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Topic # 191120 24-Jan-2016 14:14
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Hi guys,

 

 

 

In terms of quality/style I think we've narrowed our choice of tapware (bathrooms/laundry/kitchen) down to Hansgrohe or Methven - keen to hear opinions on the various pro's/con's.  I'm leaning towards Hansgrohe as I prefer the European aesthetic, and I know the quality is good as my workplace has their taps in the bathrooms, and they've stood up well to that level of use.

 

Price will likely play a role too, but I'm hoping to negotiate reasonable discounts as I'll be buying a house-lot of plumbing gear.


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  Reply # 1477783 24-Jan-2016 14:17
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We have Methven in our bathroom, they look good and work well. We got a different shower system though, I think Methven had a weird micro jet thingy we didn't like. We also got a rain head, around a foot across, which looks cool but is rarely used - cost around the better part of $1k including purchase and install too.

 

We bought through a bathroom firm, our discount level was fantastic off retail - I did a quick call around and from memory it was around 40%.





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  Reply # 1477804 24-Jan-2016 15:17
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Methven have been in the business for 130 years, they absorbed many other NZ tap ware makers such as HMC, Newman Hattersley and parts of A & T Burts. They make very good products at high standard of design and production.

 

I would recommend them.





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  Reply # 1477805 24-Jan-2016 15:18
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timmmay:

 

We have Methven in our bathroom, they look good and work well. We got a different shower system though, I think Methven had a weird micro jet thingy we didn't like. We also got a rain head, around a foot across, which looks cool but is rarely used - cost around the better part of $1k including purchase and install too.

 

We bought through a bathroom firm, our discount level was fantastic off retail - I did a quick call around and from memory it was around 40%.

 

 

 

 

The Methven Aurajet is awesome





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  Reply # 1477812 24-Jan-2016 15:27
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The Methven Aurajet is awesome

 

 

It may have been an older version when we were looking, and not 100% sure it was methven. The one I'm thinking of made a really fine mist and some needle sharp streams. We got one that was a larger head, fatter streams of water, lower pressure but more comfortable.





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  Reply # 1477813 24-Jan-2016 15:34
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Methven. Also ask plumbers, mine recommends them over everything else due to availability of parts. I haven't heard of the other brand. The problem with taps is getting parts when they need maintenance, as you don't want to have to get a new tap if it needs a part.


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  Reply # 1477823 24-Jan-2016 15:47
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I had one methven tap where when the tap was on low it would run down the tap, instead of falling onto the bowl. I emailed them about it, they next day couriered me a part to try to fix it up. Turned out the solution was just to clean what looked like a filter, but the Methven service was great.





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  Reply # 1477827 24-Jan-2016 16:13
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We used Hansa (not Hansgroehe) tapware when we rennovated and are very happy. They are made in Germany and the brass etc quality is the same as those used in their hospitals.

 

Understand Hansgoehe and Hansa were brothers that spit the business.

 

Must say Methven is a very good NZ brand.

 

 


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  Reply # 1477830 24-Jan-2016 16:32
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mailmarshall:

 

We used Hansa (not Hansgroehe) tapware when we rennovated and are very happy. They are made in Germany and the brass etc quality is the same as those used in their hospitals.

 

Understand Hansgoehe and Hansa were brothers that spit the business.

 

Must say Methven is a very good NZ brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that you are refering to Hansgrohe and Grohe as being related (Google suggests they were father and son). 

 

 

 

Totally agree with Hansa, I put their tapware into my bathroom 5 years ago and they have been excellent.


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  Reply # 1477858 24-Jan-2016 17:28
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Did a new bathroom late last year and used Methven shower and taps. Got a hand shower/dump shower combo with satin jet (me calls it satan jet it's that good)... handset has satin jet and a switch to massage jet which is like heaven (or or heaven in hell if it's satan day), but don't use the rain shower/dump shower much.

 

The plumber has installed Methven shower/taps in his place and as he said- Methven are more likely to be around to honour the 'lifetime guarantee' than an oversees company.

 

Some of the Methven stuff works on low/unequal pressure as well as mains pressure (if you're doing a reno) whereas a lot of the overseas plumbing is only mains pressure. If's it's a new build it won't matter 


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  Reply # 1477859 24-Jan-2016 17:33
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I do have Grohe parts in my toilet, and the parts are very pricey. Infact it is cheaper to buy a new toilet than buy the parts in NZ. But you can buy them off ebay. Building materials in NZ are just so over priced. I didn't realize they had changed the branding to Hansgrohe. It is a little like buying a European car in NZ, the parts are very pricey if you buy in NZ.


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  Reply # 1477860 24-Jan-2016 17:34
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Not 100% sure. But Hansgrohe and Grohe are 2 separate companies. They both make good taps though. No problems with getting parts for either if you are in Auckland. Don't know about the rest of the country. Patterson trading for Grohe, Flow imports for Hansgrohe.

 

 

 

Hansa is different again. Their agents are franklins bathroomware.

 

 

 

And yes I like Methven as well due to being able to get parts easily, as others have said. (Im a plumber myself)






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  Reply # 1477866 24-Jan-2016 17:51
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Not 100% sure. But Hansgrohe and Grohe are 2 separate companies. They both make good taps though. No problems with getting parts for either if you are in Auckland. Don't know about the rest of the country. Patterson trading for Grohe, Flow imports for Hansgrohe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have dealt with the Hansgrohe agents Flow Imports (got some very good quality Langberger bathroom accessories from them), I had to jump through hoops to purchase and can't say they were the most helpful to deal with (both in person and ordering on-line). Just hoping I don't need any warranty returns. They had that 'European air' about them- standoffish would be a good word. I had looked at the Hansgrohe plumbing stuff but got put off by that.  To be fair though the first time I contacted them they had just opened their showroom in Mt Wellington and weren't really set up.


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  Reply # 1477876 24-Jan-2016 18:31
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Our new house is mostly Methven. Our free standing bath and bath tap ware are vcbc.

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  Reply # 1478140 25-Jan-2016 12:02
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We used Hansgroehe for our bathrooms (Remuera) we imported most of the tapware from overseas because of there are more choices/models available. The models in NZ are years ago compare to overseas.

 

 You can't get pull-up waste in NZ for example.

 

 

 

The old bathroom tapware we are taking away are all made by Hansgroehe and they are fantastic even after 10+ years.






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  Reply # 1478149 25-Jan-2016 12:04
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Also we can claim we have a European/German bathroom because:

 

  • Hansgroehe tapware
  • Kaldewei tub
  • Duravit toilet

Just my 2 cents.






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