Franke’s Ambient Series encompasses a full range of kitchen faucets and complementary components, featuring a sleek, contemporary design and water-saving flow rates, all at mid-range price points.
Available in a chrome or a satin nickel finish, all Ambient faucets feature spouts that swivel 180° or 360°, as well as flat- handle levers for easy, ergonomic control of flow and temperature. The modern handle design maintains a consistently contemporary look in any kitchen equipped with more than one model. But its appeal is more than aesthetic: While rotating 75° forward from the faucet body, the handle moves only 25° to the rear to avoid the nuisance of bumping into the backsplash.
All Ambient faucets use ceramic disc cartridges. The pull-down faucets feature a 28mm Nobili cartridge, enclosed in a protective fiberglass stem that accommodates the slim contours of the series. This cartridge also allows each faucet to offer two flow rates: one gallon per minute (gpm) for a simple light rinse; 1.75 gpm when a more powerful flow is needed. Neoperl aerators are also standard on the pull-down models.
With the exception of the commercial-grade Masterchef Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, all the faucets in the Ambient Series carry a list price point below $600 for the chrome finish and below $700 for the satin nickel.
The new Ambient family offers consumers and designers more than a half dozen models to consider when outfitting a new kitchen. Besides the 16-1/2-inch-tall flagship of the line, Ambient also includes prep and bar faucets, all equipped with a brass pull-down, dual-spray head that extends up to 21 inches. Users can simply toggle between full and needle patterns.
Measuring 18-7/8-inches tall, the Semi-Pro model features an arched, fully rotating, flexible spout that can be fixed into a straight-ahead position with its press-and-click stabilizer arm. Hose construction consists of a silicone inner core protected by a low-friction, smooth nylon, braided, outside mesh.
In markets that require lower kitchen cabinet clearances, the Ambient Series offers an 8-1/2-inch-tall faucet with a pull-out — rather than a pull-down — spray. This model also delivers full and needle spray patterns, as does yet another version that includes the basic Ambient model, but with a sidespray that extends up to 28 inches.
Finally, for those seeking an “executive chef” look in their kitchens — especially if they have ample space above their sinks — Ambient meets their needs with the statuesque Masterchef. Measuring 24 inches-tall, this elegantly designed faucet comes equipped with a pull-down sprayhead that extends eight to 10 inches and, like the Semi-Pro model, is held in place by its press-and-click stabilizer bar.
Franke Kitchen Systems
Franke is the largest stainless steel kitchen sink manufacturer in the world and a leading name in kitchen faucets; hot- and cold-water filtration; topmount, undermount and apron front sinks; and waste disposers. Headquartered in Aarburg, Switzerland, the Franke Group is a leading provider of solutions and equipment for domestic kitchens, bathrooms, professional food service, coffee preparation and beverage delivery. The group employs 9,000 people at 68 subsidiaries on four continents, and exports to over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.franke.us/ks.