American Standard Cadet 3 Three Toilet consumer product review
American Standard Cadet 3, Made in Mexico or Honduras
I am looking for some feedback on American Standards Cadet Three right height elongated toilet with the flush right system. I have been told this is a new model from A.S. and has only been on the market about three to four months. I would like to hear from anyone who has purchased one as to how it performs. It appears to me that perhaps A.S. has introduced this model for competition against the Toto Drake CST744SL, which reputedly is a very good unit. If the Cadet three performs as well and looks as good as the Toto, I am a little apprehensive about any product from American Standard because of the complaints I have read and heard about them on the A.S. Champion and some of their other products, so I want to get as much information as possible before I buy one.
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American Standard Cadet 3 is the new throne in my castle
I'm new to posting in this forum, but I've been a frequent lurker since we bought our house a few years ago and I knew the inevitable change to 1.6GPF toilets was coming. As a "Jack of Many Trades" for 6 local nursing homes, I replace anywhere from 10-50 toilets a year when I'm not working on HVAC or electrical problems. We've always been pleased with the Toto brand that our local plumbing supplier carries, and after reading what many of the professional plumbers here have to say about the Toto Drake models, I was pretty well convinced that the Drake would be my choice when it came time to change out the toilets in our house. I was close to making my purchase last week, but I decided to check out the latest offerings at Lowe's, and that's where I stumbled onto the Cadet 3 from American Standard. This really threw a wrench in the works since I knew all about the problems people reported with the dreaded flush tower in the American Standard Champion, and I was already convinced that the Eljer Titan (Consumer Reports rated #1 in August of 2005) was not as good of a value as the Toto Drake, at least based upon the many reviews and opinions here and on another plumbing forum. But what about this fairly new Cadet 3 model from American Standard? :confused:
I needed to find answers, since the specs on the Cadet 3 looked at least as good as the Toto Drake, Well, on Thursday night, I poured myself a half-gallon sized jug of Diet Pepsi and got busy searching for these answers. It seems that most of the professional plumbers that post on these forums are not willing to "take a chance" on American Standard after the problems with the Champion's flush tower, so they will continue to speak highly of the Toto Drake and not think twice about charging their customers a higher price to avoid potential callbacks. I know this may sound harsh, but if they actually took a good look at the Cadet 3, they would see that there is a lot of great features in this inexpensive, very high performance toilet. Here's what I was able to learn by keeping an open mind and pulling one of these toilets out of the box at Lowe's:
As you can probably tell from my enthusiasm at this point, I learned enough from my research into this new model, and now I am the proud owner of the American Standard Cadet 3, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this toilet above any of the competition's best toilets. I fully expect this toilet to de-throne the Eljer from the top spot the next time Consumer Reports does an updated batch of testing. The very high quality feeling is a nice surprise considering the very low price. The flushing performance is as good as any other toilet I've ever seen. About 3 seconds and EVERYTHING is gone!!! The bowl washing seems more than adequate, possibly due to the EverClean coating, but either way, the bowl gets clean with each flush. Refilling takes place very quickly and very quietly. And while I'm raving, let me not forget to mention that this is all coming from one of the lowest priced toilets on the shelf at Lowe's. I know that for a professional plumber, there is no real reason to look for a lower cost alternative as long as your customers don't mind paying the price for a good high quality toilet, but most of the people looking for answers on the internet are also interested in finding the best value for their money. Thanks for listening,
- Very high quality look and feel.
- Fully glazed 2-1/8" trapway.
- Fluidmaster 400A Fill valve and brass tank bolts.
- EverClean silver based anti-microbial glaze that resists bacterial growth.
- Very nice 3" chemical resistant plastic flapper.
- 5 year Warranty (that even covers the flapper)
- Scored higher than the Toto Drake and the Round Front Eljer Titan in flushing performance in the latest MaP Testing (Click here to read the latest November 2006 report.)
