The brief history seems to be like this:
Hans Grohe founded the company. Later the son sold the brand to an American corporation and set up his own company again. This time round he cannot use hansgrohe, so he used the brand grohe instead. As for which is better, I have not had the chance to compare them.
But based on first touch alone, Grohe taps are somewhat smoother when turning them on/off compared to hansgrohe, but the price is very much different!
Hansgrohe is the original company created by Hans Grohe. His son created Grohe and made Hansgrohe specialise in showers and Grohe in mixers (or faucets). Then Klaus Grohe, current CEO of Hans Grohe took control of the company and Grohe got sold (and has been sold numerous times). Hansgrohe is still owned by the Grohe family, but Klau's side! The showers and taps by Hansgrohe are the best, no question.
Grohe is a high end fixture. You will pay more for the same functionality. Your call!
Hansgrohe!Established in 1901, Hansgrohe and Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe,epitomize the best in luxury shower, bath and kitchen products.Theglobal sanitation industry pioneer with German roots has a passion for water and is committed to innovation, performance and exceptionaldesign.The internationally recognized company with 2,000 patents to dateand U.S. manufacturing headquarters has remained in the expert hands ofthe Grohe family throughout the years, earning the title "Das Original."The Grohe family works at Hansgrohe. The Grohe company is owned by investors.
Grohe AG is now almost totally owned by a Japanese building products company, Lixil. They operate as Grohe AG all over the world. A smaller company, Hansgrohe AG is totally separate from this and is owned by members of the original Grohe family. Their products are far superior.
There are many different types of showering systems for the home. Currently, the better brands include Delta, Hudson Reed, Grohe, Hansgrohe, and most notably Moen.
Grohe supply shower heads and other bathroom equipment to a number of high class places as well as for domestic use. Although it has not been confirmed it is believed the the Sheraton Hotel in New York used Grohe shower heads for its bedrooms .
Grohe Shower heads are widely available through many plumbing suppliers. They are also available from their own website and companies like Screwfix and Wickes.
Many Grohe shower handles have an Allen screw underneath. (usually 3/16) -Some others have a plastic cap on front that you prise off to reveal a screw.
Grohe products are available for sale in Lowe's stores or via the Lowe's website. In addition to this one may visit the official Grohe website click on 'Where to touch & buy' and then 'Find showrooms' to find their nearest showroom.
Companies that manufacture touchless faucets include Bristan, GROHE, Deva, Sloan, Toto, Moen, Delta, Kohler, Zurn and Hansgrohe. One can find these brands, and many more, on websites such as FaucetDirect.
Grohe's population is 2,010.