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.
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!”
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.
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.