For many decades GROHE has launched countless new innovative, design-driven and award-winning bathroom and kitchen fittings to the market. The meticulous experts at GROHE are specialists in casting, electroplating, assembling, sanding and finishing our products to the very highest level. They combine genuine craftsmanship and focused mental aptitude to create a product beyond compare. The results are impressive with timeless design, a quality that lasts a lifetime and unique features that provide "Pure Freude an Wasser".
GROHE for your Bathroom
In the Bathroom we have the widest range of products for all draw-off points and in three styles: Cosmopolitan, Contemporary and Authentic – each with a distinct look and characteristic, to satisfy our consumers around the world. Other exciting developments include our pioneering GROHE Power&Soul® shower with seven 'one click' combinations of both invigorating and relaxing spray patterns, as well as the continued development of GROHE Eurocube, which offers a Cosmopolitan range at an affordable price.
Popular Grohe Bathroom Collections
The GROHE Grandera® collection is both a homage to an age of grandeur long past and an affirmation of a modern sensibility, combining the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship with a love of detail and comfort.
Stylistically, the Grandera® collection can be combined with a wide range of bathroom furnishings. Thanks to GROHE StarLight® technology, not only will the fittings retain their shine in the long term but they are also extremely resistant to dirt and scratches.
Grohe Allure Brilliant
With crisp planes, intriguing angles and cut-out details, Allure Brilliant illustrates the absolute precision that can only be achieved through years of experience and an unfaltering passion for innovation. Complex without being complicated, faceted faucets add a new dimension to bathroom design and a new dimension to water.
With its gem-like quality and structured shape, Allure Brilliant exudes architectural appeal. Our designers and engineers have taken on the roles of lapidaries, refining and polishing with utmost care to create a collection of intriguing designs which will challenge your perception of bathroom fittings.
GROHE for your Kitchen
Just as a great meal combines beautiful presentation, fresh ingredients and nutritional value, our faucets perfectly balance quality, technology and design. Using only the finest materials and the latest industry-leading technologies, GROHE kitchen faucets deliver years of reliable performance – day in, day out.
Popular Grohe Kitchen Collections
The Minta® dual-spray kitchen pull-down faucet with its sleek architectural lines is the perfect finishing touch for the contemporary kitchen. Good looks are combined with functionality and the angled swivel spout design allows even the largest pot to be filled without difficulty. Minta® features a locking, dual spray pull-down with an integrated minimalist spray head. The superior Grohe SilkMove® ceramic cartridge ensures precise and seamless temperature adjustment from hot to warm to cold. The GROHE WhisPer® technology provides the soothing sound of a gentle stream of water without any irritating whistling. Minta® is available in brilliant Grohe StarLight® chrome and SuperSteel InfinityFinish™.
Like the finest desserts, Concetto is a visual feast for the eyes on the outside and a tempting delight on the inside. Whether it's the choice of spout shapes or the mix of practical features, which delight at every turn, the collection mixes all the essential ingredients required to add the finishing touch to your kitchen.
Popular Grohe Shower Collections
Like nature, GROHE strives for design perfection – reducing the unnecessary to ensure beauty with reason. The new Euphoria hand shower illustrates this through its ergonomic design. The extended handle flows seamlessly into the spray face, surrounding it with an elegant ring of chrome.
With its versatile, ergonomic design and a choice of up to five luxurious spray patterns, the Movario hand shower brings all the benefits of a spa to the convenience of your bathroom. Thanks to its 360º RotaHead, Movario can also be used as a shower head or body spray for the ultimate in convenience and comfort. Featuring GROHE DreamSpray® technology, the Normal spray gives a full-bodied effect for a refreshing blast while the Champagne spray is a soft, aerated option with millions of tiny air bubbles for a gentle spritz. Jet spray is a vigorous pattern that stimulates the skin; for a more intense experience the Massage spray is a must. Even better – Rain spray will envelop your body with a soft caressing motion.
The Movario shower head turns your daily shower into an extraordinary experience. Movario shower heads are available with all of the same spray pattern options as Movario hand showers and both feature GROHE's patented GROHE SpeedClean® anti-lime system as well. To complete the "perfect" shower environment, Movario body sprays offer "all-over" water coverage.
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This Company In Brief
The Grohe of today is not the German luxury faucet manufacturer of just a few years ago. Grohe as a brand and as a company has undergone and is still undergoing tidal changes.
