Kitchen Faucets: Luxury vs. Bargain

You get what you pay for right? Well, not always. Take kitchen faucets for example. Their main job is to supply water to your sink for cleaning dishes and prepping meals. So why are some much more expensive than others, even if they’re virtually the same shape and size?

Take this luxury faucet by Kallista for example:

  • Height: 17 inches

  • Weight: 5 ¾ pounds

  • Warranty: 5 years

  • Cost: $1,170

Some additional features include a solid brass, with corrosion-resistant rubber spray nozzle and a pause button that stops water flow. A smooth braided-nylon hose extends up to 18 inches and the faucet comes in a brushed nickel finish.

Compare it with its bargain counterpart, Price Pfister’s Ashfield:

  • Height: 17 inches

  • Weight: 4 ⅛ pounds

  • Warranty: lifetime

  • Cost: $220

This faucet is has a painted chrome finish is a bit less durable than brass, but it’s much lighter making it easier to dock. There is no pause button included with this model. The valve cartridge is equipped with ceramic disks and the fittings are made of brass on copper tubes.

Moral of the story: for about $900 less, you can purchase the bargain faucet without sacrificing the main purpose of a kitchen faucet. Cheap isn’t always a bargain, and expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better in every way.

Looking for a professional to install your new faucet, or having a problem with your current one? Give Uptown Plumbing a call, we’re available to help with any of your plumbing needs.

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