Plumbing excites me. (Wait until I tell you about my toilets!) It ranks right up there with cabinets, counters, and flooring. It's a long-term, hard feature of your home. To me that means getting it perfect.
When choosing kitchen and bathroom fixtures there are all sorts of things to consider. In my world, function cannot take a back seat to style. In a bathroom, laundry, or kitchen faucet, I have some hard and fast rules:
- Single lever: I will not ever buy a faucet that has two handles, one for cold water and one for hot water. I want to turn on the water and adjust the temperature at the same time, with one hand. In case I'm eating chocolate, holding a child, wearing a cast, or have a limb amputated.
- Single unit: Faucet and handles in one piece mean less places for soap scum and crud to accumulate. I don't want multiple holes in my gorgeous counter surface, all with stuff dripping around them. Spout, handles, sprayer—all on one unit. No ugly deck plate. (I make an exception for the built-soap dispensers.)
I have also long been enamored with the industrial-style, spring spout kitchen faucets. I looked at them seriously when we built our last house in 2003. But the only ones I could find them were gigantic and/or ridiculously expensive. Much as I loved the idea, I thought they would look silly in a home kitchen. (I also thought my children would be tempted to flood the kitchen while dousing each other, but that's another web site altogether.)
Today, however, I found a gorgeous spring pullout kitchen faucet that is scaled for a real, home kitchen. It is the WaterRidge Colin Series Kitchen Faucet. Strangely, I can't find the faucet anywhere online. But I found one that is almost identical. The only differences I can detect are that the finish is stainless steel instead of brushed nickel and the faucet head has a very slightly different shape. It is the Danze Parma Collection D457158SS. Gorgeous!
Here are the features that are important to me:
- Looks great.
- Sprayer also acts as faucet when in locked position. No messy two- or three-piece water feature.
- Brushed nickel finish, which seems to have won out as my finish of choice.
- Single-lever handle. Thank you!
- One-piece construction. No deck plate needed unless you're dumb enough to buy a three-hole sink (or your fabricator is dumb enough to drill three holes) even though you don't need them.
- Dual-function spray head: aerated stream and full spray.
- Solid brass and copper waterways.
- Ceramic disc cartridge.
If you're looking for the perfect kitchen faucet, I think I've found it.