Faucet Reviews and Ratings

This is part 2 of an article on home faucets. The information contained in Part 1 is extensively refer­enced in this part, and it is strongly recommeneded that you read it before continuing on. To go back to Part 1, click here.

A manufacturer's list price is a good indicator of the esteem in which a com­pany holds its own products, but not necessarily of their market value. Prices of many high-end faucets are discounted steeply by retailers and suppliers. The prices listed here are the actual "street" prices at which the faucet line can be purchased.

How Much Should a Good Faucet Cost?


It is entirely possible to pay more than $20,000 for a faucet, but also possible to buy a good, well-made, stylish faucet for less than $200.00. Street prices for faucets these days are all over the place. Alternative retailing through the internet has created tremendous price pressure on established local retailers. For value received, faucet prices have probably never been lower.

For well over a century American Standard was an American company.

No longer. Today the American Standard brand in America is owned by Lixil Group, the giant Japanese building products company. But American Standard takes great pains to hide the fact that it is foreign owned, and that it manufactures alsmost all of its products outside the U.S.

For example, American Standard released this circular in a press kit. (Click to enlarge the image so you can read it). The item shown is one of only SIX plumbing products American Standard still man­ufac­tures in the U.S., out of the thousands it sells here. Over 99.99% of its man­ufac­turing is overseas — mostly in Mexico and China.

American Standard Brand companies have exported nearly 30,000 American man­ufac­turing jobs.

If American Standard really wants to make a contribution to Americaan “economic prosperity”, as this press release suggests, it should bring those 30,000 jobs back home.

And, we should do our part, as suggested by American Standard, by buying from a company that still makes its products here — in the U.S.A. — Like Brizo, Delta, Moen, Symmons and Chicago Faucets. See the list below.

Buy American, not American Standard.


Still Made in the U.S.A.


Quite a few faucets are still man­ufac­tured, or at least assembled, in the United States. Many traditional faucet suppliers have reduced their domestic man­ufac­turing, but most still retain at least some U.S. factories. Here are the faucet manufacturers still making their faucets in America.

Brizo California Faucets Chicago Faucets
Delta Faucets Kohler Plumbing Moen
Newport Brass Phylrich Restoration Hardware
Sherle Wagner Sigma Sonoma Forge
Symmons Industries Watermark Designs Waterstone
Wolverine Brass

"Top of Mind" Faucet Survey Results


Our survey question — When you think "faucet", what is the first faucet brand that comes to mind. — was answered by 1,771 readers. Discounting multiple answers from the same reader, blanks, and nonsense responses, here are the results. (The totals may not sum to exactly 100% due to rounding error.)

Rank Manufacturer Percent
1Moen30.97%
2Delta24.15%
3Kohler21.49%
4Grohe6.73%
5Pfister2.15%
6Hansgrohe1.43%
7Peerless1.00%
8American Standard0.86%
9Glacier Bay0.72%
10Elkay0.57%
11Kraus0.57%
12Rohl0.57%
13KWC0.53%
14Blanco0.43%
15Mico0.43%
16Newport Brass0.43%
17Symmons0.43%
18California Faucets0.29%
19Graff0.29%
20Jado0.29%
21Phylrich0.29%
22Vigo0.29%
23Uberhaus0.29%
24Waterstone0.29%
25Brizo0.14%
26Chicago Faucets0.14%
27Danze0.14%
28Eljer0.14%
29Eurostream0.14%
30Ikea0.14%
31Toto0.14%
All Other4.01%

The brand awareness survey reveals no surprises. The top three faucet makers — Moen, Delta, and Kohler — are still in the order in which they appeared in survey results in 2011, and are still the top brands in the minds of over 75% of potential customers. The hundreds of other brands share the remaining 25%. Grohe moved up some, but not a great amount, while Pfister moved down a little. Overall, very little changed, which suggests that consumer brand awareness is rather stable and changes but very slowly.

Thanks for Your Help
T hanks and a big tip of the hard-hat to the many readers who suggested improvements to this page. Most of the suggested changes have now been incorporated.

Our gratitude also to all who wrote in to suggest faucet lines that we ought to review. We regret that we cannot, however, review every faucet made. We limit our reviews to faucet lines with which we have some experience. There are literally hundreds of boutique faucet suppliers, and some major manufacturers that we don't know anything about simply because we have never bought one of their faucets. We do not mean to imply that by leaving a faucet out of these ratings the faucet is a bad product. It means only that we just don't know enough about the faucet to rate it. We appreciate the feedback, however, so keep it coming.

If you are a faucet manufacturer and feel we made factual mistakes about your company or products or have not treated your company or products fairly, let us know your specific objections and we will reexamine our review. Anything you write, however, is subject to being reprinted by us on this web site for public view.

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Under $100


As a gen­er­al rule faucets priced below $100.00 are sus­pect. They pro­ba­bly con­tain cri­ti­cal parts made of plas­tic. But, if you are careful, you can find good, all brass and/or stainless steel faucets for less than $100.00. You just have to know what you are looking for. We generally take the faucet apart to see what it's made of. If its all brass or stainless, we burn a little incense to the fickled gods of good bargains. If it's plastic, we take it back.

$100 - 300


Most faucets priced between $100.00 and $300.00 are going to give good service for many years. The key is good materials — brass and stainless steel — and a known brand name. The faucets at the lower end of this range tend to be the traditional, established styles, while those at the upper end are often somewhat more au courant. Generally, the innards are about the same, so quality at this level is rarely an issue. Getting parts might be. If the faucet fails, you will want to know that the company that made it will probably still be in business and any necessary repair parts are still available.

Over $300


Above $300.00 you are paying a premium for style, status, finish, a prestige brand name, boutique man­ufac­turing and/or small production runs. The quality of the mechanics of the faucet will probably not be much better than a faucet you can buy for less than $300.00. And, even at this level, prices run the gamut. Just for fun, we priced a KWC Domo kitchen faucet that we know to be of excellent quality. The price ranged from $300.00 to $805.00 from reputable on-line retailers. High-style faucets produced in limited runs tend to cost more, which is why a mass-produced Chicago faucet will usually cost much less than a hand-crafted Waterstone faucet, although the quality of both faucet lines is generally excellent.

Our Street Prices


All prices quoted in our ratings are for sink faucets. Tub fillers and shower valves (which are technically faucets) are not considered. Our prices are for chrome, or, where chrome is not available, the manufacturer's standard finish. Faucet finish affects faucet pricing. Unusual or difficult finishes will cost more. Exotic finishes: nickel, oil rubbed bronze, stainless and so on, are almost always higher — sometimes as much as 100% higher.

Made in USA?


The popular notion is that almost nothing is man­ufac­tured in the U.S.A. these days. Man­ufac­turing has moved to China.

Not true.

Some man­ufac­turing has been moved overseas, but scads of excellent faucets are still man­ufac­tured by U.S. companies in the U.S. by American workers — faucets equal in quality and craftsmanship to any in the world.

Admittedly, it is sometimes hard to tell which faucets are American-made. Companies that have moved their manufacturing overseas often take great pains to hide the fact. American Standard, for example, despite its name and long history as a pioneering U.S. manufacturer makes not even one faucet in the U.S. It is now Japanese-owned. It designs faucets in New Jersey, but assembles then in Mexico from components made in China. American Standard no longer has a single faucet factory in the U.S. or Canada.

Pfister (formerly Price-Pfister), although still American-owned (by those great people who bring you the George Foreman Grill and Dingo Dog Treats), does not manufacture any of the faucets it sells under the Pfister brand. Every one of the faucets it sells in North America is manufactured by an overseas contract manufacturer and imported. On the other hand, Hansgrohe, a German company (although American-owned), produces many of its excellent products in Georgia (the U.S. Georgia, not the other Georgia), and Toto, a Japanese manufacturer, makes hundreds of its sanitary ware products in the U.S. Dozens of Toto's sinks, toilets and bath accessories quality as "Made in U.S.A". Go figure!

Many traditional U.S. faucet companies are still manufacturing, or at least, assembling faucets, in the U.S. including the old standards: Brizo, Delta Faucets, Kohler Plumbing, and Moen; as are some excellent, but less well-known American faucet companies like Chicago Faucets, Newport Brass, Symmons Industries, and Wolverine Brass; and some very promising newcomers such as California Faucets, Phylrich, Sigma Designer Faucetry, Sonoma Forge, Watermark Designs. and Waterstone.

Unfortunately, there is no U. S. law that requires faucets sold in the U.S. to disclose the amount of domestic content. Many companies do so, however, for marketing purposes, and if a company voluntarily discloses its products' content, then it must comply with the "Made in USA" policy of the Federal Trade Commission. Here are the rules:

When is a Faucet Made in USA?


To qualify for a "Made in USA" sticker on the box, a faucet must be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S. This means, at minimum, that…

  • The final assembly that results in the "substantial transformation" of the product into its final form must be in the U.S. For example, it is not sufficient if all the company does is attach handles to a foreign-made faucet, because the resulting transformation is not "substantial". The faucet was already a faucet before the handles were attached. It was not transformed into a faucet by the final assembly.
  • It must contain "all or virtually all" U. S. made components. While some incidental parts may be made elsewhere, the critical parts must be made here. The FTC's enforcement policy allows only a "de minimis or negligible amount of foreign content." For example, a faucet may have "hot" and "cold" label buttons made elsewhere and probably still be "Made in USA". But, if its handles, valves or body were man­ufac­tured outside the country, it is not made in U.S.A. because these are critical parts of a faucet, and certainly not de minimis.

  • Assembled in USA?


    A faucet that includes substantial foreign content may be marked "Assembled in USA" when it has undergone its final assembly in the United States. Again, the assembly must result in a "substantial transformation" of the product. Merely adding a few parts to the finished faucet, or bolting a few major components together — so-called "screwdriver assembly" does not qualify.

    Manufacturers may also use "Made in USA of Imported Materials" or a similar qualifying language to describe products a faucet assembled in the U.S. As a consumer you must remember that anything other than an unqualified "Made in USA" claim actually means "Assembled in USA" no matter how clever the qualifying language — "90% Made in USA" just means "Assembled in U.S.A.", nothing more.

    "Buy American" Laws
    The federal Buy American Act (BAA), first enacted in 1933 in response to the first Great Depression and last amended in 2009 in response to the second Great Depression, requires products and materials purchased by the Federal Government or used in federally funded public works projects have "substantial" American content. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act applies similar (although not exactly the same) rules to economic recovery projects funded under the Act.

    Manufacturers wishing to provide products or materials to the U.S. government or for public works projects have to identify those that comply with ARRA/BAA requirements. These lists are available, usually by merely asking for them. While the requirements for domestic content under ARRA/BAA are not exactly the same as the Made in USA requirements of the FTC, they are close, and any item on an ARRA/BAA list is likely to be at minimum "assembled" in the U.S.

    Of course, some companies cheat. Home Depot is now being sued for passing off some China-made products as ARRA/BAA compliant, and Fastenal has paid a multi-million dollar fine for the same offense. But, generally the ARRA/BAA lists are reliable, and as we get them, we will provide a link to each company's ARRA/BAA products. Keep in mind that these are usually not very descriptive. Often they are just lists of model numbers. But, if you have a faucet in mind and want to check it for Made in America, the lists are useful.

    Our "Made in USA" Ratings
    The critical components of faucets are valves, spouts, bodies and handles. Everything else is incidental or cosmetic. Manufacturers that make faucets in the U.S. cast and machine their own bodies, spouts and handles. Few, if any, make their own ceramic valves. This is a very specialized manufacturing process that requires expensive machinery that most faucet companies just don't have. So most valves are outsourced by all but the largest faucet makers.

    The best ceramic valves are made in Europe, so better faucet companies commonly go to Europe to buy them. (And, we're going to get a bucket-load of e-mails from American valve makers who disagree.) This is not a new practice. European, especially German, valves have been preferred ever since ceramic valves were invented.

    Furthermore, just about every U.S. faucet maker buys simple fittings from China, even steadfast made in U.S.A. companies like Chicago Faucets and Symmons Industries. So the chance of 100% American content in a faucet is pretty slim.

    In our Made in USA ratings, we do not discount for a foreign ceramic valve or components. To do so would eliminate just about every U.S. faucet maker from consideration. If more than 50% of basic metal parts are cast or machined in the U.S. and the faucet is assembled and finished here, we rate the faucet "Made in USA". If the cartridge is also made here, then so much the better.

    If the faucet is assembled in the U.S. but does not contain at least 50% U.S.-made parts, we rate it "Assembled in USA". If it is also finished here, so much the better.

    Otherwise, it is "Imported", and we do our best to ferret out from which foreign country or countries the company imports its faucets.

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    Most faucet manufacturers, especially the large manufacturers, sell a complex line of faucets composed variously of faucets made in the U.S., imported faucets, and faucets assembled from imported components. Large companies, like Delta, even man­ufac­ture the same model faucet in two or more differently countries. We try to judge the overall composition of the manufacturer's products when assigning a rating. We may be wrong, and if we are we would like to hear about it. Be fairly warned, however, that if you claim your product is Made in U.S.A. we will want proof based on FTC enforcement guidelines, including the precise locations(s) where the faucet and all its components are man­ufac­tured.

    Never buy a faucet you have never heard of.
    Un­known brands have of­ten just­ly earned their obs­curi­ty.


    Jerry Francis Leonard, Master Plumber
    Our research has led to a few surprises. American Standard, a very old and well-established American company that sells literally thousands of different bath and kitchen products, man­ufac­tures barely a half dozen of them in the U.S. American Standard is not exactly forthcoming about where its products are made. Unlike other sanitary-ware manufacturers it does not publish a list of its manufacturing facilities. But, by researching U.S. Customs records, it is possible to ferret out where American Standard man­ufac­tures, and it's not here in America.

    By contrast, Toto, the giant Japanese bath wares company, makes well over a thousand different sanitary-ware and accessory products that qualify for the "Made in USA" label in its U.S. manufacturing plants in Georgia. We find it very weird sticking a "Made in USA" label on a Japanese toilet, but there it is. Toto has earned the "Made in USA" label, and ought to have it recognized. Unfortunately, none of the faucets sold by Toto is made in the U.S. All Toto faucets are imported.

    It's almost impossible to tell who makes what and where they make it without a scorecard. Companies that make most of their products overseas are often reluctant to disclose the fact, and most are very secretive about which foreign factories actually man­ufac­ture their products. It's a "trade secret", don't you know. So, if you are interested in buying American, always check the origin of the particular faucet you are looking to purchase by calling the company's customer service. They have to tell you where it's made. Even the most steadfast "Made in America" companies sell some foreign faucets — so check every time. We do.

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    The Five Basic Business Models


    Just about every faucet company describes itself as a manufacturer. Few, however, actually make faucets. Most buy faucets, or at least the components required to assemble faucets, from outside manufacturers. It is no secret that many North American faucet manufacturers have shifted much, if not all, of their manufacturing to foreign, primarily Chinese, companies. It is less well known that many Western European faucet manufacturers have done much the same thing; shifting manufacturing to companies in former Soviet Bloc countries where there is an abundance of lower-cost skilled labor and existing manufacturing facilities. Many traditional American faucet makers have become little more than marketing companies, lending their brand names to foreign-made products. This is one reason that the various faucets offered by various brands seem to look so similar. They are often made by the same large foreign manufacturer, with only slight stylistic changes.

    Faucet companies can be divided into five broad categories of business, with much overlap. Small and mid-size companies are fairly easy to pin down. But, the mega companies such as American Standard and Kohler are a little more difficult since they incorporate parts of several models. Generally, however, we can identify an overall model. If we can't, then we won't publish a rating until we can.
      The Manufacturers
    Companies that man­ufac­ture their own faucets in factories they own are the manufacturers.

      Faucet Business Models
      Manu­fac­turer Ass­em­bler Spe­ci­fi­er Mar­ke­teer Re­bran­der
    Design & En­gi­neer­ing ×   ×    
    Com­po­nent Manufac­turing ×        
    Process QC ×        
    Assembly × ×      
    Final QC × × ×    
    Marketing & Brand Awareness × × × ×  
    Sales × × × × ×
    After-Sale Support × × ×    
    The key processes involved in faucet manufacturing are casting, machining and finishing. Companies that own their own foundries and machine shops and apply their own finishes are the manufacturers. They control manufacturing from initial design through final quality inspection and are able to insert quality assurance measures throughout the process. There seems to be a direct correlation between having control of the whole process and a low number of defects and, thus, consumer complaints.

    Faucet companies that fall into this category are, for example, Kohler, Symmons Industries, and Chicago Faucets: all U.S. companies that man­ufac­ture primarily in the U.S. Some other "American" faucet companies are manufacturers, but the factories they own are in foreign countries. For example: American Standard Brands, man­ufac­tures mostly in Mexico, as does Pfister, using components man­ufac­tured mostly in China. Graff faucets are made in Poland.

    Foreign manufacturers whose products are widely sold in the U.S. include Globe Union, a Taiwan-based company that sells under the Danze nameplate, Toto, a Japanese manufacturer, Grohe and Hansgrohe from Germany, KWC and Franke, both Swiss companies, Paini and MGS Progetti, Italian faucet makers, and Herbeau and THG, both French firms.

    The Assemblers
    The faucet makers that assemble and finish faucets from critical parts cast and machined by others are Assemblers. Assemblers control some of the faucet making process, but rely on basic faucet components made by outside companies. All faucet manufacturers use outside parts to a certain extent. For example, few faucet makers have the capacity to man­ufac­ture the ceramic disks needed for some faucet valves — a very specialized process. But, if all casting and machining is surrendered to others, the company loses much of its ability to assure the quality of some very key processes needed to man­ufac­ture faucets.

    Many Assemblers are also Specifiers (see below). Newport Brass, California Faucets, and Sherle Wagner are examples. All of these companies design their own faucets, but subcontract the manufacturing of component parts to overseas suppliers. They then import the components, assemble, finish and inspect the faucets in the U.S. These companies make very good products, so it looks like the process works pretty well overall.

