Lulani Faucets Review & Rating Updated: 08/08/22
Warranty Footnotes:1. "as long as the original consumer purchaser owns the product and lives in the residence in which the product is first installed"
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This Company In Brief
Lulani LLC, founded by Gregory Michael Lange in 2018, is an importer and distributor of faucets.
The faucets are made in China and Vietnam by manufacturers with excellent credentials and reputations for producing good quality products incorporating first-rate components.
They are sold primarily on internet venues that host third-party sellers and on the company website.
We judge the faucets to be a fair to good value considering their quality and price points.
Founded in 2018 by Gregory Michael Lange and Chandra Lou Lange, as a business unit of their corporation, Tanfel, Inc.. The Lulani name was trademarked by Tanfel in 2019.
Lulani was reorganized in 2020 as a separate limited liability company.
Tanfel is an manufacturer organized in 2008 that makes custom metal components for other companies. It adverties that it provides
"… a combination of world-class manufacturing, quality control, engineering support, warehouse, and logistics services."
Although the two companies are separate legal entities, they are under common ownership and management and are co-located at the same address.
Tanfel is the actual importer of many if not most of the faucets sold by Lulani.
Although Tanfel appears to have all of the capabilities required to design and manufacture faucets (except finishing), there is no indication that any of Lualani's faucets are domestic products. All are imported from Asia.
Lulani's known faucet manufacturers are and include:
- Italisa Vietnam Co, Ltd. is a manufacturer located near Hanoi that speclailizes in faucets and other sanitary wares for the export market.
- Its products have only recently appeared in the U.S. and Canada, but it appears to have captured the attention of Ferguson Enterprises. A number of faucets distributed by RGM Enterprises.
- Nokite EcoSmart Water Heating Systems (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. supplies the stainless steel faucets sold by Lulani. Until recently it manufactured stainless steel faucets as a part of Water Systems. Franke, however, recently divested itself of all of its Water Systems subsidiaries, selling its well-known faucet lines to Equistone Partners Europe. The new owner has not yet disclosed what the future holds for Nokite.
- Nokite supplies the stainless steel faucets sold by Franke in North America and also manufactures faucets for Kubebath LLC which sells under its
- Huayi Plumbing Fittings Industry (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. is a member of the giant Huayi International Industrial Group, a collection of companies involved in some manner in metal fabrication. Huayi sells faucets throughout Asia under the Freendo brand.
- In the U.S. Huayi supplies faucets to Northern Central Distributing which sells them as Huayi is .
These companies may not be Lulani's only faucet suppliers.
Faucets are organized in collections that may include several faucets along with accessories such as towel bars and robe hooks. The collections do not include shower components or tub fillers, neither of which are sold by Lulani.
Some collections are extensive. The St. Lucia collection, for example, contains eight different lavatory faucets, towel bars and rings, a toilet paper holder, robe hook, and lotion dispenser. Others such as the Nassau and Ibiza Collections include a single faucet.
A couple of the collections seemed forced. The Bora Bora collection, for example, includes bathroom faucets with with gentle curves and flowing lines paired with a spring-style pre-rinse kitchen faucet with no design similarity and supplied by a entirely different manufacturer.
Undoubtedly, Lulani intends to expand the collections over time, but at the moment, most are very sparse.
Buying Rule for
Smart Faucet Buyers
Never buy a faucet until you know the type of cartridge used in the faucet and who made it.
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 be robust and durable, lasting for many years.
Lulani faucets include some of the best components available. Its faucets are equipped with ceramic cartridges that have been certified lead-free and drinking water safe to North American standards and the aerators installed in most of its faucets are from the Swiss company, Neoperl. Both of these components are crucial to long-term faucet performance.
Lulani's ceramic cartridge suppliers include:
- Kerox Kft, a Hungarian technical ceramics company
- Kerox is recognized for its high-quality mixing cartridges used in single-handle faucets. All of Lulani's single-handle stainless steel faucets made by Nokite are equipped with Kerox cartridges.
- Kaiping Yizhan Valve Core Co., Ltd. supplies the stem cartridges used in Lulani's two-handle stainless steel faucets. Yizhan has a good reputation for quality and is used in several upscale faucet brands including .
- Sedal S.L.U. is a technical ceramics company chartered in Spain but manufacturing in China at two facilities: Sedal Technical Ceramics in Jiangmen and Sedal Kaiping. its cartridges are considered solid, reliable performers that should give leak-free service for many years.
- Guangdong Hent Technology Co., Ltd. established in 1991 is one of the oldest of the Chinese technical ceramics companies.
- The company is an innovator in the ceramics industry and has been awarded numerous patents for improvement to ceramic technologies.
