OK, that's ergonomics but it's not as obvious as you make out. Is a
"knob" (usually cheap and often crystal) type easy to grasp with soapy
hands? I have some cross types (Chicago Faucets) for my bucket filler
which are lethal: the arms of the cross are too long and too sharp.
Lever types (especially singles) are not obvious in function, at least
to me. The first time I saw one (in a hotel somewhere) I asked for an
instruction manual. "Low force levels" would seem to be correct but
really you don't want such low force levels that the lever moves on
its own, nor that the slightest nudge from you goes from boiling to
But if you do the Consumer Reports -type testing or where appropriate
the epidemiologist's scientific type you'll take all the above and
many more items into consideration and arrive at a correct solution.
It's this work and testing that I hope someone else has done and
I'm not sure that's quite what I'm after but thanks anyway.
Sample size = one. Category = anecdote. Utility = (nicely) modest.
Now if I could collect a few thousand people like this, structure
their responses, have them shift to other people's homes (get some
experience), I could write my own book. <g>
Not if you are looking for the part number of the "perfect faucet" --
that's as likely as finding the "perfect car". Personal preference plays
too big a part for there to be any single "correct" faucet.
That's a different book than the one you asked for.
Please don't misunderstand me here -- I am very aware that there are very
many badly designed and built faucets. They can be too difficult to grasp
or turn, poor temperature adjustment, uncomfortable, difficult to clean,
even short lived and leaky. On the other hand, there are some out there
that are well built and ergonomically satisfying. The trick isn't finding
the perfect faucet, but to find one that is "good enough" (or even
LOL! No I don't iron my socks or anything at all for that matter
(after I get through with the shower I'll redesign the functionality
of the laundry).
The single lever faucet is not so easy to understand. How can a single
lever control both the heat of the water and its flow (cfm)? Is there
some nanny deciding what temperature water I should shower in? If I
take too much hot the great-nanny-in-the-sky will come along and say
"You have to eat the cake too, not just the icing" or in this case
"Here's some cold to give some pain with your pleasure." In fact,
depending on water flow this does really happen. I want more water so
I push the lever all the way to the left but that then makes the water
too hot. How do I get more water without increasing or decreasing the
temperature? Yeah, I know now--change the shower head--but it's not so
obvious especially the first time you see one.
Who cares how it works? I have a single knob Moen in the shower. It works. A
few years back, the debris from the deteriorating dip tube in my water
heater caused problems inside the Moen faucet. Moen sent me new parts for
free, although the problem was in no way the fault of their product. So....a
faucet that works and a company that's obsessive about keeping customers
Oh....and the Moen was installed when my son was about 3. He figured it out
immediately. :-) Any kids in your family who could assist you when faucets
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