This commercial-style kitchen faucet is one of the best on the market this year for the price. It has a durable, lead-free and corrosion-resistant construction and a single lever design that gives you the best combination of control and convenience.
The design of this affordable faucet is similar to what you might find in a commercial kitchen. The spring-controlled lever is easy to use, giving you full control over the flow of the water. A powerful pre-rinse spray setting helps to cut down your cleaning time. One of the most appealing features of the faucet is the two-way diverter, which neatly allows you to divert water from the main faucet to the sprayer without any waste.
Even with all of its commercial features, this faucet can easily be installed in a home kitchen – the single-hole mounting will fit with nearly any sink. The Kraus could be a great option for a busy family or someone who likes to entertain guests, or anyone who spends a lot of time in their kitchen.
Highlights and Features
This is a commercial-style faucet, which means it is designed to bring all the power and convenience of a commercial kitchen faucet into your home. There are several unique features that give it a competitive edge over other commercial-style faucets in its price range.
First, and maybe most importantly, is the two-way design of the faucet. A lot of commercial-style sinks have a single spray nozzle with multiple settings, but this Kraus faucet has an ordinary spout (or pot-filler) as well as a pull-down nozzle on a high coil. This gives you a range of flow options, all controlled by a single lever. Water is diverted from the pot filler to the sprayer just by squeezing the spray handle.
The sprayer has a rubber-lined nozzle and rubber handle to prevent sediment build up, which prolongs the life of the faucet and keeps it looking like new for a long time. It is mounted on a high coiled spring (32 inches at its peak) that gives you a full range of movement while cleaning. The spray is powerful enough to tackle crusted-on food and grease without soap.
The lite-touch lever is designed to allow you to easily change the flow of the faucet. It only needs a gentle nudge to change settings – helpful when your hands are wet or dirty.
The faucet comes in either a stainless steel or chrome finish. The construction is heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant brass, completely lead-free and made to stand up to the test of time. Internal components, including a Kerox ceramic cartridge, are well made and heavily tested to ensure long lasting use without any leaks or damage.
Things to Consider
The Kraus KPF-1602 may not be the best kitchen faucet for everyone. It is very heavy-duty, designed more for a commercial setting than a home kitchen. If you are happy with the function of an ordinary home faucet, you might not enjoy the features of the Kraus. However, if you are looking for a little more cleaning power and convenience, this is one of the best products to consider.
Getting accustomed to using this faucet does take a little time. To get the most out of it, you will want to get used to switching between the spray nozzle and pot-filler spout frequently as you are cleaning. It will also take some adjusting to get used to the sensitive adjustments of the lite-touch lever. Once you have accustomed to it, though, you will be able to significantly cut down the time you spend washing dishes.
While this faucet does have a single-hole mount, it is much larger than an ordinary kitchen faucet, so it will not fit with all sinks. The coil of the pull-down nozzle is 32 inches at its highest, and the pot filler is about 11 inches high. You will need a high enough backsplash and a wide enough sink to accommodate this faucet and be able to make full use of it.
For the performance and durability, the Kraus KPF-1602 comes at a great value. Because it is somewhat of a niche product, the price has not fluctuated since it was first produced – you can expect to get this faucet for the same price year-round.
Again, this is not the best kitchen faucet for everybody. It is large, powerful and has a full range of spray settings. It could be perfect for a serious cook or someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. The modern, industrial look fits well with most kitchen designs, but you will need to have enough space to accommodate it.
Despite its size and versatility, this faucet is fairly affordable and super easy to install – you will not need to hire a professional. If you are in the market for a commercial-style faucet, the Kraus KPF-1602 comes highly recommended.