Why Pot Fillers Are Great: Quick Buying Guide
Yes. Here are some reasons we find these nifty kitchen gadgets so useful:
They Lighten Your Load
Everyone knows how difficult it can be to move a heavy pot of water from the faucet to the stovetop. It’s so easy to spill all the water!
Seriously, who wants to deal with that mess?
Well, with a pot filler you don’t have to worry about that problem.
So, filling up a large pot can take a decent amount of time. This is especially true because kitchen faucets often have a very low flowrate.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that with a pot filler. Just put the pot on the stove and fill with water. Obviously, you have to keep an eye on the pot, but you won’t hog the sink. This means you can use the sink for other things while you wait for the pot to fill up.
Multitasking – it’s awesome!
Lots of people have big pots that never get used. Why don’t they get used?
It’s too annoying to move the big pot from the sink to the stove. This is especially true if you’re an older person. Remember, water weighs 16 pounds per gallon, so it gets heavy fast.
You may also struggle to even fit a bigger pot in your sink. Now, that only really applies to smaller sinks and massive pots, but it’s still potential. You now know why every professional has a pot filler.
They just make everything so much easier, faster, and more convenient.
Increases Home Value
Interested in sellin your home? You should know that a pot filler will actually increase the value of your home. People still cook at home, and having a pot filler just makes that so much easier. Some people even refuse to buy a home if it doesn’t have a pot filler or a place to install a pot filler!
Choosing The Right Pot Filler
Here are some features that you should consider before purchasing a pot filler. You definitely don’t want to choose the wrong filler and get stuck with something you don’t like nor need.
Most importantly, in our opinion, is how the pot filler fits the rest of your kitchen. If you have a kitchen made up of entirely stainless steel appliances and fixtures, then you shouldn’t purchase a brass filler. It will just look goofy.
Fortunately, pot fillers come in a variety of colors and materials, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Reach is another important aspect of a pot filler. If you have a big stovetop, like most large American homes, then you’ll want a double-jointed pot filler that has a reach around 24 inches.
A smaller stovetop will obviously require a smaller reach, and they generally don’t need double-joints. A 15-20 inch reach should work fine for the average stovetop in an average sized house. Remember, you don’t need to reach every single burner.
All the pot fillers on our list have double handles, which make things so much easier. Single handles aren’t really that common, and they’re annoying. We don’t recommend purchasing a pot filler with a single handle simply because double handles are superior in every possible way.
Height is an often overlooked feature of a pot filler. You want enough clearance to fit a massive pot underneath the filler. You certainly don’t want low clearance. In that case, you might have a pan filler rather than a pot filler. And no one wants a pan filler because that’s just silly.
One other thing, make sure that the handle is accessible. This isn’t a problem for taller people, but if you’re short then it might become a problem.
Simply put, you’re going to need a plumber to install a pot filler. There isn’t any way to avoid that. Plumbing is extremely difficult, and a DIY installation will void your warranty. It’s fairly difficult too. You need to install a water pipe behind your wall, so that will require quite a bit of manpower. A deck-mounted pot filler will require a water line underneath your countertop, which will also require a plumber to install.
The material determines how long your pot filler will last. Stainless steel lasts the longest, but it’s much more expensive. Most pot fillers are made of brass, which lasts a decent amount of time. The main drawback with brass is that it might not match the rest of your kitchen.
We recommend stainless steel for longevity.
Flow rate is a factor, albeit a minor one, to consider before purchasing a pot filler. We say it’s a minor factor because a fast flow rate will save you about 20 seconds. Obviously, a 20-second increase isn’t that big a deal.
Don’t fret if your pot filler doesn’t have the fastest flow rate.
Most pot fillers only dispense cold water. However, some can dispense both hot and cold water. Honestly, it’s not that important of a feature to consider because you will boil the water anyway, you should know that alternatives exist.