    The Specifiers
    While Assemblers are also likely to be Specifiers, the reverse is not true. Specifiers are not usually assemblers. Specifiers design and engineer their faucets, and do their own in-house quality assurance, but farm out all of the actual manufacturing — usually including final assembly and finishing. Most of these have been doing this for many years and make no excuses for the fact they consider themselves the creative end of the industry, leaving the nitty-gritty business of actually producing their creations to the less imaginative.

    Some very good faucets are built using this model. Companies in this category include Strom Plumbing, Franke, and Elkay. Because they do their own designing and testing and have strong internal quality control, they also have a reputation for very good quality faucets with very few defects.

    Restoration Hardware is in this group, but uses a slightly different approach. Its faucets are made by Brasstech, a Masco company that also manufactures Newport Brass faucets. Restoration Hardware, which is a retailer of furnishings and accessories for the home, has no quality control capability, and relies on Brasstech for all quality assurance.

    The Marketeers
    Some companies do nothing more than assemble collections of faucets man­ufac­tured by others. These collections are given a brand name and sold under that name. The faucets are often made by a variety of manufacturers with no particular commonality other than being repackaged for sale under one brand name.

    These are marketing companies. They don't design, manufacturer or assemble their own faucets. They usually provide no internal quality control, but rely on whatever quality assurance is available from the actual manufacturers. They generally buy inexpensive foreign, primarily Chinese, faucets and sell through discount retailers, but not always. Rohl, for example, buys premium European faucets which it sells through showrooms, interior designers and high end internet retailers. Aquabrass, the Canadian importer, buys many of its faucets from Italy, as does Lacava Designs. The East Coast importer Whitehaus buys its faucets from Hamat, a well-regarded Israili faucet company that manufactures good quality products, and Waterworks from THG, a well-known French manufacturer of high-end faucets.

    Some companies in this category try to appear to be high end sellers by presenting themselves as something more than they are. Both Artisan Manufacturing and Kraus USA, for example, go to considerable lengths to appear to be designers and manufacturers of their own quality faucets. But, even a cursory inquiry reveals that they own no factories and, in fact, import all of their faucets, already boxed and ready to sell, from large Asian manufacturers. Most Marketeers, however, present themselves as just what they are, importers of foreign-made faucets of varying levels of quality for retail sale in the U.S. and Canada.

    Other companies in the category include Huntington Brass, Vigo Industries, Ruvati, Signature Hardware and Kingston Brass. Home Depot follows this model with three of its faucet collections: Elizabethan Classics, Belle Forêt, and Schön; all sold by its subsidiary World Imports. Spohn Global's Freur faucets also fall in this category, at the low end of the scale.

    One commonality among Marketeers that we find very troublesome is the availability of replacement and repair parts, or rather the lack thereof. While some Marketeers, notably Rohl, provide full support for their products, including an extensive parts inventory, most do not. Kraus, for example, guarantees to have parts available for its faucets for just five years, which is about average for this group. Vigo and Kingston Brass have not been as forthcoming about their intentions, but offer only a 5 and 10 year warranty respectively. Five or ten years of parts support is not enough for a product intended by most buyers to last a lifetime. At the very low end, Freuer doesn't make even a modest attempt to provide after-installation support.
      The Retail Rebranders
    Large retailers have been rebranding for for just about as long as large retailer have existed. Big box and lumber stores, and hardware cooperatives buy faucets directly from manufacturers then rebrand and sell them under a store trade name. These are, unfortunately, the faucets that seem to be the hardest to get warranty support or parts for. Pegasus and Glacier Bay faucets from The Home depot are a case in point — but certainly not the only case. Home Depot faucets are made by factories in (mostly) China. There is no central parts source, so if you need a part, you had better hope you kept the brochure that came with the faucet so you will know how to contact the actual manufacturer. Home Depot can't help you. They don't keep those kinds of records — or at least no one seems to know where they are.

    The problem is hardly insurmountable. Some Rebranders have completely conquered their after-sale servicing issues: notably Sears, whose nationally famous Craftsman tool and Kenmore appliance brands are all made by others. But, unlike other retail rebranders, Sears stocks all the parts and provides all warranty and repair service out of its local stores — proving that the after-sale issues inherent in retail rebranding can be overcome. But, it takes an institutional commitment of resources to do so.

    Some big box retailers have done so. Lowe's®, for example, sells a variety of in-house brands, and supports them very well with a backup warranty and parts organization that, most of the time, is very competent. Its store-brand, AquaSource faucets, come with a lifetime warranty, unusual for a retail rebrander. RONA, the Canadian big-box retailer, is also an example of good back-end support. RONA, lke the Home Depot, its chief competitor in Canada, imports its faucets already in the box and ready to sell from a variety of Chinese manufacturers. It supplies its in-house brand Uberhaus faucets to company-owned stores, franchises and cooperating independent hardware stores throughout Canada, and supports them through a third-party warranty and parts organization, Mecanair near Montreal.

    Is There a "Best" Business Model?
    We are not prepared to categorically state that one business model is overwhelmingly better than another. Most seem able to produce good, and not so good, faucets. There is no necessary relationship between business model and faucet quality. A company that is determined to offer a good quality faucet will sell good quality products irrespective of its chosen model. A company that is competing only on price is not as likely to offer a reliable product. This includes many Marketeers, and some Retail Rebranders. But, by no means all. Kraus, for example, is a Marketeer that seems very focused on quality despite its relatively low prices. Retail Rebranders Ikea and Home Depot sell many excellent faucets, but also some real clunkers, and it's not usually possible to tell which is which. But, Delta and Moen, both Manufacturers, also sell the occasional junk faucet, although their reputation for quality is generally very good. However, with Manufacturers it's usually possible to avoid poor quality simply by following our two basic rules of faucet-buying: stay away from plastic, and be wary of any faucet retailing below $100.00.

    The real difference among business models is in after-sale support. It is clear that most Retail Rebranders seem to have the some after-sale support issues. It is usually not possible to tell who actually made the store brand faucet, and therefore where to get replacement parts. And, the stores often don't know. Plus, store brands are often not the manufacturer's regular line of faucet, so replacement parts may not be in inventory anyway.

    Marketeers generally offer sparse after-sale support. They are wholesalers, and typically have very limited in-house support capabilities, if any. Companies such as Kraus admit that they will keep replacement parts on hand for just a few years. What they do to support their lifetime warranties after that few years is anyone's guess. Signaure Hardware has no parts operation of any kind to support its 5-year faucet warranty, and admits that it cannot get parts for its faucets. Spohn Global Enterprises provides no customer support of any kind for its Freuer faucets.

    But, we have seen great strides in the post-sale support offered by Marketeers since we begain pointing out the deficiencies in this area over a decade ago. The established companies like Kraus, Vigo, Huntington Brass, and Kingston Brass all now have fairly extensive post sale support operations. And, while se still get a few compaints about after-sale customer service, it is nowhere near what it was a few years ago. The newer companies, like Artisan and Giagni do not have much of a track record yet, so we do not know how well their after-sale support works.

    At the other end, Manufacturers and Assemblers are likely to have comprehensive support operations, making it easier to get parts and warranty service. But, some Specifiers also excel in product support. In the complaints we receive about these companies', the issue is seldom with customer support, which is often praised to the sky, but with the product itself. But, some of these companies do have customer support issues. Mico Designs, for example, a Specifier of some high-end faucets, is quickly earning a reputation for some of the worst customer support in the industry. By contrast, California Faucets, gets frequent praise for its responsive after-sale support, as do both Watermark and Waterstone. However, the established American companies, Kohler, Moen and Delta are the stand outs in this area, and the models that other faucet companies would be wise to follow.

    Problems with the Marketeer Model
    The fastest growing business model is the Marketeer, more particularly the Asia Marketeers that import low-cost Asian faucets which they buy in wholesale lots and then sell at retail, usually through discount internet venues. In 1999 there were just three Asia Marketeers, Huntington Brass, Kingston Brass and Signature Hardware (then doing business as Clawfoot Supply). Now there are more than two dozen.

    One reason for the rapid growth is ease with which a Marketeer company can be started. The cost of starting a business to import low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese faucets and other sanitary wares is relatively low. No substantial investment in factories or machinery is needed. All that is required is a rented warehouse and a good marketing plan. And, as Asian faucet factories get more comfortable selling in small lots and single units, a warehouse may no longer be necessary. The products can be drop-shipped from China as ordered.

    Intermural Competition


    But, the very ease with which an Asian import business can be started may be part of the eventual downfall of the model. The market segment occupied by the Asia-Marketeeers is already very competitive and there is little the various companies can do to make themselves stand out from the pack. Some, like Signature Hardware and to a lesser extent huntington Brass and Kingston Brass seek to distinguish themselves by offering coordinated collections that include sinks, tubs, and accessories as well as faucets. Other importers such as Kraus emphasise the quality of their products. But, it is hard to overcome the fact that these companies sell roughly the same products manufactured by many of the same Taiwanese and chinese factories using the same internet retail venues at roughly the same price points. For example, the Ariza faucet sold by Signature Hardware is virtually identical to the VG-02001 Kitchen Faucet sold by Vigo Industries for about the same price. Both faucets are probably variations of the LH-023946 faucet made by L.S.H. Faucet Co.. Few faucets sold by any one Asia Marketeer are not sold by at least one other Asia Marketeer. The competion is stiff and increasing. Every year sees the rise of another crop of agressive newcomers — most recently Ruvati, Ultra Faucets and Yosemite Home Decor — all in hot pursuit of a fairly small market share, adding to the competitive pressures. By most estimates, all of the Asia Marketeers combined have just 6-8% of the North American faucet market.

    Intensified competition has already claimed its first casualty: FSA Imports, a long-time importer of Asian faucets that it sold under its Fontaine brand, closed its doors in May, 2013 and is no longer in business.

    Direct Competition from Asian Manufacturers


    However, the more daunting competition in the future may not come from U.S.-based Asia Marketeers, but from Chinese faucet manufactureers themselves that decide to market their products directly to U.S. buyers rather than through U.S.-based middlemen.

    So far only one Chinese faucet manufacturer has succeeded in establishing a major retail presence in the U.S. market — Globe Union Industrial Corp, Ltd. — which, after several false starts and a long, long leraning curve, finally made the breakthrough with its Danze faucet brand. But, at least one other Chinese manufacturer is poised at the brink of a major retail penetration the U.S. faucet market — Lota International Co. Ltd.

    The list of faucet companies that buy Lota faucets and faucet components already reads like the who's-who of the U.S. faucet industry, including Brizo, California Faucets, Chicago Faucets, Delta, Elkay, Franke, Grohe, Newport Brass, Peerless, and Pfister, among others. The company also manufactures store brand faucets for large retailers. For example, many of the Pegasus and Glacier Bay faucets sold by Home Depot are manufacured by Lota. Lota branded plumbing fittings, especially compression-style faucet valves, have been sold for years in the U.S., and Lotal already has in place a complete support structure that distributes its plumbing products in North America. But until recently the Lota name has not been associated with decorative sanitary ware, such as faucets. But, that may be changing.

    We are starting to see faucets for sale in the U.S. identified as made by Lota. Many Glacier Bay and Pegasus are now cross-branded as Lota faucets. Lota is also starting to showcase its faucet products on its impressive U.S. website, Lota U.S.A.. You cannot, so far, buy a Lota faucet from Lota, but the web site is clearly set up to support direct sales in the future. Lota has also established a strong U.S.-based customer service and warranty operation to support its faucets sold by importers in the U.S. and Canada. This was a very smart stragetic move since it lifts the cost of providing after-sales support from the companies that sell Lota products to the public, making Lota more attractive as a supplier to U.S.-based faucet importers. It also sets Lota up nicely to begin introducing Lota branded products into the U.S. with the marketing and support infrastructure already in place and operating smoothly. It should help Lota avoid the customer service issues that beset its competitors like Globe Union (Danze) and Kingston Brass.

    We think all of this preparation can only be the run up to a launch of a Lota brand in the U.S. It's hard to tell whether Lota will try to establish its own brand name such as Globe Union did with Danze, or simply buy up an existing brand such as the purchase of American Standard Brands by the giant Japanese home improvement company, Lixil. But, Lota is aggressive and well capitalized, so however it decides to enter the U.S. retail faucet market, it is almost certain to succeed. And, most probably to the detriment of one or more existing Asian Marketeers.

    Competition from China-Based E-tailers


    But, the most significant threat to the Asia Marketeers may be from China's super-competitive internet retailers.

    China is the world's largest e-commerce market. By some estimates, over 70% of China's non-food retail purchases are through internet sources. So far, the Chinese have been content just to provide products to North American-based retailers who understand how to market to consumers in the U.S. and Canada. But, Chinese e-tailers increasingly are looking to expand into Europe and North America where the competition is weaker and profit margins more robust.

    The complex infrastructure required for world-wide e-marketing is already in place. Paypal®, AliPay® and other cross-national payment services have made international retail transactions secure and simple. Transnational banks already routinely handle currency conversions in amounts down to a few cents. And, UPS and FedEx parcel shipping operations and China Post's air mail service have made worldwide small-package delivery inexpensive and quick. The average delivery time from mainland China to the American Midwest is now just 15 days, express delivery is 3-5 days, making direct purchase from China and Taiwan commercially viable.

    Jingdong Corp., a leading Chinese Internet retailer (jd.com), has done very well with its English-language web site since its debut in 2012, despite almost no advertising. LightInTheBox Holdings started out selling discounted wedding gowns in 2008, and is still heavily skewed toward women's wear, but has steadily broadened its offerings to include items such as faucets and bathwares at very favorable prices. AliExpress.com, an English-language, Amazon-like e-tail shopping mall is already a phonomical success less than three years after launching. It's parent, Alibaba Group, controlled by founder Ma Yun (aka Jack Ma), is an experienced e-commerce leviathan that according to the Wall Street Journal, already handles 80% of China's internet retailing. Its gross sales in 2013 were $248 billion (Us), one-third more than was spent on Amazon and e-Bay combined.

    We are already seeing faucets substantially identical to those sold by Asia Marketeers at deep discounts on Chinese English-language e-tail sites including LightInTheBox.com, FaucetSuperDeal.com and AliExpress. Very often these faucets sell for less than half the price for the same or very similar faucet from U.S.-based importers. LightInThebox has recently established a fulfillment center in the U.S. for even faster delivery to North American customers.

    All of these China-based e-tailers are just getting started, and have a lot to learn about selling in the North American market. For example, none of them offer a warranty of any kind other than a promise to replace the faucet if defective on delivery and none of their faucets have been tested or certified for the U.S. or Canadian markets. But, they will get better, and if they can hold their prices, they may put a lot of the Asia Marketeers out of business in fairly short order.

    How We Determine a Company's Business Model
    Few companies fit cleanly into one business-model category. There is a lot of overlap, especially in a large company with several divisions and diverse product lines. Kohler, for example, is mostly a U.S.-based manufacturer, but its faucets contain parts made by other companies under contract, and some are simply man­ufac­tured by others to Kohler's specifications. Delta, Moen and Elkay are doing the same thing. Rohl, has recently designed its own complete collection of faucets, sanitary ware and accessories, and seems headed, at least in part, away from Marketeer and toward Specifier.

    In the ratings below, where a company seems to have multiple or overlapping business models, the overlap will be noted.

    Getting Parts


    A name brand faucet not only has a history and a reputation that can usually be relied on, but also a massive investment in parts and an organization to keep track of and distribute the parts. Even if all a company does is buy faucets from overseas factories, it generally also buys the parts required to keep those faucets operating. Most faucet companies try to use the same parts in many faucets, especially parts like cartridges and hoses that get a lot of wear and could be broken. This practice helps reduce the cost of stocking a large number of different parts. Still, few parts operations are self-supporting, so some part of the cost of purchasing, cataloging, stocking and distributing those parts is going to be added to the price of your faucet. What you get for the few extra dollars you pay for a name faucet is peace of mind: If the faucet breaks, the parts to fix it are available. They might be costly, but not usually as costly as replacing the faucet.

    A reliable supply of parts is an important part of any faucet-buying decision. Kraus, for example, does not guaranteed parts for its faucets after five years. Vigo, which guarantees its faucet cartridges for just five years, probably stocks replacement cartridges for just the five-year warranty period. Of course, after the guaranteed availability period, there may still be some parts left on the shelf, but you can't rely on it.

    These are discount-sellers, and they naturally look for ways to reduce costs. But, the consequence is that after a few years, when the faucet is most likely to break, there may be no parts to be had in the U.S. for the Chinese faucets these companies sell. By contrast, we just bought a new valve seat for a bathroom faucet man­ufac­tured by Kohler in 1918. The fact that the seat lasted almost 100 years gives you a good indication of the quality of Kohler products made in 1918. The fact that we can still get parts for it tells you a lot about the depth of Kohler's parts inventory.

    Home Depot, Menards, Lowes and other large home centers and hardware stores sell numerous faucets their own in-store brand names. In most cases, unless you know who made the faucet, it's almost impossible to find out where to get parts — even if parts are available. This seems to be a systemic weakness of Retail Rebranders, and is discussed above under Business Models, and in our rating of Home Depot faucets below.

    Our Faucet Ratings


    We don't sell faucets. We don't accept payment of any kind from faucet companies. We don't recommend faucets to our customers unless specifically asked to do so. We do a lot of kitchen and bath remodeling, so we buy a lot of faucets. That is our only connection to the faucet industry.

    We have no interest in promoting any specific faucet, faucet line or faucet company. All of this is preamble to the following statement:
    We rate faucet companies as objectively as we can, often after extensive investigation. We don't care what faucet you buy. We just present you with the facts we have, and leave it up to you to make an intelligent choice.
    Our ratings are based on our own hands-on experience with these products and the experiences of building professionals we know and trust. Building professionals we don't know and manufacturers themselves may disagree with our ratings. If so, we'd like to hear from them. We do not rate any faucet line that is too new to have a track record, or where information is too sparse for us to form an intelligent opinion. Eventually we will (if they are still around in a few years), but not yet. If we can't tell who made the faucet, as is often the case with Retail Rebranders, then we usually will not rate the faucet line.

