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Luxury Bathroom Faucets: Riobel vs Rohl

Heather Asiyanbi - 8/2/18 3:00 PM

Both Riobel and Rohl specialize in high-end faucets with a European flair. Riobel designers work out of the company's Quebec, Canada, location adding softer lines to more modern angles while Rohl sources faucets from Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. Both brands offer exceptional craftsmanship, design and a noticeably upscale appearance that separates them from lower-tier brands.

Riobel

Founded in 1995 as a distributorship by Mario Belisle, Riobel moved into designing faucets in 1999 to give discerning homeowners access to expertly designed faucets with a distinct sense of European flair. Designers create the shapes for prototypes that are then tested in Riobel's technology centre in Quebec. Once engineers determine performance exceeds industry standards, to "ensure that Riobel products are always a notch above in appearance and functionality," according to the website, faucets are sent to assembly and packaging.

Riobel Momenti Bathroom FaucetRiobel designs are inspired by the lines and accents of Europe; France, in particular. An in-house group of designers dreams up the angles and curves of each piece and tests them all extensively using state-of-the-art CAD tools before sending them out for manufacturing. Even faucets taken "off the shelf" from a competitor are altered significantly before Riobel affixes its name to them, according to a review from Starcraft Customer Builders.

Riobel offers collections that fall into one of four categories:

  • Antique - old world charm (Momenti)
  • Classic - think art deco and arts & crafts (DUO)
  • Modern - softer angles and gentle curves (Venty)
  • Prestige - distinctive European flair (Paradox

Rohl

Faucets and fixtures from Rohl are curated from locations around Europe, New Zealand and North America from artisans who have been practicing their craft for generations. Each piece from Rohl, "is created with the legacy of particular architectural periods, influences and techniques of the region," the website reads. The Palladian collection, for example, is influenced by 16th Century architect Andrea Palladio, and the Graceline series from Michael Berman evokes yachting from the early 20th Century.

Michael Berman's Graceline for RohlMost Rohl bathroom faucets are available in four finishes; polished chrome, polished nickel, satin nickel and some type of bronze or brass, usually a deeper, darker Tuscan for a distinct old-world look. Rohl works with designers and manufacturers to create specific collections but does not handle any design work in-house with the exception of Michael Berman's Graceline; he designed his pieces exclusively for Rohl.

Likewise, Rohl does run any manufacturing facilities; instead, the company trusts its partners to successfully tool and test faucets and fixtures before they are branded by Rohl and available to consumers.

Decision Time

Both Riobel and Rohl provide a variety of finishes, giving you the creative freedom to design a truly custom bathroom. Both brands have a solid selection of bathroom sink and shower faucets in a variety of styles and can confidently claim their faucets are made with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Riobel and Rohl Shower FaucetsYour decision will likely come down to whether or not you want a bathroom faucet that is designed and tested by in-house teams or curated from manufacturers in Europe and imported. Price may also be a factor; Riobel shower faucets, for example, have a range of $400 to $1,000 while prices for Rohl shower faucets range from $400 to $4,000, depending on how luxurious you want your shower.  

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