Even faucets at Lowe's and Home Depot in the $50 range are Spartan, functional products with short necks, no soap dispensers, and no sprayer. To get anything with style, you would need to pay over $100.
The Water Ridge faucet delivers a number of those extra features for a decent price. It does have some downsides that may turn you against purchasing it, though. Let's take a look at how the Water Ridge works.
What Is It?
- Description: The Water Ridge is a single-lever, one-hole design kitchen faucet. If you have a three-hole sink, the faucet deck is wide enough to cover all three holes. (Should you have another hole, a round cover is provided to cover it up.)
- Extra Features: Soap dispenser and 48-inch pull-out sprayer that alternates between a single stream and wide-spray stream by toggling the button on the end of the faucet.
- Finish: Brushed nickel style.
- Materials: Metal and plastic.
- Easy to install, with all materials included.
- High point: The look and features of a more expensive faucet, yet for a low price.
- Low point: Plastic hand-held sprayer that feels light and cheap.
- Soap dispenser did not work well and then stopped working eventually.
What Is Installation Like?
Water Ridge's installation is so easy that even a novice DIY plumber can accomplish this task. You can have this faucet up and running within two hours or less, from the moment you open the box to the moment you take the box out to recycle.
All of the materials needed are provided in the box. The only tools you need to supply are an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver.
If you are nervous about hooking up supply lines, do not be: The hardest part is seating the faucet assembly on the sink and screwing in the washer, gasket, and locking plate from below the sink.
The two supply lines are easily attached with the adjustable wrench. The hand sprayer line has a snap-on style method of attachment, no threading involved.
How Does It Work?
Flow: Water does flow well and responds quickly to the lever.
Stoppage: No water drips when the lever is completely depressed.
Sprayer Movement: The sprayer easily pulls out (as long as pipes below your sink do not interfere with the hose) and replaces back into the faucet "seat" with a satisfying click.
Style: WaterRidge faucet's style is contemporary and modern. It would look at home in a kitchen with a higher-end stainless steel sink and slab kitchen cabinets.
Soap Dispenser: This stopped working within six months of use. Even during those initial six months, the dispenser rarely worked well. This is a significant downside, as you have few options by this point. You can either keep the inoperable dispenser in place or you can remove it and install a metal sink faucet hole cover.
For the price, the Water Ridge is a fair purchase. The product lost two stars solely on the basis of this non-functioning dispenser. If you care to take a gamble with the soap dispenser (or simply do not care about it at all), it is a worthy buy.
Rating: 3/5 stars