So as promised here is a bit of a review on some of the choices we made for our first floor renovation. Lets start with the sink and faucet.
Faucet is clean and simple
The faucet is a HansGrohe Metro: a single lever, high-arc unit that I picked up on sale at the Home Depot for 20% off after I nearly fainted seeing the prices of other models in a specialty store. I figure that this cost us less than half of what some of the mid priced units were going for at the other store.
- Looks good with a simple clean design – the control lever can be mounted right or left or in the center like we have
- Feels solid and the unit moves smoothly without sticking
- From what I saw it was a pretty easy installation
- Sprayer option on pullout can be operated with one hand
- My biggest beef is that you pull the control lever down to turn it on and left for cold or right for hot. No problem really but seems to be very little fine control – the water goes from a trickle to full blast very quickly. This is something we had to get used to.
- The head for the pull down doesn’t want to retract fully. There is a little magnet which holds the head in but you have to make sure its aligned before it takes hold
- The sprayer requires you to hold down the trigger. There is not a setting where you can turn it on and leave it on.
But given the other benefits I think it’s a good trade-off.
Now the sink. Its a Franke RGX-160 ‘Regatta.’
The sink is a good size for the small kitchen and the bottom grid on the left really helps with cleanup
I wondered why they were so expensive – I mean its just formed stainless steel right? Well in comparing the it which we ended up purchasing from Bathworks in Ajax with products at the Home Depot, I found that the others didn’t have the solid feel of the Franke. It also had nice sound insulating material on the underside which keeps it from sounding “tinny” when you put something in the bottom. We were pretty fortunate that the sales staff at Bathworks helped us by extending the manufacturers sale offer that included the bottom grid and the strainers. I didn’t think that the grid would be useful but we hand wash a lot so its great to put it right on the grid and have it dry. Once again here are the pros;
- Looks great!
- Two bowls are different depths so when you put dishes in the deeper one to dry you can hardly see them from the living room. (This was a big consideration to us as you can see that counter run from the living/dining room and we needed it to at least look less cluttered on a day-to-day basis).
- The strainers really seal when you push them down so no water leaks out.
- Solid feel! A real difference between this one and other manufacturers I looked at.
- Sizing fits a 33” base cabinet
So far we are really happy with these two choices. They are used frequently throughout the day and their solid feel (hopefully) means that we will get many years of use out of them.
Next time I will take a look at our Miele dishwasher and you may be surprised by what we’ve found.