Axor 10820001 Stark Spring Pulldown Kitchen Faucet Review

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Axor 10820001 Stark Spring Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

  • All-brass faucet body and handle construction
  • Hansgrohe\'s limited lifetime warranty
  • Made in Germany

Product Overview

This spring pulldown faucet is made by Axor, a German manufacturer who has been building since 1901. In the United States and Canada, they are known as Hansgrohe. They have been innovating in shower and faucets for many years, offering highly functional and luxurious products. The sprayer doubles as a spigot and has two different spray types. You can toggle the diverter to switch between a laminar spray and a needle spray. A laminar spray is when the water flow doesn’t have the opaque bubbly look. Instead, the water flow is clear and doesn’t splash much as well.

The faucet is made of brass and comes in a polished chrome finish. It offers a flowrate of 1.75 to 2.2 gallons per minute. The lower rate is compliant with water conservation regulations, such as those found in California. The spring pulldown means that the spray head is not a separate part of the faucet, but instead forms the spout as well as the spigot arch. The spring maintains the arc shape, but flexes to allow you to pull and flex the spray head where you need it.

This has a single handle which controls spray volume and temperature. The handle is much like a joystick. When it is fully pulled toward you, the spray is off. As you push the handle back, the spray intensifies. Temperature is controlled by left to right movement. All the way right is cold and all the way left is hot. There is a switch on the front of the spray head to convert from laminar flow to spray.

The faucet height is 22-7/8 inches from the deck mount, while the spout clearance is 9-5/8 inches from the mounting height. The spout reach is 10-5/8 inches from the center of the mount. This faucet mounts to a single-hole sink, but you can purchase an escutcheon separately. The escutcheon will convert a three-hole system to a single-hole by covering the outer two holes. This faucet uses 3/8-inch water connections, so if your water lines are 1/2-inch, you will need to convert your valves or waterlines.

Hansgrohe offers a limited lifetime warranty for parts. It extends to the purchaser as long as they own the home the faucet was installed in. The warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear or the use of abrasive cleaning agents, however. It should be noted that the rubbed bronze finish is only covered for three years.

5 Different Faucet Flow Types

Different kitchen faucets have different styles of flow. Knowing what the different flows look like will help you when it comes to picking out your next kitchen faucet. Differing flows are caused by different shaped aerators. The aerator is the mesh that sits in your spout and forces air into the water flow. Here are five of the most common types of water flow that may come from your aerator.

  1. Standard Aerated Stream – Aerators are meant to push air into your water flow so that the stream becomes softer and doesn’t splash as much. This causes a signature opaque bubbly look to the stream as it comes from the spout. This is usually how most kitchen and bathroom sinks produce water
  2. Laminar Stream – This style of stream resembles a laminar flow of water. That is, when water flows so cleanly that it looks as if it is standing still. This is a clear flow and is made from a spout that doesn’t have an aerator installed.
  3. Spray – This stream is when your sprayer forces water through multiple holes to form a spray pattern. This can be done with a faucet with low water pressure and looks almost as if your faucet is producing a miniature shower. The spray can be either aerated or laminar.
  4. Rain Spray – This style of spray uses multiple nozzles to force water droplets out to create a spray that is made up of numerous droplets and resembles a rain shower. This type of spout can be difficult to clean, especially if you have hard water, as the buildup can clog the small nozzles.
  5. Design Streams – These types of spouts offer water streams that are angled in different directions and form unique patterns. Some form intricate grid-like spray patterns, while others create a spiral flow. These are unique and conversation starters whenever you have one installed.

Features

Shopping for a kitchen faucet shouldn’t be hard. But without being able to easily compare the ins and outs of the various models, it can be difficult to find the perfect kitchen faucet for your home. We list the features here so you can easily check the various features against our other commercial kitchen faucet reviews and make the best decision for your home.

  • 1.75 to 2.2 gpm flowrate depending on pressure
  • Polished Chrome finish
  • Single handle joystick lever
  • Single-hole mount
  • o Escutcheon available for three-hole installation
  • Spout Clearance: 9.625 inches
  • Spout Reach: 10.625 inches
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Conclusion

This Hansgrohe/Axor faucet brings German engineering and precision into your kitchen. With a maximum 2.2 gallon per minute flowrate and the precise control offered by the ADA compliant joystick/single handle control, you can take full control over your kitchen sink. If, however, you aren’t fully sold on this model, then take the chance to look over our other unbiased faucet reviews. We strive to help you make the best decision possible to find the perfect faucet for your home.

PRODUCTS
DETAILS

Axor 10820001 Stark Spring Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

  • All-brass faucet body and handle construction
  • Hansgrohe\'s limited lifetime warranty
  • Made in Germany

About the author

Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward is the owner and main author of Sink and Faucet. She has a degree in marketing and a passion for home design and architecture. When she isn´t working, you´ll find her doing home improvements at her own house, reading or flipping through home design magazines at her favorite coffee house.