Review & Rating
32 E. Carl Street
Hicksville, NY 11801
Footnotes:1. So long as the original owner lives in the house in which the faucet was initially installed. Download the Rivuss Warranty (pdf).
This Company In Brief
Companies that import Chinese-made faucets are popping up like mushrooms. We can just barely keep track of them. It seems that every month there is a new bumper crop competing with all the other China-Marketeers in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Most are completely unremarkable, importing exactly the same run-of-the-mill Chinese faucets as everyone else, selling them through the same internet retailers for more or less the same prices.
It has gotten to the point that a new Marketeer company has to do something really unusual to attract our attention at all. Otherwise, we check back in a few years to see if the company still exists, then, if it does, decide whether to review it.
Some new companies command our attention, however, simply because from the start they seem to do nearly everything right. That's pretty rare. One such company is a German faucet company just starting to sell in North America, and another is Hyluxury, Inc. which sells faucets and sinks under the Rivuss brand.
Formed in 2012, the company is just a few years old, and has for sale just over a dozen basic faucet models. It is still growing, but what it has accomplished so far shows an impressive amount of research, planning and careful execution.
It sells Chinese faucets made by Yatin Bath Corporation, an manufacturer that is growing a reputation in the international faucet community for its good to excellent quality faucets. An increasing number of importers of Chinese faucets are switching to Yatin for manufacturing, including
The faucets are not specially designed for Rivuss. They are off-the-shelf faucets out of Yatin's general catalog. For example, the Rivuss FBS-100 Aragon is listed in Yatin's catalog as the Lippe, the FBS-300 Carrion is the Yatin Mosel and the FBS-400 Danube is in the Yatin catalog as the Wendland faucet. But, these are well selected, comprising a balanced collection of striking modern faucets.
Rivuss faucets are unblushingly contemporary. There is not a traditional or even a transitional design in the Rivuss inventory. If you are outfitting an urban loft or modern bungalow, these faucets just might be for you. But, if you are reproducing a heritage Mission or Victorian look, you will have to look elsewhere for a faucet that complements the design era.
Yatin cuts no corners. All faucets are solid lead-free brass, including the handles.
Two-handle Rivuss faucets include a ceramic cartridge manufactured by the noted German cartridge maker, Flühs Drehtechnik, GmbH, considered by most to be one of the best, if not the best, European faucet cartridge made. This is a cartridge that unlike most others, does not require a lubricant that can deteriorate or wash away over time making the faucet harder to operate.
Flühs is the ceramic cartridge preferred by manufacturers of higher end faucets such as
Rivuss single handle faucets include a Kerox mixing cartridge. Kerox, which started as a dental ceramics company (and still is), has become the go-to ceramic cartridge maker for upscale single handle faucets made in Europe. Its Hungarian factory produced 22 million cartridges in 2014 and exported to faucet manufacturers in 40 countries. Kerox makes the remarkable diamond-impregnated ceramic disks used in the new Diamond Seal Technology® cartridge (although it does not use them in its own cartridges, and can't until Delta's patents expire).
Rivuss faucets are fitted with Neoperl® aerators, considered some of the world's best. Faucet aerators used to be simple devices that merely added a little air to soften the water stream so it would not splash out of the sink. Today, however, they are also used to limit water volume to the lower flows required by federal and state water conservation laws, and in some cases, to prevent back-flow that can result in the contamination of household drinking water. It is important, therefore, that this little device, often smaller than a dime, be the best available. And that, almost by definition, is the Swiss-made Neoperl® aerator.
The Fanski® braided stainless water lines used to connect the faucet to the house plumbing are another plus. There may be other companies making braided lines of equal quality, Brasscraft for one, but we doubt anyone makes a better line.
The company provides just two finishes, polished chrome and brushed nickel. The mirror polished chrome finish is something to see. Yatin calls it the StarPlating® finish and describes it as a
lustrous, mirror-like sheen that is soil repellent, scratch resistant and non-tarnishing...Although not quite the quality of the exquisite, hand-polished chrome on some up-scale European and American faucets, it is a striking finish well worth looking for, and it will not deplete your bank account nearly as severely as a hand-polished faucet.
The company's web site is one of the best we have seen. Not Flash(y), but well organized with intuitive navigation and easy to follow link information. What we like about it most, however, is the very complete information it provides about the faucets it sells. It tells you the brand of ceramic disk and aerator, even the name of the company that makes the water lines ("risers") that connect the faucet to the house plumbing.
Everything we think ought to be a part of a faucet's specifications is provided, including its certifications, whether the faucet is Watersense® qualified and/or ADA compliant. A lot of other faucet companies would do well to study the Rivuss site to find out how it's done.
Our impression of this faucet line is that it is well worth considering. The price to value relationship is very good. The critical components used in the faucets are top-of-the-line as is the manufacturer that Hyluxury has chosen to make its Rivuss faucets. Its lifetime warranty tries no tricks and pulls no punches. The support is responsive and knowledgable, and the web site is clean, crisp and a dream to navigate. We just don't see anything about the company or its faucets that we don't like, and don't see how you could go wrong selecting a Rivuss faucet.
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Rivuss faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.