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Glossary

Two-Hole

Two-hole faucets consist of a single-hole faucet paired with an accessory such as a sidespray.

Three-Hole

Three-hole faucets consist of two separate handles and a spout, or a single-handle faucet with an escutcheon plate to stylishly cover the vacant faucet holes.

Four-Hole

Four-hole faucets are made up of a three-hole faucet with an added accessory such as a sidespray.

Aerator

A device for oxygenating water or filling the water flow with air bubbles. On kitchen faucets, it enables a faucet to provide different flows of water, from stream to spray.

Apron-Front

Apron-front sinks are designed with a stylish panel of color in front and are available in both tile-in and undercounter models.

Barrier-Free

A feature that provides better accessibility in the kitchen; barrier-free sinks craft an indentation on the front, allowing closer, easy access.

Basin Rack

A wire rack shaped to fit the bottom of a sink basin; used to dry or store items off the basin floor.

Beverage Faucet

A curved faucet that dispenses clean, filtered drinking water, many times accompanying an entertainment sink.

Cast Iron

KOHLER® Cast Iron sinks provide uncompromising strength with an ultra-thick layer of enamel that helps resist staining, scratching and chipping. The sink's glossy enamel finish is available in a wide array of KOHLER colors.

D-Bowl

A sink in which the basin is curved on one end and straight on the other, forming a "D" shape; these sinks are designed to accommodate the natural motion of one's arm movement when working in the sink.

Double Equal

A two-basin sink in which both basins are of equal size and shape.

Enamel

A powder coating, usually a combination of clay, quartz, feldspar, silica and color pigments, applied to an iron casting. When exposed to high temperatures, the coating melts and fuses to the casting, creating a glass-like surface. The thickness of KOHLER enamel provides outstanding protection against chipping and scratching while offering deep color integrity.

Entertainment/Preparation Sink

A small sink that assists with food or drink preparation and cleanup; these sinks are available in a wide variety of styles, shapes, colors and materials.

Escutcheon

Any decorative threaded flange below or behind a faucet handle. Also, an ornamental plate used at the base of a faucet to cover additional holes on a kitchen sink.

Fireclay

Fireclay sinks are made from a clay base that is fired at an intense heat to vitrify the clay and fuse the glaze. The result is a durable sink with a nonporous, glossy finish.

Flexible Stainless Steel Supplies

The flexible tubing that hot and cold water lines utilize for easy connection between the faucet and water supply under the sink.

Gauge

The measurement of the thickness of stainless steel. The lower the gauge, the thicker the material.

Glaze

A glossy, water-resistant, colored finish surface on vitreous china plumbing fixtures.

Gooseneck Spout

A curved, U-shaped spout; the high arc allows for more room in the sink basin.

High Country

An elegantly curved, U-shaped spout with high arc allowing more room under the faucet.

High/Low

A sink configuration with differing basin depths.

Kitchen Pot Filler

A wall-mount or deck-mount faucet used next to or above a stovetop, giving the user local access to water without having to transfer pots back and forth to the sink.

Low-Profile Spout

A shorter, less exaggerated curve keeps the low-profile spout out of the way.

MasterClean™

A type of faucet sprayface that withstands mineral buildup and can be cleaned simply by rubbing the sprayface with your fingers.

Metal Frame Installation

A metal frame is mounted around the kitchen sink.

ProMotion™

A KOHLER faucet technology that ensures the pullout sprayhead is easy to maneuver, with its durable and quiet, braided nylon hose and ball joint swivel sprayhead.

Pull-Down Spray

A hose-connected, removable nozzle with the ability to disconnect from the faucet mount by pulling downward; this allows better nozzle flexibility and dexterity.

Pullout Spray

A hose-connected, removable nozzle with the ability to disconnect from the faucet mount by pulling outward; this allows better nozzle flexibility and dexterity.

PVD

Stands for Physical Vapor Deposition; PVD is a process that bonds the finish color to the faucet, helping it resist scratches, corrosion and tarnishing.

Remote Valve

A separate standing valve, or faucet handle, which controls the faucet as well as the temperature.

Reversible Basins

KOHLER kitchen sinks with reversible basins options feature uneven basin configurations.

Rough-In Dimensions

The distance from a finished wall or floor to the center of the waste or supply opening or mounting holes on a plumbing fixture.

Saddle

The separator found in many KOHLER® kitchen sinks which splits the basin into two parts.

Self-Rimming

Self-rimming sinks provide easy drop-in installation, mounting directly onto the countertop.

Sidespray

A small spray nozzle separate from the faucet, connected to a pullout hose for full flexibility and function when spraying dishes or cleaning the inside of the sink.

SilentShield®

A sound-absorption system found in many KOHLER sinks that significantly reduces the noise from clanging dishes and silverware, as well as unwanted noise from running water and disposals.

SilentShield Plus®

A sound-absorption system found in many KOHLER sinks that significantly reduces the noise from clanging dishes and silverware, as well as unwanted noise from running water and disposals; also reduces condensation and helps maintain water temperature.

Single-Control Faucet

A faucet with a single lever handle.

Single-Hole

A single hole drilling positioned in the center of a sink faucet ledge that allows for installation of a single-control faucet.

Smart Divide®

A kitchen sink basin split into two sections, with the divider set at half the height of those found on conventional double-basin sinks; the short divider better accommodates larger items.

Stainless Steel

A durable, ferrous alloy comprised of a minimum of 10.5% chromium content that gives it the ability to withstand stains, rust and corrosion better than regular steel.

Swing Spout

A faucet spout with the ability to spin left to right, side to side.

Tile-In

Tile-in sinks have flat, straight edges and square corners for a neat, flush fit with tiled surfaces.

Trough Sink

A long, narrow sink replicating the shape of a trough that accommodates food preparation and disposal.

Undercounter

Undercounter sinks mount beneath the counter for use with solid-surface, granite, stone or blended stone countertops.

Utility Sink

Large sinks serving a multitude of purposes, from laundry and garden cleanup to pet washing.

Vitreous China

Vitreous china plumbing fixtures are comprised of ceramic materials fired at a high temperature to form a nonporous body with exposed surfaces coated with ceramic glaze fused to the body.

Wall-Mount

Wall-mount sinks are constructed with an integrated backsplash and hang on a bracket.
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