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pro or semipro kitchen faucets - are they any good?

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I'm looking for a new kitchen faucet for my 2 basin kitchen sink. I prefer single hole, single handle options with a pull out (filter for drinking not required).

I really like the look of the pro or semi-pro faucets, esp this Hansgrohe Axor Citterio:
http://www.hansgrohe-usa.com/us_en/12...

I like the largish handle and love the swooping spring neck.

My question is, does any one use something similar or have had experience with them? Are they practical? The price tag for these are insane so I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it.

Thanks,

 
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  1. Wanted to bump this thread up to see if anyone has any comments now ...I think these are a lot more common now and am wondering the same thing for our kitchen remodel. Any feedback? What did you end up with Manhattan01?

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    1. re: Pandora

      After years of kitchen remodels, I've come to the conclusion that no faucets made for a residence in the US -- even if they are "pro-style" -- are any good, because they all now have integral flow restrictors that mean you will grow a beard while waiting to fill a stockpot or sink.

      For that reason, I now buy all my faucets and sprayers at a real restaurant supply store. Another bonus is that they are dirt cheap, much less than the insanely expensive designer models available for homes.

      No, they don't look as fancy. But they work.

      1. re: acgold7

        How do you make sure that they will work for home use? I read somewhere that not all commercial faucets will work at home, but not sure why....I'm totally open to the idea of buying from a restaurant supply store if it doesn't create additional problems.

        1. re: Pandora

          It's possible they will need larger supply lines or fittings, but this is nothing a plumber can't handle when installing. I've never seen or read anything that says they won't work in a home environment, and can't imagine why they wouldn't.

    2. That spring deck wouldn't work for me. It reminds me of my days as a dishwasher.

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      1. re: GH1618

        +1
        LOL!