Wolverine Brass Faucets Review & Rating Updated: May 16, 2024

Summary
Imported
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China

and

Assembled in
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U.S.A.

From Imported Components
Wolverine Brass, Inc.
2951 Hwy. 501 E
Conway, SC 29526
(800) 944-9292
Rating
Business Type
Product Range
Kitchen, Bath, Prep and Bar Faucets
Certifications
Street Price
$300 - $800
Warranty Score
Mechanical Parts
1 year1
Cartridges
100 years2
Oil-Ribbed Bronze Finish
1 year
Other Finishes
100 years3
Proof of Purchase
Required
Transferable
No
Meets U.S. Warranty
Law Requirements
No

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This Company In Brief

Wol­ver­ine Brass is a domestic fau­cet company, founded in 1876 in Grand Rapids, that sells only to plumbers and Contractors. It is over years old as a fau­cet seller. But, it is not nearly the company it once was.

After twenty years as a division of Professional Plumbing Group, Inc. (PPG), the company has been transformed from an American manufacturer of exceptional fau­cets to an importer and distributor of fairly average Chinese faucets of no particular design or quality distinction.

It still makes some fau­cets in South Carolina, but the number is decreasing year by year. Seventy-five percent of Wolverine Brass faucets are manufactured in China.

Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine, the well-res­pect­ed plumbing industry trade journal, at one time, rated Wol­ver­ine Brass as the most reliable fau­cet made anywhere and, as late as 2009, a Wol­ver­ine vice president was truthfully able to state:

"All Wol­ver­ine Brass-manufactured products are made in the United States and to a standard not found in most home centers. This includes our lines of residential and commercial fau­cets, as well as brass valves, ball-cocks and tubular products."

This is no longer true and has not been true for several years.

Wol­ver­ine still assembles some fau­cets in the U.S. using an increasing amount of imported parts and components.

The overwhelming majority of its fau­cets, however, are manufactured in China and Taiwan. The Wol­ver­ine name is no longer a guarantee of a reliable American-made fau­cet.

The Company

Wolverine Brass was founded in 1896 by Louis A. Cornelius, a master plumber, who started the company to make plumbing components that plumbers could rely on. The company developed a reputation over the years for its heavy-duty products including its reliable fau­cets.

The company was a family-owned enterprise for over 100 years until it was acquired by Brad­ford Eq­uit­ies Man­age­ment, LLC in 2001.

Brad­ford created a holding company, Pro­fes­sion­al Plumb­ing Group Inc. (PPG), to own Wol­ver­ine. Plumb­Mas­ter was added to PPG in 2004 after Bradford purchased it from NCH Corp. of Dallas.

PlumbMaster has its own history – formed in 1924 through the merger of R & M Man­ufact­uring and the Creed Comp­any. By 2004 it had become one of America's top plumbing parts distributors.

PPG has continued adding companies. According to Dun & Bradstreet, it owns 82 subsidiary companies, all involved in some way in supplying plumbing products.

Other than Wol­ver­ine and Plum­Master, its best-known brand is a plumbing products company founded in 1869 that made its reputation with the Anystream adjustable showerhead and, more recently, its sensor automatic fau­cets.

The sale to Bradford was not the end of Wol­ver­ine's sojourn through the rarified world of private equity acquisitions.

In 2013, Bradford sold PPG to Dunes Point Cap­i­tal in a debt-financed leveraged buyout. Dunes Point is a private equity firm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of White Group Hold­ings, funded by Nation­wide In­sur­ance.

Dunes Point, in turn, sold the company to Marc­one, an appliance parts distributor in 2021. Gen­star Capi­tal, another private equity fund, owns Marc­one, described in company literature as the "world's leading appliance parts exporter and distributor with customers in North America and 117 additional countries across the globe."

The Dilution of the Brand

A leveraged buyout almost always results in massive debt that has to be paid off.

