Moen Kitchen Faucet Buyer’s Guide
|November 12, 2012||Posted by Rachael under Buyer Guides|
Since their creation in 1937, Moen has grown to become one of the most trusted names in American kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Headquartered in the heart of the country, Moen believes in incorporating practical technology and design to create faucets that homeowners will love.
The Home Help Team at SUPPLY.com speaks daily with Americans who are interested in adding Moen faucets to their homes, but aren’t sure where to begin. We’ve created this buyer’s guide to help you get started.
Read on to discover the many advantages of Moen Kitchen Faucets.
I. How Many Faucet Holes Does Your Sink Have?
The first thing to consider when choosing a Moen faucet is how many faucet holes your sink deck has. Single handle faucets, such as the Moen Brantford Side Handle Faucet, only require one hole in the sink while traditional two handled faucets require three holes in the sink deck.
Accessories like soap dispensers, side sprays, and lotion dispensers will use extra faucet holes (Learn more about accessories below). Those who wish to upgrade from a three holed faucet to a single handle faucet can do so by covering the pre-existing holes with covers or a metal escutcheon.
If you are renovating your kitchen and will purchasing a new countertop, we suggest choosing the faucet first. Countertop installers will be able to create as many holes as needed for your faucet and accessories in the new countertop.
II. Choosing a Sprayer
Moen kitchen faucets are available in three separate sprayer options. Pull-Out sprayers allow the user to detach the faucet from its base to expand the reach of the faucet. Pull-Down sprayers let the user pull just the head of the faucet down to fill hard to reach corners of the sink and fill tall pots. Both pull-out and pull-down sprayers are incorporated into the faucet itself. If you do not want a faucet with a sprayer in the unit, side sprayers are available.
Side sprayers are mounted to the side of your faucet and have the same function as sprayers that are incorporated. If you decide to use a side sprayer, keep in mind they usually require one hole in the sink deck.
III. Mounting the Faucet
When choosing your Moen faucet, it is important to know where your faucet will be mounted. The mounting of the faucet not only changes the look of your sink and kitchen, but could possibly change the instillation method.
Most homeowners today gravitate towards single handle faucets, like the Moen Arbor MotionSense faucet. These faucets and those that have separate handles and spouts are traditionally mounted on the countertop slightly behind the sink, also known as deck-mount.
Another option is wall mounting. Wall mounted faucets, like the Moen Laboratory Faucet, are connected to the wall above the sink, leaving the counterspace below free and clear. They are best used with sinks that do not come with pre-drilled holes, and in kitchens without low-setting windows above the sink. The transition from a traditional mounted faucet to a wall mounted faucet will require additional plumbing and modification to the wall above and behind the sink. We advise you to make this transition only during a complete kitchen renovation.
IV. How High is Your Spout?
The height of your faucet’s spout depends on your tastes and needs. Faucets with standard spouts, like the Moen Extensa, are usually 3-5 inches from the plane of the sink (where the sink meets the countertop). High necked spouts, like those seen on the faucets in the Moen Aquasuite collection, are taller (usually 8-10 inches taller than the plane of the sink). High neck spouts are ideal in kitchens that will be very busy with cooking, as the elevated spouts clear counterspace and help fill pots and pans.
V. Selecting the Right Finish
The finish of your faucet is both a matter of personal preference and style. Most Moen faucets are available in several finishes, allowing you to have the faucet of your choice in a color that will compliment your kitchen’s décor.
Two of the most innovative finishes from Moen are Stainless Steel and Brushed Nickel Spot Resist. Spot Resist finishes resist water spots and fingerprints, reducing cleaning and keeping the faucet brilliant for years.
VI. Adding Kitchen Faucet Accessories
Customize your kitchen faucet with one or more of the following accessories.
1. Side Sprayer
Side sprayers are handles that extend to clean and fill dishes. Side sprayers provide mobility for large and hard to reach items. Side spays usually accompany faucets that do not already have a pull-down or pull-out spout.
2. Soap and/or Lotion Dispenser
Dish soap, hand soap, and lotion bottles clutter the countertop surrounding the sink and can be easily knocked into the sink during food preparation. Eliminate this with a Moen soap and lotion dispenser. These dispensers are “built-in” to the countertop, using a sink hole to hold the undermount container and pump. Soap and lotion dispensers are available in the same finishes as faucets and side sprays, for a cohesive look.
VII. A Few Moen Technology Highlights
In addition to Spot Resist finishes, Moen has two new features that homeowners love!
MotionSense faucets are hands free. Using motion sensors to turn water of a pre-determined temperature on and off when hands or dishes are waved in front of them, Moen MotionSense faucets eliminate the need to grab a handle when your hands are dirty. Moen MotionSense faucets also have a handle to let you adjust the water temperature and strength of flow.
Reflex technology is specifically made for pull-out and pull-down faucets. When faucets are pulled from their bases, Reflex technology eliminates the tugging feeling often associated with pull-out faucets. Reflex also easily retracts and locks back into place with ease. Finally, Moen Reflex faucets have a wide range of motion, letting you clean the deep corners of your sink and filling tall vases and pots.
VIII. Our Best-Selling Moen Faucets
With over 100 Moen kitchen faucets to choose from, it can help to know which faucets are the most popular with homeowners. Click any of the photos below to learn more about these popular Moen faucets.
We hope this guide has helped you feel more informed in your kitchen faucet search. Moen is a trusted name in kitchen fixtures because their high quality, long-lasting faucets are functional, durable, and look fantastic. We know you’ll be happy with your Moen kitchen faucet.
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