Delta Faucets Review & Rating Updated: 02/21/2022 Best Value Logo
Our panel of consu­mers and industry professionals has rec­ognized Delta fau­cets as a Best Value in mid-priced faucets made or assembled in North America. Read the Best Faucet Value Report for more information.

Summary
Assembled in
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U.S.A.
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Canada
From Imported and Domestic Parts
and
Imported From
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China
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Mexico
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Israel
Delta fau­cet Company
A Division of
Masco Corporation
55 E. 111th Street
P.O. Box 40980
Indianapolis, IN 46280
(800) 345-3358
In Canada
Masco Canada Limited
350 South Edgeware Road
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4L1
(800) 345-3358
Rating
Business Type
Product Range
Kitchen, Bath, Laundry and Bar Faucets
Certifications
Brands
Delta
Street Price
$75-$500
Watersense Partner
EPA Watersense® Partnership is limited to companies that manufacture, assemble, or import water-saving products that are certified to meet strict WaterSense® specifications.
Warranty Score
Cartridge
lifetime1
Finishes
Lifetime
Mechanical Parts
Lifetime
Electronic Parts
5 Years
Proof of Purchase
Rarely Required2
Transferable
No
Meets U.S. Warranty
Law Requirements
Yes
Footnotes:
1. For as long as the original buyer owns the dwelling in which the faucet is installed.
2. Delta takes the sensible position that you are probably not going to be asking for parts for a faucet you don't currently own, and very rarely asks for proof of purchase.

Open the Delta warranty.

Learn more about faucet warranties.

This Company In Brief

If there is a better faucet made for the price anywhere in the world, we have yet to find it.
It is almost impossible to go wrong buying a Delta faucet. The finish, cartridge, and water channel technology used in Delta faucets are unmatched by other faucets sold in the same price range. In fact, cartridges equal to Delta's super-cartridge with Diamond Seal Tech­nol­ogy® are not available from other companies at any price.
Delta is one of the best-selling faucets in North Amer­ica, and one of the faucets most preferred by plumbers. It has been the pick of our panel of industry experts and consumers for the best value in Amer­ican-made or -assembled mid-priced faucets since 2010.
While most Delta faucets are still assembled in the U.S. and Canada, it is not hard to see the day in the not too distant future when foreign manufacturing outstrips domestic production and Delta becomes, like just another Amer­ican faucet company that no longer makes its faucets in Amer­ica.
Most of Delta component manufacturing and much of its faucet assembly has already been moved offshore – primarily to China and Mexico. Many Delta faucets are not made by Delta, but by contract manufacturers.

If there is an 800 lb. gorilla in North Amer­ica's world of kitchens and baths, it is Masco Corporation — one of the world's largest faucet manufacturers. Note 1 In addition to Delta fau­cet, it owns in Germany, and Bristan Group, Ltd. in the U.K.

Masco is also a major player in

Masco's Faucets

Masco sells eight brands of faucets from economy to luxury through its various subsidiaries.

all products of the Delta Faucet Company, are really the low, middle and high ends of the same Delta fau­cet line.

fau­cets are made by another Masco company, Brass­tech, Inc. and are at the middle/high end of Amer­ican faucets. An increasing number of Brasstech products are being made in Mexico by Brasstech De Mexico S.a De C.v. Brasstech also makes fau­cets for the upscale retailer.

owned by Masco Canada, is a manufacturer of budget fau­cets for the Canadian market.

, Masco's most recent acquisition, is the only Masco company that does not assemble faucets in North America. It imports Chinese faucets.

the upscale fau­cet manufacturer in Germany, is the last player in Masco's rollcall of famous fau­cets, also at the high end of the Masco lineup.

Masco also owns Bristan Group, Ltd. in the UK, but none of these faucets are sold in North Amer­ica.

Does this faucet look familiar?

Chances are it does. You probably owned one at one time or another, or, depending on your age, your parents or grandparents did.

This is the original Delta Classic single lever kitchen faucet featuring the revolutionary Delta ball valve introduced in 1955 and still being manufactured more than 60 years later. It is one of the best-selling faucets of all time.

