Moen S664 Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet Review by Celinda Solecki
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At first, I was inclined to skepticism about the Moen S664 pot filler. It just seemed too good to be true. I took a closer look and realized that pessimism is not precisely the right response here. It is good, that’s true. Unfortunately, not quite good enough, in my view. Here’s what I found out.
The Moen S664 looks, at first glance, like a dozen other pot fillers. A closer look reveals less-than obvious treasures within. But first, a few basic facts. The S664 offers a spout reach of 24 3/8″, plenty long enough to cover all but the largest stoves, even when placed far from the edge.
But, since it’s a wall mount model, anyone with a truly huge stretch to the farthest burner can simply mount it closer to where it might be needed. Since the unit offers dual handles, there won’t be any need to worry about getting a wrist scorched when turning it on or off above a hot stove burner.
If you’ve ever topped off a large, boiling kettle of beef stew you know what I mean. Just open the handle on the faucet near the end, then pull the arm across to set in place before turning on the stove. Then use the inner handle to turn the water on and off.
Frankly, I would prefer those handles be the quarter-turn style, such as those offered on the Rohl A1452. Even so, that’s mostly a matter of personal taste. Others might favor the more traditional 180-degree handle in use here. I can see it going either way. The quarter turn is quick, but makes fine adjustments to the flow a little tricky. The 180-degree handle gives you complete control over the flow rate.
Speaking of flow rate, the water volume offered on the S664 deserves a section all its own. It’s not the largest available in the market, but it’s decidedly on the upper end of the range: 5.5 GPM (@60 PSI).
That’s truly pot-filler worthy gushing. If you cook for large numbers of guests or family members, especially using large pots, you know how convenient that is. That’s even more true if you have to do it frequently. Set three large containers on the stove and a half-minute job is suddenly triple the time. An ample flow rate becomes a big time saver.
Big dinners mean busy chefs. Everything you can do to save a minute here and there helps. Besides, some of us A-type personality gals are just naturally impatient! Next to the option of having a sensor that knows when to shut off the flow automatically, this is as good as it gets. Sadly, I haven’t seen one of those… yet.
By the way, flow rate is the one failing of some otherwise fine pot fillers (like the aforementioned Rohl A1452.) Many are very durable and look great, but they hover below the 2.5 GPM range. That Rohl is only 1.5 GPM, for instance. By contrast, the S664 is in very good company.
There is one drawback to the Moen S664 that might cause you to cross it off your list. It almost did in my case. It doesn’t come in as wide an assortment of finishes as I would wish.
I do a lot of kitchen remodeling for clients, who have a variety of decors and tastes to satisfy. That makes offering models in Brass, Black, White, and other options a major selling point in my situation. Unfortunately, Moen has limited this model to a pretty narrow range of choices. Still, what the company does offer are well done and look good.
Chrome – S664. This traditional finish is far from my favorite for most faucets. It might be that I’m imagining the need to spend a lot of time polishing. As a busy cook, I’ve lots of other calls on my time and ease of maintenance is important to me. Probably you know the feeling. I admit, though, that it does fit in well with a large variety of kitchen décor motifs.
Anyway, it’s always a delight to see this material done well. Moen has gone beyond even their usual high quality in this case. Maintained properly, this pot filler will continue to look new years after you buy it, even when used every day.
One final word here… on prices. I don’t normally talk about this because anything I say could well be no longer true when you read this. And, they vary so much from place to place, depending on where you buy. So, take the following as just a general guide.
On average chrome is going to cost less than the same model with some other finishes – and that’s true here as well. The “plain” S664 is, according to a few commonly used sites, about $200 less than the Oil Rubbed Bronze model discussed below. If it works for your kitchen, that’s a great deal.
Spot Resistant Stainless – S664SRS. If ease of maintenance is important to you also, the Moen S664SRS is one variation on a “plain” finish that’s definitely worth considering. Like the chrome version, it’s not my preferred material. Snobbery aside, it simply doesn’t dazzle the eye the way, say, a fine Brass or impress the way a luxurious Bronze would do. (Take a look at the Inca Brass ‘flavor’ of the Rohl A1451, for example, and you’ll see what I mean.)
All in all, though, it can be a great choice. Stainless steel will coordinate with just about any kitchen décor out there. Whether your appliances are black, white, or colored, the finish fits with nearly anything. Naturally, if you have one of the stainless steel finish microwaves or compact ovens this could be the ideal option.
Beyond the way it sheds water spots, it does an equally fine job of resisting fingerprint smudges. If, like me, you’re a little absent-minded sometimes in the kitchen, you’ve smeared cooking oil or chicken grease over the pot filler more than once. (Hey, cooking a fine meal is complicated, and there are always those hungry diners hanging around to distract you!)
So, with this option, the S664SRS goes beyond an esthetic benefit to offer a finish that is almost effortless to maintain. If, also like me, you love to cook but dislike cleaning up this alternative will edge up a notch on your list of pot fillers to consider.
Oil Rubbed Bronze – S664ORB. I confess I have an in-built preference for appliance finishes that echo the Victorian era. They look elegant and timeless. Not everyone’s preference, I know, and that’s fine. But if you share it, you’ll love the S664ORB version.
It’s rich-looking, and the shaping of this pot filler’s spigots lends itself perfectly to this particular finish. Photos can be misleading, so exercise caution. The one accompanying this suggests a somewhat bland looking application. Seeing it in person, you’ll discover it actually is deeper and more upscale in appearance.
Just a few words here about dealing with potential problems. Moen has a great – and well-deserved – reputation for quality manufacturing. When you receive the S664 you’ll notice at once how solid it feels. No wobble, no slack. This model is sturdy.
That said, no one is perfect and some lemons do occasionally appear. Luckily, the company stands behind the product, and not far behind like some do. Its Limited Lifetime Warranty is not a dodge. Like most, it doesn’t cover the surface or misuse or incorrect installation. But it will cover anything that causes the faucet to leak internally.
The 1224 cartridge is well made and offers smooth, long-term use. But if anything does go wrong, Moen is great about offering replacement parts free of charge. They’re professional, quick, and you don’t have to argue with them.
The Moen S664 isn’t the fanciest pot filler on the market. The company offers this model in only a few finishes – chrome, spotless stainless steel, and oil-rubbed bronze. But this unit does have a pleasantly high flow rate. And, if you like the looks, you’re sure to be happy with the fine operational quality and ease of maintenance.