Hardware House Faucets Review & Rating Updated: 03/25/18
P.O. Box 249
Atchison Kansas 66002
Footnotes:1. Lifetime for defects from manufacturing or normal use. To the original purchaser.
This Company In Brief
Hardware House LLC is a corporation chartered in Alabama but operating out of a warehouse in Atchison, Kansas. It has been owned jointly by Blish-Mize & Silliman Hardware Co. and HH Acquisitions LLC (trading as House-Hasson Hardware of Knoxville, TN) since 2009. Blish-Mize distributes hardware products in thirteen Midwestern states, and House-Hanson in the East and Southeast, excluding New England. Hardware House is, in effect, the house brand of these two large regional distributors.
Hardware House imports Asian-made faucets that it sells over the internet, including through hosting websites like Amazon and Wayfair as well as through hardware and home improvement stores affiliated with Blish-Mize and House-Hanson.
The manufacturer of Hardware House faucets is Tarng Haur Faucet Enterprises Co., Ltd., located in Chang Hua, Taiwan but with a second factory in Shenzen, China. Tarng sells under its own Theco Sanitary & Faucet and Bealle brands, mostly in Asia, and makes
Hardware House also imports showers and bath accessories but not sinks, tubs or toilets tubs. Faucets are just a fraction of the thousands of products sold by the company under the Hardware House brand that include lighting, door and cabinet hardware, and bath furnishings.
The faucets are neither designed expressly for nor unique to Hardware House. They are out of its supplier's standard catalog, and routinely sold by Hardware House's manufacturer to other importers in the U.S. and Canada. Identical faucets are offered by several other import companies for approximately the same prices, including
The line of faucets is well balanced among contemporary, traditional and transitional designs. Its finishes are limited to the three standards: bright chrome, brushed nickel, and oil rubbed bronze. Not all faucets are available in all three finishes.
The cartridges used in the Hardware House faucets are primarily from Sedal S.L.U., a ceramics manufacturer chartered in Spain but manufacturing in China. The Sedal cartridge is a favorite of Chinese manufacturers making faucets for the European and North American markets. We judge it to be a good cartridge that should give reliable service for many years.
The company website is clearly designed for use by business customers, not consumers. Most of the information about the company's faucets is contained in a .pdf catalog that can be displayed online but is best viewed downloaded into Adobe reader or similar application. The information provided for each faucet is reasonably detailed, including views of the faucet in all of its available finishes, and the part number of the replacement cartridge; but there is no dimensioned drawing or exploded parts diagram, and cartridges are not identified by manufacturer. ADA-qualified faucets are noted.
The Hardware House lifetime warranty meets the standard for faucets sold in North America and shows the company's considerable confidence in the quality and reliability of its faucets. A great many other importers of Chinese faucets (see list below) guarantee their wares for just five or ten years.
Hardware House offers all of its faucets in the standard finishes: polished chrome, brushed nickel, and what the company calls "classic bronze", a sort of antiqued oil rubbed bronze with coppery highlights. The company's faucet catalog identifies the finishes available for each faucet. Keep in mind that oil rubbed bronze finishes often do not match well across manufacturers, and matching the bronze finish may be particularly difficult. All faucets are available in chrome but the availability of other finishes varies.
Faucets imported from China and Taiwan that are comparable to Hardware House faucets include:
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Hardware House faucets, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.