American Standard Portsmouth Vanity & Americast Bathtub

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When we started thinking about redoing our bathroom, which is our only full bath, we knew we had to maximize our tiny space and also minimize spending.  This is not usually an easy thing to do when looking at remodeling your home.  We really wanted a cast iron tub- for the heat retention and for quality of material, among other reasons, but the cost was really high and the weight of those is very high.  I wasn’t sure I wanted a 800+ lb bathtub on my 2nd floor.  When we started researching, immediately we learned of the Americast tub by American Standard.  A lighter version that’s very similar in composition to a cast iron tub, the Americast weighs in only around 350ish pounds, but offers the same heat retaining qualities and durability of a cast iron.  That was an easy decision.

We do keep our bathroom clean but we’d removed inches of lath, plaster and tile/grout – hence the filth!americast tub by american standard

American Standard’s Americast Tub. Can you see the difference already?

I have to tell you, I’ve taken more baths in that tub since we finished our bathroom than I have combined in the last 15 years.  I love it.  It’s deep, it’s roomy, and it holds the water temperature for a good long time.  To give  you an idea- I usually watch a full episode of True Blood or another hour long show while in the tub on my iPad.  The water does drop in temp a bit but not much at all, and only at the very end of my bath.  My husband had no idea how much I really love my baths until we installed the Americast!

americast tub with kids

(Did you think you’d be seeing a photo of me in the tub??)  All three of my kids fit in this tub without looking like stacked sardines- they love it.  

american standard portsmouth vanity

The Portsmouth Vanity had all of the features we were looking for in a vanity.  Not too deep, a generous amount of counterspace available, cabinets we can get safety locks on, and the best feature, a pull out stool for kids.  A stool that stores in the vanity so it’s not in the way, isn’t brought into other rooms, and can be stored out of sight when not being used.  It was awesome.   When the vanity arrived, I was really impressed with the solid construction and quality of materials used.  We’ve never had American Standard cabinetry before and both my husband and I thought the cabinetry was really nice- very attractive to look at and very well made.  Love at first sight.

american standard portsmouth vanity with stool out

Except for one little thing.  I checked, double checked and triple checked the measurements for the vanity, and was confident this would fit.  We needed a vanity with a depth of up to 19 inches and no more.  Well, when this gorgeous vanity arrived, my husband raised an eyebrow and said “that’s not going to fit.”  Confident, I insisted it would.  I was wrong.  We got it upstairs and it was about 21 inches deep- with the doors open, there was about 1 1/2 inches of clearance between the doors and the radiator.  I was so sad.

american standard portsmouth vanity open doors

Details like the second shelf with cutout for plumbing give you a lot more storage space!

We ended up donating the vanity so that someone with a different floor space can use it.  This was such a sad thing.  I’d still get it again.  Just with a bigger bathroom.

If you are looking to remodel your bathroom, definitely look into American Standard.  Especially if you like to take long baths like me!

 

A vanity was sent to facilitate this review.  Opinions are my own.

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  • I love the Vanity, so beautiful the crafter outdid himself, and the tub looks good too !

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  • That is a nice vanity. It is neat that the bottom is still usable with the pull out step for children. I replaced my vanity with a pedestal sink because my bathroom is very small and now wish I had a vanity again.

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  • That’s a great-looking vanity. I love the lattice on the doors and the pull out step stool is ingenious! Sorry it didn’t fit!

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  • Been thinking to remodel our bathroom- all we have is a shower and it’s a small one at that. The bathtub and Vanity look terrific.

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  • I love the sink base, just beautiful!

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  • I need a new vanity too and our bathroom is small; it’s so hard to find just the right size vanity, something with counter space.

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  • Last summer we made a new bathroom,it’s simply beautiful with new sink and especially a new bath tub which I simply love.

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  • NICE REVIEW AND REAL NICE VANITY

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  • Its a nice tub.

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  • We are looking at buying a house. There are three on our short list, one has a really small tub in the master bath. I’ll definitely be looking into American Standard to see if we can get a bigger tub in there~

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  • Love the tub!

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  • American standard is a well known ns truted brand. this should last a long time.

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  • This is really nice. We have been looking for ideas for out downstairs bathroom. Thank you

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  • cool tub :)

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  • Wow…a bathtub that holds it temp…one of the reason I don’t take baths because the temp goes down so quickly. Love the pull out stool on the vanity.

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  • LOVE the pull out step stool!!!!!!

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  • I miss playing barbies in the bathtub!

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  • I am so, so jealous. Love the big tub and the faux lattice vanity with all of its much needed compartments.

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  • That is the coolest vanity I’ve ever seen. The step for children is amazing and so convenient, makes me want it right now lol. Thank you!!

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  • Very nice, love the tub =)

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  • Beautiful! We are just now redoing our bathroom and chose a few American Standard products!

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  • I love the built-in stool! Clever!

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  • I love the tub…so spacious! And I also love how the vanity has a step for children!

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