Kitchen Faucets

Hans­grohe, Graff, Delta, and Grohe live up to con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions with their gleam­ing tap­ware

MGS Architecture - - Contents - By Seema Gupta

What con­sumers want

Mod­ern kitchen mix­ers are now ver­sa­tile enough to meet all cook­ing and wash­ing needs, and give both hot and cold water. Adding a spray spout to the tap, helps user to wash leaves and uten­sils like colan­ders. A pull-out spout with a short pipe gives flex­i­bil­ity in wash­ing and fill­ing uten­sils that are deeper than the kitchen sink. Kitchen mix­ers with swivel spouts al­low user to use one kitchen mixer tap across both kitchen sink bowls in a dou­ble sink. Thus, the op­tions in kitchen tap­ware have widened to meet var­i­ous needs of the home­owner.

Ac­cord­ing to Anitha Sharma, Hans­grohe In­dia, bud­ding kitchen own­ers are seek­ing a novel tech­nol­ogy or tech­nique which makes kitchen an even bet­ter place to be. “A kitchen faucet has tra­versed its jour­ney start­ing from the humble brass tap to the one pro­vid­ing home chefs with easy han­dling and free­dom of move­ment, and kitchens with be­spoke aes­thet­ics. Water is the air that a kitchen breathes, but a faucet is the source. So, an in­tel­li­gent func­tional kitchen mixer com­bined with per­fect er­gonomics and the best de­sign is the need of the hour,” she says.

Hans­grohe’s lat­est kitchen mix­ers come with a pull-out spout that in­creases op­er­at­ing range around the sink and as­sists user to com­bine mul­ti­ple chores. For a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence, the com­pany has in­tro­duced the in­no­va­tive Se­lect But­ton em­bed­ded in the pull-out spout heads. All it takes is a light touch with the back of a hand or el­bow to stop or start the water flow. Tem­per­a­ture and water vol­ume are set by turn­ing the lever han­dle, and the user gets an ad­van­tage of chang­ing be­tween

Shapes with big com­fort­able arches that al­low more space to work are get­ting pop­u­lar and there is an in­ter­est­ing trend of col­ors like white, red, matte black and fin­ishes like stain­less steel, pol­ished nickel, and bronze

dif­fer­ent spray modes as well. This added con­ve­nience of the Se­lect tech­nol­ogy re­quires no elec­tric­ity or ad­di­tional de­vices.

“Home­own­ers want a faucet that can be turned on or off while the user’s hands are busy, and a kitchen mixer that en­ables min­i­mal con­tact to up­grade hy­giene stan­dards with­out any haz­ard of elec­tric­ity. Also, cus­tomers de­sire a faucet that is ac­ces­si­ble even when stand­ing a few me­tres away from it; ap­proach­ing faucet in­fi­nite times is both­er­some,” adds Anitha.

Hans­grohe’s Axor Mon­treux range of­fers a Semipro Kitchen Mixer that is ro­tat­able upto 360o; it fea­tures two spray types for wash­ing and rins­ing work flows, and the char­ac­ter­is­tic lever han­dle for easy vol­ume and tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion. The Axor Mon­treux col­lec­tion is char­ac­ter­ized by cross handles and au­then­ti­cally la­beled ce­ramic in­lays. The taps al­low for max­i­mum op­er­abil­ity with their swivel and pull-out spouts. The sin­gle lever kitchen mixer al­lows for easy op­er­a­tion with its er­gonomic lever han­dle, and is also avail­able with a pull-out spout. Both mix­ers are ro­tat­able; the ver­sion with the pull-out spout ad­di­tion­ally fea­tures two spray types for wash­ing and rins­ing work flows.

