Insides was the Pasadena faucet in a new finish called Slate. Now, let's be honest here for a moment. I was skeptical. Fancy new finish, huh? It is marketed as working well with stainless appliances, but then why not just use a stainless faucet?
Well, first of all, some of us don't like stainless faucets. (Raises hand) We previously had an oil-rubbed bronze faucet (which matched our cabinet hardware and lighting) because I don't love stainless steel faucets. When we opened the box from Pfister I realized they might be on to something. This baby is purty.
Saturday afternoon we blocked out some time on our schedule and installed the faucet. It comes with an easy installation tool, said the email from Pfister. It will be easy, they said. It will only take a couple hours! (I have all of this in writing. Maybe not exactly verbatim. But close!)
We installed it in 24 minutes. TWENTY-FOUR MINUTES. Even with Beemer's help, we had a gorgeous new faucet installed and running in less than a half hour.
Ok, so here are our honest thoughts on the new finish. First, we love it. We really truly love it. It looks so much like stainless steel that it blends beautifully in our kitchen, but (unlike stainless) it doesn't smudge or fingerprint and water droplets just wipe right off. Anything that stays looking perfect with minimal effort on my part gets a gold star.
We also like the function of the faucet a lot more than I expected. I wasn't sure how I felt about the single handle on the side but it moves really smoothly and is actually really easy to use.
Bottom line: if you're looking for a finish to complement a stainless kitchen, definitely check out slate.
Pfister sent us a complimentary faucet to try out, but they didn't ask us to write this post. We just really love the faucet (and the finish!) and wanted to spread the word about a new finish option. All opinions are 100% our own.