At one time, in the not too distant past, Grohe was a family-owned German faucet company selling well-designed, good quality faucets manufactured mostly in Germany. Today it is the subsidiary of a giant Japanese building products conglomerate that manufactures Grohe faucets for the North American market in Mexico, China, Portugal, and Thailand.
The staid but reliable, engineer-driven company of the 20th century is gone. In its place is a new company that is very bottom-line-oriented with a crushing need to greatly increase revenue in the short term to pay an enormous debt even at the expense of brand viability in the long term, and with few options for doing so that do not undermine product quality.
The story of Grohe's recent history is a cautionary tale of how not to grow a faucet brand.
In the not too distant past, Friedrich Grohe & Co. AG was a family-owned German faucet company selling well-designed, good-quality faucets manufactured primarily in Germany from parts and components sourced mostly within the European Union.
Today the 108-year-old company is owned by a Japanese conglomerate that manufactures virtually all of the faucets destined for North America in Mexico, China, Portugal, and Thailand.
Grohe Price Fixing
Under the stewardship of BC Partners, Grohe participated in a scheme involving 17 European sanitary wares manufacturers to fix prices in Europe over the eight years between 1992 and 2004.
The conspiracy collapsed after discovered the scheme and immediately informed authorities.
In 2010 the European Commission fined Grohe $68.5 million for violating Article 101 of the European Union Treaty, finding that the company had been a willing participant in the illegal activities of the group but reducing the fine in light of Grohe's cooperation with investigators.
The following companies were implicated in the conspiracy:
1. Fines were levied in Euros but are stated here in equivalent U.S. dollar amounts.
A number of the companies involved appealed their fines to the EU General Court in Luxembourg and were awarded a reduced fine on various grounds. Ideal Standard (then owned by American Standard) saw a reduction to $140.2 million from its original fine of $398.8 million.
2. Hansgrohe's fine was abated for its role in disclosing the scheme to public officials.
3. Then a subsidiary of
4. Not to be confused with of Torrance, California, an unrelated company that had nothing to do with the scheme.
5. Prior to Teorema's acqusition by WTS Group in 2011.
A Grohe faucet is no longer a German faucet. It is still a German-designed faucet but one that has never deen Germany or been touched by an actual German.
Pronounced "grow-HEE" in North America, and "grow-HEH" nearly everywhere else, Grohe is the largest European-based manufacturer of sanitary fixtures with a global share of the sanitary fixtures and accessories market estimated by the Wall Street Journal to be about 8%.
Founded in 1911 as Berkenhoff & Paschedag, the company was purchased by Friedrich Grohe, the son of Hans Grohe, in 1936.
It was renamed Fredrich Grohe Armaturenfabik in 1948, Fredrich Grohe AG in 1991, and Fredrich Grohe AG & Co. KG in 1998 after being acquired by BC Partners and privatized.
In 1962 Grohe astutely pulled off a coup of sorts by obtaining exclusive rights to produce the Moen single handle cartridge faucet for the European market, making Grohe the only company that could offer the modern single-hangle mixing faucet to the fast-growing Eurozone. The move greatly increased its market share.
Fredrich Grohe AG is headquartered in Hemer, Germany but is owned by Grohe GmbH which has its corporate offices in the nearby city of Dusseldorf. Grohe GmbH is in turn owned by Grohe Group S.à.r.l. based in Luxembourg, primarily for tax purposes.
Grohe Group S. à. r.l. is owned by the giant Japanese holding company, LIXIL Group Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo with 80 thousand worldwide employees. LIXIL bought Grohe from BC Partners in a leveraged buyout in 2014 for a reported $4.13 billion.
LIXIL Group is itself a very new enterprise, formed in 2010 by merging the Japanese toilet and sanitary ware maker INAX Corporation, with building materials manufacturers: Tostem Corporation, Shin Nikkei Co., and Toyo Exterior.
Japan's aging population and very low birth rate have resulted in a rapid decline in new home-building in Japan and a year after year decrease in the sale of building products including decorative bath wares. LIXIL hopes to make up the difference by expanding rapidly into growing European and American markets through acquisitions.
It purchased in 2012, and with its purchase of Grohe, it is now one of the largest faucet companies in the world, possibly the largest. Its single surviving challenger is the American company, Masco, the manufacturer of
Stock Value Plunges! Top Execs Implicated!