Says Ravi Nind­wani, Delta Faucet Com­pany In­dia, “Ris­ing in­comes and global life­styles have driven the de­mand for unique, high qual­ity faucets, and brands have re­sponded with in­no­va­tive prod­ucts. The Vuelo® of­fered by our lux­ury brand Brizo, de­rives its de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from a swan and forms a grace­ful sil­hou­ette that is en­hanced with split fin­ish op­tions. Delta’s Solna Ar­tic­u­lat­ing Faucet pro­vides a wider range of move­ment and greater ver­sa­til­ity for com­mon kitchen tasks due to its dual jointed ar­tic­u­lat­ing arm with semi-flex­i­ble hose. The Delta brand lives by three tenets: water has the power to trans­form the way peo­ple feel every day, there can be magic in sim­ple so­lu­tions, and in­no­va­tions flow from hu­man in­sight.”

He adds, “In terms of in­stal­la­tion, kitchen faucets can be mounted on the wall or on the deck. Tra­di­tion­ally, wall-mounted kitchen faucets used to be more com­mon,

Us­ing pro­fes­sional tools in the kitchen bring ef­fi­ciency with plea­sure. An in­dis­pens­able fea­ture is the pro­fes­sional spray of­fer­ing easy switch­ing be­tween spray ac­tion and the nor­mal flow of water Renu Misra, MD, Grohe In­dia Ris­ing in­comes and global life­styles have driven the de­mand for unique, high qual­ity faucets, and brands have re­sponded with in­no­va­tive prod­ucts Ravi Nind­wani, MD, Delta Faucet Com­pany In­dia

but in mod­ern homes, deck-mounted kitchen faucets are gain­ing promi­nence be­cause more de­signs and more fea­tures are avail­able in this cat­e­gory, es­pe­cially from global brands. For in­stance, a deck-mounted kitchen faucet can in­cor­po­rate a pull-down wand, which in turn can in­clude mul­ti­ple spray modes for var­i­ous tasks. In an is­land kitchen con­cept, a well-de­signed deck­mounted kitchen faucet be­comes the cen­ter­piece of the en­tire space. Kitchen faucets also come in the form of hot-and-cold mix­ers or as cold-only based on the needs of the con­sumer, whether or not hot water is plumbed to the kitchen.

Says Emanuela Tavolini, Graff, “Con­sumers are very de­mand­ing and very in­ter­ested in every­thing the mar­ket can cur­rently of­fer. The kitchen faucet is per­ceived as an im­por­tant “part­ner” by the per­son re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing meals every day. For this rea­son, the re­quest is for long-last­ing faucets, with re­volv­ing spouts and pull out sprays, ca­pa­ble of fa­cil­i­tat­ing all the oper­a­tions con­nected with clean­ing and rins­ing. Al­most all our kitchen faucets are equipped with such char­ac­ter­is­tics. M.E., Con­i­cal, Os­car and Per­feque are some ex­am­ples of Graff’s highly func­tional faucets.”

Tech­ni­cal upgra­da­tions

Uti­liz­ing the lat­est man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy sup­ported by ex­ten­sive plumb­ing and hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and its tra­di­tion of old­world crafts­man­ship, Graff cre­ates cut­ting-edge, premium-qual­ity prod­ucts.

Con­sumers are very de­mand­ing; their re­quest is for long-last­ing faucets, with re­volv­ing spouts and pull out sprays, ca­pa­ble of fa­cil­i­tat­ing all the oper­a­tions con­nected with clean­ing and rins­ing Emanuela Tavolini, Di­rec­tor of Sales Europe, Graff An in­tel­li­gent func­tional kitchen mixer com­bined with per­fect er­gonomics and the best de­sign is the need of the hour Anitha Sharma, GM, Mar­ket­ing, Hans­grohe In­dia

Delta’s Touch2o™ tech­nol­ogy adds prox­im­ity sens­ing, al­low­ing for both hands-free and touch­sen­si­tive op­er­a­tion, which means that the user can turn the faucets on or off with just a touch any­where on the spout, body or han­dle. Di­a­mond Seal Tech­nol­ogy (a sys­tem of car­tridges and PEX wa­ter­ways with Di­a­mond® Seal Tech­nol­ogy grind de­bris, helps the faucet last upto 5 mil­lion uses and keeps the water out of con­tact with pos­si­ble lead con­tam­i­nants in the faucet body), and the re­cently in­tro­duced rev­o­lu­tion­ary Shield Spray Tech­nol­ogy in which, one of the spray modes, a con­cen­trated jet stream helps rinse away the tough­est of stains, while a pro­tec­tive en­ve­lope of water forms a ro­tat­ing shield around the jet stream to pre­vent splash­ing.

