Good quality shower valve

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Leemonster, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. Leemonster

    Leemonster New Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I just puchased a Price Pfister shower valve (model Treviso 808-5DK) from Lowes. After opening the box to check it out, I not sure I like the quality of it. The valve body is brass, but everything else is plastic. The piece that the handle attaches to is also plastic and it seems like it could break with a good whack from an elbow. The pipe fittings are also female threaded rather than sweat joints.

    Does anyone have any experience with this or similar valves? I'd also welcome any suggestions for a good quality mostly brass valve. Thanks.
  2. Mabu2

    Mabu2 New Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I just purchased a similar item from Lowes. It seem the shower fixtures are either $58 or $158 with nothing in between, and if you go for a $58 model, it's mostly plastic. I am not sure if even the high end models are made better.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Top end valve bodies are all brass. The guts can vary, depending on the brand - some using cartridges, some using washers (not as common). Ceramic valves often are on the higher end valves. They pretty much all have some plastic in them, but the critical parts in the better ones are usually brass.

    I've got a somewhat unusual tub/shower/spout fixture - it weighs about 8 pounds. Built like a tank with nice thick chrome plating. It cost about $350.

    Many of the pros on this site really like the Delta fixtures. Quick change, easy, long-lasting guts, and not too many varieties, so you can find them when you need them. Personally, I never really liked their 'feel', but have to admit, they work.
  5. jr1

    jr1 New Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Grohe valves & trim

    Well, I just installed Grohe all around the new bathroom and I'm really impressed with how smooth the valves are.

    The shower valve was female threaded, but the manufacturer includes brass couplings for soldered connections. The shower valve and trim kit cost me about $150 CDN (through a wholesaler). The trim kit is 19 068 OOO and the valve is 35 252 OOO.

    The tub filler is a thing of beauty. It weighs a ton, but smooth and solid. I guess that's German engineering for you.

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