Exerpted inn part from the Financial Times: May 27 2015
In accordance with the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz), Joyou AG announced that it has filed an application of insolvency in the district court of Hamburg. The filing resulted from losses estimated at over $650 million due to accounting fraud and off-the-books loans by Jianshe Cai and Jilin Cai, chairman and deputy chairman respectively of Joyou's Hong Kong subsidiary, Zhongyu Sanitary Technology, Ltd.
The alarm was raised in April 2016 when the company warned shareholders of potential problems. Since then the once $400 million company has lost nearly all its market value. Through insolvency proceedings, the company expects to write off about $300 million in loans that Joyou had secured from a consortium of Japanese banks in 2014.
The insolvency petition was filed barely seven weeks after LIXIL Corporation completed its acquisition of the final 12.5% of the shares of Grohe Group, S. à r.l., the owner of Joyou AG.
Jianshe Cai and Jilin Cai have, according to the announcement, "engaged in inaccurate accounting and unlawful reporting for many years," falsely stating and grossly inflating sales and assets. There are also early indications that Grohe's former owners, Texas Pacific Group and Credit Suisse Private Equity, may have manipulated Joyou to enhance the value of Grohe and inflate the sales price to LIXIL.
The Cais have both been dismissed and are looking at the certainty of civil lawsuits and possible criminal charges. David J. Haines, the CEO of Grohe Group S. à r.l. since 2004 and a member of Joyou's board of directors has also been dismissed. Grohe, however, denies that the separation has anything to do with the Joyou debacle. Yoshiaki Fujimori, the LIXIL CEO that led the company's debt-fueled buying spree starting in 2012 has resigned.
There is some evidence that Grohe management suspected accounting irregularities at Joyou but failed to investigate and failed to disclose their suspicions during the run-up to the sale to LIXIL. Grohe, which lost $420 million from 2008 to 2012 nonetheless continued to look profitable due to the inflated gains reported by Joyou — gains that turned out to be entirely illusory.
To boost its cash flow, LIXIL has been forced to sell some of its recent acquisitions including sale in 2016 of Hivic Co., Ltd., its lumber material subsidiary to a Polaris Capital, a Japanese private equity firm, for an undisclosed sum and of the Italian construction group Permasteelisa in 2020.
Grohe owns two large Asian subsidiaries as well as production facilities in Portugal and Mexico:
- Joyou AG, acquired in 2011, is a holding company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange that owns sanitaryware manufacturers in China, including Joyou Sanitation Technology Industrial Co. Ltd. and Zhongyu Sanitary Technology Ltd. in Hong Kong. It was founded in 1979 by Jianshe Cai to manufacture faucets.
- The acquisition was supposed to give Grohe enhanced manufacturing capacity in some of the most modern factories in Asia and enhanced access to China's growing luxury bath wares market through Joyou's over 3,000 distributors along China's south coast.
- What it ended up giving Grohe was a close brush with bankruptcy. See "Joyou Insolvent", elsewhere on this page.
- Grohe Siam, Inc. owned by Grohe in partnership with Haco Group Co., Ltd, manufactures faucets and other decorative fixtures in one of the world's largest sanitary wares factories in Klaeng on Thailand's south coast.
- Grohe recently invested $18 million to expand its manufacturing capacity by thirty percent, celebrating its completion on November 17, 2017. It now has the capacity to manufacture single-handle faucets and cast, machine, and finish zinc components for distribution to Grohe assembly plants worldwide. (Grohe's video tour of the new factory.)
- Grohe Portugal: Componentes Sanitários, Lda with 750 employees produces several lines of kitchen faucets. Most production is sold in Europe but an increasing number of Grohe faucets made in Portugal are showing up in North America.
- Servicios Grohe Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., Grohe's maquila near Monterrey, Mexico, transplanted from Onario, Canada in 2015.
Canada was until recently the primary source of Grohe faucets sold in North America. Grohe manufactured "American style" and stainless steel faucets in Mississauga, Ontario.
In 2015, however, Grohe dismantled the entire Canadian factory and trucked all of its machinery to Ciénega de Flores, just outside Monterrey, Mexico where it has set up shop in an assembly plant abandoned by its sister company, It appears that most of Grohe's faucet assembly for the North American market now takes place in Mexico.
