One of the most-asked questions we answer is if Hansgrohe and Grohe are the same company.

The short answer is, “No.” The longer answer is a little more complicated.

Hansgrohe Faucets

Hansgrohe is the original company founded in Germany by Hans Grohe in 1901. Grohe had been a well-known clothier near Berlin, but his interest in water and early sanitation systems led him to abandon fabric and establish a metal-working shop, according to the company’s website.

At the turn of the 20th century, indoor plumbing was still a rare convenience in most homes, but Hans saw the potential. He designed tin showers as a more economical way to bathe than the traditional bathtub.

Eventually, Hans was considered a pioneer and expert in shower technologies. Showers today with a wallbar for their handheld showerhead have Grohe to thank for it; he invented it in 1953.

The company is now part of the MASCO Group – headquartered in Atlanta, GA – along with well-known brands like Delta Faucets and Brizo Faucets, but still has members of the Grohe family on board in a variety of roles like heading up the Axor brand and as deputy chairman of the board.

A few years ago, the Hansgrohe slogan was, “Das Orginal,” a clear message about its position as the original Grohe company.

Grohe Faucets

Grohe was founded in 1911 as Berkenhoff & Paschedag in Hemer, Germany, but got its new name in 1948, 12 years after Friedrich Grohe, one of Hans Grohe’s sons, purchased the company, the company history page reads. From that point, Friederich acquired a number of smaller companies, each of them specializing in a different technology:

  • 1956 – Carl Nestler Armaturenfabrik, inventor and leading manufacturer of thermostats
  • 1991 – Eichelberg, the oldest (1817) sanitary faucet manufacturer in Germany
  • 1994 – Deutsche Armaturenfabrik Leipzig (DAL), inventors of the flush valve

Since then, Grohe has grown and now directly competes against Hansgrohe. Grohe America is headquartered in Bloomingdale, IL.

The two companies do have something in common: both produce quality fixtures; modern and top-of-class for everything from kitchen and bath faucets to rain shower heads and tub faucets.

  • baron

    grohe is a pirce of junk. i got the k7 grohe kitchen faucet and the hansgrohe pot filler in the same kitchen. the water pressure, even after removing the cartridge per customer support’s request for the grohe still has the faucet with a sprayer that cant even spray due to the lack of water pressure. customer support for grohe sucks too. lazy and offer no suggestions or solutions. warranty is not easily accepted for the product. you are better off getting moen or aother local made brand that provides support for their products.

    • Marko Ivanišević

      Never had any problem with Grohe, and i use Grohe faucets for many years.

      • baron

        maybe you got lucky. i didnt. and will never buy this manufacturer’s product again.

  • Andrew JOYCE

    Grohe certainly seems to cost more

  • SealBeach38

    Grohe is superior.

    • Thank you for commenting! Why do you feel Grohe is superior to hansgrohe? If you have Grohe fixtures in your home we would love to see them!