American Standard Cadet 3 Toilet Review

If you're shopping for a toilet that is basic, but has the features to get the job done in removing waste effectively, then the Cadet 3 could be a great fit for you. Whilst not packing the excessive spec list some of the more expensive products have, it still manages to receive a mostly positive sentiment when you look at customer feedback around the web.

Spec overview

Image Product Flush GPF Bowl Rating?
Gravity 1.6 Round front 84%


Rough in - Users should know their rough in measurments before they even begin shopping. We have useful guides for this here. The 270DA001.020 fits a standard 12 inch rough.

Design - This is a two piece style, meaning the tank and bowl will not be attached until you do so. This may slow down the installation process, but on the other hand, it makes carying the toilet into position easier, rather than hauling one big slab of ceramic around the house with you.

Flush information - When it comes to the flushing effectiveness, three things work well together here. The EverClean gloss over the vitreous china gives it a smooth finish for the 3 inch flush valve to release 1.6 gallons through the bowl. The result is a respectable flush that gets the job done.

Budget - If you're looking for a low budget toilet, this could be an option. Compared to much of the competition out there, this has the affordability factor going for it.

How does it compare to other toilets?

221AA.105.020 Colony 270DA001.020 Cadet 3 2403.128.020 Cadet 3 2889518.020 H2Option 2794119.020 Studio Activate 2034314.020 Champion-4
Type Two piece Two piece One piece Two piece Two piece One piece
Flush HET Gravity HET Dual Touchless Gravity
GPF 1.28 1.6 1.28 0.92 / 1.28 1.28 1.6
Bowl Round front Round front Elongated Round front Elongated Elongated
Comfort height
Color White White White White White White
Dimensions 29.8 x 19.2 x 30.9" 28.2 x 17.2 x 28.9" 28.5 x 15.5 x 28.5" 15 x 27.8 x 30" 30.2 x 15.8 x 30.8" 17.8 x 29.8 x 29.5"
Weight 58.4 lbs 84 lbs 97 lbs 68.8 lbs 109.4 lbs 118 lbs
Rating 83% 84% 88% 87% 84% 84%

Considerations before you buy

Is it efficient? - You should definitely look into what makes a toilet efficient. Whilst 1.6 gallons per flush options aren't as efficient as 1.28 gallon models, they are much better at conserving water than 3.5 GPF products. Having said that, WaterSense toilets give consumers the chance to get rebates, courtesy of the environmental protection agencies guidelines.

Comfort height - The size of the bowl may seem like a small issue, but it plays a large role in overall user comfort and accessibility. The extra height options go by many names, but right height, universal height, and chair height are among the most common.

Flush convenience - Think about how your flushing system is activated. You will no doubt be familiar with the trip lever variations, but you should also have a think about what automatic and infrared sensor flushing mechanisms can bring to your bathroom.

Alternative flush mechanisms - Whilst gravity fed systems seem to be the dominant choice, there are some great alternatives to think about. Power flush toilets are just one example. Then you can also consider whether it is a back flushing toilet or a floor based one.

Other brand names - Whilst AS is a reputable name in this industry, you should still be thinking about alternatives and how they could potentially be a better fit for your home. Kohler toilets are a excellent alternative.

Wrapping up

This is by no means the perfect toilet. However, because it's an inexpensive model, we feel you get plenty of bang for your buck. A 3 inch flush valve that utilizes 1.6 gallons will produce an efective flush for the majority of residential settings. However, if you're looking for something slightly more innovative, we recommend checking out our other American Standard reviews.