Review & Rating
1261 Logan Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Footnotes:1. "[A]s long as the original purchaser owns the house in which they are installed"
This Company In Brief
If your notion of the ideal bathroom or kitchen faucet is a little gem of fine craftsmanship made in the U.S.A., you need to take a close look at Phylrich faucets. Phylrich is a line of hand-crafted, high quality bathroom and kitchen faucets and accessories. Phylrich also manufactures showers and tub faucets and a complete line of bath accessories including towel bars, toilet paper holders, grab bars and hooks that complement most of its faucet styles.
Founded in 1959 as Phylrich International and based in Burbank, California, the company was purchased by Elkay Manufacturing in 2005. Elkay, whose specialty is manufacturing stainless steel sinks, has its own Elkay faucet brand, and was never able to carve out a place for Phylrich in its lineup of decorative plumbing products.
In 2012 Elkay sold Phylrich to Escalette LLC, the owner of RSS Manufacturing, LLC, a successful California manufacturer of brass fittings and fixtures for the automobile and plumbing industries as well as military and aerospace applications. By adding Phylrich to its product line, Escalette fully capitalizes on its existing capacity to manufacture high quality brass fixtures.
The owner of the Escalette, LLC is Geoff Escalette has already made his mark in the faucet industry as a co-founder of BrassTech, Inc., maker of He sold the company to Masco in 2002 at which time he started RSS Manufacturing to return to his roots as the manufacturer of high-quality machine parts.
With the acquisition of the assets of Phylrich, Escalette also agreed to assume responsibility for all past warranty claims and to provide customer service and replacement parts for Phylrich faucets manufactured prior to the change in ownership. Escalette stated in its acquisition announcement that it intends to "carry on the Phylrich tradition of providing high end plumbing products for the home."
Elkay started the process of moving Phylrich manufacturing overseas. Under Escalette, operations have been moved back to the U.S. Escalette operates its factory and company headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA. (Tour the Escalette Factory).
As the company's literature says, Phylrich faucets are "truly made in the U.S.A.". Design, engineering, prototyping, forging, casting, machining, fabricating, finishing, polishing, quality control, packaging, shipping, customer support, and the employee cafeteria, all in America.
Phylrich faucets were traditionally little pieces of Baroque art with hand-chased and engraved finishes in everything up to and including gold, crystals and semi-precious stones. This was the faucet for the quintessential Hollywood boudoir look. Escalette has kept the traditional Baroque designs, but toned down the more extreme styles. It has expanded the line to include some simply stunning contemporary and transitional faucets with design features found nowhere else.
All Phylrich faucets are two-handle styles. The valves are all all-brass ceramic disk cartridges from Anton Traenkle GmbH & Co KG, one of the best in the business. Twenty-five finishes are available, most are extra-tough PVD finishes, some are and some you will not find elsewhere including burnished nickel and gunmetal gray. (Preview Phylrich finishes here.)
The website is crisply designed with intuitive navigation. Faucets are clearly displayed in collections that include shower sets, tub fillers and accessories such as such as towel bars, toilet paper holders, grab bars and various robe hooks. Faucets are generally illustrated with one 3/4 view and several closeup views of the various details and features of the faucet.
The finishes available with each faucet are listed in two groups. Group 1 contains basic finishes and Group 2 special finishes. Group 2 finishes are available at an additional cost. The cost is specified.
Faucet specifications are detailed in a downloadable (.pdf) specification sheet that includes a dimensioned drawing, the faucet's certifications, and a list of standard finishes (again), but no information about the faucet's valve cartridge.
There are no installation instructions and no exploded parts diagram. Installation instructions are useful for plumbers who can anticipate any installation issues, and a parts diagram makes it easy to visualize how the faucet goes together. The diagram usually comes in the box with the faucet, but it's nice to have one in advance of ordering the faucet.
These are unblushingly luxurious high-end faucets. If you are remodeling a high-end bath, or just want that one upscale item to finish off your more modest re-do, Phylrich is a line of faucets you should consider. The design and quality are excellent, and the fact that they are "truly" made in the U.S.A. adds a little something to the line.
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We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Phylrich faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.