Moen Walden Kitchen Faucet Install, Review, and a Moen Giveaway! - Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Moen Walden Kitchen Faucet Install, Review, and a Moen Giveaway!



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Moen. I was compensated with product for this review.
As always, all opinions are 100% my own. 

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I was so thrilled when I was given the opportunity to test a Moen Walden Faucet and tell my readers about it. About 2 months before I received the reviewing request our builder grade faucet went kaput. Well, it didn’t break exactly. It just merely shot water out with the pressure of Niagara Falls. Our sink was also the standard bottom of the barrel builder grade sink basin. See the lovely bar in the middle? See how it is even with the entire sink? That meant that when the insane volts of water were spraying, anything that hit it tended to either spray me, or flood off the sink onto the counter or the floor. I spent more time wet than my dishes did! So when I was contacted by Moen— I secretly wanted to ask them if they had literally heard my prayers to have the faucet replaced. To make the saga even better, the next day I found a sink basin display from Lowes at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore for 70% off what it would have cost at the Big Blue Store. So yes, we are talking DIVINE INTERVENTION here people!
I was so excited when this guy arrived. He’s so stately and classy and elegant and wonderful and beautiful and to make it even better—he doesn’t have a bipolar desire to spray water uncontrollably! This is what the box looks like (& also the packed contents). The Walden Faucet is exclusively available at the Home Depot. So if you are headed there to purchase this guy, now you know what to look for!
Moen walden box contents




I was fully prepared to install the faucet myself, but my Dad just happened to be visiting, and well……no one wants to put a handyman in the corner. I’m glad he helped me because he did a few things that I don’t think I would have necessarily done. First of all, in a miracle to end all miracles, my Dad (A Man!) read the directions!!!! I wouldn’t have caught hubs doing that one! The next thing was that we dry fitted the faucet and all the parts. This was just to give us a quick run through of how things would work. It is smarter to do this ahead of time (connecting things loosely) so you can see if you did something wrong.
DryfittingMoenSinkCollage
In the picture above you can see the faucet pieced together in the box, stretched out on the floor, and how it was attached to the sink basin from above and underneath. I had things a bit easier because my sink wasn’t dropped into my countertops yet. So no little tight spots to fit into. But never fear, Moen has even thought of that! Check out the nifty tool they have included. It works like a wrench for tightening, but it fits way better!
Clever moen tool included
If you noticed in the picture above, my sink has 4 holes. Since the Walden faucet has the pulldown wand, there is no need for a side sprayer. Moen thought of everything, and has included a soap dispenser. This thing is so awesome. The top pulls out easily so you can refill from the top. I am so excited about not having a dish soap bottle on my counter!
Soap dispenser walden faucet
Once we finished putting the faucet onto the sink basin, it was unbelievably easy to finish the installation. Once the sink was in place (in a post to come later), I simply had to hook the hot water and cold water hoses up. Before you do that, make sure you have shut the water off! We had two controls to switch, and I placed towels down (and a small pillow for my aching back). It was a simple untwist the old hoses and twist on the new ones. Turn the water back on, and double check that you didn’t mix up the hot/cold hoses. We actually managed to get it right the first time! The installation was pretty pain free and ranked extremely low on the cussing scale, I don’t remember uttering a single swear word (a rarity on home improvement projects)!
Here are some more pictures of the beauty in all his glory:
Walden Faucet with Spray stream
The Walden faucet has so many neat features. There are so many that I love, that might not be visible at first glance. First, it features Microban Protection. What does that mean? It prevents bacteria from growing on the faucet. Um, I have 4 boys. I like any germ prevention I can get! I took that microbiology class last year and have since been super alert on where bacteria thrive, and a sink handle is  prime place people! I am so excited about this added protection!
Walden Faucet with Soap Dispenser
Another feature the Walden offers is Spot Resist. Remember those four boys I mentioned before? We have a total of 12 hands touching the faucet all day long. My boys don’t care about splashing water, or wiping the faucet down, or if they get their peanut butter streaked fingers all over the handle. Moen’s Spot Resist solves a lot of problems for me. It keeps the finish the same by resisting the fingerprints and water spots. I simply wipe down with a damp soft cloth and buff with a dry soft cloth. It looks brand spanking new! So fabulous!

Walden Faucet Aerated Stream
The Walden faucet offers 2 water flow settings: spray or aerated. This is a nice added bonus for those times when you need a custom flow to get stubborn stains. The Walden keeps it elegant, classic, vintage-inspired design in tact by placing the magic button to change the flow beneath the wand. No giant black button on top to throw off the design. I love this little hidden gem.  The wand also pulls out so I can reach around the sink to spray it down, or to pull it down to fill a pot. The beautiful thing about the wand is that it has Moen’s Reflex system, which means it self retracts. My old faucet had a weight on the hose, but our builder did not install it correctly, so if I used the wand, I had to manually feed it back through. That was beyond annoying. This one slides like butter! It’s amazing!
Are you thinking about maybe making the splurge and purchasing a Moen Walden Faucet or similar model? Still uneasy about installation? Well, rest assured, I have faith you can do it. Moen has been in the business long enough to know that sometimes homeowners need a little support. The kit comes with a step by step guide. They also offer installation videos on their website, Moen.com. Still feeling uneasy? Just like Butterball has the Turkey Hotline, Moen has a # to call and speak with trained product consultants. And if all else fails and you really don’t have the time to install yourself, Moen can recommend a local plumber that they have developed a relationship with in your area.
I can’t really express in words how great the faucet is. My husband is very grateful because I suddenly want to do dishes. AMAZING! There is just something so cheerful, fresh and clean about my new setup. To remind you again, here is the before:
Uglysinkbefore
BEFORE

