American Standard Colony Review

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American Standard Colony ReviewOne of the few low-priced kitchen faucets worth its weight has gained a small following, and the American Standard Colony Soft Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet is now popping up more noticeably in kitchens around the world. The pull-down portion of the spray head has a pause feature and adjustable spray pattern so you’re not stuck with one type of stream.

The American Standard Colony is helpful when switching between washing difficult dish stains and filling large pots. The swivel spout is high-quality brass that is eye-catching and impressive with how smoothly it operates. The all-metal handle is a joy to use and has a little added resistance so it’s easier to operate precisely.

An escutcheon is supplied with the system but it can be used with or without it. For a system that low-priced to come with a free escutcheon is a great bargain and saves you the hassle of sourcing an extra accessory. This is one of the few low-priced kitchen faucets that comes with everything you need, and definitely worth your consideration.

American Standard Colony Review

Best Features of American Standard Colony

The faucet comes in finishes polished chrome, stainless steel, and matte black. Matte black is a standout color and goes with just about every kitchen design you can think of. This beautiful design is tarnish, scratch, and corrosion resistant for the duration of its lifetime. No matter what type of water you expose it to, buyers can expect this faucet to last a very long time and retain the same beautiful finish.

Combining brass construction and its natural resistant properties with a brass finish gives two layers of protection against even the most harmful materials. A lifetime of drip-free performance is guaranteed because of the ceramic disc valve that also keeps the unit maintenance-free over its lifetime.

Whether in hard water areas or extreme conditions, buyers are guaranteed quality from the American Standard 4175.300.002 due to over a million on/off cycle tests that are run on the units before packaging. Meeting NSF Standard 61/Section 9 and Prop 65 lead requirements, the system passes all government regulations. To add to those achievements, the memory position valve and handle also pass ADA requirements. Users can turn the faucet on and off without having to constantly worry about what the temperature will be when they do.

The warranty is pretty comprehensive and covers function and finish and is in place for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which it was installed. This is a great warranty to put your faith into and is comparable with other kitchen faucet warranties on the market. The spout height is 14 5/8 inches with an 8-inch reach from the base. The included braided flexible supply hoses come with a 3/8-inch wide compression connector that’s 20 inches in length. The flow rate is 2.2 GPM — that’s pretty high for consumers looking for something above the customary 1.8 threshold.

Things to Know About the American Standard Colony

Once again, the base-plate is not required for the installation, but comes with the faucet so you have the option. There is a slight forward tilt on the faucet head that will be an issue if you have a smaller sink. In this case, it is advisable to pull the head down before activating so you avoid missing the sink and getting water on the floor. Installing it is a breeze, but if the weights aren’t placed in the right spots then it won’t retract at the full length. This is explained well in the manual, which is very detailed.

Personal Opinion

While low-priced kitchen faucets seem to be getting built smaller, it’s nice to have one that is not only great on the eyes but meets that same quality in functionality. Consumers are also lucky enough that they packaged the compatible escutcheon into the system so that you don’t have to spend extra money or time sourcing one. These small touches make this a joy to own, especially because low-priced kitchen faucets are less popular than before.

The installation is a little more complex than most, and it is also missing the magnetic dock feature that has become popular in the bigger named models. These two minor complaints are small issues with an overall great product. And rather than sticking with the usual 1.8 GPM threshold that a lot of kitchen faucets implement, American Standard went all out with a 2.2 GPM that will please a lot of people with customized home water systems.

If you own a modern kitchen and you’re looking for a low-cost replacement that won’t skimp on the features, this is the way to go. You’ll get just about everything needed to have one of the best kitchen faucet experiences available, and all without having to empty your wallet.

Summary

In a huge market with a small portion dedicated to low-priced kitchen faucets, the quality is hit or miss. Thankfully, this is one of the big hits and continues to sell well based on word of mouth. The small price is also another factor in the strong sales, and chances are if they dropped it again, this fantastic product would sell out. American Standard is a great company that has a nice line of products to make you happy, and this is just a small portion of what they have to offer. If this is American Standard’s flagship kitchen faucet then it is safe to say it will be around for a very long time.