American Standard Faucets Review & Rating Updated: December 22, 2023
Summary
Imported
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China
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Mexico
AS-America, Inc.
a division of
American Standard Brands, Inc.
One Centennial Ave.
P.O. Box 6820
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(800) 442-1902

AS-Canada ULC
5900 Avebury Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5R 3M3
(800) 387-0369

Wholly-Owned Subsidiaries of
LIXIL Corporation
2-1-1 Ojima
Koto-ku
Tokyo 136-8535
Japan
Rating
Business Model
Product Range
Kitchen, Bath, Prep, Bar and Utility Faucets
Certifications
Street Price
$150 - $1,000
Warranty Score
Cartridge
Lifetime1
Finishes
Lifetime
Mechanical Parts
Lifetime
Electronic Components
Lifetime
Proof of Purchase
Must be Available
Transferable
No
Meets U.S. Warranty
Law Requirements
Yes 2
Warranty Footnotes:
1. AS America, Inc. ("Amer­i­can Standard®) warrants this product to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for as long as the original non-commercial owner owns the product.
2. "American Standard will provide free of charge, at its sole option, replacement part(s) or product (or if no longer available, a comparable product) to replace those which have proven defective in materials or workmanship."

Read the American Standard faucet warranty.

Learn more about faucet warranties.

This Company In Brief

For most of a century and a half, Amer­i­can Standard Companies was an Amer­i­can manufacturer of high-quality sanitary ware selling its products worldwide.

Today, what's left of Amer­i­can Standard in the U.S. is a Japanese company, and Amer­i­can Standard fau­cets are not Amer­i­can fau­cets. They are Amer­i­can-designed fau­cets, but they are made primarily in Mex­i­co from Asian-made parts and components.

The faucets are well designed and of fair to very good quality supported by a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service.

A renewed emphasis on design is improving the look of the collection but Amer­ican Stand­ard's cartridge technology has not kept pace with the enhancements available from other companies.

American Standard Companies

Founded as the Ahrens & Ott Manu­fact­ur­ing Comp­any in 1875, the company merged with Standard Man­ufact­uring of Pitts­burgh and six other companies in 1899 and was renamed Stan­dard Sani­tary Man­ufact­uring. It became Amer­i­can Rad­ia­tor and Stand­ard Sani­tary Comp­any in 1929 after a merger with Amer­ican Rad­ia­tor Comp­any. The name was shortened to Amer­i­can Stand­ard Comp­an­ies in 1967.

Amer­ican Stand­ard shares with Koh­ler the credit for successfully adapting the technique of bonding vitreous porcelain to cast iron and steel bathroom fixtures, a process that made sanitary bathware possible.

Scottish-born inventor David Dunbar Buick (later the founder of the Buick Motor Com­pa­ny) pat­ented a method for "permanently bonding vitreous enamel to cast iron" in 1881.

Amer­ican stand­ard, then Stand­ard Manu­fact­ur­ing, began experimenting with enameling in 1880, soon perfecting the process of enameling steel bathtubs.

The company's enamel-on-steel bathtubs, cast iron sinks, and porcelain toilets became the hub of a plumbing empire that, by 1929, had become the world's largest producer of bathroom fixtures.

Its 1912 publication, The Evolution of the Bath Room, comparing the modern sanitary bathroom to the wood and tin bathroom of 30 years prior, was able to truthfully claim that

"The bathroom of today is infinitely more cleanly, durable and efficient."

The company had helped lead the way with innovations that included the one-piece toi­let, built-in bath­tubs, and mixing fau­cets (that mix hot and cold water inside the fau­cet).

Later contributions included chrome faucor­cet finishes in the 1920s and the ceramic fau­cet cartridge in 1972 – a fau­cet valve that has become not just the Amer­i­can standard, but the world standard for modern fau­cets.

The Last Hurrah

Salem, Ohio, the site of Amer­ican Stand­ard's factory at 600 S. Ellsworth Ave. has a long history of manufacturing.

