We're considering a waterstone faucet - are they worth the extra money? What type do you have? Is the gantry huge? Do the pull downs work well? Our old one was a grohe ladylux and I wasn't impressed - not good flow and the rubber did not wear well
I've got two Waterstone faucets in my kitchen. I have the PLP 5500 Traditional at my main sink along with a Hampton hot/cold filtered water and a soap dispenser. At the prep sink I have a Hampton kitchen faucet with a traditional side spray and a soap dispenser. They are all in black ORB.
I hadn't planned on spending so much on a kitchen faucet but knew I wanted something of quality as I had a previous kitchen flood when a kitchen faucet failed to the tune of $27,000 in damage. Had planned on a Grohe Bridgeford until I saw the Waterstone faucets in person. I did a lot of research and couldn't find anything negative about them and every plumbing supplier that I talked with spoke very highly of them. Obviously ended up going with them and have been very happy so far. I've been using them for just over six months so I can't speak to long term use.
I really like the pull down on the PLP. It moves up and down very smoothly and retracts easily. My favorite thing about it is that it stays wherever you put it. If splashing is ever an issue (depends on what I'm washing), I'll just pull down the faucet and it stays. Haven't had any issues with it not staying in place when it retracts. Both faucets have excellent flow but I also have great water pressure at my house.
I'm really happy with the faucets. They're gorgeous, really solid and feel great to use. Have zero complaints. Have you seen them in person? I really think you need to see them to appreciate them. I've seen the Gantry in person both in the Annapolis and the Towson and it is impressive. I'm sure some people would consider it too big and others wouldn't at all. I might have considered a Gantry but I was in love with the PLP Traditional.
If you've ever seen that show "The Little Couple", they have a Towson Gantry in their new home. You'd think such a tall faucet would dwarf them (no pun intended!) but it doesn't. I posted a link to a photo of their kitchen.
A2gemini also has a Waterstone. She has the more modern looking PLP. She did have an issue with the faucet and is dealing with Waterstone to resolve it. I'm sure she'll pipe in and let you know how that is going.
Hope I answered your questions. Good luck with your decision.
Here is a link that might be useful: The Little Couple kitchen
I will show a picture when on the computer. I have the PLP 5400. I also did not plan on spending this much on a faucet but my frugal mom convinced me to get this faucet.
I was going to get a grohe I read how many folks had trouble with the head de laminating.
When it arrived- I would just ogle it until it was installed.
I think I am the only person who has had a Waterstone problem. I noticed a decrease in pressure and figured A2 water grit was the problem but we cleaned the filter and it was still low. I called Waterstone and rhey listened and are sending out a new head.
The way it pulls down is great using a counter balance weight. This model latches on so I don't have to hold the spray switch.
There are some great you tube videos - they sold me and I don't even watch you tube very much.
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I have a Waterstone traditional PLP, Hampton hot/cold, air switch and soap dispenser at my only sink. I posted pictures a few weeks ago. I love the faucet and everything else. It is solid, gorgeous and the pulldown works really well. I like it much more than my Hansgrohe Talis S which was only a year old. (I had thought a few cosmetic fixes would satisfy me but apparently not and I tore the whole kitchen out a year later!)
Waterstone is definitely worth the money. I got mine from International Bath and Tile in San Diego. About 30 off and no tax.
I have the same main faucet as Poohpup (different finish) and I love it.
Of all the pieces/parts that went into my new kitchen, the Waterstone fixtures are at the top of my 'glad I splurged' list.
You will not be sorry if you go this route.
There is a picture of our Waterstone in my final reveal. I will try to post a picture of the faucet later or when I land on terra firma.
