When it comes to buying a kitchen faucet, there’s a great selection of high end and beautifully finished faucets to choose from. There are a lot of companies in the market that combine sleek and stylish design with the latest in kitchen faucet technology.
In fact, there’s so much to choose from when it comes to finding a suitable kitchen faucet, that it can often become overwhelming for the typical consumer.
Comparison in Terms of Faucet Types
Double or single handle faucet
There are two main types of kitchen faucet, double and single handle faucets. Double handle faucets, as the name suggests, feature two separate handles that control the flow of hot and cold water.
A single handle faucet uses one handle to turn on and off the water flow. Single handle faucets are typically a little bit more expensive than double handle faucets.
In fact, many brands now only have a very limited selection of double handle faucets. Most of the high end, boutique and attractive kitchen faucets come in the single handle style.
Unless, you’re looking for a very basic kitchen faucet, you will probably need a single handle faucet for your kitchen.
Both Pfister and Moen have an extensive range of single and double handle faucets to choose from.
In addition to its double and single handle faucets, Pfister also has developed what they call the ‘integrated faucet‘.
This is essentially a single handle faucet, which is streamlined and integrated to the design of the faucet itself.
Another feature to consider is the extendable faucet, which has become very popular in recent years. This is a very useful feature which allows you to pull out or pull down the faucet or hose.
People love extendable faucets as it gives them easier access to larger pots and pans in order to fill with water from the tap. It’s also useful as it makes cleaning the sink itself a lot easier.
If you’re looking for the convenience, both Moen and Pfister offer a great selection of extendable faucets.
Touchless faucets are also becoming increasingly popular. Touchless faucets mainly come in two different types, wave control (where you wave your hand or a pot in front of a sensor to control the flow of water) or voice control (where you use your voice to turn on or off the water).
Moen has a selection of three touchless faucets. The most high tech of these is the U by Moen Smart Faucet.
This smart faucet allows you to turn on and off the water four different ways, including by using your voice, using an app on your smartphone or by waving your hand. You can also control the flow of water manually, in case of a technology blackout.
The U by Moen also has another number of cool features. If you have a voice control device, such as an Amazon Alexa, you can use it with your smart faucet to set the temperature and control the flow of the water in your kitchen.
Pfister also have introduced touchless technology, with their React faucet.
The React faucet uses motion sensor technology, where you wave your hand 3 inches in front of the sensor to turn on or off the water.
In addition to the motion sensor, the React faucet includes functionality which stops the flowing after 2-3 minutes, in an effort to conserve water.
Comparison in Terms of Innovation
Xtract Water Filter
Nowadays people are becoming more and more concerned about the purity of the water they are drinking.
Lots of nasty contaminants, including lead, medicines, chlorine and mercury, are being flushed into the water supply.
Constantly having to buy bottled water is expensive and adds up over time. In this respect, one of the most useful innovations that Pfister have introduced is their Xtract water filter.
This special water filter can be installed directly under the tap. It uses a 2x water filter to quickly get rid of contaminants so you can have clean drinking water on tap.
The Pfister water filter allows you to easily switch between unfiltered and filtered drinking water. The Xtract water filter just takes 30 minutes to install, lasts up to six months and can be recycled.
If you live in an area where the water has a lot of calcium in it, you’ll understand what a nuisance it can be when it gets on your faucet.
The same can be said about sticky fingerprints that spoil your shiny kitchen sink! Fortunately, Pfister has developed a special finish for some of their faucets which prevents the marks of unsightly fingerprints and mineral deposits.
If reducing the time spent cleaning your kitchen is an important consideration, then this might appeal to you.
Moen also has an interesting selection of special features to choose from.
Power Boost is a way to boost the power of the flow of water coming from the faucet just by pressing a button.
This is useful if your impatience gets the better of you when filling jugs and saucepans, as Moen claims you can do this in half the time by using their power boost technology.
Moen’s Spot Resist technology is similar to Spot Defense by Pfitser, in that it prevents the build up of fingerprints and other residue on your kitchen faucet. Again, if you’re looking to spend less time fussing over cleaning your kitchen sink, this may be of interest to you.
Comparison in Terms of Design and Style
Both Moen and Pfister offer a wide range of faucet styles and finishes to choose from. Each brand offers a blend of both style and functionality.
There are a number of finishes to choose from, including polished, matte and brushed designs. If you have more of a classic kitchen, Moen may be more suitable.
Pfister designs tend to be mostly modern, while Moen has more variety and you’ll be able to find classic designs such as wrought iron and gold finished faucets.
Comparison in Terms of Pricing
In terms of pricing, Pfister is slightly on the more reasonable end of the scale. Some of their more basic kitchen faucets are priced at below $50, which is significantly lower than Moen.
Most of Pfister’s kitchen faucets come within the $150 – $300 price range, so they are quite reasonable when compared to a lot of other brands.
On average, Moen’s kitchen faucets are slightly more expensive than Pfister’s. While Moen has some basic double handle faucets that you can purchase for less than $100, most of their faucets are priced within the $200 – $600 range. At the upper end of the range, Moen’s most expensive kitchen faucets are priced at over $1500!
Both Moen and Pfister have a good range of innovative and stylish kitchen faucets to choose from. If you have a modern kitchen, you’ll probably be able to find a faucet that matches your taste from either brand.
As mentioned, Moen has a greater variety of styles to choose from overall, including more classic designs which suit traditional style kitchens.
If you’re trying to stay within a certain budget, Pfister may be the right choice for you, as overall its faucets are more reasonably priced.
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