I was concerned about buying this due to an extremely negative review. Yes part of the outer body on the valve is plastic but I can't imagine how it could ever crack or break... unless perhaps someone slips and tries to catch their fall by grabbing the water handle....? The handle is a bit stiff in that it doesn't turn smoothly like I'm used to with other brands, but it works great.
Durable, Easy to Install, Strong Water Pressure, Looks Great, Stylish, Modern
I was nervous buying this after I read the review of it breaking, but it was the only option for the tub/shower unit we purchsed. So far I haven't had a problem. Installation was easy, good instruction, and luckily if it does, or when it does crack it can be changed pretty easily. That was also why I opted for the valve with stops.
This was the worst faucet I ever bought. Then I had to purchase a whole valve assembly just to tear it apart for the guts. And it was all plastic and lasted only 2 weeks. I had to go buy a competitors with a well known name and I can get replacement parts for, NEVER BUY PRICE PHISTER AGAIN!!!!
Weak Water Pressure, Difficult to Install, guts are all plastic, not easy to get replacement parts
This shower valve has cracked at the gray plastic part, twice, in my shower and will cause leaking. Do not buy this shower valve. I am looking for a metal alternative if possible, but the gray part in the picture is a very cheap plastic that will crack.
You will be sorry.
used one of these in a bath remodel 2 years ago. it's a spare bath, so the shower was use <10 times, but now have a houseload of family/guest, and the balancing cartridge failed, so only scalding water available. if I'd bout a cheap valve, I would blame myself, but I bought what I thought was a quality product. Evidently I shouldn't have bought Price Pfister, the quality stinks.
internal cartridge failure after <10 uses.