Forious Faucets Review & Rating Updated: February 14, 2024

Summary
Imported
ChinaFlag
China
Wenzhou Furuisi Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
trading as
Forious®
No. 3-9 Donggong Rd.
Haicheng St.
Longwan District
Zhejiang Province
China 325055
(443) 424-8064
service@forious.com
Rating
Business Type
For more information on the five faucet company business types, see Faucet Companies
Product Range
Kitchen and Bath Faucets
Certifications
Brands
Forious
Street Price
$40 - $137
Warranty Score
Cartridge
Lifetime1
Finishes
Lifetime
Mechanical Parts
Lifetime
Proof of Purchase
No
Transferable
Yes
Meets U.S. Warranty
Law Requirements
No

Warranty Footnotes:

1. The entire For­i­ous warranty: "FORIOUS warrants this pluming product to be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal residential use for lifetime of the product."
The warranty does not comply with federal law and is not legal warranty in the U.S. So our score of one star is a weak one star.
The company has no effective customer service, so making claim on the warranty is nearly impossible.
Learn more about faucet warranties.

This Company In Brief

Wen­zhou Fur­uisi Build­ing Mat­eri­als Co. is a Chin­ese manufacturer that sells fau­cets in the U.S. under the For­i­ous brand.

It sells primarily through internet venues, mostly those that host third party sellers such as Ama­zon, Walmart, and Way­fair and through big box lumber stores like Home De­pot and Lowes.

The faucets are good quality products that include good components.

Forious stainless steel kitchen fau­cets have been tested by an independent laboratory and found to comply with all of the reliability and safety standards governing the sale and installation of drinking-water fau­cets in North A­mer­i­ca.

These include the very strict North A­mer­i­can lead-free and drinking water safety standards.

Forious bathroom lavatory faucets, however, have not been tested and are not certified.

Only faucets certified to comply with North A­mer­i­can standards may be legally used in a drinking-water system in any State or Territory of the U.S. or any Canadian Province.

Wenzhou Fu­ru­i­si Building Materials Co. (also trading as Wen­zhou For­i­ous Build­ing Mat­er­i­als Co.,Ltd. and Wen­zhou Fries Build­ing Mat­er­i­als Co.,Ltd.) was founded in 2004 to manufacture what the company calls "appliances" for the home including decorative plumbing products such as faucets and showers, and the accessories that often accompany faucets, including towel bars and rings, robe hooks, and toilet paper holders.

The products are sold only on the internet primarily through websites that host third party sellers. The most prominent of these is Amazon. But, the company also sells through Walmart, Wayfair, and the big box lumber stores that host independent sellers: Lowes and the Home Depot as well as Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Sales through Bed, Bath & Beyond; Lowes; and Home depot are over the internet only. Forious products are not sold in stores.

The company's North Amer­i­can sales venture has been remarkably successful.

On Amazon alone, it has sold over 10,000 products to date.

In part that success has been due to the good quality and exceptionally low prices of its products. The most expensive Forious kitchen faucet sells for under $140.00. But, it is also due to some rather high-powered endorsements.

Forbes magazine has named Forious faucets among the best kitchen faucets sold in America in 2022, as has Bob Villa on his home improvement website. Both publication arevidently unaware that the vast majority of Forious faucets are illegal to use in the U.S. and Canada.

Other than sales and marketing, however, much of Fu­ru­i­si's organization is woefully deficient.

The company has no functioning U.S. presence. All of the details of a sale have been delegated to its hosting websites: warehousing, inventory, payment processing, and delivery.

It claims to have a U.S. warehouse, but our research has shown that its warehousing is provided by Amazon, Wayfair and the rest of the outlets through which the company sells Forious products.

It also claims a U.S.-based subsidiary, Forious Inc. However, this corporation, organized in Washington state in 2019, is a shell company. It does not actually conduct any business.

Its sole purpose, apparently, is just to have a U.S. corporation with a U.S. address to convey the impression that Forious products are sold by a u.s.-based business.