Classic Elegant Walden

 AFTER 
Walden Faucet in White Single Basin
Now for the best part. Moen has graciously provided me with another kitchen faucet to giveaway to one of you—my marvelous readers and fans! Squeal! I’m so excited to offer this to you. They have provided me with a Moen Indi Kitchen Faucet (MSRP $238)  that touts the same benefits I explained above (Spot Resist, Microban, reflex) along with a 3 function pull down wand. All in a sleek contemporary style! Isn’t she pretty?
Moen Indi Faucet
 Be sure and enter! I’m so excited to name a winner!

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Have you ever replaced a kitchen faucet before? Does it intimidate you? Leave me some comments and let me know what you think about the whole process! Happy Monday everyone!

47 comments

  1. Love your new sink and faucet!! And no, I've never changed a faucet, but Hubby has! I would love a new one, mine is yucky!! Fingers crossed!

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  2. Good luck Lori! I can't believe what a difference such a small item in the kitchen makes! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! It makes me smile when I see it :) Doesn't get better than that!

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  4. Thanks so much! Is it possible to love a faucet too much? LOL!

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  5. I've never changed one out before.

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    1. It's easier than you think! And Moen really walks you through it. There website helps!

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  6. Terrific change. It does make a huge difference!

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    1. Thanks Vicki! It's funny how something so small adds so much to a room!

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  7. Its so pretty and looks fantastic with your new sink!

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  8. You have NO idea how badly I need this! My faucet is really short & low. I can't even get a gallon pitcher under it without tipping it to the side.

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    1. We need to fix that for you Raenita! They really are easy to install and it makes such a difference!

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  9. The old sink and faucet is still at the house if you want it!

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    1. I don't think Rae wants our old sink honey. But someone will-so it will eventually make it to the Restore

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  10. I'm envious of your handyman connection!!! I'm our family handyman. ;) Post looks great!

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    1. Charlotte- I am typically the handyman, but my Dad was here for the holidays. Wish he was closer on a more regular basis! Makes life so much easier when he's around!

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  11. I have changed out numerous "cheap faucets" with each residence I have had. Some were because I absolutely had to because of bad plastic connections and poor finishes. A few were because... well, in poor taste. I have to do it again in our final home with one kitchen and 2 bathrooms we are piecing together. It's always best to do it right the first time and many homeowners learn it the hard way. ( I admit I did my first time. Don't install "just get by" types. Get a well made one in the style you want.) Goose-neck is perfect for tall pots and little pet washing :)

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    1. Agree with everything you said above! I wish I would have done this in a few homes we lived in before!

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  12. I have not changed out a faucet since we rent, but I encouraged a friend to do her own the other day! :) Does that count? And of course I love your new faucet.

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    1. That's great! Hopefully one day you'll get the chance too! Thanks!

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  13. I love your new faucet. I recently replaced mine, and it is amazing how a little thing goes such a long way at making a room look new!

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    1. It's crazy how much it changes everything. I still get excited when I see it!

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  14. it looks great! I've always wondered if those soap dispensers are worth it! Glad you like it

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    1. Soap dispenser has been the hidden gem. Seriously, don't know how I lived without it for so long! Thanks!

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  15. Your new faucet looks amazing! I've never done a kitchen faucet on my own, but I changed out my bathroom faucet recently...all by myself! :)

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    1. The bathroom faucet fully prepared you! That is great! Thanks!

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  16. I never have but we need one so bad I would love to win this one! Yours looks great!

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    1. Thanks Samantha! Be sure to check out Moen's line, they have some that are very affordable! But free is always better :)

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  17. I never have - love the simplicity of your faucet. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I love your new faucet! It's similar to the one we just put in with our new sink (and by just I mean like two years ago lol). It's amazing what a difference a couple of new fixtures can make!

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    1. It makes a huge difference! Thanks so much! Good for you for replacing yours faucet too--that is awesome!

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  19. Beautiful new faucet and great giveaway! I love our pullout!

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  20. I've never changed a faucet before but I've watched my spouse do it. He didn't seem to have too much trouble.

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    1. Ha! Even better to put the spouse to work! LOL! Thanks!

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  21. Great job on the new faucet and sink. I will have to show my husband this so he can replace our ugly sink and faucet that our builder put in.

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    1. Thanks Julie! Yes, be sure to get hubs on it right away :) Or we can do it one day when he's working. Wonder how long it would take before he noticed?

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  22. I've changed a faucet once before, replaced and old rusty one. The hardest part was getting it off. Installing the new one is easy. Its amazing what a difference a new faucet can make

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    1. I agree with you on that one! Thanks so much for everything-especially the tweets!

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  23. Hey that looks great! And Moen once again upholds their reputation for great service!

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  24. Great informations on ….kitchen faucets. I needed to get something for my dad/wife/son,…, I guess I found it!

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  25. Looks great, I love the separate soap dispenser and the pull down wand is much more functional than separate spray in my opinion.

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  26. Thank you! What a timely article. I'm moving into a new apartment next month and am going to replace the gross faucets with my own.

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