    We don't try to review and rate every faucet company. There are far too many. There are hundreds, if not thousands of boutique faucet companies. What we do try to review and rate are faucet companies that readers ask about. So, if your preferred faucet is not reviewed, and you would eke to see it rated, contact us. We have added six company ratings in the past year, and have another six in the hopper. When we have enough information to support a rating, these will appear in the list.

    Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 1 being completely worthless to 10 being nearly perfect. Four to six are average. We know of no manufacturer who rates a 10 — although a couple are very close — and will not list any company whose products do not reach at least a 4. Most companies make a range of faucets. They have an economy line, middle line, and top line. This is why we usually post ratings as a range, from 3-7, for example. Three is below standard, seven is above average. So while our ratings give you an idea of the overall quality of the company's faucets, it's always necessary to investigate the particular faucet you are planning to buy. There are good and not-so-good faucets in most product lines.

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    American Standard faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model
    Warranty Score: *****
    Imported

    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  American Standard Faucet Review and Rating.
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  American Standard Faucet Review and Rating.

    Mexico/China
    Updated: 08/27/13
    American Standard
    American Standard Brands
    One Centennial Avenue
    P.O. Box 6820
    Piscataway, NJ 08854
    (800) 442-1902

    AS Canada ULC
    5900 Avebury Rd.
    Mississauga, Ontario
    Canada L5R 3M3
    (800) 387-0369

    $150-600.00
    Mexico/China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Analysis
    ComponentTerm
    CartridgeLifetime1
    FinishesLifetime1
    Mechanical parts2Lifetime1
    Proof of purchaseMust be available
    TransferableNo

    1 [F]or as long as the original consumer purchaser owns this product…."
    2 body, spout, hoses, etc

    Founded as the Ahrens & Ott Manufacturing Company in 1875, it subsequently merged with Standard Manufacturing of Pittsburg and was renamed Standard Sanitary Manufacturing. It became American Standard Companies in 1929 after a merger with American Radiator Company. American Standard shares with Kohler the credit for pioneering the technique of attaching porcelain to cast iron just after the Civil War, a process that made sanitary bath ware possible.

    For most of a century and a half American Standard Companies was an American manufacturer of high-quality sanitary ware selling its products worldwide. Today, what remains of American Standard in the U.S. is a Japanese company and no more than the design, marketing and distribution arm of Mexican and Chinese factories.

    In 2007 American Standard Companies put itself on the auction block. Its air-conditioning division became Trane, Inc. which was immediately snapped up by Ingersoll-Rand. The kitchen and bath division, along with the American Standard brand name and logo was sold to Bain Capital Partners, a private equity investment fund, now famous due to its ownership by presidential aspirant Mitt Romney.

    Bain created a new corporation, American Standard America (AS America), to own the North…

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    Aquabrass Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Aquabrass Faucet Review and Rating: Italian Flag
    Italy

    Aquabrass faucet review and rating.
    Rating: 5-8
    Aquabrass Faucets
    Aquabrass, Inc.
    9805 Clark Street
    Montreal, QC H3L 2R5
    (800) 867-8484
    5-8
    $200-1,500
    Italy
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[L]ifetime limited warranty to the original purchaser" on mechanical working parts and chrome or bushed nickel finishes. "Five-years on all other finishes." Electronic parts, 2 years. Not transferable. Defective faucets "must be returned to our factory for inspection prior to replacement [at purchaser's expense]." Proof of purchase from an "authorized delaer" required.

    Organized in 1986, Aguabrass, Inc. is a Canadian importer of faucets and kitchen and bath accessories for sale through authorized dealers in Canada and the U.S.

    The company imports very good designer faucets from well-established, reputable Italian faucet manufacturers which it has organized in two collections: Modern and Classic. The Modern collection is very contemporary, showing faucets that are minimalist, stark and angular. Its Classic collection is more relaxed and traditional. The faucets are usually part of a broader body of faucets, showers, tub fillers, and accessories. In some cases coordinating architectural and cabinet hardware is available to finish off the look. Most of the faucets are stunning. We have concluded that it must be illegal to manufacture an ugly faucet in Italy.

    Its chief faucet suppliers are IB Rubineterie S.p.A. and Rubineterie 3M S.r.l. generally known as Treemme. Both are established manufacturers that sell broad collections of faucets, fittings and accessories throughout Europe and most of the rest of the…

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    Artisan Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Artisan Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag
    China

    Rating: 5-6
    Artisan Manufacturing Corp., Inc.
    237 Frelinghuysen Ave
    Newark, NJ 07114
    (973) 286-0080
    5-6
    $100-450.00
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Warranty applies for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which the faucet is installed. Not transferable. Mechanical parts for the lifetime of the original purchaser, finishes for five years. ... [The] warranty does not cover ceramic cartridges...[T]he owner must be able to show that they (sic) were the original owner of our faucet."

    Artisan Manufacturing Corp. is a New York corporation formed in 2003 (company literature puts the founding date as 2002) by Alex Han. The business operates out of a warehouse in an industrial section of Newark, NJ that it shares with Concord Sales & Distribution, a New Jersey corporation, also apparently owned by Alex Han. Like Artisan, Concord sells sinks, faucets and accessories. Records show two additional addresses for the company: One is an office at 1270 Broadway, Room 1107 in Manhattan, the other, listed by the New York Department of State as its official address for legal notices is 148 Bay 44th Street, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, New York, which appears to be a private residence.

    According to the company, Mr. Han has three decades of experience "through...his family businesses" with "manufacturing products for the plumbing and wholesale business". But, despite the word "Manufacturing" in the company name, and frequent references to itself as a manufacturer on its web site, in press releases, and in its catalogs…

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    Blanco Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Blanco Faucet Review and Rating: German Flag
    Germany • China
    Israel • Italy
    Blanco faucet review and rating.
    Blanco America, Inc.
    110 Mount Holly By-Pass
    Lumberton, NJ 08048
    (888) 668-6201

    Blanco Canada, Inc
    100 Corporation Drive
    Brampton, Ontario L6S 6B5
    (877) 425-2626

    Blanco GmbH + Co KG
    Flehinger Straße 59
    Oberderdingen
    Germany
    Tel: +49 7045 4481100

    $200-1,100
    China
    Israel • Italy
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Blanco warrants, to the original consumer, that the ceramic cartridges, parts and the finish used in BLANCO faucets to be free from manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for .... as long as the original consumer owns the home in which the faucet(s) are installed.... Blanco will send replacement parts to the store where the faucet was purchased.

    Blanco America, Inc. is the American division of Blanco GmbH + Co KG, and Blanco Canada the authorized distributor in the Canada.

    Founded in 1925 as Blanc & Co. by Heinrich Blanc in Oberderdingen, Germany, its main business is the manufacture of kitchen sinks. It is the largest sink manufacturer in Germany, and one of the largest in the world. Starting with stainless steel sinks in 1951, the company has since added granite composite (Silgranite™) sinks, and porcelain ceramic sinks to its lineup. Today the company is wholly owned by E.G.O. Elektro-Garate GmbH & Co. Holding KG of Oberderdingen , Germany; a manufacturer of mostly high tech components…

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    Brizo Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Assembled in USA
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Brizo Faucet Review and Rating: US Flag
    China
    Brizo faucet review.  Brizo faucet rating.

    Rating: 6-8
    Brizo
    A Delta Faucet, and a division of
    Masco Corporation
    55 E. 111th Street
    P.O. Box 40980
    Indianapolis, IN 46280
    (317) 848-1812
    6-8
    $450-1,200
    USA/China
    Assembler
    Warranty Score: *****

    "All parts and finishes of the Brizo® faucet are warranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns their [sic] home. Proof of purchase is usually not required.

    Brizo is a Masco brand and really just the name given to Delta's high-end designer faucets. Not that this is anything to be ashamed of. Delta sells a very good faucet — in fact, the most popular faucet in the U.S. Brizo faucets are stylish and generally a good value for the dollar. The collection is about as designer as it gets, featuring among other offerings, the award winning Loki faucet (pictured at left). However, never a comany to rest on pst accomplishements, Brizo has recently began a collaboration with fashion designer Jason Wu, which is being advertised heavily and featured on its website. Mr. Wu, trained as a sculptor, has no known background in hardware design, but certainly will bring a fresh perspective. His first designs are indeed interesting.

    Brizo faucets are, for the most part, assembled and finished at Brizo's highly automated assembly plant in Jackson, Tennassee. Some of the components used in the faucets are also made in Jackson, and at Delta's plant in Greensburg, Indiana. But, most are made in China. Brizo imports from Guangzhou Seagull Kitchen and Bath Products Co., Ltd, a major Chinese supplier of faucets and faucet parts; and from Lota International Co. Ltd. an even larger Taiwanese supplier of faucets and components.

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    California Faucets Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Assembled in USA
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: California Faucets Faucet Review and Rating: US Flag
    Europe/China
    California Faucets review and rating

    Rating: 7-8
    California Faucets
    5231 Argosy Drive
    Huntington Beach, CA 92649
    (800) 822-8855
    7-8
    $200-1,000+
    (Customization can add considerably to the price.)
    USA/Europe/China
    Assembler / Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime to the original purchaser on mechanical parts, ceramic cartridges and PVD finishes. Ten years on most other finishes. Three-years on non-ceramic cartridges. No warranty on certain living finishes. Not Transferable. Proof of purchase required.

    Founded in 1988, family-owned California Faucets is a Specifier and Assembler of bathroom and bar faucets from imported components, assembled to order and finished in the company's Huntington Beach, California factory. The company does not make kitchen faucets, but does sell a complete line of coordinated lavatory faucets, tub sets, shower sets, bidets and bathroom accessories.

    California Faucets has a reputation for quality and innovation. Its approach to making its heavy, all-brass faucets is, we think, smart and creative, helping to keep its prices relatively low without sacrificing quality. It engineers virtually all of its faucets around just a few standard ceramic 1/4 turn valves (most of which are made by the German company,

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    Chicago Faucets Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Made in USA
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    Chicago Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-8
    Chicago Faucet Company
    2100 S. Clearwater Drive
    Des Plaines, IL 60018
    847-803-5000
    7-8
    $200-600
    Made in USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    In residential installations, cartridges and non-moving parts of the faucet (except electronic parts or parts involved in restricting the flow of water) are warranted for the lifetime of the original purchaser. Finishes are warranted for five years. Chicago also guarantees to have parts for every faucet it has ever made since 1913.

    We have never heard of, nor do we know anyone who has ever heard of, a defective Chicago faucet.

    Chicago might be the best faucet line made. We certainly know of no better. Heavy solid, lead-free brass with the unique Quaturn® compression cartridge invented by Chicago over 100 years ago. The cartridge was revolutionary then, and is still one of the best compression cartridges around.

    Chicago faucets started life in commercial kitchens and residential versions still show that good heavy-duty, nearly indestructible, commercial breeding. In fact, most of Chicago's business is still commercial. Residential faucets are simply unmodified or slightly modified versions of the company's commercial faucets.

    Most components of Chicago faucets are interchangeable, so replacement parts are available for products as far back as 1913. So, no matter how old your Chicago faucet may be, you can get parts incorporating the latest technologies. If you are not happy with a Quaturn® compression valve, you can, in most cases, buy a ceramic disk cartridge valve that fits in the same slot. Even if your Chicago faucet was made before ceramic disk cartridges were invented, it will still fit.

    Chicago, founded in 1901 by Albert C. Brown, has always concentrated on flawless performance rather than high style, and its faucets are a little "industrial". Of course, "industrial" is now "in" as a preferred look for kitchen faucets, so the world has caught up with Chicago's style rather than Chicago consciously trying to make its faucets stylish.

    But, this may be changing. Chicago Faucets was acquired in 2002 by Geberit AG, a Swiss manufacturer of excellent, high-style, residential sanitary-ware which is growing a strong presence in the U.S. residential bathroom market with its cutting edge fixture designs and technologies. So, a little style may be slowly starting to creep into the Chicago Faucet line. But, for right now, the design-glitterati might want to look elsewhere. The rest of us, who just want a guaranteed dependable, lifetime faucet, can do a whole lot worse than a Chicago…

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    Cifial Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
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    Portugal

    Cifial Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Cifial USA
    6540 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
    Suite A
    Norcross, GA 30071
    (800) 528-4904

    Cifial S.G.P.S., S.A.
    Av. De Santiago, 184
    Riomeao 4524-907
    Portugal
    6-8
    $200-450
    Portugal
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Cifial USA warrants that this product will be free of defects in material and workmanship .... for as long as the original purchaser owns his/her home.... Cifial USA will, at its election, repair, provide a replacement part, or entire product or make an appropriate adjustment." The warranty does not cover laquered or "living" finishes which is defined as one that is intended to show evidence of use and wear. Proof of purchase may be required. Not transferable.

    Cifial USA is the U.S. distributor for Cifial S.G.P.S., S.A., a Portuguese manufacturer of mid-priced designer faucets with ceramic valves. It is one of the better European designer faucet companies that sell in the U.S. and canada, but also one of the least well known.


    Founded in Portugal in 1904, Cifial has over a century of plumbing and hardware manufacturing experience, and has a solid reputation in Europe for quality products. In addition to plumbing fixtures it makes door and cabinet hardware through its subsidiary Centro Industrial de Ferragens, S.A. Its collections are intended to be coordinated. You can buy a Cifial doorknob to match your Cifial faucet. The company is expanding its market in the U.S. by opening a distribution and customer service center in Georgia to support its over 2,000…

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    Danze Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
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    China

    Danze Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 5-8
    Danze
    Globe Union Industrial Corp, Ltd.
    2 Territorial Ct.
    Suite A
    Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    (888) 328-2383
    5-8
    $100-500
    China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[W]arranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the consumer purchaser owns it.... ANY CLAIMS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEFECTIVE PART ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL PROOF OF PURCHASE, AND DELIVERED [AT YOUR EXPENSE] TO DANZE FAUCET COMPANY...."

    Introduced to the U.S. in 2000, Danze is a name under which the Globe Union is growing a brand identity in the U.S. It is the most actively promoted of the many faucet, fixture and accessory brands owned by the gigantic Asian company controlled by the Ou-yang Ming family of Taichung, Taiwan.

    Globe Union is the dominant faucet manufacturer in Asia under its GOBO brand. Its faucets are made primarily in mainland Chinese factories by its subsidiary Shenzhen Globe Union Industrial Corp. of Shenzhen, China (with a small bow to Canada for some automatic faucets).

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    Delta Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Made in USA
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    Delta Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 4-8

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    Delta Faucet Company
    A Division of Masco Corporation
    55 E. 111th Street
    P.O. Box 40980
    Indianapolis, IN 46280
    (317) 848-1812
    4-8
    $75-500
    USA/Canada/China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "All parts and finishes of the Delta faucet are warranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns their [sic] home." Proof of purchase is usually not required.

    If there is an 800 lb. gorilla in the world of kitchens and baths, it is Masco Corporation — the world's largest faucet manufacturer, owner of Brizo, Delta, Peerless, Ginger, Hansgrohe and Newport Brass faucet brands in the U.S. and Bristan Group, Ltd. in the U.k. The company is also a huge player in cabinets (Kraftmaid, Merillat, Mills Pride, Quality Cabinets) paints (Behr, Kilz), bathtubs and showers (Aqua Glass), water, gas and steam fittings and connectors (Brasstech and BrassCraft), replacement windows (Milgard), decorative hardware (Liberty Hardware), and even staplers (Arrow).

    Founded in 1929 as Masco Screw Products Company by Alex Manoogian, an Armenian immigrant, the company became Masco Corporation in 1961. Delta faucet started in 1954. The company history states that Alex Manoogian invented the company's signature ball valve. He didn't. It was actually invented by Landis H. Perry who started tinkering with the design after his discharge from the military in 1945. In 1952 he patented it and started shopping for a company to make it. Manoogian realized its possibilities, and after improving the design to eliminate some defects and make it more easily man­ufac­tured, started Delta Faucet, initially as a separate company, later as a division of Masco to make single handle faucets using the new valve. In 1958, four short years after the product was launched, Delta's sales topped $1 million for the first time. Delta is still the best selling faucet in North America, and one of the faucets most preferred by plumbers.

    Masco is one American faucet manufacturer that has resisted exporting all of its manufacturing to China. Delta makes faucets in Greensburg, Indiana, Jackson, Tennessee; and Morgantown, Kentucky. It has two more plants in Ontario: one in London and another in Cambridge, that mostly serve the Canadian market. Delta claims that over 4,500 of its products (not just faucets) comply with the Buy American Act (BAA), including its new Diamond Seal Technology ceramic disk cartridges. Delta employes over 1,300 Americans in the U.S.

    But, not all Delta faucets are made in North America. Delta closed one of its factories, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, laying off 600 American workers, soon after its new plant in Panyu, China became operational. The China plant makes Delta products for the growing Asian market, but also provides faucet parts to Delta's U.S. and Canadian factories. And, import records show that Delta routinely imports Chinese faucets from Stream Tapware Corp., and the giant Lota International Co. Ltd., which also supplies Fontaine faucets, some Pegasus faucets to Home Depot, and some Pfister faucets. So, you cannot assume that a particular Delta faucet was made in the U.S. In fact, there are indications from plumbers that the same model faucet may be made in more than one factory, some in the U.S., and some not…

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    Dornbracht Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Dornbracht Faucet Review and Rating
    Germany

    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Dornbracht Faucet Review and Rating: Dornbracht Faucet

    Rating: 7-9
    Dornbracht Faucets
    Dornbracht Americas, Inc.
    1700 Executive Drive South, Suite 600
    Duluth, GA 30096
    800-774-1181
    7-9
    $500+
    Germany
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: * ****

    Dornbracht warrants against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for 5 years; enamel finishes, 1 year; gold finishes, 5 years; lifetime on all other finishes (chrome, platinum, durabrass). If a cartridge is replaced under warranty, the warranty on the replacement cartridge is limited to 2 years. Proof of purcahse required. You may have to return the faucet or defective part to Dornbracht for inspection at your expense. Dornbracht does not publish its warranty on its web site.