The first metal manufacturing operation on the site began in 1872. It has been an Amer­ican Stand­ard plant since 1956 when Amer­ican Stand­ard acquired Mullins Mfg. Corp.. Mullins had manufactured pressed steel Youngs­town kitchen cabinets at the site since 1940.

For the past 30 years, the plant's 250 employees have produced Amer­ican Stand­ard's Amer­i­cast® bath­tubs — one tub per minute — in the 500,000 sq. ft. facility.

With the closing of the former Crane Plumbing plant in Nevada, Missouri in 2015, the Salem facility is the last plant in North America that still makes steel products for Amer­ican Stand­ard.

All the rest are gone, their manufacturing off­shored to Asia and Mex­i­co.

Americast® is a patented laminated material used to make Amer­i­can Stand­ard bathtubs. The process bonds a high-quality por­ce­lain surface to a formed steel bathtub reinforced with a composite backing.

The three-layer sandwich construction allows the company to use a lighter gauge steel to reduce weight to half as much as traditional cast iron. It better resists warping, has better heat retention, improved sound-dampening qualities, and is nearly as durable.

Mechanical and hydraulic presses stamp tub shapes out of low-carbon sheet steel in a series of operations that form the tub step-by-step, shaping the steel slowly until a finished tub is the result.

The steel tubs are given a primer that's baked on at a high temperature. A finish coat is also baked on at more than 1,400° F. The top coat of vitreous enamel contains titanium, which gives the finished tub its bright white color.

Adapted from "Amer­ican Stand­ard's Americast plant keeps manufacturing strong in eastern Ohio" Contractor 20 Jul 1017, 14 Feb 2019.
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The Breakup of American Standard Companies

By 2006, however, the company was in trouble.

An ill-considered 1988 acquisition of the company by Kelso & Co., an investment banking firm, in a leveraged buyout left the company with long-term debt of $2.7 billion.

To survive, the company sold several subsidiaries unrelated to its core business. But, annual interest and amortization as high as $325 million left it unable to invest the capital needed to revitalize aging factories and modernize equipment.

After considering its options, management determined that its three remaining divisions with globalized manufacturing (103 factories in 34 countries) were worth more as separate entities than the company as a whole and decided to sell the company in pieces, pay off debt and divide any remainder among its shareholders.

Its heating and air-conditioning division became Trane, Inc. which was almost immediately snapped up by Ingersoll-Rand.

Its vehicle control systems division was spun off as WAB­CO Hold­ings, Inc. WAB­CO remains a publicly-traded stock company chartered in Delaware but doing most of its business in Europe from its headquarters in Belgium.

American Standard Brands

The aging kitchen and bath division, along with the right to use the Amer­ican Stand­ard brand name and logo was sold to Bain Capital Partners, a private equity investment fund, now famous due to its ownership by presidential aspirant and now Senator Mitt Romney.

Bain immediately sold a majority interest in the division's North Amer­ican assets to Sun Capital Partners, another private equities firm, in accordance with a pre-existing agreement between the companies.

Sun Capital formed a new corporation, Amer­ican Stand­ard America (A-S America) and just that quietly, on November 14, 2007, after 133 years, Amer­ican Stand­ard Companies, Inc., an icon of Amer­ican plumbing for over a century, ceased to exist.

Sun Capital already owned two other sanitary ware companies, El­jer In­dus­tries, Inc. and Crane Plumb­ing, LLC, both acquired in 2005.

In 2008, the three companies were re­cast as separate divisions of a new holding company, Amer­ican Stand­ard Brands.

Ideal Standard

Bain still owned the assets of the former kitchen and bath division in Eur­ope and As­ia. These assets included the upscale Eur­o­pean brands of the old Amer­ican Stand­ard Com­pan­ies, and Ideal Stand­ard, a manufacturer of mid-priced fau­cets for the Eur­o­pe­an market.

In 2009, Bain consolidated these all three companies into Ideal Standard In­ter­na­tion­al, headquartered in Brussels.

LIXIL Corp.

