Kraus KPF-1602 Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
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It’s difficult to describe the Kraus KPF-1602; you simply have to see a photo. It almost looks as if the guts of some machine have been turned inside out. Yet, for all that strangeness in appearance there is something compelling here.
The spout height is a whopping 28″ and the spout reach is a full 7 5/8″. The hose reach is 28″. As if that weren’t large enough to accommodate massive pots (or anything else), the faucet swivels a full 360 degrees (assuming, of course, that there’s nothing around the installation to block the movement).
That said, I come back to my opening statement. You just have to see it to believe it. You can believe one thing, though. This faucet is very well made, featuring superb parts and construction. That includes a chrome-plated finish that’s rust resistant, in fact highly resistant to corrosion of any kind. On the inside it includes a Kerox drip-free ceramic cartridge that will last for years of trouble-free use. It rests in a solid brass housing that’s plenty sturdy enough to stand up to commercial-level use. Everything is hermetically sealed to minimize infiltration.
The single handle lets you control both temperature and flow. The flow rate is higher than some contemporary models, too, gushing 2.2 gpm (gallons per minute) at a very healthy 60 psi (pounds per square inch).
Spray Head + Spigot
As mentioned, the hose will reach 28 inches, plenty far enough to water potted plants, rinse off the counter, or just get a high-angle advantage on cleaning those large turkey-basting pots. The hose is spring tensioned and retracts with some vigor, so be prepared. The separate quick-fill spigot ensures you can fill up a pot like that in no time, too. Best of all for some users, you can use both at the same time or independently from each other.
Be prepared for considerable water force. The pressure mentioned above combined with that ample flow rate means you’ll get as much rinsing power as you could wish for and then some.
Compared to many models I’ve reviewed, this one really gushes. That’s a big plus in my book. “Wimpy” is the kindest thing I could say about some of them. That word will never spring to mind when using the Kraus KPF-1602.
The company’s literature touts the Swiss-made NeoPerl aerator and they’re right to brag. Many such devices, very often found on models that cost the same as this one, spritz water in unwanted directions. If those tiny holes aren’t formed exactly right individual ‘needles’ can wind up working like the vision of a guy with lazy eye. Here, the parts are quality and the manufacturing so precise you’ll find everything goes exactly where it should.
One of my favorite aspects of the design is the relatively lengthy, slender head. It’s a wand rather than the conventional truncated cone. Some may find it takes a little getting used to but I loved it instantly. My fingers are somewhat longish, like a piano player’s. That makes this design ideal for me.
I’m also very fond of the longish squeeze handle on the side. My finger strength isn’t what it used to be and the ability to clamp the handle rather than press and hold a button is a big advantage in my circumstances.
Equally impressive is the fact that the design allows for low-hassle hose use. Some faucet models invariably present homeowners with the dilemma of how to deal with the undersink portion of the hose. Pipes, cleaning supplies, and more can frequently get in the way. Because of the unusual design, that’s not going to happen with the KPF-1602.
KPF-1602-KSD-30 = KPF-1602 + Soap Dispenser
One other little ‘bonus’ feature is available with a variation of this model: a soap dispenser. Tastes will differ but I like the look. It might appear a little too ‘restaurant restroom’ for some buyers but it is professional looking.
Either way, no one will have any reason to complain about the function. It’s made from the same chrome-finished brass as the main faucet components. It works smoothly and, though only long-term testing could prove it, seems likely to do so for years of regular use.
Of course, for those who simply don’t want it, you don’t have to buy it. The Kraus KPF-1602-KSD-30 model is about $20 more expensive than the base model price.
Installation of the KPF-1602 will likely not be as easy as some other models. The unusual design almost guarantees that. It’s tall, relatively heavier than most, and the tall neck/hose-up-top design ensures it’s top heavy. You’ll definitely want someone to stand above and steady everything while you or someone else connects things below.
Apart from that there aren’t any special difficulties. The connecting hoses are the standard 3/8″ and you’ll need only the usual adjustable crescent wrench to tighten the nuts. All the hoses come supplied and, with a 1.375″ single-hole installation, nothing is tricky here. No plumber’s putty is needed; the O-rings ensure everything is well sealed. There’s even one for the base.
The instructions are a bit odd, referring in every step to connecting part numbers rather than names, for example. And the document sometimes recommends a weird order to the steps (like when to connect the hose/sprayer). But they’re easily ignored; everything is simple enough to do without them.
The Kraus KPF-1602 wouldn’t go well in my home, which is largely Victorian themed. But for those looking for an uber-modern, professional-looking pull-out faucet with a very different design, this could be the ideal choice. Looks aside, everyone could agree that this model offers high quality and first-rate function.