    Dornbracht Americas is the U.S. division of Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co KG, a designer and manufacturer of an extensive line of luxury kitchen and bath faucets distributed worldwide from its Iserlohn, Germany headquarters.

    The company has been family owned and managed since its founding in the ruins of the Post-War Ruhr Valley in 1950. Dornbracht is now a part of Dornbracht Group, which includes Dornbracht and Alape, GmbH. The two companies are a good fit. Dornbracht concentrates on faucets and water delivery systems while Alape's forte is water containers such as sinks and tubs. Together they can outfit the entire contemporary luxury bathroom. Alape which manufactures at two factories in the Goslar region of Germany, is also represented in the U.S. by Dornbrach Americas, Inc.

    Dornbracht manufacturers its faucets only in Germany, and obtains over 90% of its components from German sources. More than 65% of its products are sold outside Germany. The company originally manufactured only bath faucets, not adding kitchen faucets until 1998.

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    DXV Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
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    China


    Updated:06/20/14
    DXV Faucets
    American Standard Brands
    One Centennial Avenue
    P.O. Box 6820
    Piscataway, NJ 08854
    U.S.: 800-227-2734
    Candda: 800-387-0369
    5-7
    $350-750
    Chinese
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "DXV by American Standard warrants [faucets] to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns their (sic) home."

    DXV is the name of the new luxury collections of kitchen and bath wares announced by American Standard Brands in May 2014. They are intended to replace American Standard's former upscale JADO and Porcher faucet lines.We are decidedly underwhelmed by the faucets and the collections of which they are a part. We don't think they offer much in the way of actual luxury. These are Chinese products sold for inflated prices, and we do not think the design or quality of the faucets warrants the relatively high DXV price tag.

    The new line is intended by American Standard to celebrate its 15th decade (Decade XV) in business. The problem is, however, that the current American Standard Brands has been in business for less than one decade.

    The old American Standard Companies, Inc. founded as the Ahrens & Ott Manufacturing Company in 1875 and renamed American Standard in 1929, pioneered much of North America's sanitary systems. but, it was dissolved in 2007, and no longer exists.

    Its various pieces were sold off. Its air-conditioning division became Trane, Inc. The kitchen and bath division was sold to Bain Capital, a private equity investment fund, now famous due to its ownership by presidential aspirant Mitt Romney.

    Bain divided the old American Standard kitchen and bath assets into three parts. The North American assets were sold to Sun Capital Partners, another private investment group, which formed a new corporation, A-S America, Inc., to own the assets. Sun subsequently bought Eljer, Inc. and Crane Plumbing, Inc., both well established American sanitary ware manufacturers, and in 2008 merged the three companies into a new entity, American Standard Brands (ASB).

    Bain Capital retained all of the former American Standard assets in Europe, reorganizing them as a Belgian corporation, Ideal Standard International, headquartered in Brussels. These assets …

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    Eljer Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Eljer Faucet Review and Rating.
    Mexico/China

    Eljer Faucet Review and Rating

    Not Rated
    See: American Standard Brands.
    Eljer Faucets
    American Standard Brands
    One Centennial Avenue
    P.O. Box 6820
    Piscataway, NJ 08854
    800-442-1902
    Not Rated
    See: American Standard
    $100-450
    Mexico/China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *** **

    "AS America warrants this product to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns this product." Proof of purchase required. Not transferable."

    Founded in 1904 by Raymond Crane and Oscar Bacus, Eljer Co. had a long and distinguished history as an American sanitary wares manufacturer. The company invented the vitreous china toilet tank (or more politely "water closet cistern") that replaced the wall-hung wooden or copper-lined wooden cistern. In the 1930s the company was well known for its suites of pastel bath fixtures which it advertised widely. These were a luxury item during the Depression, but caught on and were widely copied during the Post-War housing boom of the 1950s and '60s. The pink, peach, robins egg blue and turquoise colors that dominated mid-20the-century bathrooms were an Eljer innovation.

    Eljer's reputation for its heavy duty, exceptional quality toilets, sinks and bathtubs never did translate to its faucets. Eljer was always the Rodney Dangerfield of the faucet world. It got no respect. The faucets were originally designed for commercial use in restrooms, hotels, and factories, and the commercial quality has crossed over to Eljer's residential offerings, but very few people seemed to …

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    Elkay Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Elkay Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag
    China • Israel

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    Updated: 07/15/14
    Elkay Manufacturing Co.
    2222 Camden Ct.
    Oak Brook, IL
    (630) 574-8484
    5-8
    $100-450
    China • Israel
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Warranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the consumer purchaser owns it.

    Elkay, headquartered just west of Chicago for over 90 years, is a privately owned global player in the kitchen and bath world. It owns the Elkay brand of sanitary ware, faucets and bath accessories, and also MasterCraft, Medal­lion and Yorktowne cabinetry — all major brands, with eight factories in the U.S. — and the Revere line of plumbing fixtures.

    With manufacturing facilities in Broadview, Illinois; Lumberton, North Carolina; and Ogden, Utah, Elkay manufactures many of its sanitary-ware products (toilet, sinks, etc.) domestically. But, it also owns Daya S.E.Z., a manufacturer based in Zhuhai, China, which provides stainless steel sinks for the Chinese market, but also supplies Elkay with sinks for sale in the U.S. and Canada.

    Elkay has been slowly changing from a domestic manufacturer of sanitary ware products to an importer of foreign-made products. The change has been slow to affect its main line of products, porcelain sanitary ware, but has dramatically affected its faucets.

    We are no longer able to identify a single sink faucet manufactured or even assembled by Elkay in the U.S. or Canada. Most are now manufactured in China. Consequently we we have changed Elkay's classification from Manufacturer to Specifier. A Specifier does not manufacture or assemble its own faucets, but does design them. It then has them manufactured by others under contract.

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    Eurostream Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Eurostream Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag
    China

    Eurostream Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 5-8
    Eurostream
    Globe Union Industrial Corp, Ltd.
    4610 Bois Franc
    Montreal, QC,
    Canada H4S 1A7
    (866) 884-8841
    5-8
    $100-500
    China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[W]arranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the consumer purchaser owns it.... ANY CLAIMS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEFECTIVE PART ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL PROOF OF PURCHASE, AND DELIVERED [AT YOUR EXPENSE] TO GLOBE UNION...."

    Eurostream is a name under which Globe Union Industrial Group has been growing a brand identity in Canada since 1990. It is one of the most actively promoted of the many faucet, fixture and accessory brands owned by the gigantic Asian company controlled by the Ou-yang Ming family of Taichung, Taiwan, and seems to be exclusive to Canada. The faucets are sold primarily by Canadian retailers, but have a limited presence in the U.S. through internet shources.

    Globe Union is the dominant faucet manufacturer in Asia under its GOBO brand. Its faucets are made primarily in mainland Chinese factories by its subsidiary Shenzhen Globe Union Industrial Corp. of Shenzhen, China (with a small bow to Canada for some automatic faucets).

    Globe Union is a full line manufacturer. Its products range widely in quality, an effect of making products at every price point. If we divide Globe Union products into Good, Better, Best categories, Eurostream falls in the Best category. The brand is positioned as Globe Union's upper tier faucet line for the Canadian market. As a whole, the line is stylish and seems to be well made. The quality is largely outstanding for the price. The designs are similar, but not identical to, faucets sold by Globe Union under the Danze nameplate. Some of the faucets are very stylish, and while Globe Union in the past mostly copied existing European and American designs, the company has recently begun introducing its own styles and they are very good, even…

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    Fontaine Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
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    China

    Fontaine Faucet Review and Rating

    No Longer in Business
    Fontaine Faucets
    FSA Imports, Inc.
    20372 Hermana Circle
    Lake Forest, CA 92630
    (800) 476-2950
    No Longer in Business
    $100-450.00
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: * ****

    5-year limited warranty to the original purchaser on mechanical parts, 10-years on finish. Outside of the warranty period, replacement parts may be available for purchase.

    Chartered as a Wyoming corporation 2003 by Andrew Martin, but operating in California since 2005, FSA Imports, Inc. was dissolved by the Wyoming Secretary of State on March 1, 2013 and is no longer an active corporation.

    Formerly, the company was an importer of Chinese-made bathroom and kitchen products that are branded and sold under the Fontaine name. FSA made no pretense that it was anything but an importer, selling inexpensive faucets to discount retailers such as CostCo and Wayfair. A substantial percentage of its faucets were made by Lota International Co. Ltd., a large mainland China manufacturer that makes discount faucets to be sold under a variety of private labels, including some Pegasus faucets for Home Depot, and Globe Union Industrial Corporation, which seems to make private label faucets for half the world and provides faucets parts or components to the other half, including Mico Designs, Sherle Wagner, and Symmons, to name but a few.

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    Franke Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Franke Faucet Review and Rating: Swiss Flag
    Switzerland

    Franke Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Franke Consumer Products, Inc.
    800 Aviation Parkway
    Smyrna, TN 37167
    (800) 626-5771

    Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
    1000 Franke-Kindred Road
    Midland, ON L4R 4K9
    (866) 687-7465

    Franke Holding AG
    Franke-Straße 2
    Aarburg 4663
    Switzerland
    6-8
    $300-$2,200
    China/Israel/Switzerland
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: ** ***

    "All faucets installed in a private residence carry a limited lifetime warranty on all mechanical parts" and chrome finishes. All other finishes, 5 years.

    Franke Holding AG is a Swiss company based in Aarburg. The company was formed in 1911 by Herman Franke as a sheet metal shop. It did not make its first kitchen sink until 1925, but has since become one of the world's leading suppliers of kitchen sinks and the equipment that goes around them, such as faucets, ovens, vent hoods, and waste disposal systems. For Franke, as for its competitor Blanco, faucets are a sideline to its primary business, kitchen sinks. Franke sells only kitchen and bar faucets. It does not sell bathroom…

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     F R E U E R  Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Frueer Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag
    China

    Freuer Faucet Review and Rating

    Not Certified
    Freuer Faucets
    Spohn Global Enterprises, LLC
    Office: 5181 N.W. 108th Ave., Sunrise, FL 33351
    Warehouse: 800 International Parkway, Sunrise, FL 33323
    (954) 577-1043
    Not Certified
    $50-150
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    The company claims to offer a 5-year warranty, but we are unable to verify the terms of the warranty. See the review below for more information.
    Spohn Global Enterprises, LLC is a Florida company owned by James Spohn that imports a wide variety of Chinese consumer goods which it sells over the internet.

    The company makes a determined and sustained effort to fly well under the radar.

    It does not publish its telephone number and requires that all customer contact take place through e-mail. It does not associate its name with any product that it sells. It does business under fictitious business names, none of which is registered in any state in which it does business.

    Most states require fictitious business names be registered to enable customers and creditors to identify the actual person or legal entity behind a "doing business as" trade name or trade mark.

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    Fusion Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Fusion Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag
    China

    Fusion Faucet Review and Rating

    No Longer in Business
    Fusion Hardware
    FH Globe

    Danze
    Globe Union Group
    2 Territorial Ct.
    Suite A
    Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    (888) 328-2383
    No Longer in Business
    (See Danze)
    China
    Manufacturer
    ( Globe Union )
    The warranty on Fusion faucets is still being supported. Contact customer support.

    A former brand name of the huge Globe Union Group, the dominant faucet manufacturer in Asia under its GOBO brand, that has created a brand identity in the U.S. with its Danze line of sanitary ware products, faucets, and accessories. Its faucets are made primarily in Chinese factories by its subsidiary Shenzhen Globe Union Industrial Corp. of Shenzhen, China.

    Fusion was marketed as a coordinated "theme" of faucets; window, door and cabinet hardware; lighting, and bath accessories (towel racks, etc.). But, Globe Union has apparently decided to no longer support Fusion as a separate brand identify. In 2010 the company sold its Door Hardware division to Schlage Lock Company, along with the Fusion brand name. The company's bath products were rebranded FH Globe.

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    Gessi Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model
    Warranty Score: *****

    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Gessi Faucet Review and Rating: Italian Flag
    Italy

    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Gessi Faucet Review and Rating: Gessi gaucet
    Updated: 6/5/14
    Gessi North America, Inc.
    704 North Valley Street, Suite E
    Anaheim, California 92801
    (714) 808 0099

    Gessi SpA
    Parco Gessi
    13037 Serravalle Sesia
    Vercelli, Italy

    $400-$2,200
    Italy
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Analysis
    ComponentTerm
    Two-Handle CartridgeLifetime1
    Single-Handle Cartridge5 years
    Finishes5 years
    Mechanical parts2Lifetime1
    Proof of PurchaseRequired3
    TransferableNo

    1 The term "lifetime" is not defined.
    2 Body, spout, hose etc.
    3 The process of making a claim under Gessi's warranty is very cumbersome. See the review below for more information."

    We have long suspected that it must be a criminal offense to manufacture or sell an ugly faucet in Italy. Gessi's stylish contemporary faucets are a case in point. If you are looking for a faucet with the finesse and verve of Italian design, Gessi would be a good place to start.

    Founded in 1992 by Umberto Gessi, the company moved into a small factory in the Piedmont region of Italy the next year, then built a larger production facility on the same site in 2004, turning the original plant into a showroom and offices. The factory was expanded again in 2010 resulting in a facility nearly twice the size of the original factory.

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    Giagni Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model
    Warranty Score: *****

    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Giagni Faucet Review and Rating: Taiwanese Flag
    Taiwan


    Updated: 7/21/14
    Giagni Enterprises, LLC
    548 South Columbus Avenue
    Mount Vernon, NY 10550
    (888) 560-5222

    $50-$300
    Taiwan
    Marketeer
    "Limited lifetime function and finish warranty to the original consumer purchaser covering defects in material and workmanship."

    Review under development. Please check back.
    Globe Union Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model • Brands Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Globe Union Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag
    China


    Rating: Not Applicable

    Updated: 04/25/14
    Globe Union Industrial Corp., Ltd.
    No. 22, Chien-Kuo Road
    Taichung Export Processing Zone
    Tanzih District
    Taiwan

    Globe Union USA
    2500 Internationale Parkway
    Woodridge, Illinois 60517
    1-888-328-2383

    Globe Union Canada
    4610 Bois Franc
    Montreal, QC H4S 1A7
    1-800-487-8372
    N/A
    N/A
    China
    Manufacturer

    AmeriStream
    Corrego
    Danze
    Eurostream
    Fusion
    Gerber
    GOBO
    WaterRidge
    Not Applicable

    Globe Union is one of the world’s largest suppliers of plumbing and sanitary products to other companies (ODM and OEM manufacturing), operating over 5 million square feet of manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities located on three Continents and in nine countries. Its products are marketed through a dozen or so company brands worldwide and scores of private brands. The publicly traded company, controlled by the Ou-yang Ming family, is headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan.

    Its faucets are made primarily in mainland Chinese factories by its subsidiary Shenzhen Globe Union Industrial Corp. Over 90% of its products are exported to the United States and Europe. In the United States and Canada, the company sells under the trade names described…

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    Graff Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Poland
    Graff Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-8
    Graff Faucets
    3701 W. Burnham St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53215
    (800) 954-4723
    7-8
    $200-1,300
    Poland
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Graff products are warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in materials and workmanship... for the lifetime of the product.... Purchaser should return any defective or non-conforming product to Graff, freight prepaid." Proof of purchase required. Not transferable.

    Graff Faucets, founded in 1922, is owned by Milwaukee-based Meridian International Group, Inc., a family of related companies involved in the casting, machining and finishing of metal products. A quiet company. It rarely advertises, but simply designs and man­ufac­tures exceptional products and waits for the world to notice. That the world has noticed is indicated by Graff's reputation for very high quality faucets.

    The faucets are gathered into two broad collections: Traditional (including "Country Traditional") which is stylish but conservative, and Contemporary from designers Angeletti Ruzza Design and Davide Oppizzi, which will make any kitchen and bath planner do the "ooh and aah" thing. They are sold in most parts of the world and in most venues, including an extensive presence on the internet.

    All are high-quality all-brass and/or stainless fixtures with ceramic disk valves; engineered, and quality controlled in the U.S. but manufactured in Poland by Meridian's wholly owned subsidiary, Valvex, S.A.

    Valvex faucets are sold in Poland and other parts of Europe under the Valvex name. They appear frequently discounted on the German Amazon web site. The styles sold by Valvex are similar, but not the same as the styles sold under the Graff…

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    Grohe Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Grohe Faucet Review and Rating
    Rating: 6-9
    Grohe America, Inc.
    241 Covington Drive
    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
    (630) 582-7711
    6-9
    $175-1,800
    Germany, Canada, Portugal, Thailand
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "A Limited Lifetime Warranty .... on all mechanical parts [and finishes] to be free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship .... for as long as the original purchaser owns their (sic) home." Proof of purchase required.

    Pronounced "grow-HEE" in North America, and "grow-HAH" nearly everywhere else, Grohe America is the U.S. distributor of Friedrich Grohe & Co. AG, the largest European manufacturer of sanitary fixtures.

    Founded in 1911 as Berkenhoff & Paschedag the company changed its name to Fredrich Grohe Armaturenfabrik in 1948 and to its present name in 1999. In 1962 the company pulled off a coup of sorts by obtaining exclusive rights to produce the Moen single handle cartridge faucet for the European market, a move that greatly increased its market share, and help make it the single largest faucet maker in Europe. Today, Grohe's share of the world sanitary fixtures and accessories market is estimated by the Wall Street Journal to be about 8%.

