Both Moen and Price Pfister recently have introduced faucets that were designed based on consumer research.

Moen's consumer research revealed a preference for faucets that exhibit proportional design styling of all elements of the faucet. In response to this, Moen created its Castleby[TM] line of faucets with clean, simple lines and a nostalgic look. The kitchen faucets are offered in one- and two-handle styles and the bathroom faucet is offered with Moen's M-PACT[R] valve system for easy replacement. The products are available in chrome, chrome/LifeShine[R] polished brass, chrome/porcelain accents and LifeShine polished brass. Bathroom faucets are also offered in LifeShine Satine[R]/polished brass. Moen also has coordinating bath accessories.

Price Pfister's research asked consumers to identify any dissatisfaction with pull-out faucets. The company designed its Parisa and Marielle kitchen pull-out faucets to overcome three key problems:

l dissatisfaction in the amount and pressure of water;

l concern over the unattractive button controls, and

l difficulty reinserting the spray head into the faucet spout.

Price Pfister's engineering team was challenged to create a spray head that had improved functionality and ergonomics but was about 30% smaller than most previous models.

Both the Marielle, with its traditional French country design, and the Parisa, with modern, streamlined styling, feature single-control operation and a new ergonomic pull-out spray head, Comfort Spray[TM]. The push-button controls concealed in the pull-out spray head allow the user to choose between a jet spray for thorough cleaning, a full spray for light rinsing or a gentle stream for everyday use. Both faucets are available in polished chrome or stainless steel finishes.