faucets for messy cooks

mrtulinSeptember 13, 2013

I need a recommendation for a levered faucet for less than $300.
I was all set to buy the Charlestown Bridge faucet pictured below. I had strong second thoughts after reading a caution about having h-c handles and handling ordinary cooking 'goo.' That describes me: dough on my fingers, butter in my nails and chicken livers....well, never mind.

We are "clean enough" but not fastidious

Practical: Our daughter has developmental disabilities, so the levered faucet we get should be easy to adjust for temp and be easy to find the 'off' position
Aesthetic: very old house, new kitchen construction with 'colonial' references: shaker doors, wood floor. Love the design of the original faucet, though I also had concerns about keeping all those crevices clean.

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I would suggest a tap master - best way to open a faucet without touching the lever handle.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 12:28AM
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Ditto Lalitha. Then whatever faucet you choose would stay much, much cleaner. Would your daughter be able to operate a foot pedal up under the sink cab toe kick? It's easy to push on/off either to the front or to either side (my model at least). It's like magic!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:02AM
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If it is only operated by a foot control, it would not be a good choice for my daughter. She probably wouldn't remember how to use it from weekend to weekend ....and if she got really frustrated I could envision it getting a big wallop, not a tap.
And my husband is very old fashioned. He'd rather get water from a well than a sink.

We can certainly deal with a lever....

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:04AM
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I forgot to say "thanks!" for the idea.
Why am I up at 1 am thinking about this when I have to go to work tomorrow?

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:08AM
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This is a traditional faucet in that it is an old design, but it's not really "traditional" in the sense of looking historical.

I am considering this one because of the wrist blades.

It is significantly more than $300 though, seems to run about $450-500.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 10:05AM
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would you have the maker/model or link?
"wrist blades' never thought of it.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 10:48AM
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Circus Peanut

Ida, that's the Kohler Essex - we have two and LOOOOVE them.

However! The Essex is really just a "designer" faucet modeled on an ADA standard design with wrist blade handles. You can get cheaper ones from solid commercial brands like Chicago Faucets:

c. $270

or T&S Brass:

c. $180

or Moen:

c. $140

The great thing about buying a commercial faucet is that it's very durable and you can usually change out things like handles to get the exact configuration you want (I love the Chicago Faucet wristblades).

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 11:28AM
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I couldn't remember Chicago Faucets, so thanks for posting that. ( I had Chicago Brass stuck in my head).

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 11:47AM
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I can see the Chicago Faucets is designed for a person to actually use the wrists.

I wonder if it can be bought with a pull down sprayer.
Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 9:08PM
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