They aren't.

Its principal business address as listed in its corporation filings is in Houston, Texas is an provided by Witmart Trademark Services. Witmark's primary business is filing trademark registrations, but it also provides accommodation address services.

It is possible to successfully market faucets in the U.S. without having a physical presence in the U.S. The German luxury faucet companies, manage it extremely well.

Their approach takes advantage of the fact that with smartphones and the Internet, physical proximity to a market is no longer necessary to sell in that market. To a plumber or homeowner located in Miami, Memphis or Montreal, technical or customer support provided from Germany is just as useful as help from California or Connecticut.

But, to be successful, the time difference between customer and company must be overcome. In2aqua and Jörger have done so by ensuring that there is technical and customer support available during North Amer­i­can business hours. Fu­ru­i­si has not.

Construction & Materials

Forious kitchen faucets sold in the U.S. are made from stainless steel. The lavatory faucets are constructed of brass. The brass used in Forious faucet has been tested and independently confirmed on all but a few faucets to be lead free to Noth American standards but not drinking water safe. (See the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Sta­tus of For­i­ous Fau­cets table on this page.)

Stainless Steel

The stainless steel is 304 stainless, an alloy that includes chrom­ium and nickel. The nickel gives the steel a crystalline structure which increases its strength. The chromium helps the steel resist corrosion.

Stainless 304, also known as "food-grade" stainless, is by far the most common alloy used to make kitchen utensils, silverware, cookware, and fau­cets.

Why Stainless Steel Does Not Rust: Properly alloyed stainless contains at least 10% chromium (which gives stainless its slight yellowish tinge) and a dollop of nickel. These form a coating of oxides and hydroxides on the outer surface of the steel that blocks oxygen and water from reaching the underlying metal, preventing rust from forming. The coating is very thin, only a few atoms thick, so thin that it is invisible to the eye under ordinary light but thick enough to protect the fau­cet.

Steel is much harder than brass. It can be made in thinner profiles that use less material and still have more than adequate strength.

Brass

Forious lavatory fau­cets are made of brass. Brass is the preferred material for faucets for two reasons:

But, brass has one serious drawback. Unlinke stainless steel, 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.

However, lead 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 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 modern 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 the reason that 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 & Zinc/Aluminum Alloys

The more 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

Plastic is the other commonly used substitute material. It may be safely used in incidental 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 water pressure.

Among those suspect uses is its use in the spray heads of kitchen fau­cets. Plastic spray heads (called "wands" in the fau­cet industry) have become the standard for many manufacturers, including some that sell upscale fau­cets such as

Forious kitchen fau­cet sprays are plastic.

These manufacturers give three reasons for their use of plastic:

However, plastic wands also fail much more often than metal wands. And although engineers have made significant improvements to their reliability over the past decade, the problem has not been entirely solved.

Better wands are made of metal, insulated against excessive heat transmittal.

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 hot water.

Faucet Components

The critical components used in Forious fau­cets are ceramic valve cartridges and aerators.

The company claims that its faucets are fitted with a patented proprietary ceramic cartridge that it calls the F-Valve feturing a diamond-impregnated disc.

However, the kitchen faucets we examined contained a universal ceramic cartridge mde by Wenzhou Hairui Ceramic Valve Co.,Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of ceramic valve cartridges.

The Faucet 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.

This is a valve we don't see often in faucets imported into North America and we don't know much about the valve or the company. It does not maintain a website. However, its cartridges have been tested and confirmed to comply with North American standards and are legal for use in the U.S. and Canada.

Replacement cartridges are not sold in the U.S. or Canada but the cartridges have a standard configuration that is available from any number of cartridge companies, so a replacement from a company that does ell in North America should not be hard to find should the cartridge ever fail.

The aerators used in some Forious kitchen fau­cets are made by Neoperl®, considered some of the world's best.

Faucet aerators used to be simple devices that merely added a little air to soften the water stream so it would not splash out of the sink.

