Forgive me for being such a kitchen geek, but I did a lot of holiday cooking last week which left my elegant 10-year old faucet and sprayer in a pretty sticky state. I cleaned them immediately, of course, but the hard use left me wishing I a super cool kitchen sensor faucet with a pull down spout. Those were introduced last year by Kohler and by Moen. These faucets also can be operated manually – like any other. But this latest type of “sink jewelry” has impressive and unique features that point toward kitchens of the future.… Continue Reading
Kitchen and utility room sinks faucets with various features, styles and applications.
The Japanese aesthetic of imperfection and simplicity is expressed in the use of raw plumbing pipes.
Raw copper plumbing pipes and valves are an industrial look often embraced by avant garde architects. I adore my sink jewelry but piping has its own kind of graceful beauty that I also could easily live with in the right space. The Japanese put a name to the look – wabi-sabi – which is a bit of a catchall but then, so is “rustic.” In Africa and Asia, where sink fixtures can be affected by tropical weather, it’s a practical approach and often paired with concrete sinks.… Continue Reading
Finally, a real boiling water faucet: 100° C/212° F!
Recently a friend “boiled” water for my tea in the microwave so it never reached a rolling boil – bleeccch. At my house, the trusty Braun water kettle is my favorite go-to appliance for morning coffee and my green-tea nightcap. So I was instantly drawn to the Quooker boiling water tap the moment I stumbled across this “quooky” video promo. I found (quieter) additional videos on using the faucet even more seductive. It’s expensive, of course. And oh, to be in England where it might be possible to give the latest object of my kitchen obsession a test pour.… Continue Reading
A Kohler expert explains causes and solutions.
Some people live with uncontrolled water issues at the kitchen sink while others only experience the phenomenon after replacing an old faucet. Whatever the case it’s annoying and messy! In my post on Making Sense of Kitchen Faucets, I give a logical designer’s solution — lining up the spout with the center of the drain. But that doesn’t explain why some faucets splash — or how to prevent splashing. So I turned to Joel Smith, Kohler Faucet’s director of new product engineering, who proved to be the perfect answer man. Why choose an expert from a single brand?… Continue Reading
Choices and trends from two buyer surveys over the past six years put Kohler’s Vinnata on top.
Two year-long surveys asking respondents to name the kitchen faucet purchased for their home renovations ranked the imposing Kohler’s Vinnata pull-down (about $600) as the leading kitchen faucet. The pull-down style also is trending as the #1 choice for kitchens today. Kohler also was the brand most frequently purchased by respondents in both polls, followed by the Grohe Ladylux collection of four different styles. And overall, results proved that price does matter to buyers.
While one Vinnata owner said “the kids had a blast playing with the spray on/off!” fun wasn’t the driving factor in its selection.… Continue Reading
Six questions and answers before replacing or buying.
Updating a kitchen faucet is a quick way to give any kitchen a mini-lift. If it’s 20 years or older, it’s time to change what’s arguably the most often-used kitchen fixture. Nothing is more irksome than a faucet that’s not functioning well or is badly matched to the sink. New faucets have impressive ease-of-use features, a variety of finishes that coordinate with other kitchen hardware, and styles that are wonderfully functional as well as beautiful.
Because I’ve renovated two kitchens recently, I’ve worked to make sense of faucet styles, features and quality. I’ve spoken to trusted experts.… Continue Reading