- Its state-of-the-art facility in Heshan City produces high quality cartridges used primarily in faucets made for domestic use in China,
- The cartridges have been tested and certified to all applicable European and North American standards and are increasingly installed in faucets destined for Western markets.
Kulani's mixing cartridges for single-handle faucets are not proprietary designs. They are based on the standard cartridge configurations developed in the 1980s by Galatron Plast S.p.a., an Italian technical ceramics company.
Standardization means that a cartridge is easy to replace in the unlikely event it ever fails. Most plumbing supply houses keep standard cartridges in stock. So. a quick trip to the local Ferguson (Wolseley in Canada) or Grainger store, cartridge in hand, restores faucet functionality in short order.
Neoperl®, founded in 1959 in Reinach, Switzerland, supplies most of the aerators used in Kulani faucets. Faucet aerators used to be simple devices that merely infused a little air to soften the water stream so it would not splash out of the sink.
Today, however, aerators are high-technology precision-engineered products used to limit water volume to the lower flows required by federal and state water conservation laws, and in faucets with pull-out sprays, to prevent back-flow that could contaminate 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.
Lulani offers a total of nine finishes on its faucets. Two of the finishes, chrome and brushed nickel, are . Matte Black is a . Brushed stainless steel is not an applied finish. It is the stainless material of the faucet buffed and brushed. The remaining five finishes are (PVD) coatings.
Electroplating is the old standard, having served the industry well for over 150 years.
Plating involves immersing the faucet and the metal to be used as the finish in an acid bath, then applying an electrical charge to both objects so metallic ions are drawn from the plating metal to the faucet.
The process is inherently dangerous, involving very corrosive acid solutions, and the resulting waste products are hazardous to the environment if not disposed of properly.
Powder coating is considerably less burdensome to the environment. It does not involve toxic chemicals or produce hazardous waste.
Powder coating is the usual way in which faucets are given non-metallic or "painted" finishes. A colored powder similar in texture to baking flour is applied with a special low-velocity sprayer that gives the powder a positive electrical charge. The particles are drawn to the faucet which has a negative charge. The faucet is then baked in an oven which melts and bonds the powder and changes the structure of the coating into long, cross-linked molecular chains that give the coating its durability.
A powder coat is semi-durable. It does not bond to the underlying metal like metallic finishes which means it can chip if not handled carefully. It also requires more care in cleaning. A harsh cleaning solution can damage the finish.
PVD finishes are, by contrast, nearly indestructible. They are applied in a very thin layer in a vacuum chamber loaded with unfinished faucet parts. All the air is replaced with a carefully calculated mix of inert and reactive gases. A rod of the metal to be used for the coating is heated to a temperature so high that it dissolves into individual atoms creating a plasma that is bombarded onto the faucet parts.
Various finish colors and effects are created by varying the mix of reactive gases. PVD brass or gold can be created, for example, using a titanium alloy as the coating metal with nitrogen gas. Adding methane to the mix reddens the color, producing rose gold, and adding a little acetylene darkens the finish for old gold or antique brass.
The very dense PVD coating is very robust and bonded to the faucet at a molecular level, essentially becoming an integral part of the fabric of the faucet. It is very difficult to scratch. In abrasion tests, PVD finishes are regularly found to be 10 to 20 times more scratch-resistant than the old standard, electroplated chrome.
No Lulani faucet is available in all nine finishes. A few, like the Ibiza can be ordered in every finish except stainless steel which is available only on stainless steel faucets. Most faucets are limited to one, two, or three finishes. The finishes offered largely depend on the finishes the faucet's manufacturer is capable of providing.
The Ibiza faucet is also available in a . The handle and base can be given one finish and the spout and body another. Eight finishes choices are available which, when combined result in 56 split finish possibilities.
For more information on faucet finishes including the advantages and disadvantages of each method of application, see Faucet Basics, Part 5: Finishes and Coatings.
The website, based on a Shopify template, is colorful and fairly simple to navigate although some selections will result in a lot of jiggling and jumping around before settling down to display the new content. Faucets can be selected from the main menu by room (bathroom or kitchen) or by collection and can be filtered by finish and style from a menu on the left side of the page.
The filters are accurate. Selecting Gun Metal as a finish and Widespread as a style correctly produced just one faucet: the 8" widespread from the Corsica Collection. Sttel black combined with pull-down resulted in just the Nassau faucets, the only faucet that has those two featured in combination.
Once a faucet has been selected, the information provided on the site about the faucet is fulsome but not entirely complete and not sufficient for an intelligent buying decision.
The listing page displays the finishes in which the faucet is available, a brief description of the faucet, and what the company calls its "Highlights." More detailed information is included in downloadable .pdf documents. These include
- Specifications: Hard facts about the faucet such as the material from which the faucet is made, maximum flow rate, type of valve cartridge, aerator source, number of mounting holes required, spray type (kitchen faucets), and whether a drain is included (lavatory faucets only).