    Grohe is headquartered in Hemer, Germany, but has its principal corporate offices in Dusseldorf. It manufactures in Portugal, Canada, Turkey, China and Thailand as well as in its three German factories, employing about 9,000 workers of which about 3,400 are part of its subsidiary, Joyou AG, in China.

    From its founding until 1990, Grohe and Hansgrohe were owned by the same family, the descendants of Hans Grohe who founded Hansgrohe in 1901, but the two companies always operated as separate organizations, often in competition. They fought over the brand name "Grohe" for several years, finally reaching …

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    Hamat Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Hamat Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: No Longer in Business
    Hamat Faucets
    41 Hayozma St.
    Ashdod, Israel 77524
    +972-8-8513888
    No Longer in Business

    Israel
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Hamat [warrants] to the original consumer purchaser only at the original installation [that] the product will be free from manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a period of (5) five years. Finishes are warranted for three (3) years" except uncoated brass, oil rubbed bronze, copper, and enamel finishes which are not warrantied. All .... parts made of plastic are excluded from this warranty.

    Hamat Sanitary Fittings & Castings Ltd., Israel's premier faucet manufacturer, wholly owned by the Merhav Group, located in Ashdod, Israel, was formerly represented in the U.S. by Subcon Products. This relationship has ended, and Hamat has withdrawn from the North American market. Subcon has, according to the U.S. patent and Trademark Office, surrendered the trade name "Hamat".

    Some Hamat faucets are still available through discount sources such as eBay and Amazon, but there is no retail availability through normal retail channels.

    Although no longer selling Hamat faucets in North America, the company has, very responsibly, made arrangements to honor its warranty to existing customers. For original Hamat spare parts in North America, contact TAPCO at 1-800-782-0658.

    The company continues to manufacture faucets and faucet components for other faucet companies, including Blanco America, Elkay Manufacturing Company, Franke, Waterworks, and The Whitehaus Collection.

    We are no longer researching this company or collecting consumer or plumber reports

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    Hansgrohe Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Germany

    Hansgrohe Faucet Review and Rating
    Rating: 6-9
    Hansgrohe, USA

     Hansgrohe
     Axor

    1490 Bluegrass Lakes Parkway
    Alpharetta, GA 30004
    (800) 488-8119
    6-9
    $250-1,000
    Germany/USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime non-transferable limited warranty to the original owner. Proof of purchase required. You will have to return the defective faucet or component "carefully packed and insured" to Hansgrohe at your expense.

    Better known worldwide for its innovative and impeccable hand showers (it is the oldest and largest and probably the best hand shower company in the world), it also makes an excellent, high quality and stylish lines of sink faucets.

    Until 1990, Hansgrohe and its European rival, Grohe, were owned by the same family, the descendants of Hans Grohe, who founded Hansgrohe in 1901, and those of Freidrich Grohe, his son, who formed Friedrich Grohe AG & Co. KG ten years later. But, the two companies always operated as separate organizations, often in competition. They fought over the brand name "Grohe" for several years, finally reaching an agreement that gave Friedrich Grohe AG & Co. KG the Grohe brand name, while Hansgrohe, SE got the Hansgrohe name. The competition ended in 1998 when family members sold their shares in Friedrich Grohe AG & Co. KG to an investment group organized by London-based BC Partners which took the company private as Grohe Holding GmbH.

    In 2002, the huge Masco Corporation, which had owned a minority stake in Hansgrohe since 1984, acquired a controlling interest in the company by buying the shares of Grohe family members for an undisclosed sum. The Masco…



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    Herbear Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

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    France


    Rating: Not Certified
    Herbeau Creations of America, Inc.
    3600 Westview Drive
    Naples, FL 34104
    (239) 417-5368
    Not Certified
    $500-3,000.00+
    France
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    [W]arrants the quality of its products to be free of defects in material and workmanship, except for finishes, for a period of five years from the date of purchase.... A two year warranty applies to Polished Nickel, Old Silver, Satin Nickel and Old Gold finishes only. Solibrass carries a lifetime finish warranty..... There is no warranty on Weathered Copper and Brass finishes.... This warranty is limited to defective parts replacement only.

    Herbeau (air-BOW) Creations of America, Inc. is the North American distributor of faucets, sinks, tubs and accessories designed and manufactured by Herbeau Creations, S.A. of Lille, France in the French Art Nouveau style that reflects the Bel Epoque period of France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The company was founded by Louis Herbeau, a plumber and pipefitter, in Lille in 1857 to manufacture the advanced sanitary ware he had studied in England.

    Herbeau Creations, S.A. is now in its fifth generation of Herbeau famiy ownership and management. The company manufactures in Lille on the Deûle River in the Pas-de-Calais region of France near the Belgian border. In addition to its main factory, the company also has stoneware and porcelain facilities in nearby Bailleul and Desvres. It maintains its only French showroom on Boulevard de la Liberté in Lille.

    Herbeau's designs — a great many of them original with various members of the Herbeau family, and some in production for over 100 years — are unquestionably French and while similar to the Victorian era faucets produced by companies with an English heritage such as Perrin & Rowe and Watermark, the French Art Nouveau lineage is apparent in design elements of the collection such as the unique pump-handle kitchen faucets, available nowhere else. Art Nouveau, for those of you not familiar with the movement, was essentially the French Arts & Crafts movement that affected all aspects of French illustration, architecture and design at the end of the 19th century. In the U.S. it influenced design for about a decade just after the turn of the 20th century, but had litle lasting effect on American Arts & Crafts design. It was more or less swallowed up by the Art Deco movement that followed in the 1920s and '30s.

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    Home Depot Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Pegasus Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 4-6
    Home Depot Faucets
    Pegasus
    Glacier Bay
    Martha Steward Living

    The Home Depot
    2455 Paces Ferry Rd. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30339-4024
    (770) 433-8211
    4-6
    $50-650
    China
    Retail Rebrander
    Warranty Score: *****

    The faucet "will be leak and drip free during normal use...." for the lifetime of the buyer. Sprays will be "Free from defects in material and workmanship for one [1] year from the date of purchase," Not transferable. Home Depot will provide a replacement for any defective parts "for installation by the purchaser." Proof of purchase required.

    Glacier Bay®, Pegasus®, and Martha Stewart Living® are in store brand names under which the Home Depot sells faucets. Glacier Bay is Home Depot's name for its mid-range and Pegasus the name for higher end faucet and fixture line that includes sinks, toilets, and bath hardware as well as faucets. There is a lot of overlap between the brands. Martha Stewart Living is a separate collection intended to coordinate with other Martha Steward Living fixtures and accessories, along with linens, lamps, dishware, silverware, towels — you name it.

    The Home Depot, of course, manufactures not a single faucet. The faucets are sourced from many different manufacturers and merely packaged by Home Depot under one of its in-store brands. Eight different companies manufacture Glacier Bay and Pegasus faucets including the huge Taiwanese&hellip

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    Huntington Brass Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
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    Taiwan/China

    Huntington Brass Faucets
    11100 Dana Circle
    Cypress, CA 90630
    (800) 888-6604
    5-7
    $50-$2,000
    Taiwan/China
    Specifier / Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Huntington Brass faucets are guaranteed to be free from leakage and will remain drip-free during the period of normal use to the original consumer purchaser as long as the original purchaser owns their home, and that all parts and finishes will be free from defects in material and workmanship. All washer-less faucets carry a 10 year limited warranty, and all ceramic faucets carry a limited life time warranty. .... Finish warranty is as follows: three years for polished brass, 10 years for all other finishes, and limited life time warranty for chrome and all PVD finishes. .... ALL TRANSPORTATION CHARGES will be PREPAID."

    Afeel Corp., Inc. was founded by a group of investors from Taiwan and the U.S. in 1989 to import Taiwanese showers and shower accessories. Since 2005 the company has been conducting business as Huntington Brass and has vastly expanded its offerings to include sink and tub faucets as well as showers, and accessories that go with them.

    The products are arranged in three collections. The Professional Collection which includes the ReliaFLO® series of basic faucets, is the builder faucet intended for apartments and manufactured dwellings. We are unable to find a retail source for these faucets, and they may be available only to the trade. The Decor Collection is a mid-range, mid-priced collection, and the Platinum Collection features the company's upper end products.

    All of the company's products are imported from Taiwan and China. The company makes frequent reference to "our factory", and an interview with company president Kevin Thiha that appeared in "The Wholesaler" in 2012 referred to the company's "600,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Guangdong, China"…

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    Ikea Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Turkey/Italy/China

    Ikea Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 4-6
    Ikea Faucets
    496 West Germantown Pike
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
    (800) 434-4532
    4-6
    $40-250
    Italy
    Retail Rebrander
    Warranty Score: *****

    Ten year limited warranty to the original purchaser "valid for all kitchen faucets at IKEA, except LAGAN kitchen faucets. This limited warranty covers defects in material and workmanship... [and]....applies to domestic use only." Proof of purchase required. "IKEA will pay the costs of repairs, spare parts, labor and travel for repair staff, that IKEA incurs, provided that the product is accessible for repair without special expenditure." IKEA guarantees the availability of spare parts for at least two years after the faucet has been discontinued.

    Ikea is new to selling faucets, and has not quite got the hang of it.

    It, obviously, does not manufacture its own faucets, but buys them from variety of faucet manufacturers. Most of the faucet designs sold by Ikea are the manufacturer's catalog designs, but some are designed by Ikea and manufactured to Ikea's specifications. Ikea employs a great many industrial designers, and their Scandinavian design approach is evident in some Ikea faucets.

    The Ikea collection is fairly broad style-wise. It contains fewer than 30 faucets, but there seems to be at least one style for just about every decor. Certainly, as expected from Ikea, the prices are very reasonable for all brass or stainless faucets with ceramic disk cartridges. Most of the faucets include a Hungarian cartridge made by Kerox, Kft., generally considered to be one of the better cartridges made. Some faucets, notably those made in China, are more likely to contain a cartridge made by Sedal SA which is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, but manufactures in China. Sedal is considered to be of somewhat lower quality than Kerox, and is used in a great many faucets manufactured in China and…

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    JADO Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    China

    JADO Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-9
    JADO Faucets
    JADO Corporation
    6615 West Boston
    Chandler, AZ
    (800) 227-2734
    6-9
    $250-800+
    Germany/China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime to the original purchaser for as long as the purchaser owns the house in which the faucet is installed that the faucet will be free from defects in materials and workmanship. Ten-year warranty on most finish defects. The product must be returned to the dealer where originally purchased along with proof of purchase.

    JADO is a faucet brand sold and serviced in the U.S. by American Standard Brands. It is owned, however, by Ideal Standard International, S.A., a Belgian company controlled by Bain Capital Partners.

    The faucets are man­ufac­tured by JADO Design Armatur und Beschlag AG, a German company founded in 1890. In 2000 majority ownership of the company was acquired by the former American Standard Companies in 2000 and in 2004 JADO was merged with American Standard Companies.

    In 2007 American Standard Compaies was dissolved and its assets sold. Its kitchen and bath division became three different companies, including American Standard Brands which operates in the U.S. (see American Standard Brands for more information). The European division became Ideal Standard International, which became the new owner of JADO as part of the divestiture.

    American Standard Brands buys JADO faucets from Ideal Standard, which it then markets in the U.S. The faucets are assembled in the former American Standard, GmbH factory in Wittlich, Germany. It is not clear, however, how much of faucet is actually man­ufac­tured in Germany since Ideal Standard buys most of its component parts from China. Information from customs records suggests that most components are man­ufac­tured in Asia, then shipped to Germany for final assembly and finishing. The brand is sold and serviced directly by Ideal Standard in Europe, the Middle East and …

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    Julien Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Print this review.
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    Italian


    Updated: 05/31/14

    Caution! Some Julien faucets have not been certified
    Julien,Inc.
    935, Rue Lachance
    Quebec G1P 2H3
    (800) 461-3377
    5-7
    $400-2,000+
    Italy/Germany
    Marketeer

    Caution! Some Julien faucets have not been certified
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Julien Inc. offers a 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY on its faucets, following the purchase date, against manufacturing defects."

    Julien, Inc. was founded in 1946 by Leo T. Julien as Accessoires de Cuisine, Ltd. to sell commercial kitchen products to restaurants. Within a few years the company had opened a sheet metal fabrication shop, working mostly in stainless steel, to manufacture custom equipment for restaurants. On Mr. Julien's death in 1973, the company was purchased by Somesco, Inc., a consulting and investment group, and reorganized as Les Enterprises Julien, Inc. In 1998 the company, renamed Julien, Inc. and under new ownership by its former managers, branched out into residential kitchen sinks under the trade name Julien Home Refinements®.

    The company's main business is stainless steel fabrication. It still manufactures custom products for the restaurant industry in Canada, and fabricates stainless steel sinks in 16 gauge stainless steel for commercial use and lighter 18 gauge steel for residential use. It will also craft a stainless steel counter top to match its sink, and where appropriate, meld the sink into the counter top in a seamless construction. The company advertises its stainless sinks as being made from 304 (18/10) stainless steel, an excellent grade of stainless, "using recycled American stainless steel", but without any indication of just what percentage of the steel used is actually recycled steel. It could be anything from a fraction of 1% to 100%.

    Although Julien identifies all of its sinks as "handcrafted in Canada", it is clear from import records nd bills of lading that a good many Julien stainless sinks are made made in China by Shenzhen KeHuaXing Industrial, Ltd., a company that also makes stainless steel sinks for the U.S.-based Artisan Manufacturing Co., Inc. It is not clear which Julien sinks are made in China, and which are made in Julien's factory in Canada. The company literature does not mention its Chinese connection, and its web site gives no indication of which sinks are imported from China.

    To supplement its stainless steel products, Julien offers fireclay sinks, kitchen faucets and faucet accessories — at present limited to…

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    Kingston Brass Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Kingston Brass Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 5-6
    Kingston Bass, Inc.
    Fauceture
    Gourmetier
    12775 Reservoir St.
    Chino, California 91710
    909-548-6611
    5-6
    $100-1,000
    Taiwan/China
    Marketeer / Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Warranty on mechanical parts, finishes and cartridges for 10 years. No warranty on finishes intended to change color and show age and wear (living finishes). Proof of purchase is required, and the defective faucet may have to be returned to the company for evaluation at the purchaser's expense. The company scores low on warranty service.

    Started by Erik Chen in 1998, the company is an importer of Asian-made bathroom and kitchen products that are sold under several brands including Kingston Brass, Fauceture, Goumetier and Designer Trimscape (accessories). It is the oldest and most firmly established of the Asia-Marketeers like Kraus USA and Vigo, and essentially pioneered the business model adopted by these newer companies.

    Its low prices and good styling are the primary reason it has spread so widely across the internet, and into home stores and discounters in a relatively short time. Low prices, however, may be a thing of the past. The average price of its products has gone up in the past few years. Some of its kitchen faucet prices are closing in on the $1,000+ street price more often associated with upscale European faucet companies like Franke and Blanco.

    Kingston Brass, Inc. imports its products almost exclusively from Taiwan Designer Plumbing & Hardware Corp. ("TDP&H"), a Taiwan-registered import/export business that shares its address (77, Lane 59, Ha Mi St., Taipei, Taiwan) and URL (kingstonbrass.com.tw) with Kingston Brass (Taiwan), Corp. Chien-chuan Lin is the manager of TDP&H, and Frieda Lin the CEO of Kingston Brass (Taiwan). According to H1B visa applications filed in 2012, Chien-chuan Lin is also the Chief Financial Officer of Kingston Brass…

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    Kohler Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Kohler Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-9
    Kohler Co.

    Kohler Faucets
    Kallista Faucets

    444 Highland Drive
    Kohler, WI 53044
    (800)-4-KOHLER
    7-9
    $75-1,500
    USA/China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Kohler Co. warrants its faucets.... to be leak and drip free ... for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns his or her home..... Kohler Co. also warrants [finishes]..., (except gold, non-Vibrant®, non-chrome finishes) to be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal residential use for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns his or her home.... The company has the right to ask for a proof of purchase, but seldom actually does. Most claims are handled expeditiously over the telephone.

    One summer day, in 1883, John Michael Kohler, an Austrian emigrant and the new owner of the Sheboygan Union Iron & Steel Foundry, took some glass powder and sprinkled it on an iron horse trough from the company's product line that had been heated it to 1,700°. The resulting "enamel" coating was so tough and durable that he featured the horse trough as the centerpiece of his next product catalog, with a small footnote that "when furnished with four legs, will serve as a bathtub."

    It was not an overwhelming success as a horse trough, but as a bath tub, it became the foundation of an American plumbing empire.

    A privately held, family owned U.S. manufacturer of an enormous line of very good to excellent kitchen and bath fixtures since 1873, Kohler has been a consistent innovator in the plumbing and sanitary-wares industry. In 1911 Kohler introduced the one-piece built-in bathtub with integral apron. This is the tub design that dominates American bathrooms today. By the mid-1920s, Kohler had become the third largest plumbing products compa

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    Kraus Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    China

    Kraus Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 5-7
    Kraus
    Kraus USA, Inc.
    12 Harbor Park Drive
    Port Washington, NY 11050
    ((800)775-0703
    5-7
    $100-550.00
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "If a product fails due to material or craftsmanship error,... Kraus will repair or replace the items.... We define the warranty period as the length of time that the owner of the product owns the first home where the Kraus product is installed. Warranties are not transferable, between homes or owners and are only applicable to residential use."

    Started in 2007 by Russell Levi and Michael Rukhlin, two New York entrepreneurs, Kraus refers to itself as a "leading designer and manufacturer" of plumbing fixtures and accessories with a "state-of-the-art machining facility". Kraus,however, does not own a factory, it never has. It is an importer of good quality Chinese-made faucts which it buys at wholesale already boxed and labeled which it sells at retail primarily through internet venues.

    We have identified from shipping and customs records at least three Chinese manufacturers selling faucets to Kraus. Kaiping Euopea Plumbing Apparatus Co., Ltd., Globe Union Industrial Corporation, Ltd., and Yatin Bath Corp., Ltd. Globe Union is the company that manufactures Danze faucets, and its in-house designers are getting a lot of attention. Yatin Bath, is also becoming known world-wide in the faucet industory for its innovative and interesting styles which have begun winning design competitions in Europe.