American Stand­ard's Asian properties, including 10 Asian factories, were sold to INAX, a Japanese sanitary wares company. INAX subsequently merged with several other Japanese building products companies to form LIXIL Corp.

LIXIL then turned around and bought Amer­ican Stand­ard Brands from Sun Capital in 2013.

With that purchase, LIXIL took control of all of the old Amer­ican Stand­ard Comp­an­ies except its European operations.

Being a major player in most of the world's markets, however, was not enough for LIXIL. It also wanted an entrée into the European Union.

It found one in Grohe's private equity owner, TPG Capital, had been looking for a buyer. LIXIL bought control of Grohe in 2014, giving it access to the last of the world's major markets.

LIXIL combined Grohe with Amer­ican Stand­ard in its new Water Technologies Unit.

In its home market in Japan, LIXIL is in stiff competition with the Japanese sanitary wares company, for a share of Japan's shrinking domestic housing market.

Many analysts believe one of its primary goals in acquiring Amer­ican Stand­ard and Grohe was to open major markets outside of Asia for its products – es­pe­cial­ly its Japanese-style toilets – markets that Toto has had pretty much to itself for several decades.

With American Standard and Grohe, LIXIL also acquired two established brands's names long familiar to the buying public under which to market its sanitary wares in North America and Europe rather than going through the process of building up a new and unknown brand name – a process that can take decades.

The End of American Manufacturing

Bain Capital reportedly did very well with its purchase and sale of Amer­i­can Standard. It kept nearly a third of the company's most productive assets as Ideal Standard in Europe, sold the Asian and North Amer­i­can assets for a price that nearly recouped its original investment, and still retained a minority share of Amer­i­can Standard Companies.

Sun Capital also gained, selling its majority share of Amer­i­can Standard Brands to Imax for a handsome profit.

The only losers were Amer­ican workers.

Just as soon as Sun Partners got control of Amer­ican Stand­ard's kitchen and bath division, it started closing North Amer­i­can factories and laying off employees.

In the 1980s, Amer­i­can Standard, Crane, and El­jer had a combined 70,000 Amer­ican and Canadian employees, mostly at manufacturing plants in the two countries.

Today American Standard Brands employs a mere handful of Can­a­di­ans and fewer than 3,000 Amer­i­cans of which barely 300 are in hourly manufacturing jobs.

Amer­ican Stand­ard closed its last remaining Canadian plant, a 40-year-old acrylics factory in Win­ni­peg in 2015. In that same year the old Crane factory in Ne­va­da, Mis­souri was shuttered, eliminating the last small vestige of ceramic manufacturing by Amer­ican Stand­ard in the U.S.

We can find just three production facilities left in all of North Am­er­i­ca: a plant in Sal­em, Oh­io that makes Amer­icast® bathtubs (see sidebar: "The Last Hur­rah"), a recently-acquired walk-in acrylic tub factory in Grand Prair­ie, Tex­as, and a small former El­jer factory in So­mer­set, Ken­tucky that makes industrial shower bases, laundry tubs, and mop sinks mostly from ter­raz­zo. [1] that are sold under El­jer's Fi­at brand.

Hecho en Mexico

Amer­ican Stand­ard does not manufacture fau­cets in the U.S. or Can­a­da. All Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cets are now imported. [2]

Where are they made? Well, Amer­ican Stand­ard is very cagey about the origin of its fau­cets. It claims on its website that

“Due to the fact we change the manufacturing location from time to time, we are not able to give you country of origin by model or even product.”.

Luckily, even if Amer­ican Stand­ard does not know where its fau­cets are made, we do. The company is still very much in the business of manufacturing fau­cets — just not in North America.

Even before the company's acquisition by LIXIL, Sun Capital had moved fau­cet production for the North Amer­ican market to a plant already owned by Amer­ican Stand­ard in Mon­ter­rey, Mex­i­co.

After American Standards' acquisition by LIXIL, the Mon­ter­rey plant was closed, [3] and fau­cet production was transferred to Amer­ican Stand­ard's giant (4,400-em­ploy­ee) maqui­la in Aguas­cal­i­en­tes owned by its subsidiary, AS Maqui­la Méx­i­co, S. de R.L. de C.V.

