At the 2004 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago, pullout faucets were all the rage. Every manufacturer had a different take on them: Some went for the minimalist industrial look, right at home in the still-popular stainless steel kitchen; while others went in the opposite direction, presenting faucets with curves and twists and tulip-shaped sprayheads. As for the rest of this year's faucet offerings, the wealth of styles means there should be something for every taste.
Grohe. The stainless steel Pot Filler installs on the wall directly over the stove so the cook can fill large pots or add water directly to recipes on the range. The dual pivot joint design allows 20-inch extension and easy folding back against the wall. Even more convenient: two shut-off levers, one on the wall and one on the water outlet. 630.582.7711. www.groheamerica.com.
Hansgrohe. The Retroaktiv line celebrates mid-century American style with clean, retro-inspired lines. Three styles are offered: Swing, Tango, and Limbo (shown), which features a low-slung, “teapot”-style profile. The faucets are available in polished brass, brushed nickel, polished nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and chrome. 800.719.1000. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.
Toto. The company's faucet debut makes a splash with three faucet lines, including the minimalist Nexus. The tub spout's laminar flow provides a 14 to 16 GPM fill rate, and its height allows for deck or bath mount. Flexible connections and top-mount installation make the faucets easy to work with, says the company. 917.237.0665. www.totousa.com.
Delta. Part of the Brizo brand, the Floriano collection of faucets seems to blossom right into the kitchen. Offered in polished chrome, Brilliance stainless, and white, the faucets feature a pull-down, two-function wand with an ergonomic toggle switch. A number of matching accessories are available, including a bud vase. 877.345.2749. www.brizofaucet.com.
Rohl. A traditional addition to the pullouts on the market, the Country-Style Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet features an oversize button on the handspray for an easy switch from aerate to spray. A soft elastomer spray plate resists mineral buildup. The Tuscan Brass finish shown will naturally patina over time. The faucet is offered in four other finishes, including Inca Brass. 800.777.9762. www.rohlhome.com.
Kohler. Shown in the new Vibrant Brazen Bronze finish, the Vinnata pull-down spray faucet is stylish as well as ergonomic. Its swivel joint at the end of the sprayhead directs the water stream with a simple wrist motion. The anti-calc sprayface prevents calcium buildup. A smaller version is also available for use with prep sinks. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.
Moen. Part of the Show-house line, the Waterhill two-handle bridge faucet boasts a high-arc design popular with consumers. It can be installed with or without a side spray and hot and cold indicators. The faucet is ADA compliant and available in chrome, stainless, and wrought iron. 877.663.6741. www.showhouse.moen.com.
California Faucets. Mocha Bronze is twelfth in a series of finishes produced by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), a process that molecularly bonds the finish to the faucet. Carrying a lifetime guarantee against tarnishing, the finish also resists corrosion and discoloration. Shown is the Santa Monica widespread faucet. A full line of matching accessories is also available. 800.822.8855. www.calfaucets.com.
Price Pfister. Pullout convenience hits the bathroom with the Catalina bathroom faucet. Boasting four different spray options, the pullout has a 55-inch stainless steel hose and a weight for smooth hose retraction. The faucets are available in polished chrome and brushed nickel with a lifetime warranty. 800.732.8238. www.pricepfister.com.
Elkay. Functional style defines the LKS6425 lavatory faucet. With an overall 5 11/16-inch spout height and a 4-inch sink clearance, the deck-mounted faucet provides comfort of use. Choose from two finishes — chrome or brushed nickel. The set comes with a limited lifetime warranty. 630.574.8484. www.elkay.com.
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