Tem­piq™ and Tem­p2o™ tech­nolo­gies sense the water tem­per­a­ture be­fore it leaves the spout and lets you know ex­actly when water has reached the de­sired tem­per­a­ture. Tem­pas­sure® Ther­mo­static Valv­ing works like a ther­mo­stat to mea­sure and mon­i­tor the tem­per­a­ture of the water and au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the water mix to main­tain a more pre­cise tem­per­a­ture. The Delta Pi­lar® kitchen faucet with Touch2o® Tech­nol­ogy was awarded the Par­ent Tested, Par­ent Ap­proved (PTPA) Win­ner’s Seal of Ap­proval.

Grohe In­dia’s Essence and Con­cetto two new pro­fes­sional-style taps have a slim and stream­lined body built around an ad­vanced 28-mm car­tridge. Con­ceal­ing this high-per­for­mance com­po­nent in an el­e­gant cylin­der cas­ing is a de­sign feat in it­self. An­other fea­ture is the coloured easy to keep clean sil­i­con hose. The hose can be eas­ily switched from one colour to an­other to match the tap to other sur­faces and fin­ishes in the sink area for a vis­ually co­or­di­nated kitchen look. The com­pany is of­fer­ing a lim­ited edi­tion with a hose in yel­low, or­ange, red, pink, pur­ple, green, and blue.

Com­ments Renu Misra, Grohe In­dia, “Us­ing pro­fes­sional tools in the kitchen will bring ef­fi­ciency with plea­sure. An in­dis­pens­able fea­ture is the pro­fes­sional spray of­fer­ing easy switch­ing be­tween spray ac­tion and the nor­mal flow of water. The new Gro­hflexx tech­nol­ogy makes the spray par­tic­u­larly mo­bile for dif­fer­ent uses. A sil­i­con hose with an in­te­grated metal spring al­lows users to twist and turn the spray through 360 de­grees. From wash­ing veg­eta­bles to rins­ing plates to fill­ing tall vases – the com­bi­na­tion of an op­ti­mised op­er­at­ing ra­dius with max­i­mum ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity means that every chore is com­pleted in no time at all.”

Once the job is done, Grohe’s Easy­dock M tech­nol­ogy uses a pow­er­ful mag­net in the holder to guide the spray back to its ideal dock­ing po­si­tion. “This is an­other ex­am­ple of the com­pany’s R&D en­gi­neers de­vel­op­ing new so­lu­tions keep­ing in mind the user’s prac­ti­cal needs and re­quire­ments,” adds Renu.

Grohe’s hands-free kitchen faucets The Lady­lux3 Café and K7 faucets come with Foot Con­trol Tech­nol­ogy, which al­lows the user to switch the water flow on and off with a tap of the foot on the ac­ti­va­tion plate in­stalled dis­creetly in the toe space of the cab­i­net. It is also

In mod­ern homes, deck-mounted kitchen faucets are gain­ing promi­nence be­cause more de­signs and more fea­tures are avail­able in this cat­e­gory

pos­si­ble to con­vert any ex­ist­ing Grohe pull-out or pull­down kitchen faucet into a hands-free model with the com­pany’s retro-fit set. The in­no­va­tive en­hance­ment frees hands, and be­cause there is no need to touch the faucet handles, it helps re­duce spread of germs and bac­te­ria around the kitchen. Users in wheel­chairs can in­stall the plate within a close arm’s reach. The faucets also have a spray fea­ture and an ex­tractable hose.