The Monterrey plant did not stay empty for long, however.

In 2015 Amer­i­can Standard's sister company, dismantled its entire factory in Mississauga, Ontario, and trucked all of its machinery to Mon­ter­rey where it has set up shop.

Prior to the move, the Mississauga plant had assembled most of the fau­cets sold by Grohe in North America.

The Aquacalientes maquila is Amer­i­can Standard's largest plant in the Western Hemisphere and has recently gotten larger.

In 2018 Amer­i­can Standard opened a $20.5 million plant expansion that added 140,000 square feet of factory floor, permitting the company to increase its workforce by 400 workers and raise production from 2.3 to 3.4 million units per year.

The parts and components used by the plant in its assembly of toilets, sink, urinals, and fau­cets are manufactured elsewhere, most by contract suppliers.

Amer­ican Stand­ard buys sanitary fixtures, components, and accessories from a veritable international who's who of sanitary ware suppliers located in Belgium, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Tai­wan, and Vietnam — in fact, just about anywhere except the U.S. and Can­a­da.

Many are made in former Amer­ican Stand­ard Companies factories that LIXIL now owns including four sanitary ware factories in China: A-S (Shanghai) Pottery Co., Ltd.; A-S (Guangzhou) Enamelware Company, Ltd.; A-S (Tianjin) Pottery Co., Ltd., and Hua Mei Sanitary Ware Co. Ltd.

Eljer Logo
Manufacturing Co.

Founded in 1904 by Raymond Elmer Crane and Oscar Jerome Bacus, had a long and distinguished history as an Amer­ican sanitary wares manufacturer.

Eljer invented the first vitreous china water "cistern", as toilet tanks were called in those days, in 1907. Plumbers were skeptical of the durability of the ceramic product, so acceptance was slow.

To prove just how sturdy its china really was, The company staged a demonstration that was widely reported. A china tank was laid on its back on a steel rail, a plank was placed on top of it and 27 men stood on the plank.

That ended any reservations about the strength of china cisterns which quickly replaced less sanitary lead-lined wood tanks common at the time.

Eljer also introduced one of the first low-flow toilets, the Ultra 1-G, ten years before low-flow was mandated by federal law in 1972.

In addition to vitreous chinaware, the company manufactured and sold cast iron tubs, sinks, and toilets for residential and commercial use made in its cast-iron factory in Salem, Ohio, a few doors down from the Amer­ican Stand­ard Americast factory in the same city.

After Eljer converted back from war production in the late 1940s, the company made major capital investments in its North Amer­ican plants, including robotic enameling in its foundry in Salem, Ohio, and a pressure cast system for its pottery plant in Tupelo, Mississippi.

These improvements increased the company's profitability to the point that in 1996 it was purchased by Zurn In­dus­tries and later merged with Jacuzzi and U.S. Brass to form the Bath & Plumbing Division of U.S. In­dus­tries, Inc., a diversified conglomerate.

By 2002, however, U.S. In­dus­tries was in trouble, having lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the prior year primarily due to an economic downturn and a dramatic decrease in home-building and remodeling. It indicated in its annual report that year that it might not survive as a going concern.

To dig itself out, it began selling off its business units, including Eljer, which was bought by Sun Capital Partners in 2005.

In 2008 Eljer joined Crane Plumbing and A-S America as divisions of Amer­ican Stand­ard Brands.

Under LIXIL, separate Eljer manufacturing has ceased and the brand has been deemphasized by LIXIL to the point that it has almost disappeared.

For a while it looked as though Eljer would become Amer­ican Stand­ard's economy brand of fau­cet and sanitary ware, initially to be sold exclusively by Menards stores. But, that plan evidently did not work out.

Menards still sells Eljer chinaware as of the date of this report, but no fau­cets are being offered on the Menards website. All of the fau­cets still shown on the Eljer website are listed as "discontinued."

It's very likely that Eljer is out of the fau­cet business. Whether it is out of business altogether remains to be seen.

