Mansfield Alto 160 toilet product review
My plumber suggested I install a Mansfield Alto 160 during my recent bathroom remodel. He swore up and down that it works great, has one in his home, wouldn't install anything else. Yadda yadda. I'm afraid I believed him. Some time has passed and it's almost time to install the toilet and I am second guessing this selection. Can't decide whether to take him on his word (I mentioned that the first time it clogged he would most certainly be receiving a call from me) or just get a different toilet. I just want one that works. I can't afford a $$ one like a toto. Perhaps the Cimarron? Thanks for any advice.
Experiences with a Mansfield Toilet
Well, my cracked toilet (which I previously posted about months ago) finally sprung a leak and I sent it off to the garbage. When I pulled the toilet off, I found that the crack on the outside of the bowl went through to the underside into the trapway. It did some damage to the linolium. If you have a toilet bowl with a hairline crack, even if it doesn't leak, get rid of it!!
I went to Habitat for Humanity and purchased a very tall ADA Mansfield toilet made in 1988 for only 15 dollars. It needed all new parts and a good scrubbing. Mansfield customer service was EXTREMELY helpful in identifying the toilet model number and the appropriate parts that go inside the tank.
I thought because it was a Mansfield toilet, it took Mansfield only parts. Wrong! I opted not to use the Mansfield flush tower because I didn't want to have to replace the washers on it. We have very hard water and I didn't want to constantly have to special order parts for this flush tower. I was able to substitute the Mansfield flush tower with a regular plastic flapper style flush valve. I ended up using an American Standard tank to bowl gasket to fit the flush valve. I had ordered the Mansfield tank to bowl gasket, but it was too big as it was designed to fit the Mansfield flush tower only. I had no problems setting the tank with the new flapper style flushvalve and the American Standard gasket. It fit perfectly and is very secure. No leaks at all!
I must say, the quality of this toilet is far superior than the one it replaced (an American Standard from the 1980's). The finish is flawless, and the porcelain seems very sturdy and thick. This toilet was MUCH heavier than the old one which tells me it was made better. The holes under the rim are bigger than the other toilets in the house, and the toilet flushes GREAT. I'm guessing that it uses about 3 gallons to flush.
To make a long story short, yes you can use generic parts in a Mansfield toilet without having it affect the flushing performance. If you opt to use Mansfield only parts, you can special order them at Lowes at a very cheap price.
I hope my experience helps other people that have Mansfield toilets.
Rebuilding a Mansfield tank
About 10 years ago, I completely rebuilt a Mansfield toilet tank that was made in 1972. I replaced its leaking Model 204 flush tower with the Model 210 and its very cheap looking plastic float valve with a Fluidmaster 400A. I installed it in the outside (shed) half bath at my camp along with its matching lavatory. It worked perfectly, and as you said about your "new" Mansfield, it was well made and the china was flawless. If yours was made in 1988, then it used 3.5 gallons. Mine used 5 gallons.
Shortly after, it was given a new home at my New York City neighbor's winterized camp. They needed an exact replacement for their Mansfield (it had cracked due to poor winterizing several years before and they suddenly realized it could become a problem) because a longer base would block a trap door in the floor in front of the toilet. They sold their camp a year ago and it is now a year round home, and my restored Mansfield is still going strong!!
My aunt who is in her late 60's completely rebuilt her Mansfield tank by herself (and I am very proud of her for that), exactly as you did. She used a Fluidmaster flapper valve and Fluidmaster 400A instead of Mansfield parts, and her toilet works perfectly just as yours does. And for being original to the house (1973), it looks like it was installed yesterday.
Congratulations on your find and with your fix, your Mansfield will serve you well for years.
OOPs! Where is my Mansfield??
Looks like I pressed the wrong button and my Mansfield photo disappeared.
Here's another try.....
Mansfield 1 month Review.
I've had the Mansfield toilet installed for almost a month now and it works flawlessly! It has never clogged, leaked, or done anything that a toilet is not supposed to do. The entire bowl gets washed down during the flush and it stays very clean. This toilet is in the main bathroom of our house and gets a lot of use. The only thing I notice is that the flush is louder than the toilet it replaced, but I really don't care. So far, I am very impressed. If I ever find another ADA Mansfield toilet of the same style, I am going to replace the second toilet (a horrible Kohler) in our house with it.
It was interesting to read other people's experiences with their Mansfield toilets. Mansfield sounds like it has continuously made products that work, priced at reasonable prices.
If I move out of this house, this toilet is going with me!