Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kohler Forte Kitchen Faucet K-10433

Kohler Forte Kitchen Faucet K-10433 Review

Kitchen Faucets

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Best Feature:
Versatile design with excellent functionality and durability
Worst Feature:
Some complaints related to manufacturing quality
Best Uses:
Home décor consistency for kitchen/bath fixtures
Pricing:
$264 - $345 (Lifetime Limited Warranty)
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Overview

We give the Kohler Forté® K-10433 kitchen faucet a B+ and our Teacher’s Pet award because we love the versatility of its transitional design and the fact that you are getting excellent functionality and durability at an affordable price. In addition to offering 7 other kitchen faucet models, the Forté® collection also includes matching bathroom fixtures for better design consistency throughout your home. Overall, the K-10433 is one of the best kitchen faucets in this price range, but we had to deduct just a few points because we saw some complaints about the faucets leaking and some complaints about the touch pad on the K-10433 not working properly or breaking easily.

You can see how the Kohler Forté® K-10433 kitchen faucet compares to other kitchen faucets in our Kitchen Faucets Review.

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The Kohler Forté ® K-10433 kitchen faucet has a single lever handle with exceptionally durable ceramic disc valves that allow you to easily control the water volume and temperature.
Utilizing Promotion™ technology, the pullout sprayhead can be quietly and easily extended or retracted.
The sprayhead has a MasterClean™ sprayface that is easy to clean.
From the pullout sprayhead, you can pause the water flow or switch between spray and aerated mode.
The faucet can rotate 180° and it also features a temperature memory setting and a high temperature limit setting.
Available finishes include polished chrome, brushed chrome, vibrant brushed nickel, vibrant stainless and vibrant brushed bronze.

 
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Overall Score
72%
82%
72%
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Date Reviewed
October 2012
October 2012
October 2012
Pros
Affordable; great warranty; versatile design; Forté® is large collection of kitchen and bath products; easy to install; convenient pullout spout; swivel spout and arch are both helpful when filling or cleaning large pots
great warranty; meets CA/VT low lead requirements; reasonably priced; versatile design available in 5 finishes; easy to install; excellent functionality; high arching spout can rotate 360°; handle can be installed on the right or left
great value; great warranty; versatile design; easy to install; high arching pull-down spout can rotate 360°; sprayhead touchpad with spray, stream & pause functionality
Cons
Some complaints about the faucets leaking; a few complaints about touch pad buttons not working well and occasionally breaking; not ADA-compliant; doesn't meet CA/VT low lead requirements
A few complaints about the design of the sprayhead's swivel joint
A few complaints about leaks; only available in 3 finishes; doesn't meet CA/VT low lead requirements
Price (MSRP)
$264 - $345
$307 - $417
$265 - $366
Warranty
Limited Lifetime
Limited Lifetime
Limited Lifetime
Collection Description
Part of collection with 8 different models
Part of collection with 4 different models
Part of collection with 4 different models
Installation Type
Deckplate or Non-Deckplate
Deckplate or Non-Deckplate
Deckplate or Non-Deckplate
Style
Transitional
Transitional
Transitional
Faucet Hole Options
1 or 3
1 or 3
1 or 3
Spout Reach
10.1"
7.9"
9"
Spout Height
8.7"
8.3"
9.6"
Overall Height
11.8"
15.5"
16.6"
Escutcheon Plate
Optional - 8" long
Optional - 10.3" long
Optional - 10.5" long
Degree of Spout Rotation
180°
360°
360°
Maximum Flow Rate
2.2 gpm
1.5 gpm
1.8 gpm
Adjustable Flow Rate Kit Available?
Yes - 1.5 gpm or 1.8 gpm
No
Yes - 1.5 gpm or 2.2 gpm
Handle
One attached lever handle (top mount)
One attached lever handle (right- or left-hand side mount)
One attached lever handle (right-hand side mount)
Valves
Ceramic Disc
1255™ Duralast™ cartridges (a proprietary ceramic disc design)
Ceramic Disc
Finishes
Polished Chrome, Brushed Chrome, Vibrant Brushed Nickel, Vibrant Stainless and Vibrant Brushed Bronze
Matte Black, Chrome, Classic Stainless, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Spot Resist™ Stainless
Matte Black, Vibrant Stainless and Polished Chrome
Spout Type
Pull-down sprayhead with ProMotion™ technoloy and a MasterClean™ sprayface is easy to use and clean
Pull-down sprayhead with a 68" flexible hose uses Reflex™ technology that is "40% easier to unlatch and extend"
Pull-down sprayhead with ProMotion™ technoloy and a MasterClean™ sprayface is easy to use and clean
Operating Modes
Pause, spray or aerated flow options
Pause, spray or aerated flow options
Pause, spray or aerated flow options
Temperature Memory
Yes
Yes
Yes
High Temperature Limit Setting
Yes
No
No
Built-In Water Filter
No
No
No
Optional Accessories
Soap/lotion dispenser, deep roughing-in kit and 2 low flow kits.
Soap/lotion dispensers available in a 2 different sizes (depending on your finish)
Soap/lotion dispenser, a deep roughing-in kit, and a low flow kit or a high flow kit for these faucets (sold separately).
ADA-Compliant
No
Yes
Yes
Codes/Standards Applicable
ASNE A112 18.1/CSA B125.1; NSF 61; Energy Policy Act of 1991; All applicable US Federal and State material regulations
3rd party certified to IAPMO Green, ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and all applicable requirements referenced therein including NSF 61/9; meets CalGreen and Georgia SB370 requirements; complies with California Proposition 65 and with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act; backflow protection system
ICC/ANSI A117.1; CSA B651; OBCl ASME A112. 18.1/CSA B125.1; NSF 61; Energy Policy Act of 1992; All applicable US Federal and State material regulations