According to Dr. Ulrike Heuser-Greipl, formerly the senior vice-president, public and investor relations for Grohe AG, the Canadian plant was closed
German Firm Plans New Faucet Factory
The local unit of Germany's Grohe AG, a leading provider of premium bath faucets and showers, will build a third, 600-million-baht [$18 million] factory in Thailand to serve a larger market under the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
Grohe Siam Co., Ltd. is a joint venture between the Dusseldorf-based Grohe [GmbH] and Haco Group Co. Ltd., its Thai distributor.
"Our foreign counterpart has always been interested in the tax incentives under the AEC and wants to make Thailand its main production base," said Dhitipong Dowpiset, Haco's chief marketing officer.
Grohe Siam's two present factories are in Rayong's Klaeng district. Running at 80-90% capacity, they produce a combined 100,000 items a week. Mr. Dhitipong said the third plant will increase output by 30%, making the faucet manufacturing site the largest of its kind in the world.
Only 5% of the products are sold in Thailand, with the vast majority exported mainly to … India, China, Europe, and the U.S.
" … because of its limited productivity compared with our other production facilities. It was not in a position to attain the level of efficacy of its sister facilities within the Grohe Group, meaning that it, unfortunately, didn't meet our growth strategy requirements."
— which is corporate-speak for "it's cheaper to manufacture in Mexico."
Grohe left behind its 300 veteran Canadian workers, and it will take a while to train a fledgling Mexican workforce, so not only will production be down but the quality of Grohe's Mexican faucets will be suspect for quite a while. Eventually, however, this plant is expected to become Grohe's main source for faucets sold in the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to manufacturing faucets in its own facilities, Grohe buys finished faucets, in the box and ready to sell from outside contract factories in Asia and Mexico, including:
- Delmei Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd., an manufacturer in China. Delmei also manufactures faucets for brand faucets sold by RONA in Canada but that relationship appears to have ended.
- AS Maquila Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V., a subsidiary of whose 4,000 employees manufacture vitreous plumbing fixtures. The plant also inherited faucet production in 2014 after American Standard closed its faucet factory in Monterrey, Mexico (now occupied by Grohe). It is now American Standard's primary producer of faucets for export to the U.S. and Canada as well as supplementing the production of faucets by Grohe's assembly plant in Monterrey.
There may be other outside manufacturers that we have not been able to identify. This should not be taken as the complete list.
The association with AS Maquila Mexico may be temporary, ending when the new Grohe Mexican factory gets up to full production. But, a lot depends on the market and circumstance within the company. With Grohe's troubles with Joyou, the additional production capacity may be necessary for a while yet.
American Standard Brands and Grohe are essentially the same company now, so we expect an increase in consolidated manufacturing is in the cards for both companies but we anticipate it to occur in China and other parts of Asia, not Mexico.
Grohe's Thailand and India factories already manufacture a large percentage of the parts, components, and sub-assemblies that go into all Grohe faucets, wherever made. With the recent completion of its expansion, Thailand has increased its capacity to manufacture single-handle faucets. Grohe (India) Pvt. Ltd. likewise makes finished faucets, primarily for the South Asia market. But, some are likely to show up in the U.S. and Canada soon, if they are not already here. Look for "Made in Thailand" or "Made in India" on the box.
In addition to buying finished faucets from external sources, Grohe also contracts with outside suppliers in China and Taiwan for parts and components, including:
- Seagull Kitchen & Bath Products Co., Ltd. in Guangzhou, China. Seagull also makes finished faucets for
- Sunspring Metal Corp., Ltd. of Taichung, Taiwan, the worlds largest consumer of ZAMAK, the zinc/aluminum alloy, colloquially called "pot metal", used in inexpensive faucet parts.
- With a large factory in Taiwan and two more in China, Sunspring is a major supplier of faucet components and fittings to such diverse faucet manufacturing companies as
Sunspring has the ability to manufacture complete faucets, in the box and ready to sell but there is no evidence that it provides Grohe with more than faucet parts and components. With the expansion of Grohe's in-house zinc production in Thailand, we expect imports from Sunspring to drop off in the near future.
As late as 2004 Grohe sourced 80% of its faucet components from European suppliers. No longer.
Almost all faucet components are now made in Asia. With the acquisition of Grohe by LIXIL Group, expect the number of Asian-made faucets and the amount of Asian content in Grohe's faucets to continue to increase.
Mexico and China are the major producers of the mid-level and economy Grohe faucets that make up an ever-increasing proportion of the Grohe faucets offered for sale in North America. Customs and import records show a very substantial increase in faucet imports from Asian factories over the past five years.