Less than $80.00 almost anywhere in the world.

Delta faucets, although one of two major players in the North Amer­ican faucet market ( is the other), is just a tiny part of its overall business.

Founded in 1929 as Masco Screw Products Company by Alex Manoogian, an Armenian from Smyrna, Turkey who fled to the U.S. at age 18 from the Armenian Genocide (1915-1918), the company was renamed Masco Corporation in 1961.

Delta made its name in the 1950s with well-designed single-handle faucets featuring its signature "washerless" ball-style mixing valve.

Delta Ball Valves

Top Row: Two models of Delta stainless steel balls: the RP70 at left and the RP212.

Second Row: Two “thrifty” models in less durable plastic and brass.

The Delta ball valve was one of the most successful faucet valves in history, controlling Delta fau­cets for most of 50 years. The valve is still used by other companies in economy faucets.

Delta did not invent the washerless valve. Al Moen pioneered the technology, introduced in 1947. But, Delta's ball valve was a dramatic improvement. It was smaller than the Moen valve, allowing more design possibilities, and simpler with fewer rubber seals.

The Delta ball is still in fairly wide use, primarily in economy faucets, whereas the Moen washerless valve has largely fallen by the wayside.

The company history claims that Alex Man­oog­ian invented the ball valve. He didn't.

It was invented by Landis Harlan Perry, a professional inventor, who started tinkering with the design after his discharge from the military in 1945. In 1952 he received patent US002592062 and started shopping for a company to make it.

It was an important milestone in faucet technology. Plumbing & Mechanical Engineer called it one of the "greatest plumbing … inentions" of the 20th century.

Manoogian immediately realized the ball valve's possibilities. After refining the design to make it more easily manufactured, he licensed the valve from Landis and founded Delta fau­cet in 1954 to make single-handle faucets using the new valve.

At first, the company made only kitchen faucets (bath faucets were not added until 1960). By 1958, just four years after the new valve was launched, Delta's sales topped $1 million ($10.5 million in inflated 2022 U.S. dollars) for the first time. Delta is still one of the best selling fau­cets Note 2 in North Amer­ica.

Among plumbers, the Delta line of faucets is a perennial favorite. In every plumber poll, we have ever read, Delta is always the first or second choice as the go-to faucet. Plumbers like faucets that don't cause trouble — which pretty well describes Delta fau­cets to a tee. And, if it does break, Delta gets the plumbers' vote as the easiest faucet to fix, even easier than Moen.

Delta also ranks high in our homeowner "top of mind" survey. Consistently between 25-28% of the readers taking the survey identify delta as the first brand to come to mind when they think "faucet".

Masco is one Amer­ican faucet company that has resisted exporting all of its manufacturing to China.

But, other than a few commercial faucets made in Can­a­da, Delta fau­cets are not "Made in the U.S.A." or "Made in Canada" as those terms are defined by the U.S. Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion and the Can­a­di­an Comp­eti­tion Bur­eau.

Alex Manoogian (1901-1996)

"Do not be satisfied with average performance. Strive for excellence. If you cannot give your customers a better value and a better product, do not sell the product."

Delta in North America is primarily an assembler. It assembles faucets in Greens­burg, Indiana and Jackson, Tennessee, and makes plastic components in Morgantown, Kentucky. It also owns two plants in Ontario: one in London and another in Cambridge that assemble Delta and waltec faucets. Delta employs over 1,100 Amer­icans in the U.S. and about half that number of Canadians in its various subsidiaries.

Delta has stopped expanding production in the U.S. and Canada, however. All of its manufacturing growth over the past 20 years has been in China and Mexico. Delta closed its factory in Oklahoma, laying off 600 Amer­ican workers, soon after its new plant in Panyu, China became operational in 2001. The China plant, owned by Delta Faucet (China) Co. Ltd. makes Delta products primarily for the growing Asian market but also exports an increasing number of faucets and faucet components to North Amer­i­ca.

Delta also assembles fau­cets in Mexico at its subsidiary, Del­ta Fau­cet Com­pa­ny Mex­ico, S. de R.L. de C.V.