    Kraus is making a serious effort to differentiate itself from other China importers such as Vigo Industries and Kingston Brass. The quality of its products just keeps getting better. All Kraus faucets include ceramic disk valves, some by Fluhs Drehtechnik, GmbH, considered by many to be the best faucet valve made, some cartridges made by Kerox in Hungary, but most Kraus catridges are made by Sedal Technical Ceramics, a cartridge maker headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, but manufacturing in China. The Sedal cartridge is generally considered good, but not great, and is commonly found in faucets made in China and

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    KWC Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Switzerland

    KWC Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-9
    KWC America, Inc.
    1770 Corporate Drive
    Suite 580
    Norcross, GA 30093
    (678) 334-2121

    KWC AG
    Hauptstrasse 57
    Postfach 179
    CH-5726 Unterkulm
    7-8
    $300-1,800
    Switzerland
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "KWC America will ... repair, replace, or refund the original purchase price of any product that is determined to be defective in material or workmanship .... to the original purchaser of the product in the location where the product was originally installed. " Proof of purchase required.

    A Swiss company, KWC is a manufacturer of high-end and high priced all-brass and stainless steel faucets known for their reliability. A lot of its style offerings can be had from other companies at less cost. What cannot be purchased elsewhere, however, is the KWC cartridge valve, generally acknowledged to be among the best in the world.

    Essentially a boutique faucet maker with just over 300 employees, the company has been remarkably astute in its marketing of cutting edge contemporary faucets. It offers a broad faucet collection which is added to yearly by the seemingly inexhaustible creativity of industrial design partners Michael Lammel and Bertrand Illert, keeping the company at the forefront of innovative faucet design. As a consequence, KWC has emerged from the cloud of obscurity that envelopes most boutique faucet manufactures to become nearly as well known to the buying public as much larger competitors such as Grohe and Dornbracht.

    Founded in 1874 by Adolf Karrer to manufacture music boxes, KWC did not produce its first faucet until 1897. Music box production ended in 1902 at which time the company was renamed Aktiengesellschaft Karrer Weber & Cie. In 1984 the company was acquired by Hansa Metallwerke AG, a German company. The company name was shortened in 1986 to the current KWC AG.

    In 2013 Hansa was acquired by Oras, Ltd., a Finish manufacturer of distinctive contemporary faucets and sanitary ware, which became Oras Group. KWC was not a good fit for Oras, which already sells an upscale, contemporary faucet line under its own name (not in the U.S., however), so KWC was immediately put back on the market and purchased by its Swiss competitor, Franke. Industry watchers believe that Franke, a global player in the sanitary ware market with over 12,500 worldwide employees, bought the company primarily to gain access to KWC's proprietary faucet valve…

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    Lacava Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Italy

    Lacava Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Lacava Design
    Lacava, LLC
    6630 W. Wrightwood Ave
    Chicago, Illinois 60707
    773-637-9600
    6-8
    $700-$2,000
    Italy/China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "LACAVA LLC provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty on its faucetry. This warrants any faucet, installed in a residential application, to be free of defects in material and workmanship for as long as the original consumer owns his or her home."

    Lacava is is an "everything for the bathroom company" that distributes faucets along with other very contemporary bath fixtures, furnishings and accessories in cutting-edge-design collections. Its forté is its coordinated bath suites. Obviously, considerable thought has been given to creating collections of bath furnishings, fixtures, faucets and accessories that have a disinctive "Lacava" look of ultra-modernity. It also sells some kitchen faucets, but its concentration is clearly focused on the bathroom.

    Founded by Carmine Lacava in 1997, the company is small as fixture companies go, with only $5 million in gross sales, and tries to be very exclusive. Based in the Windy City, it identifies itself as the American heir to the Italian design tradition.

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    Lota Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Lota Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: Not Applicable
    (Lota does not have a retail presence in the U.S.)
    Lota International Co. Ltd
    6701 Center Dr. W.
    Suite 525
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    (310) 641-1600
    (877) 580-5682
    Not Applicable
    China
     

    Lota International Co. Ltd. is a holding company based in Taiwan, reportedly controlled by Allen Wu and Grace Chan. Its principal asset, Xiamen Lota International Co., Ltd. is a manufacturing corporation with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Xiamen, China. The company's primary business since its founding in 1982 has been the design and manufacture of faucets and faucet components for other faucet companies.

    The list of faucet companies that buy Lota faucets and faucet components reads like the who's-who of the U.S. faucet industry, including Brizo, California Faucets, Chicago Faucets, Delta, Elkay, Fontaine, Franke, Grohe, Newport Brass, Peerless, and Pfister, among others.

    The company also manufactures store brand faucets for large retailers. For example, many of the Pegasus and Glacier Bay faucets sold by Home Depot are manufacured by Lota, as are many of the Home Depot faucets sold through its subsidiary World Imports as the Elizabethan, Belle…

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    Lowe's AquaSource Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    AquaSource Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 5-7
    Lowe's Faucets
    AquaSource
    Lowe's Companies, Inc.
    1000 Lowe's Blvd
    Mooresville, NC, 28117
    (866) 417-7564
    5-7
    $20-300
    China
    Retail Rebrander
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime limited warranty. Most issues handled over the phone. Proof of purchase is usually not required.

    AquaSource is the in-store brand name under which the Lowe's sells its house faucets, not to be confused with Aquabrass which is a line of very good faucets sold primarily in Canada, or AquaLife which is a house brand of the Waxman Consumer Group.

    The faucet line is heavily weighted toward traditional and transitional styles, with a few more contemporary looks thrown in just for seasoning. The faucets cover the gamut from bath to kitchen to bar, and are associated with complementing accessories such as towel bars, lights and mirrors; and fixtures such as tubs, sinks and toilets.

    The quality seems to vary widely. We have taken AquaSource faucets apart and found old-style compression valves, good quality all brass ceramic disk valves, and just about every sort of valve in between — even a washerless valve that looks something like Moen's original watherless design. Home Depot makes an effort to disginguish between its Glacier Bay bargain faucets and the higher end store brand, Pegasus. Lowes makes no such differentiation. All of its faucets are branded AquaSource, low-end, high-end and middle-end, which makes finding a quality Aquasource faucet a little more complicated. This is a case, however, in which price may be a good guide. Once you get close to $150.00 you are probably in the better-quality range…

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    Luxart Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

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    Updated: 05/15/14
    Luxart Collection Faucets

    Hajoca Corporation
    127 Coulter Ave.
    Ardmore PA 19003
    (225) 295-4212 (Both U.S. and Canada)

    EMCO Corporation
    1108 Dundas St
    London, ON, N5W 3A7 Canada
    4-6
    $100-$500
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Luxart warrants to the original consumer purchaser for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns their home (the “Warranty Period” for homeowners) that this product will be free from defects in materials and manufacturing workmanship."

    Founded in 1858 as Haines, Jones & Cadbury Co. in Philadelphia, PA, the company was already being referred to informally as HaJoCa by 1904. Its If you have never heard of it, it's because in your town it probably does not operate under its corporate name, Hajoca, but under one of the 50 or so trade names it uses in the U.S. Hajoca expanded primarily by buying up local wholesalers, and keeping the wholesaler's original name. The company operates over 350 stores in 32 states and throughout Canada as EMCO, Corporation which operates 180 branches in that country.

    Hajoca is the largest privately owned wholesale distributor of plumbing and heating products in the United States, including decorative plumbing fixtures and assessors. Its chief competitors are Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (Wolseley, plc in Canada) which sells a line of similar faucets under the Mirabelle brand name, and WinWholesale Inc.

    The history of Hajoca is essentially the story of plumbing in the U.S. One of the first large scale plumbing and sanitary ware distributors, it played a large role in deciding which products and features would become the standards for North American plumbing by encouraging innovation and providing a ready outlet for new products through its catalog sales and wholesalers.

    The Hajoca catalog, now well into its second century, is an invaluable source for tracing the evolution of the U.S. plumbing industry. For restorers it is an essential aid in determining the origin of fixtures and products no longer available, but which may need to be either located or duplicated for an historic&helip;

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    MGS Progetti Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Italy



    Rating: 6-8
    MGS Progetti
    MGS Progetti SRL
    C.so Milano, 189
    28883 Gravellona Toce
    (VB) - Italy
    39 0323 865218
    6-8
    $900.00-1,500.00+
    Italy
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "MGS products are covered by a warranty of 5 years from purchasing date on all stainless steel parts and of 2 years on all other components. During this period, parts with construction defects in materials or workmanship will be replaced free of charge. This warranty will not respond in the case of faults caused by unsuitable or improper use, wrong installation, natural wear, improper or careless treatment, wrong usage of cleaning or maintenance products."

    MGS Progetti S.r.L., is an established Italian design and manufacturing firm located about a hour from Milan, Italy. The company is wholly owned by COPAMA SA a Swiss Co. established in Lugano in 1978, and represented in the U.S. by MGS USA LLC. The company also recently announced a new arrangement with Purcell Murray, a distributor of high end kitchen and bath products, primarily in California.

    MGS Progetti manufactures stainless steel sinks, faucets and coordinating accessories for kitchen and bath, merging, or so the company's literature states, "Italian luxury and style with the innovative precision of Swiss engineering." Each MGS faucet is individually cast using the lost wax process, then carefully machined and brushed to produce a unique finish. The designs are very minimalist …

    MGS determined in 1997 to switch to the design and manufacture of all-stainless steel faucets to match the qualify of the company's stainless steel sinks, and has aggressively pursued a very active expansion of its faucet line to this day. The very contemporary minimalist designs have won numerous design awards for the company, including the Adex Platinum award in 2006 and 2008 for its Vela L (pictured above) kitchen faucet and Adex Gold

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    Mico Faucet Review and Rating
    Mico Designs
    Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    China/Italy
    Mico Faucet Review and Rating

    Not Certified
    Mico Designs
    Mico Designs Ltd.
    1423 W. 21st Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (888) 301-8787
    Not Certified
    $300-1,800
    (Often the stated price does not include handles, sold separately.)
    Europe
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime to the original owner against manufacturing defects. Valves, finishes and crystal handles carry a "lifetime guarantee of quality", whatever that means.

    Mico is a Marketeer and Specifier of faucets and associated sanitary wares made in China and Italy.

    The company started at the turn of the 21st century with a business model that included in house designs of both classic and contemporary faucts, that would be manufactured in Europe using the very best components and processes, for sale in the U.S. to discriminating customers. Early designers included Michael Isaacs, Mico's founder and CEO, who designed the Hex faucet, and Tom Robbins, who designed the Ula series of faucets. Another designer mentioned in company literature in the early part of the mileneum was Harold Chan, about whom we can find no information at all.

    These original designs are still being sold. But, gone are the in house Mico designers. The company still makes reference to "our design team" vaguely identified as being located in the foothills of the Italian Alps, but there is no design team. Mico designs, such as they are, are now the product of the overseas factories that make the faucets. We have not seen a known designer name associated with a new Mico faucet in over a decade. Gone too is most of the italian fabrication. In 2004 Mico claimed that all of its faucets were madde in Italy using higly regarded Fluhs cartridge valves from Germany. Import records show that the statement was probably not true even in 2004, and it is certainly not true now. Fewer than a dozen Mico faucets are still made

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    Mirabelle Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

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    China/Israel


    Rating: 5-7
    Mirabelle Faucets
    Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
    PO Box 2778
    12500 Jefferson Avenue
    Newport News, VA 23602
    5-7
    $120.00-590.00
    China/Israel
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    For faucets purchased on or after 6/1/03: "Mirabelle warrants to the ORIGINAL CONSUMER PURCHASER that its faucets .... shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service FOR SO LONG AS THE FAUCET IS USED IN ITS ORIGINAL RESIDENTIAL INSTALLATION." Not transferable. Proof of purchase may be required.

    Mirabelle is the brand name under which Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. sells coordinated collections of bath- and sanitary-wares, including kitchen and bath faucets. Ferguson is the largest distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. through some 1,350 locations. It sells primarily to the trades, but will also sell retail to homeowners. In addition to Ferguson locations, the Mirabelle faucet is available from a variety of e-tailers such as Build.com and Faucet.com. Ferguson has been wholly owned by UK-based Wolseley PLC since 1982. Wolseley, founded in Australia as an engineering company, is now a multi-national distributor of plumbing fixture, fittings and supplies to the professional market, and the largest in the world. Wolseley Canada sells Mirabelle in that country.

    Ferguson buyers have assembled a broad and eclectic collection of faucets under the Mirabelle brand. The style range is broad enough that almost certainly there is at least one Mirabelle faucet to fit any decor or preference from very traditional to cutting-edge contemporary.

    Unlike some other marketing companies, Mirabelle does not claim to be a manufacturer or designer, or that its faucets are created exclusively for Mirabelle. It claims to be just what it is, a distributor of a carefully assembled selection of bath- and sanitary-wares in…

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    Pfister Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Made in U.S.A.
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Moen Faucet Review and Rating.

    Pfister Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-9
    Moen
    25300 Al Moen Drive
    North Olmsted, OH 44070
    (800) 289-6636, (800) Buy-Moen
    6-9
    $100-1,000
    USA/China/India
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "If this product fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship at any time during the life of the product, … Moen… will replace it free of charge…" See the review below for more information.

    If a plumber in this neck of the woods chooses a faucet for you, you will most likely get a Moen simply because plumbers, after years of experience, know Moen to be a good, reliable faucet that almost never breaks. A pretty good reputation for a company that aims most of its advertising at consumers ("Buy it for looks, buy it for life") rather than the pros. We don't agree that Moen is the only good value in faucets. Kohler, California Faucets, and Delta are, at very least, strong contenders, but Moen may have a slight edge, if only for its exceptional customer service (See sidebar below).

    Al Moen invented the mixing valve that made the "washer-less" single handle faucet possible. A tinkerer by inclination, Moen spent most of 8 years creating and discarding ideas for a single handle faucet valve before he came up with a reliable, workable model. After returning in 1945 from wartime service with the Navy he approached Ravenna Metal Products Corp. of Seattle, which agreed to license and manufacture the invention. In 1956 Ravenna was acquired by Standard Screw Co. of Chicago. Moen continued as a division of Standard Screw (later renamed Stanadyne, for obvious reasons) until 1986 when the company was bought by the New York investment firm of Forstmann, Little & Co. which sold off most of Stanadyne's other business, to concentrate its focus on Moen products. The company was renamed Moen, Inc. in 1990 and sold to Fortune Brands, which still owns it.

    Al Moen continued with the company as chief engineer until 1982. His stream of innovations and inventions powered the company's rise from a niche player in the faucet industry to second place in the U.S. market behind Masco's Delta faucets. These included the replaceable faucet cartridge which is a featured element of almost all modern Moen faucets. It rarely goes bad, but if it does, the defective cartridge can be replaced with a new one in a few minutes. He also invented the Swing n Spray faucet aerator that allowed the water flow to be changed from stream to spray at the push of a button and Moentrol, a pressure balanced shower valve that controls both water temperature and volume in a single control — the shower controller preferred by plumbers. In fact, we rarely install anything else.

    Moen innovation did not end with the retirement of Al Moen. Today the company offers faucets with built in water filtration that provides both filtered and ordinary tap…

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    Newport Brass Faucet Review and Rating
    Ginger Faucet Review and Rating
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    Ginger Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Brasstech, Inc.
    Newport Brass Faucets
    Ginger Faucets
    2001 East Carnegie Ave.
    Santa Ana CA 92705-5531
    (949) 417-5207
    6-8
    $350-1,800
    USA/China
    Assembler
    Warranty Score: *****

    As long as the original purchaser owns the home on ceramic valves, PVD and some chrome finishes. Other parts and other finishes: 10 years.

    Ginger and Newport Brass are brand names under which Brasstech, Inc. sells faucets and other plumbing fixtures, along with coordinating accessories in the residential and hospitality (motels and hotels) decorative fixture markets.

    Brasstech is now a division of Masco Corporation, a home improvement conglomerate that also makes Brizo, Peerless, and Delta faucets. But it started out as an independent company founded in 1987 to manufacturer of high quality faucets and other plumbing fixtures in 1987, and had established the Newport Brass faucet as a minor national brand by 2002 when it was acquired by Masco. Ginger, already owned by Masco, was merged with Brasstech at which time Ginger faucets began appear to complement its bath accessories lines. In the 1990s Brasstech was one of the first faucet companies to experiment with physical vapor disposition (PVD) finishes. Today, the company offers thirty-three different finishes, many of them using advanced PVD

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    Paini Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Italy

    Paini Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 5-6
    Paini LaToscana
    Paini S.p.A. Rubinetterie
    Via Cremosina, 43
    Pogno Novara 28076
    Italy
    (856)881-7890
    5-6
    $100-400
    Italy
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Drip free for 5 years; finishes free from defects for one year; to original purchaser only."

    Paini S.p.A. Rubinetterie is an Italian manufacturer of very good to excellent faucets. Founded in 1954 as a small craft shop, it is today one of the largest manufacturers of faucets and other plumbing products in Northern Italy. It sells a broad line of faucets under its own brand, but also makes faucets and faucet components for other companies, Among these are The Whitehaus Collection, Price=Pfister and Symmons. Paini also has a long history of association with the Home Depot. Paini manufactures and provides warranty and parts support for some of Home Depot's store brand Pegasus and Glacier Bay faucets. It also manufactures some of Ikea's store brand faucets.

    Paini has recently ventured into selling faucets under its own name, marketing the LaToscana collection of faucets and accessories in the U.S. and Canada. It initially distributed through Home Depot's World Imports, Inc., but has now opened its own distribution and support facility which appears to be independent of the Home Depot oligarchy…

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    Peerless Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Peerless Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 3-6
    Peerless Faucet
    Delta Faucet Company
    55 E. 111th Street
    P.O. Box 40980
    Indianapolis, IN 46280
    (317) 848-1812
    3-6
    $25-250
    China
    Manufacturer / Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "All parts and finishes of the Delta faucet are warranted to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns their [sic] home. Proof of purchase is usually not required.

