What’s the difference between a pull out and pull down kitchen faucet?
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen faucet but aren’t sure whether to buy a pull out or pull down faucet, then our review of the best pull out kitchen faucets for 2017 should help you decide.
Each faucet contains a spray hose, and allows you to either pull down the hose, or pull out the hose.
The main difference between the two types of faucets is the length of the hose as well as the design of the spout.
A pull-out hose is great when you need to reach across your sink to wash some pots and pans that are too big to put in your sink. The longer hose length allows you to do this.
On the other hand, if you have a deep sink and you don’t need to reach across to wash anything, then using a pull-down kitchen faucet would be a better option. A pull-down faucet generally has a taller spout, so you need more kitchen space.
The main thing to look out for when buying a new faucet is that you might have issues with water pressure reduction after installing a new faucet. This can sometimes be a problem, regardless of the brand you purchase. The problem could be your household’s water pressure, or it could be that a piece of hardware has been incorrectly installed, or there is clogging of the valve.
Thoroughly check the installation of your new faucet before taking further steps.
To help you choose the best pull out kitchen faucet, here are our top picks for 2017.
Best pull out kitchen faucet reviews 2017
What’s our top pick for the best pull out kitchen faucet for 2017?
KOHLER K-10433-CP Forte Single Control Pullout Kitchen Sink Faucet with Color-Matched Sprayhead and Lever Handle, Polished Chrome
If you’re looking for a faucet that’s been manufactured in the United States, then the Kohler K-10433-CP Forte pull-out faucet is the best choice for you.
It has an elegant design and comes in a range of finishes- choose the best one suited to your kitchen!
We love the Kohler because it’s durable and high-quality. The fact that it’s manufactured in the U.S. means that the company takes great care in its processes and products. Its finish is rust-resistant and the faucet will last you for many years.
When designing the Forte, Kohler made sure that it was comfortable to use, and that the faucet had an integrated body and spout, making it easy for you to keep it clean.
Single-hole or three-hold installation is possible, using the optional escutcheon. There’s also an optional side-spray, and the spout is 6-inches high, making the Forte the best chose for extra-large single or double-basin sinks. The height clearance allows you to wash taller containers, and the 9-inch spout reach means you can easily handle larger pots.
We also love the ease of use! Simply flip up the lever to turn on the faucet, and turn the lever left or right to adjust the temperature. To prevent burning yourself, there’s a high-temperature control that lets you preset a maximum setting.
You can’t go past the Forte’s versatility. It’s ergonomic spray head can be pulled out of the faucet via the braided-nylon quality hose that moves quietly, and you can also swivel it. The spray face is MasterClean patented that resists mineral build up. In other words, it’s simple to clean!
The Forte has two spray modes controlled using a side-to-side diverter. It’s been designed this way to suit people who are right-handed or left-handed. The faucet is also ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act). There’s also a spray-pattern memory that recalls the last setting you used, and it also has a temperature memory.
The Forte has a premium metal construction, so you know your faucet will last for years. No need to worry about corrosion or scratches! You can choose the finish you want: polished or brushed chrome, polished brass, French gold, brushed nickel or brushed bronze.
Installation is easy, and the ceramic valve is one piece and self-contained. There’s a low-flow aerator option available, and the Forte has a maximum flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (which is about 8.3 litres).
It exceeds industry standards for quality and durability.
Pfister G13310SS Pfirst Series 1-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet in Stainless Steel, Water-Efficient Model
The Pfister pull-out kitchen faucet is a great entry-level faucet for family homes, for those who like the functionality of a pull-out faucet but don’t want to spend too much money.
The pull-out hose is made of nylon and is quiet, and you can choose to toggle between spray or stream modes. You can swivel the spout 180 degrees which helps when you need more flexibility when washing larger items.
The Pfister pull-out kitchen faucet has a flow rate of 1.75 gallons per minute.
The base of the faucet is high quality brass, and includes a ceramic disc valve and nylon supply lines. All hardware required for mounting is included with the faucet.
It will fit most one to three-hole sinks and includes a deck plate, however it cannot be mounted to thicker decks unless you purchase an extension kit. If your sink has three faucet holes, the Pfister includes an escutcheon, which is a cover plate that cover the extra hole. The faucet has a high arc spout so that there is more room in your sink for your pots or other large items.
The Pfister is ADA, CalGreen (California green building standards code) and NSF “low lead” compliant.
The highly-rated Kraus KPF-2110 pull out kitchen faucet is another faucet that we recommend in 2017. It’s been on the market for a few years now and has received lots of positive customer reviews, mainly for the quality of the components.
