The 9178-SS-DST from Delta is constructed of stainless steel and elegantly designed. The shape looks quite a lot like a teapot, and the overall appearance of this pull-down one-handle faucet makes any kitchen look great. The high-arcing spout can swivel through a full 360 degrees, making it easier to clean your pots and pans even outside of the sink. To make it easier for you to clean and rinse your dirty dishes, this faucet includes a pull-down spray nozzle that uses MagnaTite docking technology to anchor it in place. This is a magnetic system that’s far superior to other docking systems currently available. This model is constructed using solid brass, so you know it’s good quality and will last you a long time. The diamond seal valve prevents the tap water from contacting toxic substances such as lead. The sealed enclosure also means that you won’t have to worry about mineral buildup, which means that your water will always be pure and safe. This very sleek design is leak resistant and directs the flow of water exactly where you want it. You really can’t go wrong with this model.
- Pull-down spray wand increases your reach
- Diamond seal prevents buildup of minerals
- MagnaTite secures the spray head in position reliably
- Installation is complicated, plumber is probably needed
- Hot and cold functions take some getting used to
Function: 4 stars (out of 5)
You’ll love all of the special features that come with this model. The spray head extends far enough to clean your kitchen away from the sink area. The shape of the spout allows you to clean all of the area around the sink. Unfortunately the installation process was not that straightforward, and if I was less experienced with plumbing repairs I probably wouldn’t have been able to install this myself. If you’re not super-experienced at this kind of thing, it’s best to call a plumber for installation.
Style: 4 stars
This Delta faucet comes in your choice of five different finishes. Three of these are very similar in function while still being unique. I admit I’m surprised by how much a change of finish can affect the appearance of a faucet.
These are my 3 favorite finishes: Arctic Silver, Venetian Bronze and Stainless Steel.
The shape of this faucet alone is quite beautiful – the design team at Delta has really created a masterpiece! The shape of the faucet has a Victorian feel to it, which will add warmth to the décor of most modern kitchens. For me, the Stainless steel together with the long spout looked great. Also, the teapot shape recalls designs from days gone by. Basically, this model combines old-fashioned charm with modern convenience and function.
Durability: 5 stars
The high quality of the bronze used to construct this faucet makes it durable and long-lasting. You won’t be buying another new faucet for a long time. The diamond seal in the valves keeps the water free from contaminants as well. If you’re concerned about rusting valves, you won’t have to worry with this model. All of the online reviews say that this faucet lasts practically forever with no damage.
Extras: 4 stars
You’ll find some great features in this faucet that are hard to find elsewhere. It’s easy to shift between stream and spray modes, which you’ll appreciate while you’re cleaning. Stream is best for filling up pots and pans, while spray works better for rinsing. But to me, the best feature is the fact that you can swivel the whole spout around so that it faces backwards. This really helps clean hard to reach places. Also, this model also complies with ADA guidelines.
Repair and Warranty: 5 stars
All of the accessories and parts are covered by the warranty for 5 years from the purchase date. Delta will replace the faucet for free if there are any defects in the finish or workmanship that cause problems before the warranty runs out. When I called the customer service line, I found out that damage occurring during the installation and labor charges as well as other additional charges are treated according to the usual fares at the date of purchase.
Our Rating Overall: 4.4 stars
This faucet is a higher-end model containing cutting-edge technology. It has great features such as 360 degree swivel, diamond seal technology, and one-handed control. For the price, I feel that this faucet is a wise investment for your kitchen.
Specifications and Features
- Good choice of finishes, including stainless steel, Venetian bronze and Arctic silver
- Secure docking of spray wand with Magnatite technology
- Comes with a cover plate, supply lines and handle to help with installation
- One-levered design makes it easy to use
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