Wol­ver­ine has been leveraged four times since 2001, each sale generating more debt. The company needs substantial profits just to service the debt.

Management's way of generating the needed massive profits is to capitalize on the reputation for quality earned by Wol­ver­ine over generations while packing the brand with inexpensive products made in China, similar to what happened to after their takeovers by investment groups using borrowed money.

The faucets are still of good quality. Our inspections revealed that even the faucets made in China are well-made using high-quality components.

But they are not a good value. The faucets are priced significantly higher than similar faucets from other companies and we can find no reason for the pricing other than the lingering but no longer wholly deserved reputation as very reliable American-made faucts.

Loss of Exclusivity

PPG has merged Wol­ver­ine into Plumb­Master as just one of the many fau­cet brands it distributes including Zurn Industries.

Some of these are wholly owned by PPG including Plumbmaster, Windon Bay, and Wolverine Brass.

PPG chacterizes Wol­ver­ine as a "Plumb­Master brand" distributed "exclusively" by Plumb­Master.

Wol­ver­ine lost its separate website in 2017. (Under Marc­one ownership, PPG is also losing its separate website. As of the date of this report, a notice on the PPG site advises users that "Our website is migrated to my.marcone.com. as of June 5th, 2023.")

Much of the brand's hard-won exclusivity is gone.

As a family-owned enterprise, it sold only to plumbers. As a PPG brand, it expanded its market to include other contractors. Marc­one appears to be limited sales to contractors with approved credit accounts.

Limiting its sales to trade professionals, however, shut Wolverine out of the very large market comprised of do-it-yourselfers and homeowners.

PPG has worked around the limitation by the simple process of selling Wol­ver­ine fau­cets to the general public under the Plumb­Master brand.

They are the exact same fau­cets often with the exact same model name, just in a different box. The approach allows PPG to advertise that Wol­ver­ine fau­cets are still exclusive to the trades when, in fact, they are not and have not been for several years.

Wolverine Faucet Collections

As of our last update to this report, Wol­ver­ine fau­cets were grouped into eleven collections that Wol­ver­ine calls "Sub Brands." As of this update, however, the Centennial collection has disappeared entirely and is no longer being sold.

The remaining ten collections are groups of products of similar appearance. Some collections include just fau­cets. Others may include shower components, tub fillers, tub spouts, toilets, and accessories such as towel racks, robe hooks, and toilet paper holders.

Some collections include both kitchen and lavatory fau­cets, others are exclusivly for the bath.

The collections allow the buyer to easily coordinate the look of bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

Wolverine Faucet Sources

For over 100 years, Wol­ver­ine was a manufacturer of quality "Made in U.S.A." fau­cets. Not today, however. Wol­ver­ine fau­cets are no longer "Made in U.S.A." although Wolverine Brass sales materials constantly make that claim.

Under the Federal Trade Commission's country-of origin-rules, to be "Made in U.S.A."

'… the product must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S.

"All or virtually all" means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. That is, the product should contain no – or negligible – foreign content.'

Wolverine faucets have not met that standard for over a decade. Most, if not all, of the parts and components that go into a Wolverine faucet are imported.

Some Wol­ver­ine fau­cets are still "Assembled in the U.S." from foreign-made parts and components. These are, however, increasingly rare. At present, they include all of the fau­cets in the Encore and Endurance collections and all but one fau­cet in the Eternity collection – just over 25% of the Wol­ver­ine faucets sold by PlumbMaster.

