Are all faucets made in China ...excpet Grohe?

gowelchJune 2, 2008

I am a bit nerous about buying faucets made in China. I have done some research, but found most of the faucets are made in China except Grohe.

I found a name brand "Schon", and love the simple design. Of course, they are made in China as well.

Anything you could sugget?

Thanks

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flyinghigh

I understand your concerns - I have the same ones... We have a Graff faucet made in Europe and it's solid brass and very well made. There was a post about faucet reviews recently - you should search for that.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 4:02PM
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bluekitobsessed

My Cifial is made in Portugal (company base is Portugal). Here's the FAQ on Cifial: they make or made Kohler's Kalista faucets before deciding to market under their own name. They are comparable to Grohe pricewise. I really like the feel. I have no idea how it holds up because so far I am missing the minor detail of running water.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 4:10PM
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revans1

I found the attached link with a Google search. I have no idea about the reliability of the info there, but it may be helpful to you if you want to explore it.

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 4:44PM
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pharaoh

My Hamat is made in Israel. I dont think I have ever seen any commodity made there. Nice quality!

I also have chinese made products, some are excellent!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 4:58PM
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nicoletouk

My Delta faucets were made in Mexico.

Nicole

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 5:15PM
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edlakin

i can't seem to locate that comparitive faucet page that someone linked awhile back, but it listed where each faucet was manufactured. most were not made in china.

my american standard was made in.....america. the united states of, in fact.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 5:56PM
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susanilz5

I have a Mico/Justyna which is made in europe. Pretty pricey but heavy and beautiful.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 6:00PM
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grannysmith18

I've been told in some of the stores I've looked in that Rohl is from Italy.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 10:13PM
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weissman

As long as you're not planning to lick it, a Chinese faucet should be fine :-)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 10:26PM
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edlakin

here's the link to the nearly-comprehensive list someone linked a while back. very informative.

Here is a link that might be useful: big list of faucet makers

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 10:27PM
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revans1

Great link. Wish I had thought of it:-)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 10:32PM
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ehs20815

The link that revans1 references has some worthwhile information, but specifically calls itself an opinion list. The ratings given are based on the writers' experiences as remodelers and builders in Lincoln, Nebraska. Aside from Consumer Reports, there are not good, objective information sources out there. Which is why this forum is so great!

Maybe you could tell us your specific concern. For example, do you prefer to buy American for patriotic reasons, or do you have specific human rights, child labor, environmental, political concerns?

Perhaps if you elaborate on your concern, fellow forum members could help direct you to what suits your needs.
I have a neighbor who won't buy anything from Germany (cars, appliances, food, electronics, etc.).

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 10:57PM
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margieb2

My MGS Progetti is Italian. Love it!

I wonder why Rohl didn't make it on that list?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 11:39PM
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kateskouros

yes, rohl is made in italy. superb quality.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 11:55PM
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ak0402

Newport Brass faucets are made in U.S.A. They are really great. The only downside is that some of their faucets have long lead times (particularly ones with non-standard finishes). But that's because they're not made in some huge factory in mass quantities.

Here is a link that might be useful: Newport Brass Faucets

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 12:15AM
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nalcar

My Newport Brass #99 Pulldown faucet in stainless steel was ordered and arrived in one week. It is made near my home in Santa Ana, CA.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 12:31AM
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gowelch

Thanks all so much for sharing your opinion and experiences.

The only concern I have is quality issue. I want somthing very well made, on the other hand, faucet can be replaced anytime. I may have spent too much time worrying about it.

Once again, thanks.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 11:19AM
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mary_in_nc

My Perrin and Rowe faucets are made in the U.K. The quality is superb.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 12:06PM
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neesie

My KWC is from Switzerland. My plumber laughed when he saw the directions in Spanish, German, French, and three other languages but not English. However, it had a diagram and he said it was easy enough to install. I fell in love with it's modern look.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 9:48PM
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giacomo_it

lists of italian companies my prefer one:
newform
__________
fantini
frattini
gessi
ponsi
zucchetti
alpi
bonomi

and of course italian quality ;-)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 12:29AM
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rococogurl

The best quality faucets are the heaviest because they have the highest percentage of brass. If you pick up a Barber Wilsons (English) faucet or a Dornbracht (Germany) faucet they are extremely heavy. The lighter the faucet the more plastic it contains.

The other consideration is whether you want a cartridge or go with an old-school brand that doesn't use cartridges. Most brands use them nowadays (easier to replace) even high end ones like Kallista though the high end English brands (Barber Wilsons) do not.

