Delta Leland 9178-DST Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
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I’m a huge fan of faucets that not only work well but offer great style and features beyond the norm. The Delta Leland 9178 name may be too long to spout in one go, but its design definitely sparks that enthusiasm.
There’s no arguing over taste, but it would be hard for anyone to claim this faucet is anything but stylish. The graceful arc and clean finish guarantees that. It doesn’t quite work in my house because all my lamps, furnishings, and fixtures are Victorian. But for someone looking for something Swedish-style modern it would be ideal. Anyone looking for a highly practical faucet will find it ideal, as well.
The top of the arc reaches 14 inches but the spout still measures well over half that height from the sink’s upper rim (where the 9178 is mounted). That keeps it nicely above big pots and pans. It lets you clean a coffee maker or breadmaker pan without bumping it against the faucet. When you’re as clumsy as I am, that’s a definite plus.
The neck swivels easily around a 360 degree circle. Granted you’re rarely going to need that. Nor would you be able to in most kitchen designs, since they’re typically close to a wall. But it’s great that you can move it that far.
I can’t count the times I’ve banged a glass on the faucet picking it up from the sink. Have you noticed yet I’m not the most coordinated person around? A neck that easily swivels entirely out of the way is a big plus for me.
The spray wand is attached to a 59″ hose that offers a 20-inch reach. That’s plenty for me. Any more and I’d be tempted to use it to clean the kitchen floor.
It’s a little odd to talk of “features” when discussing a faucet. You tend to think of that word more often in conjunction with a cell phone or camcorder. But high-tech has made its way into faucet design, too, if admittedly in a different way. No, there aren’t any fancy LCD screens or buttons but there are things you can operate that make your life easier.
DIAMOND™ Seal Technology
The interior components are just as fine (and work as well) as the outside looks. The Delta 9178 houses a diamond-coated valve – hence the DST in the model number which stands for DIAMOND™ Seal Technology – that provides multiple benefits.
It ensures that the moving parts inside the handle work smoothly and last virtually forever. It keeps the metal underneath from contacting water, ensuring that smooth, long-lasting endurance for the lifetime of the faucet.
Single Handle Design
The most obvious good feature is a smoothly-functioning single handle. Like you I’m sure, countless times I’ve been frustrated by the way a faucet handle works. Either they leak or they’re too easy or too stiff.
I had to replace one faucet after three years (not a long time as these things go) because the weight of the single handle itself was too great. It refused to stay up; using an elbow to keep the water on while trying to rinse a cup was no fun. You’re unlikely ever to have that problem with this Leland single handle faucet.
I like the single handle designs because I dislike getting the faucet wet when trying to shut it off (or off and on multiple times) while rinsing out a coffee pot or cleaning the silverware. I sort of operate it the way you’ve seen surgeons wash their hands before an operation. My kitchen isn’t quite as clean as an operating room but I don’t like splashing water around that I later have to wipe off.
Ditto all those compliments for the attractive and cleverly designed pull-down spray wand.
My current kitchen faucet uses a separate spray wand, the sort that fits in a third hole through the sink. I’ve never been fully happy with that design. I’d like to have more space on the rim for liquid handsoap, and other things.
I find it’s also more difficult to clean around the wand. Not a life-changingly difficult chore to be sure, but I find I tend to neglect wiping behind it. So, my next faucet is definitely going to be one of these newer designs.
The Delta 9178 is particularly clever in this regard. I confess, the company name for it – MagnaTite Docking – irks one of my quirks; I have a low tolerance for clever marketing jargon. Still, in this case it’s very descriptive. There’s a little magnet inside the wand and it does fasten to the neck pretty tightly.
Fortunately, that connection isn’t too tight. I don’t know how they did it but Delta managed to find just the right kind of magnet material. It ensures the wand stays on firmly without being so hard to release you fear damaging the faucet neck. That’s tricky for a pull-down design. I’ve seen some that droop down continually and others that you never want to use because they’re stuck on so hard.
Dual Spray Mode
This Delta Leland model offers plenty of power. The flow spec reads 1.8 gpm (gallons per minute) @60 psi. That doesn’t tell you much unless you are a plumbing pro. Suffice to say you’ll never long for more volume or pressure (assuming your home’s plumbing can drive it to full output, as most can).
You get that in multiple ways: single jet, multiple pin-hole spray while attached, or with the spray wand detached. Changing spray mode is easy thanks to an ergonomic toggle diverter. In each case, the pressure is plenty to make rinsing off greasy pans a breeze using hot water.
Available in several finishes – Chrome (9178-DST), Stainless Steel (9178-SS-DST), Artic Stainless (9178-AR-DST), Champagne Bronze (9178-CZ-DST) and Venetian Bronze (9178-RB-DST) – the clever design of the Delta Leland 9178 is stylish, flexible, and uber-durable.
On the official Delta site the retail price of the Leland 9178 varies between $300 and $440 depending on the finish you choose. As always it’s worth to shop around to find a cheaper price. Amazon for example currently sells the Chrome version for about $130 (!) less. That’s a savings of over 40%. To find a good deal start your search here.