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Kitchen Sink Faucet Recommendations?

We're planning to put in a new sink - a farmhouse sink (single compartment), stainless steel, with an apron, and I have been searching the internet looking at different faucets. It will be single faucet. I like a handle that makes it very easy to turn on and off, and to hot and cold, quickly and easily, when you're moving fast. And, it has to swivel. I also like it to have hose that pulls down.... Any suggestions would be appreciated. TIA

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  1. I think there are probably plenty of models that fit those requirements (those are features a lot of people like). We chose this one from Kohler which I really like, but the same basic functionality will come in a variety of styles and finishes (ours is nickel), both more and less modern, from most manufacturers. The on-off can be done using the back of the wrist if your hands are messy, which I like. The head pulls out to be a spray.

    http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalo...

    1. This is similar to the type we have (can't remember the brand). It has a really powerful spray that really gets the gunk off things. I think ours is commercial, but my husband bought it and I can't remember the brand.
      http://www.faucetdirect.com/whitehaus...

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      1. re: roxlet

        I have two gooseneck faucets. If you have the space over your sink they are wonderful. The cheaper of the two is from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/pro...

        It has proved adequate. I had to replace a "Made in China" equivalent of your Whitehaus as after a reno I no longer had the height to install it.

        There can be a lot of leverage with this type of unit so it works better with a very rigid base. One of...
        * Ceramic sink
        * Granite, Silestone etc drilled
        * Stainless where the wood / stone support goes underneath the cutout for the tap, or where the tap is mounted on the counter.

      2. KWC faucets have been called the Ferraris of faucets. I've had and loved mine (I've had several in different houses) for 20+ years. I've been told they invented the pulldown sprayer. Mine have worked perfectly, zero problems, ultimate functionality...one plus is that the sprayer handle is so well insulated that it doesn't get uncomfortably hot when you're using hot water...

        http://kwcamerica.com/

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        1. re: fauchon

          OMG, that's the brand we have. I couldn't come up with those three letters. We have the KWC Systema:
          http://kwcamerica.com/products.php?ap...
          It is the best, and the spray has quite a bit of power. It looks cook too!

            1. re: roxlet

              These are great suggestions. Thank you! Heading to the Bath and Kitchen store....

          1. We have had the Europlus II Grohe German (assembled in Canada) faucet for almost 4 years with no problems. The hose for the pull-out sprayer handle is more durable than others we compared it to:

            http://www.groheamerica.com/p/25_8116...

            1. I have a Pfister w/ the pull down and single knob. Being able to push it to on and to hot when your hands are cruddy is really handy.

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              1. re: JerryMe

                re: "...when your hands are cruddy..."

                I would love to have a foot pedal for the kitchen sink faucet. Truly, it makes the most sense!

                1. re: liu

                  you are sooo right! meanwhile, I just use my elbow. works fine!

                  1. re: fauchon

                    lol...I guess we all do that, fauchon!

                    The OP, Bite Me, should seriously consider the on-off handle on any new kitchen faucet. It should be easy to operate with any part of the forearm...knowing that much of the time, our kitchen hands are covered with food.

                  2. re: liu

                    My SIL installed one in her old house, but wound up not loving it and didn't install a foot pedal in the new house. Not sure why...

                2. Make sure you can easily get replacement parts for the faucet. I bought a really nice faucet and five years later I had couldn't find replacement valves locally. I had to get them through mail order. The Lowes, Home Depot and OSH Hardware near us didn't carry the replacement valve cartridges for the faucet.

                  1. grohe. everyone i know recommends them. we just ordered ours.

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                    1. re: redgirl

                      We have a Moen "Lindley" in our kitchen and love it. It swivels, one piece (handle directly on the faucet) that's easy to turn off and on even with dirty hands - you can hit it with the back of your hand or an elbow, even - and adjust temp, and has a pull down sprayer.

                      1. re: pmburk

                        pmburk: "We have a Moen "Lindley" in our kitchen and love it."

                        Although we have had a KWC (model: Orcino) for ten years and love it, let me endorse your recommendation of Moen. We have had occasion to deal with Moen Customer Service (for a shower head), and the people there are the kind of Customer Service that you wish all Customer Service departments were. Companies like that deserve to prosper.

                        1. re: Politeness

                          Politeness, I love hearing stories about good customer service. We also own Moen shower heads and have found them to be quite nice.

                      2. re: redgirl

                        Hi, redgirl!
                        As I posted upstream, I am a Grohe fan! Ours has been used and "abused" for several years now and we have had no problems.
                        After installation of yours, please post your experience.

                      3. I have two Grohe faucets (ladylux, with pull-out sprayers) and a (Grohe) potfill in the kitchen for more than eight years of hard use and love them. No problems with these wonderful products.

                        I am strongly in the "single hand" camp but these don't even require a hand, an elbow will do perfectly. When I'm really gunked up, it is a huge "plus" to turn on/off water and regulate the temperature with the only clean appendage available.