This rich and darkly elegant oil rubbed bronze faucet comes from Moen Arbor line. This faucet has a pull out Spray head but still retains the classic look of an older style kitchen faucet. If oil rubbed bronze is not your thing, this faucet is also available in four other Finishes including the classic shininess of chrome, and the modern aesthetic of matte black. Two other finishes have been discontinued, but you may still be able to find them.
They are the spot resistant stainless steel and then classic stainless steel. The spot resistant stainless steel has a treatment that helps inhibit fingerprints and hard water scaling.
This faucet is a classic design that does not have a gooseneck Style. The spray Wand snaps into the base of the faucet and because it is not hanging directly down, you do not have the problem of sagging that you normally would. The hose is 59 inches in length and gives you exceptional reach. The spray head also features a pause button that allows you to interrupt the water flow while moving the spout somewhere outside of the sink. That means you can water a plant or fill up a large pot without making a huge mess.
As Moen focuses more on water conservation, more products begin to get WaterSense certified. His faucet offers a 1.5 gallon per minute flow rate, which means that it is not only approved By the EPA, it is also California drought compliant and conforms to the new California building green codes.
As with all Moen faucets, this faucet is covered by their limited lifetime residential warranty. It covers the Finish as well as the ceramic disc cartridge. Should either fail while the original purchaser still owns the original home, Moen will provide the parts necessary to repair it to working order.
Four Tips That You Need to Know When Installing a New Faucet
Installing your new kitchen faucet on your own isn’t that difficult as long as you’re willing to do a few things. There are a lot of YouTube videos and tutorials that will walk you through installing pretty much any model or manufacturer. But there are a few things that they might not mention that you should definitely know.
1. Read the Manual
This might seem like it’s a no brainer when you are installing a kitchen faucet, but it’s something that many people overlook. Thoroughly read the manual while you are drinking your morning coffee. And make sure you know where each piece is and what they do. Having a rough idea of where a battery compartment goes on a touchless faucet will save you time and frustration. Also, while reading the manual, make sure that you don’t misplace any of the parts as well.
2. Know Where the Water Main Cutoff Is
The last thing you want while installing your new kitchen faucet is to end up with a flood all over your floor. Before you begin to disconnect your old faucet, learn the location of your water main cut off. If you happen to damage a water line while installing, knowing where this is can save you a lot of headaches when it comes time for cleanup.
3. The Right Tools For the Job
There are a couple of tools that you might need if you aren’t lucky enough to have a faucet with quick connect water lines. One of these is a basin wrench. This type of wrench has a long handle and enables you to reach up behind your sink to tighten the attachment nuts. This also will save your fingers and prevent you from parking your knuckles. Another handy tool to have in your bag when installing a kitchen faucet is plumber’s putty.
Plumber’s putty is used to make watertight seal around faucets and drains. However, it is not an adhesive. That means that if you mess up in the placement of your faucet, you can just lift it out and replace it and then reseal it. You can also put plumber’s putty in places where you need a watertight seal, but you can’t access it easily. This includes under flanges, edges or other areas where it is not visible.
4. Check the Aerator
After everything is done, and you have installed your kitchen faucet, check the aerator. During all of the moving around and banging on pipes, you will likely have knocked something loose. These little bits of rust or other bits of detritus will clog your aerator if you don’t clean it up. Just remove the aerator and rinse it out. Reinstall the aerator after you’ve cleaned it with a soft toothbrush and you are good to go.
Features of the Moen 7294 Arbor Pulldown Faucet
The Purchase of a new kitchen faucet is one that will last for a very long time if all goes well. Keeping that in mind, we know that it is important that you easily be able to compare and contrast all of the pertinent features of the kitchen faucet models that you are considering. We have placed all of these features here where you can take them in at a glance and easily compare them to other models that you are considering.
- Spout Height: 10-1/8 inches
- Spout Reach: 8-1/8 inches
- Overall Height: 12-1/8 inches
- Hose Length: 68 inches
- Flow Rate: 1.5 Gallons Per Minute
- Water Connection Size: 3/8 inch
- Faucet Hole Size: 1-1/2 inch
- 1255 Duralast Ceramic Disc Valve Cartridge
- Includes escutcheon for installation in 3-hole systems
- Moen Technology
- Pause Button
- WaterSense Certified
- Lifetime Warranty
With a 68 inch hose for its pull-down sprayer, as well as the WaterSense certification, this is an excellent Faucet for nearly every kitchen. With a wide variety of finishes available, this faucet is ready to be featured in many homes. However, if you are not yet certain, please feel free to look over our other kitchen faucet reviews. We stand ready to help you make your final purchase decision.