Taobao product recommendation – bathroom fittings

If you’re doing home renovation, besides LED lighting, bathroom fittings is probably the next category of goods that will save you a large sum of money if you sourced from Taobao. Let me warn you upfront though, that there is the risk of receiving malfunctioning or damaged products, which may delay your renovation for a few weeks if you decide to re-purchase the replacement. This actually happened to me, and unbeliveably, the replacement that was shipped also malfunctioned. i had to ship the item for the third time before i finally got a replacement that was working properly. Hence, proceed with buying from Taobao only if you’re willing to put up with such a risk.

All my bathroom fittings, except the toilet bowl and water heater, were sourced from Taobao. Only one out of three wash basins was slightly damaged during shipment, so if you’re worried about whether it is safe to ship these items, I would say it is quite safe.

Actually, besides the cost, I bought from Taobao because I wanted to use stainless steel products exclusively. I’ve become weary of using chrome plated bathroom fittings, which develop permanent watermarks after some time, and becomes rusted in the long run. Stainless steel bathroom fittings are still not so common in Singapore. I reckon it will take years before Singapore catches up with China in this respect.

Here are some products I think are worthwhile buying from Taobao.


I like the ones from 中克 (Chungo).

I discovered that nowadays, almost all these fittings can be installed using no-drill glue. I tested and found out that these can indeed bear my entire body weight. Whether you want to use no-drill glue or stick with the traditional method of drilling a hole, well, I would say no-drill glue has a slight advantage, but not much.

In the unlikely event (and it is really unlikely) you want to change the positioning of the bathroom fitting, you can with no-drill glue. You can easily install them yourself too, without having to engage a contractor. Nevertheless, if your renovation package already includes the labour for installing bathroom fittings like it normally does, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want the contractor to just install them for you using the drilling method (the glue method requires time to dry and a contractor wouldn’t have the time to wait for this to happen).

Matte stainless steel towel rack. Comes in sizes that are compliant to international standard, so you could also get them to replace existing ones.

Matte stainless steel toilet roll holder

Hand towel holder. Installed myself using no-drill glue.

Rack by the brand 图恩 Thun

Mixer and rain shower

I was attracted to Viborg, which is supposedly designed in Hong Kong. All the other stainless steel options on Taobao didn’t suit my taste. I would think such an item is hard to find in Singapore, where probably 90% of the products sold are still chrome plated ones with a copper/brass mixer.

This item, unfortunately, was the malfunctioning one I mentioned before, but I think mine was a really exceptional case. Customer service was responsive, and they would really settle all reported problems. For me, despite the hassle and additional shipping cost involved (even then i believe it is still much cheaper than buying locally), it was worthwhile.

Matte stainless steel rain shower

Spray gun and angle valve

I like the ones by 九层 (Ninecen). The angle valve follows the international standard dimensions, so it will work fine in Singapore.

Full stainless steel set except for the flexible tube. No-drill glue provided for the spray gun holder.


Bought this one which goes by the brand 康德 “Condor”. Doesn’t sound obnoxious. Beware that some taps may have brand markings in Chinese, which is unacceptable to me.

I dislike the way the label “Sus304” (the truly stainless steel grading) is applied to most of the bathroom fittings, especially on the tap. It is quite unnecessary to inform the user what material the tap is made of. Alas, it can’t be helped.

Quite solid construction. Watermarks form rather easily but are also quite easily wiped off

Basin outlet

The ones used in China are actually different from the ones used in Singapore, but the contractor was able to adapt it. This one comes with brand marking in Chinese wordings, but it can be removed by abrasion.

Full stainless steel basin outlet

Unfortunately, there is still one item in my bathroom that is not made of stainless steel – the glass door hinge. It will probably be quite a few years before stainless steel is adopted by local contractors. Thankfully though, this is one item that does not get splashed with water that often, so my guess is it will stay rust-free for ten years without any maintenance. And nope, i don’t have the time to do maintenance for such things.

Chrome plated hinge. I don’t intend to remove the plastic cover.

Update: since I’ve been asked twice, let me tell you how the bathroom fittings held up in the course of two years. Where watermarks develop, it appears that there is slight rusting. This can be wiped off easily, but it leaves behind scratch marks. It’s like the watermark rust got etched into the surface. Not a big deal to me though, as they are not so visible after you cleaned them off. I suppose that’s one good reason to choose matte finish for the bathroom fittings, they will look more or less the same in the long run. As for chrome plated bathroom fittings, they will rust and start to peel off if you do not perform regular maintenance.

Update (4 years since installation): See it for yourself.