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Amer­ican Stand­ard also owns an "interest" in an enamelware factory in the Do­min­i­can Re­publ­ic: San­i­tar­ios Do­min­i­can­os S.A. (also known as Sa­dovsa Stan­dard), and ceramics plants in In­don­es­ia, South Kor­ea (Amer­ican Stand­ard Kor­ea Inc.), Thai­land (Amer­ican Stand­ard B&K Pub­lic Comp­any Ltd.) and South Af­ri­ca.

American Standard's Faucet Manufacturers

LIXIL buys fau­cet components from a variety of outside manufacturers in China, Tai­wan, In­dia, and South Kor­ea. [4] It also buys an increasing number of finished fau­cets from outside contractors. Its known fau­cet suppliers include

LIXIL has started consolidating manufacturing and distribution, eliminating a lot of duplication, and we expect the process to continue for a few more years yet.

For example, Amer­ican Stand­ard's plant in Mex­i­co has begun assembling a good many of the Grohe fau­cets sold in the U.S. alongside Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cets.

In the first five weeks of 2018, the maquila shipped more than 5 tons of fau­cets and spare parts to Grohe in the U.S. During the same period it received several tons of parts and components from Grohe India Pvt. Ltd.

American Standard Faucet Design

Amer­ican Stand­ard has never been particularly well known for fau­cets. Its main line of products has always been ceramic, steel, and cast iron: toilets, sinks, and bathtubs.

Faucets seem to have always been sort of a sideline, offered just to round out its sanitary ware lines.

In plumber polls, fewer than 6% of plumbers identify Amer­ican Stand­ard as their preferred fau­cet. In our top-of-mind fau­cet survey, Amer­ican Stand­ard is the first name that came to mind in only 2% of our U. S. respondents.

That may be changing, however. LIXIL seems to be putting more emphasis on fau­cets.

The company is improving its fau­cet designs as indicated by its recently opened design studio in New York City, and additions to its design staff headed by Jean-Jacques L'Hen­aff, a graduate of L'Ecole Su­per­i­eure de De­sign In­dus­tri­el in Par­is and generally considered one of the world's premier industrial designers.

Recent Amer­ican Stand­ard designs have won numerous awards in international design competitions, including a Red Dot for excellence in design innovation for its Edgewater semi-professional kitchen fau­cet collection.

The Edgewater also merited a coveted Good Design Award as did the Studio S bath fau­cet collection and the Beale MeasureFill touchless fau­cet that meters out a specific amount of water, then stops. No more fussing with a measuring cup to get a precise amount of water for a recipe. Dial in the amount needed and turn on the fau­cet to dispense exactly that amount.

The Good Design Award, sponsored by the Chicago Ath­e­nae­um Museum of Architecture and Design, is the oldest and most prestigious of the international design awards.

American Standard Faucet Finishes

A number of fau­cet finishes are available but vary from fau­cet to fau­cet.

Almost every fau­cet is available in the usual polished chrome and in some version of nickel: brushed, satin, or polished.

There are at least two kinds of bronze: Oil-rubbed bronze (which to us looks more like what other companies call antique bronze with its copper highlights) and Legacy Bronze (which looks more like what we think of as oil-rubbed bronze).

Crane Logo

Crane, founded in 1955 as the R.T. Crane Brass & Bell Foun­dry in Chi­ca­go, invented the pastel bathroom in the 1920s featuring fixtures designed by Hen­ry Drey­fuss, the premier industrial designer of the time.

The designs were very popular in the 1950s and came to epitomize the early mid-century bathroom.

In 1978 the company introduced a complete line of washerless fau­cets to compete with Moen. But, it made the mistake of designing fau­cets to fit a particular sink so that the sink and fau­cet had to be purchased as a set, an arrangement that greatly reduced their popularity.

Crane faucets made little headway in the residential fixture market despite its innovations and the reputation of the company.

In 1986 Crane Co. divested itself of its plumbing unit which was reorganized as Crane Plumbing, LLC.

