Are Adjustable Height Faucets the Next Big Thing?

I’m sure you are all aware of kitchen faucets that have pull-out or pull-down spouts, and shower fixtures that come on slide bars. In my opinion, both are smart, functional options for the kitchen and tub/shower respectively. But what about height adjustable faucets? Do they exist? Are they of any particular value?

I was unaware of them until a peer asked if I’d heard about them. She thought they might be a good talking point in a design class she’s teaching that focuses on ergonomics and anthropometrics. So I turned to my good friend, Google.

Price Pfister introduced the Elevate EXT faucet in early 2011. A press release from February 16, 2011, claims it is “the first and only adjustable height standard kitchen faucet available at retail.” Some of the faucet’s features include:

  • The ability to raise the high arc faucet an additional 3″ (from 8″ to a maximum 11″).
  • A pull-out spray for cleaning, rinsing, and filling.
  • A 360 degree swivel spout for maximum manoeuverability.

Princeton Brass offers a more contemporary alternative, the PKS8988DKL single handle faucet. It offers a maximum spout height of almost 19″ and also comes with pull-out and swivel functionality.

With pull-out and pull-down spouts now being commonplace, a faucet really doesn’t need to raise itself higher to fill a pot, which seems a common selling feature on these types of faucets. I foresee this function coming in handy in two (2) situations:

  1. where there is significant height variance between the people in the home who generally utilize the faucet, which is a classic example of universal design;
  2. where ADA-compliance is required.

Important to note, not all adjustable height faucets bear the ADA logo, so keep an eye out for it if that is your purpose. Also consider the ease of the height adjustment mechanism. For arthritic hands, a press release system would be much simpler to use than one which required turning a small knob along the back of the faucet.

Have any of you specified this type of faucet before? If yes, has the adjustable function proved helpful? And if not, would you consider using one in the future?

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