All About: Pot Filler Faucets
If you’ve already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Our Fittings and Material Spotlights are quick guides to basic kitchen fixtures and materials to familiarize you with terminology, pros and cons, and relevant reader reviews.
Faucet Style: Pot Filler
Distinctive Features: A pot filler faucet is a swing-out faucet on a long, jointed arm, mounted over the stove.
Pros: Saves you from lugging a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove; great for filling pots that don’t fit into the sink; faucet arm often folds back against the stove wall when it’s not in use.
Cons: You still have to drag the heavy pot of water back to the sink to empty it; can be easy to bump and accidentally turn on the water; no drain to catch leaks; cost can be prohibitive once you factor in additional plumbing; grease from cooking can make the faucet difficult to clean.
Installation: Most pot filler faucets only require a single one-half inch cold water supply line, which a plumber can install in 30 minutes or less. The location of the pipe is critical; if it’s not right, the faucet may end up being too low or too high, and may not fit right up against the wall. Make sure to consider the height of your cooktop as well as your tallest pot when determining the location of the faucet. It’s also recommended to get a faucet with two valves.
I have one. They’re overrated, function-wise, but they look cool and if you choose an inexpensive-er fixture, the additional plumbing run is not a very big item in the overall budget, particularly if you are designing/building from scratch. I think of mine as jewelry for the kitchen, although I do use it often. And as someone pointed out, draining the pot is just as much or more of an issue
If you’ve already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Our Fittings and Material Spotlights are quick guides to basic kitchen fixtures to familiarize you with terminology, pros and cons, and relevant reader reviews. We’ve covered sinks and countertops, and now we’re moving on to faucets. Curious about pot filler versus pull-out spray faucets? We’ll get there. Up today: dual or two-handle faucets.
What are Faucets Made of?
faucets are designed to survive very harsh conditions, including thousands of on-off cycles every year and hard water mineral build-up, and still give year after year of flawless service. And, if it does break, a faucet is usually designed to be serviced by simply replacing the defective parts — typically a screwdriver operation — without first having to uninstall the faucet.
Modern finishes are unlikely to flake or tarnish. Modern faucet plating and coating processes, including electron beam physical vapor deposition — a process that is almost science fiction — can imitate anything: brass, nickel, pewter, even silver and gold. Epoxy coatings can keep that new finish looking new for a long time, with proper care.
Faucet valves rarely leak. Ceramic cartridge technologies have almost entirely banished the midnight drip, drip, drip. But, some of the best faucets still use older, tried and true, technologies that are proven to work well. These may require periodic maintenance, not an onerous or difficult task. For the old house purists, these are often the favored technologies. But, for the rest of us, the newer almost-no-maintenance ceramic technology is a better choice.
Unfortunately, the classic American faucet is increasingly not made in America. Some manufacturers have maintained substantial domestic manufacturing but many faucets are now made elsewhere — from to he Balkans — and merely distributed by American companies under their own brands.
As with anything, some faucets are better than others, and price, while generally reflective of quality, is no absolute guarantee. You do not necessarily get a better faucet for more money.
Kitchen faucet favorites: gadgets, design ideas, shiny things.
My ideal kitchen faucet is:
-articulated (adds spout-reach and flexibility).
-pullout spray (in faucet head, not separate).
-touchless would be nice! But we can make ANY faucet hands-free by installing a foot-operated option.
I’d like a pullout spray integrated into the faucet itself– I do not like the look of a separate side spray; because there is literally nothing I do not have an opinion on. My goal is to have everything OFF THE COUNTER– but, of course, my cleaning lady is very lazy… so your mileage may vary.
everything nice is nine million dollars. But even if we spend nine million dollars, we still cannot get EVERYTHING we need for the general-sink-area, without compromising on wall-mount. I am talking about the reverse osmosis water dispenser.
I spend all of my life in winter, heating water for tea. My husband’s brain melts if our house thermostat is set above 67°. It used to be 66°. The extra degree is a concession to my weak-spirited bloodline.
So the idea of simply walking up to the sink and getting filtered, already-hot water? That? That is like… magic. Also, FYI: if you run the water/pipe/stuff longer you can put the equipment elsewhere than under the sink.
Q&A: The Difference Between Retail and Contractor-Grade Faucets
We’re getting ready to remodel our bathroom and picking out fixtures. There’s a great price difference between faucets on the shelf and those available through our contractor’s plumbing suppliers. Even when it’s the same make and model, the price difference can be significant. Why is there such a price difference? And is there a good reason for spending more than we have to?
This is a question that always comes up during bathroom and kitchen remodels, and is especially confusing when – as you pointed out – what appears to be the same model from the same manufacturer comes in two different price points!
Quality Difference Equals Price
The main difference between contractor-grade (bought from plumbing suppliers)and retail-grade (also known as builder-grade, on the shelf at home improvement stores or on-line) plumbing fixtures is the quality of the materials used inside the faucets. Quality equals durability.
Even when it’s the same make and model, you can usually feel a difference in the weight of the two. The retail version will be lighter because they tend to use plastic instead of metal (brass or stainless steel) for the mechanical pieces.
The internal mechanics of a faucet is what works the hardest, and is what will need to be repaired or replaced. Retail-grade fixtures tend to wear out faster and need attention sooner than contractor-grade version.
Faucet Repair and Installation Services
Things to Think About When Choosing a Faucet
A new faucet isn’t the most expensive thing you’ll buy for your home, but you’re still paying good money and you want to get something that will last. No matter what kind of faucet you get, choose one with inner workings made of brass or other corrosion-resistant metal. A good quick test is to lift your faucet – if it feels nice and heavy it’s more likely that it’s better quality. “Heavy” of course, is relative, and you’ll need to be able to compare (or experience) to know the difference.
You Can Definitely Pay Too Much, However…
The “you get what you pay for” rule is not always true. It’s more of a general guideline when it comes to plumbing fixtures. Some high-end faucets have limited manufacturing runs, are more expensive to produce, and are therefore more expensive to buy. Some of these faucets don’t get the thorough testing that some more widely available faucets do.
Choose a good mid-priced faucet that feels heavy – that’s our advice. Make sure there’s a good warranty, especially if you’re paying more for something fancier. You can also check out online reviews.
Signs You May Need a Professional’s Help For Your Faucet Installation
As you can imagine, we’ve had a lot of calls over the years from people who’ve started an installation job and were unable to finish it.
Here are best pieces of advice:
If you’re not fully confident in your ability to get the job done all the way through, it will be easier to just call us.
Make sure you know where the main shut off valve is for the water supply to your house.
To prevent leaks, all the attachments needs to be nice and tight. You need to be careful when tightening, however, as overtightening can cause cheaper parts to break. You can also slip and ruin the finish. It’s a fine line you need to walk – I bet you didn’t know that plumbing could be so suspenseful!