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Four Don'’t-Miss Kitchen Faucet Trends

March, 2014

The kitchen's workhorse steps up its game.

Essential to food prep, cooking and cleanup, kitchen faucets perform all the tasks that they have in the past and more, but now with greater expediency, ease of use and style. Helped by developments in technology and design, "the kitchen faucet is becoming more important in terms of functionality," notes designer Carmen Christensen, ASID, of Time2Design. Increased functionality may be the biggest faucet trend of all, but there are plenty of others.

Here are four Moen kitchen faucets that exemplify the trends worth keeping in mind. And look for the April issue of OnSite to learn about all the other exciting Moen products you can use to complete your clients' dream kitchens.

  • Brookshire

    Pullout faucets have become a must-have not only for their functionality but also because they minimize clutter in the sink area. They're particularly useful in applications where a gooseneck may block a window view. Traditionally styled Brookshire is Moen's first pullout faucet equipped with Reflex, a wand system whose flexible hose and swivel joint allow for easy maneuverability. When no longer needed, the wand self-retracts from anywhere inside the sink and securely docks itself.

  • Etch

    The move away from the heavy ornamentation of traditionally styled kitchens toward cleaner, simpler looks has been attributed to everything from changing demographics to the recession and a need for authenticity. Whatever the reason, faucets have also followed suit. Moen's latest is Etch, a transitionally styled gooseneck design with faceted detailing on the handle, base and spout. When not in use, the pulldown wand is tucked inside the spout, lending the faucet an elegant, seamless look. It's available in Chrome and Spot Resist Stainless.

  • STO

    Taking its name from the recessed wand "stowed" inside it, the streamlined STo responds to the growing interest in contemporary kitchens, especially in urban areas and among younger homeowners. Its sleek form is "a marriage between square and cylindrical shapes," a common feature of modern design, says Thomas Tylicki, product/brand manager for Moen. Available in chrome and Spot Resist Stainless, STo also comes in Matte Black, a more contemporary alternative to Oil Rubbed Bronze that's gaining in popularity.

  • Align

    Align is also part of "Moen's modern push inside the kitchen and bath," Tylicki notes, and features simple, geometric forms that easily complement contemporary kitchens. The faucet has a high-arc gooseneck design that accommodates large cookware and a pulldown wand (with Reflex), both of which are frequently requested by homeowners, Christensen says. Water-efficient and CalGreen compliant, the faucet has 1.5 gpm flow rate, as do all of Moen's kitchen faucets.