Pull-down high arc faucet questions

beepsJune 3, 2012

My builder said the high arc pull-down faucets weren't the greatest because after while the sprayer portion doesn't retract into the fixture and dangles 1" or so out of the fixture. Not very attractive. Has this happened to those of you with the pull-down high arc faucets? And is splashing a problem? I won't go with a separate sprayer - I'm doing one hole and that's it. Going for very clean, streamlined look - no deck plate, etc. Honestly... I never cook and don't use a sprayer much... haven't used the one in this house and I've been here 6 years! So I doubt I'd be so hard on it that it would be a problem with retracting, but maybe if it was convenient like the pull-downs are I might use it.

So... any problems with the sprayer retracting and any splashing issues? Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi beeps -

Mine cost more than most so it might turn you off (and no, I couldn't afford it either - ahem - it's called debt) but I thought I'd tell you the reason I got it is for the same reason - well even more so - which is that I didn't want anything whatsoever in the countertop so I could just wipe clean with one stroke. I also was going for a more period look. Hence, a gooseneck, wall-mounted faucet with built-in hose (well, camouflaged actually, resting atop the gooseneck in a way you don't notice till you get up close). ;)

Here's a link - it's called the Jaclo Steam-Valve Original 10" wall-mounted gooseneck faucet but this one's in brushed instead of polished, and w/ wheels instead of levers (you have options):


You can see it in my kitchen here, too, in the link below (I think you can click on it for a close-up). I thought the polished made it have an almost golden hue - more like nickel.

Was AWFUL re. cost though. Something like just under $1,100.00 Yeah. Yeah. Not regretting it though ONLY cause my choices were so limited. Actually, I was left with literally no other choices! I insisted on a sprayer hose and a period look as well as nothing to have to clean around. Combine those 3 and guess what? There's no other faucet on the market. Well there is one that has a very old-fashioned bathtub type telephone style that has a hose that drapes into the sink (kinda funky/cute) but again, going for the most streamlined, less cluttered look. Anyway - mine is most definitely not everyone's cup of tea but I just thought I'd put it out there. You can give it a more modern twist too, depending on the type of levers/wheels you choose - and also if you were to go brushed instead of polished (and brushed is cheaper, too).

ACK I always write so much... :(

Here is a link that might be useful: In my kitchen

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I've had my two high arch faucets for more than six months now. The only time either sprayer doesn't retract fully is on my prep sink and that's a function of too much plumbing jammed into tiny space where the hose is getting caught on something underneath. (I need to call the plumber back.) It's not a faucet issue, per se. Splashing only occurs when I turn an item the wrong way under the stream when the water is on full blast. Again, that's more user error than the faucet.

I absolutely love my high arcs. Makes cleanup much easier, which, in turn, makes cooking seem like more fun. Who knows....maybe you'll like to cook when you have a kitchen that functions better!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It depends on brand and model, and I'm happy with KWC pull-downs ( which get a lot of use.

More generally, you're quite right that if you never pull a sprayer head out you are unlikely to develop problems putting it back. But if you feel no need for the sprayer, why go to the extra expense of a pull-down faucet?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like I don't need to be afraid of the high arcs/arches.

You are right Theresse, that's a bit more expensive than I was aiming for! OK... a lot more expensive. :) I love the look and your counter-top! So pretty!

Umm.. actually Colin3, I'd use it to wash the dogs! :) My sink here is too small to do so anyway which is why I haven't tried it. But, come to think of it I'll have a big garage sink at the new house so can wash them in there. And, I might cook again someday when I have time. Maybe. I cook for the dogs if they need special food - that counts, right? =)

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 1:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have the Delta Leland pull-down faucet. Less than $250. It has a magnet that makes the faucet part "stick" back to the gooseneck part. And underneath the sink, the hose is weighted so that it retracts without effort. I would never go back to a regular faucet with separate sprayer. I love this faucet.

Here's a not so great shot of my faucet:

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 1:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a Ladylux Cafe. I've had it for eight years and have no problem with the pulldown sprayer. I like it very much.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 1:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I also have the Delta Leland. Mine has the chrome finish, and I got it on Amazon for $155 with free shipping and no sales tax. I specifically chose it for the magnetic docking feature, so that it would always lock in place. And, as fivefootzero mentioned, the weight on the hose is quite substantial. I am thrilled with it.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 1:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have a Moen pull-down faucet with their Reflex Technology, and it retracts automatically and beautifully. I love having only one hole in the counter to clean around. And I, too, use it to wash my dog. The hose is not as long as I expected,maybe 18" or 20" or so, but I can still manage to wash the whole 50 lb Springer. It's actually quite easy with the pull-down faucet. It's also easy to pause the flow of water when I'm moving the spray head to a different part of the dog, or to shift from spray to stream.