- Installation Instructions: A copy of the installation instuctions packed with the faucet. These are useful to your plumber to determine whether there may be any installation issues in the location you have planned for the faucet.
- Product Dimensions: A document containing a measured drawing of the faucet dimensioned in inches and millemeters. Detailed measurement are useful in determining whether the faucet will fit your sink and cabinets.
- Parts List: An exploded drawing of the faucet identifying all of its invidiual parts and components. Useful if you ever need to order a part.
|Flow rate (maximum)
|Images (multiple or 360° view)
|Material, primary (brass, stainless, etc.)
|Material, secondary (zinc, plastic etc.)
|Mounting holes (number)
|Spray head material2
|Spray hose material2
|Supply hoses (included)4
|Supply hoses manufacturer2
|Supply hoses material2
1. Suitable for use by persons with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Accessible Canada Act.
2. If applicable.
3. Bases are included with some faucets, but also available separately.
4. Supply hoses are included.
5. Kitchen faucets only.
6. Finishes are illustrated, but not in chart form.
Not every faucet listing includes all four links to supporting documents. Installation Instructions seem to be universal as is a link to the faucet warranty, but some listings do not link to Specifications, and some have no Parts List.
Lulani makes visualizing the faucet very easy by providing several (usually a ozen or more) static images of the faucet, including images of the faucet installed in various settings, a 360° rotating view of many of the faucets, and sometimes a short video.
The website has a few mysteries. One is Lulani's Spot Defense finish. Several faucets show Spot Defense as a finish option, but exactly what it is, what it does, and the benefit to the customer of having a Spot Protect finish are nowhere explained.
We suspect it has something to do with reducing water spots, but what it is and how it does it is unclear. A short explantion in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) would do a lot to resolve the mystery or, better yet, a brief tooltip that appears when the mounse rolls over the term, similar to the items on this page.
The Lulani warranty guarantees all parts of a faucet except electronics and supply lines against leaks and defects in material and workmanship for as long
"... as the original consumer purchaser owns the product and lives in the residence in which the product is first installed ..."
Our warranty panel classified the warranty as substantially equivalent to the standard North American limited lifetime faucet warranty.
We found just one problem with the warranty. This language is inappropriate and could be considered deceptive:
"... Except as provided by law, this warranty is in lieu of and excludes all other warranties, conditions and guarantees, whether expressed or implied, statutory or otherwise, including without restriction those of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose.
For some reason, lawyers love to include this or similar language in warranties even though the claimed exclusion of implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose is prohibited by the federal law that sets the rules for consumer warranties, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. § 2301).
The underlying principal of the Act is that company warranties are a supplement to, not a replacement of, state law implied warranties. A company that provides a written warranty cannot exclude or modify implied warranties (15 U.W.C. &§ 2308) So, this language is at most a bluff, hoping to convince readers that no other warranties are available.
Buying Rule for
Smart Faucet Buyers
Never buy a faucet unless you have read and understand the faucet's warranty. It tells you more than the company wants you to know about management's real opinion about the durability and life expectancy of the faucets it sells.
Learn how to read and interpret faucet warranties at Faucet Basics, Part 6: Understanding Faucet Waruranties.
Electronics are guaranteed for five years. This is a generous electronics warranty. Most companies guarantee electronics for three years at most.
Customer service is provided by Tanfel, Inc. It is very competent and responsive. However, product knowledge is a little weak which is to be expected of agents whose primary focus is on the custom metal components made by Tanfel.
We did not run our usual customer service tests on Tanfel. They don't always work with very small companies. Agents quickly realize they are being tested. However, we did ask difficult questions and posed typical problem situations, all of which were handled well and with dispatch.
For more information on how federal, state, and local laws and regulations work to keep unsafe and unreliable faucets out of your home, see Faucet Basics, Part 3: Keeping Faucets Safe & Reliable.
Faucets made in Asia comparable to Lulani in quality and strength of warranty but not necessarily comparable for design or price, include
This is a company that has done everything right. It selected its suppliers for the quality of their products, includes good to very good ceramic cartridges, provides a wide selection of finishes, and prices the faucets competitively.
The components used in the faucets are very good, equal to those used in faucets costing up to twice the price. We believe the faucets to be a very good value for the price and well worth consideration for even a primary faucet in a busy kitchen or main bathroom.
the company website is well-designed and includes most of the information needed for an informed faucet-buying decision (and all of the really critical information). Its warranty is more than adequate and customer service is responsive.
We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with Lulani faucets, good, bad, or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please e-mail us at email@example.com, text 402-871-5301, or post a comment below.