Save Water with Every Flush – American Standard Champion 4 Max Review

In honor of World Toilet Day on November 19, 2013, we replaced one of our toilets with a WaterSense 1.28 gallon per flush  American Standard Champion 4 Max and could not be happier. Alicia says that she never before thought she would have an actual opinion on a toilet beyond the shape and height of the toilet seat. Now she does.

American Standard Champion 4 Max image explaining how it is engineered not to clog

Amazing how far toilet technology has come

Toilet technology has evolved so much.  Before 1982, most toilets used 5-7 gallons per flush (gpf).  Toilets made from 1982-1992 generally used 3.5 gpf and the federal standard today is 1.6 gpf.  While I love saving water, what has impressed me most with our new Champion Max is how well it flushes.  One of the reasons we choose the Champion 4 Max was that it was engineered to prevent clogs.  Since installing it 2 months ago, we have not experienced a single clog.  Considering that we were having to plunge the previous toilet 3-4 times per week, this is awesome. We were under the impression that the frequent clogs were a result of the angles of the pipes inside the house, but simply replacing the toilet has fixed the clogging (knock on wood).

Another benefit of the Champion 4 Max is how quiet it is. Our youngest son Timmy remarked,

“It doesn’t make any sound at all!”

picture from the side of the Champion 4 Max toilet box of a bucket of golf balls saying it can flush it with a single flush

Click on the picture to see a video of a Champion 4 Max flushing 20 golf balls & a bunch of other things you should never flush down the toilet.

I even took a short video of it flushing so you could hear how quiet it is.

Also, since it only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, it fills up very quickly and is ready for the next customer immediately.  In a house of 5, with only 2 bathrooms, this can be very important.

Replacing the toilet was easier than I expected and took less than 2 hours with help from my 4 and 9 year olds, which often slows me down. (It is totally worth it to have them help, but that is a topic for another blog post.) The toilet was a “no tools” installation and came with instructions in the box.  A handy homeowner should be able to replace an existing toilet in an hour or two.

picture of a toilet with lid up in small bathroom

Our new 1.28 gpf quiet & clog free toilet

While we have access to awesome sanitation advantages like the Champion 4 Max toilet, many people in the developing world do not.  The Flush for Good Campaign is working to improve sanitation all over the world by donating hygienic latrine pans in Bangledesh.  For each Champion 4 Max toilet sold, American Standard will donate a trap door latrine pan. Go to Flush for Good and pledge to cut back your own water consumption. For every 100 likes or shares they get, they will donate an additional latrine pan.

What are you going to do to save water?  Check out Flush for Good for some ideas and be sure to tweet and share what you are doing.

Happy Water Savings!

Disclosure – We received a $200 gift card for ourselves and 2 to give away to our readers from American Standard in exchange for writing two posts including this one promoting the Flush For Good Campaign.  All opinions are our own. Our review policy can be found here


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  1. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. Such a neat campaign. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. I really need to get one of these! I have been wanting to be able to switch out all of our appliances and what not with eco friendly versions, but you know, that takes money first lol! I will keep this in mind when we get to buying a new toilet!

    • Christina – the toilet cost just over $200. It will take a while to pay that back in water savings, but the fact I haven’t had to plunge the toilet in two months is totally worth the investment in my opinion.

      As for switching out appliances for my eco friendly versions, do it one at a time. Pick one, save up for that and replace it, then move onto the next one.

  4. We actually have this toilet! Never have had an issue. I think we bought one from Amazon and one from Home Depot.

    • Amanda, how long have you had them? You can definitely buy it through Amazon as well…I think this is it, but it is really hard to tell the differences without being able to look at the box:

  5. I have this toilet and every 30 seconds it makes a sound like it wants to fill but just for two seconds. Very annoying when the house is quiet and you are trying to sleep. Have no idea how to stop it.

    • Hi Kim,

      I have no idea what is happening, but am confident if you contact American Standard, they can assist with the problem.

      Good Luck!

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