Delta 1177LF Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
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Is it a faucet? Is it a water spigot? Is it even a kitchen appliance? One look at the Delta 1177LF pot filler faucet and you might ask yourself any of these questions, or all. There is one thing you won’t have to wonder about, though. It is most certainly useful.
What’s a Pot Filler For?
A pot filler faucet would never serve as the only source of water in your kitchen. After all, it only has a single spout, a single source, and there’s no way to adjust the water temperature. A pot filler faucet is perfect for filling these large pots on the stove instead of continuously carrying pots full of water (weight of 1 gallon of water = approx. 8.35 lb or 3.785 kg) from the sink to your cooktop.
And if you’ve been frustrated by the speed with which your faucet supplies water, this is an excellent solution to that problem. It will fill pots fast enough to satisfy the most demanding cook or the fussiest bucket-filler. You could even use it to fill a big coffee or tea pot uber-fast, if you just can’t wait to get the caffeine source started.
High Flow Rate (and Pressure), If Your Source Allows
The flow rate is clearly the fundamental reason. That rating – a full 4.0 GPM (15.2 L/min) – is fully twice the average and nearly that for faucets rated 2.2 GPM. The Technical Spec document rates it at 4.3 GPM but, without actually measuring, I’ve taken the lower figure to be conservative.
Yet, it maintains the same 60 PSI the others offer. In fact, that flow rate is dependent on pressure. If you have a kitchen that safely supplies, say, 90 PSI you could get as much as 5 GPM or more out of this pot filler.
That’s provided, of course, that your kitchen plumbing can actually deliver any of those specs. Most will, at least the minimum, but anyone remodeling or adding to an older kitchen will definitely want to double check. That’s especially important in areas where the flow rate (or, less often, the pressure) are legally regulated. You don’t want to buy a pot filler faucet with a potential that’s crippled by limitations imposed by your local utility’s rules.
Practical Style & Dimensions
Assuming that’s no problem, the Delta 1177LF pot filler will solve a lot of problems very nicely. Those go beyond simply pushing a lot of water fast and hard. It does so in a very flexible way.
That’s accomplished by a long, double-jointed neck and dual handle controls. In this case, “long” means a total spout length (when fully extended) of 23 5/8″. At nearly two feet, you can swing this pot filler past the sink or stove, across the counter, or over the entire range.
That double joint adds functionality that an ordinary faucet can’t match (except by using a pull-out or pull-down wand). It swings firmly yet easily into position and then can be collapsed out of the way again.
Sadly, it only swings in and out. You can’t lower or raise it (after installation). That’s an unfortunate limitation but one it would’ve required much more engineering (and, no doubt, a higher price tag) to overcome.
Dual Handle Controls & Water Source
The dual handle controls add even more flexibility to its use. There’s one at the base that operates vertically and another nearer the top that you twist horizontally. You can use whichever is best for your height, hand position, or personal style.
One potential downside should be obvious. You have to leave one valve open all the time if you plan (typically) to use the other, or you have to twist two handles rather than just one. I’m not imaginative enough to envision how they could get around that and still have two controls, but one could wish their designers were. On the other hand, it does offer a kind of added safety if you want to have to open both before the water will flow.
All that said, twisting the handles is easy while not too easy. They feel plenty firm and secure. You only have to turn 90 degrees to generate full flow, too. So, you can go from zero to 4+ GPM with a flick of the wrist. There’s no sticking when opening nor the feeling that you have to crunch it closed, either. This unit is well made.
The more serious limitation in my book is that it’s intended strictly to operate off a cold water source. I don’t know about your cooking style but I prefer much more often to fill my pots with warm to hot water. It saves so much time (and energy) over starting with cool water. That’s particularly true in my house since “cool” can easily mean “downright frigid”, especially in winter.
There’s no inherent reason you couldn’t connect it to a hot water source. The inner materials will easily withstand it. The valve is ceramic, a type that stands up forever and ensures no-drip function for years (assuming all surrounding components remain intact, of course). The inner material is the usual sturdy brass. But I like to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines whenever possible, if for no other reason than to keep the warranty intact. Since the 1177LF carries a lifetime warranty that can be important in this case.
Esthetic Style & Finishes
One really pleasant aspect of this model: the 1177LF will fit any kitchen design motif. This type of spigot has been used in kitchens from many generations past – so it fits well in a Victorian-themed kitchen, for example. Yet it will fit equally well in the most contemporary Swedish modern space.
The range of finishes complements that flexibility. There’s regular Stainless (1177LF-SS), Arctic Stainless (1177LF-AR), or Chrome (1177LF) for that high-tech, uber-modern look. Or, you can select Champagne Bronze (1177LF-CZ) or Venetian Bronze (1177LF-RB) for a classic appearance that will fit remodelers who chose a Mediterranean or Edwardian motif for the kitchen.
The Delta 1177LF pot filler faucet is decidedly a specialty item for the kitchen. It’s no substitute for a regular faucet. But for those who want the convenience of a high-speed water source, placed wherever you wish, this model would make a fine choice.