I have a Waterstone faucet as well. I've seen nothing that compares. Before I purchased it I did a search on Google to see if there were any complaints. I could not find one. That was not the case with virtually every other brand that I looked at. I purchased mine from Dino Rachiele. My husband was very concerned about the price so Dino offered to send me one at no charge just to look at. He paid for the shipping both to me and from me. He told me that he keeps several in stock just for that purpose. Once my husband opened the box and picked it up he was sold. The faucet must weigh at least 10 pounds. I believe Dino still offers to send you a faucet just to look at. I will put a link for your convenience. There was no one near us that carried the Waterstone brand so I had no way of seeing one before I purchased it. When you go to his website, look for a link on the left side of the page that says faucets. That will take you to his other website that carries the Waterstone brand.
Here is a link that might be useful: See a Waterstone faucet before you buy one.
Hopefully you guys are around. I'm sold on Waterstone for a kitchen faucet. My question is what brand did you guys use for the bathrooms. I have had such problems with the ones I have now. I think they are Grohe.
I used Harrington Brass for my master bath and Jado for my hall bath.
I found a terrific website that reviewed just about every faucet brand made. They appear to be totally unbiased, as they do not sell faucets. From what I gathered, there was no other faucet manufacturer in the world that had as high a grouping of quality scores as Waterstone. I will put a link for your review. By the way, I have nothing to do with the company that I am offering a link to. One of my customers found this and I found it to be quite impressive. This link also shows where each faucet is manufactured.
Here is a link that might be useful: Comparison of all brands of faucets.
If you read that website closely it says that Waterstone faucets don't cost a lot because they are higher quality but because you are "paying a premium for style, status, finish, a prestige brand name, boutique manufacturing and/or small production runs." The site goes on to say "High-style faucets produced in limited runs tend to cost more, which is why a mass-produced Chicago faucet will usually cost much less than a hand-crafted Waterstone faucet, although the quality of both faucet lines is generally excellent."
Lets be honest when you are paying $1,000 for a faucet you aren't get a faucet that is 3x as good as a $300 faucet. There is no doubt that the $1,000 is probably higher quality but you are probably paying an extra $100-200 for quality and an extra $500-600 for the name and to make your shallow side feel better.
If you have the money go for it, but don't expect the faucet to be that much better. Anyone who tells you the opposite is just finding a way to rationalize their expense.
Sorry, realism, I disagree. I had a one year-old Hansgrohe Talis S in my former kitchen. It was very nice. When I redid my kitchen this fall, I bought a Waterstone. The Hansgrohe pales in comparison. The weight of the faucet and the construction are beyond anything I have ever seen.
Well, just how much is a waterstone faucet? The Waterstone faucet website does not post prices. Why should I call to get a price? There are a few dealers here in the city I live in but nothing on display either so that is a useless route to explore this faucet.
The fact that the company cannot or does not post the prices annoys me to such an extent that I am not even going to pursue any further the possibility of purchasing. I am looking at a KWC - not cheap - but at least I can do some prelim. thinking about before I purchase. This whole mystery on the pricing is very annoying to me.
We ended up buying from a local retailer. There is one in town here and a few of them in the larger city an hour away. While many of them weren't willing to discount, one of them was and without haggling and they had a good display and the finish ring. And the faucet was
I got a traditional pulldown (the PLP 5600) in chrome and it was about $1,100 for the faucet in the fall of 2012. I ordered from International Bath and Tile in San Diego. I think they gave me about a 30% discount. I remember googling and finding Waterstone prices on the web very easily. None as good as the price I got, but there was no mystery.
I want to thank Mr Rachiel very much for that superb article! Here it is again: http://starcraftcustombuilders.com/sources.faucets2.htm
Can anyone advise as to the living finish that is available for a Waterstone faucet. I'm concerned it may not hold it's beauty over time. Would anyone have this finish and be able to comment? Waterstone states in their literature that some of their finishes are less than optimal regarding maintenance of the finish.
We have the antique brass which is a living finish. So far so good it does change over time but it is beautiful and very well made.
I bought the traditional pulldown 3 pc suite in chrome and it is beautiful. I love the design and you can feel the quality.