Al­though we have been unable to find firm data on Delta faucet imports from Mexico, simple counts of Delta faucets on retail shelves confirms a substantial increase in Mex­i­can-assembled fau­cets since 2018.

Delta has also extended its producton capability by out-sourcing much of its manufacturing. A great many of its imported faucets are now made by contract manufacturers to Delta's specifications, primarily in China but also in Thailand and Israel.

Delta is known to buy finished (in-the-box and ready to sell) faucets from the following Overseas companies:

Delta Lava faucet. At least some of these faucets are manufactured in China by Lota International Co. Ltd.

WaterSense® Sustained Excellence

WaterSense

Delta Fau­cet Comp­any has been repeatedly recognized by the U.S. En­vir­on­ment­al Prot­ecti­on A­gen­cy (EPA) as a Water­Sense® Sus­tained Ex­cel­lence Award winner.

The award is the EPA's highest recognition for continued, exemplary efforts to help advance the WaterSense program and water efficiency.

Beginning in 2012, all-new Delta Faucet lavatory faucets have been designed to meet or exceed WaterSense standards set by the EPA.

Since the program's inception in 2006, the WaterSense program has helped consumers save a cumulative 2.7 trillion gallons of water and more than $63.8 billion in water and energy bills. More than 1,900 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, and other organizations partner with the EPA through its WaterSense program.

Use the EPA's Water Savings Calculator to estimate the amount of water and energy you can expect to save by installing water-efficient products. To learn more about household water conservation, go to Saving Household Water.

All of these manufacturers are a companies. (And, why should you care about that? See the sidebar and find out.)

Most Delta faucets are still assembled in either the U.S. or Canada from a mix of domestic and imported components. But, you cannot assume that a particular Delta faucet was assembled in North Amer­ica. There are indications from plumbers that the same model faucet may be made in more than one factory, some in the U.S. or Canada, some not. So always check the "Made in …" label if you are looking to buy a faucet assembled in the U.S. or Canada.

Delta was one of the early faucet innovators. The pioneering Delta ball washerless cartridge has been widely copied and sometimes outright counterfeited. It is on its way to a justly-earned retirement after a more than 60-year career. Its replacement is a proprietary ceramic disk super cartridge invented by Delta: the Diamond Seal Tech­nol­ogy.

The company claims that this cartridge is a quantum leap in cartridge design. We think it a major improvement in cartridge technology – "quantum leap", however, remains to be seen. Check back in 60 years or so.

Diamond Seal Tech­nol­ogy Cartridges

Diamond dust is embedded in one disk of the two-disk set. The diamond dust takes the place of the water-resistant lubricant normally used in ceramic disk cartridges. According to Delta, the diamond coating helps keep the disks absolutely smooth since the coated disk continuously scrubs and polishes the other disk so they always mesh perfectly. It also continuously grinds away any mineral deposits that may insinuate themselves between the disks. The more you use it, the smoother it gets – very much the opposite of ordinary ceramic cartridges that get stiffer with time and use as the lubricant between the disks wears away.

Delta manufactures the cartridges in the U.S. using imported ceramic discs. Its disc suppliers appear to be Maruwa (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Kerox Kft, a Hungarian manufacturer. Both companies have solid reputations for excellent technical ceramics.

Delta has had this cartridge tested through 5 million cycles — about 10 times the lifespan of a typical ceramic cartridge – equivalent to approximately 700 years of daily use in your kitchen. Note 3

But, if it does break and you need to replace the cartridge, it's very easy to do, and the new cartridge is usually free to the original owner of the faucet for as long as he or she owns the faucet under Delta's warranty.

Delta has also migrated the technology into the single-function stem cartridges used in two-handle faucets. DST cartridges are already available in most Delta faucets, and will eventually be the only type of cartridges used in Delta sink faucets. DST-equipped faucets are easily identified by the "DST" at the end of the faucet's model number.

Not every Delta faucet has been upgraded to DST technology, however, and it is not always possible to tell where these other ceramic cartridges come from. We know that Delta buys off-the-shelf ceramic cartridges from Flöhs Drehtechnik in Germany, a manufacturer of some of the world's best ceramic cartridges, but we do not know which Delta faucets are fitted with these cartridges. Delta does not identify the source of non-DST cartridges used in its faucets.

