Pot filler faucets are fixtures that have been getting a lot of attention from home magazines and television shows lately, due to both their design and their practicality. But just how practical are they, and are they worth the cost? This buyer guide will answer these questions and more, and in the process teach you all you need to know about these secondary kitchen faucets.
Pot filler faucets are kitchen faucets that are specifically used for cooking. As their name suggests, pot filler faucets are mainly used to fill pots with water so that the cook does not have to carry a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove top. Usually installed above the stove top, pot filler faucets are more often than not mounted directly into the wall, leaving room below for pots and pans of all sizes.
When you move into a home, you can expect your new kitchen to be plumbed for water flow through the sink faucet. However, this is not the case for a pot filler faucet.
Pot filler faucets come in two varieties: wall-mount and countertop, or deck mount. The majority are wall-mount, meaning there must be a water connection in the wall. Wall-mount pot fillers must also be attached to a stud in the wall, and require quite a few steps during installation. However, the process is easy enough once you see it done in real time; Tim Carter of AsktheBuilder.com demonstrates just how many steps there are to a wall-mount pot filler faucet installation in this video:
Because there must be a special water connection and mounting behind the tile backsplash of the kitchen wall or beneath the countertop, we recommend only installing a pot filler faucet during a kitchen rebuild or extensive remodel. Having a professional install the faucet is another smart choice.
Parts of the Pot Filler Faucet
Whether wall-mount or deck mount, pot filler faucets consist of the same essential parts. The spout is where the water falls from the faucet. Above or right beside the spout is a lever or handle that turns the water on and off. Connected to the spout are two (or sometimes three) long rods that are connected by a joint. These swing arm rods can extend and contract, allowing the pot filler to reach over a pot placed on the front burner. The rods connect to a joint on the wall (or in the case of a deck mount faucet, to a tall rod that sticks out vertically from the countertop), which also has a lever. The lever near the wall is used to turn the water on and off to the faucet.
The reason there are two levers on the faucet is to protect from drips. Unlike sink faucets, unless there is a pot put in place, there is nothing below the pot filler faucet to catch drips. Having a lever that shuts off the water to the faucet directly at the wall is an added protection in case a drip would occur at the spout. Also, pot filler faucets are not restricted by water regulations on the gallons per minute they are allowed to disperse. This results in a shorter time needed to fill a pot, but can also lead to larger leaks if they were to occur. We recommend homeowners turn both levers off when the pot filler is not in use.
Pot filler faucets are available in a wide variety of finishes and styles, so there is guaranteed to be one to work with your kitchen. When choosing a pot filler for your home, consider the following design factors:
1. What finish are your sink faucet, cabinet knobs, and sink? Would a pot filler of a different finish clash?
2. What is the color and design of your backsplash?
3. What color are your cabinets?
4. What is the overall design style of your kitchen? French country, modern, traditional, contemporary?
After making these considerations, you can narrow down your options. Hansgrohe and GROHE have pot fillers best suited for a clean, modern kitchen, while Danze and Pfister pot fillers are more traditional. Elkay pot fillers are designed for restaurant kitchens. Moen and Delta pot fillers have a universal appeal and can be customized by finish. Once you have your brand picked out, remember that the finish is something to consider as well; a matte black fixture will look completely different in oil rubbed bronze, chrome, brushed nickel, and satin black.
Pot fillers faucets are great for homeowners with arthritis or back and neck problems. Even when making pasta that must be drained, pot fillers reduce one trip to the sink, which can really help someone with physical limitations. Pot fillers are also convenient when you have a large faucet pot or dish that will not fit in the sink. And as an added bonus, lots of perspective homeowners consider pot filler faucets a luxury item, making one in the kitchen a valuable asset for resale.
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