• Swivel sprayer attachment thingie for a kitchen faucet — aka: aerator

    Isn’t it frustrating to know exactly what you need but are unable to find it — simply because you aren’t sure what it is called? That’s the problem that reader Jennie had when she emailed us trying to figure out where to find the one missing piece for her kitchen sink.

    Jennie writes:

    Pam, or anyone out here: I am trying to find those swivel sprayers that would attach onto the end of any threaded kitchen faucet. I remember ours from the 1950-60s era. I think they were rubber? with metal where the water actually came out. They allowed the housewife to divert the water in different directions as she rinsed the dishes, without having to move the whole faucet arm back and forth.

    Does anyone remember what they were actually called, or know where to find them?

    I had no idea, so I asked Pam. She quickly suggested I search for “aerators” — and BaM PoW!! There they were. We found quite a few designs to put into our Amazon widget. Note, this is an affiliate link; if you buy anything from Amazon after clicking through a link on the blog, the blog gets a little spiff; part of how we keep the blog boat afloat.

    Some of these also are designed to be water-saving: A wonderful feature that to conserve water.

    Oh, and Pam wanted me to add this:

    I find it pitiful that I knew, in a heartbeat, no hesitation, what these were called. It’s like being at a cocktail party and having fascinating, lively, engaged conversations about ice dams, reverse mortgages and whether Social Security is really a “tax” or “insurance”. Shoot me.

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    1. puddletowncheryl says:

      Shoot you? Naw, it’s part of what makes you so great.

    2. Wow, thanks for making me feel “old” so early in the morning. Don’t go offending those of us who are truly “retro” ourselves now. : )

    3. I love those aerator thingys – but don’t make the mistake I did in assuming the size was standard. One size does not fit all. I bought one recently for my sink faucet in my “new” old 1958 house, only to find it wouldn’t fit. I’m headed back to Home Depot to browse the aerator offerings in hopes of figuring out what the sizes are, which one I need, etc.

    4. Diane in CO says:

      Don’t forget, these usually pull down for spray mode and shove up for a more steady stream — at least that’s how ours works at our 1970 vacation condo. My DIL and I had a subtle “volley” all summer, with her setting it one way and me setting it the opposite, then she would change it back….depending on who was cooking in the kitchen!. Not one word was ever spoken but I’m sure we were driving each other crazy! :-)

    5. I’ve used one of these for 20 years, in fact, the one I’m using now is at least 10 years old. I don’t even miss not having a sprayer on my sink, don’t need one with this. Couldn’t live without it! I got mine at Ace hardware.

    6. man, i had one of these at my last apartment and loved it, went looking for one on the internet and could only find showerheads that looked just like it but didn’t fit on my kitchen faucet (like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VWEJ5Y/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i02)

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