“When you are already redoing all of the plumbing, adding a pot filler is an easy change to make and feels like a bonus in functionality,” Zames tells AD PRO. This positioning of the pot filler as a fun cherry-on-top add-on for kitchen renos rings true in those Open Door videos too. “When I was building the house they were like, ‘Do you want a pot filler?’ and I was like ‘No, I don’t need a pot filler,’ but now I use it everyday because I’m a tea addict,” Kendall Jenner states during her own video with AD.
While novelty might be part of the initial appeal of the fixture, the utility they bear out seems to keep them in regular use. “We installed a Kohler pot-filler from the Artifacts collection. This is the first time I’ve ever had a pot filler,” says designer Justina Blakeney, who pointed out her own during AD’s tour of her home. “While at first I really just wanted it for the looks, I’ve been surprised with how much I’ve used it—especially since our sink is far from the stove. It’s a great design detail that is also functional.”
Uses extend beyond filling up pots of water and tea kettles. “My favorite non-traditional application is a low installation designed to fill water bowls for furry family members with ease,” says Deanna Amorello, senior product director of fittings at Waterworks. A spokesperson from House of Rohl points out that another popular use is watering houseplants or filling vases that don’t fit under the sink.
On aesthetics alone, the fixtures have the potential to contribute something of value to a space. As Drost notes, “In the right design, a pot filler can really push a design narrative forward. For instance, in a family home with lots of details and layers, a pot filler completes the picture of a busy, efficient kitchen.” On top of it all, it’s hard to deny that they’re also pulling their weight as conversation starters.