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Barnett Brass & Copper, Inc
a Home Depot company.
3333 Lenox Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254
SchŲn Brass Works
(Far Below N. American Standard)
This Company In Brief
Barnett Brass & Copper, Inc. was founded in 1958 to distribute hardware and plumbing fittings to facilities management contractors. It was purchased by Interline Brands in 2000 and Interline Brands was acquired by Home Depot in 2015. In 2017 Barnett took over the the warehousing, distribution and order fulfillment functions formerly handled by another Home Depot subsidiary, Your Other Warehouse, including the distribution of Elizabethan Classics, Belle ForÍt and SchŲn Brass Works collections of faucets, fixtures and accessories.
Your Other Warehouse (YOW), founded in 1987, was originally owed by the nationwide retailer of sanitary products with stores in nearly every community, it was sold to Home Depot in 2001 and has since operated as a Home Depot subsidiary, supplying Home Depot stores and fulfilling orders placed through HomeDepot.com as well as managing private brands owned by Home Depot's "outside sales and services" enterprises — those outside the Home Depot retail store system.
In 2015 Home Depot purchased Interline Brands, including its subsidiary Barnett Brass & Copper, Inc. a company distributing national as well as private brands primarily to the facilities management industry. In 2017, without any announcement or fanfair, YOW was abruptly merged into Barnett. It is not clear as of the date of this review whether YOW will continue as a separate enterprise under the Home Depot umbrella.
With the purchase of Interline Brands, Home Depot inherited its private brand of plumbing fittings and fixtures, (reviewed separately) which will continue to be distributed by Barnett. Barnett will also inherit Home Depot's lines of faucets and fittings formerly distributed by YOW: Elizabethan Classics, Belle ForÍt, and SchŲn Brass Works.
The three faucet lines are collections that adhere to visual themes:
Elizabethan Classics' theme is romantic and Victorian. The collection is limited to bath wares and includes cast iron clawfoot tubs, acrylic clawfoot tubs, bath faucets, Victorian-style water closets, pedestal lavatories and console lavatories Ė all inspired by the styling of the Victorian Era.
For Belle ForÍt the theme is French Provincial. The collection offers a full range of kitchen and bath faucets, copper basins, stone vessels and bath vanities that fit the country French style.
SchŲn Brass Works faucets are contemporary with the clean, spare lines expected of contemporary fixtures and faucets, but not at all cutting edge. The collection has no particularly noteworthy features and is very similar to many other collections of Chinese-manufactured contemporary-style faucets.
At one time Elizabethan Classics and Belle ForÍt (but not SchŲne) had their own websites. These have been taken down.
Neither Home Depot nor Barnett design, engineer, prototype, manufacture, test or quality control a single faucet. They simply buy already manufactured faucets from various faucet companies and adds them to the collection they best fit.
The giant Chinese manufacturing company, Not surprisingly, you will find the same Globe Union faucet sold in a Home Depot store as a Pegasus or Glacier Bay faucet, and through Barnett as a Belle ForÍt, Elizabethan Classics or SchŲn faucet.
Some Barnett faucets, interestingly enough, are purchased from of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., that also imports faucets and bathwares from China as well as Taiwan and Korea.
The faucets are available in a variety of finishes including polished chrome, the standard finish, brushed nickel, Satin Nickel, Stainless steel, bronze, copper and polished nickel. Most are plated finishes, but some are PVD. Not every faucet is available in every finish, but the finishes available for a faucet are identified in the specifications for the faucet.
Barnett handles replacement parts and customer service, and they're good at it. It is, after all, their primary business. But, the availability of replacement parts after the 5-year warranty period on these products is suspect, since it is unusual for discount sellers to maintain parts for much beyond the warranty.
In our scoring, the company lost points for its sub-par faucet warranty. The faucet warranty is much below the standard for North American faucets: a lifetime warranty. We don't feel that a 5-year warranty on what is supposed to be a lifetime products is sufficient support, and it shows that Home Depot does not really have much confidence in the longevity or durability of these products. We assume that the company knows more about the faucets than we do, so if it thinks the faucets will last just five years, then so do we.
The faucets are sold through the usual on-line faucet e-tailers like Build.com and Faucet Direct. At one time Elizabethan Classics and Belle ForÍt faucets were sold through their own web sites, and through a Your Other Warehouse website. These have all been taken down. You also will not find the faucets is in a Home Depot store, but they can be ordered from Home Depot On Line.
Comparable Chinese and Taiwanese faucets include
There is nothing remarkable about these faucets. They are ordinary Chinese faucets of no particular note. The quality and design is about average. The warranty on the products is far below average for the North American market, which suggests to us that Home Depot management does not have a lot of faith in the longevity of these faucets. If you are looking for an inexpensive faucet for a little used bar or powder room, these might be a solution. But, for a busy kitchen or family bath, you might want to look elsewhere.
If you have had an experience with a Elizabethan Classics, Belle ForÍt, or SchŲn faucet, — good, bad or indifferent — that you would like to share, please let us know.