American Standard is a well-known name in the scene of plumbing fixtures. It’s been 140 years since what was the starting point of the company, and the quality of its craftsmanship is well-trusted globally.
Although the company took on kitchen plumbing at a later point in time, it seems that it has had enough time, nonetheless, to build up the impressive collection that its many customers enjoy today. In particular, the American Standard line of kitchen faucets is not only functional but also reliable.
In today’s product review, we’re dissecting the Colony Soft Classic Design model 4175300. The pull-down kitchen faucet offers a straightforward look, a robust brass build, and consistent performance.
American Standard Kitchen Faucet Review: The Defining Features
The American Standard Colony Soft Classic Design Kitchen Faucet sports a simple yet strong stand. There are not too many details on the exterior, so the spout easily blends in with the surroundings.
There are two finish choices. You can either purchase the faucet in stainless steel or polished chrome. Stainless steel tends to be more expensive as it adds much to the faucet’s resistance to corrosion, rust, and tarnishing.
The Colony faucet is made fully of quality brass that is corrosion resistant and lead-free, certified according to Prop 65 lead requirement.
The full metal body, in comparison with a plastic one, should be able to withstand a considerable amount of physical damage without cracking. That makes accidental contacts with heavy pots, pans, and metal tools more forgiving.
The faucet has a pull-down head that acts as a sprayer. Its long and flexible braided-nylon hose allows it to extend out of the sink area, helping with a variety of tasks that a fixed spout cannot. Mind that sharp or fine edges may damage the braided nylon.
Thanks to a clip-on weight on the hose under the sink, the sprayer head retracts automatically upon release. Unfortunately, its dock has no magnetic lining, and the weight is the only thing keeping the head in place. Over time, the head will start to droop, as reported by several owners.
You can rotate the spout around so you can get it in and out of the way quickly. The 360-degree swivel also comes in handy if you’re left-handed. When installing the faucet, face the handle to the left instead of right. Keep in mind that the control movements are now the opposite.
While you’re using the sprayer, you can change the water modes between Stream and Spray with an integrated rocker switch. There’s a pause button, as well, to temporarily stop the flow when needed, saving water between tasks.
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The American Standard Colony faucet is deck-mounted and needs only one hole for mounting. If you have three in total, use the base cover plate to hide the other, now useless, holes.
The faucet is under a lifetime limited warranty.