There have never been more options to choose from when selecting the right finish for kitchen and bathroom faucets. In this post, we will introduce you to Spot Resistant finishes and some of the reasons you may want to consider a faucet with this finish in your next kitchen or bathroom.
What is a spot resistant finish?
A spot resistant faucet features a special coating that resists water spotting and fingerprints. Only a few faucet brands currently offer this newer faucet technology; Delta has SpotShield ® and Moen features Spot Resist™. Spot resistant finishes are not the same as PVD (physical vapor deposition), which offers different benefits, such as corrosion, tarnish, and scratch resistance.
Why should I buy a faucet with Spot Resistant finish?
Spot resistant finishes prevent water spots and fingerprints and are generally lower maintenance and easy to keep clean. Delta also offers a version of its SpotShield ® finish with an added antimicrobial protection. This option stops microbial growth on the faucet, reducing unwanted stains and odors. Spot resistant finishes are available on a wide variety of Moen and Delta faucet styles across multiple price points, so you do not need to break the bank to take advantage of it low maintenance benefits.
What are the drawbacks of Spot Resistant finishes?
Spot resistant finishes are a newer technology for faucets, and are limited to a few brands, and to a few color variations. They are primarily available in Stainless Steel or Brushed Nickel color tones, so if you are set on a specific color finish, a spot resistant faucet may not be possible for you.
Are there alternatives to Spot Resistant finishes?
There are not direct alternatives, though depending on your need, different options for you to consider. For the kitchen, touchless and touch faucets reduce how much you need to handle the faucet, therefore reducing fingerprints on the faucet, though still are prone to water spots.
For both the kitchen and bathroom, a PVD finish may also be an option. While PVD does not prevent finger printing or water spots, it is a highly durable surface that resists hard water build-up, tarnishing, and scratching, and can easily be cleaned with a simple wipe down. PVD finishes do cost a premium, though offer longer term benefits.
How do I find a Spot Resistant finish?
Delta and Moen are the primary manufacturers of spot resistant finishes. For Delta, look for finishes with SpotShield ® in the finish name, such as SpotShield ® Stainless. For Moen, you will need to look for Spot Resist™ in the finish name, such as Spot Resist™ Stainless or Spot Resist™ Brushed Nickel.
Spot resistant finishes are a great option if you are looking for an easy to maintain faucet finish, requiring less cleaning at a reasonable price. If you have a specific manufacturer, styles, or color in mind, a spot resistant finish may not be right for you given the limited availability and color options available today.