    Peerless is Delta Faucet's line of "value-priced" faucets for the do-it-yourselfer. It is the lower end of a line of faucets that includes Delta Faucets at mid-range and Brizo at the high end. But, despite its "lower end of the spectrum" status, Peerless faucets still carry the same lifetime warranty as high end Brizo, and mid-range Delta faucets.

    Peerless is focused squarely on the do-it-yourselfer. Peerless faucets are designed to be easy to install and featured step-by-step illustrated instructions. The company web site is filled with tips for the handy homeowner, and offers a "live chat" faucet coach to help with selection, installation and repair issues, but its warranty page, oddly enough, recommends "using a professional plumber for all installation and repair."

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    Pfister Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    China/Italy

    Pfister Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 4-7
    Pfister
    (Formerly Price-Pfister)
    19701 Da Vinci
    Lake Forest, California 92610
    (800) 732-8238
    4-7
    $100-350
    China/Italy
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[B]acked by [Pfister's] Pforever Warranty®, covering finish and function....[A[ll faucets .... will be free of all defects in material and workmanship that would impair the intended and proper use of the [faucet] as well as [free of] deterioration of the finish for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which the Product is originally installed.... Proof of purchase is required to obtain warranty benefits. Pfister may require the product be returned for inspection, at your expense. Download the Pfister Warranty.

    A pioneering faucet company founded in Southern California in 1910 by Emil Price and William Pfister under the name Price-Pfister, it was, until recently, a division of Stanley Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement Group, and renamed just "Pfister". Not a nice thing to do to a proud and famous faucet name that is still the number five faucet company in the U.S., behind Delta, Moen, Kohler and American Standard. It has about 9% of the U.S. market, a decline from its peak in 1987 of 14%. The company has about 2% of the world market.

    Price Pfister is still remembered by Americans of a certain age for its radio and television advertising with a tag line that played off of the company name: "Price Pfister, the pfabulous pfaucet with the pfunny name". In 1960 Pfister built the largest foundry west of the Mississippi, in Pacoima, California, which manufactured the company's faucets for most of 40 years, making 55,000 faucets a day at its peak and employing 1,600 Americans. In 1997 Black & Decker shuttered the plant and moved its manufacturing operations to Mexicali, Mexico, along with all the jobs…

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    Phylrich Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Phylrich Faucet Review and Rating: China Flag

    Phylrich Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-9
    Phylrich
    Escalette, LLC
    1261 Logan Ave
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 361-4800
    7-9
    $300-1,800+
    USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Phylrich warrants its faucets to the original purchaser to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase. Ceramic disc valves are warranted for life as long as the original purchaser owns the house in which they are installed. Finishes with hard surfaces such as polished chrome, Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finishes and powder coated finishes are warranted for as long as the original purchaser owns the home. Certain metal finishes such as antique brass, satin nickel and satin brass are coated with an organic clear coating. These coated types of finishes are warranted for 10 years from the date of shipment to the original purchaser. The so called “living finishes” are not warranted. These finishes have no protective coating and thus are designed to change with age and use.

    If your notion of the ideal bathroom faucet is a little gem of fine craftsmanship made in the U.S.A., you need to take a close look at Phylrich faucets.

    Founded in 1959, Phylrich is a manufacturer of well-crafted, hand-decorated, high quality bathroom faucets. The original Phylrich International was purchased by Elkay in 2004. Elkay, whose specialty is manufacturing stainless steel sinks, has its own very successful faucet brand, and was never able to figure out a place for Phylrich in its lineup of home improvement products.

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    Porcher Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Porcher Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Porcher Faucets
    6615 West Boston Street
    Chandler, AZ 85226
    (800) 359-3261
    6-8
    $250-500
    France/China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[F[ree from defects in materials or workmanship for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns their [sic] home.... Proof of purchase (original sales receipt) from original consumer purchaser must be made available to Porcher for all limited warranty claims. This limited warranty is non transferable."

    Porcher, a 100 year old French manufacturer, founded in 1886 by Emile Andre Porcher in Revin, France, was American Standard's designer line of bathroom fixtures, furniture and faucets after being acquired by the old American Standard Companies in 1992.

    In the 2007 breakup of the American Standard Companies, Porcher was sold along with American Standard's other European assets to Ideal Standard, which is controlled by Bain Capital Partners. Bain immediately closed virtually all of Porcher's manufacturing plants in France, including the original Porcher factory in Revin, leaving just one plant in Angouleme. Almost all Porcher manufacturing, along with that of nearly all other Bain-controlled companies, has been moved to

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    Porcher Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Restoration Hardware Faucet Review and Rating: German Flag
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    Restoration Hardware Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.
    15 Koch Road, Suite J
    Corte Madera, CA 94925
    (800) 910.-9836
    6-8
    $250-700+
    China/Germany
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Faucet finishes, manufacturing defects and cartridges "for as long as the Original Purchaser owns their [sic] home".

    The legend is that frustrated at being unable to find vintage hardware to restore his old house in Eureka, California, Stephen Gordon founded Restoration Hardware in 1979, expanding its one store to over 70 stores by 1999 using capital raised at an initial public offering in 1998. The rapid expansion eroded the companies profitability. It was rescued in 2008 when it was bought out and taken private by Catterton Partners which, by closing stores and increasing catalog and internet sales, boosted earnings to the point that it could again be taken public as Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. in November 2012. The Delaware company now trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

    The company still sells through retail stores, which it calls "galleries", mostly on the coasts, but conducts much of its business over the internet and through catalog sales. Although the company started out as a seller of vintage decorative hardware, it has de-emphasized hardware and become more a furniture and accessories store — an upscale combination of Pottery Barn and Pier One — under the guidance of Gary Friedman. Mr. Friedman worked his way up at Gap and later became the CEO of up-scale retailer of Williams-Sonoma. He joined Restoration Hardware in 2001 when it was near bankruptcy and is widely credited with turning it into one of the nation’s most successful high-end furniture retailers. Decorative hardware is still part of the Restoration Hardware line, but is no longer its core business.

    Unlike Retail Rebranders such as Home Depot and Lowes, whose store brand faucets are merely assembled collections of ready-made faucets bought from various faucet manufacturers, the faucets offered under the Restoration Hardware nameplate are designed for and exclusive…

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    Tom Robbins Custom Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Made in USA
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Tom Robbins Faucet Review and Rating: French Flag


    Rating: Not Rated
    Updated: 03/14/14
    Tom Robbins Design
    933 Northfield Drive
    Hayward, CA 94544
    (510) 512-2747
    Not Rated
    $1,000-5,000+
    USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    No written warranty.

    If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind designer faucet to complete your new upscale one-of-a-kind designer kitchen, bath or bar, what you need is your very own personal, on-call, one-of-a-kind, concierge faucet designer.

    Fortunately, there is such a person, and, as far as we can tell, just one such person in North America, maybe the world: Tom Robbins, the proprietor, chief designer, boss engineer, head fabricator, and senior metalsmith of Tom Robbins Design, a one man design studio and workshop in Hayward, California (by way of Scottsbluff, Nebraska — Go Big Red).

    Robbins designs and builds faucets: unique, beautiful faucets, by hand, one at a time. And, he does it for about the same price your would pay for a THG or Waterworks faucet that is made to your order and custom-ized, but definitely not custom.

    You can expect to pay at least $1,000 for a hand-made copy of a faucet already in Robbins' extensive design inventory (for example a copy of the faucet designed especially for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston when they were still a couple). If you want your own personal design as well as a hand made faucet, then expect to shell out as much as $5,000, even more. For that oversize check you get a truly unique, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-duplicated custom faucet that no one else has or ever will have. Talk about making the girls in the bridge club green …

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    Rohl Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
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    Italy/New Zealand/England
    Rohl Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-9
    Rohl Faucets
    Rohl, LLC
    3 Parker
    Irvine, California 92618-1605
    (800) 777-9762
    6-9
    $300-3,000
    Italy, United Kingdom, New Zealand
    Specifier / Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Limited lifetime warranty on faucets to the original purchaser. Does not include some finishes ans specifically excludes the Tuscan Brass finish. The company will provide free of charge, at its option, replacement part(s) or product (or a comparable alternative product) to replace those which have proven defective in materials or workmanship. Does not include labor or shipping. Proof of purchase required. Not transferable. Download the Rohl warranty.

    Founded by the Ken Rohl in 1983 as the Western States manufacturing, Inc., the family-owned company was reorganized as Rohl LLC in 1991.

    Rohl has a long history of importing high-quality European faucets, sinks, sanitary ware and bathroom and kitchen accessories. As Western States manufacturing it was a distributor in the U.S. for KWC plumbing fixtures and faucets. That relationship appears to have ended. Rohl also introduced the European pull-out faucet to the U.S. market, and pull-out/pull-down faucets are major part of its wares.

    Rohl is actually several faucet companies in one. It is primarily an upscale Marketeer with a very interesting business model. It enters into agreements with mostly European faucet manufacturers to become the exclusive U.S. importer of the manufacturer's faucets which it rebrands and sells under the Rohl name. Most of the faucets it imports are the manufacturer's existing faucets with minor modifications needed for the U.S. market (which is usually little more than adapting the faucets to U.S. rather than metric fittings). There are hundreds of excellent boutique faucet manufacturers in Europe, and all of them are looking for a low-cost entry into the giant U.S. market. Rohl provides that entry with a minimal investment by the manufacturer. In return, Rohl gets the exclusive right to sell some very stylish, high-quality, European faucets in the U.S. as Rohl faucets. This same model is used by other Marketeer faucet companies, such as Lacava and Aquabrass.

    The faucets Rohl imports are generally high quality, designer faucets. Most are designed by the factories that make them and are by no means exclusive to Rohl. Many, in fact, are sold in other countries under…

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    Ruvati Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Rating: Not Certified"
    Ruvati Faucets
    Ruvati USA, Inc.
    404 W. Powell Lane, Suite 505
    Austin, TX 78753
    855-478-8284 (855-4-RUVATI)
    512-394-6491
    Not Certified"
    $100-250
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: * ****

    1-year limited warranty to the original purchaser only. Ruvati will replace defective parts only. Buyer is responsible for an shipping or labor costs. If the faucet cannot be repaired or replaced, Ruvati will provide a prorated credit toward the purchase of another Ruvati product.

    Ruvati USA, Inc. is a Texas corporation owned by Ashraf Hossain. It is a very new company. The Ruvati name and trademark were filed for in November, 2011 and approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in early 2012. Before that date, no one had heard the name Ruvati, except as a Solvenian verb meaning to "uproot". It has come a long way in a short time, having achieved considerable consumer notice, primarily due to its relatively low prices and expansive presence on the internet.

    The company claims to be "a manufacturer of premium stainless steel kitchen sinks and faucets... influenced by Italian design..." Of course its sinks and faucets are influenced by Italian design — everyone's sinks and faucets are influenced by Italian design — the Italians set the design standards for the entire world. But, Ruvati is not Italian, and not a manufacturer. It is a Marketeer that operates out of a small office/warehouse center in Austin, TX, and does not now, nor has it ever owned a factory or an assembly plant, and none of its sinks or faucets have been any closer to Italy than Austin, Texas.

    It buys sinks and faucets in the box and ready to sell from Chinese manufacturers and markets them in the U.S. under the Ruvati brand name. The products are purchased through (Jiangmen) Hongmao Trading Co., Ltd., a broker, which acts as a middleman between foreign buyers and Chinese manufacturers. The actual manufacturer or its main product, stainless steel kitchen sinks is XinHe Stainless Steel Products Co., Ltd. , a reputable producer of good quality stainless steel products with a good international reputation. A few years ago there were quality problems with Chinese stainless steel, but these seem to have been cured. XinHe sinks are made out of good quality 304 stainless steel — a good choice for sinks.

    Like most Chinese manufacturers of stainless steel sinks, XinHe has been affected by an anti-dumping penalty by the International Trade Commission in response to a complaint by Elkay. In 2012, the Commission found that Chinese manufacturers had, in fact, been selling certain types of stainless sinks at below their fair value due to subsidies on steel by the Chinese government. As a result, the price of Chinese-made stainless sinks has gone up dramatically, as much as 185%, and are no longer the bargain they once were. Ruvati sinks that were below $300 just 18 months ago, are now offered at prices above $500.00: in line with high quality stainless sinks offered by

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    Sherle Wagner Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Assembled in USA
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    China

    Sherle Wagner Faucet Review and Rating
    Rating 7-9

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    Sherle Wagner International, LLC
    300 East 62nd St.
    New York, New York 10060
    (212) 758-3300
    7-9
    $1000+
    U.S.A
    Assembler / Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    The company offers no written warranty on its faucets.

    Founded in 1945, the company is an interior designer's paradise that sells bath fixtures, faucets and bath accessories; lighting, furniture, textiles, linens, wall coverings and cabinet and door hardware, all designed to complement each other for a completely consistent interior ensemble.

    Bath faucets are just a small part of the company's offerings, but they are very good faucets: assembled, finished and polished in the company's Fall River, Massachusetts plant. The company does not make most of its own faucet components, but rather buys them from Guangzhou Seagull Kitchen and Bath which also supplies many …

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    Sigma Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Assembled in USA
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    China/Germany

    Sigma Faucet Review and Rating
    Rating 7-9
    Sigma® Designer Faucetry,
    Sigma Reserve Collection®
    3280 Corporate View
    Vista, CA 92081
    800-960-2284
    7-9
    $200 - 1,400
    U.S.A
    Assembler / Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "American Faucet & Coatings Corporation warrants that products are free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for five (5) years from date of invoice. In addition, our Finish Warranty provides limited lifetime coverage for Chrome & PVD finishes, five (5) years for Omega powder coated finishes & Polished Gold. Living finishes are warranted for workmanship only. If any material proves to be defective after inspection by our company, it will be repaired or replaced at our discretion at no charge. However, no claims for labor, shipping costs, or consequential damages will be accepted."

    If an excellent, well designed and engineered, stylish and awesomely finished American faucet is your dream, Sigma® by American Faucets and Coatings is a faucet line you absolutely should look at.

    Founded in 1992 by Susan and Charles Butler, American Faucet and Coatings Corporation is a specifier, assembler and importer of decorative sanitary ware and plumbing fixtures with a 100,000 square foot facility in Vista, CA. It sells several lines of faucets, including the Sigma and the Sigma Reserve Collection.

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    SignatureHardware Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
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    China

    Rating: Not Certified
    Clawfoot Tubs, LLC trading as
    Signature Hardware
    2700 Crescent Springs Pike
    Erlanger, KY 41017
    (866) 855-2284
    Not Certified
    $100-350.00
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "All items are warranted to be free of manufacturing and mechanical defects and covered for a period of 5 years from date of purchase. This warranty covers replacement of defective parts only, not of complete product, unless deemed necessary by a customer service representative. Warranty does not cover: damages incurred as a result of installation, replacement or repair; damages due to improper cleaning, misuse or neglect; or living finishes."

    Signature Hardware is a trading name under which Clawfoot Supply, LLC imports and sells Chinese-made fixtures, decorative hardware and home accessories.

    Founded in 1999 by Kentucky natives Mike and Matt Butler, Clawfoot Supply was one of the successful specialty web retailers at the dawn of the age of e-tailing, selling relatively low cost antique reproduction tubs, faucets and other bath fixtures modeled on those available in the late Victorian Era. But, by 2005 the owners wanted to expand the business beyond clawfoot tubs and accessories. The name Clawfoot Supply did not fit the new business. So, the brothers registered "Signature Hardware" as a legal trading name and began selling as Signature Hardware. Clawfoot Supply, LLC has now ceased all business under the name Clawfoot Supply, and the original Clawfoot Supply web site has redirected to the Signature Hardware site since at least 2007.

    Signature Hardware sells through its own very well organized and superbly presented web site (one of the best retail web-sites we have ever seen — whoever is responsible should get an award for clarity of presentation and ease of navigation) and a 150+ page printed (or downloadable) catalog; through Amazon and as something called Nottingham Brass on Yahoo Shopping. Signature Hardware carries not only bath and kitchen fixtures, but also home lighting, and decorative hardware for doors, windows, and cabinets; much of it organized into a series of coordinated collections that can extend even to matching floor registers and air return grills.

    All of its faucets are designed, manufactured, assembled, finished, tested and packaged in overseas factories, primarily in China. The company buys its wares wholesale from a variety of chinese manufacturers and brokers already boxed in Signature Hardware packaging, and ready for retail sale. At one time the company offered Strom faucets from Sign-of-the-Crab, Perrin & Rowe faucets from England and at least a few Italian faucets, but we can no longer find Strom products or European faucets for sale on the company web site, so these relationships must have ended. As late as 2010 the company disclosed the country of origin of at least some of its faucets. It no longer does…

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    Sonoma Forge Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Made In U.S.A.
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    Rating: 7-9
    Sonoma Forge, LLC
    133 A Copeland St.
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    7-9
    $1,200-$2,000+
    Made in U.S.A.
    (800) 330-5553 Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime warranty against cartridge failure, one year warranty on manufacturing defects other than the cartridge to the original buyer. Finishes are not warranted as they are expected to change appearance with age and use. No distinction is made between residential and commercial applications. No disclaimer of implied warranties or consequential or incidental damages is made. Any faucet used in exterior applications is not warranted, nor any faucet subject to abuse or misuse.

    Founded in 2002 by Steve Rosenblatt, and now honchoed by CEO Erik Ambjor, Sonoma Forge sells one of the most interesting lines of faucets we have ever seen. They are a little hard to describe. They somehow manage to be rustic while, at the same time, elegant; primitive but somehow chic; familiar but fresh and unconventional. They are definitely not your average faucet, and certainly not for the average buyer. They are aimed precisely at the buyer with an eye for cutting-edge style and a sense of adventure. Equally at home in a Park Avenue studio or a log home in the Colorado Rockies, they are different, striking and , in a word, unique.