BTW - don't mention washing your dog in the sink on the Plumbing Forum. Last year I asked whether the gauge of the stainless sink would matter since I was putting my dog in the sink, and I managed to completely gross out someone who informed me that s/he would certainly not want to eat at my house. (I said I was washing the dog, not cooking her!) Actually, I was quite amused at the reaction.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 2:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Awesome to find this thread today because I also am starting to look for a goose neck with pull-out sprayer and need to start educating myself.

Do all of the pull out sprayers have that feature where they stay pulled out if you let go? What are the other features to look for in this type of faucet?

Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 2:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Some of the Delta's have magnets.

My Price Pfister has a lead weight over the stainless hose. It pulls it down steadily, but I need to direct the sprayer into its resting place.

Others like Grohe have a retraction spring. The ones I've seen in stores are noisy and I worry about their longevity.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 5:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Our Kohler Simplice retracts and stays in place better than our Elkay Moda, but like Breezy, I know part of the problem is too much stuff under the prep sink that interferes with how the weight works on the hose. I love having the pull downs. We've had ours over 4 yrs.

Misslivvy, other things you might want to watch for is if the pull down actually has a spray option (the Simplice does and the Moda doesn't, so I miss that feature at the prep sink), and whether the spray option stays engaged when you're not holding the button and after you turn it off. It's nice not to have to hold the button down, but also, it's frustrating when the kids engage the spray and it comes on the next time I turn on the faucet and don't expect it. ;-)

As Breezy said, also, I only find splashing to be a problem with user error... When we hold things in the stream of water too high and too close to the faucet. I imagine it depends on the depth of the sink, too....But ours aren't super deep. (7-9")

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 5:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Good point about the features, rhome410. With the Moen pull-down with Reflex, one push of the button on the head makes the spray stay on while you're using it unless you flip the switch back to stream (i.e., you don't have to hold anything down), but after the water is turned off, it always turns on with the stream setting, so no surprises.

You can set the head of the sprayer in a pot on the counter and leave it to fill, but then when you release it, it retracts to position by itself. You don't have to seat it.

But with Moen, you need to make sure you get Reflex technology. Mine was about $320, but that was last year when they first came out. I think you can get them for less.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 6:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My Kohler simplice works wonderfully. It's been in 9 months and I've had no issues with it not retracting and I use it multiple times a day. I'm a stay at home mom with little kids so I live in my kitchen. I pull it out to get all the junk that sits in my farm sink so its used heavily. I recently went to stay with family in Houston and my aunt has a separate sprayer and I can't tell you how many times I drenched myself while hitting the button and pulling the sprayer out. I like my pull out for sure!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 6:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fori is not pleased

I bet your builder has only seen store display ones. Seems like the weights are never properly installed on those and they dangle and look terrible. I don't know how they sell any with those displays...

Once adjusted, they retract just fine, unless you snag the hose on a dish rack in the cabinet. :P

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 7:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

We've had our Hansgrohe for almost 4 years and it retracts with no problems. At the beach we have a Grohe and the only time it gives us a problem is when the weight gets snagged on something under the cabinet. It's very easy to adjust it when that happens though. I love our pull down faucets.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 8:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Our Waterstone has a counterbalance weight - so if it ever is out of adjustment - just modify the weight and all fixed - Installed for about 1-2 months and locks in place perfectly (The name of the faucet is positive lock pulldown)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 8:56PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Week 44: Spring, spring, SPring, SPRING dreams!
I am having spring fever. I can't wait until it's...
Cabinet installation cost (not including cabinets themselves)
We are remodeling our kitchen (complete gut and changing...
Week 45: He'p me!
He'p me! I have no idea what to ask about this week,...
Your longest stretch of granite counter w/o seam?
Our counters will be re-templated later today. It...
New build Kitchen – layout for this space?
So, hi! Popping out of lurk mode because I’d really...
Sponsored Products
DreamLine Shower Enclosures Enigma-Z 32 in. x 60 in. x 78.75 in. Standard Fit
Home Depot
Chrome Centerset Bathroom Faucet
Vigo Kitchen All-in-One Apron Front Stainless Steel 30x9.875x9.875 in. 0-Hole
Home Depot
Samson TL-1558 Akron Oval Drop-In Vitreous China Lavatory - TL-1558-01
$47.43 | Hayneedle
VIGO Brown and Gold Fusion Glass Vessel Sink and Faucet Set in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Kingston Brass Fauceture EVSPFB7 Palermo 16.5 in. Round Glass Vessel Sink - Ambe
$103.97 | Hayneedle
Quest Wall Mounted Thermostatic Triple Tub Shower Mixer & Diverter
Hudson Reed
Helix Chrome Concealed Thermostatic Triple Shower Faucet 2 Outlets
Hudson Reed
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™