Review & Rating
13305 B Street
Omaha NE, 68144
Certified Lead Free in Part
Some Artos Faucets are certified lead free
through independent laboratory testing.
Read the main report for more information.
Warranty Footnotes:1. So long as the original owner owns the faucet.
This Company In Brief
Westover, Inc., formed by Jonathan Petersen, Toby Hill, and Peter Hill on January 19, 2009, is an importer and distributor of faucets manufactured in China and Italy that it sells under the Artos brand. It sells bath faucets only — no kitchen, bar or prep faucets — primarily through internet retailers and a national dealer network.
Some Artos faucets are imported from Italy. We have identified the faucets in the Otella and Quarto collections as originating with RESP Rubinetterie Srl of Pogno in northern Italy.
All other Artos faucets are made in China by:
Zhejiang Slion Brassware Co. Ltd., a Chinese faucet manufacturer that makes the Opera collection of faucets for Artos.
Wenzhou Haijun Sanitary Hardware Co., Ltd., a Chinese faucet manufacturer that also supplies
Westover also imports some faucets through a Chinese broker, Zhejiang Zhong Rui Yi Sheng Trading Co. Ltd. which appear to have been manufactured by
Taizhou Catly Sanitary Wares Co., Ltd., also a Chinese manufacturer located in Zhejiang Province. These faucets are sold by Artos as the Milan collection, Catly also makes faucets for
At one time the company purchased at least some of its faucets from Emmevi Rubinetterie Srl, an Italian manufacturer, but this relationship appears to have ended. Emmevi-sourced faucets, such as the Twist are still available from web vendors as of this update but are not shown in the current Artos web catalog.
All faucets are straight out of each manufacturer's standing inventory. We can find no faucet that was designed or manufactured exclusively for Artos. For example:
The Artos F501-7-1 In Wall Lav Faucet from the Opera series is made by Fenghua and appears in the that company's as the Flova Century FH8286-D11.
The Artos Kascade series is sold as the Flova Quanbo throughout Europe and Asia.
The Artos Otella F301-2 is manufactured by RESP as the 280.352 faucet and the Artos Quarto F201-2 as the Resp 50.352.
Artos products are contemporary and stylish but not cutting edge. The Italian designs are crisp and interesting but parallel styles are available from a number of other importers of Italian-made faucets. The Chinese designs are likewise fairly typical of faucets sold in North American by any number of Asian importers. Chinese faucet designs tend to be somewhat conservative, targeting mass market customers, and the faucets imported by Artos are not an exception. A faucet design that proves popular in the European or North American markets will ultimately be copied by Chinese factories. The lag time is normally three to five years behind the Western designs.
Artos prices are consistent with prices charged by other importers of Italian and Chinese faucets, and less costly than some. There is a considerable difference in the price range, however, between the Italian-made Artos faucets and the company's Chinese faucets.
We consider the Artos Italian faucets a somewhat better buy than equivalent faucets sold in North America by the Italian manufacturers themselves, such as if only because, like most American importers of Italian faucets, Artos offers a stronger warranty than the 5- and 10-year warranties provided by Italian companies on their own faucets.
Artos does not sell kitchen, laundry or bar faucets. It offers its bathroom sink faucets as a part of coordinated collections that include faucets, showers, tub fillers and accessories like towel racks and bath tissue holders and towel warmers. Most of its faucets are single handle mixing faucets. We count only a few widespread lavatory faucets that feature two handles in the Artos lineup.
The ceramic cartridges in the Artos Chinese faucets are made by Sedal S.L.U. Sedal is chartered in Spain but does all of its manufacturing in China in two facilities: Sedal Technical Ceramics in Jiangmen and Sedal Kaiping. The Sedal cartridge is a favorite of Chinese manufacturers making faucets for the European and North American markets. We judge it to be a good cartridge that should give reliable service for many years. If it does develop a problem, replacement cartridges are widely available and in most faucets, easy to remove and replace with simple household tools.
The cartridges in the Italian-made faucets we examined were manufactured by Kerox Kft of Hungary. Kerox cartridges have, in recent years, acquired a growing reputation for reliability, and are often preferred by European faucet makers for their single handle mixer faucets. We judge it to be a good to very good cartridge of proven durability. And, again, if it does break, your free cartridge from Artos installs with a minimum of effort from the top of the faucet, so it does not have to uninstalled to reach the cartridge.
All Artos faucets are available in bright chrome, most are available in brushed nickel. Other finishes such as polished nickel and powder coated color finishes were available on some models.
The Westover limited lifetime warranty meets the standard for faucets sold in North America. We looked for tricky language and did not find any. It is a straightforward warranty back up by some very good customer service.
The Artos website is well-organized, with intuitive navigation and a product search function that is easy to use and usually accurate. Specification sheets and installation instructions are downloadable in .pdf format for each faucet and typically provide details about available finishes, dimensions, flow rate, and provide a parts diagram. They do not indicate ADA compliance or identify certifications. Most seem to include a dimensioned scaled drawing — useful for determining whether a faucet will fit your bathroom or kitchen.
Each faucet is illustrated by a single photograph that is much too small to identify detail and cannot be enlarged. Multiple views of each faucet would give a better idea of its overall shape and configuration. Artos has the photographs but you will have to do a Google search on the faucet model number to find them. This is an area that definitely needs improvement.
Installation instructions provide a step by step text description of the installation process but typically there are no illustrations which sometimes makes it difficult to determine which part of the faucet is referred to in the instructions as the "T-shaped feed assembly", for example. It took a little study but our plumbers had no problem installing the faucets. the instruction would be vastly improved, however, with illustrations.
Sink faucets are strictly regulation products in the U.S. and Canada. In order to be legally sold and installed in either county, a faucet must meet every one of the following requirements:
No Artos faucet has all of these certifications. Some have been certified to comply with ANSI/NSF 372 and with ANSI/NSF 61 but none is certified compliant with the maximum water flow rate of the EPCA or the mechanical safety and reliability standards of ASME A112.18.1/CSA 125.1.
The result is that Artos does not have a single faucet in its inventory that is legal for sale or installation on the U.S. At least three Canadian Provinces also prohibit the sale of uncertified faucets: Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. All Provinces prohibit the installation of uncertified faucets.
Here are the details of Artos' regulatory posture:
Some Artos faucets are not certified free of lead and other toxins such as mercury, arsenic, and cadmium by any of the seven accredited testing organizations authorized to certify faucets to the joint Canadian/U.S. lead-free (ANSI/NSF 372) and toxic content (ANSI/NSF 61) standards. Faucets that do not comply with these standards may not be installed in either the U.S. or Canada.
Some Artos faucets have not been certified by an accredited third-pparty testing organization to be compliant with this standard and, as far as we have been able to discover, the company has done no other testing consistent with Environmental Protection Agency requirements that could constitute a "reasonable basis" to believe that these faucets comply with the Act. These faucets may not be lawfully "introduced into commerce" in the U.S.
For more information on the regulation of drinking water faucets in the U.S. and canada, see Keeping Faucets Safe.
Fully certified, safe and lead free faucets made in Italy that are comparable to Artos include any of the following:
Certified safe and lead free faucets made in China or Taiwan that are comparable to Artos' Asian faucets include:
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Artos faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.