Delta Faucet is one of the most renowned faucet manufacturers in the world. Their faucets are the epitome of innovation in the bathroom industry. Most of their fixtures are extremely reliable and grant you a spa-like experience at the comfort of your own home.
One such reliable product from Delta is the Delta Ashlyn 14 Series Single Function Shower Trim Kit. The faucet and lever-handle are available in three different finishes to choose from. The full body spray pattern ensures a full-coverage spray to meet all your daily shower needs, as another model of Delta offers somehow the same shower experience. Being environmental friendly it comes with a bunch of different certifications and is ADA compliant.
The unit has a durable design and is impervious to calcium and lime build up. The overall look is sleek and minimalistic, perfect for the modern bathroom. The faucet is perfect for anyone looking for a full coverage shower that is easy to clean. Just over a $100, it is easily affordable for most families such as another model of Delta (75152 is the cheapest one). If you’re a fan of the Delta Dryden, then this will suit you perfectly. Both carry the same quality and spray pattern. However, the Ashlyn is much better in terms of the wider spray pattern (for more shower heads which offer variant of spray patterns, you can browse the reviews here).
Before we dive into the full review, let’s weigh the pros and cons:
- Sleek and modern design.
- Easy to install.
- Easy to clean calcium and lime build up.
- Full coverage spray pattern.
- Protects against sudden temperature changes.
- Possible to upgrade the shower system,
- Conserves 20% water.
- The valve must be purchased separately.
- Thread tends to leak for some users.
- The flow could be a little stronger.
Let’s start with an in-depth review of what the faucet has to offer. This section will help you decide whether the faucet is perfect for your needs or not. The key features of the Delta Ashlyn 14 Series are:
The faucet is pretty wide, measuring about 5.35 inches in width. This results in a much wider spray pattern. Mostly we found that the water pressure was quite consistent from all the holes. The full coverage spray pattern ensures that your whole body gets maximum attention.
You might wonder how a full coverage spray pattern would benefit you. Well, we’ll be delighted to tell you that full coverage sprays are best suited for rinsing thick hair, relieving sinus pain and relaxing your muscles. It also allows you to clean your children or pet quickly. Have in mind that the faucet has only 1 spray setting so you cannot choose any other.
The one thing we absolutely despise is the sudden change of temperature during a nice, relaxing shower. Water temperature can often go suddenly from hot to cold or the other way around. These changes are unsafe and can cause burns if the water gets too hot.
Luckily, the Delta Ashlyn faucet comes with a Delta Monitor with Pressure Balance valve, which does not allow the water temperature to suddenly change. It retains the temperature of water within a harmless range i.e. ±1.7° C or ±3.6° F. So, you don’t need to worry everytime someone flushed a toilet or turns on the dishwasher. Rest assured the Monitor will have your back.
However, that’s not all because the monitor valve features an adjustable high-temperature limit that you can set. This ensures that the hot water never gets too scalding. This feature is perfect for kids as well. This might need a lot of changing according to the season. All in all, a great feature from Delta that protects you and your loved one from scalding.
Multichoice Universal Valve
Another feature that we found quite useful is the multi-choice universal valve that allows you to upgrade your shower every now and then. You need not alter the plumbing behind the wall in any way. Instead, you can simply make the changes at the valve.
You can choose to control the temperature or try to define separate controls for temperature and the volume. The Multi-choice valve makes it all easy for you.
If you’re anything like us, you might hate cleaning the lime and calcium buildup on shower faucet. These stubborn buildups not only reduce the functionality of the shower but ruin the look of it as well. This is why we’re glad the Ashlyn comes with a technology that makes these scales easy to clean.
The shower head comes with soft nubbins made from rubber that allows you to wipe the scales away. You can do it with a cloth or even your fingers. This is perfect for those folks who only get hard water.
We’ve found the design of the Delta Ashlyn to be quite modern and sleek. The trim kit comes with a rounded square type faucet and a lever type handle. The lever handle is mainly what translates the look to a very modern one. Furthermore, the design allows a wider spray pattern.
As we mentioned before, the Ashlyn is available in three different finishes: Chrome, Venetian Bronze and Stainless Steel. All three are rust and tarnish resistant especially stainless steel. Furthermore, all three materials are durable and sturdy. The only difference between the three is the aesthetic.
The faucet is compliant to many codes and standards including ADA. Moreover, the faucet has a Water Sense certification. This means the product delivers 20% less water than usual faucets without affecting the performance.
The Delta Ashlyn Faucet is perfect for those who want to maximize on the water saving capabilities without having to sacrifice on comfort and convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
You might have a few questions regarding this product. To help you answer them, here are some frequently asked questions:
Q: Does the Delta Ashlyn come with a warranty?