Wolverine Brass
Faucet Status as of May 15, 2024
Col­lec­tion Mo­del Des­crip­tion Ori­gin Avail­abil­ity
Architec 81571Centerset Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81576Single-Handle Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81577Single-Handle Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81578Single-Handle Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81582Widespread Lavatory CN In Stock
81583Widespread Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81610Pulldown Kitchen CN Out of Stock
81611Pulldown Kitchen CN Out of Stock
81612Pulldown Kitchen CN Out of Stock
Artis 86330Centerset Lavatory CN In Stock
86340Centerset Lavatory CN Back Ordered
86430Widespread Lavatory CN Back Ordered
86440Widespread Lavatory CN Back Ordered
Encore EKA0305Two-Handle Kitchen US Back Ordered
BLK0305Centerset Laundry US Back Ordered
EC01350Centerset Lavatory US Back Ordered
EC01330Centerset Lavatory US Back Ordered
Endur­ance 85000Single-Handle Kitchen US Back Ordered
85050Single-Handle Kitchen US In Stock
85051Single-Handle Kitch. w/ Side Spray US Back Ordered
Essence ESW1330Widespread Lavatory CN In Stock
ESC1360Centerset Lavatory US Back Ordered
ESL0340Two-Handle Laundry US Back Ordered
ESK7360Two-Handle Kitchen w/ Side-spray US Back Ordered
85057Single-Handle Kitchen w/ Side Spray CN Out of Stock
85058Single-Handle Kitchen w/ Side Spray CN Out of Stock
85060Single-Handle Kitchen US Back Ordered
85263Single-Handle Centerset Lavatory US Back Ordered
85940Pullout Kitchen CN Out of Stock
Eternity 33071Centerset Lavatory
Unknown
Out of Stock
33397Centerset Commercial Lavatory US Back Ordered
33494Metering Lavatory TW
Taiwan
Back Ordered
33992Centerset Lavatory US Back Ordered
93331Centerset Service (Body only) US Back Ordered
9334286AHigh Spout Utility w/ Spray US Out of Stock
Finale FW01350Widespread Lavatory CN Back Ordered
FC00340Centerset Lavatory US Back Ordered
50123WPillar Lavatory US Out of Stock
85270Single-Handle Lavatory CN Back Ordered
85271Single-Handle Lavatory CN Back Ordered
85274Single-Handle Lavatory CN Back Ordered
85921Single-Handle Lavatory CN In Stock
85922Single-Handle Centerset Lavatory CN In Stock
85923Single-Handle Centerset  Lavatory CN In Stock
85924Single-Handle Kitchen CN In Stock
85925Single-Handle Kitch. w/ Side Spray CN Out of Stock
85926Pulldown Kitchen CN In Stock
85927Pulldown Kitchen CN In Stock
8503504Pullout Kitchen CN In Stock
Simpli­city 85091Single-Handle Kitch. w/ Side Spray CN Out of Stock
85294Single-Handle Lavatory CN Out of Stock
Timeless81501Pulldown kitchen CN Out of Stock
81502Pulldown kitchen CN Out of Stock
81503Pulldown kitchen CN Out of Stock
81505Hii-Arc Kitchen  w/ side spray CN Out of Stock
81511Centerset Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81512Centerset Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81515Widespread Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81516Widespread Lavatory CN Out of Stock
Vogue81541Single-Handle Kitchen CN Out of Stock
81542Single-Handle Kitchen CN Out of Stock
81546Centerset Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81548Widespread Lavatory CN Out of Stock
81549Widespread Lavatory CN Out of Stock
Out of Stock fau­cets may again be available by the time you read this report.
Made in China

Most of the other 75% of Wolverine's faucets are made in China. We found one metering faucet made in Taiwan.

The most recent Plumb­Master catalog identified all of the fau­cets in the Architect, Artis, Simplicity, Timeless, and Vogue collections as Chin­ese. In the Finale collection, two of the 15 fau­cets are assembled in South Carolina, the other 13 are made in China.

The Essence collection is a roughly even mix of Chin­ese and U.S. fau­cets.

According to the current PlumbMaster online catalog, only 15 of 67 (22%) Wol­ver­ine fau­cets are listed as "in stock" and available for sale.

All Wolverine faucets assembled in the U.S. except one kitchen faucet in the Endurance collection were identified on the PlumbMaster website as "Back Ordered."

Most of the Chinese-made faucets were identified as "Out of Stock."