The Grohe Family feud
Until 1998, Grohe and were owned by the same family: the descendants of Hans Grohe (1871-1955) who founded Hansgrohe in 1901 along with his son, Friedrich, in the village of Schiltach in the Black Forest. Friedrich left after buying his own company in 1936. His firm eventually became Fredrich Grohe AG.
Grohe descendants inherited shares in both firms but the two enterprises always operated as separate organizations, often in competition. They fought over the brand name "Grohe" for several years, finally reaching an understanding that gave Friedrich Grohe AG the Grohe brand name while Hansgrohe kept the Hansgrohe name.
The family feud quieted down in 1998 when the family owners of Grohe AG sold the majority of their shares to BC Partners, a London-based investment group.
Hansgrohe remained family-owned until 2002 when a majority stake in the company was sold to That sale largely ended the family competition once and for all.
Some Grohe family members still own shares in the two firms but they are minority shareholders and are no longer involved in any significant way with the management of the companies.
Grohe employs a large in-house design team headed since 2005 by Paul Flowers, which is pushing the somewhat dated and dowdy line of faucets into more contemporary forms.
Grohe's International Design Awards
Some faucets listed here may not be available in North America
Grohe designs have won an impressive number of international awards including the iF Design Award, over 15 Red Dot awards and a half-dozen or so coveted Good Design awards from the Chicago Athenaeum.
In the past, Grohe's designer faucets were made, at least initially in its Lahr, Germany factory. After any bugs were eliminated, manufacturing might then be moved to overseas factories. The popular LadyLux faucet, for example, started in Germany but has not been manufactured in Germany for years.
The company may still manufacture a few faucets in Lahr — its sole remaining German faucet factory — mostly low volume high-end designer faucets and faucets with special finishes — and its 3d printed faucets will be manufactured (if that's the word) in its research facility in Hemer. But, in a cost-cutting measure initiated by former CEO David J. Haines, the Lahr workforce was reduced from 1,400 to 600 in 2013, and large-scale faucet-making ceased. The Lahr plant now makes mostly shower components.
Degrading the Grohe Brand
Grohe, as a brand and as a company, has undergone and is still undergoing seismic changes.
The reputation of the company and its faucets in North America is based on what the company was 10-15 years ago. It has not caught up to the reality of the new Grohe of today.
The staid but reliable, engineer-driven bathwares company of the 20th century is gone.
In its place is a new company that is very bottom-line-oriented and sales-driven. Its new Japanese masters took on massive debt to finance the purchase of Grohe and They are focused on increasing revenue above all other considerations.
Expect more major changes in where the company's faucets are manufactured, distributed and sold but, even now, the Grohe brand in the U.S. is undergoing changes that are likely to redefine the brand's reputation over the next few years. The bankruptcy of one of its major manufacturing subsidiaries combined with the recent removal of its Canadian manufacturing to Mexico will certainly disrupt its supply chain for a while. How long a while is uncertain.
In the not too distant past, Grohe faucets sold in North America were luxury faucets made primarily in Germany and Canada. By 2005 Grohe had achieved a reputation for good quality, reliable faucets at a reasonable price.
Then Grohe changed the rules. The company slowly but steadily started importing lower-quality products made mostly in Mexico and China and selling them in very un-exclusive and un-Grohe-like places, including mass retailers such as Home Depot, Amazon and even Wayfair, Costco and Walmart. The process intensified after the company's purchase by LIXIL in 2017 and the subsequent closing of its Canadian assembly plant, but by that time it had already been in progress for well over a decade. The high-quality Grohe faucet made in Germany and Canada is now largely a thing of the past (except at the very high end of the product line — and not even all of these).
What happens to the Grohe brand as it becomes associated with lesser quality faucets is well understood — it will, over time, cease to be viewed as a premium brand. We think the caché of the Grohe trademark in the North American marketplace is on a downward slide. Expect the average price of Grohe-branded faucets to come down but also expect considerable overall quality and style erosion as the new company's new masters attach the Grohe nameplate to its cheaper, mass-market faucets, priced to sell at discount venues.
We saw the same brand erosion infect Black & Decker tools beginning in the 1970s. The tools engineered and manufactured by Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker were at one time the pro's preferred brand in the U.S. The company was the first to patent the pistol-grip power drill in 1917. Black & Decker products were so well-regarded for reliability by the 1960s that they were NASA's choice for use in space by astronauts on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.
