Faucet Style: Pull-Out and Pull Down Spray
Distinctive Features: Though the terms are often used interchangeably, technically pull-out and pull-down faucets have slight differences between them. While they both integrate the high-pressure sprayer into the faucet itself, as opposed to having a separate sprayer on the side of the sink, a pull-down faucet features a tall faucet head/sprayer (usually with a shorter hose, but not always) that pulls straight down into the sink. A pull-out faucet has a faucet head/sprayer that pulls out towards you. Which one is better is really dependent on your aesthetic preference and what kind of functionality you're looking for.
Pros + Cons of Pull-Out: Pros: Has a longer hose than a pull-down, so you can swivel it to the side to fill pots on the countertop (a hands-free activity); lower profile, which is preferable if you're working in a small area or have a low counter for which a high spout wouldn't work; less overall splashing than a pull-down. Cons: Not great for filling tall pots.
Pros + Cons of Pull-Down: Pros: Usually has a tall arc spout and multiple spray options, so it's good for filling bigger pans and pitchers; considered more ergonomically correct, because it's one fluid hand motion (pulling down) without having to twist and maneuver the hose to the side. Cons: The additional spout height can further decrease already low water pressure; faulty weights on cheaper models can cause the spout head/sprayer to dangle.
Installation: How to Install a Pull-Down Faucet, via This Old House
Price range: Starts at $120 - $500, depending on finish and features.
Kitchn Reader Reviews:
A built-in pull-out sprayer is nice. This also frees up a faucet hole that you can use for an under counter water filter, soap dispenser, or something else. - Ilovebutter
A pull-down multifunction sprayhead is a must have. And be sure that the button on the sprayhead aren't too cheapo. -EMYQC
We went with one (Kohler?) that has a single handle, spray/flow button, pull down spray head and with a high arc (so you can get large stuff under it) and love it. I can't think of any other features I'd add. - Kaz
Readers, what are your experiences with pull-out or pull-down faucets?
(Image: Grohe Ladylux Pullout Faucet, via Kitchen Faucet Taps)