This situation suggests substantial changes in Wol­ver­ine's future. It is likely that several of Wol­ver­ine's existing collections will be phased out in the near future or, perhaps, even the Wol­ver­ine brand itself.

Wolverine Faucet Manufacturers

Wolverine fau­cets made in China are manufactured by Hua­yi Plumb­ing Fit­tings In­dus­try, Co. Ltd. and at least one other manufacturer that we have not been able to positively identify.

Huayi sells its own Huayi and SOKA brands in Asia and supplies fau­cets to PPG sold under the Wol­ver­ine, Speak­man, and Win­don Bay brands.

It also supplies faucets to two Canadian companies,

PPG buys faucets and faucet components from several Chinese companies including Xiamen Runner Industrial Co. Ltd., Xiamen Lota International Co., Ltd., NCIP, Inc., and Hangzhou Panasia Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd. We have not, however, been able to link any of these manufacturers to Wolverine faucets.

We cannot track imported components to a specific fau­cet. This would require access to PPG's internal records, which we do not have. But, we can track the increase in imports of parts and components from overseas manufacturers, mostly in China and Taiwan, and the increase since PPG's ownership began has been substantial, well over 500%.

Wolverine Faucet Design

Some of Wol­ver­ine's fau­cets are left over from the old family-owned Wol­ver­ine Brass. These can be characterized as designs out of the 1950s and 60s, largely devoid of style. Durability and reliability, not looks, were the focus of the old Wol­ver­ine, and it shows.

The newer collections, made in China, are more stylish but of no particular design distinction. The styling is fairly typical of Chin­ese-made fau­cets, pleasant but conservative.

China is developing more design finesse and some Chin­ese domestic fau­cet designs are beginning to be recognized on the world stage for their originality. A few have even won awards in international design competitions. None of these are sold by Wol­ver­ine, however.

The Chin­ese designs for fau­cets sold by Wol­ver­ine are mostly adapted from successful European and American styles.

A fau­cet design that proves popular in the European or North American markets will ultimately be copied by Chin­ese factories with just enough variation to avoid infringing design patents. The lag time is normally three to five years behind the Western designs, by which time the design is usually no longer new nor original.

Wolverine's Faucet Construction and Materials

All Wolverine fau­cets sold in the U.S. are made using conventional construction in which the body and spout channel water as well as give the fau­cet its appearance.

Brass

The primary fau­cet material used is brass – the preferred material for fau­cets for two reasons:

Wolverine Brass Myths

A great deal of mythology has grown up around Wolverine Brass faucets, much of which was once true but is no longer.

Brass has one serious drawback, however. It may contain lead.

Traditional (alpha) brass is a blend of copper and zinc with a small amount of lead (1.5%-3.5%) added to make the material more malleable, less brittle, and easier to fabricate.

ZMAK Faucet Handles Before and After Finishing

Image Credit: Indian Die­casting In­dus­tries

Zinc is easily identified by its dull gray color. Zinc fau­cet handles, shown before (top) and after chrome plating.

There is virtually no stress on a fau­cet handle, so zinc works well in this fau­cet component or any other component not under water pressure. In core and shell construction, it can be used as the shell without diminishing the quality of the fau­cet.

Lead, however, is now all but banned in North America in any drinking water component due to its toxicity to humans, particularly children.

According to the En­vir­on­ment­al Prot­ec­tion Agen­cy (EPA), lead, even in small amounts, causes slowed growth, learning disorders, hearing loss, anemia, hyperactivity, and behavior issues.

Before 2014, a fau­cet sold in the U.S. or Canada could contain as much as 8% lead and still call itself lead-free.

Now the maximum lead content of those parts of a fau­cet that touch water is 0.25% (1/4 of 1%), basically just a bare trace. In fact, there may be more lead in the air you breathe than there is in a fau­cet that has been certified lead-free.

To comply with the restrictions on lead, today's fau­cet brass replaces lead with other additives to reduce brittleness without adding toxicity. The most common is bismuth.