A controlling interest in the company was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2005 and the company merged with Amer­ican Stand­ard America and Eljer In­dus­tries in 2008 to form Amer­ican Stand­ard Brands.

Since the merger, Crane has gone out of business as a brand. The closing was announced on its website as follows:

"Crane plumbing has merged with Amer­ican Stand­ard. In light of this, Crane Plumbing products are no longer being offered in the trade channel. We will continue to provide customer care support and product information support for these brands, which can be found on this site. Thank you for your interest and support for Crane Plumbing."

A sad end for an old and well-respected company.

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There is also matte black which is becoming the au courant finish for ultra-contemporary fau­cets.

Some kitchen fau­cets are "finished" in stainless steel which is not really a finish, but the stuff the fau­cet is made of.

All of these (except stainless steel) are electroplated finishes.

The newer (physical vapor deposition) finish technology is not available from Amer­ican Stand­ard. PVD is a much more robust finish, said by some in the industry to be up to 20 times tougher than standard plated chrome.

Faucet Cartridges

Amer­ican Stand­ard along with invented the ceramic cartridge in 1972 [5] and has been improving on it since. Its proprietary mixing cartridge is very robust with very few reported problems.

They are no longer cutting-edge technology, however. Delta has leap­frogged past Amer­ican Stand­ard's basic ceramic technology with its Diamond Seal Technology (DST) super cartridge introduced in 2007.

One disc in the two-disc set is diamond coated using a process that deposits microscopic diamond particles on the disc.

Delta says the diamond coating helps keeps the discs absolutely smooth since the coated disc continuously polishes the other disc, so they always mesh perfectly.

It also continuously grinds away any mineral deposits that may insinuate themselves between the discs. The more you use it, the smoother it gets, says Delta which claims that the cartridge will last up to 5 million rotations (or about 700 years in the average kitchen fau­cet, 10 times the life expectancy of a standard ceramic cartridge).

To learn more about the types of valves used in fau­cets, now and historically, see Faucet Basics: Part 1, Faucet Valves & Cartridges. For more detail on the Delta DST cartridge, see our Delta Faucet Review & Rating.

Faucet Warranty

The Amer­ican Stand­ard warranty meets the North Amer­ican Stand­ard — a lifetime warranty to the original owner on all parts and the finish except electronic parts which are guaranteed for five years, and filter components, made by GE, that are warranted for just one year. One year is a little light. Most under-sink filter systems are guaranteed for five years.

The warranty has a couple of issues. It excludes damage caused by "aggressive air or water conditions". Do you have any idea what this means? Most people outside of the industry do not.

The Mag­nu­son-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, codified as 15 U.S.C. §2301 et seq. is a federal law that regulates the form and content of consumer warranties.

It was enacted, according to its legislative history" to remedy "the widespread misuse of express warranties and disclaimers" by requiring warranties on consumer products be "clear and easy to read and understand" in order to prevent companies from hiding the true coverage and scope of a warranty behind obscure, hard to understand legal terminology.

In consequence, unlike other legal documents intended to be interpreted only by judges and lawyers, consumer warranties must be capable of understanding by the average consumer.

To learn more about fau­cet warranties and how to interpret them, see Faucet Basics: Part 6, Faucet Warranties.

So, while industry terms of art like "aggressive air and water conditions" are not entirely banned, if used they must be defined such that an average consumer will understand what they mean. If they are not explained, then they are ignored in interpreting the warranty as if they were never mentioned.

A second minor problem with the warranty is the company's claim to have the "sole option" regarding the remedy to be provided under warranty. The Federal Trade Commission has determined that warrantors do not have the sole option, and the term is deceptive.

These defects in the warranty are not major, however, and do not detract substantially from what is otherwise a very good warranty.

Customer Service

The company's U.S.-based customer and warranty service is also very good. Amer­ican Stand­ard may not know where its fau­cets are made but it does know where to find the parts for each fau­cet.

The only problems we found were excessive wait times of 5 minutes or longer, and some issues that we thought were rather simple had to be referred up the chain of command for a resolution.

