American Standard Esteem VorMax Elongated Two-Piece Toilet (717AA101S.020)

A subtle yet commanding design, the American Standard Esteem looks much leaner than most two-piece toilets with an almost futuristic aesthetic that blends in rather than dominating a bathroom. Comfort is uppermost with a right-height seat and an elongated bowl giving you plenty of room for maneuver. Water-efficient yet packing a remarkably powerful flush, this compact and elegant toilet ticks all boxes.

Description

American Standard has cornered the niche for affordable toilets that conserve water while still delivering robust flushing power. The Esteem VorMax comes in a two-piece configuration with an elongated bowl so you’ll get plenty of space when you’re sitting down. Getting up or down couldn’t be easier thanks to the chair-height seat riding 17 inches high. Despite such a spacious feel, this toilet has a sleek form factor ideal for slightly more restricted bathrooms.

The key selling point with this toilet is the proprietary VorMax flushing technology. This is reputed to deliver double the power of a regular toilet and American Standard throw in a few extras to enhance flushing performance further. Along with a targeted jet of water to rid the bowl of all lingering debris, the EverClean treatment on the glazing further lessens the chance of any waste sticking to the sides. All this is achieved with a user-friendly single-flush mechanism so you might think you’ll end of using a huge amount of water to get such power…

This is not the case. Without needing to switch between full and partial flushes, the Esteem uses a meager 1.28 gallons of water per flush. This is 20% below WaterSense regulations so you can do your bit for the planet while potentially knocking down those spiraling water bills into the bargain.

Cleaning couldn’t be simpler. Thanks to that antimicrobial glazing, not much waste will end up on the sides of the bowl in the first place. With the CleanCurve Rim doing away with those holes where dirt and bacteria can accumulate, your job gets even easier. The final part of the puzzle is the quick-release seat ensuring that when you do need to clean your Esteem, you won’t need to waste too much precious time on the job. The usual American Standard guarantee completes yet another winning package from a brand you can rely on.

To sum it up:

  • Meets both WaterSense and ADA regulations
  • Single water-efficient 1.28 GPF flush
  • Lifetime coverage for chinaware
  • 10-year guarantee for moving parts
  • Slow-close seat guaranteed for 1 year
GOODBAD
Potent VorMax flush technologyFlapper floats can end up tangled
WaterSense and ADA-compliantWater can sometimes continue running after flushing
Quick-release, slow-close seatSome reported issues with need to reflush
CleanCurve RimReplacement flush assembly needs ordering

Features

  • The American Standard Esteem has a single water-conserving flush rated at 1.28 GPF
  • The VorMax flush technology delivers double traditional power
  • CleanCurve Rim makes cleaning easier than ever
  • Slow-close and quick-release seat sitting 17 inches high in compliance with ADA guidelines
  • EverClean glazing keeps all debris off the sides and promotes efficient flushing
Assembled Weight104 lbs.
Assembled Depth30 1/4”
Assembled Width19 3/4”
Assembled Height30 1/4”
Bowl Height with Seat17 1/2”
Bowl TypeChair Height
Bowl ShapeElongated
Flush Lever LocationLeft Side
Flush TechnologyGravity Fed
Flush TypeSingle
Gallons Per Flush1.28 GPF
Trapway Size2 1/16”
Installation TypeFloor-Mounted
Rough-In Size12”

A subtle yet commanding design, the American Standard Esteem looks much leaner than most two-piece toilets with an almost futuristic aesthetic that blends in rather than dominating a bathroom. Comfort is uppermost with a right-height seat and an elongated bowl giving you plenty of room for maneuver. Water-efficient yet packing a remarkably powerful flush, this compact and elegant toilet ticks all boxes.

The Esteem manages a 4.5 star average over 122 user reviews showing a strong body of positive opinion. The innovative dual-flapper flush mechanism comes in for plenty of praise. This combines raw flushing power with bowl-cleaning ability. Even absolute beginners found this toilet very easy to install and everything required is included with the exception of the supply lines. The design and price-point also rate many mentions throughout the 94 reviews awarding the Esteem 5 stars.

As with any product, not everyone is satisfied with this toilet. As with any HET, you’ll find a few customers suggesting you need to reflush, particularly with stubborn and solid waste. While the bulk of users complimented the dual-flapper flush mechanism, a minority reported issues with tangling. A handful of complaints were also leveled at hairline cracks developing in the tank.

If you check the contents of your package carefully on arrival to protect you against the chance of a tank that’s cracked upon arrival, you should expect years of happy service from the American Standard Esteem. You’ll get a feature-rich toilet that belies its modest price tag that would set off any bathroom.


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