For more information on this super ceramic cartridge see Faucet Valves & Cartridges .

Delta's second major innovation in fau­cet technology is its patented process of moving water through a faucet without any contact with metal.

The company uses a cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) tube threaded through the faucet all the way to the tip of the spout through which water is channeled. Because water never touches a brass component in the faucet, it cannot pick up any lead or other harmful material from the faucet's brass body or spout.

PEX is so strong that it is now the preferred material for residential water piping, replacing copper in most installations.

The Delta Pivotal pulldown kitchen faucet with Touch2o hands-free technology in Black Stainless.

Faucet Materials: For much more comprehensive article on the materials used in manufacturing faucets, see Faucet Basics: What Are Faucets Made Of?.)

Delta's newest innovation is its electronic hands-free faucet which it calls Touch2O® technology.

Delta is ahead of most faucet companies for its electronic technology, but we are somewhat skeptical of electronic technology of all kinds in a faucet. What the hands-free feature does at this point is nothing more than turn the water on and off. So it's not really a hands-free operation. Flow rate and water temperature still have to be adjusted manually.

Additionally, electronic technology is not very robust. We have little confidence in its long-term durability, and neither does Delta.

While The Delta warranty on all of the other parts of its faucets is for the lifetime of the buyer, the warranty on the electronic parts of the Touch2O technology is just 5 years — longer than the 1- or 3-year warranty offered by most other faucet companies on their electronics, but still considerably shorter than a lifetime guarantee.

In our experience, once the novelty of hands-free operation has worn off, the feature is rarely used because it simply is not that much more convenient than manual operation, and when the technology fails, many of our customers don't bother to have it fixed.

Hands-Free Without Electronics: For a more reliable "hands-free" operation, consider a a wrist-blade handle of the type used in hospitals which can be operated with a wrist or elbow if your hands are too really too dirty to touch your faucet.

Delta faucets are available in 17 standard finishes including four .

One finish, Bright Stainless Steel, is not an applied finish but the material from which the stainless steel faucet is made, buffed and polished to a high shine.

Four finishes – Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Artic Stainless, and Black Stainless – are . Black, Aged Pewter, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Venetian Bronze, and White are .

The three remaining finishes – Stainless, Polished Brass, and Champagne Bronze – are the company's patented Brilliance® finishes developed by sister company, Vapor Technologies Inc., another Masco subsidiary. Vapor Tech­nol­ogies was one of the early pioneers of PVD technologies. All Brilliance® finishes are guaranteed never to corrode, tarnish or discolor for as long as you own your Delta fau­cet

The PVD process is almost science fiction. Load a chamber with unfinished faucets, then remove all the air and add back a carefully calculated mix of nitrogen and reactive gases. Add a chunk of the metal to be used for the coating, usually in the form of a rod. Heat that rod to a temperature so high that the rod dissolves into individual atoms. The atoms mix with the various reactive gases to get the color and finish effects you want and are then deposited in a very thin layer – 2 to 5 microns (.00008-.0002") – on the faucets.

The very dense PVD coating is very hard (Rockwell HRC-80+ and Vicker HV-2600+) and bonded to the fau­cet at a molecular level, essentially becoming an integral part of the fabric of the fau­cet, In abrasion tests, PVD finishes are regularly found to be 10 to 20 times more scratch-resistant than the old standard, electroplated chrome.

PVD Coating: To watch faucet components being given their PVD finishes, check out this brief video by . Be aware that it is very noisy, so you might want to turn down the volume on your player.

Electroplating is the old standard, having served the industry well for over 100 years. It involves immersing the faucet and the metal to be used as plating in an acid bath, then applying an electrical charge to both objects so metallic ions are drawn from the plating metal to the faucet. Chrome is the most commonly used plated metal, followed distantly by nickel.

Powder coatings are much less robust, usually described as "semi-durable", requiring more care than electroplated or PVD finishes to maintain a like-new appearance.

