Tired of lugging heavy water-filled stockpots from sink to range? Consider easing your workload by installing a pot filler faucet on a wall or countertop within reach of your cooktop.

By Ann Wilson
June 08, 2015
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Pot filler faucets continue to be valued for their easily accessed utility and architecturally interesting contours. Popular in newly built and remodeled kitchens, wall-mount pot fillers hook up to cold-water lines installed within a wall. Spouts are attached to articulated arms that extend to fill pots, then fold out of the way of working burners and cooks.

Pot Filler Types & Uses

Pot Filler Faucet
Deck-Mounted Pot Filler

Deck-mount models operate in a manner similar to wall-mount versions and are usually placed in a countertop adjoining a stovetop. Countertop pot filler faucets are good choices for homeowners with island cooktops or for those who want pot-filling convenience without tearing out a wall to accommodate new plumbing.

Pot fillers benefit home chefs who feed a crowd, whip up loads of soup or pasta , or boil oversize food items on a regular basis. They allow the use of pots too tall or broad to fit in a sink and also let cooks simultaneously tend to pans bubbling with sauces and sizzling with stir-fries while filling stockpots and saucepans with water.

Before you buy a pot filler, note that having a pot filler eliminates just one leg of your pan-toting journey. Though you won't have to carry a water-heavy pot to the stovetop, you will eventually need to drain that pot, which likely means transporting it to a sink.

Buying a Pot Filler

Convenient Pot Filler
Pot fillers with adjustable arms make it easy to position the faucet spout above different spots on a range.

Here are a few other things to consider when buying a pot filler faucet.

Most pot fillers are installed via one hole, comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements, and are operated by two levers (a shutoff at the wall and a second on the spout). They range in price from $150 to $1,000, with many styles are available in the $200-$400 range.

Depending on the model and manufacturer, the faucets' articulated arms extend between 15 and 24 inches; those that extend 22 inches or more are usually long enough to fill pots positioned on front burners.

Lower-end options might have shorter arms and are available in chrome or stainless-steel finishes, but as prices rise you'll find faucets in brass, black, bronze, nickel, and copper finishes with an extensive reach. Shiny, brushed, and antiqued finishes combine with shapely spouts ranging from classic gooseneck styles to sleek linear designs. Other versions feature oil-rubbed bronze patinas, Victorian-inspired contours, or porcelain-capped handles that complement old-world and country kitchens.

Select a pot filler faucet with a finish and form that complements your sink faucets, cabinet hardware, and backsplash treatments. Whether it's a streamlined cylinder jutting from a wall or a statuesque brass beauty rising from a countertop, thoughtfully chosen pot fillers provide purposeful profiles that please the eye.

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