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daniel2229 06-10-2008 07:05 PM

any kitchen faucet brands to avoid?
We are looking for single hole faucets at Lowes or Home Depot and are wondering if there are any brands to avoid. So far we have seen Price Pfister, Moen, Kohler, and Delta faucets that match our needs. All of these models have a spray nozzle that pulls out and a single handle for controlling water flow.

I have already discovered that the numbers on the boxes must be done especially for Lowes as when we Google the numbers, they can't be found.

Is there one brand we should just stay away from? We are going with the stainless finish this time. The last one we had was a Price Pfister in an oil rub finish. It worked well but the lime crust showed up rather quickly with our hard water and the dark finish.

The faucet before that was a Moen with a white porcelean? finish (probably just cheap white enamel) that chipped off in several places. We had to get replacement parts from the customer service, and it was a bear to replace. Of course, they did not want to replace the faucet, just the parts. I had to talk to the guy on the phone while replacing the the part. What a pain!

We have Moens in our bathrooms and have never had trouble with them.

Thanks for your help.

Big Al 06-11-2008 02:17 AM

Hi: I"m not a plumber. I"ve lived in my home 19 years. Borrow money if you have to. Buy the most expensive one. Then you"ll be done.

inspectorD 06-11-2008 05:25 AM

Stay away..
No price...I would go kohler, or moen.

I would also go to a plumbing supply store.:D

glennjanie 06-11-2008 08:52 PM

Hey Daniel:
I agree with InspectorD 100% on this one. We destroy the finish on our faucets with harsh cleaners and bleach. They are best cleaned with soap and water and then dried, which will extend their life and improve their looks.

majakdragon 06-13-2008 12:49 PM

You are correct that those brands were made exclusively for Lowes or Home Depot. The differences can range as far as being brass to being plastic. Buying from a Plumbing Supply store will cost more but worth it in the long run. A company I used to work for doing new homes always installed crane faucets. A customer set a Sterling faucet on the counter with a note to install it instead. I did, and could not even get water to flow through it. he complained later and took the Sterling back and wanted us to install the Crane. Was real mad when he got charged the labor fee.

handyguys 06-16-2008 11:56 AM

Price Pfister, Moen, Kohler, and Delta all have a good reputation. Probably Delta would be the cheapest of the bunch. If you had your heart set on a Delta I wouldn't hesitate to put it in. Moving down the quality ladder would then come American Standard then the store brands like Glacier Bay. I would at least avoid Glacier Bay and the like unless maybe I was flipping a house.

My favorites are Moen, Price Pfister and Kohler. I have Kohler everything in my current house.

You also have those Italian sounding company names with euro price tags as well.

kok328 06-16-2008 05:22 PM

I believe Delta is guaranteed for life. Must be good if there willing to stand behind it for that long.

jack3140 06-21-2008 08:45 PM

after trying various brands i have settled on moen have had nothing but for a long time and anytime something has gone wrong i go to to rona and they hand me replacement parts free and no questions asked strongly recommend god luck

TaskBoy 06-22-2008 01:08 AM

Price Phister's plating sucks as does their body mat'l, IMHO. They can't take hard water well--ours started getting eaten away in a few months and actually froze so it wouldn't swivel.

Moen rocks. Moen installs faster and even gives you a long fiber-filled socket to tighten the keeper nut. With PP, I had to get under there with one of those dumb knuckle buster faucet wrenches. 3 local plumbers said Moen when asked. We have the Moen Caprillo pull-out in SS.

NYDonna 09-01-2009 06:38 PM

If only I had read this before I bought the dang faucet
The Price Pfister I bought is not the top of the line by any stretch of the imagination, but not the bottom of the barrel either. Basically all I wanted was water IN my sink not UNDER it.
The cup where the diverter fits the shank is defective and when I called Price Pfister they said that they didn't have a replacement part for that 'yet'. Uh, I don't want a replacement part for a brand new faucet Long story short: returned the PF and got a Moen. Again not the top of the line but this time's the water's in the sink. Thanks Moen.

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