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Specifications

Construction

Regardless of style or finish, all the Forté® kitchen faucets are built with solid brass for durability and feature smooth, simple lines and an low arching spout for a classic, yet modern feel that will look great in any kitchen. The K-10433 meets CalGreen requirements for kitchen faucets and will fit single- or three-hole sinks in a deckplate or non-deckplate mount since it comes with an optional escutcheon plate. The K-10433 has a single lever handle mounted behind the spout, and, although it is the only model in the collection that isn’t ADA-compliant, it does utilize the same ceramic disc valves (the best and most durable valve material). These high quality valves will allow for more precise control over water temperature and flow rate for years to come. For original owners of the K-10433 manufactured after January 1, 1997, Kohler offers a lifetime limited warranty so long as the faucet was installed in North America and has been used in a normal residential setting. Kohler also guarantees the faucets to be free of defects in material and workmanship (not application for gold, non-Vibrant® and non-chrome finishes). Please note that you must have proof of purchase (original sales receipt) to make any warranty claims.

The faucet can rotate 180° and it also features a temperature memory setting and a high temperature limit setting.
The faucet can rotate 180° and it also features a temperature memory setting and a high temperature limit setting.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Bonus Features

The K-10433 is designed with ergonomics and functionality in mind. It features a pullout sprayhead with an easy-to-clean MasterClean™ sprayface. The sprayhead utilizes Kohler’s nylon hose and ball joint technology called Promotion™, so it is quiet and easy to maneuver around the sink. Additionally, it has a touch pad that allows you to pause the flow of water or adjust the flow from spray to aerated mode. The K-10433 also features a high temperature limit setting to protect you from scalding water, as well as a temperature memory setting that allows you to turn the water on and off at the same temperature. The faucet has a maximum flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm), but you have the option of purchasing low flow kits (separately) that can reduce maximum flow to 1.5 gpm or 1.8 gpm. Lastly, the K-10433 also has a matching soap/lotion dispenser, and a deep roughing-in kit available for purchase.

From the pullout sprayhead, you can pause the water flow or switch between spray and aerated mode.
From the pullout sprayhead, you can pause the water flow or switch between spray and aerated mode.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Style and Design

Kohler's best-selling Forté® collection encompasses a wide range of kitchen and bathroom faucets, so it is a great option if you want your home to have matching fixtures. Within kitchen faucets, Forté® offers eight different models to fit any individual customer’s needs, style and budget. The Forté® faucets not only vary in size and handle type/placement, but also in terms of the existence/placement of sprayers and escutcheon plates. The K-10433 is the most popular model in the Forté® collection. It has a single lever handle that is attached on top of the spout and, like all models in the collection, its spout can rotate 180°. The faucets are available in five different finishes that have been specially designed by Kohler to make the fixtures more resistant to corrosion and tarnishing. The finish options include polished chrome, brushed chrome, vibrant brushed nickel, vibrant stainless and vibrant brushed bronze.

Available finishes include polished chrome, brushed chrome, vibrant brushed nickel, vibrant stainless and vibrant brushed bronze.
Available finishes include polished chrome, brushed chrome, vibrant brushed nickel, vibrant stainless and vibrant brushed bronze.
Credit: Kohler

Customer Feedback

The Kohler Forté® K-10433 kitchen faucet is the most popular model in the Forté® collection, but it has gotten some mixed feedback from reviewers online with some customers absolutely loving the faucet and others who were disappointed with the faucet’s quality. It has received a 4.5/5 on Faucet.com (184 reviews), a 3.5/5 on Amazon.com (182 reviews) and a 4.7/5 on Efaucets.com (60 reviews). In general, the negative reviews on the K-10433 were mainly centered on the faucet’s manufacturing quality, specifically issues with leaks. Some customers were also annoyed that the touch pad buttons seemed to break very easily. With that said, it seems like most customers were really happy with their faucet. At such a great price and with Kohler’s lifetime limited warranty, I think it would be tough to find a better kitchen faucet than the Forté® K-10433, especially if your household is on a budget. Kohler also offers so many different styles and finishes for fixtures in their Forté® collection that you can coordinate your kitchen fixtures with your bathroom ones to create more design cohesion within your home.


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