Jado Faucets Review & Rating Updated: 03/27/18
6615 West Boston
This Company In Brief
JADO is a faucet brand formerly sold and serviced in the U.S. by American Standard Brands. It is owned, however, by Ideal Standard International, S.A., a Belgian company controlled by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital Partners.
The faucets are manufactured by JADO Design Armatur und Beschlag AG, a German company founded in 1890 to make suitcase fittings. Majority ownership of the company was acquired by the former American Standard Companies in 2000.
In 2007 American Standard Companies was dissolved and its assets sold. Its kitchen and bath division became two different companies: American Standard Brands which operates in the U.S. and Asia and Ideal Standard, which took over American Standard assets in Europe, including JADO.
American Standard Brands continued to buy JADO faucets from Ideal Standard, which it then marketed in the U.S. However, the product line was deemphasized. Then, on October 31, 2013, American Standard Brands abruptly announced to its distributors that it would discontinue both Ideal Standard luxury brands: JADO and Porcher, effective immediately, in favor of its own new luxury brand DXV introduced the previous May.
American Standard will continue to provide warranty and parts support for the brands in North American and JADO and Porcher faucets already in inventory will continue to be sold until inventories are exhausted but no additional JADO or Porcher faucets will be imported.
It is not clear as of the date of this review whether Ideal Standard will arrange other channels for the importation of the brand into the U.S. and Canada, or simply abandon the North American market altogether. It may be that under agreements with American Standard Brands it is not allowed to compete in North America using any other distributor.
Under the old American Standard Companies, Jado faucets were manufactured in the American Standard factory in Wittlich, Germany. A few still are but Ideal Standard has exported a lot of JADO manufacturing to China. Most JADO faucets are now made in China: fully assembled, finished, packaged and ready to sell.
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