Bismuth is similar to lead – right next to lead on the periodic table of elements – but it is not harmful to humans.

It is, however, very expensive. It is 300 times rarer than lead, even rarer than silver, which is why bismuth-brass alloys are considerably more expensive than leaded brass.

This increased cost has encouraged many fau­cet manufacturers to use substitute materials in their fau­cets where possible.

Zinc and Zinc/Aluminum Alloys

The most common substitute is zinc or a zinc-aluminum (ZA) alloy. One of the most common is called ZAMAK, a composition containing 4% aluminum.

Zinc is not as strong as brass and does not resist water pressure as well as brass.

But its use in non-pressurized parts of a brass fau­cet such as handles, base and wall plates, and is common even among manufacturers of luxury fau­cets.

It does no harm when used in these components and may save consumers a few dollars.

Plastics

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a low-cost, easily manufactured, non-toxic, impact-resistant plastic is also a commonly used substitute material for brass.

It can be safely used in incidental fau­cet parts like base plates and has been largely trouble-free in aerators and as casings for ceramic cartridges, but otherwise, its use is suspect, especially if under constant water pressure.

Among those suspect uses is in the spray heads of Wol­ver­ine's pulldown and pullout kitchen fau­cets.

Wolverine pulldown kitchen fau­cet from the Finale collection in chrome. Like all of Wol­ver­ine's pulldown and pullout kitchen fau­cets, the fau­cet's spray head is plastic.

Unfortunately, plastic spray heads (called "wands" in the fau­cet industry) have become the standard for many manufacturers, including some that sell upscale fau­cets such as

Proponents of the material give three reasons for the use of plastic:

However, ABS plastic degrades over time from exposure to ultraviolet and is not dimensionally stable. It expands and contacts more than most other plastics with temperature changes making tight tolerances challenging to maintain.

These characteristics make plastic wands suspect for long-term use in fau­cets – products that most consumers consider lifetime purchases, and, although engineers have made significant improvements to their reliability over the past decade, the problems have not been entirely resolved.

The Faucet Valve Cartridge

Its cartridge is the heart of a modern fau­cet and should be your very first consideration when making a buying decision.

It is the component that controls water flow and temperature.

Its finish may fail and the fau­cet will still work. It may be discolored, corroded, and ugly but water still flows. If the cartridge fails, however, the fau­cet is no longer a fau­cet. It is out of business until the cartridge is replaced.

It's important, therefore, that the cartridge is robust, durable, and lasts for many years.

The general view in the fau­cet industry is that better wands are made of metal — brass, zinc, or stainless steel — insulated against excessive heat transmission.

The Sure Cure for Too-Hot Spray Wands: The simple cure for spray wands that get too hot is to reduce the temperature of the water. Dishes do not need to be rinsed in scalding water.

Wolverine Faucet Cartridge

Wol­ver­ine uses a ceramic stem cartridge in its two-handle fau­cets that it first engineered in 1972.

How to Clean a Ceramic Valve Cartridge

If your fau­cet starts to drip after several years, the problem is most likely in the valve cartridge.

Dripping Faucet

The cartridge is probably not defective. It is just clogged up with mineral deposits accumulated over the years from hard water.

The two ceramic discs that shut the water off no longer mesh completely, allowing a few drops of water to slip through.

To return it to full functionality, removing the lime scale deposits is all that is required.

Here is how that can be done:

plumbers Grease

If the mineral build-up is substantial, you may have to do this more than once.

The company was neck and neck with in the race to develop the first ceramic fau­cet cartridge.

Wolverine beat its rival by a nose, receiving a patent for its "ceramics disc shutter", a single-function ceramic cartridge for two-handle fau­cets in 1973 (US Patent 3,780,758).

American Standard Companies, however, was not about to give up easily.

It countered Wol­ver­ine with a patent of its own a year later for a dual-function ceramic cartridge for single-handle fau­cets (US Patent 3,834,416). Dual-function cartridges are substantially more difficult to engineer.

