[pullquote align=”normal”]A petite American toilet. [/pullquote]
American Standard is one of the leading brands in the toilet industry. They keep reminding the buyers that innovations are alive and well even in this industry.
I agree with them as they often introduce new models that are easy to develop a liking for.
However, not all their models are my favourites. But when one does become a favourite, I don’t forget to write a review about it.
A few days back, I was researching about compact toilets. It was then that I came across the Colony and found it to be really interesting. In this review, I’m going to show you just how interesting it is.
Colony isn’t a best seller like the Champion-4, but it’s cheap and unique in its own way. It doesn’t have any serious complains either and if I needed a toilet for a small bathroom, I would definitely consider this model.
Can’t beat the price
This is one of the cheapest toilets of American Standard - or I’d say, in the industry - and the manufacturers seem to have done their best to provide a good value for your money.
This unit isn’t a heavy worker, and won’t promise anything out of the ordinary like the Champion-4.
But it does what it’s supposed to be doing - hands down.
And with a 2 inch trapway, most of the average size wastes will go through it with a simple flush.
And when it comes to flushing, the water enters the bowl completely - leaving no space unclean from smears.
However, I won’t say that the flush is super quiet. It isn’t loud either, which is good.
But it might let the person in the next room know that you’ve successfully had a bowel movement. You get the idea.
Here is a video showing the flushing in this toilet.
A compact design that isn’t compact looking
For a small bathroom, every inch of space matters.
And buying a small toilet is likely the only option.
However, with American Standard 221DA.004.021 Colony, you don’t have to sacrifice performance over a compact design.
At 26-1/2" x 18" x 28-5/8", it has a round bowl, which also makes its front round and space saving.
But for the size, it’s surprisingly strong and doesn’t look very small- and most importantly, fragile.
This way, even the heaviest and the largest among you can use it without the fear of breaking it in half.
Like I mentioned before, this toilet is designed to fit into tiny bathrooms. So it reaches only up to 14 and a 1/2 inches.
This height is more appropriate for kids and smaller adults, specially females - making it an ideal buy for powder rooms and kids’ bathrooms.
WaterSense makes sense
The WaterSense label issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency ensures that the toilet is a water saver.
With only 1.6 gallons per flush, you can not only go green, but also save a lot on your water bills.
There’s one more thing you should check out - your local environmental conservation authority. They might be overjoyed with your purchase, and give you a tax rebate.
This way, you can convert it into an even more economical purchase.
Install on your own
I won’t encourage you, specially if plumbing this would be your maiden plumbing experience.
But since this is a two piece unit, which also happens to be only 75 pounds in weight, you can carry it up or down the stairs.
And the instructions are also pretty clear. So if you’re planning on doing it on your own - go ahead, you can do it.
And if you’re planning on getting the help a plumber, the good news is that he wouldn’t charge you as much.
Know about the Warranty
Warranty is the assurance a manufacturer gives the buyer.
For the Colony, however, you get only a 2-year warranty.
It’s definitely not the best, nor the worst. And for the price, I don’t think it’s fair to ask for the moon.
So before you buy, my advice would be to find out all the conditions of the warranty.
Also, don’t forget to thoroughly inspect the unit right out of the box. This way, if it’s subjected to any damages during the shipment, you can claim on the Amazon’s return window immediately.
Points to Consider
If you’re shopping for an American Standard toilet, then don’t forget to buy a toilet seat separately because their toilets don’t come with one - so is the same with the Colony.
In the meantime, this unit doesn’t come with a wax ring kit for installation. So this too, should go into your purchase list when you buy the toilet. But they aren’t expensive, so this toilet could still be considered as an inexpensive buy.
The Bottom Line
The Colony is a unit you shouldn’t miss to consider if you’re replacing your old toilet from a small bathroom.
But then again, it looks like its designed specifically for women. However, it can hold down anyone - even if you weigh about 200 pounds.
I also noticed that the Colony is limited in stock. So if interested, make a beeline for Amazon right away.
But if you decide to settle for a more powerful toilet instead, then don’t forget to check our review on American Standard 2023.214.020 Champion-4 ; which is also the powerhouse among the toilets.