The powder is applied using a special low-velocity spray gun that disperses the powder while giving it a positive electrical charge. The powder particles are drawn to the fau­cet which has been given a negative charge. Once the powder is applied, the fau­cet is baked in an oven at about 400°F (204°C) which melts and bonds the powder and changes the structure of the coating into long, cross-linked molecular chains. These chains are what give the coating is durability.

Some Delta kitchen faucets are now given a final coating of Lumicoat to combat water spots and stains. According to the company: "The finish technology allows users to easily wipe the surface clean with only a soft cloth, eliminating the need for cleaners and chemicals."

We have seen no data on the durability of Lumicoat, but suspect it is about the same as a lacquer coating, not better than semi-durable, and considerably less durable than uncoated PVD.

Whatever the finishing technology used, however, Delta guarantees all faucet finishes for a lifetime, indicating a very high level of confidence in the durability of its finishes. But, the warranty does not cover all possible harm to a faucet finish. It covers defects caused by errors in manufacturing or defective materials – essentially peeling or delaminating and excessive discoloring or staining – faults that are normally the result of improper finishing. Scratches, chips, dents, and other damage resulting from lack of care in cleaning or maintenance are not included. Nor is ordinary wear and tear.

Faucet Finishes: To learn more about protective finishes on faucets including the technologies used to produce the finishes, their limitations, durability, and care requirements see Faucet Finishes.

Delta fau­cets have historically been long on solid engineering and precise manufacturing but more than a little short on style. Times, they are a-changin', however.

Delta has borrowed a few designers from Brizo and Hansgrohe to lend a little pizzaz to its collection as a complement to the introduction of its new faucet technologies, and we are starting to see Delta fau­cets that, while certainly not avant-garde, are a giant step up in the style department.

The collection is still skewed toward traditional and transitional faucets — Delta's meat and potatoes market. Some designs featuring the angularity and industrial simplicity favored by European designers are starting to show up, but by far most Delta faucets still feature the sweeping, graceful curves that are more characteristic of American/Canadian faucet design.

For a true designer faucet from Masco, however, you might have to step up to its higher-end faucet line. Same first-class warranty and customer service, same precise engineering and quality manufacturing, just more style.

Unlike Delta Faucets which win awards for advanced technology such as an Adex award for its Temp2O faucets, Brizo wins awards for its designs.

Brizo faucets have won numberous awards in international design competitions. These include a prestigeous Ret Dot award for its Artesso collection and the even more esteemed Good Design award for the Articulating kitchen faucet and the Kintsu bath collection.

Good Design: The Good Design international design competition, sponsored by the Chicago Ath­e­nae­um Mus­eum of Arch­itect­ure and Des­ign and the European Centre for Ar­chi­tec­ture Art Des­ign and Ur­ban Stud­ies, has been held annually since 1950. and is the oldest and most admired juried design competition in the world.

Do not expect substantial discounts on Delta faucets. The company maintains a . Dealers may sell below the minimum advertised price, but may not advertise the price. A dealer that violates the policy is at risk of losing its authorization to sell Delta products.

Faucet Companies: To learn more about faucet companies, their organization and business type and how these factor affect design, marketing, warranty, and the available of replacement parts, see Faucet Basics, Part 7: Faucet Companies">.

The Delta website is well-designed, informative, and easy to navigate using a menu-driven paradigm. The site is multi-national and allows instant switching to the sites for Canada (English and French), Brasil, India (English), and China.

Faucets can be displayed by room (kitchen or bath). Filters along the left edge of the screen permit selection by configuration (centerset, pulldown, vessel, hands-free, etc.), price range, flow rate, number of handles, and finish. The narrowing-down process is very quick.

Faucet ype and Configuration: For a complete explanation of the dozens of faucet types, see Faucet Basics, Part 4: Style and Configuration.

Once you arrive at a suitable faucet the information about the faucet is comprehensive but not quite sufficient for an informed buying decision. An informed decision requires that all of the specifications needed to determine the suitability and longevity of a faucet be provided by the seller.

Faucets are briefly described and downloadable technical specification sheets with more detailed information are provided. These typically include a measured drawing that is very useful in determining whether a faucet will fit your sink.

