Danze Parma D205058 / D206558 Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
My first reaction on seeing the Danze Parma D205058 pot filler was: yawn. It looked so dull. I soon got over that little bit of bigotry. True, the style is as straightforward as it gets. But plain doesn’t have to be boring, and the function is so good I soon found I didn’t care anyway.
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Like all pot filler faucets, the Danze Parma is designed to make it quick and easy to fill pots. That’s where the product name comes from, after all.
Wall-Mount version (D205058). When you consider the wall-mount version (D205058), the “easy” part is covered partly by its great size. It measures 6.25″ high x 3.00″ wide and reaches a full 22.00″. The install is easy, too, thanks to excellent design and a weight of just 5.50 lbs.
Deck-Mount version (D206558). The deck mounted version (D206558) is roughly the same reach, with a spout that extends 21″ or a bit more, depending on where you measure from. The spout height measures 10″ above the counter.
2-Piece Articulated Spout. The 2-piece, articulated spout adds to the ease of use in both models. Just to outline one scenario… Many users install their pot filler right over the stove. That’s one of the best ways to avoid having to carry a heavy pot of water from sink to stove.
Water weighs about 8 lbs per gallon. Add the weight of a big pot, and you’re talking something that’s pretty awkward. Easy to spill if you make a lot of spaghetti, for example. No worries, when you install the faucet exactly where it’ll be used.
Then, fold it back out of the way. And, since you can opt for either the D205058 wall-mount or the D206558 deck-mount, you can get a pot filler that accommodates just about any kitchen configuration.
In my case, the deck version is best because my island has a low, raised counter just behind the stove. If your stove is near a wall, the wall-mount could be better for you. Either way, the arms move in and out firmly but smoothly, without any squeaking.
2 Ceramic Disc Valves. Leakage and dripping is practically unknown in these Danze pot fillers. Ceramic discs are just one of the reasons. All brass fittings is another.
Those would be useless without excellent manufacturing. Happily, Danze has a well-earned reputation for quality construction with low return rates for defects.
Those discs help ensure the Parma will continue to perform like new for many years, too. But if you ever do experience a leak, Danze also has a well-earned reputation for good customer service. Call in and you’ll get a replacement within a few days. The Parma has a limited lifetime warranty.
Be sure you get someone to install it who’s skilled, though. You want this lovely item to be perfectly level. So, that’s enough about the “easy”. What about the “quick”? That deserves a section all its own…
Besides the ability to sit high and reach long, the main benefit of a pot filler is quick filling. That’s accomplished by what is known in the trade as high flow rate. i.e. it pumps out a lot of water in a short time. Here, “high flow” is moderately accurate but potentially misleading.
Both models have flow rates that vary depending on water pressure. Each maxes out at a healthy 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute) at 80 PSI (pounds per square inch). Even at a relatively modest 60 PSI, they manage 2.0 GPM. For comparison, a good faucet will produce around 1.8 GPM.
Now, even 2.5 GPM is far from the highest flow rate available. Delta has a number of models (like the 1177LF) that offer 4.0 GPM and Moen offers a few that manage 5.5 GPM. They’re all fine pot filler faucets.
It isn’t always a matter of “pay more, get more”, either. Rohl has one very fine pot filler of roughly the same reach as the Parma that retails for around $1,300. Yet, it produces only 2.5 GPM.
While these Danze units are mid-range in flow rate, they’re decidedly high in quality. And, at around $200-$300, they’re a heckuva lot less money than the admittedly great Rohl model.
Both Parma pot filler models are available in either of two finishes: Chrome (D205058, D206558) or Stainless Steel (D205058SS, D206558SS).
That limited selection is something of a pity. Frankly, neither suits my kitchen décor. I’d need something in oil-rubbed bronze, or champagne, or at least a flat black to match my other appliances.
But for a great many buyers, those will work just fine. It’s all a matter of taste and how well it fits your kitchen, anyway.
The Danze Parma pot filler – wall mount (D205058) or deck mount (D206558) – doesn’t dazzle my eye at first glance. But tastes differ and, for some, it could be the height of elegance. But everyone can easily agree that this faucet will function superbly in any kitchen. If you’re looking for reliability, durability, and ease of use – and the style suits you – either of these are a very good value.