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mdr25 03-01-2007 11:28 AM

Faucet options for undercounter water filter
 
I recently purchased a GE Smartwater undercounter water filter system. I haven't installed it yet, because it comes with a chrome faucet and I'm worried it will look out of place with my stainless sink and fixtures. GE doesn't make a stainless or brushed nickel faucet.

I went to a local plumbing supply place to pick up something that matches my existing fixtures, but the person there told me that water filter systems are only compatible with the packaged faucet and that purchasing one seperately won't work. Then he tried to sell me a filter system that would work with their faucets, which cost 4X as much as the GE. I left without buying anything.

I've heard that some reverse osmosis filters require a special type of tap, but I thought faucets could be interchangeable on normal 2-stage systems. Is this true? If sticking with the filter system's original faucet is strongly recommended, can anyone suggest one that comes with a stainless or brushed nickel finish?

Thanks!

Ron The Plumber 03-01-2007 10:35 PM

What is the brand you have now, what is the connection sizes?

Moen comes in Brushed Nickel

mdr25 03-02-2007 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Ron The Plumber (Post 35311)
What is the brand you have now, what is the connection sizes?

Moen comes in Brushed Nickel

It is a GE Smartwater (GXSV65F, I think). According to the product docs the connection size is 1/2" or 3/8", so I guess either one will work?

I found the Moen 77200 online after I posted my question yesterday. It is only a bit more expensive than the GE model so I went ahead and ordered it. I'll be returning the GE so I guess the question is now moot. Still, I'd like to know if it sounds like the guy at the plumbing supply store was trying to take me for a ride. He also told me that the new Price Pfister faucets I have will "disintigrate" (his word) in a few years, which I find hard to believe. I know they aren't exactly top of the line, but I'd expect them to last much longer than that. Was this guy completely full of it?

Ron The Plumber 03-02-2007 04:32 PM

They get paid to tell you anything

mdr25 03-02-2007 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Ron The Plumber (Post 35390)
They get paid to tell you anything

Yeah, well, that's what I figured. It's too bad, because I went out of my way to find a small local place and they tried to hose me. At least I KNOW I can't trust anyone on the floor in Home Depot, but only because they are honestly clueless. They just don't care enough to try to scam anyone.

Thanks for the help, Ron. I'm sure the Moen will work out just fine.


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