Kraus KPF-1602 Review

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Kraus KPF-1602 Review

Kraus, a New York based company, has revolutionised the world of plumbing fixtures with an uncompromising dedication to quality, durability and innovative design. Founded in 2007, it has been constantly striving to deliver highest quality products by combining the best parts or accessories, at times importing these parts from the world’s leading manufacturers so that the quality of the product as a whole is never compromised. The best part about Kraus products apart from their quality and durability is that they come at an affordable price and is accessible to everyone.

Kraus KPF 1602 is a commercial style kitchen faucet with a pre-rinse sprayer and a soap dispenser.

Kraus KPF 1602 Review

Style:

This commercial style kitchen faucet has an industrial design that has been strongly inspired by the faucets or pre rinse fixtures in restaurants. The bold and dramatic style makes its presence felt strongly in your culinary workplace. It has a single lever lite touch handle at the side along with a spout at a comfortable height and a high arc pull down pre-rinse sprayer.

The sprayer has a high arc open coil design that actually adds on to the industrial professional look that this faucet boasts of and an ergonomically designed handle .

Finish:

Kraus KPF 1602 is available in two different finishes viz. Chrome and Stainless Steel. The superior lead free brass built of this faucet not only makes it durable but brass naturally has corrosion resistant properties and is ideal for apply color or finishes. The finish becomes a part of the brass body and is not left just as a coating over the brass body. The chrome finish is triple plated to ensure that its corrosion and tarnish resistant apart from being flawless.

Pre-Rinse Sprayer:

The multifunctional pre rinse sprayer acts as a separate entity and is not built in the spout head as in most pull down kitchen faucets. It has a separate docking station wherein it can be securedly held in position. The spring coil that is attached to the open coil hose allows for smooth automatic retraction of the sprayer once the job is done.

The easy clean rubber nozzles attached to the sprayer head does not allow mineral deposits to build up and can be easily cleaned by brushing with the hands. The sprayer has an integrated two way diverter that instantly changes the flow of water from the spout to the sprayer once the sprayer lever is activated. On the other hand when the lever is not engaged the water flow is directed to the spout head.

The sprayer can be easily activated by the lever that sits atop the sprayer head. The sprayer is ergonomically designed so that you can have a comfortable grip while working with it. The sprayer has a hose length of 31.5”.

Soap Dispenser:

An additional soap dispenser comes with the unit. The dispenser is again made of solid lead free brass and bears the same finish to complement the faucet unit. The self priming pump can swivel up to 360 degrees and can be filled from above. It has a capacity to hold up to 14oz of liquid.

Installation:

The Kraus KPF 1602 can be easily installed in a single hole installation unit. You do not require a professional plumber to do this, but if you have little prior knowledge of plumbing, you can do it yourself with the help of the instruction manual that comes along with the faucet kit. Everything you require for the installation along with the mounting hardware comes in the box. The installation requires the use of O-juncture rings instead of plumber putty and it will hardly take you around 20 minutes to complete the entire process.

Single Lever Handle:

The single lever handle situated at the side of the faucet unit controls both the water pressure as well as the temperature. The lite touch handle is easy to operate and its operations are controlled by precision rich Kerox Ceramic Cartridges. Kerox is the world’s leading manufacturer of ceramic cartridges and their cartridges are said to have a much longer life compared to industry standards. Kraus imports it’s cartridges from Kerox to ensure that the faucet has the best quality and most durable parts. These cartridges have been tested to last for more than 5,00,000 cycles.

High Rise Spout:

The faucet unit has a high rise spout with a spout height of 11”and a reach of 8.5”. It is specially designed to act as a pot filler for large vessels. It can swivel up to 360 degrees for maximum coverage under the sink. The spout has a brass head that ensures uninterrupted uniform water flow throughout the life of the faucet.

NeoPerl Aerators:

The aerators are the most under rated parts when it comes to a kitchen faucet. But to be frank, they are responsible for the steady stream of water that flows through the spray head. They also add on to water conservation by reducing the flow rate while the pressure remains constant. So actually equal amount of work is done with less use of water. Kraus imports its aerators from the leading high end speciality aerator manufacturers, NeoPerl, Switzerland.

Certification:

The Kraus KPF 1602 with pre rinse sprayer is heavily certified. It is ADA compliant and has been certified and listed by cUPC , UPC, NSF, ANSI, AB1953, CALGreen, FTC, DOE, CEC, MASS, CSA, IAPMO, SCC.

Warranty:

Kraus KPF 1602 is backed by the limited lifetime warranty on the faucet as well as the finish. The limited lifetime warranty is restricted to the initial place of installation. The warranty is also restricted to household use only. Kraus customer care takes prompt action in case of any dispute and it will be solved in a jiffy. Commercial use though is not covered or supported under warranty.

PROS:
  • All brass built makes it durable and corrosion and rust resistant.
  • Tarnish resistant finish. The chrome finish is triple coated.
  • Separate pre rinse sprayer with a separate docking station
  • High rise pot filler with 360 degree swivel
  • Easy hassle free installation
  • Heavily certified with Limited lifetime warranty

CONS:
  • Sprayer handle not properly insulated
  • A little confusing manual

9.1 Total Score
Best Commercial Type Faucet for Home Use

Although it has quite a few interesting features in its kitty including the commercial pre rinse sprayer but the industrial look of the faucet is still not well accepted for residential use and only a small niche group of consumers will be actually thinking of investing in one. But those who are willing to try out this new style or are accustomed to this design will definitely enjoy one of the most useful faucets that will not disappoint you to say the least. And above all it will last you a lifetime.

Functionality
9.2
Style
8.6
Durability
8.7
Warranty & Repair
9.5
Extras
9.5
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