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    DIY Member smhowell's Avatar
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    Default What brand of faucet?

    Am working on the first of two bathroom remodels. So far, I bought a 36" marble topped, bow-front vanity with sink, but the faucet and hardware are not included. The sink is drilled on 8" or widespread three hole installation.

    I read in one book that you should use a name-brand in cast brass for the faucet. What are the best brands/models? Are there any brands or types to avoid? I'm doing the remodel to suit myself (not for resale) but I'm still on a budget here. I don't plan to remodel it again. If I can get significant discounts on quality goods by using last year's fashions, it wouldn't bother me a bit, but I'd like to try to get everything to look compatible or at least not mismatched.

    This author recommended brushed nickle as the most durable/least troublesome finish.

    I will be using a Toto Ultramax toilet, the handle of which is kinda chrome or thereabouts. Can I get a replacement handle in a different finish? Or should I plan to match the handle?

    Thanks and regards,
    Sharon

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    I believe polished chrome is the most durable and easiest to clean finish. The PB and BN finishes today are usually PVD, and I do believe that is very durable as well. You will pay up for any finish other than chrome, just like you pay up on appliances for anything but white.

    Brands you will get a million opinions. I and a lot of others will suggest that a very widely used brand like Am. Std, Delta, PricePfister, Moen will be easiest to service and get parts. Very few people will ever say anything bad about Delta. I personally have also had good experiences with Am. Std and don't like PP so well. Others will have the reverse opinion. Find a faucet you like. You have to look at it! And if you go with an exotic brand realize there could be hassles down the road. I always recommend to buy 2 and keep one for spares. Not everyone agrees with this tact. Just offering my opinions.

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    Talking DELTA, Hands down. NO CONTEST

    The best you can install is DELTA

    if you want a wide spread , they are simply the best.


    Delta is the best. Hands down...no contest. and good forever.

    go to their web site and look for yourself.
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    Dont wast your time looking at all the other junk that is out there.....

    buy anything else and it will jsut come back to

    haunt you in two years or less.


    Pricefisters are total junk, avoid them at all costs.

    American standard faucets are not too relaible either,
    Whenever I get a close out on a ton of faucets and their are
    AM st in the lot, I usually just give them away for a few bucks
    to a hardware store down the street just to avoid troubles.


    Moen are ok, but they feel cheap and chinzey..... and they
    are almost impossible to get the handles off of them after
    they are installed for a while.....
    I have a dozen of them to get rid of on display boxes
    and I cant even figure out hot get the damn handles off of them..
    they are a pain in the ass


    Dont even talk about Kohler, they are junk too.

    I should start a show-room with all the homeless faucets I have laying
    around my office.....dateing back to the late 70s and early 80s.
    Last edited by master plumber mark; 08-14-2005 at 08:26 AM.

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