Today, however, they are also used to limit water volume to the lower flows required by federal and state water conservation laws, and in some cases, to prevent back-flow that can result in the contamination of household drinking water.

It is important, therefore, that this little device, often smaller than a dime, be the best available. And that, almost by definition, is the Swiss-engineered Neoperl® aerator.

Forious Faucet Design & Styling

Forious fau­cets are a mix of contemporary and traditional designs. The designs are conservative – fairly common designs, attractive enough but exhibiting no particular design originality.

The goal of Chinese fau­cet manufacturers is to sell as many fau­cets as possible, which means keeping their designs well within the mainstream to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.

Some Chinese manufacturers have begun producing original designs, some of which have won awards in international design competitions, Fu­ru­i­si is not one of those award-winning companies, but it has designed at least one of its faucets, the 0300 two-handle lavatory fauce, and holds a U.S. patent on the design. Most Forius faucets, however, are close copies of successful European and North American designs.

A style that sells well in these major markets will often be imitated by Asian factories (with minor changes to avoid patent infringement). The lag time is usually 3 to 5 years, so by the time a design appears in a Chinese fau­cet it is no longer new.

Forious's designs are pleasant and often smartly styled, but many are over a decade old, some are well past voting age, and a few are looking at their thirtieth anniversary in the rear-view mirror.

The contemporary styles are modern but not avant gard,, The traditional faucets are not wedded to particular design eras. They will work in just about any traditional kitchen or bath but are best with colonial and Vic­tor­ian decors.

Forious Faucet Finishes

Forious offers five finishes on its fuacets: Black, Brushed Nickel, Chrome, Gold, and Gray.

A few fau­cets are available in in which a base finish is paired with an accent finish. Split finishes include Black with Chrome, Black with Brushes Nickel, and Black with Gold.

Two of the five finishes. Chrome and Brushed Nickel are electroplated. Black and Grey finshes are powder coatings. Gold may be a powder coating, but is more likely applied using physical vapor deposition (PVD).

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.

Usually, multiple coats are applied, one or more undercoats and then two or more coats of the finish metal.

The process is potentially hazardous to the operator and the environment. It involves toxic and corrosive chemicals that must be disposed of safely. No other coating technology even comes close to the dangers involved in electroplating.

The top coat may be polished or brushed. Chrome, a relatively hard metal, is usually polished to a high shine. Nickel, a aofter metal, is usually brushed to help hide the minor scratches that are inevitable.

or PVD is one of the latest space-age fau­cet finishing technology, rapidly replacing electroplating as the finish of choice.

Although the technology was discovered in the 19th century, it was not used in industry until the 1950s and then only rarely due to its great expense. Its first use was in nuclear reactors. Today, technology is everywhere and the machinery required is getting smaller, faster, and cheaper all the time.

The process itself is almost out of Star Trek.

Load a chamber with unfinished fau­cet components, remove all the air and add back a carefully calculated mix of nitrogen or argon and reactive gases.

Add a rod of the metal to be used for the coating. Heat that rod to a temperature so high that the metal 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 – on the fau­cets.

A micron is one millionth of a meter or 1/26,000 of an inch. The average human hair is 83 microns thick. The smallest the human eye with excellent vision can see without magnification is about 5 microns.

Despite being just microns thick, a PVD coating is extremely dense and, in consequence, very hard and durable. By some estimates, it is up to 20 times more scratch-resistant than electroplated chrome.

From long experience, we know that PVD is nearly impossible to accidentally scratch or mar, never fades or changes color, and resists all forms of soiling.

It can usually be maintained with just an occasional wipe from a damp cloth to remove water spots. (And some PVD finishes are given a final chemical coating that resists water spots, so even the damp wipe is made largely unnecessary. A dry buff will do.)

is usually described as semi-durable, not as robust as electroplated or PVD finishes, about as durable as the finish on your car, and requiring more care to maintain a like-new appearance.

It is essentially 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 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 its durability, reducing the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues.