    And, they have a story.

    It is told around the campfire at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas (OK, actually around the poker table) that one day Steve Rosenblatt, already well known in the kitchen and bath industry as one of the pioneers of decorative concrete countertops and sinks, was looking to photograph his new line of vessel sinks for a catalog, and figured the photographs would be enhanced if the sinks were shown with faucets. But, this was in the early days of vessel sinks, and the selection of high-clearance faucets that would work with vessel sinks was very limited. So he…

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    Strom Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Strom Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8
    Strom Plumbing
    Sign of the Crab, L.L.C.
    3756 Omec Circle
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
    (916) 638-2722
    6-8
    $300-1000
    Taiwan
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "All items are warranted to be free of manufacturing and finish defects for a period of 5 years from date of purchase, when properly installed by a qualified, licensed plumber. This warranty covers replacement of defective parts, not of complete product, unless deemed necessary by a customer service representative. The warranty does not extend to labor charges or air freight charges when repair or replacement of the item is needed.... [Supercoat brass coating] is absolutely guaranteed for as long as the original purchaser owns their home and proper maintenance instructions are followed. The product must be returned to our factory for re-coating."

    A designer and specifier of very good to excellent faucets, Strom is strong in reproduction fixtures and fittings, eapecially for Victorian era bathrooms. It has a vast and varied collection cast iron and acrylic clawfoot, pedestal and other free-standing tubs, and the water supply and drain fixtures to fit them. It also sells a classic collection of about a dozen sink faucets for the bathroom which fit the Victorian period, but would also be suitable for any reproduction bathroom through the Arts & Crafts period, including at least one art deco faucet that we like very much. The Strom collection is so diverse, that we can say with some confidence that if it fits a Victorian or Arts and Crafts bath, Strom probably makes it, and more than one of it.

    Strom's faucet finishes are a big part of its reputation among the retro-reproduction folks. Its polished chrome finishes are legendary and its "Supercoat" protective finish for brass fixtures took the "polish" out of brass long before super tough PVD finishes were available. It is a 2 part epoxy, applied electrostatically, baked on to insure a lasting shine. It is warranted for the life of the product1. Supercoat has now been trumped…

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    Symmons Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Symmons Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-8

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    Symmons Industries
    31 Brooks Drive
    Braintree, MA 02184-3804
    1-800-SYMMONS
    6-8
    $100-500
    Made in USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Symmons warrants to the original consumer purchaser/end-user that any Symmons product will be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal domestic use for the life of your home.... [W]e will either have you send the defective part or product prepaid to us for inspection, or we may elect to send you the replacement part or product without investigation. A replacement for any defective part will be supplied free of charge for installation by the purchaser only."

    Symmons is one of the best American faucet manufacturers you have never heard of.

    A family owned and managed business founded in 1939, Symmons Industries is headquartered and man­ufac­tures most of its faucets in Massachusetts, USA. It only recently began advertising to the general public on a very limited scale. So, if the brand is unfamiliar to you, don't feel neglected. It's completely unknown to most people.

    Within the building trades, however, Symmons is very well known as the inventor of the pressure-balanced shower control (that prevents scalding when the cold water suddenly fails - now required in many localities on all showers — and highly recommended even if it is not required by law). The invention is considered by Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine the well-respected plumbing industry trade journal, as one of the most important milestones in plumbing history, on par with the flush toilet. (I don't think we can go that far, however).

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    THG Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
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    France

    THG Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-9
    THG USA
    6601 Lyons Road
    Coconut Creek, FL 33073
    (954)-425-8225
    7-9
    $1,400-20,000
    France, Eastern Europe
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[F]ree from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.... for a period of five years. Finishes are warranted for a period of one year, with the exception of polished chrome, which is warranted for five years. Proof of purchase (original sales receipt) from the original purchaser must accompany all warranty claims."

    THG USA is an American importer of luxury bathware and kitchen collections from the House of Tetard, Haudiquez and Grisoni of Picardy, France.

    Fomally organized as ETS Tetard Haudiquez Grisoni, SAS, it is universally known by its initials, THG or, more recently, TGH Paris (although it is not, in fact, located in Paris). A family business founded in 1956, THG got into the luxury bath fittings business in the 1970s after its association with designer Jean-Claude Delépine.

    THG offers hundreds of fixture collections comprised of thousands of individual faucet designs, all of which may be customized as much as your purse will allow, and all of which are part of a collection of coordinated fittings and accessories.

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    Tom Robbins Custom Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Print this review.
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    Rating: Not Rated
    Tom Robbins Designs
    933 Northfield Drive
    Hayward, CA 94544
    (510) 512-2747
    Not Rated
    $1,000-5,000+
    USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Not applicable.

    If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind designer faucet to complete your new upscale one-of-a-kind designer kitchen, bath or bar, what you need is your very own personal, on-call, one-of-a-kind, concierge faucet designer.

    Fortunately, there is such a person, and, as far as we can tell, just one such person in North America, maybe the world: Tom Robbins, the proprietor, chief designer, boss engineer, head fabricator, and senior metalsmith of Tom Robbins Design, a one man design studio and workshop in Hayward, California (by way of Scottsbluff, Nebraska — Go Big Red).

    Robbins designs and builds faucets: unique, beautiful faucets, by hand, one at a time. And, he does it for about the same price your would pay for a THG or Waterworks faucet that is made to your order and custom-ized, but definitely not custom.

    You can expect to pay at least $1,000 for a hand-made copy of a faucet already in Robbins' extensive design inventory (for example a copy of the faucet designed especially for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston when they were still a couple). If you want your own personal design as well as a hand made faucet, then expect to shell out as much as $5,000, even more. For that oversize check you get a truly unique, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-duplicated custom faucet that no one else has or ever will have. Talk about making the girls in the bridge club green with…

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    Toto Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
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    Toto Faucet Review and Rating
    Rating: 5-7
    Toto Faucets
    1155 Southern Road
    Morrow, GA 30260
    (888) 295-8134
    5-7
    $200-700 and up
    Japan/China
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "[F]ree from defects in materials and workmanship .... for a period of one (1) year from date of purchase. [T]o the original purchaser of the Product and is not transferable...."

    Toto USA is the American branch of the premier Japanese bathroom fixture manufacturer, famous for its automatic toilets (See "The Japanese Toilet" at Selecting Bathroom Fixtures: Toilets). Its principal business is the manufacture of enamel and porcelain sanitary ware. The company specialty is product suites: matched sets of toilets, basins, tubs, showers, faucets and accessories.

    Toto has a substantial manufacturing presence in the in Georgia. About 1,000 of its sanitary-ware and accessory products qualify as "Made in U.S.A." under the Buy American and American Recovery and Reinvestment Acts. We feel very weird slapping a "Made in U.S.A." sticker on a Japanese toilet, but there it is. Toto makes more products in the U.S. than do "American" companies like American Standard. It's a strange new global economy, folks.

    Unfortunately, all of Toto's faucets are imported. Many are made by Toto, but s significant part of Toto's faucet collection is made in China.

    The giant Chinese manufacturing company…

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    Uberhaus Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
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    China

    Uberhaus Faucet Review and Rating
    Rating: 4-6
    Uberhaus Faucets
    RONA, Inc.
    220, Chemin du Tremblay
    Boucherville, Quebec J4B 8H7
    (514) 599-5100
    4-6
    $40-400
    China
    Retail Rebrander
    Warranty Score: *****

    Limited lifetime warranty.

    Uberhaus is the name of a line of private label faucets, fixtures and bath accessories sold by RONA, Inc., a Canadian corporation. Rona is Canada's largest hardware and home improvement retailer, operating more than 500 stores across Canada. The company is a cross between the big box chains like Lowes and Home Depot, and the buying cooperatives that supply independently owned Ace and True Value hardware stores. It supplies its own company-oned stores, but also provides its products to francises and independently-owned affiliated stores.

    The company began in 1939 as a buying cooperative organized by independent hardware stores to pool their buying power for better prices, and continued as a cooperative until going public in 2002. Its chief competitor in Canada is U.S.-based Home Depot. But, RONA's company-owned big box stores avoid that quintessential warehouse look favored by U.S. box stores such as Lowes, Menards and Home Depot with arrangments that create stores within the store, making the shopping experience much more pleasant.

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    Vigo Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
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    China

    Vigo Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 4-5
    Vigo Industries, L.L.C.
    320 Mill Road
    Edison NJ, 08817
    ((866)591-7792
    4-5
    $100-450.00
    China
    Marketeer / Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    Lifetime of the original owner or end-user on mechanical parts, cartridges for five (5) years, spray assembly for one year. Not transferable. Proof of purchase required. Vigo may require the faucet be returned for inspection at your expense. Void unless original faucet installation was by a licensed plumber.

    Founded in 2009 by Leonid Valdberg, the company is an importer of Chinese-made bathroom and kitchen products that are branded and sold under the Vigo name.

    Vigo products are contemporary and stylish but not at all cutting edge. Chinese faucet designs tend to be three to five years behind the Western designers. Its prices, however, are generally 30% to 50% below similar faucets from European and U.S. companies. It's prices, quality, sourcing and business model put it in direct competition with Kraus USA, Freuer, FSA Importsand Kingston Brass. Its low prices and contemporary styling are the primary reasons it has spread so widely across the internet in such a short time. It quickly outgrew its original warehousing and shipping facilities and has recently moved to larger facilities in Edison, N.J.

    Vigo offers faucets for kitchen and bath, and sinks and accessories to coordinate with its faucets. It is somewhat unique as a faucet

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    Water Ridge Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
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    Water Ridge Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 4-6
    Water Ridge Faucet
    Globe Union Group

    2 Territorial Ct.
    Suite A
    Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    (888) 328-2383
    4-6
    $30-250
    China
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Warranty information not available.

    A brand name of the huge Globe Union Group, the dominant faucet manufacturer in Asia under its GOBO brand that is trying very hard to create a brand identity in the U.S. with its Danze (See Danze, above.) faucets. Its faucets are made primarily in Chinese factories by its subsidiary Shenzhen Globe Union Industrial Corp. of Shenzhen, China.

    Water Ridge is a Globe Union faucet line made for discounters like Costco and Walmart. But, it is also sold by Sears and on-line retailers such as Amazon, Overstock.com and, of course, eBay. Warranty service and parts are available from Globe Union's U.S.-based customer support center at 1-888-328-2383. Expect long wait times — up to 25 minutes. Or, you can try the Costco customer service line at 1-866-789-2273 which has a special selection for Water Ridge installation problems.

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    Watermark Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Made in Brooklyn
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    Waterstone Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-9
    Watermark Designs
    Watermark Designs, Ltd.
    350 DeWitt Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11207
    (800) 852-7277
    7-9
    $350-2,500+
    USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Limited lifetime warranty against defects in material or workmanship in a residential application. Living finishes, gold and copper, porcelain and glass parts excluded.

    Brooklyn. One of the five boroughs of New York, and the nation's fourth largest city — home to a famous bridge, the Botanical Gardens, the Navy Yard, Coney Island; and some well-known neighborhoods: Canarsi, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst and Williamsburg.

    It's not a place one normally thinks of as a design mecca. But, some of the most famous international product designers call the borough home, including Watermark Designs, Ltd. a designer and manufacturer of some of the nicest faucets made in the U.S.A. The company's stunning collection of traditional and transitional faucets is a cross between Waterstone and Sherle Wagner, and equal to these companies in quality and design — and price.

    Watermark styles straddle any historic period from Victorian to contemporary, so no matter the era of your old house, there is a Watermark faucet that will fit its character. But, if none of the company's standard offerings fill the bill, Watermark's ID division will design a custom faucet just for you.

    In addition to kitchen and bath faucets, the company supplies coordinating accessories and decorative hardware, primarily for the bath…

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    Waterstone Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

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    Waterstone Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 7-9
    Waterstone Faucets
    Waterstone, LLC
    26790 Madison Ave.
    Murrieta, CA 92562
    (888) 304-0660
    7-9
    $350-2,500
    USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Limited lifetime warranty against functional defects in material or workmanship in a residential application. Finishes are not guaranteed.

    For those of you who think European styling, old-world craftsmanship, flawless finishing and unsurpassed quality are not available from U.S. faucet manufacturers, we have just one word for you — Waterstone.

    Waterstone LLC, founded in 1999 by Chris Kuran, custom manufactures all brass faucets in southern California that have every bit of the design pizazz and hand-made finesse of the finest European craft shops. Kuran stated in an interview with our staff that his goal is to manufacture the finest faucet in the world, one at a time, with painstaking attention to detail. We cannot say with certainty that Waterstone makes the world's best faucet — there are a lot of truly excellent faucets in the world — but we can say for certain that Waterstone is getting very close.

    Unfortunately, the company's offerings include only kitchen and bar faucets and filter taps — nothing for the bath — and there are no plans that we know of to expand to bathroom faucets in the near future.

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    Waterworks Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty
    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Waterworks Faucet Review and Rating: French Flag
    France

    Waterworks faucet review and rating.
    Rating: 7-9
    Waterworks Faucets
    60 Backus Avenue
    Danbury, CT 06810
    (203) 546-6000
    7-9
    $1,000+
    France
    Specifier
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Waterworks warrants to the original purchaser.... that all Waterworks plumbing.... products installed in a residence ....will be free of mechanical defects for as long as the original purchaser... continues to own and maintain the residence where the products are initially installed." Two year warranty on architectural bronze, Concordia, gold, Lumin, matte gold, matte silver, or silver. All other finishes, 5 years. Limited to repair and replacement and does not cover shipping charges, installation, or any other labor charges unless otherwise noted. The purchaser shall be responsible for all shipping charges for returned products. Proof of purchase required.

    Organized in 1976 by Robert and Barbara Sallick, the company is a family owned business now directed by A. Peter Sallick. It is actually a collection of several legal entities. Waterworks IP Co., LLC owns all of the trade marks and patent rights, including tthe Waterworks and Waterworks Studio trade names. Waterworks Holdings, LLC owns all of the company's real estate, and Waterworks Operating Company LLC operates the business of designing and selling bath, kitchen and bar collections.

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    Whitehaus Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Whitehaus Faucet Review and Rating: Israili Flag
    Israel/Italy
    Waterstone Faucet Review and Rating

    Rating: 6-7
    Whitehaus Collection
    White's Plumbing Supplies, Inc.
    589 Boston Post Rd.
    West Haven, CT 06516
    (800)-527-6690
    6-7
    $350-2,000
    Israel/Italy
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    "Mechanical Components are warranted against defects for 5 years… The finishes for faucets and accessories are warranted for 2 years against tarnishing, peeling, and staining…"

    In 1923 Samuel White started a small plumbing supply wholesale business in West Haven, Connecticut. It is still a going concern, now under the third generation of White Family management, and possibly the best known plumbing supplier in the New Haven area, in part because of its extensive inventory and helpful personnel, but also because it created and markets the Whitehaus Collection of faucets, sinks, tub, showers and bathroom furniture and accessories.

    The Whitehaus Collection is what it says it is: a collection, manufactured by at least two different companies located in different countries of the world. Sinks from Turkey; vanities and consoles from Spain; faucets from Israel and Italy. The two known suppliers of Whitehaus faucets…

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    Wolverine Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Made in USA
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Wolverine Faucet Review and Rating: USA Flag

    Wolverine Faucet Review and Rating

    Not Certified

    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Faucet Review and Rating: Buy American Act Compliant
    Wolverine Faucets
    Wolverine Brass, Inc.
    2951 Hwy. 501 E
    Conway, SC 29526
    (800) 944-9292
    Not Certified
    $300-800
    USA
    Manufacturer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Materials and finishes warranted for 100 years*.

    You can buy a more stylish faucet. You can buy a more expensive faucet. But, you cannot buy a better faucet than a Wolverine faucet. That has been our opinion for over a dozen years, and not just our opinion. Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine, the well-respected plumbing industry trade journal, rates Wolverine as the most reliable faucet made anywhere. If the nearly indestructible residential models are not tough enough for your household, try one of the even more durable and more reliable commercial lines.

    Founded in 1896, Wolverine Brass, Inc. is, like Symmons Industries, a great American faucet company that you have never heard of. It does not advertise to consumers. It never has, and probably never will.

    It has a very different business model. It sells exclusively through licensed plumbers. If you want a Wolverine faucet, or even a part for a Wolverine faucet, contact your local plumber. He or she is the authorized Wolverine dealer. Even our company, a general contractor, cannot buy a Wolverine faucet except through our licensed master plumbers — something that amuses them to no end.

    Wolverine claims that because it pays a lot of attention to what plumbers say they need, the company makes products that "make sense". And, because it makes only very high quality products, it enjoys tremendous customer loyalty. "Ask a Wolverine customer if they would every use anything else. You will always get the same answer: No!" OK, a little hyperbole here, but it actually is a very good faucet, not long on style, but very long on quality and reliability, that is backed by a 100 year warranty.

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    Elizabethan Classics Faucet Review and Rating Source Rating • Price • Origin • Business Model Warranty

    Imported
    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska: Schön Brass Works Faucet Review and Rating: Chinese Flag
    China

    Kitchen and Bath Remodeling in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Faucet Review and Rating: World Imports Faucet

    Rating: 4-6
    World Imports
     • Elizabethan Classics
     • Belle Forêt
     • Schön Brass Works
    2900 Westfork Drive, Suite 600
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70827
    (225) 215-9611
    4-6
    $50-700
    China
    Marketeer
    Warranty Score: *****

    Materials and finishes warranted for five years.

    World Imports is a trade name of Home Depot, Inc. and the umbrella organization for several lines of private label lighting, faucet and sanitary fixture brands including Elizabethan Classics, Belle Forêt, and Schön Brass Works, all distributed by yet another Home Depot subsidiary, Your Other Warehouse, Inc..

    The faucet and fixture lines are collections that adhere to a visual theme.

    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 Era.

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