Cadet 3 tank
American Standard Cadet Three
Of all the responses to my query about the American Standard's Cadet three versus the Toto Drake, I agree with what B.O.B. had to say. I have thouroghly checked out both toilets specs and have come to the conclusion that although American Standard produced a poor product in the past they have rectified that mistake with the Cadet three and have a very superior tiolet for a lot less money than the Toto. As far as waiting a year to see if any problems develop, remember this is not rocket science, it is a toilet with very few parts to go wrong. If the flush performance is good the first thirty days, that will not change unless damage occurs to the toilet itself, or an obstruction in the drain or sewer line develops. The cadet three does have a lot of extra features the Toto does not have and the warranty is just as good. As for leaks between the tank and bowl any moderatly intelligent person is going to notice if there is a problem either in installation or within a short time of service. The rest of the parts are inconsequential. A bad fill valve? Replace it with a trouble free Fill-Pro valve wich is virtually indistructable and completely trouble free and also eliminates the float and all the mechanism associated with it. The cost of this valve is under $5.00 and the best investment you will ever make. I know this for a fact because I have installed 5 of these valves in 5 seperate toilets in the last 20 years and never had one of them give me a problem. I agree with B.O.B. that the Cadet Three will ultimatly dethrone the Toto because of performance and cost.
My Cadet 3 continues to shine
I agree that American Standard dug themselves into a bad spot with the reliability concerns of the Champion, and that was why I looked so hard at both the porcelain quality and all of the components that they used in the Cadet Three. I would have completely ignored this toilet if it had been another attempt at some new technology or if they had tried re-engineering a time proven flush system, but it looks like they took the best flushing system available today and made it perform better. Their choice in using the Fluidmaster 400A combined with a 3 inch chemical resistant flapper showed me that they are taking Toyota's approach: Listen to what the public likes about a product (namely the Toto Drake) and make it work better, rather than being stubborn in an attempt to do things differently than what is already working. I'm quite sure that they've read their share of complaints both on these forums and in their customers' complaints, and hopefully they will receive enough positive feedback from the Cadet Three that they will continue along this way of thinking, AND keep the price affordable. I think the icing on the cake for me was the inclusion of the EverClean anti-microbial coating at a price that is far below the current favorites in high-performance toilets. This feature above any other would be what I would like to have seen some long-term reports on, but the rest of the product is gleaming with quality, and as LaNor stated previously, what makes this toilet flush so well is NOT rocket science. I'm pretty sure that there was a computer assisting in the design of the Cadet Three trapway, but once they got that aspect perfected so the performance was above that of the Toto Drake or the Eljer Titan, they brought this model to market at a price which in my opinion gave them a huge boost on their climb out of that pit they dug themselves into with the Champion.:o
Now if some of you professional plumbers out there would give the Cadet 3 a fair chance and a good thorough once over, I'd love to read some of your opinions on this product just to see if I've been completely blinded by the low price. I think that the powerful flushing action is pretty much all the evidence I needed to feel really good about my purchase decision, but its always nice to hear from those with the day-in and day-out experience.
Also, for LBrandt or any other long-term owners: I know I tend to get a bit long-winded, but if you do happen to read this far down, how is that EverClean coating working out? Is the Cadet 3 toilet any easier to keep clean compared to your previous toilet? I know that was one feature I failed to mention to my wife before I installed our Cadet 3, and she noticed right away that the lights in our bathroom really seem to sparkle off the outer sides of the bowl, and I've noticed that there is an iridescent pearl-like sheen in the porcelain whenever I need to wipe up those occassional "sprinkles" that don't quite make it into the bowl.;)
My experience with the Cadet 3
Cadet 3 bowl
I installed a AS Cadet 3" about 6 months ago.
In summary - I had to go back to HD a few times to get a bowl that wasn't defective (wasn't flat on the bottom or wasn't fully glazed).
I have had the toilet installed for about 6 months and have put it through some severe "stress" tests and admit that it has never clogged. Relative to the previous toilet that was installed - I'm impressed. Very strong and efficient flush. Not extra ordinarily noisey.
I am still a little concerned about overall quality of the unit based on the initial quality problems I had finding one that wasn't defective. I'm wondering if the unit is going to start developing leaks or parts failing. Only more time will tell.
I'm impressed enough with the toilet that I'm going to replace the other two in my house with the same AS Cadet 3. I fully expect to have to go to HD or Lowes and open every box and inspect the bowl before purshasing to avoid 3 separate trips.
I was initially going to use Toto Drake until the only local dealer quoted me a very high price and long delivery time. At the time the new report came out on toilets that showed the Cadet 3 performing very well relative to the Toto's (you can find it on the internet if you do some searching).
I really don't care where the toilet is made as long as its the best unit for the $$$.