But, in 1975, after Francis R. Lucier succeeded Alonzo Decker as chairman, the company started focusing on expansion and marketing instead of engineering and quality, and the brand began to drift.
It bought GE's small appliances division in 1984 and began renting out the name to other manufacturers to increase revenue. By 1990 the iconic Black & Decker logo could be found on everything from waffle makers to curling irons. Meanwhile, the quality of its core products, power tools, crashed, especially after the company merged with Stanley Works to become Stanley Black & Decker in 2010.
Today, a professional who gets a week's worth of work out of a Black & Decker drill before one of its plastic components shreds is considered "buy a lottery ticket" lucky. The brand is regarded by many building professionals as little more than a toy.
We think Grohe has embarked on the same kind of brand-cheapening process that has accelerated since the company's purchase by LIXIL.
It is the sort of dementia that infects corporate CEOs facing repayment of massive debt resulting from leveraged buyouts such as LIXIL's purchase of Grohe from BC Partners in 2014 with borrowed billions.
Grohe's situation is also aggravated by the unexpected bankruptcy of Joyou and potential added debt of $316 million. There is an urgent need to drive up revenue in the short term to pay the enormous debt, irrespective of any likely sacrifice of long-term brand vitality.
Consumers can be fooled but not forever. Initially, the availability of low-priced Grohe faucets will spur sales in North America as customers snap up what they believe to be bargains on German-made luxury faucets. But, over time the buying public will come to realize, as it has with Black & Decker, that the Grohe marque no longer symbolizes a high-quality product.
Most Grohe faucets sold in North America are already no longer German. Many are not even made by Grohe. The vast majority are made in China and Mexico, and an increasing number of those are manufactured in outside contract factories.
Grohe's main European faucet plant is now in Albergaria, Portugal. Before 2019 we could find no evidence that much, if any, of the faucet output from either of these European facilities reaches North America. Most appeared to be sold within the European Community. But, this has changed over the past three years. An increasing number of Grohe faucets for sale in North America are marked "Made in Portugal".
The company uses its own proprietary Eurodisc® ceramic disk mixer cartridges in most of its single handle faucets. These are acknowledged in the industry as some of the best made. The cartridges include a Teflon® coating that Grohe calls SilkMove® technology.
According to Grohe, the Teflon® makes the cartridge smoother and easier to operate with more precise control. What is not certain, however, is the durability of the Teflon coating compared to other recent cartridge innovations.
Grohe's testing laboratory in Lahr, Germany routinely puts sample Grohe cartridges through a daunting series of tests in some of the hardest, most mineral-rich water in the world to simulate 15 years of household use.
Eurodiscs also did well in independent tests conducted in 2007 by TÜV SÜD against nine other proprietary European cartridges. (Download TÜV SÜD test summary.) TÜV SÜD, founded in 1866 in Munich, is one of the oldest and most respected testing and certification laboratories in the world. If TÜV SÜD says it's so, then it is almost certainly so. We have not, however, seen comparisons to some of the better-known non-proprietary European cartridges such as those made by Flühs Drehtechnik, GmbH or Kerox Kft.
TÜV's testing is also becoming dated. Considerable improvement in ceramic faucet cartridges technologies over the past decade has resulted in much more robust and durable cartridges, including the diamond-like carbon disc coating used in proprietary PVD+™ cartridges by We don't know how the Eurodisc cartridge compares to these newer technologies. The testing has not been done, or, if it has been done, Grohe is not sharing the test results.
The cartridges used in Grohe's two-handle faucets are more of a mystery. They are brass stem cartridges that may be sourced from a variety of manufacturers.
We don't think they are made in-house because appears to use the same cartridge in its two-handle faucets, and it's unlikely these two European rivals are supplying each other with cartridges. We have never had a complaint about a malfunctioning Grohe stem cartridge, so we think they are probably well made. Certainly, the ones we examined were solid and impressive.
Finding an actual statement of the warranty is problematic. The "Limited Warranty" appearing on the company's consumer website is incomplete and does not meet the minimum legal requirements of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The warranty on the Grohe website for industry professionals is more complete but differs from the language of the warranty on the consumer website. We found several versions of the Grohe warranty on the web, all slightly different. We have asked for a copy of the "official" Grohe warranty, but have not heard back from Grohe support.
