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SFC Center, Inc.
1455 S Archibald Ave.
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 930 0168
Jangsu L.S.H. Faucet Co., Ltd.
W. Ziwei Ave.
Jiangsu 211700 China
(Far Below North American Standard)
This Company In Brief
L.S.H. faucets are made in China and distributed in North America by SFC Center, Inc. They are sold primarily on internet sites. The faucets are unremarkable Chinese designs of average to good quality with reasonable quality Chinese cartridges.
L.S.H. is a brand of Chinese faucet made by Jangsu L.S.H. Faucet Co., Ltd., an manufacturer of average to good quality economy faucets.
In addition to making faucets sold under the L.S.H. brand, company also manufactures faucets sold under other brands, including some
The faucets sold under the L.S.H. brand are distributed in North America by SFC Center, Inc., a California company formed in 2013 by Songhao Eric Li. It appears to be the successor of Suneli, Inc. also owned by Mr. Li which distributed Suneli brand sanitary wares, including faucets. Some Suneli products can still be found for sale by internet retailers such as Faucets.org and DesigningDepot.com although the corporation was formally dissolved by the California Secretary of State in 2014. Suneli, Inc. is still owner of record of the L.S.H. trademark in the U.S. (jointly with Jangsu L.S.H. Faucet Co., Ltd.).
L.S.H. faucets are sold primarily through internet venues including Home Depot, Menards, Britt & Jules, Overstock and Amazon. A limited selection of models is available at some Home Depot stores. We cannot find any regular plumbing distributor that sells the faucets either on-line or in stores.
These are basic Chinese faucets of average quality with Chinese ceramic cartridges. The faucets we examined contained cartridges from several manufacturers. Ceramic cartridges made in China have greatly improved over the past decade, in part because of the vast sums the Chinese government has invested in the technology, but they are not quite up to the quality of European cartridges.
The styling is nothing to write home about. Chinese faucets rarely display design originality. They tend to be middle-of-the-road and to follow the pack rather than lead it. The goal of Chinese faucet manufacturers is to sell as many faucets as possible, which means keeping their designs well within the mainstream to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Few design adventures take place in China. Designs are often adopted from Europe and North America. A design that sells well in these major markets will often be imitated by Asian factories. The lag time is usually 3 to 5 years, so by the time a design appears in a Chinese faucet it is no longer new.
The faucets are available on just a few basic finishes. All can be found in chrome, most in brushed nickel and a few in oil rubbed bronze. The finishes are electro-plated, not the more durable physical vapor deposition finishes. Plated finishes are tough enough for most kitchens. Although Chinese finishes often get a bum rap, it has been many years since "China chrome" could be scraped off with a fingernail. Chinese electro-plated finishes are now as robust as the plated finishes from any other country. Electro-plating is not as durable or scratch-resistant as PVD finishing, however, which is as much as 20 times harder than the standard faucet finish: plated chrome.
The SFC website is well-designed with intuitive navigation. It does not, however, have a site-search feature. Faucets are depicted in one three-quarter view. Multiple images in color, or, better yet, a 360° viewing feature such as is used by In2aqua and MR Direct for its Sir faucets, that allows the mouse to rotate the faucet to any viewing angle, are more helpful in fully visualizing the faucet.
Specifications are very sparse, not nearly sufficient for an intelligent buying decision. Available finishes are identified and an image is usually available for each finish. There is a downloadable dimensioned drawing for most faucets, but no indication of the type or source of the cartridge used, the faucet's certifications, or an exploded parts list. There is no link to installation instructions.
The warranty offered by L.S.H. is an embarrassment — one year against "manufacturing and mechanical defects" on faucets and finishes. It certainly does not reflect a great deal of confidence in the durability or longevity of the company's faucets. Nor does the company guarantee the availability replacement parts. So, if your L.S.H. faucet breaks after one year, you are on your own. SFC may have parts you can buy, but there is no certainty that it will, in fact, have the parts in stock.
Faucet may be returned for a refund within 30 days subject to a re-stocking fee of 15% unless exchanged for another faucet or an in-house credit is issued in place of cash. The customer pays all shipping, which is not refundable.
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We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with L.S.H. faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.