The Mansfield Summit is one of the strongest all-around toilet that we’ve reviewed. Perhaps even the strongest. This makes it a contender for almost any situation that you’re in-a remodel, a new house, whatever.
To give a summary, it checks almost all the boxes. Height? Check. Price? Check. Warranty? You bet. In short, it’s just a really good bet. More on this below.
What People are Saying
There’s mostly positive things about the Summit from previous buyers online. Primarily about the how the toilet seat is a true slow close seat. Meaning, there are many seats that are “labeled” slow close, but still close very fast. True slow seats have significant amounts of friction that slow down the seat significantly from slamming.
One thing that is important to note: Lowe’s is one of the venders that can sell this toilet. In case you have a credit card with them, that could also be a bonus factor for you.
What We Like About the Mansfield Summit
Having a toilet that is WaterSense certified and ADA compliant is always a plus in our book. This is amplified by the reasonable price point that the Summit is available for- generally under $400 (depending on where you buy it).
Additionally, as you can see from the picture above, the purchase comes with everything you need, even a slow close seat. There are other toilets that you could order where this is the case as well, but it isn’t the norm.
Additionally, the Summit has a 1000 MaP flush rating, weighs only 95 pounds, and comes with a limited five year warranty on the china.
All in all this is a very solid toilet in this price point. To be honest, there isn’t anything incredibly amazing about this toilet, but it may be one of the best all around toilets you’ll find. Which, in turn, makes it exceptional in its own way.
Like I mentioned before, there isn’t anything too terribly eye-opening about this model. Perhaps the most important thing in this category is the MaP score, standing at a perfect score of 1000.
- Rough-in: 12 inches
- Height: 33.187 inches
- Depth: 29.625 inches
- Width: 19.375 inches
- Seat height: 17 inches
- Glazed trapway size: 2 inches
- Weight: 95 lbs.
- MaP score: 1000
Traditional wisdom says that a two piece toilet that’s under 100 pounds is easier to install. This is also the case with the Summit. The kit itself (the ‘CTK’ in the model number stands for Complete Toilet Kit) comes with everything you need. As in, everything.
The instructions to install the toilet are also available in a PDF here. They’re a bit involved, but don’t let them intimidate you. It’s worse than it looks. If all else fails, you can hire a plumber to install it.
This is a big bonus, as usually this isn’t the case. So if you bring yourself having misgivings about the price, just remember that with another model you may have to pay extra anyway because of having to pay for additional items that weren’t included in the first place.
Flush Strength and Trapway
Mansfield boasts a glaze that is 45% smoother than any competitors. I haven’t found any independent studies on this as of now, but I have no reason to doubt them.
The trapway itself measures 2 inches, which is pretty standard. Not really in the plus or minus column.
In terms of water, this is a one flush 1.28 gallons per flush toilet. Personally, this is my preference when it comes to GPF. Many dual flushes don’t get everything down, and 1.6 GPF can be overkill with some toilets. 1.28 seems to be right in the sweet spot of both. And if the “claims to glaze” are true (see what I did there), then that flush rate will be more than enough.
Aside from the impressive glaze, the MaP score is impressive as well. A perfect 1000 flush score. If you haven’t read up on the MaP score and how it’s graded, check out this post: https://toiletsman.com/map-toilet-score-explained. It’s actually quite interesting and will help you “self-grade” the toilets that you’re deliberating on buying.
To be completely honest, there isn’t a lot to mention here. Seeing the toilet up close (even in pictures), you’ll notice that the Summit is a very traditional-looking toilet. It doesn’t have a lot of design frills, and that’s ok with us in this case.
Similar to Kohler with Comfort Height, or Toto with Universal Height, Manfield also has their verbiage to signify a certain height of seat: SmartHeight.
This particular toilet has a seat height of 17 inches, which is ADA compliant (aside from being comfortable too!).
The height of the entire toilet is over 33 inches, which is a bit higher than average for most toilets. If you have limited vertical space to work with, this may be something that you have to consider more heavily.
The Summit is what I would call right in the middle in terms of durability. It’s made from vitreous china, as many toilets are. However, the Mansfield team have a lot of confidence in their engineering and this model, as they have a five year limited warranty on it.
To be realistic, the only thing that might wear out before then are internal parts in the tank. However, the Summit has a FlushMaster so you probably won’t have to worry about that either! In all likelihood, the Mansfield Summit will be a very hands-off toilet once you’ve installed it.
Bells and Whistles
Again, there aren’t a lot of major bells and whistles to this toilet. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. More tech and more design equal more cost.
If I had to pick something, I’d say that the option to pick alternate colors, the higher quality trapway glaze, and the true slow close seat are probably the outliers.
These are somewhat “small” bells and whistles, but sometimes these are the most important ones.
Where the Mansfield Summit Could Be Improved
Not everyone will care about this, but in my opinion the design of a toilet is important. I mean, if you’re going to be sitting on it for years, literally, then it should at least look worthy of that time investment!
The Summit isn’t really much to look at…at all. It isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainly doesn’t leave a memorable feeling either. Again, not everyone cares about this, so that may not be a negative factor in your mind.
Other than that, the toilet is actually a solid buy.
The ToiletsMan Verdict
This is a very strong all around toilet, no doubt about it. In fact, if you are a contractor, or a homeowner that’s remodeling multiple bathrooms, this should be in your top 3 choices for toilet.
The reasons for this are:
- The toilet is available at most Lowe’s locations, so you could buy all of your toilets on the same day and save on shipping costs.
- It’s suitable for almost everyone that’s in a typical household.
Even if you don’t fall into the category of needing multiple toilets, this is still a very strong choice that we would endorse. For these reasons, we would definitely recommend this toilet for your home.
Mansfield Summit 4385CTK pictured at top.