View Full Version : A close look at the Mansfield Cascade rimless toilet -PICS-
01-08-2013, 07:29 PM
I just bought this toilet and I thought people here might be interested in seeing it, as it’s a unique design.
My girlfriend and I just bought our first house, and replacing both toilets was one of the first tasks. I went with a Toto Drake II for the upstairs bathroom, but I wanted something cheaper for the terrible bathroom in our unfinished basement. A full revamp of this bathroom is one of our future projects, but for now I just wanted a new toilet in there.
I also needed a toilet that would fit in the space. It’s a 12” rough, but the foundation juts out several inches at the bottom of the wall. This means many toilets, like my Drake II, wouldn’t fit.
The Mansfield Cascade is a model I’d researched a little, and the spec sheet showed it would fit. The MSRP is $186. I paid $122 from a local plumbing supply house. This is the elongated bowl, ADA height version.
Here are a few of the specs:
- 1.28 gpf
- Bowl 4817, tank 3816
- made in Colombia
- 3” flush valve
- 2” trapway
- 800g map rating
Link to the Cascade on the Mansfield website:
Here’s what I started with. This is an ancient Douglas Leader that was cracked and overall in terrible shape. It still worked, though.
01-08-2013, 07:37 PM
The build quality overall seems pretty good. It’s actually a little better than I expected at this cheap price point, but it isn’t quite as nice as my Drake II. There are a few minor speckles in the porcelain I found by really studying it up close. The casting appears even and the glazing overall appears well applied and looks good.
This is a rimless toilet. The water for the bowl wash comes out of a series of angled holes along the inside of the bowl.
The trapway has a sharp turn at the end. We shall see if I have any clogging issues. This toilet does have an 800g map rating, so I'm not too worried.
01-08-2013, 07:40 PM
Nothing unusual here that I can see.
01-08-2013, 07:43 PM
Since this toilet has only been installed a few days, I’m not going to pass judgement. I’ll give an honest review of the performance after it gets some miles on it, so to speak.
The white used on this Mansfield toilet is a little different from Toto’s Cotton White. It’s actually a little off white, so it looks like it may be closer to Toto’s Colonial White.
Installation was quite easy. The Mansfield came with steel tank-to-bowl hardware. I upgraded to a set of brass bolts. I went with a $20 Bemis slow-close seat from Home Depot. It’s almost a perfect color match and fits the toilet well.
I’ve been heading down to the basement for my bathroom breaks to use the Cascade. The toilet flushes well and has been working fine so far.
01-08-2013, 10:11 PM
Found a video of it in action:
Pretty neat toilet. Seems almost like their answer to the Drake II, though they clearly weren't aiming at it since it is at a much lower price point. In that video it looks like the bowl wash is slightly lacking on the front left side.
01-08-2013, 10:25 PM
That same video is posted on the Mansfield website.
Here's another very quick one posted on Youtube:
07-23-2013, 09:13 PM
We are building a house and I would LOVE to hear more about the Mansfield cascade rimless toilet. This is the only review I was able to find. What are your thoughts after the last 6 months of use? Have you had any problems so far?
08-02-2013, 02:29 PM
Well, I've been meaning to update this, but I've been forgetting.
I've now been using this toilet for more than six months. Overall, it works pretty well, especially considering the price.
One note - this is installed in the basement of our 90-year-old house. The basement toilet plumbing has literally no venting of any kind, so I suspect that may affect the flushing performance. I occasionally get slow or inconsistent flushes.
Even with that caveat, I'm still pretty darn happy with it for the price I paid. I have had one or two minor clogs in six months, but a second flush took care of them. The Cascade doesn't flush as strongly as our Drake II, but the Mansfield was also 1/3 the price of the Toto. And again, I don't know how much judgement I can pass on the flushing performance, since it lacks proper venting.
08-02-2013, 07:11 PM
FWIW, a toilet will flush just fine without any venting...it may cause problems with other things, but it should flush just fine UNLESS, it's bowl water content was affected before you used it (i.e., it lost some of its water and was not at the design depth). Note, this can also happen when the thing isn't used much - evaporation can lower the level, and affect the flush which may be what you are experiencing if it is seldom used. I notice this if I'm away for a few weeks - the bowl level is low when I get home from evaporation.