Beautiful, quality faucet
This is a beautiful, high-quality faucet at a very reasonable price, making it a great value in my opinion. The unit came well and elegantly packaged, and immediately upon removal, the quality was obvious, with its fine finish and also the heft of it.
Installation was straight-forward, and went pretty quick. The instructions were pretty minimal, but then it's not at all complicated to install. Please note that this unit does not come with a deck plate. I was replacing a single-hole faucet, so
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did not need one, but anyone intending on using this to replace a 3-hole faucet should probably make sure that a deck plate with a matching finish is available.
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Great faucet, but installation could get complicated
My wife and I run a small property business in the Western Pennsylvania. We buy, renovate, rent, and sell homes in the Pittsburgh area. As the licensed contractor of the outfit, I head up our work crew of renovation specialists. We do a lot of kitchen and bath renovations and updates in older homes.
This is a boldly-designed kitchen faucet with a pull-out sprayer. I’ve reviewed several high-end Anzzi products through the Home Depot Seeds program, and one of the characteristics of their
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products is the unusually high quality of their brushed steel finishes. They do a really nice, deep polish on their brushed finishes. This isn’t the only thing that’s good about their work, but again and again, the craftsmanship in the polishing really stands out. It’s hard to show something like this in an online photograph, but I got a close-up shot of the head of this faucet for Figure 1.
Installation of this product into the counter is simplified greatly by the design, and there is a quality installation guide included (a picture of it is included on the website). Faucets like these are too often sold with poor installations guides that are practically no help to DIYers. On the other hand, unless you have a diamond-tipped hole-saw set handy, drilling the 1.3 to 1.38-inch hole in your stone counter as indicated in Step 1 of the directions might be a bit difficult. Thankfully, this is the standard-sized hole and if you’re simply replacing your existing faucet, you’ll be fine with the existing hole in your counter.
With this faucet, installation into existing kitchen water lines may be a real problem depending on your water supply setup. Figure 2 shows the supply lines coming down out of the faucet base. They are 13 3/4 inches long and end in 3/8-inch female compression fittings. If your existing water supply leads deviate from that diameter, will only accept a male connection fitting, or are either farther away than 13 3/4 inches or too closely set to the faucet base to make using the long leads of this faucet convenient, the average DIYer will probably have more luck calling a plumber than completing the installation of this faucet alone.
I just don’t like the fact that this faucet is not sold with a deck plate. Unless you can find a matching deck plate, you can only install this faucet into a natural or engineered stone countertop with an undermount sink. If the associate at your local branch of the Home Depot is not familiar with this factoid and you have a drop-in sink, that’s a wasted trip to the store and a return waiting to happen. Odds are, the buyer won’t believe the poor associate, who will exclaim, “I’m sorry, but ALL kitchen faucets are sold with a deck plate. This is the first time this has ever happened to me!” The associate will be telling the truth, but it won’t matter.
All in all, I like this faucet. It’s beautiful, sturdy, yet elegant, but it has some serious installation problems lurking in wait for the incautious and inexperienced DIYer, as indicated. A maddening additional one is that the handle can be disassembled by removing a small cover and unscrewing the hex nut with the included hex key -- this is not covered in the directions, and the wrench is just included with no explanation inside a small box with the weight bob for the pull-out sprayer (which clamps to the spray-out line with Phillips-head screws). It’s enough to make me shake my head sadly as I imagine a poor guy with limited home improvement experience and skills trying to figure out how to successfully put this in to impress his wife. As long as the existing setup is OK, he's a handyman hero. One little thing goes wrong, and...well, it wouldn’t be pretty.
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