Other downloads include installation instructions and an exploded parts diagram. The installation instructions are detailed and complete with diagrams and illustrations that make the installation process very clear. Our plumbers rated the installation of Delta faucets "Very Easy" on a four-point scale of Very Easy to Very Hard.

Certain critical information is missing, however.

Neither the primary nor secondary materials from which the faucet is made are identified. We assume most Delta faucets are made of brass, but we can't be sure because the company website does not identify any faucet's material. Some faucets may be stainless steel, aluminum, zinc, or even plastic.

Faucets with Diamond Seal Tech­nol­ogy cartridges are clearly identified. But, for faucets that do not include DST cartridges, the identity of the cartridge is not provided.

Some Delta faucets, particularly those in the Foundations collection do not include ceramic cartridges. They are fitted with the old-style Delta ball valves – a good valve for its time, but now severely dated. These are usually identified only as "washerless" cartridges, but the faucet industry term, "washerless", is not one that is familiar to the general public and is never explained. Most readers would not understand that it refers to a non-ceramic cartridge.

Two-handle faucets, again mostly in the Foundations collection, are fitted with stem cartridges, but the type of stem cartridge, ceramic or compression, is not indicated. Compression cartridges require periodic maintenance to change out worn seals. It's not a major chore and is well within the ability of most DIY-ers. But most homeowners do not want that kind of bother.

Specification Table: For a complete breakdown of the information provided (and omitted) on the Deltal Faucet website, see the Website Faucet Information Table.

Delta faucet offers a residential lifetime warranty on the mechanics and finishes of its faucets to the original buyer of a faucet. Lifetime for warranty purposes is defined as "for as long as the original consumer purchaser owns the home in which the faucet was first installed." The lifetime warranty does not include electronics which are guaranteed for five years.

The warranty meets the standard for a lifetime warranty in North America but has some legal issues that prevent it from meeting the consumer product warranty requirements of the federal Mag­nu­son-Moss War­ranty Act (15 U.S.C. §2308). This is the federal law that dictates the minimum content of and sets the rules for consumer product warranties in the United States (but not in Canada).

The major problem is the company's claim (in bold print) that its warranty is the "exclusive remedy" for faucet defects. The Federal Trade Commission has warned repeatedly that claims of being the sole or exclusive remedy are deceptive. The law in most states and territories of the United States provides multiple remedies for consumer product failures, so a manufacturer's written warranty is rarely an exclusive remedy, and Delta's warranty is no exception.

Delta's warranty service more than makes up for any minor deficiencies in its warranty, however. Our routine tests of the company's post-sale customer service consistently result in a score of 4.6 or better. Any score over 4.0 is acceptable and over 4.5 is exceptional indicating a high degree of helpfulness, courtesy, problem resolution, and product knowledge.

The Better Business Bureau shares our high opinion of Delta's post-sale problem resolution, consistently grading the company A+ on its scale of A+ to F. The company is not, however, accredited by the BBB and not pledged to its very high level of ethical business practices.

Faucets comparable to Delta include

Our opinion of Delta is that it offers a good, solid, reliable, durable, dependable, and increasingly stylish lifetime faucet. It has been the most popular faucet in Amer­ica for over 50 years for good reason. It is, overall, a very good faucet, and reasonably priced with some of the best warranty and post-sale customer service in North Amer­ica.

Our rating of the company's products has improved over time with the widespread adoption by Delta of the Diamond Seal cartridge and InnoFlex waterways in its faucets. The new cartridge is proving to be something of a phenomenon, with very few reported problems since its introduction.

Delta Faucets have been recognized by our panel of industry professionals and consumers as a Best Value in a mid-priced faucet made or assembled in North America in every Best Value Faucet report since 2010. In the opinion of the panel:

"It is almost impossible to go wrong buying a Delta fau­cet. If there is a better fau­cet made for the price anywhere in the world, we have not found it. The finish, cartridge, and water channel technology used in Delta fau­cets is unmatched by other faucets in the same price range."

In fact, cartridges equal to the DST cartridge are not available from other companies at any price. The nearest equivalent is the PVD+ cartridge coated with diamond-like-carbon used in faucets.

We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Delta fau­cets, good, bad, or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.