American Standard is a major plumbing manufacturer of residential and commercial fixtures, faucets, acrylics and cast iron and a variety of other products. American Standard started in 1875 as the Standard Manufacturing Company and eventually merged with American Radiator to become American Standard (see history). In 2008 it became American Standard Brands when American Standard Americans merged with Crane Plumbing and Eljer. Today American Standard products are sold primarily under the American Standard, Porcher or Jado name.
Being a large company, American Standard makes product for the low, middle and high-end market. Porcher and Jado are the brands for the high-end fixtures and faucets while the American Standard brand covers a range of low to mid-range price point product. There is a lot to cover so for this post we will talk first about faucets.
AMERICAN STANDARD FAUCETS
All American Standard (AMS) faucets are now Lead Free throughout the US. Recent legislation in California and Vermont requires all faucets distributed in those states to be lead free. AMS is one of the few companies which have responded to this requirement by making their entire product inventory lead free. American Standard faucets are brass rather than zinc alloy or plastic and use ceramic disc valves and PVD finishes to produce faucets that are durable and long lasting.
AMS makes both bathroom faucets and kitchen faucets as well as utility and commercial product. First let’s talk about the kitchen.
AMERICAN STANDARD KITCHEN FAUCETS
American Standard offers 9 kitchen collections – Culinaire, Pekoe, Arch, Lakeland, Connoisseur, Jasmine, Hampton, Reliant+ and Colony Soft.
Culinaire Collection has a traditional and a contemporary option. The traditional faucet is a bridge model, with or without side spray. When the side spray option is applied the faucet will have a center post (see picture at right). If the side spray is not used the faucet becomes a classic bridge style. There is a choice of lever or cross handles. This bridge faucet is available in chrome, blackened bronze or satin nickel. In addition, Culinaire offers a matching single hole bar/pantry faucet. These faucets are solid brass for durable, long lasting product.
The Culinaire contemporary group features a pullout spray faucet with easy reach control, cast brass body and ceramic disc technology. If you prefer a side spray there is a single handle high arch model. Both are available in polished chrome, blackened bronze or satinless steel (PVD).
The Pekoe Collection was introduced in 2010. Modern looking, Pekoe includes high arch kitchen and bar faucets, with or without pullout as well as a more standard pullout spray head model. The Pekoe Semi Professional is based on a classic pre-rinse modified for a residential kitchen. The Pekoe Extender has an aerator that pulls out, swivels and can be switched between aerated or needle spray.
The Arch Collection is also new. Based on a classic “C” spout the collection includes a pull-out and a high-arc single handle faucet, with or without side spray. The collection also offers a new base plate with an adaptor to accomadate a soap dish; a good solution when retrofitting to an existing three hole sink.
The Lakeland series is a transitional looking single handle series. Available in a single handle pullout or a classic single handle style with side spray. Both are available in chrome or PVD stainless steel. Lakeland is shipped with a base escutcheon that may be used or discarded.
If you are looking for a solid single handle faucet then you should consider Connoisseur. Every Connoisseur faucet has a cast brass swivel spout and includes an escutcheon and side spray, both of with you have the option of using or not using.
Hampton, Reliant+ and Colony Soft are more competitively priced and include a pullout spray and cast brass single handle as well as traditional two handle models.
There is a lot to choose from. Is there one for you?