“Tech­nol­ogy driven kitchen faucets seem to rep­re­sent a grow­ing re­quest from the mar­ket world­wide,” ob­serves Emanuela Tavolini. The kitchen, in fact, is one of the en­vi­ron­ments where tech­nol­ogy can re­ally im­prove the level of func­tion­al­ity and make the user’s ex­pe­ri­ence pleas­ant and easy. Graff’s wide se­lec­tion of kitchen faucets com­bine de­sign with the most ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions. All de­vel­oped in solid brass, the ma­jor­ity of our kitchen faucets are equipped with ei­ther side sprays or pull-out sprays, to make wash­ing as smooth as pos­si­ble.the faucets fea­ture a re­volv­ing spout as well as dual spray/stream func­tions. Since kitchen prod­ucts are ex­pected to be long last­ing and safe, Graff’s tech­nol­ogy pro­vides high qual­ity prod­ucts that are man­u­fac­tured in com­pli­ance with all drink­ing water reg­u­la­tions and fol­low the most re­stric­tive cri­te­ria re­quired for the pro­tec­tion of health and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Shapes, Styles, Fin­ishes

Ac­cord­ing to Renu Misra, stain­less steel and chrome faucets com­ple­ment all styles of kitchens. Sparkling chrome adds a high­light to the kitchen area and en­hances the look of com­pos­ite work sur­faces and sinks. A solid metal faucet body with ce­ramic discs in the car­tridge helps for smooth easy-to-use ac­tu­a­tion. GROHE Starlight® Tech­nol­ogy has made-to-last sur­faces rang­ing from pre­cious matt to shiny like a di­a­mond. “Our unique plating process is re­fined to pro­duce a ro­bust and im­mac­u­late sur­face. The phys­i­cal

vapour de­po­si­tion (PVD) process en­sures that the sur­face com­po­si­tion is three-times harder, de­liv­er­ing glis­ten­ing gold or so­phis­ti­cated chrome fin­ishes. The sur­face is also 10 times more scratch-re­sis­tant. A qual­ity faucet will last a life­time, so se­lect a de­sign with time­less ap­peal.”

Com­ments Ravi Nind­wani, “Shapes with big com­fort­able arches, which al­low more space to work are get­ting more pop­u­lar, and we are also see­ing in­ter­est­ing trend of col­ors like white, red, co­coa bronze, matte black and fin­ishes like stain­less steel, pol­ished Nickel, Vene­tian bronze, etc. Many of Delta faucets come in Bril­liance® PVD fin­ishes which hold up to ev­ery­day use, with no tar­nish­ing or dis­colour­ing. Our Fuse™ Kitchen Col­lec­tion blends soft con­tem­po­rary lines and in­no­va­tions like Di­a­mond® Seal Tech­nol­ogy and Mag­natite™ Dock­ing with bold color choices in red, white, and black.”

“Fin­ishes are an­other de­sir­able fac­tor in kitchen faucets. Cus­tomers gen­er­ally like brushed vari­ants of steel and nickel shades, but con­tem­po­rary chrome still is the king,” opines Anitha Sharma. Hans­grohe’s Axor Mon­treux kitchen taps are avail­able in: chrome and nickel fin­ishes. Both are ap­plied us­ing the highly in­tri­cate PVD tech­nol­ogy, by which a coat­ing is ap­plied in a vac­uum us­ing steam. This leaves the fix­tures ex­tremely scratch and abra­sion-re­sis­tant.

Af­firms Emanuela Tavolini, “Graff pull-out and side spray to­gether with rub­ber grips, that make han­dling the faucet eas­ier; brushed fin­ishes for their abil­ity to dis­guise water and lime-scale marks, are pop­u­lar with cus­tomers. Graff Sospiro, M.E., Man­hat­tan, Con­i­cal, Os­car and Per­feque col­lec­tions are all avail­able in brushed nickel (BNI) as well as the stan­dard pol­ished chrome fin­ish (PC).

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