Finish Care Instructions: Always read and follow the fau­cet seller's care instructions. Careful cleaning and maintenance not only preserve the good looks of your fau­cet but also your finish warranty.

Forious Faucet Warranty

Forious offers a lifetime warrant that is admirably brief and extremely generous. Here is the entire warranty:

"FORIOUS warrants this pluming product to be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal residential use for lifetime of the product. This Warranty only applies to plumbing prodcuts purchased and installed in USA/Europe/Japan/Canada/Mexico."

Unfortunately, this abbreviated statement of the company's warranty does not comply with the minimum requirements for consumer procuct warranties in the U.S. contained in the federal Mag­nu­son-Moss War­ranty Act (15 U.S.C. §2301). In particular, it does not …

In addition to the legal issues, there are practical business issues with the warranty.

It does nothing to limit the compsny's liability. Furu­i­si's exposure is not just the cost of repairing the fau­cet. It is responsible for all of the harm that might be caused by a defect in the fau­cet. Consider this more or less standard law school problem:

A Forious faucet leaks, flooding the kitchen and doing great damage to the cabinets and flooring. The water also leaks through the floor damaging the ceiling and walls, carpet, and most of the furnishings in the rec room in the basement below. The cost of repairing and replacing the damage will run to several thousand dollars.

Because all the damage can be traced directly back to the leaking faucet, Furu­i­si Build­ing Mat­er­i­als is liable for the entire cost of repairing the damage to the kitchen and rec room.

Certification Status of Forious Faucets
Model Number(s) Use Description Certifications
Basic Standard
ASME A112.18.1
Lead Free
NSF 372
Drinking Water Safety
NSF 61
These models are fully certified and legal to install in a drinking water system.
0023
FF0023
LL0023 (Lowes)
WM0023 (WalMart)
WW003 (Wayfair)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-down-spray induction kitchen faucet Yes Yes Yes
0024
FF0024
LL0024 (Lowes)
WM0024 (Walmart)
WW004 (Wayfair)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-down-spray-spring-style kitchen faucet Yes Yes Yes
0025
FF0025
LL0025 (Lowes)
HH0025 (Hm Depot)
WM0025 (WalMart)
WW005 (WalMart)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-out-spray kitchen faucet Yes Yes Yes
0026
FF0026
HH0026 (Hm Depot)
LL0026 (Lowes)
WM0026 (Walmart)
WW006 (Wayfair)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-down-spray kitchen faucet Yes Yes Yes
0027
FF0027
LL0027 (Lowes)
WM0027 (Walmart)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-down-spray spring-style kitchen faucet Yes Yes Yes
0028
FF0028
HH0028 (Hm Depot)
LL0028 (Lowes)
WW008 (Wayfair)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-down-spray spring-style kitchen faucet Yes Yes Yes
0029
FF0029
HH0029 (Hm Depot)
LL0029 (Lowes)
WW009 (Wayfair)
Kitchen Single-handle pull-down-spray spring-style kitchen faucet No Yes Yes
These models are only partly certified and illegal to install in a drinking water system.
0200
FF0200
HH0200 (Hm Depot)
LL0200 (Lowes)
WM0200 (Walmart)
Kitchen (Discontinued) No No Yes
0300
FB0300
WB0300 (Wayfair)
WM0300 (Walmart)
Lavatory Two-handle widespread high-arc lavatory Faucet No Yes No
30030
FB30030
HH30030 (Hm Depot)
L-30030 (Lowes)
WB30030 (Wayfair)
WM30030 (Walmart)
Lavatory Two-handle widespread lavatory fauce No Yes No
0301
FB0301
HH0301 (Hm Depot)
WB0301 (Wayfair)
WM0301 (Walmart)
Lavatory Two-handle widespread square-arc lavatory faucet No Yes No
31030
FB31030
HH31030 (Hm Depot)
LL31030 (Lowes)
WB31030 (Wayfair)
WM31030 (Walmart)
Lavatory Two-handle widespread lavatory fauce No Yes No
0302
FB0302
HH0302 (Hm Depot)
LL0302 (Lowes)
WB0302 (Wayfair)
WM0302 (Walmart)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout lavatory faucet No Yes No
0302H
FB0302H
WB0302H (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout vessel faucet No Yes No
0303
FB0303
LL0303 (Lowes)
WB0303 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout lavatory faucet No Yes No
0303H
FB0303H
WB0303H (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout vessel faucet No Yes No
0304
FB0304
HH0304 (Hm Depot)
LL0304 (Lowes)
WB0304 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single-Handle single-hole lavatory faucet No No No
0305
FB0305
HH0305 (Hm Depot)
LL0305 (Lowes)
WB0305 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single-handle single-hole waterfall-spout lavatory faucet No Yes No
0305H
FB0305H
HH0305H (Hm Depot)
LL0305H (Lowes)
WB0305H (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single-handle single-hole waterfall-spout lavatory faucet No Yes No
0307
FB0307
HH0307 (Hm Depot)
LL0307 (Lowes)
WB0307 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Two-handle centerset lavatory faucet No Yes No
03032
FB03032
LL03032 (Lowes)
WB03032 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout lavatory faucet No Yes No
03033
FB03033
LL03033 (Lowes)
WB03033 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Three-hole lavatory faucet No Yes No
03302
FB03302
WB03302 (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout vessel faucet No Yes No
03302H
FB03302H
WB03302H (Wayfair)
Lavatory Single handle waterfall-spout vessel faucet No Yes No
32030
FB32030
Lavatory Widespred Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
39035
FB39035
Lavatory Widespred Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
03601
FB03601
Lavatory Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
03538
FB03538
Lavatory Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
03701
FB03701
Lavatory Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
0043
FF0043
Lavatory Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
43000
FF43000
Lavatory Lavatory Faucet No Yes No
51000
FF51000
HH51000
WW51000
Kitchen Pullout Kitchen Faucet No Yes No
45000
FF45000
Kitchen Pullout Kitchen Faucet No Yes No
0045
FF0045
Kitchen Pullout Kitchen Faucet No Yes No
Faucets that are not certified to all three standards may not be legally installed in a drinking water system, private or public, in the U.S. or Can­ada. Installing a fau­cet that is not certified is a misdemeanor in most localities. The penalties may include monitary fines and even jail time in some jurisdictions.