Still, the company did well overall. We score its customer service at 4.3 out of 5. Any score above 4.0 is considered satisfactory. The Better Business Bureau rates the company A+ or a scale of A+ to F for its handling of consumer issues.

American Standard Website

The Amer­ican Stand­ard website is, as you might expect, massive.

We gave up counting the number of bathroom and kitchen items represented on the site, but it's a lot. Despite its size, however, it is fairly easy to navigate. Drop-down menus lead you rather quickly to the information you need.

The information provided about each fau­cet is about as complete as we have seen. It includes links to available finishes that (usually but not always ) display the fau­cet in the selected finish. For fau­cets with variable flow rates, the rates are clearly displayed.

Rather than having to download a .pdf document to read detailed specifications, they are right on the page. You can either click on "Specs" link at the bottom of the page to jump right to specifications or page down until you get there.

Care instructions, a link to installation instructions and warranty information is provided, and available replacement parts are shown right on the page.

And, if all this somehow does not answer your questions, the customer service telephone number is also displayed.

Faucets that are CALGreen® certified, ADA compliant, or WaterSense® qualified are identified. Faucets that comply with California water restriction requirements are identified as "CEC Listed" meaning that the fau­cet appears in the California Energy Commission's list of approved fau­cets.

Testing & Certification

The California Energy Commission sued Amer­i­can Stand­ard for illegally selling unapproved faucets in California from January 2015 to September 2020. The company paid a penalty of $41,119.00 to settle the suit in 2021.

Comparable Compnies

Faucets made in North America comparable to Amer­i­can Standard products include the following:

Conclusions

Amer­ican Stand­ard has fallen behind the technology curve. It still uses electroplating when its competitors have gone on to more advanced and more durable PVD. Its cartridge is solid but does not compare to the super cartridges used in Delta fau­cets, and its styling is clean and attractive, but getting dated.

We can find nothing about the fau­cets that stands out and no particular reason to prefer an Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cet over all of the other good fau­cets available in roughly the same price range.

On the other hand, if an Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cet strikes your fancy, we can think of no reason not to buy it. The quality is good and well-supported by a strong warranty and the post-sale support is excellent.

So, while we would probably not go out looking specifically for an Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cet, if we found one we liked, we would have little hesitation installing it in even a busy kitchen or main bath.

Keep in mind, however, that when you buy an Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cet you are not buying an Amer­i­can fau­cet. What you are getting is a good quality Amer­ican-designed but for­eign-made fau­cet. If "made in U.S.A." is important to you, Amer­i­can Standard would not be your choice.

We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Amer­ican Stand­ard fau­cets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.

Footnotes:

  1. Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast. It consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder (for chemical binding), polymeric (for physical binding), or a combination of both. It is used primarily for commercial floors and wall treatments.
  2. For comparison, both established Amer­ican fau­cet companies, still makes most of their fau­cets in the U.S.
  3. The Amer­ican Stand­ard Mon­ter­rey plant did not stay empty for long. In 2015 LIXIL's newest acquisition, Grohe, was looking for a new home for its North Amer­ican production then located in Ontario, Can­a­da. It settled on the abandoned Mon­ter­rey plant and trucked all of its equipment, machine by machine, from Can­a­da to Mex­i­co. Grohe now assembles fau­cets sold in North America in Mon­ter­rey. See our report on for more information.
  4. Ideal Standard at one time supplied many of the fau­cets sold in the U.S. by Amer­ican Stand­ard, including the upscale
  5. As early as the 1880s, the old Amer­ican Stand­ard Companies was a pioneer in the use of ceramics to make bathroom fixtures , so it seems entirely natural that it would put its industrial ceramics expertise to work creating a valve that used ceramics to control water flow. After much experimentation and development, the company received patent number US 3810602 A for the first ever "ceramic disc fau­cet".
  6. It was widely copied in Europe but slow to get around in the U.S. where Moen and Delta both had proprietary non-ceramic cartridges in which a lot was invested.
  7. Today, all major U.S. manufacturers use ceramic cartridges based on the Amer­ican Stand­ard design.