Review & Rating
(Elizabethan Classics, Belle Forêt and Schön Brass Works)
A Home Depot company
3333 Lenox Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254
This Company In Brief
Your Other Warehouse (YOW), founded in 1987, was originally owed by a 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 take over Home Depot's lines of faucets and fittings formerly distributed by YOW: Elizabethan Classics, Belle Forêt, and Schön Brass Works.
The three faucet lines are collections that adhere to visual themes:
The 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 — all inspired by the styling of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
For Belle Forêt 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 refined sensibility of the rustic country French style.
Schön Brass Works faucets are contemporary with the clean, spare lines expected of contemporary fixtures and faucets, with its Germanic angularity softened somewhat by the introduction of arcs and chords more typical of Italian design. But, the designs are 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 Forêt (but not Schöne) had their own websites. These have been taken down.
Neither Home Depot nor Barnett designs, engineers, prototypes, manufactures, tests or quality controls a single faucet. They simply buy already manufactured faucets from various faucet companies and adds them to the collection they best fit.
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Other Barnett faucets are purchased from of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.. Giagni also imports faucets and bathwares from China as well as Taiwan and Korea.
Until just a few years ago, Home Depot's private brand faucets were never seen in Home Depot stores. The stores were the province of the store brands: Pegasus, Glacier Bay and to a lesser extent Martha Stewart Living faucets. Elizabethan Classic, Belle Forêt and Schön were sold through other venues, primarily on line through hosting websites such as Amazon, Wayfair and Overstock. That segregation has gone away. Elizabethan Classics and Belle Forêt faucets are now common in Home Depot stores. Some Schön products are also in the stores, but so far no faucets.
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. The finishes available on a particular faucet depends a great deal on which Chinese manufacturer makes it.
Most are plated finishes, but some are the more advanced Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finishes. Not every faucet is available in every finish, but the finishes available for a faucet are usually identified in the specifications for the faucet.
The faucets incorporate a variety of ceramic cartridges, all made in China. Some Chinese cartridges give good service. Globe Union favors cartridges 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 5 to 10 years.
We have also found cartridges made by Kuching International Ltd., a ceramics manufacturer in Taiwan since 1988. Its KCG cartridges are popular with Canadian faucet companies including These cartridges are considered roughly equivalent to Sedal. Like Sedal, if a KCG cartridge does develop a problem, replacement cartridges are widely available and in most faucets, easy to remove and replace with simple household tools.
Some cartridges we could not identify. Chinese cartridges tend to a similar appearance which often makes them difficult to identify without manufacturer's marks. The marks are often omitted which makes positive identification almost impossible. It would be nice to be able to tell you that we can look at a cartridge and tell whether it is a good one or not, but no one can do that. We have to rely on experience with a particular brand and its certifications to judge good from not so good, and without knowing the brand, we are as much in the dark as anyone else. Our suggestion is that you ask about the cartridge before you buy a Barnett faucet, and if it is not one of the known brands, stay away from it. To find the known brands and some more information about cartridges and valves, see Faucet Basics: Faucet Valves and Cartridges.
The skimpy five year warranty on these faucets is far below the North American standard Limited Lifetime warranty. It strongly suggests that Home Depot's management does not have a lot of confidence in the longevity of these faucets. And, if management doesn't expect a long service life, then we don't either.
These faucets might be an option where you need an inexpensive, nice looking faucet that gets little use &mdash a guest bath or powder room, for example. But, for a busy kitchen or main bathroom, a more robust faucet would be in order; one that has earned the confidence of its management team as shown by a strong, lifetime warranty.
Fully certified, safe and lead free faucets made in China that are comparable to Elizabethan Classics, Belle Forêt and Schön include any of the following:
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Barnett faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.