Many people prefer the look and the operation of a standard-spout faucet with a remote sprayhead over the pullout or pull-down models.

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Q: I am looking for a new kitchen faucet and all my friends are telling me to get the pullout spray style because standard-spout faucets are old fashioned. I enjoy my present standard-spout kitchen faucet with a separate spray. Are my friends correct and are standard spout kitchen faucets really outdated?

A: From what I have seen, when it comes to plumbing fixtures, you never can tell what is outdated. While a plumbing fixture may do its job in an efficient way, it could still be in or out depending on current design trends.

But plumbing fixtures are not really outdated for good in most cases.

I believe this is the case with standard-spout kitchen faucets. Like you mentioned, many people prefer the look and the operation of a standard-spout faucet with a remote sprayhead over the pullout or pull-down models.

With this in mind, faucet manufacturers have made updates to keep standard-spout faucets trendy. Some changes are sleek one-handle designs with high-arch swinging spouts, state-of-the-art ceramic disk valves and water-saving aerators.

Bottom line: Standard-spout kitchen faucets are far from being a washed-up plumbing fixture.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.