Reliant + 1-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Separate Side Spray is rated
Rated 1 out of
Replaced After Only Two Years
I just replaced one of these. When I first looked at the faucet, I thought there was some debris around the joint causing the faucet to stick. Actually pieces of the the thin chrome plating had chipped away. The metal underneath was heavily corroded, stained black, and expanding (explaining the sticking joint). It had already begun to leak water, and I decided it was irreparable.
I can't say it's a cheaply made faucet; it is solid and heavy. Don't expect it to last very long, however. The chrome plating is either too thin or too poorly bonded to protect the faucet.
The design itself is also silly. Why should a single handle, all-in-one faucet require 3 holes and a massive base? I would highly recommend buying one of the sets that connects each part (the faucet head, the control(s), a side spray, and sometimes a soap dispenser) through a single hole. That way it's easier to install (no plumber's putty necessary, disgusting stuff), clean, and repair. With the control handle separate from the faucet arm there is also less pressure on that joint; the arm is easier to move and less likely to bind later.
I looked at American Standard's warranty before replacing the faucet. It states: "The limited warranty excludes damage due to aggressive air or water conditions, or harsh or abrasive cleaners and/or materials." So basically if you use your faucet as a faucet, don't expect them to honor the lifetime warranty.
Date published: 2010-08-12