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Jul 3, 2012 02:42 PM

Jointed kitchen faucets

Hi there, would love some advice. Tiny tiny kitchen so we're trying to maximize functionality. I've opted for the foot pedal operated kitchen faucet with a wall mounted spout (I'm a vet, I'm used to scrubbing with these. My husband is a bit more skeptical but we're hopefully installing it so that should we wish to revert to a standard faucet we can).

My two primary goals are functionality and easy to clean. Knowing that:

Question: does anyone have the jointed faucet spouts and do they help you? I'm going with wall mounted as we are, ahem, not the best housecleaners so I figure wiping off a flat surface is going to be easier than the deck mount. But the joints in the jointed faucets look like they'll collect dirt/grime vs. a single smooth spout. Willing to clean a bit more if that joint really helps you guys. If it's just for looks and ultimately doesn't give you much help in a home kitchen, then I'm going with just a single spout...

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  1. The most useful thing any of us can do before buying a faucet is to think through how and what we will use it for. I use mine for things like filling tall stock pots, filling my Sous Vide water oven (a chore!), and of course, rinsing various food items such as fruit, veggies, poultry and such.

    For me, the most useful source of water in my kitchen is the pull out faucet-on-a-hose! It will fill any pot of any height, it's incredibly useful in filling the Sous Vide because I don't even have to move the water oven, which is on the heavy side, and I just take the hose to it. If it would not have cost so darned much to jack hammer out a channel in my slab foundation house to run a water pipe to my kitchen island, I would have put a small prep sink on the island not too far from the cooktop with a "pull out faucet" that would serve as an in situ pot filler. I think this is a lot more practical than one of those jointed, wall mounted pot filler faucets over a stove. And the longer the hose, the better! Well, within reason, of course. And to help with retraction, a "donut" weight around the hose under the sink is a great help.

    As for counter mount or wall mount faucets, I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference beyond whether you're more comfortable cleaning a vertical or a horizontal surface. Both have to be cleaned. I've only used foot pedal faucets in hospital settings and didn't have much feeling about them one way or another. But I do think it may be easier to adjust a faucet for fine steady flow by hand than by foot. But that's just me.

    As for jointed faucets... Well, the reality is it's one more washer to worry about. Or more if you have more than one joint. I have no idea what kind of strides have been made in improving the long term wear of washers. But it's something to think about. But I prefer my hose! It has greater flexibility. In more ways than one.

    Oh. And yes, I do have to hold the faucet while I fill the pot, but I feel that's a good trade off for the flexibility that the hose gives me over a fixed location swinging faucet that has a preset height. Or I can always ask somebody else to hold the faucet while the pot fills.... '-)

    3 Replies
    1. re: Caroline1

      I was in the kitchen business about 20 years ago. We did a lot of jointed faucets as pot-fillers above the cooktop. They work just fine and last as well as any other faucet.

      1. re: ferret

        Thanks guys. Just want to clarify: this won't be a pot filler above stove: just our kitchen (and only) faucet. My thought was that with the jointed, we could reach into corners, tuck it out of the way better than a single "pipe" that was wall mounted.
        The faucet I'm looking at is a Chicago Faucet for industrial use and we have them at work: they're pretty darn durable and with readily available parts for repairs, so that part I'm not too worried about. However, the reference to the "pot filler" faucet is what has me worried: just want to make sure they're not popular because they look like those and are fashionable, but that those joints do actually improve function. Because I'm not willing to clean extra crevices just for looks :-).

        1. re: catdoc2

          For our client's purposes, they were secondary-use faucets so they weren't in daily use. However, they're more than durable enough to function as your primary faucet. As for cleaning, how much dirt collects in your current faucet? Just wipe it down regularly and you'll be fine