A good faucet is indispensable to any kitchen, whereas a lousy faucet will make a nightmare out of even the simplest of tasks.
A good faucet will provide a steady stream of water at reasonable pressure for a long enough time whereas a bad faucet will drip, have too much or too little pressure, and eventually flood your kitchen when it decides to give up.
It is imperative, therefore, to choose a faucet from the best faucet brand, and one of the best faucet brands around is American Standard.
Before we show you three of their best products, a little about the company first.
About American Standard
Originally named the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company in 1875, American Standard has continued producing top-of-the-line products. Since then, along with ceaselessly innovating and improving upon the existing industry designs, it went on to become the largest producer of bathroom fixtures by 1929.
A thoroughbred American company, as far as innovation goes, American Standard has many feathers in its cap. For starters, it is solely responsible for creating the combination faucet which mixes hot and cold water simultaneously (a feature we often take for granted!).
American Standard’s commitment to variety, uniqueness, and quality is reflected in its lineup.
The faucets are available in a number of nickel, bronze, black, chrome and steel finishes and 21 different styles.
Most of the faucets American Standard makes are centerset and monoblock type faucets but they make vessel, wall-mount and widespread type faucets as well.
The faucets are available as single and double-handle faucets as well.
Most of their faucets are for residential use, which is why the maximum flow rate you can get from any of them is 1.5 gallons per minute.
Now, onto three of American Standard’s best products.
American Standard Faucets Reviews 2020
Single Handle Pulldown
8.9 x 9.6 x 14.7 inches
Single Handle Pulldown
21.8 x 13.8 x 3.5 inches
19 x 13.3 x 3.3 inches
Colony Pro Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet
We’re kicking the list off with American Standard’s Colony Pro Faucet. It is available in two colors; stainless steel and polished chrome and two styles; classic and slim.
The faucet comes with a huge list of features. It comes with a ceramic disc valve cartridge, and American Standard claims that it will offer a lifetime of drip-free operation.
The head pulls down and offers two modes (stream and spray) along with a pause feature.
The faucet comes with an adjustable “hot limit” which prevents the chance of scalding and burning yourself. This feature is complemented by a memory valve which remembers the temperature position to make tasks of the same nature easier. We think the thermal limit will ease worried parents’ concerns about their children burning themselves.
Installation is fairly simple. The faucet installs over 1 or 3-hole countertop configurations and includes pre-fitted color-coded stainless steel hoses. Using the deck plate is optional. During our time, the Colony Pro installed perfectly with little hassle.
We found the stainless steel finish to be top-class and we doubt that it will corrode anytime soon. The hoses, a potential leaking point in any faucet, are made of steel, and we don’t think they’ll leak anytime soon either.
- Head pulls down and includes two spray modes
- Easy, hassle-free installation
- Hot limit and memory valve for safety and convenience
- Stainless steel hoses for durability
- Some faucet fittings are prone to breaking
Heritage Wall-Mount 12-Inch Swivel Spout Kitchen Faucet
The second item on our list is the Heritage Wall-Mount Faucet.
Unlike the Colony, the Heritage is a wall-mount faucet (as opposed to a deck-mount faucet), and this means that it mounts perpendicular to your kitchen wall. It comes in a single chrome finish and a single “goose-neck” style.
Whether the Heritage’s being a wall-mount faucet is a pro or a con is entirely up to you, the user. However, we certainly enjoyed the break the Heritage offered us from the monotony of deck-mounted faucets.
One thing that isn’t up to your discretion, though, is how attractive the faucet is. When mounted, it looks gorgeous, and the chrome finish is outstanding.
It has two handles on either side with each sporting a single lever. The faucet features a slim, tall, and curved “goose-neck” spout.
The faucet features the same drip-free cartridge as found on the Colony Pro and has a very rapid flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (as opposed to 1.5 gallons per minute). We found the flow rate to be an absolute boon during heavy-duty cleaning, but it is a bane for the environmentally-conscious as water consumption is pretty high.
- High flow rate for heavy duty applications
- Finish is second to none
- Drip-free ceramic cartridges
- Wall-mount fitting breaks the monotony
- Water consumption is the other side of the flow rate coin
- Wall-mount fitting might prove to be cumbersome
Colony Soft Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet
This faucet is the last item on our list and belongs to the Colony line of faucets. The product we featured previously was the Colony Pro, and this is the Colony Soft. It is available in three colors; matte black, polished chrome and stainless steel, and a single arc-type style.
Where the Colony Pro came loaded with a ton of features, the Colony Soft is its relatively spartan and utilitarian brother.
The Colony Soft features a pull-down head with the same spray modes as those on the Pro (stream and spray). The faucet swivels to a considerable extent (unfortunately, we don’t know the degree).
For peace of mind, the Colony Soft features American Standard’s signature ceramic drip-free cartridge so you won’t have to worry about leakage at all.
The construction is of solid brass. Installation should not be a trouble for you as the use of an escutcheon is optional.
The flow rate and water consumption rate are a claimed 1.5 gallons per minute.
- Easy installation
- Pull-down head with two spray modes
- Ceramic drip-free cartridge
- Finish and construction are top-class
- No real distinguishing features
- Only one style available
It is clear that American Standard, as the name suggests, builds products that meet a minimum standard and are of excellent quality. The products listed here are excellent in their own right, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. They are bound to bring some life (and water) into your kitchen!