Kitchen faucet favorites: gadgets, design ideas, shiny things.
My ideal kitchen faucet is:
-articulated (adds spout-reach and flexibility).
-pullout spray (in faucet head, not separate).
-touchless would be nice! But we can make ANY faucet hands-free by installing a foot-operated option.
I’d like a pullout spray integrated into the faucet itself– I do not like the look of a separate side spray; because there is literally nothing I do not have an opinion on.
My goal is to have everything OFF THE COUNTER– but, of course, my cleaning lady is very lazy… so your mileage may vary.
I mean, obviously, I like the LOOK of ALL THIS SHINY… because this is all brand-new and has never been touched… but once that’s all gunked up on sauerkraut day… ? Yeah, no.
everything nice is nine million dollars.
But even if we spend nine million dollars, we still cannot get EVERYTHING we need for the general-sink-area, without compromising on wall-mount.
I am talking about the reverse osmosis water dispenser.
THIS is the ONLY thing, that our kitchen MUST HAVE.
I have no idea how anyone lives without one.
And we are going to make it EVEN BETTER: by adding instant-hot-water THAT IS ALSO FILTERED!
I spend all of my life in winter, heating water for tea.
My husband’s brain melts if our house thermostat is set above 67°.
It used to be 66°.
The extra degree is a concession to my weak-spirited bloodline.
I am married to someone who believes it is LAZY to be cold.
JUST MARCH AROUND.
So the idea of simply walking up to the sink and getting filtered, already-hot water? That? That is like… magic.
Also, FYI: if you run the water/pipe/stuff longer you can put the equipment elsewhere than under the sink.
I would like the filtered-water dispenser to also be wall mounted.
Can you get a wall-mount that has the option to dispense two types of water?
So I googled custom kitchen faucet… because I am EVEN MORE of a special snowflake than anyone knows.
But apparently, custom kitchen faucets do not exist… unless one of you has faced this and found a solution; we are going to have to deck mount.
So annoying to have THE OBVIOUS IDEAS and be forced to still do it a stupider way.
Also, don’t forget THE AIRSWITCH— it operates your garbage disposal without you having to toggle on/off— you push it, and some kind of hydraulic air pressure thingy runs your garbage disposal for several seconds.
Because what kind of peasant has to tolerate waiting around for their garbage disposal to be finished?
Here is some video I took when we were at the Wolf/Subzero showroom. Airswitch is at the end, but first is an INTEGRATED REFRIGERATOR… because I realized I meant to show you and forgot!
If you have not seen these? They are amazing!! Integrated is different than just plain panel-ready… (what we got because we are poors.)
Airswitch— CANNOT be wall-mounted. It MUST be deck mount… so we’ll probably forgo it because my priority is getting stuff OFF the deck!!
But you can see how great it is for islands and other places where a traditional switch would be tricky.
I cannot just say– well, the faucet detail hasn’t sorted itself out yet… let’s just keep moving and see where it takes us.
The faucet determines everything else.
Figuring out the countertop fabrication, backsplash, mirror, sink, shelving… requires that we know faucet, lighting— EVERYTHING else that also needs to be configured.
I’m wandering around the internet looking at faucets.
Most of which cost more than the refrigerator.
ZERO of which are EXACTLY what I need.
Turning an antique grand piano into our kitchen island.
Pool table slate into kitchen countertops.
Do I REALLY NEED a range hood?
All kitchen posts.
Teri in the UK
June 19, 2018 @ 10:50 am
garbage disposal. I haven’t got one and have never met anyone who has one. I have a little caddy box which gets carried out to a heap in the garden. (compost) . Compost heaps are nice places for bugs to live. Still like your pics though. x
June 19, 2018 @ 1:21 pm
Could not live without my garbage disposal! And if you happen to accidentally turn it on with a spoon in it, well voila, instant serrated grapefruit spoons! (I now have a whole set!!)
Mandy in England
June 27, 2018 @ 2:39 pm
I also live in England – no one, and I mean NO ONE here ( or Europe) has a garbage disposal …. it would be like throwing trash into your water pipe work, like chucking out everything that could make compost for your garden to grow …. we either compost it, recycle it, (or bin it [“put it in the trash can”] if absolutely necessary).
Waste of water, waste of electricity for our poor planet.
June 19, 2018 @ 10:50 am
I thought my kitchen was passably fancy because I have a wine fridge. I was so wrong! I have to turn off my garbage disposal, boil water, turn on and off my faucet by touching it…Ridiculous! Im so glad I know about all these amazing things for when we get a house! Especially the floor sink pedal, that’s genius!
