Pot Filler Faucet: The Pros and Cons of Installing One in Your Kitchen

Kaitlyn Pacheco
Written by Kaitlyn Pacheco
Updated April 18, 2022
A traditional kitchen with a pot filler faucet and a large hood vent over a gas stove
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A dream kitchen isn’t complete without one

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There’s no doubt about it—a beautiful pot filler over the stove looks gorgeous against a trendy backsplash. But is the look and convenience of a pot filler worth the money and labor involved with installation? 

We’ve compiled a breakdown of everything you need to know about pot filler faucets, including their pros, cons, costs, and answers to your most common questions. 

What Is a Pot Filler Faucet? 

Also known as a kettle faucet or pasta arm, a pot filler faucet is a water spout mounted on the wall above a kitchen stove. The purpose of a pot filler is to fill pots with water over the stove instead of using the sink faucet. This way, you don’t have to carry a large pot of water across the kitchen to cook dinner.

Pros and Cons of Installing a Pot Filler

Are you on the fence about adding a pot filler to your kitchen design? Consider the pros and cons listed below to help guide your decision. 


Reasons to add a kettle faucet to your kitchen include:

  • Convenience: An above-the-stove pot filler saves time while reducing the physical strain caused by carrying a heavy pot of water from the sink to the stove.

  • Aesthetics: Pot fillers are a beautiful way to fill in the blank wall space behind the stove. 

  • Prevents big spills: Filling a pot on the stovetop makes it less likely you’ll drop the pot and spill water. 


Reasons to not install a pot filler include:

  • Fire hazard: Having a potentially leaky faucet over a gas stove can be a fire hazard. 

  • Cleaning: It’s one more fixture to clean greasy stove splatters off of.

  • Cost: A pot filler can be an expensive kitchen feature you may not use frequently enough to justify. 

  • No drainage: You may save a trip from the sink to the stove, but you’ll still need to carry the pot back to the sink to drain it.

Types of Pot Filler Faucets

There are three types of pot filler faucets: fixed, swing-out, and double-jointed.


Fixed pot fillers stick out from the wall and can only reach one burner. This option doesn’t typically include the mechanisms required to reach multiple burners. 


Swing-out pot fillers are mounted to the wall and swivel from left to right to reach all of the back burners. 


Double-jointed pot fillers have dual swing joints that expand and swing to reach multiple burners. After use, the faucet can be pushed back to the wall for a tidy look. Many homeowners prefer this option for its versatility. 

The Cost of Pot Filler Faucets

In most cases, it’s more expensive to add a pot filler faucet to an existing kitchen than a brand new kitchen design. While a pot filler faucet costs between $150 and $200, installation can increase the project total because of the water line extension and additional plumbing fixtures required. 

Labor costs for installing a pot filler can cost up to $3,000 depending on your kitchen layout, current plumbing setup, and regional rates. This is not a recommended DIY project unless you have plumbing experience. 

Trendy Pot Filler Faucet Finishes

Pot filler faucets come in a variety of finishes and styles. Choose an option that will best match your kitchen appliances, hardware, and accents. 

1. Brushed Nickel 

A modern kitchen with a gray tile backsplash, stainless steel gas range, and a pot filler
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A brushed nickel pot filler fits in with any style or color. 

2. Stainless Steel 

A white kitchen with a farmhouse sink, stainless steel gas range, and a pot filler
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Modern stainless steel finishes balance out the rustic look of a farmhouse sink (another dream kitchen must-have).  

3. Gold 

A modern white kitchen with stainless steel appliances and gold hardware
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Gold hardware and accents pop in an all-white kitchen. 

4. Matte Black 

A farmhouse kitchen with natural wood shelving and matte black accents
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Contrast a matte black pot filler faucet against a white tile backsplash for a modern farmhouse kitchen. 

5. Bronze

A gas range with a tile backsplash and a bronze pot filler faucet
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Opt for bronze pot filler and a neutral backsplash an Italian villa kitchen fit for a chef. 

Pot Filler FAQs

We have the answers to your most common pot filler questions. 

Is a pot filler worth it?

The answer to this question will vary by household. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether a pot filler faucet is worth it for your kitchen:

  • Do you boil water enough to justify the cost? 

  • Will your kitchen look bare without one? 

  • Will it break the bank or put you over budget? 

  • Is it a kitchen feature you won’t stop thinking about if you exclude it?

Can I install a pot filler without removing the backsplash?

Hire a trusted local plumbing professional who can assess your kitchen and let you know for sure. 

Can I still install a pot filler if my stove is located on a kitchen island? 

Yes, a pot filler faucet can be installed on a kitchen island by attaching the fixture to a deck mount on the countertop instead of a wall. 

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