Form and function
- Modern aesthetic with flawless chrome finish
- Smooth lever actuation requiring little force
- Good reach and vertical clearance to get large items underneath
- 20 year warranty (but only with installation by licensed plumber)
- Reasonably priced
Nitpicks:...- The flow rate of 7.5L/min is a bit low, however this is easily remedied by swapping the aerator for a full flow one. Although I wonder if the internal components were only designed or tested for 7.5L/min. The warranty and terms don't say if this voids the warranty. As a precaution I ended up settling on a 9L/min aerator, which also helps equalise the flow rate across the temperature range. - 3 out of 4 units on the shelf at Bunnings had slightly bent-inwards copper pipes, which places some unnecessary strain on the crimped hose connectors. - The nut on the male end of the hoses is only ~7mm tall and I could not find a hardware store which sold a spanner thin enough to fit. Therefore I could only hand tighten them by grabbing the length of the hose and twisting. - The large black nut which secures it under the sink is quite wide and may not fit as many sinks compared to the smaller semicircle clamp used by most other models. I had to remove a clip underneath my sink to make room for it. - As it's quite tall, this creates additional leverage on the stem which makes it flex slightly when actuating the lever. - On the box it says 15 year warranty. Installation tip: When tightening the nuts on the female ends of the hoses, remember to hold the hose body, otherwise once the nut's internal rubber washer grabs, the hose itself will start rotating, which causes the male end to start unscrewing (since clockwise at female end = anticlockwise at male end). Long term testing: I will revisit this review if any issues occur, such as leaks, corrosion, sediment in water, handle falling off etc. Otherwise you can presume I did not experience any issues. 6 month update: The mixer is still performing fine, however there are a couple of nitpicks I have noticed. 1. The center temperature position is misaligned. i.e the hottest setting is about 35 degrees left of center; coldest is 80 degrees right of center. This means the midpoint is about 23 degrees right of center, instead of dead center. This is the position I use the most, and if correctly centered would have prevented overlap between handle and spout stem, reducing drippage of water onto stem when adjusting the handle, reducing watermarks on the chrome finish. I believe this could be solved by unscrewing and realigning the cartridge, however I'm terrified to start mucking with it as I don't want to break anything or cause a leak. 2. The temperature is not consistent throughout the pressure range. e.g with temp at center position, the more I increase pressure, the colder it gets. For example if I am washing my hair under the tap at mid point temperature and max pressure, and then reduce the pressure a bit to reduce splashing, the temp will get too hot and I must pull my head out to avoid getting mildly scalded. I must remember not to adjust pressure in this scenario. On a seperate note, I reverted to using the included 7.5L/min aerator, since it splashes less compared to my two 9L/min ones, and it saves a bit of water too. From a psychological perspective it seems I don't mind 'low flow', but only if I have the option to go back to full flow at any time.
Purchased in May 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $174.00.
Clean, modern and elegant sink mixer.
This is a beautiful flick-mixer for kitchen basins. It appears tall and hence efficient as the tap rises high up above the tap/sink join giving plenty of room to move dishes/pots from basin to basin. The finish is sparking high quality. Instillation was easy if you want to DIY (but this voids the manufacturer's warranty).
No negatives so far with this tap.
Bought this mixer and installed by licensed plumber in last week April 2016. Handle fell off may 2016. Warranty claim through caroma who manufacture Dorf products. Their response we will mail you a new handle with instructions how to fit the replacement. If this product is so inferior in the first place it will just fall off again. Never buy one of their products again. Thought I was buying quality?
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