A: Yes, the Delta Ashlyn is equipped with a limited lifetime warranty. So, in case of any defects in manufacturing or the materials, the Delta Faucet Company will repair or replace your unit free of charge. owever, for more commercial installations, the warr In the case of commercial installations, the warranty is only applicable for the first 5 years. If the company finds that the faucet has been used, serviced and installed properly, only then will the warranty be valid.
Q: Does the Trim Kit come with the valve as well?
A: No, the trim kit only contains the shower head, the handle,and the trim. You must buy the Universal valve separately. You can buy any from the Delta R10000 series. The series is available with three different connections including Sweat, Pex and Expansion Pex.
Q: What is the dimensions on the Escutcheon and the Showerhead:
A: The Escutcheon is availableat a height of 6 inches and a width of 6 inches as well. The showerhead, on the other hand, is available in a height of 2.688 inches and a width of 5.25 inches.
Q: Does the handle turn 180 degrees?
A: The Delta Ashlyn handle can turn the full 180 degrees. However, this is only possible if the rotational limit stop is fully open. The limit can be adjusted using the valve cartridge assembly. It might come at some default setting, however, you can still adjust it by searching tutorials on Youtube.
Q: My shower head is leaking, what do I do?
A: Most users noted that their shower head tended to leak a bit and gave it negative reviews. However, a leaking showerhead is a sign that you might need to change your cartridge assembly.
Q: What is the main difference between the 14 and the 17 series?
A: The 13, 14 and the 17 series use the Monitor valve to control the temperature and pressure for safety purposes. However, the 17 is equipped with more features than the 14 such as volume control. The 17 series is much more expensive as well.
What Does The Customer Say?
Often times, you might not be able to tell whether the product lives up to its promise or not. This is where user reviews come in. These honest and real reviews can help you get an idea of how the product performs in real life. The cons and pros are laid out bare when you read these customer reviews on sites like Amazon.
So, the following main themes can be discerned from these reviews:
One of the most consistent themes with even the most negative reviews was the beautiful look. Most users seem to revel in the sleek, minimalistic look. For one customer, the stylish colors and the modern look were the main drivers to buy the product.
Most users seem to find the installation to be pretty easy and straightforward. Some seemed to easily do It themselves without the need of a plumber. These users already had the valve so they only needed to change the fittings without having to change the whole plumbing. Users found the instruction manual to be quite easy to understand and follow.
Easy to Clean
Customers seem to love the easy to clean shower head installation. They pointed out how the nubbins made it easier to get rid of the stubborn scales. Most noted how their previous shower needed to use a solution which would end up tarnishing the finish. So, they seemed to love that this one only needed a simple cloth.
Durable and Sturdy Construction
Another common theme was the longevity of the showerhead. Most users found the showerhead to be quite strong and sturdy. These folks noted that the handle was quite firm as well. Unlike the usual flimsy lever handles, the Delta handle was sturdy and durable as well.
Most users noted how full coverage and even the spray pattern was. According to one user, the spray pattern is somewhere in between the flow of rain and targeted spray. However, some users wanted more control of the volume and the spray pattern. Many noted how easy it was to tilt the showerhead to get the desired coverage.
One of the major problems some customers faced was that the showerhead tended to leak. When you read these reviews, you might not be as tempted to buy it. Who would want a leaking shower?However, as we already explained in our FAQ section that this is only because your cartridge assembly needs changing. You can contact the manufacturer directly for a new one.
There were other complaints from the customers as well. However, these had mostly to do with Amazon and getting used parts in the package. However, Delta had nothing to do with these.
I find the Delta Ashlyn to be a quite wholesome product with all the features you could need for a nice, relaxing shower. What I and most users mostly liked was the consistent and full coverage spray pattern. It allowed for the most relaxing and pain-relieving showers ever. The temperature control valves ensure that you get no surprises in the shower. You can enjoy your hot showers without the fear of sudden cold water each time someone flushes a toilet.
The sleek and modern design of the product is a major driving factor. The chrome finish, especially, grants a beautiful, elegant and modern look to the bathroom. However, the Delta Ashlyn isn’t all looks and no play. It is strong, sturdy and durable.
The 14 series is much more wholesome and durable than other Delta Series. The 17 series, however, proves to be a tough competitor. It is equipped with volume control which is a major plus point. On the other hand, it performs much better than other competitors in terms of quality. All in all, I’d highly recommend the Ashlyn to anyone looking for a complete set of modern accessories for their bathroom. The Delta Ashlyn is perfect for most modern bathrooms and would fit right in.