Both Riobel (left) and Rohl offer high quality, luxury bathroom faucets for your sink, shower and bathtub.
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.
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.
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.
Most 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.
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.
Your 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.