It features a single lever handle to make it easier to control the flow and temperature. The faucet is made of lead-free brass (making the faucet NSF certified), uses a water-efficient aerator and a precision ceramic cartridge. This helps make the faucet drip-free.
To make things easy for you in the kitchen, the pull-out faucet is fully flexible. When the sprayer retracts back into place, it’s securely docked.
It’s spray head has two modes: a powerful spray and an aerated stream. The quality aerator is made by Swiss company Neoperl, and gives a better stream of water without splashing.
The spout also swivels, making it easy for you to control while washing up.
You won’t need to worry about rust or corrosion as the faucet is made to resist rusting, and it’s very easy to clean.
The faucet comes in a different range of finishes, so that you can choose the right faucet to fit in with your overall kitchen design.
Where most other faucets use some plastic components, the Kraus KPF-2110 doesn’t. It also comes packaged in soft fabric bags that shows the manufacturer has taken great care in the product delivery.
When installing the faucet, it only needs single-hole mounting. This makes it easy to integrate with your kitchen sink. All mounting hardware is included in the package.
The Kraus is certified UPC, NSF, CalGreen and has other certifications which you can read more about when clicking on the product link.
Note that the Kraus instructions can be a little difficult to understand- other consumers have noted that this is the only issue they have with the Kraus faucet.
Warranty: Limited Lifetime.
Yes, we’ve chosen another Kraus faucet as one of our top pull out kitchen faucets. Kraus offers different faucet models at different price points, so it gives you more choices and something to compare to.
The Kraus KPF-2250 is another single-lever faucet however it has a slightly different design to the KPF-2110. The KPF-2250 has a slightly rounder spout- this doesn’t impact on its performance but if you’re concerned with design, it may be a deciding factor for you.
The pull-out spray head has two functions, you can choose between a stream or spray simply by pushing a button.
When you turn off the faucet, it automatically reverts to the stream mode.
The faucet has been designed so that it doesn’t burn your hand when you’re holding the spray head and using hot water. You might need to take care if your hot water system operates at high temperatures. But for the average home, it shouldn’t be a problem.
The retractable hose is flexible. The spray head can swivel up to 120 degrees- this helps you easily reach all corners of the sink.
As with other Kraus models, the KPF-2250 is made with high quality components. This makes the faucet drip-free and reliable.
There’s a ceramic disc cartridge and a durable aerator. The aerator helps water flow at a user-friendly rate of 2.2 gallons per minute. The aerator can be easily removed for cleaning or maintenance.
We also like that the faucet has a lacquered stainless steel finish- not only a stylish look, but makes the faucet spot-free and helps it last longer.
If you’re installing the faucet yourself, the mounting hardware and optional deck plate are included.
If you don’t want to install it yourself, you can pay extra for installation.
Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty.
Delta Faucet 4353-AR-DST Linden Single Handle Water-Efficient Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet, Arctic Stainless
Why did we choose the Delta Faucet 4353-AR-DST as one of our top picks for best pull out faucet? The Delta is quite a popular choice, and some plumbers like to recommend the brand. Other consumers say they like the Delta because it doesn’t look “cheaply made” like other faucets do.
The Delta 4353 faucet uses “Diamond Seal Technology” (a patented design) that reduces leakage and helps the faucet last longer than other industry brands.
The pull-out spray head swivels 120 degrees, making it easy for you to manoeuvre it around your sink. This is great when you’re washing large pots or pans.
There’s a multi-flow option that lets you press a button and choose between the water-efficient spray mode or the stream mode, that has a higher water flow for washing heavy duty pots and large containers. The stream mode operates faster, which is also great if you have a deep sink that you need to fill with water.
It’s an easy faucet to install which is great if you’re a DIY kind of person. Everything required for installation is included, even an InnoFlex PEX supply line. One or three-hole installation is suitable, and yes it comes with an optional escutcheon for a three-hold installation.
Warranty: Limited lifetime.
While you might first think that all pull out kitchen faucets are the same, there are a few differences. Make sure you choose the best one for your needs- do you wash large pots or have a deep sink? Then you need a faucet that has a longer hose so that you can pull out the spray head easily. You also want something that’s durable and will last for many years.
Most faucets are ADA-compliant, but many aren’t ergonomic like the Kohler Forte that we chose as our favorite pull out kitchen faucet.
Finally, design is very important! Think about your overall kitchen design- is it modern? Traditional? Sleek? Sophisticated? Industrial? Take this into consideration when picking the best-looking kitchen faucet.
Most brands offer different finishes so that you can custom pick your pull out kitchen faucet!
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