
Installation MethodFloor Mounted
Water Consumption1.6 GPF
CertificationWatersense, Certified frustration-free
Included ComponentsComplete Toilet^color matched bolt caps(2)
WarrantyLimited 10-Year Warranty

Materials

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.

Simple things such as the glaze toilet manufacturers use can really help cut down on the unnecessary time we need to spend on these necessary chores.

The chrome flushing handle is a classy addition to the Champion 4 which complements the white of the model itself.

Aesthetics

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.

The classic and timeless design works well in any bathroom, contemporary or traditional.

A particular feature we love is the elongated bowl, which creates a slim and sleek design, perfect for bathrooms with capacity constraints.

Colours

American Standard Champion 4 - ColoursThe Champion 4 comes in 3 primary colours, white, linen and bone.

  • White

    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

    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

    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.

If you’re looking for a more extensive array of colours, Kohler is an alternative option. Kohler offers most of their appliances in seven different colourways, which means you are spoilt for choice.

Flush

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

American Standard Champion 4 - Maintenance and CleaningAs 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.

Water Efficiency

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.

How to install the Champion 4 Max Toilet by American Standard

Durability

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.

Warranty

American Standard offers one of the longest warranties in the industry. The Champion 4 comes with an incredible 10-year warranty, which is outstanding.

This warranty is a reflection of how much the company values its customers, and reflects the faith they have in their products.

Price

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.

Summary

Summary

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.

Pros:
  • Easy installation
  • EverClean surface for ease of cleaning
  • Comfortable to use
  • Effective waste disposal through powerful flush
  • Outstanding 10-year warranty
Cons:
  • Water efficiency could be improved
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