Go With The Flow

By Maggie Reed

January 4, 2008 5 min read


Faucets' form, function tap into consumer desires

By Maggie Reed

Copley News Service

New faucet designs are offering expanded functionality without giving up good looks. Here's a look at what's on tap:


Style or function? With the updated, seamless wand design of Moen's Integra kitchen faucet, coupled with its pullout functionality, it provides the best of both worlds.

"Kitchen pullouts are the fastest growing segment of all kitchen faucets today," said Beth Allison, Moen's wholesale group product manager.

The Integra features dual sprays: one for rinsing and an aerated stream ideal for everyday cleaning. Finishes include chrome, chrome with glacier wand, and brushed chrome.

Also new from Moen are the Camerist kitchen and bar/prep faucets. These faucets offer enhanced functionality with four options of stream, rinse, pause and a light veggie spray. Finishes include the popular oil-rubbed bronze, chrome, stainless and glacier.

Both the Integra and Camerist models can be installed using a one-hole or a three-hole mount with cover plate.

When it comes to the bath, modern is in.

"Many consumers look to hotels for inspirational amenities they can incorporate into their home decor," Allison said. "The new Icon faucet offers this modern design and truly makes a contemporary statement with striking style."

The Icon is a single-handle, single-hole mount faucet offering an uncluttered, sleek look in the bath. Icon's allure can also be seen in the beauty of the water flow itself, producing a clean, clear, natural stream of water. Finishes include chrome, brushed nickel and brushed bronze.

For more information, call 800-BUY-MOEN (800-289-6636) or visit www.moen.com.


Your kitchen - it's the hub of the house where the family meets and simplicity is always welcome.

Delta has introduced the Allora pull-down kitchen spray head that intuitively connects with the spout when not in use.

"Allora's unique magnetic closure was designed to offer another way to further simplify homeowners' day-to-day lives to keep things neat and orderly in the middle of a hectic world," said Susan Fisher, director of brand management for Delta.

Available in both kitchen and smaller bar/prep models, the kitchen model features a pull-down faucet that switches from stream to spray with the click of a button while the smaller model features just the stream mode.

Made to accommodate one- and two-hole options out of the box, it is ideal for popular solid surface countertops such as granite, quartz and tile. Finishes include chrome and stainless.

For the bath, Delta has introduced the Lahara Suite with water conservation in mind. "Our research shows that consumers seek a casual-styled bath collection with water-efficient features at a reasonable price point," said Paul Patton, senior product development manager with Delta.

Lahara's defining design brings in tranquillity and complements the casual bath, adding a stylized look to the room.

The collection includes faucets and is rounded out with Roman tubs, coordinating accessories and comprehensive shower offerings. Finishes include chrome, aged pewter, Venetian bronze and stainless.

For more information, call 800-345-DELTA (800-345-3358) or visit www.deltafaucet.com.


For those not into the pull-down faucets, how about going up?

Kohler offers a complete kitchen faucet collection designed around its original HiRise pot fillers.

This collection adds six items: a deck- and a wall-mount bridge faucet; two single-hole, two-handle faucets for primary or secondary sinks; and independent side spray; and a soap/lotion dispenser.

The side spray is angled when at rest in the holder so it can be used hands-free to rinse dishes. It also offers a pause feature allowing users to move it outside the sink for other tasks such as watering plants.

"The HiRise pot filler was so well-received by consumers who loved its convenience and sense of style we wanted to build on that success," said Keith Kometer, director of product marketing for Kohler Global Faucets.

The industrial details like exposed bolts combined with lustrous stainless steel give the HiRise an appearance that is at once utilitarian and upscale. Finishes include brushed or polished stainless steel.

For more information, call 800-4-KOHLER (800-456-4537) or visit www.kohler.com.

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