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want to install in new counter-top. Prices range from 20 bucks to over a hundred. Not a really big deal, but are there some that are really better than others? Why the price range. I see one outlet vs two outlets models, and with a insta-hot water dispenser, a two outlet model with one unswitched seems smart.
I want it to be trouble-free. Are there issues or design or installation problems to watch out for? Any real differences between brands like Moen or some "Amazon peoples choice" brand?
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No clue I always use the same brand as the faucet so the finishes match.
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I put the switch in the cabinet under the sink. Wife hates it there but I didn’t want another hole in the countertop
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I just bought one for 15 bucks on Prime day. Couldn't be happier. Looks and works great.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
No clue I always use the same brand as the faucet so the finishes match.
This is a good point!

Faucet is Moen brushed/satin stainless.
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Ours is aftermarket. Maybe $25. No problem since we installed it in February.
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I've had ones by Insinkerator, same people who make the disposers, in several places and basically trouble free for years. The only problem I've had was the air tube sprung a leak at the button. Cut off 2" and problem fixed.

I think you can get them with different button finishes to match the fixtures.
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Originally Posted by hnmoss View Post
This is a good point!

Faucet is Moen brushed/satin stainless.
And every brand with that same finish will be slightly different.
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I bought the cheapest one I could find. It was about $2.00 on ebay. It's been going strong for at least 10 years with lots of use.
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Originally Posted by wdlfbio View Post
Ours is aftermarket. Maybe $25. No problem since we installed it in February.
Same here, don't recall how much it cost but it's a very simple device. 2 in current house for > 5 trouble free years. Don't over think it, just buy.
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Not exactly what you asked, but I use a batch garbage disposal, and it works great

https://www.homedepot.com/p/InSinkEr...PLUS/204324517
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Don't ask AOC she doesn't know how a garbage disposal works.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
And every brand with that same finish will be slightly different.
absolutely correct! Most fancy finishes on faucets are painted on anyhow. Can't beat polished chrome. Screw antique brass.

The standard drilling for a countertop is 1-3/8". Some air switch escutions do not cover this drilling properly.
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Mine is an Insinkerator. I would suggest mounting it away from the area where most of the washing/rinsing will take place. Mine is mounted at the back of the sink bowl with the disposal, and I had water run down the air hose and into the outlet, shorting it out. Otherwise, the switch has been flawless for 5 years now.
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Certainly not complicated but for something plugged in all the time I prefer the name brand.

I've got a 7 year old insinkerator switch in my kitchen, never had an issue.

(and I've not had an issue with replacing soap dispensers etc)

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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
absolutely correct! Most fancy finishes on faucets are painted on anyhow. Can't beat polished chrome. Screw antique brass.

The standard drilling for a countertop is 1-3/8". Some air switch escutions do not cover this drilling properly.
We are going through this now and the counter top company has been given an exact list, brand and model, of everything that requires a hole.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
We are going through this now and the counter top company has been given an exact list, brand and model, of everything that requires a hole.
Make sure the sink spacing forward and back leaves enough room for them to drill the faucet hole without hitting the undermount sink rim. If you have a countertop behind the faucet make sure the upper countertop overhang doesn't interfere with the faucet.

If you use a 3cm. backsplash it may interfere with faucet spacing. You can pick-up a 1/2" by removing the sheetrock on the wall behind the faucet.

I hate a seam in the middle of the sink.
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Originally Posted by colecaz View Post
I've had ones by Insinkerator, same people who make the disposers, in several places and basically trouble free for years. The only problem I've had was the air tube sprung a leak at the button. Cut off 2" and problem fixed.

I think you can get them with different button finishes to match the fixtures.
Same one by Insinkerator... one going trouble-free for over 10 years and another one in the outdoor kitchen for over 2 years....
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Get a plug in remote control unit . You'll just have to worry about losing the remote. Like we did for the xmas lights.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Make sure the sink spacing forward and back leaves enough room for them to drill the faucet hole without hitting the undermount sink rim. If you have a countertop behind the faucet make sure the upper countertop overhang doesn't interfere with the faucet.

If you use a 3cm. backsplash it may interfere with faucet spacing. You can pick-up a 1/2" by removing the sheetrock on the wall behind the faucet.

I hate a seam in the middle of the sink.
No seams fortunately, none of the sections will be larger than a full slab. We made that clear when we placed the order.

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