Brand Preferences of Plumbers vs. Clients
Over the past 20 years, in 2 1/4 renovations I worked with one plumbing firm and because of some repeated mess ups in this latest round, I am working with a new plumber.(Thus the "1/4" renovation)
Briefly I am paid up on the former plumber to the extent of the work done, and the new plumber is replacing 90% of the work done by the former plumber. It passed inspection (which is rather cursory here) and I think it's best to let it go, cut my losses and start almost from scratch.
Anyway, my old plumber was one of those people who although a decent, reputable plumber (in the past?) was one of those guys who would say "Oh I can get you a dishwasher for about $200, disposal for $50, toilet for $75" sorts of guys. I assume this is exactly what a lot of people wanted, so I assumed he had brand preference based upon "cheap". But he would put in whatever you handed him.
The new plumber, who is pretty intellectual for a plumber, has a bachelor's degree, loves his job, and is familiar with lots of brands and has done some pretty high end stuff (but who is actually a bit cheaper than the first guy), is a big proponent of certain parts by Gerber, toilets by Mansfield, and loves Delta and Moen.
Intensely dislikes Kohler, dislikes American Standard, thinks Toto is an overrated waste of money and thinks the same of various other brands that consumers seem to like.
I have lived in some cheaply done apartments and houses and Gerber, Mansfield, Delta and Moen figured pretty prominently and it was all falling apart. (and a lot of it is not very attractive stuff either)
But this opinion seems to be shared by plumbers on other online discussions and with contractors I've spoken to. They swear they get more callbacks with Kohler, Toto etc. and much less with these really basic brands. This has never been my experience.
Any theories on this discrepancy?