This is by far, best leveling system no need of tools, easy to work with. I tried most kinds until I tried this.
Use Tornado leveling bases with Tornado rings to achieve perfectly level tile surfaces. No tools are required - simply hold the base & twist the ring into place to evenly push tiles into thinset.
Siri Tornado Base Features
- Tornado bases provide a 1/16" grout joint
- Bases can also be used in conjunction with standard tile spacers to achieve a bigger grout joint
- Bases can be used with tiles between 1/8" - 1/2" thick
- Use to set large format tile with confidence
- Cost efficient no tools required.
- Once the tile adhesive has set, remove the base & ring by tapping the ring with a rubber mallet or by gently kicking them out with your feet
- Tornado bases cannot be reused
Ratings & Reviews
Most Helpful Reviews
these don't work. they pull the tile up from the thin set leaving a gap underneath the tile, therefore the tile doesn't set properly. don't buy them!!!!!!
This is the only leveling system I have ever used, and its going on 3 years now. Remembering back to the first time I ever used these, I wanted to throw them in the trash. Now, I hate to even think about setting running bond 12x24's on walls without them. They are not for every job but have a place. They are also great for those tricky door jam cuts you only get 1 chance to set or your back to the wet saw to cut another. And yes, as mentioned the clips are a pain to cut out when they break wrong, and it happens from time to time. Another thing to consider is that the caps can be hard to control when you break them off and could possibly damage something if not careful. On 1/2" material there isn't much room to twist and maybe a different leveling system would be better. But they do work fine on 1/2 tile or stone, If you get the tile level before you twist which should be done anyways! They aren't magic or a substitute for floor prep, but will speed you up in some situations and more importantly it keeps the tile in place as it cures. Contrary to other opinions, I constantly find the leveling system pulls the high tile into the thinset as apposed to lifting the low one. Back-butter and lift a few tiles to check and you should find good coverage or you need to fix your floor.
It seems like a bargain until you use it. You MUST use 2 hands with this system, to try and keep from twisting the base piece too much and throwing your tile alignment out. There is no way to really get them to give enough pressure to truly level a tile, so you can't be out by more than about 1mm before you twist them down. Maybe they work ok for smaller tiles, but for 12x24 on a wall, they did not help at all...and even threw my work off in a couple of areas. They slow you down A LOT! It just really doesn't live up to the hype so far. Maybe I'll have better luck on the floor, where I'm dealing with a bit flatter surface to begin with.
I Used these in our master bathroom on 18x18 travertine. As long as you at least eyeball the tile and make it level, these will further level the tiles so that there is no edge. To remove, we used a rubber mallet wrapped in a white towel. It took me less than two minutes to pop them all out. I'm a 55 year old female retiree and I'm planning on renovating our kitchen and am ordering 100 more bases.
The concept is sound but the product doesn't live up to my expectations and didn't make up for the extra effort required at cleanup. I found that you still need to fully level the tile, in my case 18x18 and 12x24 travertine with 1/8" grout joint, to prevent lippage so no great gain with them and when you twist the rings it bases will twist and shift the tile which means additional work to straighten the tile. Worst thing I found was that many of the bases broke at the top where the ring was and not at the bottom where they were supposed to which meant going back and digging them out which on the thin grout line and soft travertine was a major pain in the butt. Maybe they would work better on a smaller and thinner tile but I quite using them and sent the unopened bags back.