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American Standard ActiClean Self Cleaning Toilet Review

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ActiClean Self Cleaning Toilet by American Standard

ActiClean Self Cleaning Toilet

American Standard 714AA.151.020 ActiClean Self Cleaning Toilet – Functional Or Hype?

This ActiClean toilet by American Standard is a two-piece 1.28 gpf gravity flush 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?

ActiClean Toilet Lid
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.

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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.

VorMax Flush

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.Howie Mandel

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.

Features Highlight

Ultima VorMaxThe main highlight of this American Standard ActiClean toilet is of course its self cleaning function. It’s intuitive operation need no instruction to understand or learn.

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:

  1. The VorMax Flushing System. Probably the best in the industry in terms of bulk waste clearing and bowl rinsing efficiency.
  2. The CleanCurve Rim which eliminates the trapping of dirt from the rim cavity. Cleaning the rim need just one wipe and that’s it.
  3. 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.
  4. The Child Lock feature keeps the curious little fingers from activating the cleaning cycle for fun. And, of course safety is the priority.


  5. Child Lock Feature

  6. WaterSense certified for its low water consumption of just 1.28 gpf.
  7. Comfort Height sitting level makes it easy to use for those with bad knees and leg injuries.
  8. 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.
  9. You Will Love The Seat

  10. 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.


  11. Toilet Seat With Sanitary Lift Tab
    Toilet Seat With Anti-Slip Bumper

  12. The seat has quick release buttons which help to remove the seat for quick and easy cleaning.


  13. Quick Release Toilet Seat

  14. MaP rating of 1000 is an excellent indicator of the efficient VorMax flushing technology.
  15. 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

Features

  • Battery Operated Self-Cleaning System – Quick Clean & Deep Clean cycle
  • Child locking function
  • VorMax™ Flush Technology
  • CleanCurve™ Rim
  • EverClean® surface and fully glazed trapway
  • Large water surface area 9″ x 8″
  • High Efficieny Toilet (1.28GPF/4.8LPF)
  • Elongated bowl
  • Comfortable 16-1/2″ rim height
  • Two-piece exposed trapway design
  • Chrome trip lever
  • High quality seat with no slip bumpers and quick release button
  • MaP rating: 1000
  • WaterSense mark
  • ADA compliant

Specifications

  • Battery 4 nos. AA batteries (included)
  • Water consumption 1.28 GPF/4.8LPF
  • Water Surface 7.125″ x 9.125″
  • Trapway Diameter: 2-1/16″
  • 12″ rough-in
  • Material: Vitreous china
  • Weight: 110lbs (Assembled)
  • Nominal Dimensions (with Lid CLOSED):
    30-3/16″ x 20-11/16″ x 31-3/8″ (767 x 526 x 797mm)
  • Nominal Dimensions (with Lid OPEN):
    30-3/16″ x 20-11/16″ x 40″ (767 x 526 x 1016mm)
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty on chinaware, 10 year warranty on mechanical parts, 1 year on electronics and 1 year warranty on seat



American Standard ActiClean Toilet Dimensions

American Standard ActiClean Toilet Dimensions

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.

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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.

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  1. We bought this toilet last winter. It flushes great. Our issue is after using the quick and deep clean buttons ( a few times each), the control panel doesn’t seem to be working at all. Batteries have been replaced twice. Right now, the quick button is lit up and seems “frozen”. It is under warranty, I am assuming. I don’t like the idea of having to tell my handy-man husband that the toilet has to come out.

    Do we contact Lowe’s or American Standard?

    So far this summer, I have been cleaning by hand. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    1. Author

      Hi Marcia.

      Contact AS about your issue. Lowes will still go back to AS for support, so why waste time.

  2. Installed 2 Acticlean toilets this week. 1 leaked at the tank around water inlet fitting. Tank liner and porcelain inlet valve opening were not aligned. Water began leaking immediately. Lowes easily swapped out tanks for me, both function flawlessly now. Initial impression is a wonderful toilet with added cleaning function.

    1. Author

      Hi KK, thanks for sharing. A little quality issue do happen time to time and nice to know the toilets are working fine finally.

  3. We purchased two of these toilets. The first one makes a noise just after flushing, The second one installed does not. Not sure what is wrong.

    1. Author

      Hi Shari.

      Looks like you are not alone. I did a Google search and it seems like it’s a pretty common problem. Have a look yourself, Google Search

      If nothing works to get the problem solved, contact American Standard. I’m afraid that’s the best option. 🙂

  4. We have a less than one year old EverClean surface American Standard Max flushing toilet, it does flush large amounts well, but still fresh skids occur often as if the shape of bowl is not allowing or enough water does not allow a longer cleaner bowl rinse. We can not fit an elongated bowl into our bath. The trouble we have is that even if I use the recommended cleaning process of just a warm cup of diluted dish detergent and a soft sponge type to clean the bowl, the Everclean surface has still gotten the residual accumulated affects from hard water and as well bacteria is not less but more than our very old toilet (the old toilet did not accumulate bacteria hardly at all, it didn’t even have this scale line buildup line in it after years !! whereas within a year, this AS Everclean Max NEW toilet DOES!!) …. I want desperately to clean the bowl with something stronger, it is too late, the scale seems to be etched in, and all I did was follow American Standard’s instructions to the letter, it also needs to be cleaned SOO OFTEN, every other day!!!! I wish to go back to a tank drop-in tablet like still am using in our older other bathroom’s toilet, but HAte the bleach tabs, is why bought the new Everclean. SO ?? WHY ISN’T THERE A NON-BLEACH Tank Drop-in Tablet!!!! I do not use blue ones, only a white one, and break it up at that for our older conventional other bathroom’s toilet. At this rate with this newer/ bought Feb 2016 AS Max Everclean surfaced toilet, I will have to replace it With another Manufacturer, as do not believe how badly this bowl surface and unclearing flush really is, as sadly saw reviews after bought it said how it still left skids, was too late to find any other make of toilet and roomsize dictated. Thank You for letting us speak out, also , ??to use the cleaner of this ActiClean You Have TO Constantly lift off THE TANK LID?? the cleaning control unit is under the lid?,so always taking Everything off and lifting the LID COULD BREAK THE LID by greater chances!!! No way!! Just make non-bleach drop-in tablets PLEASE SOMEONE!!! Its disgusting that our bathroom shower is also showing signs of the airborne bacteria since we got this AS Max Everclean toilet last year, MRSA bacteria is a pink sortv mold , we never had Before this toilet!!! !!!!rrrrr

    1. Author

      Sorry to hear your less than normal experience with your new AS toilet. And thanks for sharing.

      As with hard water, whether it’s EverClean or CeFIONtect by TOTO, there are users who have the same issue of skid marks. The usual cause is a high iron content in the water. So regardless of the bowl shape, it will happen. Here’s an article from sfgate.com which explains how the (rust) stain is formed and how you can prevent it. Hope it helps.

  5. Can the Vormax be used with septic and city sewage alike? Also, If you can’t install (disabilaties) are there customer service people who can install it for you? Would it be harmful to your septic tank from the cleaning chemicals or could the chemicals be benificial, if ok to use septic as disposal? Thanks

    1. Author

      Hi Glenda.

      I supposed you are referring to the cleaning solution that is used in this ActiClean toilet. Yes it should be safe with the septic tank just like any cleaning solution you would use for toilet cleaning. The other non-ActiClean Vormax toilets use only water to flush.

      For installation you will have to hire a plumber. American Standard don’t provide installation service. You may want to try Amazon Home Services or Handy for toilet installation service.

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