Pot fillers are beautiful to look at — and, as one of the 2019 faucet trends, they’re all the rage. However, if the purpose of a pot filler is to avoid lugging large pots of water to the stove, there’s no such thing as a pot drainer, so, eventually, you have to lug the pot back to the sink. Also, what happens if the pot filler develops a leak since there’s no drainage on your cooktop? Are pot fillers practical or do they just look good? We asked the experts to weigh in on this topic.
The pot filler trend
According to Sandra L. Steiner-Houck, President and Senior Designer at Steiner-Houck & Associates in Mount Joy, PA, pot fillers aren’t a new trend. “We’ve been incorporating them into our kitchen designs for many years,” Steiner-Houck says. In fact, she recalled installing a pot filler behind a range approximately 15 to 18 years ago.
However, as kitchens are getting bigger, Christine Ramos, Senior Product Manager of Kitchen Faucets at Kohler, believes pot fillers are a growing trend. “Homeowners are incorporating pot fillers into their kitchens for maximum convenience,” she says.
Ramos believes it’s part of a larger home chef trend. “Consumers are creating spaces that make them feel and act like a chef,” she says, even if they don’t have an industrial kitchen. “Farm-to-table and a greater awareness of what one is consuming are also driving the chef trend in the kitchen. The pot filler is another tool in this chef space.”
And in the quest to create an open concept, professionally inspired kitchen, Katie Hayes, Senior Product Manager for Faucets at Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, says pot fillers are right at home. “Kitchen design trends influence all elements and details in the space. Soft modern and farmhouse styles resonate with homeowners in kitchen designs, including pot filler styles.”
In fact, Hayes is seeing an increase in finishes like Satin Black in the kitchen. “A black pot filler is so striking against a white tile or marbled wall and makes an impactful design statement,” she says.
Dan Worst, Product Manager at Elkay, agrees that pot fillers are definitely growing in popularity. “We find homeowners are especially drawn to the timeless element of pot fillers, but appreciate a more modern, sleek and clean look that can match their kitchen style, whatever that may be.” And because pot fillers have a classic style, he says they can work in a variety of settings. “For example, pot fillers offer a polished way to blend industrial vibes with classic and farmhouse kitchen styles,” Worst says.
Pot fillers can add a lot of style to your kitchen, but are they practical? “The French culinary concept of ‘mise en place’ dictates that everything has a place. It’s a mantra for organization in professional kitchens that can be applied to home kitchens,” explains Ramos. “The humble pot filler has a very specific role in the kitchen: it must always be located above the stove, and its call to action is to fill pots with water.”
And Ramos says there are certain advantages to this. “Pot fillers are tools for efficiency. They flow at a rate of 4.0 gallons per minute compared to a standard kitchen faucet, which flows at 1.5 gallons per minute,” Ramos explains. “This means you can fill a pot almost three times faster than using your other faucet in the kitchen.”
And, according to Ann Pringle, Kitchen Product Manager at Moen, they make prep work less laborious. “Wall-mount pot fillers help improve everyday tasks in the kitchen, from filling pasta pots to tea kettles, as they reduce the strain of carrying a heavy, full pot of water across the kitchen,” she says. “Plus, Moen’s pot fillers are equipped with dual joints for maximum reach and dual shut-off valves so consumers don’t need to reach over a hot surface to turn off the supply of water.”
And there are other advantages. “A pot filler frees up the sink area for other tasks, so you can turn your pot filler on to boil some water while you’re simultaneously scrubbing veggies or washing kitchen tools,” Ramos says. “A free sink also makes cooking with a partner or friend easier — and, truly, what’s better than communal cooking?”
The advantages of pot fillers also extend to their design. “Since most are sleek and mounted higher up on the wall like Elkay’s Avado Pot Filler, they can be seamlessly incorporated into almost any type of kitchen without getting in the way,” Worst says.
But what about having to carry the heavy pot of water back to the sink? Well, look at it this way: if you didn’t have a pot filler, you would have to carry the water from the sink, and then carry it back to the sink. At least you’re only carrying it one way.
What happens if the pot filler leaks? “Dishwashers can also leak and cause damage to flooring and cabinetry around them, the same way a pot filler could leak over a range,” explains Steiner-Houck. “It’s just a minor risk for an added benefit.”
Pot filler advice
Our experts had several tips to help homeowners make the right decision regarding pot fillers. “It’s important to ensure your pot filler has a spout with 360-degree rotation for maximum convenience,” says Ramos. She also recommends at least a 22-inch extended spout to reach each burner on your cooktop.
If you make the decision to add a pot filler during the design stage of a kitchen remodel, Worst says you’ll have the smoothest installation process. “I would advise homeowners to do their research first so they can ensure the design fits the style and functionality of their kitchen.” If you’re thinking about installing a pot filler after the design stage or you want to add a pot filler to your existing kitchen layout, Worst recommends contacting a local plumber to see if there will be any installation challenges and to also discuss your options.
Hayes agrees that an experienced, professional plumber should be consulted to achieve the best results. And she reminds homeowners that most pot fillers are single temperature.
“Before installing a pot filler, consider your cooking needs and the tools you frequently use,” Pringle advises. “For example, prior to installation, homeowners should measure their cooktop area, as well as the height of their tallest pot, when determining the location of the faucet.”
All of our experts agree that a pot filler can be a stylish and convenient addition to your kitchen. “In terms of style, don’t be afraid to mix and match finishes and styles with your current faucets and fittings in the kitchen,” Ramos says. “It’s important to take existing finish themes into account, but, depending on your kitchen layout, a pot filler can be a statement maker or a subtle tool that’s hidden away except for usage.”