June 19, 2018 @ 10:53 am
Integrated…refrigerators..OMG! My refrigerator is so comparatively loathsome I want to bury it and just pretend that the cupboards are refrigerators.
June 19, 2018 @ 10:56 am
I apppreciate your need to get things off the deck, but I am too short to reach the wall. Five feet tall, cabinet heights come to my rib cage now, so need things down and close. But I wanted to say the kitchen designer comes today at 3:00, and I have a host of information thanks to you. Also we have a one sided kitchen, so everything has to work for storage. And then we are going to go mostly upper cabinet free, due to the aforementioned height issues. Thank you for your trek through the possibilities, they are endless. Overwhelming.
June 20, 2018 @ 11:21 am
have you thought about mounting the disposal switch inside the sink cabinet? or using a small toggle switch under the counter lip, drilled through the cabinet box? my sister is 4’10” I suggested she lower her cabinetry when she redoes her kitchen, because she mostly uses the table instead of counters, leaving nowhere to eat.
June 19, 2018 @ 10:56 am
I see you’ve posted a LOT of Waterstone faucets. LOVE THEM! I’m an interior designer and have used them for some clients (but haven’t splurged like that for myself). Be aware that the finishes are finicky on Waterstone…their lacquered finishes are prone to failure (which is crazy, given how much they cost!!). Apparently there are only 3 or 4 of the raw metal faucets that people don’t complain about. But the unfinished bronze and brass looks best in historic homes anyway IMHO. Not that it really matters, but some people find it interesting to hear that Taylor Swift has an awesome Waterstone faucet in her own home.
June 19, 2018 @ 11:02 am
I used to tell my ex-bf that being cold was not a character flaw. He remained unconvinced. However, thanks to the miracle of menopause, I’m much warmer (sometimes) than I used to be.
Love you, love your show.
June 19, 2018 @ 11:12 am
To be fair, the first faucet does include free shipping! 🙂
June 19, 2018 @ 11:14 am
Why don’t you have a whole-house water filter installed? It is much less expensive than you might think and then ALL your water (including your ice supply) is nice and filtered. Where we live it’s only around 1k to install and the replaceable filters are around $25 or 30. We only replace them about twice a year and it’s easy to do.
I’m so with you in the fancy wall mount faucet but I would go with the simplest you can. My housekeepers can scratch anything, including the designer drains I put in the shower. Ugh! How does one do that with a plastic scrubbie?
Hot water at the faucet has never been a biggie for me. Doesn’t seem like it would be all that hot iykwim.
June 19, 2018 @ 11:16 am
i have only one experience with Kingston Brass, and i am disappointed. we (well, our plumber) installed one of their faucets in our bathroom when we remodeled it in 2014. the cold knob now will barely turn and when it does turn, it won’t shut all the way off (drips), so we turned off the supply via the knob under the sink for the cold. the hot works still but is getting stiff and also occasionally leaks. barely 4 years in, i don’t think this is acceptable. we’re going to have the plumber out to see if he can repair it, but that of course just adds to the cost, since our plumber charges a minimum of a 1-hr visit, making the thing $100 more already. why not just replace it? well, i got polished nickel, but it needed to match the antique stuff in our bathroom (found a beautiful antique exposed shower & bath tub spigot, and all antique hardware for cabinetry). so i painstakingly antiqued the thing with a little bit of abrasion, chemical etching, and chemical tarnishing, so now, just like everything else in the bathroom, there’s not any super shiny nickel, and the brass underneath shows through in a few places. not that i’d have had the courage to do this to expensive plumbing, but i didn’t expect the thing to fail so soon. our kitchen faucet is from the 50s and still works fine. plumbing isn’t something you expect to fail. anyway, just know this about Kingston Brass, it may not have the longevity you’d expect from brass plumbing parts, so you may be served well finding some mid-range options, because that Waterstone brand is ridiculous. there’s got to be a good $500-1200 option out there! probably won’t find it in Amazon though.
also, i am on Paul’s side with the thermostat. 😉
June 19, 2018 @ 11:17 am
Perhaps I’ve watched too much science fiction (if there is such a thing), but some of those faucets look almost sentient. Like they’re one upgrade away from getting orders from Skynet.
Patti St John Martin
June 19, 2018 @ 11:40 am
Yes. Thank God, I thought I was the only one.
June 19, 2018 @ 1:10 pm
I think you’re right. That very last one looks like it has blood spatter….
June 19, 2018 @ 11:20 am
Those are beautiful faucets, (and kitchens), all of them, but the faucet in the first photo, OMG – it’s GORGEOUS!!! I have never, EVER, seen a faucet like that. I can’t believe how you found all of these things Rosemary.
