Interesting ... other reviewers commented that this tub was slightly under 60". However, we just purchased one to replace a standard 60x30 tub, and upon attempt at installation we discovered that this tub is 60.5" long! All I can say at this point is that my DH is beyond aggravated ... obviously, American Standard is not very consistent with the manufacturing of these tubs. How this can be is beyond me, but we are now having to "fix" our walls to even get it in. grrrrrrr
Just completed install. Install was the same as it would have been with any other standard tub. Tub is very sturdy, sides are not flimsy like some of the others I looked at. The only complaint I have is install requires a mortar bed to be placed under the bottom surface for stability. Lowes employee told me I needed two bags of quickrete ( 100 lbs ) I mixed it up placed under tub---way way way too much had to keep pulling tub and removing mortar what a job as mine fit in a three wall surround. If I had it to do over I would get one 40 lb bag, mix to a medium dry consistency and put one three inch deep by four inch wide strip from the drain approximately four feet back, set tub push down in place and while standing in tub place nails above lip to hold in place. Final step drill pilot holes through lip of tub at studs and install screws, remove nails from above lip this will stop squeeks. Now American Standard could install a fiberglass spine down the center of the tub bottom even with the bottom tub lip that would eliminate the need for a mortar bed. If I were buying again I would pay an extra 10 to 20 bucks for the feature that would allow flat on the floor installation with no mortar base required. Wife loves bathing in it.
We did read all the reviews and decided to give it a try ourselves. We are remodeling our entire house, this was just the last room that needed to be done. This review will be a long one, just so you have more information to make a decision.
We chose this bathtub for its design. The curved apron is absolutely fantastic, it gives you more comfortable space (because that''s what you most likely want when taking a bath), without having to mess around with different measurements. Our bathroom is small.
It''s nice that the bathtub is lightweight, so it''s easy to move it around and try to make it fit. However, it also shows the lack of high quality. It chips and scratches really easy/fast.
We had to cut away a strip of the particle board under the right side of the tub, otherwise we couldn''t lower it because of the wooden support planks you have to install on the studs (that''s where the tub will be hanging on). We didn''t mess with mortar, or concrete to put the tub in. We taped styrofoam under the tub to spread the eventual weight and to let the bathtub level itself out. I don''t recall my husband had any remarkable problems with the drain installation (this of course you do first, before installing everything else - just in case you have to take it out again, which we had to because the back of the overflow pipe was bumping against the horizontal stud).
Warning: We decided to tile around the bathtub to finish it. This is where a big problem with this bathtub shows: it is not 60"!! It is like another reviewer said more like 59 5/8". What this means is that the drywall (we used DenShield, highly recommended!) is flush with the wall and the tub'' outer edges on 2 out of 3 sides. The third side, which for us is the right side, is not flush at all. We weren''t sure how we wanted to approach this problem, since tiling over it would create a gap on the outside (since it''s tilted). Pushing the bathtub more to the right wasn''t an option either, since you then have the problem on both sides (although, yes, a little less big). The easiest solution is what we chose. We cut away the edge on the right side, and caulked it really well.
I find it hard to decide whether to recommend it yes or no. I guess it''s up to your expectations, budget, and goals. If you want a bathtub that will last for 5+ years and still looks good, I would not recommend this bathtub - simply because I don''t believe it will last that long. If we would have known about the quality of this tub, and if there was a higher quality tub available with the same curved apron - we would not have bought this tub, but invested in another one (probably a little more expensive).
I added photos. Feel free to ask any questions regarding this post/bathtub/installation.
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Very Nice Tub
By Lowe's Guest from Bergholz, OH 43908, USA on Mar 05, 2014
This bathtub is great! It''s light weight which makes it easy for installation! It''s like having a mini pool in your bathroom! It''s great for laying down and relaxing and it''s overall look and quality make it a purchase you''ll be glad you invested in!
Very happy with this purchase. Our bathroom is right at 75 sq ft and the thing we liked most about this tub is it''s the standard size but has the bow that goes out. It doesn''t take up any extra floor space, we didn''t have to make any special cuts to the tile when we laid it, it adds more space in the tub for standing or taking bath, the slope on the back side is smooth and comfortable to relax on, and the support framing on the bottom and sides is great for it being so light. Overall it looks awesome, feels awesome, and installed like a breeze! We couldn''t be happier!