Undoubtedly Fu­ru­i­si did not anticipate the extent of its possible liability when it offered it warranty, but it needs to do so.

The company also needs to consider the duration of its warranty.

As written, it is a "forever" warranty, transferring to each subsequent owner of the fau­cet for as long as the fau­cet is in service. Its service life could well be over 100 years. We routinely service fau­cets that have been in service since the 1880s.

All of this is very good for the buyer, but is undone by two factors:

It is highly unlikely the company will be around nearly anywhre like 100 years. These shadow sellers from China pop up for a while, then disappear in the fog behind the Bamboo curtain never to be heard from again. The average lifespan is 5 years. It warranty, no matter how strong, ends when the company ceases business.

Forious' customer service is so poor thaat there is no effective channel for making a warranty claim.

Forious Customer Service

Customer service for Forious products is for all practical purposes nonn-existent.

The company prefers to be contacted by eamil that will be answered, if at all, from china. Due to the time difference (China is between 13-16 hours ahead of the U.S.), it typically takes a minimum of 8-9 hours to get a response to an email and often as long as 48 hours on weekdays, if you get a response at all. If your Forious fau­cet is malfunctioning and you need replacement parts, that is far too long.

We found that attempting to contact the company by email is a largely waste of time. Our test emails are tagged to inform us if they are opened. They were opened, and presumarly read, but the company did not reply to any of the emails.

The sole published North Amer­i­can telephone number for Fu­ru­i­si is either continuously busy or, if answered, the caller is asked to leave a message (in English and Mandarin). It is even busy at midnight and at 3:00 a.m. which suggests to us that it is not an active number. Our left messages have never resulted in a return call or any other contact by the company.

