1953 Hans Grohe invented the shower rail Unica.
Innovating since 1901

Discover the inventive heart of hansgrohe’s international success

Founded in 1901 in Germany’s Black Forest, hansgrohe has been brimming with ideas since the very start, pioneering bathroom design innovation. Whether it’s the first affordable hand shower or the single lever tap, hansgrohe has led the way with these milestones of bathroom design.

Driven by innovation

The hansgrohe name is synonymous with superior quality for a reason - it’s the result of almost 120 years of expertise. Company founder, Hans Grohe, played a pioneering role in the development of the modern home bathroom, setting design trends that are still in use today, enriching people’s lives throughout the world.

Pioneering patents

A hansgrohe kitchen or bathroom product bought today comes with almost 120 years of experience and knowledge. The Hansgrohe Group is one of the leading innovators in the industry, apparent in the award-winning designs, numerous patents and exciting future-oriented technologies.

As a consumer, this means that you can enjoy beautifully designed, user-friendly and economical products daily, which are designed to last and last.  We also pride ourselves in our commitment to service, which is why we offer everything from comprehensive installation advice to spare parts that are available for many years to come.

Everyday items invented by hansgrohe

A pioneering spirit and German engineering skills have always gone hand in hand at hansgrohe. With his invention of the hand shower, Hans Grohe created the convenient alternative to the then customary overhead shower in 1928. In 1953 he also invented the shower rail, which meant that the hand shower could be attached at any height. These days, both are standard in bathrooms all over the world – but at that time, they were a stroke of genius, and changed people's showering habits forever. More recently, we have been leading the way in our approach to resource conservation and climate protection, long before this became today’s hot topic.

Who invented it? hansgrohe.

  • Affordable hand shower with white porcelain handle (1928)
  • Automatic waste and overflow set for the bath tub (1934)
  • Unica shower rail (1953)
  • Selecta hand shower with adjustable jet types (1968)
  • Colourful plastic showers Sixty and Tri-Bel (1970)
  • Allegroh single lever tap (1981)
  • Mistral Eco water-saving hand shower (1987)
  • Pre-installed shower systems and shower panels (1989)
  • iBox universal concealed installation basic set (2000)
  • Raindance rain shower (2003)
  • Environmentally-friendly showers and taps with EcoSmart (2007)
  • ComfortZone taps (2011)
  • And lots more
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