TECHNOLOGY UND INNOVATION INSIDE

With its brand values of quality, technology, design and sustainability, GROHE consistently forges ahead to create the most innovative new technologies in the sanitary industry.

GROHTHERM 1000

This thermostat is equipped with TurboStat®, which delivers a maximum of comfort, safety and savings by reaching the desired temperature within a second and keeping it constant.

POWER & SOUL®

The Power & Soul® hand showers by GROHE let the user choose from four individual spray patterns: GROHE Rain O2, Rain, Bokoma Spray and Jet – which can also be combined for maximum comfort.

EURODISC JOY

The basin mixer from GROHE’s Eurodisc Joy line features a cartridge engine with SilkMove® technology. Its ceramic discs create less frictionand allow for a prolonged ease of use.

Some like it hot

We spoke to three GROHE trainers about the company’s technologies, each of which was forged by GROHE’s unique spirit of evolution. GROHE’s precision control thermostats use the most sensitive thermometer there is when it comes to gauging temperatures: your skin. The TurboStat® gives users their desired temperature in the fraction of a second, and keeps it constant. “From a consumer perspective, the GROHE thermostats are all about the benefits of comfort, safety and savings,” says GROHE’s Christian Böttger. “Comfort because I can easily turn the thermostat off and back on again in order to wash my hair or lather up.

Safety in the sense that, in the event of a cold water supply failure, the thermoelement shifts up, closing off the hot water so that I don‘t get scalded. And savings because the shower reaches the desired temperature without adjustments.” Consumer perspective aside, what’s really exciting is the technology within the thermostat. “The cartridge’s sensor is constructed from a specific copper-wax composition, which allows the TurboStat® to level out the temperature in 0.3 seconds,” explains Böttger. As such, thermostats like the Grohtherm 1000 are not just mechanical gauges but technological interfaces between the user’s skin and the water.

Christian Böttger

“THERMOSTATS WITH TURBOSTAT LEVEL OUT THE WATER TEMPERATURE IN 0.3 SECONDS”

Discussing the company’s latest development, the Power & Soul® shower, Jörg Nitschky-Germann agrees that adjustability is an important part of GROHE’s design philosophy. “The special feature of this product is its different spray patterns that can be changed individually and which can also be combined,” he says. The showers are shaped in curved silhouettes. Featuring a large 190 mm shower head and a choice of three sizes for hand use, it also has a spray selector that allows users easy access to their favourite patterns: Rain, Rain O2, Jet and Bokoma Spray. Again, it’s what the consumer doesn’t see that makes the Power & Soul® shower so special. “A good example of that is what happens when you push the button for the shower’s Rain O2 function,” explains Nitschky-Germann. “Upon pressing it, a small flap opens. This allows air to stream into the shower head, where it’s mixed with water, so that the individual drops increase in volume.”

It’s all in the details

GROHE has been paying close attention to the fundamental parts of bathroom design. One area of interest has been the cartridge engine – an essential component in modern sanitation that regulates the water supply flowing to showerheads and basin faucets. If this important piece of equipment is badly produced or installed incorrectly it can cause inconsistencies in water temperature and pressure.

Jörg Nitschky-Germann

“THE SHOWER HEAD MIXES AIR WITH WATER SO THAT THE INDIVIDUAL DROPS INCREASE IN VOLUME”

In response, GROHE has created a cartridge engine featuring the SilkMove® system. Made from two ceramic discs that work in unison with the triggering lever, the precision-engineered technology creates less friction, eliminating the risks and problems associated with older cartridge engines. “SilkMove® is synonymous with the velvety smooth opening and adjustment of the water flow,” says Heiko Middendorf from GROHE. These improvements are due to microscopic innovations: One of the SilkMove® ceramic discs is covered with pores the size of micrometres that serve as beddings for grease, allowing for the grease to stay on the discs for up to 20 years. Middendorf concludes: “It’s important for the customer that this ease of use doesn’t diminish over the years, and this system allows us to guarantee that it won’t.”

The Eurodisc Joy’s FeatherControl® and SilkMove® cartridges feature ceramic discs that are finished with micropores, which helps the grease last for up to 20 years.

Grand designs

Today it is easy to forget that the health benefits and sheer pleasure of luxuriating in a hot bath or jet massage shower are only available thanks to earlier water technologies. Driven by an inventor’s curiosity and the desire to keep increasing user satisfaction, GROHE continues to improve its existing products while producing new designs every year. By combining its expertise in kitchen and bathroom fittings with the ceramics knowledge of its partner company LIXIL, GROHE has now developed into a supplier of complete bathrooms. This consumer-led progress means that GROHE’s technical marvels can be introduced to the home, hotel or business as part of a specially designed bathroom environment. And none of this would be possible without the dedication of GROHE’s Masters of Technology, who shape these outstanding products with pride and precision, fine-tuning each piece until they have created an unsurpassable customer experience.

Heiko Middendorf

“IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE EASE OF USE DOESN’T DIMINISH OVER THE YEARS”