Delta Linden 4353-DST / 4353T-DST Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
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The Delta 4353-DST may or may not be to everyone’s taste. Looks, especially when it comes to faucets, are a personal preference driven by overall kitchen décor. But, artistic opinions aside, there are some objective pros and cons about the way it works.
The Delta 4353-DST, part of the Linden Collection, is a medium-sized, single-handle pull-out faucet. That plain description pretty much matches the plain appearance of this model.
Delta advertises that the minimalist look – rounded, straightforward, and somewhat organic – was inspired by the appearance of the Linden tree. For others, it will be very uninspiring. For me, that theme works better in Venetian Bronze (4353-RB-DST) than stainless steel (4353-SS-DST). But, as I said at the outset, that’s just personal preference.
What I like a lot better is the ‘Goldilocks’ size – 10″ long, 8″ high, 5 3/4″ from the deck to the aerator. The handle height is 11.4″. Sure, some kitchens (and chefs) really require a super-high arc. But unless you typically wash huge pots that’s really not necessary. The spout swivels 120 degrees so it’s easy to get the faucet out of the way in any case.
One thing enhances this model even more because it isn’t merely medium sized: the 59″ long hose attached to the integrated spray wand. That’s not wholly unprecedented but it’s a healthy length and very welcome when you want to stretch this pull-out to fill a pot on the countertop. Luckily, it doesn’t require any struggle to do that, as some below-the-sink weighted models do.
There’s another aspect of the Delta 4353-DST that I like even more: the multiflow feature. This allows you to set both stream or spray settings to deliver either 1.5 GPM or 2.0 GPM.
Probably I’m not the only one who has occasionally been frustrated by inadequate water flow. When you’re filling a big container or want to rinse in the shortest time it’s a real pain to have a low-flow faucet. On the other hand, we all like to save water where we can and the lower setting makes that easy.
Also, though flow rate and pressure are two different things, they’re often related. In this case, it’s 1.5 GPM @ 60 PSI. Just as you sometimes want to boost the level, it’s also great to be able to cut it down when needed. Splashing from hard spray on a stainless steel sink is rarely a lot of fun. The smooth-functioning diamond-coated valve incorporated in the 4353-DST also helps control the water precisely.
Pull-Out Spray Wand
One thing I’m not very fond of overall on this model is the pull-out sprayer, though in fairness it has both pros and cons.
It certainly works just fine. And I do like that the control to switch from spray to stream is easy to operate. Even better, when you select “spray” it stays there until you switch it back. It’s partly a matter of choice but I prefer that to those that change back the second you release the button.
Now for the con: it’s plastic. Some buyers will view that as a plus, and I wouldn’t argue the point. To each her own. Personally, I like a metal faucet to be all metal. Still, I have to confess it is nice and lightweight and therefore easy to pull out and hold without producing hand fatigue.
Touch2O, Touch To “Oh!” or “Uh-Oh…?”
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Delta’s touch activation technology, something the company calls Touch2O is loved by some and loathed by others. I’m in the first camp. I delight in being able to activate the flow by a tap on the spout or handle with my wrist or forearm, especially when my hands are greasy or just wet. Others find it an amusing plaything at first but, in the long run, more trouble than it’s worth.
Those in the second group often reach that view because touch technology does introduce a few potential problems. Since it’s electric/electronic at bottom, it requires a power source, in this case, 6 AA batteries. How long they last depends, of course, on a number of factors: battery quality, how often you use the touch feature, and other less-obvious criteria like temperature, for example.
All of us now have so many things that require changing or recharging batteries I can’t blame anyone for not wanting another. And, in the case of the Delta 4353T (note the T in the model name), the situation can get downright annoying. If the batteries die you can be left with a faucet that won’t turn on. Luckily there’s a LED indicator light at the base of the faucet that signals when the batteries are low so you can replace them on time.
Bypassing that feature is possible; you essentially remove the electronics module from the valve solenoid or bypass it entirely in the hookup. If you don’t understand what that means, and don’t want to figure it out (and who could blame you?), that’s a pretty good reason right there not to choose this sub-model.
With either the standard Delta 4353 or the 4353T touch model, installation is pretty simple. True, there are a couple of extra steps for the Touch2O model but they’re not difficult and they only need to be done once.
However, some of the parts are a bit flimsy. The feeding hose isn’t the twist on type. Instead, it uses a plastic plug-in connector that’s held by a plastic clip. Not the sort of thing to inspire confidence. Also, the undersink hot/cold hoses are vinyl, not steel-braided. Vinyl is used all over plumbing these days so it can be just fine. But it does suggest that Delta is looking at this as a lower-end model. That isn’t reflected in the price, however.
The 4353-DST – a pull-out model in Delta’s Linden Collection – is so-so looking and offers a mixed bag of good and not-so-great attributes. The pull-out works well, though it’s made of plastic. On the upside, it offers a welcome multiflow option. The touch technology in the 4353T-DST works well provided the batteries are kept fresh. Some of the undersink parts are less than top-of-the-line but the diamond-coated valve is top notch.
Reliable faucet, but not impressive.