June 19, 2018 @ 11:47 am
If I had really thought it thru I would have connected my reverse osmosis water filter to my pot filler faucet, it would have made so much more sense and I could have spread the things that take up so much room under my sink (add in the garbage disposal and there’s zero room) out among 2 cabinets.
June 19, 2018 @ 11:53 am
I have never researched faucets, but does the instant hot water HAVE to come out of the little curved spout? The unit that heats is under the sink, correct? Could you not feed it through any faucet that could be wall mounted?
June 19, 2018 @ 12:02 pm
Especially if you’re a tea drinker, DON’T buy the instant hot water dispenser. It never gets the water hot enough to make a good cup of tea and they break down quickly. My mom had one in the kitchen and one in the master bedroom ‘coffee bar’ and had to replace both after not too long. I never used them because I want my tea water boiled to make a good, strong cup of tea.
June 19, 2018 @ 5:20 pm
I agree with you. the water is NEVER hot enough to make a great cup of tea.
June 19, 2018 @ 9:13 pm
My sis got hot water dispenser for the folks to keep my dad from burning up tea kettles. Didn’t last long. Dad did like it for his INSTANT coffee (yuk) but never hot enough for tea. I use an electric kettle for mine, faster than the stove or -shudder- the microwave. Yes,
I know it sits on the counter but I deserve hot water for my tea. Whole house system for the water, yes! Nix on garbage disposals. As for that fancy faucet, free shipping is good. LOL
June 19, 2018 @ 12:08 pm
When we moved into our fixer two years ago, the kitchen was the most OK room in the house. We added a garbage disposal but weren’t about to drill through the granite to install an airswitch. So we installed it in the face of the sink cabinet, just below the edge of the counter. It works like a charm, and we don’t worry about it getting wet and electrocuting us like we would with a deck mount. All this to say, just because the instructions say it can’t be wall mounted doesn’t mean it has to go in the counter top.
June 19, 2018 @ 12:50 pm
Once more into the breach dear friends,once more into the breach……what are you going to do when this monument to strategerie,Einstein level research,Gawd like accomplishments of the Paul and significant expenditures of $$$$$$$$$$$ result in Magic! A kitchen that makes one swoon with delight.
What task will find your laser gaze ???
Please run for Planet Potentate.
We could never do anything stupid because there would be no end of pursuing intelligent,endlessly thought out solutions,couldn’t go to war because too expensive,couldn’t wreck the Planet because where would we live once it was rendered uninhabitable. Couldn’t be cruel to any creatures because Elvis proclaimed-“don’t be cruel” and Elvis knew what he was talking about- being like ya know…… THE KING
I rest my case and return to 16 hours a day watching the deliberate destruction of Democracy. Sob
June 19, 2018 @ 12:55 pm
We have our water filter mounted under the kitchen sink and connected to the cold water, so all cold water is filtered and nothing shows. No extra spouts. The Enviro 10-stage filter we use says it filter drinking water for a family of 4 plus the family pets for a year. So I am confident that it will filter all the cold water for just two of us for that same year. My big brother, who researches this stuff, says filter materials start to break down and release everything they have filtered back into the water after about a year and a half. So we replace the filter pretty rigorously. We have a little electric tea kettle that works great for hot water. Here is ours: https://www.houzz.com/photo/614484-kitchen-sink-2012-008jpg
June 19, 2018 @ 1:01 pm
I am obsessed with my Instant Hot water heater– I use it for tea and for my french press coffee every day. I also pinned all the Waterstone faucets but bought the Delta pull down because the kids have to go to college some day. Insinkerator makes matching accessories (air switch, etc) to match most of the fancy finishes out there. And depending on your layout you can mount the airswitch on the front of the sink cabinet if you aren’t worried about toddlers turning it on…
June 19, 2018 @ 8:14 pm
And I hear Delta will replace any part that breaks down for free!
June 19, 2018 @ 1:09 pm
Check Overstock.com maybe? Sometimes they get some interesting items. I’ve had this faucet from Home Depot in stainless steel for 7 years, no complaints. I didn’t install the sprayer. The stainless steel is boring 🙄, but was the best option at the time. They carry it in “matte gold” which may be lovely or an abomination. It’s super cheap though and mine is heavy and substantial.
Maybe check stores in the UK or eBay? 😬
June 19, 2018 @ 1:12 pm
If you insist on a kitchen sink R/O, why not get a whole house one instead? I love to spend other people’s money. Too bad your sink will not be under a window, because with some of those humongous “extendo arm faucets”, you could open your window and wash your car right from your kitchen. Multitasking at its best, especially since you have a lazy cleaning lady.