The problems getting in contact with the company are confirmed by Lowes' and Home Depot, both of which sell Forious faucets and both of which have contacted us for help in figuring out how to contact the company. Unfortunately, we had no help to offer.

We rate the company's customer support as "unsatisfactory." but only because that is the lowest rating we have. In fact, customer support is effectively non-existent.

Forious Website

Fu­ru­i­si does not have a Chinese website under either its English or Chinese name (which translates to "Wen­zhou Fries Build­ing Mat­er­i­als Co. Ltd.").

It does have a U.S. website, but this site – Forious.com – is little more than a stub. It has very little content. Most pages are blank.

One bathroom faucet and four kitchen faucets are listed. We found retailer websites more helpful in finding technical details about the faucets.

We suspect that the site was created solely because third-party hosting sites like Amazon strongly encourage hosted sellers to have an English-language website. But Forious does not take it seriously

Testing & Certification

Furu­i­si sells 34 faucet models: 27 lavatory faucets and 7 kitchen faucets. Not every faucet is availble from every seller. Some sellers have exclusive models not sold by other outlets. Each faucet is available in multiple finishes and most have more than one model number, whichs promote the illusion that there are many more than 34 faucet models. There aren't.

The company assigns unique model numbers to each of its major retailers. For most sellers it justs adds a prefix, but for Wayfair it may provide a completly different number.

The prefixes are OS (Bed, Bath & Beyond), HH (Home Depot), LL (Lowes's Stores), WM (Walmart), and WW (Wayfair). Faucets with an HD prefix appear in certification listings, but we have not found any current seller using the prefix. All other sellers, including the faucets the company sells on Amazon, have prefixes of either FF for kitchen faucets or FB for lavatory faucets.

The 0023 kitchen fau­cet, for example, is the LLL0203 for Lowes stores, WM0023 for Wal­mart, WW003 for Way­fair, and FF0203 for all other sellers, including Am­a­zon. (See the sidebar "For­i­ous Model Num­bers" for the breakdown of a Forious model number.)

The different model numbers allow each seller to claim that:

It must have the lowest price becase is is the only seller with that particular model number. This sort of marketing trickery is not unique to For­i­ous fau­cets. All of the major fau­cet companies, including do exactly the same thing.

Seven Forious stainless steel kitchen faucets are the only products the company has had tested and certified to all joint Canadian/U.S. faucet standards.

Its bathroom faucets made of brass have not been certified to the basic North American faucet standard.

In consequence, only the seven stainless steel kitchen faucets are legal to install in a drinking water system anywhere in Canda or the United States (including U.S. overseas territories). The legal models are shown in the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Sta­tus of For­i­ous Fau­cets table in green.

Read the actual listing certificates for Forious faucets:

Here are the details of Fu­ru­i­si's certifications:

Comparable Faucets

Faucets made in Asia comparable to Forious in quality with the same or a better warranty, but not necessarily comparable for design or price, include

Conclusions

Kitchen Faucets: The company's stainless steel kitchen faucets are certified safe, dependable, and lead-free. They are well-made using what appear to be good cartridges and top-line aerators. We consider the faucets a remarkably good value.

The downsides, however, are two:

Our plumber panel was impressed by the quality of the kitchen faucets, but would not install one in a busy kitchen for lack of reliable after-sale support, particularly citing the lack of a replacement parts source in the U.S. or Canada. As a prep or bar faucet, however, they would take a chance.

We suggest that if you do buy a Forious kitchen faucet, you immediately buy a replacement cartridge and keep it on hand just in case.

Lavatory Faucets: The Forious bathroom lavatory faucets are another story entirely.

These are contraband faucets. They are illegal to install in a drinking-water system anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

A plumber probably will not install one for you, If you install it yourself and are caught, the very least that will happen is you will have to replace the illegal faucet at your expense and possibly pay a small fine. In an increasing number of jurisdictions, you can go to jail for knowing and intentional violations.

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