Confused about the difference between pull out and pull down kitchen faucets? While at first glance, it may seem to boil down to preference, the subtle differences can make an impact in your kitchen. If you want to find which best suits your home and the flow of your kitchen, there are a few practical aspects of each of these choices to consider.
So Alike, Yet So Different
The reason these two types of spouts can be confusing is that they both have a spray nozzle that is part of the main faucet head and not its own separate component. The hose extends out from the faucet with the head to be easily maneuvered around your sink for various cleaning or rinsing jobs.
In the pull down models, the hose and head will detach straight down, away from the body of the faucet. While the hose is general shorter in this design, the faucet is taller to begin with, which allows this design to have a wide spray range. One of the more obvious benefits of these units is found when rinsing taller pots or trays that do not fit under typical faucet and sink combinations. Generally, this setup is used with undivided, deep sinks to compliment that feature of the faucet.
On the other hand, the nozzle and hose extend forward, out from the base of the pull out fixtures. Having a longer hose allows these units to be very flexible and useful for various kitchen-cleaning needs. Many hoses will even extend far enough to be used when filling a pot or pitcher that is sitting beside the sink.
The Good and The Bad
How can you make the final faucet decision for your home? You will need to look beyond the more obvious design benefits we have already mentioned to see all the positive, and even some negative, sides of these fixtures.
Upsides of a Pull Down
-The simple downward motion to pull the nozzle free of the faucet is very ergonomic. The comfort and ease of motion can help keep your kitchen running smoothly, even when things need to be done quickly.
-The elegant and beautiful design of the long, tall neck on these models, can add that extra something to many different kitchen designs, from country to modern.
-The shorter hose, along with the pull down motion, prevent kinks and twists while using the spray nozzle.
Pull Down Downers
-The height of the faucet can add to existing water pressure problems since the water must travel up such a long neck before coming out of the nozzle.
-You will have a limited range of motion from the shorter hoses. If you like to fill your pots while they rest on the counter top, this can be a hindrance for you.
Outstanding Pull Outs
-The low profile of these faucets makes them more functional in tighter spaces. If you have overhead cabinetry or shelves, this design fits comfortably below them, with room to spare.
-Since these models generally have a longer hose, you will have the ability to get closer to the surfaces you are cleaning and reach farther, even to the outside of the edges of the sink.
-With the lower profile, it is easier to prevent splashing water out of your sink onto the floor or countertops.
Outs of a Pull Out
-You will have to change your grip on the nozzle when changing your spray direction, making this a less ergonomic design.
-Fitting taller pots and pans under the nozzle can prove to be more difficult or impossible.
In the end, both the pull out and pull down faucets will deliver water to your kitchen sink. You can find quality and style in both selections, in many different price ranges. Weighing the pros and cons of each, with the design and function of your kitchen, will lead you confidently to the perfect choice for you.