How are these faucet brands?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by BellevuePaul, Sep 6, 2005.


Which of these faucets is durable and a good choice

  1. Dornbracht

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  2. Grohe

  3. Hansgrohe

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  4. Jado

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  1. BellevuePaul

    BellevuePaul Seasoned DIYer

    Sep 6, 2005
    Seasoned DIYer
    Bellevue, WA
    In doing some reading here, I'm surprised at how well regarded the major american brands are -- it seems like often the popular brands are actually junk. I have my reservations about PP, having just installed a new kitchen faucet that has leaky o-rings if you push up on the faucet arm (it leaks around the base).

    My question: for bathroom fixtures, anyone have strong warnings or positives about some of these brands?

    Jado (we're looking at the "Glance" lavs and tub'shower)
    Dornbracht (ouch, those are expensive)

    I didn't find a single post about Jado, which I think is my favorite, so is no news good news in this case?

  2. hj

    hj Master Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    If you are referring to Home Depot, Lowes, or similar Price Pfister faucets, then they are not typical of the ones a plumber would install. I have installed countless PP faucets, and use them in my own homes, and have seldom had any problems with them, much less having them require repairs. A for the brands you are asking about, the biggest downside is parts when they do need service and the cost of the parts once you find them.
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  4. BellevuePaul

    BellevuePaul Seasoned DIYer

    Sep 6, 2005
    Seasoned DIYer
    Bellevue, WA
    This was an HD special

    It's real sharp looking, but I think I'll probably take it back. I should have known there were two "lines." I hear it's that way with a lot of things, including yard sprinkler components.

    The faucet is a single lever, and it has this metal "sleeve" that's between the part that the spout is on and the part that the level is on (so on the "tower" itself, there are three separate ring-like pieces, stacked). That sleeve has some play in it, and the play seems to be part of the problem. My guess is that when you pull upwards on the spout, the spout's sleeve compresses the internal o-rings on one side, and expands them on the other, creating a channel for water. The faucet has to be off for this to happen, and you have to pull a a moderate force, but even so.

    The instructions warn against *overtightening*, so it might have been too loosely attached to the sink base initially, but tightening everything up more didn't really help either. It made it harder to make happen, but I dare not tighten any further.

    This is kind of a cheapy standin faucet until I gut and redo my whole kitchen anyway, but I was surprised it didn't seem to work right out of the box, at any reasonable price ($100?). :-(

    YGWYPF, I guess.
  5. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005

    Put a little thought into what's best to do.
    Don't waste you'r hard earned income on a faucet because it looks sharp.
    Buy one that you believe will work well.
  6. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Sensitivity trainer and plumber of mens souls

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. and plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    price fisters

    I wont even install them

    they are simply junk, hardware store or plumbers special brand

    hands down....they are all low end trash....

    and YES usually right out of the box they are defective.

    I have had that happen to me too, bad right from the start

    or have something that is lacking.....

    and its almost impossible to get parts.

    Yes they look very pretty, and maybe they will last a few

    months , but thats about how long you can expect

    them to last..before they start falling apart.

    Most average plumbers would tell you to
    go get a DELTA Faucet. and you will be happy

    you simply cant go wrong with DELTA
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2005
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