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 Americast bath tub quality?
Author: shektbg (MO)

Hey all... I am putting a full bath in my basement and am ready for the tub. I was wondering if anyone has any insights into the American Standard Americast bathtubs? How do they rank in terms of quality, etc? I dont want a really expensive tub as this bath won't get used much, but I want something decent. The tub from Lowe's fits right into my pricerange and it appears nice, with lifetime warranty... but how does it hold up? Any pros/cons about the Americast material?

Thanks!

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 Re: Americast bath tub quality?
Author: coach606 (IL)

I'm not sure if it's the same material but we recently installed a Victoria and Albert "Englishcast" tub. Seems like a great item to me, right in between cast iron and acrylic. I personally do not like the plasticky feel of acrylic. My tub feels pretty nice.

Assuming "Americast" and "Englishcast" are largely the same, I think pretty highly of it. Just my opinion. Good luck.

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 Re: Americast bath tub quality?
Author: tomtoo (CA)

Hi, if you do a search for "americast" for the last 90 days on this board, you'll see quite a few opinions from knowledgeable folks...the more opinions the merrier and at least that will be a start until one responds here.

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 Re: Americast bath tub quality?
Author: jerco (MD)

An Americast tub is simply an enameled steel tub with a thick (1/4" + or -) plastic coating all around it to make it less tinny and more insulated. It is a fine product even though Cast Iron is many times better but a regular steel tub is many time worse.

The only issue I have with Americast tubs is that it is impossible for a normal sized person to use it as a bath tub. It is way too shallow. If you plan on using it as a bath tub I would HIGHLY recommend that you get the 17" high model (32"wide) instead of the 14" high (30" wide). It's "only" a couple hundred dollars more (a small amount in the grand scheme of a bathroom installation).



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 Re: Americast bath tub quality?
Author: hj (AZ)

But a big factor if the toilet is only set 15" center, away from the smaller tub. And how many people actually "fill" the tub with water?



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 Re: Americast bath tub quality?
Author: jerco (MD)

I'd guess about 20 million people (in the U.S.).

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 Re: Americast bath tub quality?
Author: hj (AZ)

When it comes to "filling" the tub, I think you are high by a factor of four or so. Many users just fill it about 6"-10". Any more and the water from the tank is cold and it takes a lot longer before the tub is ready to use.

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