No maintenance done. Looks ok.
Slight rust, but not too serious
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17 responses to “Taobao product recommendation – bathroom fittings”

  1. Sarahlim13 Avatar

    hi, i really like your idea of using all s/s items in the bathroom. But how heavy are they when you ship them? I mean they are small compared to lights and furniture, but they are heavy metal…..

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Sarah, bathroom racks are very light, but glass is heavy, and the mixer and tap are heavy, easily 3kg. To save time I had to ship a mixer by air and it cost close to $30 if I remember correctly. But to me size and weight is not a concern at all, since overall I think i saved a lot by buying from Taobao. I shipped all bulky items through 86of sea freight, so it was pretty cheap anyway. The cost of GST is often times more than the shipping fee itself.

  2. Sarahlim13 Avatar

    Thanks for the reply, yenkai. I’ve just shipped some lighting from taobao and tried a couple of the shipping options (including 860F as you recommend and their default overseas Lazada sea freight) to test the services. Will have to see which one is good for me to use for future orders.
    Thanks again!

  3. Kay Avatar

    Hey Yen Kai, I’m also looking to buy bathroom products (mainly faucets and basins) from Taobao to save money. How did you find out if the products’ specifications are compaitible to Singapore’s standards?

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Kay, i was able to find out from the product details page measurements that tells me things like tap mixers and angle valves conform to international standard, and you can safely assume they all do. I would think faucets are also compatible with those in Singapore (but don’t take this as guarantee).

  4. karin Avatar

    hi yenkai. i’m also thinking of buying accessories from taobao as they are so much cheaper! it’s quite unbelievable that glue can hold it for so long, despite it being in contact w water daily. do you rly think it can hold on for at least a couple of years? how isit now?

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Karin, i used the glue on the towel holder which doesn’t come into contact with water. It’s working fine. I would think the glue will work fine even if it comes into contact with water daily.

  5. Gym Avatar

    hi babe. i wanted to get the no drill glue as well, but was told that it’s a prohibited item and hence unable to ship over. did u face this issue? May i know which forwarder did u use?

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Gym, I shipped everything via sea freight through 86of. I still have 3 brand new tubes (one tube is probably more than enough for all bathroom fittings) of no drill glue that I will let go at $4 each, postage included. If you’re interested, you can pm me at

  6. Amy Avatar

    Hi, Can I check with you how to install the tap from Taobao without water efficient mark? I was told by my contractor it is not allowed to install any tap without water efficient mark in Singapore.

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Amy, how did I do it? Secretly. Shhhh. Actually I had no idea about such a rule, and I doubt it can be enforced. Maybe your contractor just wants to earn more by having you purchase the tap from them.

  7. Lawry Avatar

    Hi yenkai, love the stainless steel look, I have similar dread with the substandard yet pricy fittings sold locally. How are they holding up against rust and stains so far?

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Lawry, i would say if the fittings are used frequently, they look good. I have a bathroom that’s seldom used and I noticed the accumulated stain actually “eats” into the stainless steel. You can still remove the stain, but it feels slightly corroded. Not a big problem for me though since almost all my fittings are matte finish. I would say stainless steel is much better than chrome plated.

  8. Ti Eu Avatar
    Ti Eu

    Hi Yen Kai,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and also the links to your buys.

    I am also considering making my purchases on Taobao for my bathroom accessories.

    How long has it been since you started using your stainless steel accessories, and how are they holding up to the Singapore climate in terms of rust? I read your reply to Lawry but I couldn’t really tell if you meant that there has been no rust so far.

    Looking forward to hearing your comments!

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi Ti Eu, sorry for late reply. It’s been 2 years since those accessories have been installed. I do zero maintenance on them. Where watermarks develop, there does appear to be rust marks. You can easily remove these rusty looking marks, but they will look scratched (not because you scratched them). For me, this is not a big problem. These scratches are small and you won’t really notice them from afar especially if you chose the matte finish type (which is my preference anyway). It doesn’t look as bad as rusty chrome plated accessories.

  9. J Avatar

    Hi Yen Kai,

    Thanks for the info shared. Have you noticed anything different about the water coming out of the bidet/tap/shower head after using them for a prolonged period? I am interested to get these bathroom accessories but am a little concerned about what goes on inside these accessories (potential rust etc). Thanks!

    1. yenkai Avatar

      Hi J, they have been working consistently for more than 3 years. I think the workmanship is fine, although there’s always the risk that you receive something that is already broken (not thoroughly QC). Otherwise, if it works as expected out of the box, it should work fine for many years.

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