The Grohe faucet warranty is on its face the standard "limited lifetime" warranty for the North American market. It guarantees against defects in mechanical parts and finishes for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which the faucet was originally installed but applies only to faucet bought after January 1, 1997. (Before that date the warranty was for 5 or 10 years, depending on the part.)
However, while the warranty appears to be a standard North American lifetime warranty, Grohe plays tricks with the warranty. For example, Grohe denied warranty coverage for a faucet purchased in 1999 claiming. …
Grohe Announces Printed faucets
Following the lead of its sister company also owned by LIXIL Group, Grohe has started printing faucets using what it calls "a unique formula of granules … exclusively developed by Grohe for their [sic] 3D metal printed located at its Hemer manufacturing site in Germany." In its press release, the company stated that
"The design of our new faucets Grohe Atrio Icon 3D and Grohe Allure Brilliant Icon 3D are beyond belief. They make the unthinkable possible," Michael Rauterkus, CEO Grohe AG, said. "What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it's the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalization. We believe that 3D metal-printing will revolutionize the water experience in the home. It's the ultimate blend of customization and industrial production.
The technology is almost entirely unproven and largely experimental. American Standard prints three models of its luxury faucet line which it expects to have on the market "within a year". Grohe has announced the technology but not the availability of the faucets that will be made using the technology or any pricing.
After the customer complained to the Better Business Bureau, Grohe agreed to send the customer "a one-time goodwill part" to satisfy the complaint.
What this exchange indicates is that despite the claim of a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects, the warranty is actually, at most, 20 years because, according to Grohe, a faucet that has worked for 20 years cannot possibly have a manufacturing defect. It may be less. If this is Grohe's position, there is nothing to prevent the company from claiming that a faucet that has worked for 10 years could not possibly have a manufacturing defect or even a faucet that has worked for five years. A written warranty, no matter how generous, is no guarantee of superior warranty service. It also requires a corporate commitment to fair and honest dealing with customers, and, based on Grohe's record, it appears committed to neither.
Grohe promises to keep parts on hand for discontinued faucets for just 10 years (15 years for internal parts). The company never does explain how it expects to honor its lifetime warranty after 10 (or 15) years without spare parts.
All of this suggests that while the language of Grohe's warranty appears to be a lifetime warranty, it does not actually intend to provide a lifetime warranty and the actual warranty is 20 years or less. A 20-year warranty is substandard in the North American market.
An even larger blot on Grohe's warranty is its after-sale customer service which is substantially below par.
Grohe America evidently prefers that its customers not contact it at all but, if they insist, then preferably by e-mail or voice mail. Grohe promises to respond to e-mails and voice mails within 24 hours. But, our experience is that it frequently does not respond at all, and rarely within 24 hours. Our test e-mails took anywhere from two working days to two months for a substantive response.
Giving up on getting information from customer service, we contacted Grohe media relations by e-mail. That message, sent on February 25, 2019, was not opened until July 17th, nearly five months later, and Grohe has not, so far, responded to the inquiry.
Telephoning is, if anything, worse. The average hold time to speak to a representative by telephone is 33 minutes and waits of more than an hour are not at all uncommon.
If your faucet needs a part and is out of service, this kind of delay is a real problem. Expect 5-20 days to get warranty claim resolution from Grohe, compared to 4-5 days for
If you do have the patience to wait for an agent, expect to be treated, at best, brusquely, and sometimes with outright rudeness. Agents act as if talking to you is a major imposition on their valuable time and your warranty claim nothing more an outright fraud upon the company to be rejected if at all possible. We, frankly, have never experienced anything like it.
We rate Grohe customer and warranty service an abject failure. Only has ever gotten a lower score in our customer service tests, and then by just a whisker.
To understand the difference between first-class and worst--class customer service, try customer support and compare it to the service offered by Grohe. Like day vs. night.
Grohe's Better Business Bureau rating was for years never better than a D+ on a scale of A+ to F. The basis for the showing, according to the BBB, is that "Grohe America does not respond to customer complaints."
Having awakened to the fact that a poor BBB showing affects sales, Grohe has made a strenuous effort to improve its BBB score starting in 2016, first to a B- in 2018 then to an A+ as of the date of this report. This does not mean that all complaints were handled to the satisfaction of the consumer, but merely that Grohe responded adequately to the complaint. Grohe America is not accredited by the BBB.
