Pot fillers are a handy addition to almost any kitchen. They simplify the cooking process, offering a quick, easy, and convenient way to fill pots with water. Instead of lugging an almost overflowing pot back to the stove, the pot filler eliminates half the trip.
Perhaps you’ve been researching pot fillers but are on the fence about installing one. Are they still in style? Are they even worth it? How much does it cost to install one? We’re here to answer all of these questions and more, so stick around to learn more!
What Is A Pot Filler?
A pot filler is a handy tool found in millions of kitchens worldwide, especially luxury kitchens. The sole function of a pot filler is to do exactly as the name implies: fill pots. Instead of having to heft full pots of water from the kitchen sink to the stove, simply bring the empty pot over to the stove, then fill it up using the pot filler.
Pot fillers are installed over the stove, usually off to the right or left of the cooktop. This allows you to reach over to turn the water on or off without having to directly reach over hot pots and pans.
Are Pot Fillers Out Of Style?
No, pot fillers aren’t out of style, nor do they appear to be going out of style anytime soon. If anything, they seem to be growing in popularity. Many homeowners are drawn to the elegant looks and convenience of pot fillers, which drives up the popularity of these fixtures.
However, even if they were going out of style, the choice to install one is ultimately up to you. If it’s your home, it’s your choice of what goes in it!
Pros And Cons
Like any product, pot fillers have a few specific advantages and disadvantages. If you’re unsure whether a pot filler is a good choice for your home, consider these pros and cons. Hopefully, they’ll help sway you one way or the other, making the decision more clear-cut and straightforward.
- No more precarious trips: No more carrying heavy pots of water from the kitchen sink to the stove. If you spend lots of time cooking, this is a big one.
- Simple installations: If you know your way around DIY projects, this one shouldn’t be an issue. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Better efficiency: Lots of cooking usually translates to hours upon hours racing around the kitchen. A pot filler eliminates having to dodge other people in the kitchen during your quick, carefully-balanced journey from the sink to the stove.
- Eliminates the need for an empty sink: Filling large pots and pans in the sink usually demands a clear, empty sink, free of dishes, unless you have a pull-out or pull-down faucet. With a pot filler, the overflowing sink of dishes can wait.
- Pricey installation: If you hire a professional to handle the installation, the final total can be pretty expensive, especially if you have a complicated plumbing layout or a finished kitchen.
- Spillage: Overfilling a pot in the kitchen sink isn’t a big deal; it just overflows into the sink. However, if you forget the pot filler on and it floods the pot, you’ll end up with a not-so-fun slip-n-slide in your kitchen.
- May not be sensible: A pot filler might not make sense if you don’t cook much. Even still, you might find that you don’t use it as much as you thought you would.
- Prone to leakage: Over time, faucets are prone to leaks as they wear out. Since the pot filler doesn’t have a drain, leaks can cause all sorts of issues, damaging the surrounding cabinets and floor if left unchecked.
Is It Worth It Installing A Pot Filler?
Certainly – installing a pot filler is worth it. However, while this may be true for some homeowners, it might not be the case for all homeowners. If you do a lot of cooking, you’ll probably find this fixture to be a worthwhile and helpful addition to your kitchen.
You’ll save some time in not having to tote heavy pots of water to the stove for boiling, not to mention cleaning up messes caused by spills during the precarious journey from the kitchen sink to the stove. Of course, you still have to carry the pot of water to the sink for draining, but the pot filler eliminates half of the journey.
However, if you rarely cook, there isn’t much of a point in installing a pot filler in your kitchen, especially if the kitchen is already finished. If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, it’d be relatively easy to bring a water line over to the stove while you have everything out of the way.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does A Pot Filler Need To Match The Faucet?
No, your pot filler doesn’t necessarily have to match the faucet. If you want a striking statement piece, now is your chance to have one. That said, if you’re looking for a cohesive, seamless theme across your entire kitchen, it doesn’t hurt to match the pot filler to the faucet.
Most manufacturers make pot fillers in a wide variety of finishes, so you shouldn’t have an issue finding one to match or closely match your faucet, even if it’s a different brand.
How Much Does It Cost To Install A Pot Filler?
The cost of installing a pot filler faucet varies quite a bit from one scenario to the next since all homes are different. If you’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel or starting from scratch, it’ll be much cheaper than tearing open a wall to add a water line to the stove area. Here’s our guide on installing a pot filler in an existing wall.
Generally, the total cost to hire a professional to handle the installation costs anywhere from $300 to $1,000+.
Do Pot Fillers Add Value To Your Home?
Yes, pot fillers do actually add value to your home. According to Angi, who did a new study using data from Zillow (real estate listing site), pot fillers can tack on an additional 3.2 percent asking price premium.