ActiClean Self Cleaning Toilet by American Standard
American Standard ActiClean Self Cleaning Toilet – Functional Or Hype?
American Standard ActiClean is a two-piece 1.28 gpf gravity flush Vormax toilet. The highlight of this toilet is its self-cleaning function build into the flushing system.
If you are expecting the cleaning to be automatic, no it’s not. Neither can it be programmed to run automatically.
You need to touch a button to activate the self cleaning, which dispense cleaning solution into the bowl and rinse. There are 2 modes of cleaning, a Quick Clean and a Deep Clean. For regular upkeep, the Quick Clean is a 1 minute cleaning cycle, recommended for between deep cleanings. And the Deep Clean takes a longer duration of 10 minutes.
Now if you take away the self cleaning function, it’s basically a VorMax. So you can expect great flushing power and bowl rinsing.
How The Self Cleaning Works?
Actually it’s a simple addon American Standard places on it’s VorMax flushing toilet. The entire cleaning control mechanism is build onto the tank lid. It has a cleaning cartridge holder, a battery compartment and control panel.
The control panel is a separate compartment access through a flip-up cover at the back of the tank lid. It has the 2 cleaning buttons and also indicators to notify you when the battery power or cleaning agent is running low.
To replace the cleaning solution cartridge or the batteries, simply flip up the main cover on the tank lid for access.
The working is easy to understand and operate. Only 2 buttons, the Quick Clean and Deep Clean buttons. And it even include a child-proof feature.
Here’s how it works.
Once a cleaning cycle is selected, the ActiClean system will dispense a dose of the cleaning solution into the bowl. The solution is then mix with water from the tank and flows out into the bowl through the bowl channel.
The strong water flow scour the entire bowl surface, cleaning it from top to bottom while exuding a fresh scent. And finally settles in the bowl for a timed soak.
Once the soaking time is up, the system will automatically switch to the rinse cycle. This time it will siphon the cleaning agent and rinse the bowl. The result is a clean toilet bowl with a tinge of scent from the cleaning agent.
To activate the child-lock function, simply press down the Quick and Deep Clean buttons together for 3 seconds. Likewise to deactivate child-locking. So nothing complicated, you can put away the operation manual, no need for it.
But, since the VorMax flush is already great at bowl rinsing, do you still need the self cleaning feature?
How Does The Self Cleaning Translate Into Benefits For You?
Some would say it’s just a cleaning solution dispenser, nothing world changing. Now that will depend on how you leverage it to your routine cleaning.
Stains and skid marks on toilets have seen the most complaints from users. And usually the stains are formed after a while due to some residues that eluded the flush. They accumulate to form skid marks around or at the bowl outlet.
Now, if you are looking for a way to get rid of these residues, without the hassle of manual brushing, ActiClean is your best bet.
Your routine bowl cleaning is just a touch of a button now. Especially if you are one who need to drag yourself to clean the toilet each time, this is life saving.
Do a Quick and Deep Clean once a week and you will find yourself scrubbing the toilet bowl less frequently. Or it may just free you from all the manual scrubbing for good.
Life is wonderful if every home appliances can clean itself. Well, one down now and it’s the filthiest one.
“You just touch a button and walk away”
But not all will agree with you Mr. Mandel.
There are folks who believe water can’t scour as effectively as brushing, even with a cleaning agent. But you got to believe in the VorMax, it really is a powerful and efficient flushing system. And with this self cleaning function, it just helps to make bowl cleaning a whole lot easier.
There are only 2 buttons, the Quick Clean for a 1 minute rinse and the Deep Clean will take 10 minutes to complete. Battery and cartridge replacement indication is self explanatory with its respective led lit display.
The other features that are worth noting are:
- The VorMax Flushing System. Probably the best in the industry in terms of bulk waste clearing and bowl rinsing efficiency.
- The CleanCurve Rim which eliminates the trapping of dirt from the rim cavity. Cleaning the rim need just one wipe and that’s it.
- The anti-microbial EverClean Surface inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria. Help the toilet stays clean longer. And with the powerful VorMax flush, the “cliffhangers” don’t stand a chance.
- The Child Lock feature keeps the curious little fingers from activating the cleaning cycle for fun. And, of course safety is the priority.
- WaterSense certified for its low water consumption of just 1.28 gpf.
- Comfort Height sitting level makes it easy to use for those with bad knees and leg injuries.
- Easy Installation. Everything needed for toilet installation is included and can be hand tightened. Makes an easy DIY job with the standard 12″ rough-in and toilet flange.
You Will Love The Seat
- Awesome slow-close seat with great looks and build quality. It comes with anti-slip bumpers to hold the seat tightly in place. Now your butt can move but the seat won’t. The seat also has a sanitary lift tab to make it safer and easier to lift.
- The seat has quick release buttons which help to remove the seat for quick and easy cleaning.
- MaP rating of 1000 is an excellent indicator of the efficient VorMax flushing technology.
- Nothing-to-lose Lifetime Chinaware, 10 Years Mechanical Parts and 1 Year Electronics Warranty.
Features & Specification Overview
American Standard ActiClean Self-Cleaning Right Height Elongated 1.28GPF Toilet.
Model: 714AA.151.020, 714AA.154
What Are The Disadvantages Of This Self Cleaning Toilet
Though the VorMax pride itself as giving 2x flushing power, its double flapper design cost more to replace than the standard one flapper. And from an engineering point of view, 2 flush valves also mean the chances of leaking is doubled.
The flapper is the most common replacement part of a toilet.
And with the ActiClean feature you have the additional cost of the cleaning cartridge and batteries. Though not a big deal but it will add another $50 to $60 on cleaning expenses a year. If you base on the recommended usage of 1 Quick Clean and 1 Deep Clean per week.
The biggest concern is how will the tank cover last with the electronic controls inside. It’s probably the weakest part of the whole toilet. It is still new* and only time will tell with more user reviews to share their experiences.
The other issue with the tank cover is you can’t switch it to a normal tank lid. But your existing VorMax flush toilet can be converted to an ActiClean by replacing the tank with an ActiClean Tank.
Last but not least, why have it with an exposed trapway? Why can’t they do a skirted design to make toilet cleaning even lesser of a pain.
So if you decide to go for this ActiClean self cleaning toilet, be sure to leave your suggestion in the review section. Better yet, ask for a one-piece and concealed trapway design for the ActiClean.
*This review was updated on March 2017.
Where Can You Buy This ActiClean Self-Cleaning Toilet
This American Standard ActiClean toilet is available on Lowe’s and selected wholesalers. You may go to www.americanstandard-us.com to get more information on showrooms and retail stores near you.
Or, you can head over to Amazon where this American Standard ActiClean toilet is now available.
Last but not least, do you think this ActiClean Self Cleaning toilet is overrated? Do you agree the VorMax flush alone is good enough to keep the toilet clean?
If your answers are Yes, then check out this Ultima VorMax. You will love the vortex flush and CleanCurve™ rimless bowl design. And yes, it flushes and rinses exceptionally well with the VorMax Flush.