The other thing is the finish. There was a discussion about nickel plating coming off a high end faucet and either the poster mistook tarnish for flaking or there was a definite defect. If you go with something like ORB it's good to check to see if it's a color coating over plastic or actually metal -- that too will be reflected in the price.

I've been on the boards for a long time and you don't see many faucet complaints.

However, of those mentioned on this thread, most are mid-range faucets. KWC is a very high end brand as is Perrin and Rowe/Rohl and priced accordingly. Anything imported right now will likely be more expensive than something made here because of the low dollar so that may be a consideration.

But otherwise, where something is made may not be as important as how it's made and what it's made of.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 8:28AM
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smarge

pharaoh (I've never typed that before!) -

I have two Hamat Ergo pull-down faucets and they both have terribly low water pressure! Does your Hamat faucet have low pressure? My plumber says there is no pressure reducer that can be removed and showed me that the same pressure comes from the pull-down hose when he removes the head. He said all European faucets are manufactured with very small intake tubes to reduce the water that can flow through them.

I'm extremely unhappy about this, especially since my Plumbing supply showroom (expensive b/c I wanted the expert advice more than the better prices I could get online!) person told me NOT to get the Newport Brass faucets I was changing my mind for and to stick with the better quality of Hamat!

Has anyone successfully returned an installed faucet? I have a feeling I have to live w/zero water pressure or suck up the cost of replaceing two $500+ faucets! :(

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:52PM
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pharaoh

smarge,

Yes, my hamat's water pressure is lower than the moen it replaced. The spray works fine when the water is on full volume but does not hold if you turn the water down.

However, after two years of using it, I have gotten used to it and actually prefer the lower pressure/volume. It saves water :) Plus I dont like water splashing around.

You can email them directly. They are pretty good at responding...

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 12:02AM
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dcclerk

Giacomo__it-- thanks so much for sharing about Newform. I have just found my all-time favorite kitchen faucet from there. I could not be more excited about it (which, I acknowledge is rather ridiculous)! Their X line and Forma series are just gorgeous. Reminds me a lot of my other love, the Dornbracht Mem series :)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2008 at 2:23AM
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igloochic

I have to say, I'm in love with my KWC and purchased both of them at reasonable prices (in comparison to their standard pricing). The first, Systema high line faucet is gorgeous, but it's too tall for the kitchen unfortunately. So I called KWC and discussed swapping out the components to put in the next model down. They actually helped me shop an internet dealer who could give me a better price on an entire faucet replacement than the parts would have cost for the switch.

So I have an extra Systema available LOL but I also received my new Systema in two days, and look forward to seeing it in place (it's the one in the pic on the link above). Made in Switzerland by chocolate cheese knomes :)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2008 at 2:52AM
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polie

Barber Wilsons & Co., Ltd. are made in the United Kingdom. Their customer service in the US is just wonderful. Ms. Sarah Jenkinson has been so helpful in dealing with my plumber when he had questions about the fixtures.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2008 at 7:39PM
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sanat_sachdeva_yahoo_com

i am sure even grohe is now being made in china....the quality of ABS used is not impressive.....recently during my shower the hand shower slipped outa my hands and hit the floor,but not so hard as to cause the seam of the shower to leak....even plastic water pistols are made of better quality plastic...sad.and the new BAU line that has come out of grohe,is aimed at mass market,which they could have done only afteer producing in china..very cheap and affordable for all plus they are also selling on the internet...luxury is compromised and my faith in the company too......but DORNBRACHT looks good...with production entirely in germany....more info anyone???

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 2:03AM
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mamadadapaige

bumping this...

am looking at faucets. Does anyone know if Blanco or Kohler are made in China. Would rather have something US made, but barring that would rather have something non-China made.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 1:11PM
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homiha

Made In America's special from ABC says that Moen faucets are Made in U.S.A.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/10/how-to-build-a-made-in-america-home/

One commenter said to be careful that while the faucets are made in USA, the towel bars are made in China.

According to this site, SOME Delta and SOME Kohler faucets are made in America. http://findusmade.com/Mall/Home_Improvement.htm

American Standard has some products made in America. Please check with each faucet. http://www.americanstandard-us.com/promotions/made-in-usa/

    Bookmark   January 8, 2012 at 9:14AM
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LMM170

I own a Waterstone faucet. All made in the USA

Here is a link that might be useful: Waterstone made in the USA

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 7:38AM
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anydoby

Just adding my 50cents, there is a not so well known faucet producer Gustavsberg (Sweden). I have equipped my home with those. They are really heavy in comparison with Grohe (which I considered then the best of the best) and cost less. Handles are all brass and very sturdy. Ceramic cartridges inside, connected to the handle with a metal rod (very stiff), not a plastic one like in grohe and most other faucets.

