Pull-Out vs. Pull-Down Faucet – Which One Will Serve You Better?
You may think there’s nothing complicated about picking out a faucet for your kitchen. You may think that picking the right fridge or cooker is far more significant.
But once you see how many models there are and all the different functions and styles they feature, you’ll probably be at a loss as to which one is the right pick for your kitchen.
One hole or two? Side sprayer? What about the finish – chrome or nickel? And which one is better – a pull-out or a pull-down faucet?
This aim of this article is to compare these models to help you find the best kitchen faucet that suits your home.
If both of these types of faucets have spray heads that you can pull out, how are they different? Well, the differences may be subtle, and you’re rightfully confused. Still, these faucets aren’t the same based on several aspects.
The pull-out model is a faucet with a flexible hose that makes the spout longer. You’ll easily recognize this if you take a look at the tap – it’s typically very short. The hose is hidden inside, and it allows you to reach places in your sink that are hard to clean without high-pressure water flow. 
Do you have any dishes that don’t fit into your sink? If so, they’re much easier to wash with this type of faucet. Also, this hose enables you to put a large pan or a pot on your countertop and fill it with water without the constant struggle of getting stuck in the sink.
These faucets may be the best fit for you if your kitchen and sink are small. If you enjoy cooking, this faucet will make the process easier and less messy.
- Suitable for double sinks
- Ideal for shallow and small sinks
- Long hose for filling pots
- Flexible spray head reaches all the corners of the sink
- Typically, a simplistic and elegant design fitting in every kitchen
- It may splash a lot if you have a deep sink
Pull-down faucets have similar features, but they’re different in a couple of crucial areas. Visually, you’ll recognize them because they’re usually longer than pull-out faucets – they have so-called “goosenecks”.  They’re also pointed towards the sink, and not towards the user. As they’re tall, they give you more space for doing the dishes or washing food.
The spray head is also flexible, but less than in the previously mentioned type. They’re supposed to be pulled down to reach the sink, and the hose can’t reach a pot placed on the countertop. However, this type of faucet works great in broad or deep sinks, and it allows you to clean them thoroughly. Also, if you have a deep sink, it’s not hard to put a pot inside and fill it with water from the faucet.
Pull-down faucets are also available as hands-free faucets. These models have sensors that turn on or off the water flow by waving your hand or a dish in front of the sensors.
These touchless types also have a detachable spray head for when you need it. As the pull-down faucets usually keep up with the latest trends, there are also models with touch sensors.  These are activated by your skin, so you don’t need to touch the spout if your hands are dirty.
- They feature touchless technology
- Perfect fit for deeper sinks
- No splashing around
- Easy to fill the pots placed in the sink
- Available in many creative designs
- Not suitable for small sinks
When it comes to the prices of these faucets, there’s no real difference between pull-out and pull-down models. How much they cost mostly depends on the manufacturer, on whether the finish is chrome or stainless steels, etc. and certain other factors. Generally, they can be found in all price ranges. Also, advanced faucets with sensors tend to be more expensive.
A Few Additional Notes
It’s interesting to know that commercial faucets are usually pull-down models. Professional cooks typically prefer this type.
However, these have become popular and widespread in the last five years, and are no longer limited do the kitchens of pro cooks. Foodies and stay-at-home moms could also find this model suitable for their needs – just about anyone who enjoys cooking.
These faucets are now available in numerous designs and different finishes, but may also be more expensive than regular pull-down models.
People are spending more time in the kitchen. They’re entertaining more, they’re cooking more, and they are requiring kitchens that perform at a professional level.Linda Eberle, Dream Kitchens
Out or Down?
Sure, it makes sense to consider the brand of faucet you intend to buy. But before you choose between Moen vs Kohler or Moen vs Delta, it’s good to sit down and write a list of what your kitchen needs. Take a look at the space, the sink, and think of what you normally do in the kitchen. Is your sink big or small? Do you have enough space around it? Do you like to cook, and do you cook frequently? These are some useful questions to answer.
Both of these models have significant advantages and are suitable for a specific type of sink and user. There are also some shortcomings you should consider before you purchase a new addition to your kitchen. However, it’s a challenge to make a final verdict – it’s all up to you and your specific needs.
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