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Danze Sonora Faucet Review & Shower Head Giveaway! (ends 8/5)

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I love DIY home improvement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a pro, and it’s a lot of work, but there is something so satisifying when you take a step back and say “I did that!” We are in the process of renovating our bathroom top to bottom, but until things get into full swing this summer I have been working on little things that can be done immediately and easily. For the past 2 weeks I have been trying to install my bathroom vanity including the faucet, vanity top, and base.

This endeavor has been nothing short of a disaster. To make a long story short, our vanity top was cracked and too short. They couldn’t get me a new one for weeks and I needed one *now* as I had already taken mine out. My brother is also renovating and offered to let me borrow his new top until mine gets here. Which brings me to today where I learned to install a faucet;  my  super sleek Sonora Trim Line Widespread Lavatory Faucet by Danze  to be exact! Which thankfully, was not only easily to install, but something that finally went right! (Note – with larger sinks like mine, this was much easier with four hands instead of two.)

To install you will need just a few basic tools:

  • Pipe Tape (To secure thread joints)
  • Adjustable Wrench (To tighten)
  • Groove Joint Plier (To tighten)
  • Phillips Screw Driver (To secure mounting hardware)
  • Silicone Sealant (To seal the areas where water lines connect)
When I begin a project I like to put together the little things that can be done before install, and lay everything out into groups.

Parts for Left and Right Handles

Quick Connect Outlets, Drain and Parts for Faucet

  1. After I set everything into groups I set the faucet into place.
  2. Next I went under the sink and anchored the faucet into place with the spout trim ring and mounting hard ware shown in the above right picture.
  3. Once that was in place I moved to the handles. The instructions say to push the the valve up through the bottom of the whole and set the handle ontop. Twist the mounting hardware and handle base in opposite directions to tighten down. Because my sink was so large I found that impossible to do.So I pushed the valve up through the bottom. I held tightly to the valve while my dad tightened down the handle base. Once the handle was secure he held it horizontal to the basin (the way it would look if turned off) while I tightened the mounting hardware to secure it in place. Either way works equally well depending on the size of your sink.
  4. This is the faucet and both handles from the bottom view, once all hardware was tightened down.

  5. Next I simply snapped on the quick connect outlets. One end to each handle for hot and cold. The joint snapped to the main spout tube.
  6. Then I pushed the drain through the whole already in the sink and tightened it down with the mounting hardware. Which included a screw rubber washer , friction ring and lock nut onto a drain collar.
    When applying mounting hardware a good rule of thumb:  the cushion piece goes between what you’re mounting and the object it’s being mounted too. This keeps your item from scratching or cracking the object. In my case, all cushions went between my sink base and the bolts.
  7. The drain fit snugly into the existing pipes and I just applied pipe sealant to prevent leaking.
  8. Apply pipe sealant tape to thread of the valve.
  9. Then I attached water supply tubes to the faucet.  (In others words, apply your main water lines to the faucet). To avoid twisting the copper supply tube, we used two wrenches, one to hold the fitting stable, the other to tighten the
    nut to fitting.
  10. That’s it! I was done. Next we tested the water to make sure we hadn’t crossed the wrong lines or had any leaks!


Unlike a shower head, faucets don’t really come with a lot of nifty features. The drain stop locks and unlocks with the push of a finger, and the handles turns easily. What sets this faucet apart from the rest is the way it looks. I’m positive that the faucet in my bathroom was the same as when they built it and some genius decided to put glue around the seal because it leaked. As you can imagine it really added to the over all ambiance of the bathroom – not! This faucet totally does though.

I love it’s sleek lines and modern appearance. As you may have read in my previous Danze Shower Head Review, I’m remodeling the bathroom and going for a lux spa look. The Sonora Trim Line Faucet by Danze is definitely another step in the right direction and I am so happy with the results!

What do you guys think?

The Giveaway

Danze would love to give one lucky reader will win a Danze 4″ 250E  – high efficiency showerhead in their choice of Brushed Nickel or Chrome finish!

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About Ashley

Ashley is mommy to an amazing princess, Maddilyn. She enjoys cooking, DIY projects, horse back riding, and taking her daughter to the beach, park and children's museum!


  1. Debbie Ellis says:

    Learned alot about installing it. Sounds great

  2. betsy cortez says:

    my favorite part of the review is the pictures showing all of the pieces.

  3. I love reviews with pictures. But DIY products like this REALLY need some encouragement that if we purchase it, we would be able to use or put this thing together ourselves. I am a DIY and have done projects like this before but it is much better to know what tools and supplies are needed first. Thank you!

  4. Aria H. says:

    It seems easy to install, and you did a great job explaining how! It looks a lot nicer than the standard faucets and shower heads that come with homes.

  5. liz trout says:

    step by step instructions!!!

  6. Carla Garcia says:

    i like the details on installation

  7. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I like how you laid everything out and made this installation look so simple! I would think it’d be very difficult so I would dread doing it myself but after reading your review I think differently for sure!

  8. Dawn Ganey says:

    What I found informative was the instructions & tools needed to install the faucet.

  9. I love Danze faucets and would love to win one so I can follow your easy step-by-step instructions so I can say I helped put in my own faucet!

  10. You write a good review. Relevant info. Not a ton of photos that aren’t necessary!

  11. Catherine Kelly says:

    Good to know it was actually easy to install. Sometimes the package says that but neglect to tell you it’s easy for an engineer only.

  12. stephanie fletcher says:

    I liked how you showed us how to install it.

  13. I would love to be able to do this but I would need my husbands help but thanks for the step by step layout.

  14. Meghan Finley says:

    I liked hearing how user friendly it was

  15. Step by step instructions, GREAT~

  16. Christa Krebs says:

    The way you outlined the installation process and why/how it helps prevent leaking, etc. Thanks!

  17. Heather Garcia says:

    You made it sound so easy… even I think I could do it :)

  18. Trung Nguyen says:

    I like that you described very detail how you install it.

  19. I like how you described putting small parts together ahead of time and putting them into groups. I have never done any type of DIY project (that’s usually something my husband does) and am afraid I’d royally screw up if I tried to do something on my own. Having as much put together ahead of time as possible is a great idea as well as grouping items for convenience, and also to make sure that you have all the pieces you need before you begin.

  20. Veronica R says:

    I love that you listed the items needed to install the faucet and basically did a step by step tutorial on how to install it. It looks very easy to follow and I think I could install one all by myself!

  21. The step by step instructions WITH pictures was amazing! thank you!

  22. Heather says:

    I would never have known how to install a faucet, I love how you provided step by step instructions. You learn something new everyday!

  23. Naomi Polansky says:

    So.. what I found helpful! Funny thing, a lot of faucets work the same.. BUT we are taking out our old faucets in the bathroom, and they are all one piece connected, but the ones we got are NOT! This was really helpful on how to manage that! Makes me sigh in relief a bit about my task at hand tomorrow!! (:

  24. M. Chamney says:

    would love to win

  25. Jeanne B.T. says:

    Unlike a shower head, faucets don’t really come with a lot of nifty features. The drain stop locks and unlocks with the push of a finger, and the handles turns easily.

  26. kaye lake says:

    I liked how u told about its sleek appearance….

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