Here is a link that might be useful: This tub weighs about 6 kg (I have the same model but chrome color, no aluminum)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 5:55AM
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xenoxie

As a employee from a Chinese sanitary ware company, I have to mention that it seems the handle or other parts of most faucets are made in China. But you guys are still alive.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 3:31AM
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ae2ga

Does anyone have the link to the list of faucets above - this link is not working. Tkx

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 6:01AM
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CEFreeman

Just thought I'd mention I love my Cifial faucets. Heavy brass and sturdy. My plumber said they were the best/nicest pieces he's ever installed. And without missing parts!

Can't say that about Kohler, as I head off to the store to buy O rings.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 8:41AM
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ak0402

Ae2ga - it looks like the website has re-designed that page. I will link it.

My big disappointment is their entry for Newport Brass; what was a small high-quality U.S. company has apparently been bought by the enormous Masco, and now their faucets are made in big factories in China, while still using the illustrious Newport Brass name. I have Newport Brass faucets in my bathroom that are 7 years old. They look like the day they were installed, and I remember when the plumber installed them, he commented on their quality and that there was no plastic anywhere, even in the drain assembly. That's too bad about Newport Brass.

The website also says that good ol' Elkay is in the process of moving manufacture to China. Well, there's still the excellent Chicago Faucets made in the U.S., but you won't get much "style" in their faucets, just 30 years of problem-free use.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://starcraftcustombuilders.com/sources.faucets2.htm

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 9:56AM
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labbie

We purchased a kalia brand faucet made in Canada. Can't post a photo as we're traveling this weekend, but we are very pleased with it. Simple clean lines, and as our plumber said, it's a serious piece of brass! We have the Kalia surfer model.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 10:09AM
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labbie

We purchased a kalia brand faucet made in Canada. Can't post a photo as we're traveling this weekend, but we are very pleased with it. Simple clean lines, and as our plumber said, it's a serious piece of brass! We have the Kalia surfer model.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 10:10AM
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a2gemini

Love my Waterstone which is made in the USA.
Thinking of Chicago for our bathroom if I can find a style that I like.
Some other interesting faucet names popped in this link. Looks like surfing time!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 2:12PM
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eleena

About that great faucet review by starcraftcustombuilders (linked 3 posts above):

Quite a few of those faucets listed as US or European made are now made in China. :-(

I know because I called countless manufacturers in search of that perfect faucet. For example, all Jado faucets are (none are made in Germany any longer).

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 1:48PM
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karen.ohio

I had Danze faucets in the half bath. I had it replaced for free because it corroded in less than one year. The second one did the same thing. This year I replaced it with a Moen. Will have to wait and see if it corrodes. We have really crappy water and I think the minerals and salts wreck havoc on them. It doesn't pay to buy expensive faucets, if I have to replace them every five years. I have had three kitchen faucets. Now that the kitchen is getting a facelift, I am unsure of which brand to buy. Oh forgot to mention, I had to replace the less than ten year old Newport Brass faucet in my mother's bathroom because of pitting.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 6:21PM
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jacqueline5

We installed Newport Brass in our dream home nine years ago. Using them was the stupidest purchase I've ever made. Two of the fixtures have failed. The last one so far has cost 25k and counting and we are still living in a construction zone nightmare. Here's a link to my original post

Here is a link that might be useful: Newport Brass is expensive garbage with a horrible warranty

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 2:02PM
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dennisforman

Apple iPads and imacs are made in china too. The thing you have to know about Chinese products is that there are good quality chinese products and really bad quality chinese products. As long as you are buying a product by a reputable brand, even if it is Made in China, they will maintain high quality. Many faucets now come with lifetime warranty, and if it is a reputable brand that you know will honor the warranty and will not be out of business in 10 years, you have not much to worry about. Why pay 3x more. Also, look for products that are UPC certified. UPC certified products go through a good deal of testing, so they will be of better quality.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 3:18PM
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barthelemy

Well, ethics matter for some, and when given the choice, some people prefer to purchase products made in countries with good social and environmental regulations, which rules out China.

Mid-range and high-end Hansgrohe products still are made in Germany.

Waterworks faucets are made in France by THG.

Most IKEA faucets are now made in Italy by Paini.

Interestingly, IKEA faucets used to be made in China but IKEA relocalized production in EU because they had too many quality problems with their Chinese supplier.

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