kitchen review: faucet

I’m hoping to do a series of posts on our bigger kitchen purchases, if you’re interested in hearing about them.  A lot of people have asked about the appliances we chose, so I thought doing these reviews would be a fun way to give you our thoughts.  I will probably also do this for other house items as well, once we move beyond the kitchen.

The first product I’ll be reviewing is our kitchen faucet.  About 2 months ago, I received an extremely exciting email.  Moen contacted me, asking if I would be interested in trying out one of their spot-resistant faucets, in our kitchen.

Um, what?  Free faucet?  Free amazing + aesthetically pleasing faucet, that I couldn’t otherwise afford?  Where do I sign? 

After jumping up + down with excitement [literally] + calling Chris squealing, I started to check out their products.  I was told I could choose from the spot-resistant stainless line, which had a wide variety of options and was exactly what we were looking for.  Our original budget for a faucet was $200.  After a lot of researching [before hearing about this offer] I didn’t come even close to finding anything I liked as much as this Moen faucet.

*I also want to note that Moen sent me the faucet in exchange [only] for a completely honest review.  All of these thoughts are from my own personal experience and are written with 100% honesty.

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Within minutes, I had the “Boutique” faucet picked out. 

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I love the gooseneck look and the clean, yet rounded lines.  I couldn’t wait to have a built in soap dispenser, either.  I always hate having a soap container sitting on the counter.  It always turns into a goopy, soapy mess.

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The handle moves extremely easily, but is not overly sensitive.  It pushes back for hot water and pushes out, to the right, for a stronger stream.

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The spray feature is also nice and I like that it is a part of the faucet instead of a separate extension, putting another hole in the counter.

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The neck also moves all the way to the left and right, which is convenient when cleaning the sink, or if you have a massive dish pile.

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So far, the extension handle is working really well.  It pulls down easily and seals back into the main faucet without a problem.

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Behind the disposal [which so far is AMAZING…more info soon!]….

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…you will see the weight that helps suck the extension handle back into place.

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The soap dispenser takes a LOT of soap.  I’m not sure on the exact amount, but I used almost 1/2 of one of the large soap refill bottles and didn’t even fill it to the top!

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The style fits in perfectly with our kitchen.  It will look about 100x better when we have window trim and backsplash. :)

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And my favorite thing about it??  So far, it definitely resists annoying water spots!!  I did not clean the faucet for this post.  I let it air-dry from the last time I used it.  I can’t believe how great it still looks!  One of my biggest kitchen cleaning pet peeves, was seriously, spots on the faucet.  It always looked so pretty after cleaning, and then back to being full of spots minutes later!

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Thanks Moen!!  We are loving our new faucet!!  I will keep you all updated if anything changes with the faucet.  If it starts to look spotty, or if we notice any other issues, you will hear about it!

Now a little bedroom update.

While I’m not on to the decorating yet, and things look extremely “blah,” I at least did some cleaning today.  New nightstands are in place and so much less bulky than the old ones, which were coincidentally from Ikea as well.  The old nightstands will be moved to the spare bedroom.  We will soon be adding a down comforter and duvet cover.  I can’t wait to say goodbye to this very cheap [$30 from Target] and thin comforter.  It was supposed to be temporary, but we’ve been using it for over a year now.  

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This was taken about a week ago, and since then, the bedroom become even more cluttered.  There is nothing more frustrating then stepping over boxes to get to your bed, or hitting your shin on them in the middle of the night.

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It’s hard to tell but there is a good amount of space between the bed and dresser.  It does not feel cramped at all, which I was worried about.

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I cannot wait to add some color!!  And drapes!!  I think our neighbors would appreciate us getting blinds or drapes as well!

The bedroom looks out onto our [closed-in] porch, which is currently being used as a giant storage area.

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I already have an overflowing laundry basket on my hands.  I just did 5 giant loads last week!  Granted, the basket does have a kind-sized set of sheets and quite a few towels in there as well but still!

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So far we are in love with this dresser!  We split it equally and can’t believe how much it holds.  The drawers are deep + sturdy. 

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I think I’m off for a swim.  I did a killer workout yesterday and need a good stretch in the pool!

Hope you’re enjoying the week so far.