"The Kraus KPF-1602 would be an excellent kitchen faucet for any domestic kitchen."
The Kraus KPF-1602 is a stunning addition to Kraus’ range of great kitchen faucets. It takes a user-friendly approach to creating a domestic version of a top-quality industrial, commercial faucet. The KPF-1602 is multi-functional and includes some great features like a solid brass composition, a separate spout and spray head, and a 360-degree rotating unit to name just a few of its key features. The KPF-1602 does have a couple of areas which could be improved on, however, priced at between $150 and $200 it’s a no-brainer to take a look at this kitchen faucet review. See if the Kraus KPF-1603 could be the next best kitchen faucet for you.
The Kraus KPF-1602’s style has been inspired by the faucets usually found in commercial kitchens, and while this might mean it is not visually suited to every style of kitchen, it does have top quality features to match. The KPF-1602 not only has a 28-inch spout which is taller than most, creating a wide-reaching stream but also has a separate spray hose for harder to reach places. This kitchen faucet has top-notch industrial build quality, built from solid brass which eliminates the risk of lead contamination, with a triple chrome plated corrosion resistant finish to further extend longevity. This is the only finish the KPF-1602 comes in, but it does get much better in terms of quality. The sprayer is supported by a spiral spring which is typical of this style of kitchen faucet and gives extra flexibility for the hose whilst also making sure the sprayer is not in the way when not in use. There is a holder for the sprayer too. Kraus have made the KPF-1602 very user-friendly but we would not recommend using this kitchen faucet on a thin stainless-steel kitchen sink as it is fairly heavy which could lead to denting.
The Kraus KPF-1602 has both a spout and a sprayer which can function either separately from each other or simultaneously with each other, this is quite a feat by Kraus and makes for a really useful kitchen faucet. The sprayer is operated by a single lever, and the spout is operated by a single handle allowing you to adjust the temperature and flow. The spray head and spout on the KPF-1602 has ceramic Sedal cartridges meaning the fittings remain drip-free. The entire unit can rotate 360 degrees which is great for aim and reach, and the valve mechanism is sealed showing how Kraus have again prioritized top build quality. The only negative to mention is that the spout handle is not very well insulated therefore when the water temperature is at its hottest it can be difficult to touch. The temperate is however easily regulated, and it is not often that you’d need to use the maximum temperature on a domestic kitchen faucet.
The overall water flow rating of the Kraus KPF-1602 kitchen faucet is an outstanding 2.2 gallons per minute, beating most of the best kitchen faucets. The spray head gives an aerated flow, but it is still powerful. The eco-friendly Neoperl aerator keeps water waste at a minimum without affecting flow, giving a powerful, guilt-free clean. In fact, the maximum flow can be a little too powerful resulting in splashing. The flow from both the spout and the sprayer is really easy to adjust as is the temperature so there is no need to worry there. There are no touch sensitive or no-touch features on the KPF-1602 however this does not pose any problems, and probably minimizes faults considering electronic components are often the first to break. Kraus probably considered this as they were trying to create a kitchen faucet with great longevity.
Installation is an area that Kraus has also focused quite heavily on getting right. They have created an easy 1-hole installation system which includes all the parts you could need. This is more than can be said for some of the best kitchen faucets. Although some users have found the user manual to be a little tricky to follow, there is at least no need for additional spending. There are always plumbers available to help with installation if needed. Any replacement parts you might need are also free, which is a pretty thoughtful feature. Kraus offer their limited lifetime guarantee for this great value kitchen faucet which is a testament to it being a very high-quality kitchen faucet. The KPF-1602 also meets all safety standards so you can rest assured that you will not suffer from any harmful contamination as a result of using it.
To conclude, for a lower priced kitchen faucet the Kraus KPF-1602 has some really impressive features that make it one of the best kitchen faucets on the market. As well as its industrial-themed style, the KPF-1602 has an outstanding 2.2 gallons per minute water flow, a spout and sprayer with the ability to work with or apart from each other, a 28-inch tall spout and plenty of protection from leaks. There is no denying that despite a couple of aspects which could be revised such as the insulation of the spout handle and usability of the manual, the Kraus KPF-1602 would be an excellent kitchen faucet for any domestic kitchen.