Grohe Kitchen Bathroom Faucets, Showers, Valves, Accessories Guide-Review
Grohe brings something completely new and different to the American market – European, especially German, flair, and manufacturing tradition – which distinguish the brand conceptually from such names as American Standard or Delta Faucet. Like most of its competitors, however, Grohe evolved into a true global enterprise, marketing its faucets, shower, and other plumbing fixtures and accessories in many countries on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the Far East – 130 nations all in all.
Aware of its responsibilities as a multi-national operation, Grohe declare their commitment to continuous development in the spheres of quality control, technological advancement, and design. Several registered trademark technologies and dozens of unique collections support their claims: the company clearly aims to retain its position of one of the leading faucet manufacturers in the world for a long time to come. Some of the more familiar and iconic patents include SilkMove, StarLight, TurboStat, DreamSpray, CoolTouch, and QuickFix – which enhance both utility and comfort by allowing easier, smoother manipulation of both the fixture and the water stream.
In terms of design, Grohe stand out for their stress on ultra-modern, futuristic designs: though the company offers several antique and retro products as well, it is these unorthodox, groundbreaking creations that characterize the brand's aesthetic approach.
Surprisingly, Grohe focus on just two main installation types for their faucets – widespread, and single-lever (also known as single-hole) – in a way avoiding the competition and fight for centerset and wall-mounted fixtures, leaving them to Kohler, Moen, Price Pfister, and others. Shower plumbing, which comprises shower-heads, handshowers, and more sophisticated shower systems, arrive in either ceiling or wall mounted installment options.
A few more words on Grohe's design: throughout the selection, there persists a stress on modern, sleek architecture that draws from minimalist, Bauhaus, art deco, contemporary industrial, le Corbusier, and other 20th century styles and trends. Such collections as Ladylux, Europlus, and Rainshower (in chrome, brass, and less frequently bronze or other finishes) consistently embody these artistic choices.
Besides above mentioned models, Grohe offer several dozens of collections. Traditional Bridgeford, Kensington and Seabury offset the modern Atrio, Essence, Veris, Tenso, and Movario. Transitional style faucets include the eclectic Somerset, the classic Arden, and others.
Kitchen Faucets segment presents high or low arc sink fixtures, exclusively in the space-saving single-lever and single-hole mode – the lever appearing on top or to the side of the main spout. Ladylux and Euro (Europlus, EuroDisc, and Eurostyle) constitute two main series of products. Specs include pullout capacity and ceramic parts; chrome, “supersteel,” nickel, and other finishes.
Bathroom/Lavatory Faucets comprise a more aesthetically diverse department, where the products have a chance to instill unique atmosphere – antique, retro, nature, modern, or even fashion flavored. This assortment reveals Grohe's peculiar penchant for angular architecture in both macro and micro scales. Collections include several stylistically matching accessories for a unified look.
Showers include bar sliding systems, handshowers, body sprays, and various shower heads that attach either to the wall or the ceiling. Rainshower must be the company's (and probably the entire industry's) most advanced design, featuring a unique, doughnut shaped head. Relexa, Euphoria, Movario, Tempesta, and microphone shaped Sena further expand the list.
Grohe collaborate with several tub manufacturers, most notably Rapsel and Duravit, to provide a complete bathroom solution; the tubs selection offered by these companies usually opts for unusual, customized contours.
Accessories form an important auxiliary section that divides into two subsections: one dedicated to utility and function, accommodates various valves, thermostats, and hoses; the other to décor oriented products such as towel bars and rings, handles, and robe hooks. Chrome, satin or brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze finishes.