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The Delta Dryden Faucet

The Delta Dryden™ Collection of faucets is comprised of both bathroom sink (otherwise known as 'lavatory') faucets as well as tub and shower faucets. They're designed with a distinct style that's different than your more run-of-the-mill bath faucet while incorporating some of Delta's design innovations.

What You'll Get With A Dryden Faucet

Delta's Dryden faucet collection includes bathroom sink faucets, tub and shower faucets as well as shower heads, hand-held shower fixtures and body spray faucet heads. In other words, the Dryden collection offers a product lineup that covers most if not all the fixtures in your bathroom, making it easy to coordinate your bath fixture styles.

One of the main characteristics of the Dryden line is its styling. The design avoids soft round lines in exchange for square outlines and geometric shapes. The styling of the bath sink faucets is a nod to the Art Deco style movement though some might argue that they even have a hint of Craftsman styling due to the square cross-sections used on the spout and handles.

While there is one round shower faucet flange in their lineup, the main style theme is "square", as the Delta Dryden showerhead and other shower trims are square in shape.

Dryden faucets and trims are available in a variety of finishes with availability of those finishes somewhat dependent on the fixture. They include Chrome, Aged Pewter, Brilliance® Stainless and Venetian Bronze®. Delta's claim to fame on their Brilliance finishes is that it's designed to provide a "like new" finish for the life of the faucet. The technology used to fuse the finish into the faucet material is what gives it the finish it's long life.


Some of the features worth noting about the Delta Dryden Collection include the following:
  • DIAMOND™ Seal Technology on single-handle faucets. This feature uses a diamond coating on the key components within the faucet valve to reduce wear and prolong the life of the valve. Longer valve life means a longer time until the faucet starts to drip and parts need to be replaced.
  • Bath faucets are available in centerset, mini-widespread and widespread configurations. Centerset faucets have their hot and cold handles mounted close to the spout on a base. They work well with smaller sinks in tight locations. Widespread faucets have their handles and spout mounted separately allowing more flexibility on where they can be mounted (within certain confines like sink mounting hole configuration).

    The Delta Dryden Collection also contains roman tub faucet selections. Roman tub faucets are characterized by faucets that sit on the deck of the tub, just like bath sink faucets that are mounted on the sink.

  • Vessel sink faucets are available that utilize a spout extender that lifts the spout to a height that's compatible with the taller rim of vessel sinks.
  • A selection of Dryden faucets meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense® qualifications. Products that meet WaterSense requirements use less water while maintaining the sense and feel of fixtures that use more water.

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The Highlights and Lowlights

The High Points

  • Brilliance® Finish
    More durable by design than other standard finishes (where available).
  • Multiple Configurations
    Centerset, widespread, extended height and single handle designs offer flexibility in both style and mounting configuration.
  • Coordinating Products
    Matching fixtures and items like towel hangas and robe hooks provide style coordination.
  • ADA Compliant
    Some fixtures within the lineup are ADA compliant for universal access and use.
  • Long Handshower Bar
    The longer hand shower mounting bar offers a greater range of adjustability of the shower head for shorter or taller users.

The Low Points

  • Finish Warranty
    Dryden faucet finishes are covered by the lifetime limited warranty but determining whether finish deterioration is due to a defective finish (covered by the warranty) and wear and tear or aggressive cleaners might be hard to prove.
  • Brilliance Finish Only In Stainless
    The Brilliance finish technology is only available in the Stainless Steel finish, omitting the pewter, bronze and chrome choices.

Publisher's Comments
What I Like About Dryden

What I like about the Delta Dryden collection is it's combination of styling and the fact that the fixtures are available in both widespread and centerset configurations. The second point gives you flexibility to use them on both large and small sinks.

Style is obviously a personal preference but the Dryden collection has a unique style approach with that "square" cross-section on the spout and handles. I think it's a good choice for a transitional type of decorating style where you don't necessarily want to be retro and yet not too modern as well. It's simply a style that's clean and yet a bit eclectic, with a touch of art-deco in my view.

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