Do you have one of the pull out kitchen faucet? You know the ones that
have the hand spray unit built into the faucet and it acts as both.
Do you like it? Do you not like it? Why?
I have seen them but never seen one working. I take it that left in
place it functions as a traditional faucet. They seem to have a built in
valve so it can be turned on or off when being held and used as a spray
unit. Do the buttons turn it spray off when depressed or does the water
shut off when you remove and and you press the button to turn it on or is
there some other arrangement?
I have had 3 and will have nothing else. (sold the other houses)
Mine had a button that changed the spray pattern.
When you turn on the water they spray. The plumbing is pretty simple except
there is a flexible hose that will allow you to pull out the head 2-3 feet.
I find them great for cleaning the sink and those big pots that I use.
I've had Moen units. The ones with the in-handle filter are crap. The
plastic connection for the hose is poorly designed and breaks far too
easily. The fact that they'll send out free replacements tells you
I replaced one with a reasonably inexpensive American Standard unit. The
"handle feel" isn't as nice. I have another Grohe unit ($$$) and it's VERY
Most operate the spray as a switch. Click it and it'll stay. Some remain
switched until switched back manually while others will automatically switch
back to regular flow when it's shut off. Depends on the brand, iirc the
moen switched back automagically.
And if you're replacing an existing hose then use the hole left over for a
soap dispenser. They're a great alternative to people wasting dish soap or
clutter from a soap dish or yet another dispenser. They can be a little
tedious to refill but they're worth it.
Personally, I wouldn't want a soap dispenser. When I'm using soap out
of a squeeze bottle, I can apply it where I want on items I'm washing.
The soap dispenser is ok to wash your hands, but IMO, not practical for
much else. But an instant hot water dispenser might go in the hole.
Now that is something useful!
As I indicated, this is about NOT using dish soap for hand washing. I
wouldn't use this sort of dispenser for dish soap. Especially since mine's
located adjacent to the smaller disposal sink and not the larger dish sink.
We like to keep the clutter around the sink down
Eh, I have no need for an instant water heater but some people like them.
I'm fine with having a way to help keep the hands clean without wasting the
wrong sort of (more expensive) soap. If there was another hole in the
stainless sink deck I'd be more inclined to put in a filtered cold water
spigot instead. But the fridge water dispenser is filtered. Sure, it'd be
nice to add a filter for the cooking water but our local water is fine
enough without it. And please, let's not branch off into endless threads
about water filtering...
"I'm fine with having a way to help keep the hands clean without
wrong sort of (more expensive) soap."
Don;t know where you buy your soap, but I don't see much diff between
the price of liquid hand soap and dishwashing soap. Plus, I don't use
the kitchen sink much for washing hands, unless its part of washing
something else too.
I was happy with mine and will replace with the same type/different
color once my kitchen is rebuilt. It works as a normal faucet when the
sprayer is in the holder, or out. Mine had a button at the top that can
switch from the regular to wider spray. The only problem we had was
with water getting down into the faucet holder part if I dropped the
spray part into the sink. That would just as easily happen with the
seperate sprayer. With mine, the water stayed flowing until you
manually turned it off. I have seen the others that shut off when you
pull out the sprayer until you turn it on. That would be great if you
needed water away from the sink, but your distance is limited by the
length of the spray line, so it wasn't a feature that I was interested
in. You also need to think about where the supply line for the faucet
will hang in your cabinet. That is one reason we picked this style.
The really old sink had a regular seperate sprayer, and the hose for
that would catch on the cold water supply shut off every single time you
tried to use it. Look in your cabinet to see if there is something the
hose could catch on first, it will loop down directly under the center
of the faucet with this type.
The pull-out kitchen faucets are awesome..... you can use it to fill
large pots, fill the coffee maker, etc. A single button on the nozzle
selects the spray type.
My personal favorite is a Grohe:
This unit only requires a single sink hole. Very well made.
I have the Moen Extensa and am generally happy with it. It has a pad
button that chooses between spray or normal stream. It's the only type
I would have now. Much more convenient and no pesky diverter valve.
Those never worked right in any of the sinks I had. The only complaint
I have with the Extensa is that over about 5 years or so, the color of
the white plastic head has changed into more of an ivory, while the
base/neck has not. Obviously some problem with different plastic or
injection molding. I even went to HD to take a look at the ones there.
Sure enough, the one on the display rack had the same color change.
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