We bought the AquaSource Bathroom Sink Faucet #0327296 some time back to replace a failed bathroom sink faucet. Sort of funny now. We experienced a geyser in the bathroom, as the cold-water knob on the existing faucet blew away from its base, with provocation from no one, and shooting water the whole way to the ceiling.
Fortunately, someone was home at the time to stop it. However, we lost all hopes of repairing that unit, as the whole knob assembly had come unfastened from the base, under pressure. It had not been screwed in, and appeared to have been originally pressed into place. Without the sure means to re-press it, and without much confidence that the knob would not burst off again if we did, we chose to swap out the broken faucet, connecting hoses and all, to be on the safe side. When it comes to a relentless water supply such as what we had there, you don’t want to run more risk of a large leak than you must. So, buying a new unit was the best option for continued peace of mind.
So, in comes this 0327296 faucet from AquaSource, for roughly $30 .Finished installing it, and so far, so good. No leaks, and it’s held strong for nearly three years now. The water stream is well-aerated and not overly noisy.
AquaSource Bathroom Faucet #0327296 Benefits, Pros, Features, and Advantages
Great price. The $30 I paid for this unit was well-worth the sense that I’d not have to perform this repair again for a long time. They had faucets for as cheap as $11 and as expensive as $150. But I liked the true chrome appearance of this one, felt that $30 was a very reasonable price for it.
Fits practically all common bathroom sinks. This faucet is designed as a four-inch centerset mount unit, which fits most bathroom sinks of today as well as in decades past. Since our sink is only twelve years old, I worried not at all about whether this faucet would fit it. It fit great. This unit requires a three-hole sink for proper mounting .
Substantial chrome finish. This two handle faucet’s chrome finish looks just as solidly metallic as bathroom faucets from decades ago.
Two different handle knob sets provided. We appreciate the two sets of handles provided (one style is silver, and the other white). I chose the silver ones for my installation.
Comfortable movement. The knob motion is smooth, quiet, and not too loose. No squeaks or pipe knocking.
Continuously adjustable flow rate. The water flow gradually increases and decreases as you rotate the hot and cold spigots, throughout their entire range of motion. Unlike in some cheaper faucets, the stream doesn’t just come on full-blast at a mere eighth of a turn. The flow appears to increase in a near-linear fashion as you turn the knobs, and does not reach full-blast output until the knobs are turned completely open. This makes setting a comfortable water stream temperature a breeze for both temperature and pressure. It’s easy to get just a trickle out of this unit.
Hot and cold spigots turn on in opposite directions. We’re used to both knobs turning to the left to increase water flow. However in this AquaSource faucet, you turn the hot water on by turning the hot knob to the left, and the cold water on by turning the cold water knob to the right. This took some getting used to. But it’s fine now.
High quality craftsmanship. This unit’s workmanship and solidity seems more than adequate for the light level of use it’s likely to experience in this household.
Included a thorough installation guide. The included installation instructions are written well and were easy to follow. They even print a copy of them on the outside of the box so that you can get an idea of the effort involved and the tools required before actually purchasing this unit. I wrote up an adaptation of this procedure that works well for most bathroom faucets here.
The actual faucet looks exactly as advertised. The picture of the unit on the box is a good representation of how the faucet appears in an actual installation. However, Lowe’s also had a copy of this faucet mounted on a plastic base where you could see it in place, touch it, and work the knobs. But I liked the large box picture nonetheless, which helps assure that I’m getting the same faucet in the box as what’s shown in the store display.
Lifetime Warranty provided. They include a limited lifetime warranty. However, this is not transferrable from one owner to another such as would be desirable when someone buys your house from you.
Energy conscious design. This unit conforms with the EPA’s WaterSense criteria. So it qualifies as a water-saving faucet, though you’d never know it based on how strong the output water stream from it is.
Includes matching drain hardware as well. This spigot set also comes with a replacement drain stopper tube, top, and actuating mechanism.
Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, Limitations, and Concerns
Too much plastic gives the impression of corners cut. A fair smattering of plastic also contributes to this faucet’s over all fabrication. The water supply attachment pipes are lined with a black plastic, and the brass-colored metal threads appear to have been laid over top of that plastic as an afterthought. So, we’d exercise caution when tightening the water lines on to these, as they may be fragile and come lose; particularly when inadvertently cross-threaded.
Even more plastic. Plastic finger nuts hold this faucet in place on the sink. Not sure how we feel about that. On the one hand, we like the metal nuts because you can really tighten them down to “lock” the faucet into place once you position it in the desired location. But on the other, metal can rust so that when it’s time to replace the faucet, removing metal nuts can be a real chore. Plus, with metal nuts, you can tighten them so much that you crack the ceramic sink body itself. Plastic nuts however, only tighten so far before their flexible threads give, thus saving your sink. But sometimes, plastic nuts can’t be made tight enough to keep the faucet from “floating” on top of the sink. So every now and then, you must reposition the faucet and retighten the nuts. This loosening can be minimized with a dab of thread lock compound. Just don’t use too much, or you’ll never get the nuts off again.
Plastic may sensitive to deterioration. The included warnings say that you should avoid touching the plastic parts in this unit with any oil-based compounds such as plumbers putty or sealants. Use silicone-based products instead.
So far, I like this affordable yet apparently high-quality bathroom faucet. Though it incorporates some lightweight plastic, the unit overall feels metalic and rather heavy. This assures me, rightly or not, that the faucet will last quite a few years without requiring maintenance. I’d rate it at 90 out of 100 therefore.
Where to Buy The AquaSource Bathroom Faucet #0327296
I Bought my new faucet at Lowe’s. I suspect that this unit or others of similar grade, are carried at any home improvement center such as Home Depot, Builder’s Square, Furrow, et al. Look for it in the dark blue box
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- 2012-06-07: Originally published this piece.