Tosca 5-Minute Faucet
Installing kitchen faucets is significantly easier with the Tosca Five-Minute Faucet. It has an attractive Italian design and offers easy kitchen faucet assembly. The five minutes in the name is an accurate reference to the time required to install the faucet. The innovative design allows top-mount installation with two Allen wrenches, which are supplied, and a basic adjustable wrench for attachment to the supply lines.
Installing the Faucet
The Tosca Five Minute Faucet, which retails for about $130, is essentially packaged in three main parts. The first step of the kitchen faucet assembly is to attach the faucet head to the single handle. The otherwise-thorough instructions do not explicitly explain the importance of putting the supplied washer between the two parts, but it is important for preventing leaks. The biggest advantage of the Tosca Five-Minute Faucet is the innovative base design, which is much easier than most faucet installations that require crawling under the sink to screw on two small, hard-to-reach nuts. From above the faucet, the larger supplied Allen wrench tightens an anchor on the underside of the countertop. The rest of the kitchen faucet is attached in one step. Push the water lines through the base. Like all kitchen faucet assemblies, the lines are a tight fit through the hole in the countertop.
You will affix the entire Tosca Five-Minute Faucet to the base with a small, pre-attached hex screw on the side of base. The screw just takes a couple of turns with the smaller Allen wrench. The installation also is very flexible, allowing you to orient the faucet in the position most suited to your needs. For example, if you predominantly use the left basin, orient the handle toward the left side. Also, the kitchen faucet assembly is easy to undo if you need to replace a leaking water line.
The final step in the kitchen faucet assembly is attaching the water lines and turning on the shutoff valves.Watch a short video about the Tosca 5-minute installation.
The Tosca Five-Minute Faucet is heavier and more solid than other kitchen faucets. It is also easy to use. The spray head easily pulls in and out of the faucet, and has a simple button on top of the head to switch between aerated and spray stream.
Believe the hype – I tested it myself: The Italian-designed Tosca Five-Minute kitchen faucet installs in 300 seconds and works well.
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