Last Updated : November 20, 2020

American Standard Cadet 3 High Efficiency Toilet Review

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Shopping for a toilet isn’t the most fun job, and shopping for one that has to fit in a tiny bathroom can be even harder. You don’t want one that is cheaply made or difficult to clean; you especially don’t want one that’s going to waste a lot of water when you flush. Thankfully, this American Standard Cadet toilet will tick just about every box a contractor or homeowner could want.

Product Overview

This commercial grade toilet is designed for narrow spaces and locations. It has a 10-inch rough in, as opposed to the standard 12-inch. But just because it has a narrower tank doesn’t mean that you’re losing any flushing power or any features that you would expect from a commercial grade unit.

American Standard Cadet 3 

  • 12-Inch Rough-In
  • EverClean antimicrobial surface
  • Water Consumption: 1.28 GPF
  • Why we like it: This toilet only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, which means that each flush uses 20% less water than a standard 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. 

This model features the Cadet Flushing System. That incorporates a three-inch flush valve that lets the entire volume of the tank hit the bowl quickly. It also combines a large 2-1/8 inch trapway that lets all of the waste and water gets flushed away quickly.

This toilet only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, which means that each flush uses 20% less water than a standard 1.6 gallon per flush toilet. That means you save money with every flush. Additionally, with a 1000g MaP rating from the IAPMO R&T Lab, you know that this toilet can handle whatever you give it.

Things to Look For in a New Toilet

There are a lot of things that you should consider when looking for a commercially rated toilet or even one that you’re going to put in the first floor powder room. Here are a few things you should pay attention to:

● Know the Dimensions – When shopping for a toilet, it’s important to know the terminology. One of the key things to look at when you’re shopping for a new toilet is a dimension called the rough in. This is the distance from the wall to the center of the toilet drain pipe. In most cases, the rough in is 12-inches, and most toilets are built with that dimension in mind. However, when you don’t have a lot of space, sometimes you’ll get a 10-inch rough instead.
● A Good MaP Rating – This is a rating that tells you how good a toilet really is. The test basically uses a mixture of soybean paste and toilet paper to mimic what normally goes in a toilet. The testing institute then flushes. They load the toilet again and flush again. They keep doing this until the toilet breaks down and can no longer handle the load in a single flush. To date, they have tested over 3,360 toilets with tanks.
● How Easy is it to Clean and Keep that Way? – When you buy a new toilet, you should be thinking of how easy it is to clean. You don’t want one that has a lot of corners or nooks where things can get caught and stains can grow. Look for something with smooth porcelain, preferably with some sort of sealed treatment. You also want something that has a good amount of flushing power. A large flush valve means that more water hits the bowl at once, so you get a lot of flushing power.
● Seat Height – If you’re an adult with no kids, or you’re elderly or even mobility challenged, look for a toilet that has comfort height seating. This means that the toilet seat is about the same height as a standard dining room chair. That will make it easier to sit down and get up. If you have kids, however, you may want to stick with a lower seat that won’t be as challenging for them to use.


● Smooth EverClean surface helps prevent staining and makes cleaning easier
● PowerWash rim adds cleaning power to every flush
● 10-inch rough in means this toilet will fit in smaller areas easily
● 3-inch flush valve gives every flush a gravity assist for clearing the bowl
● Ultra-low water consumption at only 1.28 gallons per flush
● 15-inch rim height suits a wide range of users


● Non-elongated bowl is not as comfortable
● Lower seat height is non-ADA compliant and can be harder for the elderly or mobility challenged
● Does not come with a seat or lid. This can be either a pro or a con, depending on your needs


Shopping for a toilet that will fit in a smaller bathroom is a challenge. Whether it is the smaller rough in or the need for a shorter bowl, finding a unit that still has a decent amount of flushing power can be tough. But if you need one that does fit in smaller spaces, this American Standard Cadet 3 is a great option. If you need help making up your mind and want to do more toilet comparisons, we have a plethora of toilet reviews and buying guides to help.

Charles Cole

Hello. My name is Charles. I have been in the home improvement industry for a number of years. One of the most important renovations that home owners can make is a bathroom upgrade. Not only does it add significant value to your home, but it also costs a fair amount to do. Bathroom renovations are not frequently undertaken so choosing your sanitaryware can be source of enjoyment or regret for years to come. This is definitely the case for toilets. Read more about me and the site here.

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