Lefroy Brooks Faucets Review & Rating Updated: 03/29/18

Summary
Imported
China Flag
China
Lefroy Brooks Plumbing Fixtures, Inc.
Trading as
Lefroy Brooks USA
1828 Troutman Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385
(718) 302-5292

Lefroy Brooks Diffusion, Ltd.
Ibroc House
Essex Road
Hoddesdon
Hertfordshire EN11 0QS
Rating
Business Type
Product Range
Kitchen, Bath, Prep and Bar Faucets
Certifications
Brands
Lefroy Brooks
Street Price
$700 - $2,400
Warranty Score
Cartridge
5 years1
Finishes
5 years2
Mechanical Parts
5 years
Proof of Purchase
Required
Transferable
No
Meets U.S. Warranty
Law Requirements
No
LDRFaucetWarranty.pdf
1. This product is guaranteed for a period of 5 years to the original purchaser against defective materials or faulty workmanship.
2. Gold finishes are guaranteed for 2 years.

Read the Lefroy Brooks faucet warranty.

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This Company In Brief

Lefroy Brooks is a line of upscale English-style faucets, fixtures, and accessories for the kitchen and bath. The ownership of the product line is distributed amongst several U. K. companies.

The North American distributor is Lefroy Brooks, Inc.

The faucets are manufactured on the Chinese mainland by faucets in North America.

Lefroy Brooks is a line of English-style faucets, fixtures, and accessories for the kitchen and bath. They were originally manufactured in the U.K. but today they are made in China. Distribution in the U.S. and Canada is through Lefroy Brooks Plumbing Fixtures, Inc. founded by Warren Pearl in 2009. Mr. Pearl is also the owner of Cooper & Graham, a luxury bath brand launched in 2014 that caters primarily to the hospitality industry.

The ownership of the product line is distributed amongst several companies organized and residing in the United Kingdom.

At one time there was an actual Lefroy Brooks, Ltd. but according to Companies House records in London, the corporation is now dissolved. Lefroy Brooks (Baths), Ltd., Lefroy Brooks (London), Ltd., Lefroy Brooks (Brass Foundries), Ltd. have likewise existed at one time or another but have met the same ultimate fate: disbanded or merged into other companies.

Only Lefroy Brooks Diffusion, Ltd. seems to have survived and is still active as a subsidiary of Davroc, Ltd a distributor of high-end European bathroom fixtures and accessories, including bath towel rails from Bard & Brazier, Ltd., also owned by Davroc, and the only company in the group that appears to actually manufacture some of its wares in the U.K. (not faucets, however).

Diffusion does not own the brand name "Lefroy Brooks", however. That is owned by yet another corporate entity: LBIP, Ltd., which holds all of the intellectual property associated with Lefroy Brooks, including all brochures and catalogs, the various websites, and the trademarks associated with the Lefroy Brooks collections. It even owns the manuals and the installation instructions that accompany each faucet. (One could surmise that LBIP might be an acronym for "Lefroy Brooks Intellectual Properties" – but that's just a guess.)

These companies have two people in common: Pietro Corbisiero, a U.K. resident of Italian citizenship who is a director of all of them and, according to Companies House records, also a director of a dozen or so other U.K. companies — all seeming to have something to do with the distribution and sale of plumbing and sanitary wares and accessories; and Andrew Russell Christopher, a director and commonly the managing director, of most of these same companies.

So, then, who is Lefroy Brooks?

There is an actual person named Lefroy Brooks, or more accurately: Christopher Alan (Christo) Lefroy-Brooks formerly of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, who was the owner-of-record of the Lefroy Brooks brand name until 2007. He holds several design patents for faucet and bath accessory designs but has applied for no new patents since 2002. He appears to have sold his interest in Lefroy Brooks in 2012 to Corbisiero et al and moved to Italy. He does not appear to have any active involvement with Lefroy Brooks at this time. We can find no indication that he has designed for any company other than Lefroy Brooks, which is unusual for a person of his apparent talent. Nor has he designed for Lefroy Brooks for over a decade.

Lefroy Brooks faucets are manufactured on the Chinese mainland by founded in 1979 as a plumbing products and sanitary wares distributor. It has since become one of the world's largest suppliers of plumbing and sanitary products to other companies. It sells its own faucets in North American under the

It also manufactures most of the showers and bathroom accessories that complement the faucets and many of Lefroy Brooks sinks and other porcelain wares through its subsidiary, Milim G & G Ceramics Co., Ltd. Milim is a former state-owned ceramics factory, purchased by Globe Union from the Red Chinese government in 2003. It now manufactures most of the sanitary fixtures sold in North America by Globe Union under the Gerber brand name.

