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. Today we look at pot filler faucets - a cook's dream or an unnecessary extravagance? You decide.
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. (The second valve helps to control and minimize damage should the faucet ever get a leak.)
Price range: Start around $100, plus the cost of installation
Kitchn Reader Reviews:
Hands down my husband's favorite kitchen tool is the pot filler, [although I initially] thought it was silly...you can't walk to the sink? - Annette from this Kitchen Tour
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. In my next kitchen, I am definitely going to do a drain next to or behind the range to address that. - splatgirl
I've always found these baffling. As has been mentioned, you still have to haul the boiling pot to the sink off the stove. But for me, the biggest drawback is that I really cook a lot, and the backsplash by the cooktop gets really grimy and oily. The last thing I need is a hard-to-reach faucet with tons of nooks and crannies back there that I have to clean. 0 debtex
Do you have or want a pot filler faucet? What are your experiences with it?
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