Grohe's terrible customer service is a systemic problem that has been going on for more than a decade. It can be fixed. had the same sort of problems in the early 2000s and took a very large public relations beating but it made serious efforts to turn its customer support around, and now has one of the smoothest, most responsive service operations in North America.
So, it can be done. Grohe, however, seems to have no interest in fixing its customer service and has let the problem go on and on for years and years.
The company website for North America was at one time an example of how a website selling faucets should be constructed. The information provided about Grohe faucets was very complete, including detailed specifications about each faucet, dimensioned drawings, exploded parts diagrams, 3D CAD models (universal .dxf format), and even a flow pressure diagram for faucets with varied flow rates. These were often in the form of slow-loading .pdf files but at least they were available.
Unfortunately, all of that useful detail is now gone as of the most recent remake of the site. There is still a downloadable .pdf "specs" document, but it is more a promotional brochure than an actual specifications sheet, containing very few detailed specifications. There is no dimensioned drawing, no link to installation instructions, no exploded parts diagram, not even basic specifications such as flow rate. The former links to CAD models are gone as are the flow pressure diagrams. Where a faucet is manufactured is also missing, something most North American buyers would like to know, and most importers of faucets made in Asia and Latin America take pains to conceal — Grohe being no exception.
We think a purchase of a Grohe faucet should be carefully weighed at the moment. There are a lot of changes going on at Grohe, most of them not good. We don't know how the company will shake out in the end but the overall trend is not particularly hopeful.
If you are looking for a faucet made in Germany, you are in the wrong place. Grohe faucets are designed in Germany but no longer made in Germany, and have not been for a long time. For faucets made or at least assembled in Germany look to
faucets made in Mexico, China and Thailand that compare to Grohe include
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Grohe faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.
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About GROHE Faucets, Parts, and Accessories
Among the most popular products on the market today, GROHE faucets and shower systems are an excellent choice for upgrading your home. GROHE is the largest supplier of sanitary fittings in the world. European made, there is a look and feel to GROHE fixtures that distinguish them from traditional models. We carry:
GROHE Kitchen Faucets
With dozens of product lines to choose from, browsing may take some time (unless you already have a good idea of what you want in a faucet). You can filter the GROHE faucets, parts, and accessories in the product result to match your purchasing needs. Filter for mounting configurations, design features, and more. Consider all the various features and decide what you want to pay for. Pullout spray features, for instance, are very convenient for users, and we recommend that all kitchen sinks be equipped with this capability.
Some of our most popular GROHE items are parts. We have a great price on this hard to find replacement pull out spray, the GROHE 46173SD0, as well as the Grohe 46573DC0 K4 Spray Head.
GROHE Bathroom Faucets
Whether you are looking for GROHE bath faucets, showerheads, or a shower valve, we have the part you need. Trim kits, faucets, and fixtures purchased from the same manufacturer allow you to match both style and finish in your bathroom. If you need replacement parts, like handles or trim, PlumbersStock has thousands of GROHE parts for replacement purposes. We also carry a wide array of accessories, like GROHE soap dispensers, dishes (for lavatory sink and bathtub), towel rings, toilet paper holders, and more.
For some of the most beautiful lavatory faucets available, many professionals and homeowners choose GROHE. Faucets are meant to last, and if you plan on living in your home awhile, GROHE is an excellent choice because, with their ageless and unique styles, you will not tire of your selected fixture. For lavatories, we recommend that you choose a single-handle faucet for convenience. You may be going for an antiqued look, and two-handle is an excellent option to consider in that regard. Still, one-handle configurations allow you to set a comfortable water temperature with one hand quickly. Honestly, you cannot go wrong, no matter which GROHE bathroom faucet you select.
One of the most decorated manufacturers in the business, GROHE, is the recipient of well over a dozen Red Dot awards. Their business model is centered around creating beautiful and long-lasting products. You may pay a little more for GROHE fixtures, but as the saying goes, in general, you get what you pay for, and with that in mind, GROHE faucets, parts, and accessories are bargains, especially when you take advantage of PlumbersStock's low prices.
With a focus on economic water and energy usage, GROHE fixtures simultaneously deliver comfort and convenience.
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If you are having any trouble locating the best GROHE parts for your kitchen fixtures and bathroom needs, please contact our staff, and they can help you get on the right track. With a convenient shopping experience and the lowest prices you will find on the web, PlumbersStock is your best option for online plumbing supply. Thank you for choosing us. Learn more at GROHE.com.
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