Danze Opulence D404557 Bridge Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
The Danze Opulence is well named. How is that possible since it also goes by the name D404557? Normally, I’m not fond of that kind of thing.
It’s too hard to remember products that sound like catalog numbers. In this case, it conveys something functional. That’s a happy accident since great beauty and fine function define what this bridge-style faucet is all about.
As the intro mentions, the Danze Opulence D404557 is a two handle bridge faucet. That is, it reveals what most faucets disguise: dual inlets that flow into a central pipe. In this particular design that’s supplemented by a horizontal cross-bar that connects everything together.
In a way, that’s a relatively new style, one that is now being used for a number of recently-popular faucets. In terms of essentials, though, the bridge has been around for generations. Take a close look at some genuine Victorian plumbing and you’re likely to see a bridge faucet here and there.
In this case, that classic design has been used to “cover” the most contemporary technology. This unit houses a ceramic disc valve, a long-standing but still up-to-the-minute-technology component that guarantees no-drip-function for years and years. It ensures this unit will turn smoothly, too. Overall, that’s one big thing to love about this model; everything feels solid and secure.
That piece forms part of a total that sits 11″ high at the peak with a 9″ spout reach. If you’re looking for a truly high arc, or truly spacious clearance, this is not the faucet for you. But, then, if you’re looking for something along those lines you’re probably not looking for a contemporary faux-Edwardian style, either. Still, it provides a good amount of space for the cooks among us who need to fill a big pot.
It will fill very quickly, too and, after dinner you won’t find yourself spending a long time at cleanup, courtesy of the 2.2 GPM rate and 60 PSI pressure possible with this unit.
All that comes in a 4-hole mount design that, naturally, has to work with the sink you buy. Assuming they match, you won’t find it terribly hard to install. Even so, at 7.7 lbs, it has a bit of heft. And, to avoid marring that beautiful finish, you’ll want someone to hold the faucet in place while a second person secures everything underneath the sink.
Style, In Detail
The Danze Opulence D404557 deserves a few more words about the great style.
In particular, if you look at the photo, you’ll see it’s got truly old-fashioned handles. Those horizontal-twist, star-shaped components really harken back to the time when indoor plumbing was mostly for the well-to-do. Fans of Downton Abbey, take note.
Personally, I love that look. It matches perfectly the sort of thing you’d see in a turn of the century home such as the famous Gamble House in Pasadena, California. If you’ve ever seen it – or any of dozens of similar ones built in the late 19th or early 20th century, sporting lots of lovely wood with ivory and brass plumbing fixtures – you know that type of faucet.
That style is carried out with unusual consistency in this model, right down to the finish options.
True, the Stainless Steel (D404557SS) or Chrome (D404557) versions don’t quite fit the genre (to my eye anyway). And the Polished Nickle (D404557PNV) wouldn’t be my first choice, though it can be a good balance between old and new. Still, if you’re a fan of eclectic motifs – and whose to say you shouldn’t be? – either could be the ideal choice in your kitchen.
For those looking for something resembling the real deal, the Antique Copper (D404557AC) would fit right in with a remodeling job of any kitchen of 1908. Or, it could serve to help re-create the look in a modern kitchen. Ditto the Oil Rubbed Bronze (D404557RB) or Tumbled Bronze (D404557BR) models.
The Black Satin (D404557BS) seems to fall somewhere in the middle between those two extremes. It could fit the era, though not as well as the bronze or copper. Here, you don’t have to go all the way to eclectic, but aren’t constrained to a 100% Gilded Age theme either.
In some finish options Danze seems to have fallen off the Antique-design wagon when it came to the sprayer. The exterior will match exactly whichever finish you select. The needle-producing center, however, sometimes works well visually and sometimes doesn’t. For example, the Black Satin version has a white center. A poor choice, in my view. The Bronze is perfect, though.
That minor misstep aside, it functions fine. I personally prefer something a little longer because I have long fingers. That’s one reason I tend to gravitate more toward integrated pull-out faucets. That would really violate the design aesthetic at work here, however.
Be forewarned, though. You might find the sprayer a little heavier than you expect. It’s solid and smooth, thanks to superb manufacturing, but it’s a little more hefty than average, even for a metal sprayer.
The Danze D404557 does a superb job of re-creating the look of a late 19th century/early 20th century faucet. The bridge design is classic and, like any classic, never goes entirely out of style. At the same time, this unit is so well made, and of such good materials, that you’ll never think of it as antique in function. It works as well as any contemporary model you can find (which, of course, it actually is).
That blend of exquisite antique appearance and fine materials, brought together in a unit offering superior manufacturing, makes this faucet one that’s easy to recommend highly. Anyone looking for something in Victorian or Edwardian style should definitely give this a look, especially for those interested in coupling it with a farmhouse-themed sink.