Thanks to trend-setting celebrities and the rise of the English country kitchen trend, the century-old pot filler is emerging as one of the biggest kitchen accessory trends of 2023.
Magnet Trade reports that since Amanda Seyfried’s Architectural Digest tour was released last week and she showcased her ‘stunning’ pot filler that makes her kitchen looks ‘gourmet’, Google searches for ‘brass pot fillers’ have skyrocketed by 308%.
Kendall Jenner, Emma Chamberlain, Hailey Bieber and Harry and Meghan Markle are among the many other celebrities who have also opted for the practical yet aesthetic kitchen addition. They are also flooding TV show interiors in the likes of Charlotte’s Upper East Side farmhouse kitchen in And Just Like That, The Watcher and the trendy interiors in Dead to Me.
With the pot filler weaving its way into celebrity kitchens and our favourite TV shows, Magnet Trade reports that Google search demand for ‘pot filler taps’ is up by 50% compared to this time last year.
Google search demand for ‘gold pot filler’ has also seen a massive 450% increase over the past year, ‘black pot filler’ has increased by 250% and ‘matte black pot filler’ has increased by 170%. Over on TikTok, the #potfiller has raked in over 33.9 million views.
Pot fillers are becoming the new must-have piece of kitchen jewelry. But before you rush to make the investment, Jen Nash, Senior Design Lead at Magnet Trade, shares the must-know pros and cons of having one. You may need to hire professional plumbers if you decide to install pot fillers in you kitchen.
What is a pot filler?
Jen says, ‘’A pot filler is essentially a one-arm, single temperature tap that is located above the stove. Their key benefit is the convenience of allowing you to fill pots of water directly on the stove rather than having to go back and forth from the sink.’’
The pros of installing a pot filler
Ideal for busy homes
‘’For homeowners with several residents or busy families, having a pot filler can be convenient for reducing time spent in the kitchen. A pot filler flows approximately three to four gallons of water per minute, which is more than double the rate of a traditional sink tap. This lets you fill larger pots very quickly so that you can get on with your cooking.’’
A safer cooking method
‘’From pasta dishes to curry and rice, lots of our favourite meals demand heavy pans full of water for cooking. A pot filler tap reduces the strain of having to carry kitchenware back and forth to the sink, which cuts the risk of any injuries and burns. This also makes it a lot safer for children to be in the kitchen whilst you cook. ’’
Adds value to your home
‘’As they are rising in popularity and are a unique addition to a kitchen, a pot filler can add a 3.2% asking price premium to your home. Its merging of beauty and function makes an impression on potential buyers and they currently sit as one of the best kitchen features at adding value and appeal to the space.’’
A standout design feature
‘’Aside from their convenient and practical benefits, they can be a focal design point or statement in a kitchen that adds to the charm and feel of a farmhouse kitchen. Or, from polished chrome and aged brass to brushed nickel and modern golds, there are also a range of finishes you can choose from to suit your desired kitchen aesthetic.’’
The cons of installing one
Leak risk and improper drainage system
‘’Even if you remember to turn it tight and stop any drips, we all know that malfunctions can happen in the kitchen. This is no issue for a regular sink, but as pot fillers are fixed to a wall or splashback they can leak directly onto your stove. This can cause considerable damage and if you have a shiny range cooker, it may not be an expense you want to risk.’’
‘’As celebrities have proven, pot fillers are an attractive addition to a kitchen and can elevate your space. But, plumbing in a brand new tap can be expensive, especially when you are working around existing kitchen features. On average, pot fillers currently retail between £170-£500 plus the price of having a plumber fit the faucet, which can cost up to £300.’’
‘’As a pot filler is mounted directly above a stove, it is sure to collect grease and food splatters. This means a pot filler and its intricate joints demand regular cleaning and upkeep.‘’
‘’Overall, it’s important to carefully think about your cooking habits and if the investment in a pot filler tap is worthwhile in relation to your everyday needs. From spray kitchen taps to boiling water taps, there are a variety of taps which offer more functions and benefits than the ordinary tap but have a smaller price tag compared to a pot filler tap.’’