After all the research we did to come up with our faucet wish list, we assumed the next logical step would be to narrow the list down to a few finalists and complete an analytical side-by-side comparison.
But then we found out that one of our local plumbing stores was having a 35% off sale on Grohe faucets…so we bought one. Just like that. One thing we’ve learned through the remodeling process is that the seemingly significant decisions can sometimes be made without a lot of “what do you think?”, “I dont’ know…what do you think?”. (And we’re not even close to that exhausted, when-will-we-ever-be-done state yet!) We simply walked in, looked at the floor model, pulled the sprayer up and down a dozen times, and bought it. Ultimately, we felt good about purchasing from a manufacturer with a reputation for quality and it met our functional and aesthetic requirements. And, it was on sale.
The faucet is a Grohe Minta (we ordered it in the supersteel finish). It’s a pull down faucet with a dual spray (activated by the discrete button on the back). Because we plan on installing an in-line water filter, we still need to choose a cold water faucet that will compliment the Grohe (running hot water through a filter reduces its lifespan significantly so it’s really best to have a cold water only spigot). We have not done exhaustive research, but there are some good choices out there, like this one, or this one.