A residential faucet with a pullout sprayhead was invented by product engineers at KWC Faucets in Unterkulm, Switzerland, in the early 1950s. By the early 1960s the faucet style had become popular in Europe and later it was introduced in America.

"The pullout sprayhead has become an essential kitchen tool for today's discriminating homeowner," said Tim Mullally, president of KWC Faucets, in a statement. "Almost every other faucet manufacturer has since developed some version of a pullout spray faucet."

KWC Faucets is a subsidiary of KWC AG, Switzerland.