For English faucets actually manufactured in the U.K., see:

Lefroy Brooks products are arranged in collections or "ranges" corresponding to historical design periods. In a world where one company's collection of faucets looks very much like any other company's collection of faucets, the Lefroy Brooks faucets are definitely different, incorporating, in addition to some very good basic design, that little hard-to-define something that says these faucets are absolutely and unmistakably British in character and style.

The 1900 Classic collection is styled to remind one of the sanitary wares available in the very late Victorian period that the British refer to as the Edwardian era (1900-1910). The 1910 La Chapelle collection is, according to the company, inspired by the designs of 1910-1920 and do very much have the style of the English Arts & Crafts Movement, as does the 1920 Connaught collection.

The 1930 Mackintosh collection moves past Arts & Crafts styles to Art Nouveau design as represented by the noted Scottish architect and textile designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This movement and its Art Deco cousin lasted well into the Global War period of the 1940s and is appropriate even into the post-war reconstruction period. The 1950 Belle Aire faucet was obviously inspired by the hood ornaments of 1950's American automobiles.

The 2000 XO and 2010 Kafka collections represent contemporary design since the turn of the millennium. These are the least interesting collections, lacking as they do any distinctive qualities to set them apart from the contemporary faucets offered by half a dozen other upscale faucet companies. As for the post-modernist period of the 1960s through the 1990s, it is completely ignored, although a lot of interesting design statements emerged during those years.

All of the collections are complete with faucets, sinks, showers, tub fillers, bathtubs, mirrors, and other accessories. The collections include bath faucets, of course, but may also include kitchen faucets for the same era.

The faucets are sold primarily through interior decorator studios and decorative plumbing showrooms, including dedicated showrooms that Lefroy Brooks shares with Cooper & Graham in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. A complete list is available at the Lefroy Books website under the "Stores" tab. Some of these sellers also make the products available online. See, e.g. Plumbtile.com.

The Lefroy Brooks faucets we examined were well made and impeccably finished. Finishes include silver nickel, polished chrome, antique gold, satin nickel, and, in the XO collection, stainless steel. Even a quick look at a Lefroy Brooks faucet ought to put to rest any mistaken notion that the Chinese cannot manufacture a world-class faucet.

All of this premium quality is, of course, pricey. Be prepared to fork over a handsome contribution to the Lefroy Brooks' exchequer. These are possibly the world's most expensive Chinese faucets, and some of the world's most expensive production faucets from any country.

Most faucets in this price category are artisan faucets, hand-made one at a time as ordered, e.g. not faucets from an assembly line.

The Lefroy Brooks USA website is very visual and very well designed. Navigation is intuitive and very simple. Each faucet in each collection is described in detail, and technical specifications, installation instructions, and an owner's manual in .pdf format are linked to each faucet. The certifications for each faucet are clearly indicated.

The company's faucet warranty, however, is tucked away under "Terms and Conditions". Not where we would expect to find it. In fact, we did not find it until a helpful customer service agent told us where to look.

The faucet warranty is average for Britain but well below par for the North American market. The actual faucet manufacturer, offers a lifetime warranty on the faucets it manufactures for sale in North America under its own brands,

From our examination of Lefroy Brooks faucets, we can find no obvious reason that the same lifetime warranty could not be offered on the faucets it manufactures for Lefroy Brooks. So, we think the sparse warranty has nothing to do with quality issues with the faucets. It may just be that management is extraordinarily timid.

What we like about the warranty is that it does not attempt to disclaim warranties implied at law such as the usual warranties of merchantability and fitness for purpose. The company states that its written warranty is intended to supplement these "implied" warranties. However, it does not even begin to comply with the minimum form and content requirements of the Mag­nu­son-Moss War­ranty Act (15 U.S.C. §2308), the federal law that sets the rules for consumer product warranties in the United States. So, while it may be a legal warranty in Canada, it is not legal anywhere in the U.S. and in any court challenge, Lefroy Books would not only lose, it would have to pay the consumer's attorney fees.

For faucets comparable to Lefroy Brooks' qulity but almost certainly not of the same unique style, see:

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