hansgrohe (left) and Grohe have family ties dating back over 100 years but are separate companies.
One of the most-asked questions we answer is ifHansgroheandGroheare the same company.
The short answer is, “No.” The longer answer is a little more complicated.
The History of Hansgrohe
Hansgrohe is the original company founded in Germany byHans Grohein 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 thecompany’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.
A few years ago, theHansgroheslogan was, “Das Orginal,” a clear message about its position as the original Grohe company.
Where Grohe Comes In
Grohewas founded in 1911 as Berkenhoff & Paschedag in Hemer, Germany, but got its new name in 1948, 12 years afterFriedrichGrohe, 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 are well known for designing and producing high-quality, high-end faucets and fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms with a distinctly European flair.