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Pull Out vs Pull Down?

Last updated on August 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am

One is more popular than the other, yet some people still have troubles choosing which one is the best for their kitchen faucet. There are general pros and cons to each, yet brands tend to focus more on the pull down faucets when they make their models. This can get confusing for customers that may like the design of a pull out faucet but can’t find one that carries the features they like. A bigger concern is finding the perfect pull out faucet with all of the features you want, but finding a pull down faucet with similar features for a better price.

What is the best choice to make in that situation?

That is where this guide comes into play, to help you make the decision so you don’t have to regret the purchase. Returning a kitchen faucet due to dissatisfaction is a burden on both the consumer and the company. By using this guide, you can get the decision right the first time and not have to worry about holding off on an important installation. Below is an in-depth list of the pros and cons of pull out and pull down faucets.

Pull Out Faucets

Pull Out FaucetsThese are not often seen in the kitchen, and in some houses have found their way into other parts of the house instead. Considered to be secondary to pull down faucets in both appeal and sales, pull out faucets are a great example of an underdog that deserves a shot. Pull out faucets work well in areas with small sinks because of the way they are designed.

Pull down faucets often have a high arch to them and compensate for space they take by offering either 190 or 360-degree swivel support. When using a pull out faucet, that clearance is not needed and can lead to less hassle from the user. With their shorter spouts, they can also get rid of a known problem with high arching faucets that cause them to not be directly in the middle of the sink when stationary.

This leads to awkward designs and having to pull the spray head down just to fill a pot of water. Since the design of pull out faucets was made with space saving in mind, this is not a concern for either smaller sinks or bigger sinks. It is the best of both worlds in this regard, but the amount of pull out faucets are slim pickings compared to the pull down faucets.

This leaves design and style choices to a minimum, forcing buyers to sometimes settle for a look they don’t want. Consumers that prefer the two lever system in their kitchen faucet will also find that pull out faucets accommodate them a lot more. That could possibly be the main selling point for users that have still not adopted to the single lever system.

Pull Down Faucets

Pull Down FaucetsThe golden child of the kitchen faucet industry is the pull down faucet, with millions sold per year by comparison. These beautiful high arching faucets instantly raise the wow factor in any kitchen and have many, many designs to choose from. It is exhausting to go through all the different types of styles and designs, and extremely fulfilling.

They also have the best spray heads available with many functions not included with the spray heads of pull out faucets. If you are going for a motionless kitchen faucet then pull down is the way to go and in all seriousness the only way to go. So for modern users that are designing their kitchen, looking at a pull out faucet will only send those plans backward. You will have issues if you have a smaller sink or a smallish sink, which is why measurements are extremely important when going for pull down.

The position you want your faucet to be in when it is stationary is directly in the middle of the sink, no more and no less. To make up for space it takes up most models have swivel action, but not all of them go a full 360 degrees. This may not seem like a big deal, in theory, but when you’re operating with limited space an extra 180 degrees could make all the difference in the world. At one point pull out faucets had the advantage with their hoses being more manageable, and less prone to issues.

Over the years, this has been remedied by major manufacturers and the small ones have followed suit so that there are no benefits at all between the hoses of a pull out or a pull down faucet. Homes with weak water pressure may have some problems with pull down faucets, but that is naturally by design. Consumers will notice that in the next few years there will be the considerable push for pull down faucets as major companies continue to innovate, which in turn may leave pull out faucets behind the curve.

This doesn’t mean that they are becoming obsolete, it just means that pull down faucets has a higher priority in the market, which is something that has been going on for years. With more sinks accommodating the design of pull down faucets, it is becoming less likely to have the issue with the faucet being in the middle of the sink when installing. Once this becomes a thing of the past, pull out faucets will become more of a traditional value rather than contemporary or modern.


With the benefits and disadvantages of the two kitchen faucet designs in plain sight, the customer can make the call on what they want to spend their money on. Pull out faucets have been known to be a lot cheaper in price, but that shouldn’t be the final decider on making a purchase, especially one that is meant to last for years. Take the time to read over the guide and you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for to make your kitchen into one of the neighborhoods best ever.

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