The cartridges were a game-changer – the model for all the ceramic cartridges used today by virtually all fau­cet companies.

Instead of vulnerable rubber seals and washers that wear out and need to be replaced regularly, ceramic discs are used to control water flow.

The nearly indestructible discs do not wear out and need almost no maintenance other than a periodic flush to remove accumulated mineral deposits.

For more information about the development and characteristics of fau­cet valves and cartridges, see Faucet Basics, Part 2: Faucet Valves & Cartridges.

Wolverine has great confidence in the durability of its valve cartridges, as evidenced by the 100-year warranty on the cartridges.

Plumbers generally give the cartridges good marks. The only complaint is the plastic stem (the part at the top of the cartridge that attaches to the faucet handle.) Plastic stems can twist off more easily than metal stems. Most in the industry consider metal stems to be superior.

Wolverine Faucet Finishes

Wolverine fau­cets are available in three finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze. For a few years, some fau­cets were offered in Matte Black, but this finish no longer appears as an option in the Plumb­Master catalog.

All fau­cets can be purchased in Chome, most in Brushed Nickel but only a few in Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

Electroplating

Chrome and Brushed Nickel are finishes.

Electroplating is the oldest form of metal coating, using a process discovered in 1890 by Lu­i­gi Brug­na­tel­li, an Itali­an chemist but it did not come into widespread industrial use until the 1840s.

Wolverine Warranty
Legal Issues

In 1975, Congress passed the Mag­nu­son-Moss War­ranty Act (15 U.S.C. §2301) that established the legal minimum content and form of consumer product warranties.

Its passage seems to have escaped the attention of Wol­ver­ine's management because absolutely no attempt has been made to conform Wol­ver­ine's warranty to the federal law.

Magnuson-Moss has been in force for over years. So, somebody at Wol­ver­ine should have noticed.

The Wol­ver­ine warranty is a consumer product warranty. Mag­nu­son-Moss requires certain content in a consumer product warranty and excludes some restrictions. The Wol­ver­ine warranty includes very little of this required content but does include banned restrictions.

The warranty disregards so many legal requirements that in any legal challenge a court will probably ignore most of the warranty and apply the state law warranty of merchantability to any warranty claim.

Wol­ver­ine will also pay any plaintiff's costs and attorney fees — the statutory penalty for disregarding Magnuson-Moss requirements.

It involves immersing fau­cet components and the met (chrome or nickel) 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 components.

Usually, multiple coats are applied, one or more undercoats, and then two or more coats of the finish metal. The undercoats are required because many plating metals do not bond well with brass. An undercoat of copper or nickel is usually applied as a primer. They bond well to brass and chrome bonds well to copper and nickel.

Powder Coating

Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a .

A powder coat is usually described as semi-durable, not as robust as electroplated finishes, somewhat more durable than the finish on your car. In use, it requires more care to maintain a like-new appearance.

It is a dry paint in powder form applied using a special low-velocity spray gun that disperses the powder while giving it a positive electrical charge. The particles are drawn to the item to be finished which has been given a negative charge.

Once the powder is applied, the item being coated is baked in an oven to melt the coating, changing its structure into long, cross-linked molecular chains.

These chains are what give the coating its durability, reducing the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues.

Wolverine Warranty

Wol­ver­ine has offered a 100-year warranty on its fau­cets since the 1970s, the only company to ever do so.

From the outset, it was mostly a marketing gimmick.

No Wolverine fau­cet owner is likely to live 100 years, and on the death of the original owner, the warranty ends. In effect, it was nothing more than a lifetime warranty, but "100 years" has a marketing punch that "lifetime" does not have.

Originally it was an "all-parts and all-components guarantee" but that was on fau­cets substantially more durable than most of the company's current products.

