Good or bad experience w/ Miseno, Danze or Essen kitchen faucets?

JES28July 24, 2014

I'm considering the following kitchen faucets and want to know if anyone can tell me if they have any experience with any of them. Curious about:
1) Quality (any plastic parts?),
2) longevity
3) does the hose stretch to the length of the sink?
4) Does it function easily?

Miseno: http://www.faucetdirect.com/miseno-mk500-arliano-commercial-style-pre-rinse-kitchen-faucet-with-soap-dispenser/p2306770?intcmp=recs~item_page.rr1~ClickCP~miseno~misenomk500

Danze: http://www.amazon.com/Danze-D455158SS-Single-Pre-Rinse-Stainless/dp/B003467EU6/ref=pd_rhf_cr_s_cp_5_WHYN?ie=UTF8&refRID=1WNTB3YXZ0ZXWN6T95HM

Essen: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003UT5JRW/ref=dra_a_sm_mr_hn_it_P1400_1000?tag=dradisplay-20&ascsubtag=4a251a2ef9bbf4ccc35f97aba2c9cbda

p.s. Is there a way to attach more than one URL in one post through the "optional Link URL" so it's easier to click on my links? I can't figure it out.
Thanks!

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joyce_6333

I've had the Danze model for 4 yrs. It wasn't expensive, so figured if I didn't like it, I wouldn't feel too badly about replacing it right away. Well,I've had it 4 yrs. The spout finish started coming off a few months ago, so I called faucetdirect.com where I purchased it, and they immediately sent out a new head. As for the hose, it's not terribly flexible. It's pretty tight actually. I have an oversize sink, so I have to tug on it pretty good to reach all the corners of the sink. It's easy to switch from stream to spray.

I am considering getting a new kitchen faucet. The original faucet I got for the laundry has such a low gpm rating, it drives me crazy. So I'm thinking of putting the Danze in the laundry, and getting a bigger pre-rinse model for the kitchen. A few months ago I saw the Geyser articulating faucet, and thought I'd replace it with that. Well, wouldn't you know it, they are ALL out of stock. Every site I've checked.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 11:35AM
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jackson2348

I had a danze bridge faucet in my last house for about 6 years. The ORB finish started peeling off in strips after about 2 years. They said it was because ORB is a living finish :-/

I replaced it before we sold. The replacement was much heavier, so I suspect there are plastic parts. No problems with the hose.

It was pretty inexpensive, but even so I didn't think it was a very good value. YMMV.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 12:01PM
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JES28

It sounds like Danze has a lot of issues with their finish. Joyce, when it rubbed off, what was underneath? Was it plastic?

Has anyone had experience with the Miseno or Essen?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 1:19PM
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millworkman

jackson, if the finish is "peeling off" it is not a living finish oil rubbed bronze. ORB is bronze, not a finish that can peel off.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 1:22PM
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jackson2348

Millworkman, I know. That was their reasoning when they declined to replace it. Wouldn't take another danze free.

Underneath was some dark metal.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 5:17PM
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joyce_6333

I think the entire head is probably plastic. Small parts may be brass, but it's mostly plastic. As DH always says, "you get what you pay for".

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 6:28PM
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JES28

Thanks all, can anyone confirm if the faucet head is in fact plastic? Does it feel like plastic or a heavy brass?
Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 11:57AM
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a2gemini

Most faucet heads are plastic due to lead and they get hot when running hot water.

There are a few exceptions - Waterstone has a metal head.
I was all set to get a grohe and them discovered the plastic head so went with Waterstone.

I love my Waterstone - but wish I bought the extended reach - but it looked so big.

I looked at Danze for bathroom faucets but didn't get around to bathrooms yet

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:43PM
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JES28

Thanks Gemini, I will check out Waterstone. From what I can tell, the Blanco Meridian may be all metal as well:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Blanco-Meridian-Single-Handle-Pull-Down-Sprayer-Kitchen-Faucet-in-Polished-Chrome-440558/202373712

Here is a link that might be useful: Blanco Meridian

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 2:14PM
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a2gemini

JES - cool as I still have our master bath to tackle. Chicago faucet might be all metal but not sure.

Waterstone is not inexpensive but as frugal DM said - you get what you pay for...

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 5:39PM
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melkel31

I cannot speak to that exact danze model. However, we just installed ours and had to call customer service at Danze and basically no questions asked they sent us a brand new faucet!!! It was an expensive faucet too! :) So in my book they are the way to go based on customer service alone! ;) I even purchased the faucet on amazon! When i asked the lady at Danze about sending it back to amazon she told me not to worry about it bc it would b a lot of trouble to go through... amazing!! they have a lifetime warranty too! good luck!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:36PM
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gr8daygw

Danze is made in China but what isn't? However for what it's worth when I was shopping for faucets one showroom strongly advised me not to buy it even though they sold them.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 10:30PM
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JES28

Thanks for all the advice. I ended up ordering the Blanco because the reviews said no plastic parts. I guess I'll see when I get it! :-)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 7:23PM
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JES28

Thanks for all the advice. I ended up ordering the Blanco because the reviews said no plastic parts. I guess I'll see when I get it! :-)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 8:10PM
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JES28

Ugh, no sooner did I write this, than the Blanco fauce showed up - with it's plastic faucet head! If I'm going to go with plastic (because I don't want to pay double), then I'm going to return it and get the Danze because I like the design and am impressed with the reports of the great customer service.
Thanks again for the help!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 8:14PM
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Bridget Helm

We had danze bathroom faucets in our last house and they were gorgeous and stayed very clean and shiny. It was as if they repelled toothpaste splatters. Lol. I never thought a bathroom faucet could be so impressive

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 5:43PM
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