Under PPG's ownership, the warranty has been eviscerated. The current "100-year" warranty guarantees all parts and components for just one year with two exceptions:

Why "date of manufacture" and not "date of purchase" we do not know. But it seems odd.

The date of manufacture is stamped on the Wolverine cartridges. We found it to be within 24 months of the facet's purchase date. In a 100-year cartridge warranty, that 24-month difference is not going to have much effect.

Another oddity is this: the warranty does not clearly identify who owns the warranty.

The owner is the "purchaser/homeowner." But the two are not the same. The purchaser is the plumber who buys the faucet from Wolverine. The homeowner is the consumer for whom the faucet is purchased.

Which one owns the warranty? It's impossible to say.

What if the consumer is not a homeowner? If he or she is a tenant, lessee, or renter, who then owns the warranty?

These ambiguities result from poor legal drafting. Whoever wrote the warranty did not think through the many ramifications of the language used.

The Wolverine warranty is what we term a "Barnam Warranty" in honor of the famous 19th-century promoter and huckster, P. T. Barnam, who reputedly sold a boxcar load of white salmon by guaranteeing that it would not turn pink in the can – something that white salmon cannot possibly do.

Like Barnam's guarantee, the widely advertised 100-year Wol­ver­ine warranty is not what it seems. The headline still looks good — 100 Year Wol­ver­ine Warranty — and it impresses customers looking for a reliable fau­cet. But very little of a Wol­ver­ine fau­cet is actually guaranteed for 100 years.

The warranty is more accurately a one-year warranty with exceptions. But nowhere outside of the actual warranty document itself does PPG mention the one-year part of the warranty.

But if the faucet spray quits spraying, the handle refuses to turn, or the aerator stubbornly declines to aerate, you are on your own after the first year. That one-year limitation is important, so keep it in mind when making your buying decision.

More Warranty Reading

Read the Woli­veri­ine "100 Year" Faui­cet Wari­rani­ty.

To learn more about how to interpret fau­cet warranties, go to Faucet Basics, Part 6: Un­der­stand­ing Fau­cet War­ran­ties.

To learn how to enforce your fau­cet warranty, read The War­ran­ty Game: En­for­cing Your Pro­duct War­ran­ty.

Read our Model Li­miti­ed Lifei­time Faui­cet Wari­rani­ty.

In addition to its other problems, the warranty is not legal.

It does not comply with the minimum 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. (See the sidebar Wol­ver­ine Warranty Legal Issues on this page for more information.)

In any court challenge, most of the restrictions and limitations written into the Wol­ver­ine warranty would be thrown out.

Magnuson-Moss and the regulations published by the Federal Trade Commission to clarify the law require a very different warranty, one that is not just limited to mailing a few replacement parts, but one that actually repairs a broken fau­cet, no matter what it takes, parts and labor included.

If the fau­cet cannot be restored to full function and appearance after a reasonable number of tries, the consumer then has the choice of a replacement fau­cet or a full refund.

Testing & Certification

Comparable Faucets

Faucets comparable to Wol­ver­ine's Asian-made fau­cets include

All of these companies offer a warranty on their fau­cets that is superior to the Wol­ver­ine warranty. Some are similar in design. Most are much more stylish. Some are more expensive, most are less, some are much less. All are made, at least in part, in China or Taiwan.

Wol­ver­ine's commercial fau­cets compete with

Chicago Faucet, Symmons, and T&S Brass fau­cets are made in the U.S. Elkay, Mainline, and Central Brass products are made in Taiwan and Cina.

Conclusions

If you are looking for an inexpensive but good-quality Chinese-made faucet, Wolverine Brass will not be your first choice. For fairly average Chinese faucets, Wolverine's products are expensive.

Most of the qualities that made Wolverine Brass a stand-out brand are gone. The faucets are not the heavy-duty products of earlier years, they are mostly not made in America, and the 100-year Wolverine warranty is mostly myth.

We can think of no reason to buy the brand in preference to other quality Chinese-made faucets such as those from most of the companies listed above.

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